Why Moore County?
Work in progress, last updated 01/12/2018. Questions or comments may be addressed to MeldrumRidge@gmail.com. Expect up to 7 days to reply.
The journey to this point was in the making for about two years.
Question: What were the alternatives?
Answer #1 Open acreage in Chatham County
This was the first look with these pluses: lower taxes, relatively convenient to all of our current healthcare, shopping and friends. The continual expansion of the Triangle area can too easily engulf a place that is initially "out of the traffic flow".
Answer #2 Open acreage in one of the coastal counties
This has an appeal for the subtropical climate in areas, but it too has a less than predictable growth pattern.
Answer #3 Horse related communities
These can be a bit on the exclusive side and not necessarily cater to first time mini-ranchers.
Question: What about distance to supplies and groceries?
In the distance, time, traffic algorithm of life this location is probably easier.
Answer #1 Groceries for example
In Pinehurst is Lowes Foods, Harris Teeter 4 miles
In Aberdeen is Aldi, Walmart Supercenter
In Southern Pines is Fresh Market
In West End there is a Food Lion.
Answer #2 Home improvement stores for example
Home Depot with a veteran discount of 10% is in Fayetteville
Lowes Home Improvement with a veteran discount of 10% is on 15-501 in Southern Pines
Seven Lakes Hardware and Building Supply in West End - 4.5 Facebook Stars
Burney True Value Hardware in Aberdeen
Answer #3 Nearly everything else under the sun
Amazon Prime delivers Free Two Day in this area. Here are the Amazon Prime Shipping Benefits - Eligible Items & Addresses
Answer #4 Horse and ranch supplies
Carthage Farm Supply is a Southern States franchise in Carthage on Hwy 15-501 .
Answer #5 Moving truck rental
U-Haul dealer: Seven Lakes Hardware and Building Supply (Uhaul link ). * recent reviews: 4 stars average. Very positive impression of staff.
Question: What about healthcare?
Answer #1 Topnotch healthcare system
Moore County website specifically addresses healthcare with very positive information. Within 30 minutes from virtually anywhere is FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital 155 Memorial Drive, P.O. Box 3000, Pinehurst, NC 28374
We reached out to FirstHealth and received a wonderful email which we share to help others making choices to relocate:
Thank you for contacting us regarding resources for new and potential residents. The link below will provide new movers with additional information about the area and FirstHealth of the Carolinas. The links on that page will help those new to the area navigate our website, request a welcome kit and sign up for programs offered through FirstHealth.
In addition to our website, we also use Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to keep our followers up to date on the latest happenings at FirstHealth.
We are glad you and your wife decided to relocate to Moore County.
Thank you again for contacting us.
Administrative Director, Government & Public Relations
FirstHealth of the Carolinas
Answer #2 FirstHealth Fitness center
About 5 miles away from Autumn Acres in Pinehurst is this medical fitness center "With more than 63,000 square feet, our flagship facility in Pinehurst offers the region's largest free-weight area, innovative group exercise, aquatic center, swimming lessons, children's programs, nutrition services and massage therapy."
Question: What about golf?
Answer #1 Pinehurst is the Home of Golf
"Twenty-three of the golf courses in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area were rated 4-stars or better by Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play". That's 76% of the total area courses that were rated." That about says it all... more information.
Answer #2 With 30 minutes of virtually anywhere in Moore County is 7 Lakes Golf Club
Designed in 1976 by golf architect Peter Tufts, this course was purchased by Advance Golf (Jon Whittmore and Larry Galloway psrtners) and the gneral manager is Jay Iskow. The course was rated #14 by Golf Advisors Top 50 golf courses in the country from reviews from 125,000 daily fee golfers in 2014. In the last 12 months they have received a 100% recommended. They have a great business model for local residents in their Player's Club. Player's Club is like a Health Club for your golf game. Practice at the range with unlimited balls, participate in free clinics, and then play at a discounted rate. Monthly membership $19. 5 minutes away.
Question: Where to stay while you hunt for a place to live?
Answer #1 Obvious choice: stay in a "huntbox".
It is a nearly new 2 BR apartment over a beautiful barn. This served us well for all kinds of reasons and really allows you to get a feel for the area and a chance to discuss it over a quiet glass of wine. Diamond Creek Huntbox