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Old 04-19-2011, 08:53 PM
 
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My husband and I will be moving to the Greensboro/Winston-Salem area in June, and I have a few questions I wonder if anyone can answer for me.

1. Is Greensboro or Winston-Salem a better place to live? My husband and I are in our early-mid twenties and would like to live in a safe area with historic charm close to parks, restaurants, shopping, etc. I would love to live in a walkable neighborhood. I have read about some areas that seem to fit this bill, such as Ardmore in Winston-Salem and Fisher Park in Greensboro, for example. Which is preferable?

2. We are looking for single-family homes to rent in the area. Most of what I've seen online appears to be apartment buildings or condos, and that is really not what we are interested in. Are there single family homes to rent in the area, and if so, do you know of a website where I could view them?

3. I am a teacher, and while I'm applying at all the surrounding counties and school systems, I would like to know what is considered the "best" school system in the area. Forsyth County vs. Guilford County, for example?

Thanks for all the help you can give me!
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:28 AM
 
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Hello,

We lived in Greensboro for a while and moved to Kernersville, NC...which is right between the two of them. We see plenty of rental houses around and might want to consider there. I have heard that the Guilford County school system is better (being a product of it, myself, I must say I am biased), but I think, it really boils down to what SCHOOL you will be teaching at.
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:04 AM
 
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About the schools, I'd say both systems (overall) are very similar. This site North Carolina State Districts - NC School District Rankings ranks them about the same (Guilford at 110, Forsyth at 116). But I think you're really asking the wrong question. As Hotdog says, the overall ranking isn't as important as the individual schools. Both systems have excellent schools, and both have schools that aren't so great. I can tell you (from being married to a teacher for over 20 years) that the difference is in the school's leadership, and unfortunately there are far too many schools in both systems with ineffective leaders. So hopefully you'll get lucky and be able to find a job working for one of the good eggs.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Mobile, AL
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Thanks for the help! I appreciate it!
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Old 04-20-2011, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Winston-Salem
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Originally Posted by holls117 View Post
My husband and I will be moving to the Greensboro/Winston-Salem area in June, and I have a few questions I wonder if anyone can answer for me.

1. Is Greensboro or Winston-Salem a better place to live? My husband and I are in our early-mid twenties and would like to live in a safe area with historic charm close to parks, restaurants, shopping, etc. I would love to live in a walkable neighborhood. I have read about some areas that seem to fit this bill, such as Ardmore in Winston-Salem and Fisher Park in Greensboro, for example. Which is preferable?

Ardmore is a great place. It is between the to hospitals. Near the new BBT ballfield. Shopping with Hanes Mall and Thurway close by. Several smaller businesses close by. Places to eat. A few parks are within the Ardmore area. The YMCA is just a small jog near West End.

2. We are looking for single-family homes to rent in the area. Most of what I've seen online appears to be apartment buildings or condos, and that is really not what we are interested in. Are there single family homes to rent in the area, and if so, do you know of a website where I could view them?

Work closely with a few agents in the area. Can put you in contact with them. Just PM me and I will pass their contact info on.

3. I am a teacher, and while I'm applying at all the surrounding counties and school systems, I would like to know what is considered the "best" school system in the area. Forsyth County vs. Guilford County, for example?

WSFC seems to have some solid leadership. With some private schools in the area.

Thanks for all the help you can give me!
Hope this helps
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