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Old 10-23-2011, 06:31 AM
 
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I am scouting places to retire, and recently spent a few days in Durham (my first visit there). Though it's not possible to fully comprehend any place in just a few days, I was very impressed with what I saw of Durham. It seems the perfect size for me; not too large and not too small. I wouldn't want to live in a much bigger, busier city (which is why I'm not that interested in Charlotte or Raleigh). But Winston-Salem and Greensboro, which seem fairly close in size to Durham, do interest me.

From my perspective as a soon-to-be retiree, these are some of the things I liked about Durham:
A human-scaled, walkable downtown; more like a relaxed town than a frenetic city;
Beautifully restored tobacco warehouses housing offices, local retailers, and residences;
A neat ballpark right downtown;
Lovely historical residential districts close to downtown and Duke (e.g., Trinity Park, Old West Durham, Watts-Hospital/Hillandale); I'd love to live in one of those early-20th century bungalows;
Duke, with its many educational, cultural, and sports offerings;
Duke Medical System; rated 5th in the country for geriatric care.

I hope to visit the Triad next Spring. I would be interested in learning how Winston-Salem and Greensboro are similar to, or different from, Durham. Based on the things I like about Durham, do you think I'd be as happy (or happier) with W/S or Greensboro as with Durham?
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:56 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I am scouting places to retire... I hope to visit the Triad next Spring.
Based on the things I like about Durham, do you think I'd be as happy
(or happier) with W/S or Greensboro as with Durham?
The principle differences in the Triad (and WS in particular) are lower RE prices than Durham
and more convenient access to the BRP and mountains.
The rest of the items on that list are also readily available.

Want some examples? Let me google that for you

hth
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:49 PM
 
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I think Greensboro is more similar to Durham in "vibe". But the whole Triad Area is a great place to be...three cities and several smaller towns to explore. Good variety of events, etc.

Guilford County taxes are noticibly higher vs. Forsyth County So if property tax rates are a concern, you might lean toward Kernersville, Winston-Salem, Lewisville or Clemmons.

• A human-scaled, walkable downtown; more like a relaxed town than a frenetic city;

Both Winston and Greensboro have very nice revitalized downtowns...

• Beautifully restored tobacco warehouses housing offices, local retailers, and residences;

Winston has some restored tobacco warehouse areas, you'll find elements of both for the other items.

• A neat ballpark right downtown; Both Winston and Greensboro have new ballbarks downtown.

• Lovely historical residential districts close to downtown and Duke (e.g., Trinity Park, Old West Durham, Watts-Hospital/Hillandale); I'd love to live in one of those early-20th century bungalows;

Winston has "Old Salem", there are bungalows and historic neighborhoods in both cities. College Hill area of Greensboro. West End in Winston Salem and many others could probably mention.

• Duke, with its many educational, cultural, and sports offerings; ditto...There are multiple private and public universities in the Triad. NC School of the Arts, The Stevens Center, The Carolina Theatre. Eastern Music Festival

• Duke Medical System; rated 5th in the country for geriatric care. Wake Forest University/Baptist Hospital is usually highly ranked in many areas. Moses Cone in Greensboro is superb for Cardiac Care. Honestly, there isn't a single hospital in the Triad I'd consider inadequate or wouldn't be willing to go to for Care. I honestly prefer the smaller ones, like High Point Regional, Forsyth, or Wesley Long

Plus we've got the "Farmer's Market" right smack dab in the middle of the triad with all locally grown produce.


With all that being said; I like Durham too and if the opportunity ever presented itself. Wouldn't hesitate to move. Being it reminds me of here.
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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Durham has a much higher crime rate than WS and Greensboro. It also has traffic problems. WS has a great medical school and hospital but refers to Duke when needed. WS and Greensboro have beautiful residential areas. I would absolutely choose the triad over Durham.
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Bermuda Run, NC
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Just moved here (Winston-Salem area)...but seems like Greensboro has alot more crime than Winston-Salem. Not bashing Greensboro by any means...but seems to be heading in the wrong direction. Moved out of Charlotte (after 20 years) due to traffic & crime...Greensboro was not appealing to us...but everyone likes different things. Good luck with your decision. I would visit both and then decide.
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:46 PM
 
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I'd say you wouldn't. Greensboro has more of a "home-town" feel. I mean if you like that, move there. Raleigh/ Durham area is more tourist-y than Greensboro.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Durham has a much higher crime rate than WS and Greensboro.
Actually this is incorrect. City-data provides this information:

City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 319.1) for 2010
Durham - 462.4
Winston-Salem - 483.7
Greensboro - 438.2

They also break it down by crime (murder, rape, assault) if anyone would like to review further.

Assaults per 100,000 in 2010
Durham - 373
Winston-Salem - 412.6
Greensboro - 314.9
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:50 AM
 
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************Year**Index****Violent***Property**Mur der***Rape***Robbery***Assault***Burglary***Larcen y****MVT****Arson
Durham*******2010*5,709.70**712*****4,997.70**10.1 *****26.4***291.8*****383.7*****1,605.50***3,076.6 0**315.6**12.7
Greensboro****2010*5,851.20**578.5****5,272.70***7 .3*****20.6***240.1*****310.5*****1,615.60***3,350 .80**306.3**33.3
Winston-Salem*2010*6,493.50**661.5****5,832.00***4.8*****4 1.9***196.7*****418.2*****1,955.60***3,596.00**280 .4**46.2

Sorry... Formatting on here sucks. These are all rates. Data are reported by agencies to the NC DOJ.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:11 AM
 
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Moving to Greensboro NC with husband and two son's in their early twenties in 6 weeks. Husband will work near Alamance. Son's are looking at Guilford community college in Jamestown for now. We have been living in Myrtle Beach for the past 5 years and although the beaches are nice the tacky tourism and horrible traffic will not be missed and really hasn't been a very productive time for the kids. We are hoping Greensboro will have more to offer our son's and my husband and we can take advantage of a more relaxed city without having to move all the way back to western Pennsylvania where we are orginally from. You all have been easing my mind a bit on here. We visited Greensboro a few weeks ago and it reminded us so much more of rural Pennsylvania only with much more to do. Anyone ever seen a show at the Collesium? And what parts of Greensboro would you say "not" to lease a house in. We are going back this week-end to secure a place and have a number of addresses we are looking at. Is the Shannon Hills area okay? Also looking at one in NW Greensboro near Pisgha Church Road? (Not correct spelling). Thanks for your help!
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