Neighborhood Spotlight: New Bern, NC

The historic city of New Bern, North Carolina is close enough to the beaches of the Outer Banks to be considered coastal, but the city’s own extensive waterfront consists of rivers, not ocean. The city was founded in 1710 at the junction of the Neuse and Trent rivers. When the magnificent Tryon Palace was completed in 1770, it became the first capital of North Carolina.

While the original palace was destroyed by fire, the current version was built to the exact original blueprints on the original foundation. Many homes dating from the 18th and 19th centuries are still standing. Some are open to the public, and many are gracious private homes. The palace is home to formal gardens and a palatial lawn used for festivals, symphonies, and other community events.

Downtown New Bern is home to a vibrant array of shops and restaurants. You can sit outside to dine on tree-lined Middle Street, voted one of America’s prettiest streets. Once every month throughout the year, New Bern has an Art Walk, when shops stay open late, artists create their works on the sidewalks, and musicians perform for free. And while you stroll through downtown, be sure to stop at the corner shop where Caleb Bradham created “Brad’s Drink” in 1893. Brad’s Drink was eventually renamed Pepsi-Cola, and the shop still serves Pepsi at the original soda counter.

No matter what your interests, New Bern and the surrounding communities have something to offer. New Bern was voted one of the top places in the U.S. to retire. It was also named one of the best places in North Carolina to start a new business. With two military bases nearby (Cherry Point and Camp LeJeune), the area is also a great place to raise a young family.

Once you visit New Bern, you’ll never want to leave! And Carolina East Realty will be more than happy to show you HUD homes for sale in our beautiful city and surrounding communities. Check us out at These photos were taken Joanne B, an employee at our office.

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