Thinking of relocating to Boiling Spring Lakes
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#1 May 15, 2014
I am a 63 year old divorced retired teacher. I am thinking of relocating to Boiling Spring Lakes. I have questions, and I don't trust realtors to give me straight answers. Is Boiling Spring Lakes safe place for a senior single female like myself?
Also, do you have high property taxes, and is there a community fee. If so, what is the amount of the community fee? I have read that the property taxes on Oak Island is high, and I'm wondering about the same for Boiling Spring Lakes.
Thanks in advance to any of you who can answer my questions.
#2 Jul 6, 2014
1. As with any town there are safer sections than others, in general though the crime that happens here in BSL are theft related ones. I would however make use of the sex offender search sites when you are looking at houses, no need to put oneself in danger regardless.
2. There is no community fee, or HOA.
3. Property tax on Oak Island is high, but what also will get you there is the high water/sewer fee. An average household will run around $100-$120 a month last I knew, and they have raised it since I lived there last year. Here in BSL the only sewer will be along the 87 corridor and a ways in on either side. Most properties are tied into the town water and have septic tanks, which will average out at about $25 a month. Mind you both cost estimates are only for non irrigation hookups. Properties on the outer fringes of BSL will likely have well and septic.
I do not know how accurate the stats and such are at this site, but it seemed fairly close.
If you have not already found a realtor and are looking for one I would highly recommend Cathy Riddle. My husband and I purchased our first house last year and she was with us every step of the way, very helpful and kept us up to date throughout the whole process.I don't think we would have kept our sanity through it without her.
Good Luck and Best Wishes
#3 Jul 11, 2014
I fell in love with BSL last year when my husband and I came to look at the area to consider it as a place to retire. I love lakes, he loves the coastal area, since we have a 34' sport fishing boat which either of us want to give up when we sell our home in NJ and move south. BSL seems like the perfect compromise. My 2 main questions: Do people swim in the lake from their backyards, because I want to be able to! Also, has there ever been any incidents of any alligators in the lake?
#4 Jul 13, 2014
I'm looking for gators in the lakes.
#5 Jul 26, 2014
Jean - I don't think most people swim in the lake from their backyards, but I can't say for sure with authority. But yes, there are alligators here. While in the 12 years I have lived in Brunswick County I have never heard of an incident of any attacks, only sightings. Basically if you want to its at your own risk. Some of the lakes have designated spots to swim, Big Lake for example has a netted off section off of Alton Lennon Rd, and most of those designated spots will have sand so there's no mucking through to get in the water.
Tracker - I haven't seen many in these lakes themselves, but have seen several in the water by Orton Plantation on a number of occasions
#6 Sep 11, 2014
The "big lake" aka Patricia Lake is the place to live. I'm not a fan of the smaller lakes. At the big lake you can boat, water ski, tube and yes swim. We have seen an alligator kayaking not far from our dock but it was at dusk which alligators are nocturnal. During the day we are aware and keep an eye out but we jump off the dock and swim all the time. The sunsets are beautiful and the view from our house includes lots of birds, fox and deer. I wouldn't trade living on South Shore for anything. The only draw back is lack of a grocery store but there is always the Dollar General in a pinch.
#7 Sep 13, 2014
How did the alligator get in the kayak?
#8 May 21, 2017
Hahaha - justme
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