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Old 03-13-2015, 06:55 AM
 
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Thanks for the help about a month ago on areas to check out when visiting. We are wanting to buy and have 30 days in corporate housing which is in Chapel Hill. Job in Burlington. Can anyone be specific on which counties are better: Alamance, Chatham, Guilford. Taxes, amenities. Are there pockets of unsafe areas, or things that would make an area not appealing in each city: Graham, Burlington, southwest Chapel Hill, Whitsett, Mebane. I appreciate the help as a realtor has to be unbiased. We have 5 kids and just want safe, some activities, libraries, and a bit land maybe since the kids want chickens!

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Patti from MI
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Old 03-13-2015, 10:17 AM
 
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All have libraries, amenities vary. Your realtor can tell you which neighborhoods/ areas allow farm animals.

Guilford county taxes are higher than Alamance county or Orange county.

I thought you got good recs in your other post. Being here and looking will really help you with the right fit.
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:51 PM
 
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Out of the counties listed Alamance will have the cheaper taxes. Chapel Hill I believe still has the highest municipal tax rate in the state.

Chatham and Orange I would say are your better bets for living if you want to be near the arts or for better schools.

As far as bad areas...Burlington is kind of a mixed bag. It is a city after all and being one that was once dominated by textile mills that have since shut down, there are definitely pockets of older and poorer neighborhoods where crime is rampant. Some of those neighborhoods border Graham too, so that is an issue as well.

A general observation is that since Alamance has cheaper taxes than many of its surrounding counties, it has absorbed many residents who can no longer afford or wish to live in higher cost areas.
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Thanks for the help about a month ago on areas to check out when visiting. We are wanting to buy and have 30 days in corporate housing which is in Chapel Hill. Job in Burlington. Can anyone be specific on which counties are better: Alamance, Chatham, Guilford. Taxes, amenities. Are there pockets of unsafe areas, or things that would make an area not appealing in each city: Graham, Burlington, southwest Chapel Hill, Whitsett, Mebane.
Nobody can say which counties are "better", as those counties are not homogenous and it's subjective anyway. Alamance is kind of "boring", but that may be what you want. It's also, of course, where Burlington is, so you will be nearby work. Guilford is urban, domimated by Greensboro. Chatham is kind of schizophrenic; the Northeastern part of it is basically an extension of Chapel Hill and wealthy, liberal and educated, while the rest is pretty rural and similar to Alamance. Lots of Hispanics in the area as I understand.

City-Data has pages on the counties just like the cities:

Alamance

Guilford

Chatham

Really, it's an individual decision once you take all info into account.
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:49 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Old 03-29-2015, 12:03 PM
 
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You can easily find a place in Alamance with some space for chickens. The biggest thing to consider would be schools...
In Guilford and Alamance...you have some very good schools...and some awful schools. With 5 kids, I'd focus like a laser on that.
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