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Old 01-02-2009, 09:48 AM
 
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So my husband got a promotion to NC. We are looking at Chapel Hill NC since the schools are the best in the state. We have a gifted child who needs a real gifted program (not a pull out 1 a week). Ch schools offer this program & along with it come taxes which are as high as they are here (bigger house though) Anyway, I am having serious intrepedations about this move as far as it being the right thing to do. We have a tiny home, 1 bathroom & pay over $7,000 in taxes now. However we have lovely neighbors, good schools (minus the gifted program), & a feeling of safety where we are. There is no looking back now we just have to sell our house (good luck huh?) anyway all this was leading up to the question...anyone here move to NC & love/hate it & why? Thanks
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:06 AM
 
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You're asking your question in the wrong forum. Go to the N.C. forum and i'm sure you'll get a lot of help. Good luck in your move.
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:12 AM
 
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So my husband got a promotion to NC. We are looking at Chapel Hill NC since the schools are the best in the state. We have a gifted child who needs a real gifted program (not a pull out 1 a week). Ch schools offer this program & along with it come taxes which are as high as they are here (bigger house though) Anyway, I am having serious intrepedations about this move as far as it being the right thing to do. We have a tiny home, 1 bathroom & pay over $7,000 in taxes now. However we have lovely neighbors, good schools (minus the gifted program), & a feeling of safety where we are. There is no looking back now we just have to sell our house (good luck huh?) anyway all this was leading up to the question...anyone here move to NC & love/hate it & why? Thanks
Heavy things to consider and sounds as though you have already started the ball rolling south, so go with it. I know NYS has some of the best schooling so finding comparable in NC may take some work. Private/magnet/ seem to offer the best for gifted so if it's in your monetary ballpark, I'd investigate those schools first.

(I could start a rant on how the NCLB program has killed gifted programs in public schools across the country but I won't!)

That said, go to the NC/Raleigh area forum and you will be welcomed warmly I'm sure...good luck
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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So my husband got a promotion to NC. We are looking at Chapel Hill NC since the schools are the best in the state. We have a gifted child who needs a real gifted program (not a pull out 1 a week). Ch schools offer this program & along with it come taxes which are as high as they are here (bigger house though) Anyway, I am having serious intrepedations about this move as far as it being the right thing to do. We have a tiny home, 1 bathroom & pay over $7,000 in taxes now. However we have lovely neighbors, good schools (minus the gifted program), & a feeling of safety where we are. There is no looking back now we just have to sell our house (good luck huh?) anyway all this was leading up to the question...anyone here move to NC & love/hate it & why? Thanks
Yes, go to the NC forums and be persistent. You'll hear both sides of it..how great it is and what a mistake it was. Expect it to be much cheaper than LI, don't expect life to be the same. I would take at least a week to go down there and get a "feel" for it, maybe even rent the first year or so to make sure it's what you want to do.
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:19 AM
 
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If you can handle the fact that you will be leaving behind family here on LI you will be just fine. 90% of the people who leave and come back say it was due to family.
Good luck!
By the way good pick with Capel Hill!
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:20 AM
 
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Thanks, I have been on the NC board & posting some questions. I just wanted to get a feel from any fellow NY'ers that moved & what they thought.

Renting is not an option as my husbands company moves us. There is an incentive to buy not to rent from his company. We have been down 3 times & I just keep comparing it with LI (since thats all I know).

Thanks!

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Old 01-02-2009, 10:28 AM
 
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If you can handle the fact that you will be leaving behind family here on LI you will be just fine. 90% of the people who leave and come back say it was due to family.
Good luck!
By the way good pick with Capel Hill!
No family is not an issue. It's just me, my husband & our kids.
Thank you
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:46 PM
 
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I can help you as I have moved from LI to Chapel Hill and had to leave Chapel Hill for Chicago 2 years later. I can honestly tell you that we loved Chapel Hill and are looking to move back. It was the best 2 years of our life and cannot wait to get back down there. We were considering the move back to LI as well so we just spent three weeks over the holidays on LI. We ruled it out and are eager to get back to Chapel Hill. Smart people, diverse, liberal, great shopping and restaurants, natural beauty, great for getting in shape, and great schools. I have to tell you from experience that the grass is always greener, but for us, we love Chapel Hill. Plus, it is good to get out of NEW for a while even if you do go back!!
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:50 AM
 
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Hi there,

I completed a MS at UNC Chapel Hill and loved the area. Now I'm in park slope here in Brooklyn and of course love that also. I think that you will really enjoy the Chapel Hill/reseach triangle area. It is one of the most educated areas in the country, and has lots of little mom & pop restaurants and stores, tons of great used book stores, really a lot like NYC in that - only on a much smaller scale of course. Chapel Hill was my first adventure in completely non-mall Christmas shopping and what fun!!

As for the schools, I interned as a speech patholoy student. They are great, and particularly for students with special needs. Case loads (for speech therapists at least) are kept much smaller and more managable than any other place that I have been by far. Parents locate to Chapel Hill from around the country just to access these programs. I also had a classmate in my MS prog. who had grown up in Chapel Hill with a learning disability and she thought that it had been a great place for her.

Chapel Hill is also farily liberal, especially for the South, if that is important to you. Jessie Helms is famous for saying that NC didn't need a state zoo, they just needed to fence in UNC Chapel Hill!! (one of the best public schools in the country - a public ivy league - and a truly lovely campus.)
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