Becky and Don Simmons – The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach
Meet Becky and Don Simmons who retired and moved to The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach because they wanted to be close to the beach yet live in a small thriving area.
Where did you live before relocating to Brunswick County, and what were your jobs?
We lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for 38 years. Don was owner and operator of a masonry contract company, and Becky was the business manager at a mechanical/electrical engineering firm.
Why did you choose to move to southeastern North Carolina and did you previously have friends or family here?
We chose OIB because as a young girl my family vacationed EVERY year along the Grand Strand. When we married and had children, we followed the same tradition and brought our sons here as well. We have family in Calabash.
How long have you lived here?
We have lived here 9 months.
What community did you decide to move to and why?
We no longer have close family in the Pittsburgh area, and after retiring we knew we were headed to the Myrtle Beach area. After searching long and hard, we chose The Retreat at OIB. We knew we wanted to be close to the beach and live in a small yet thriving area, one where the residents were all fairly new … which made meeting friends and neighbors easy!
Who built your home and why did you decide to build with them?
Bill Clark Homes built our home. We felt very comfortable working with everyone at Bill Clark Homes and felt confident they constructed a well-built home. Being a previous contractor, Don had been very diligent and critical while our home here in OIB was built. He had built our two previous homes in western Pennsylvania.
What are your jobs or hobbies here?
We both are retired and enjoying our hobbies and discovering new ones as well. Don loves golf, and Becky loves the beach and shopping. We both have picked up pickleball and enjoy playing together with friends and neighbors. Walking the beach is another favorite past time.
What’s your favorite thing about southeastern North Carolina?
We LOVE the shoreline of NC, the beautiful sunsets and blue sky. Everyone here has been so kind to us. We love the Southern way of life.