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Old 02-17-2013, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Derry, NH
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I own a business that I can put just about anywhere. I happened to spot online, a house I liked in Wilson, NC.

I was wondering if the area would be safe for a single woman with a Yankee (north of Boston) accent, no kids, one cat situation? Also, I was wondering if Wilson was friendly to women business owners?

Last but not least, I was wondering if living in the Historical District was a good idea, or, if it carries excessive amounts of regulation?

Thank you for any assistance you might be able to provide.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:30 AM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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Why Wilson? Not knocking it but definitely would not be on my list of relocation choices. From someone who is also from New England, if you are looking for a smaller town feel with quaint downtown, I'd recommend Apex, Hillsborough, Pittsborough, Chapel Hill. Cary is a large bedroom community, mostly suburban. Cary's downtown district is small but there is a current push to restore it...I think it's going to be great one day. While Raleigh is not a small town, it is a smallish city with some fantastic historical areas/buildings/housing (but much more expensive).
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Knightdale. NC
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It makes a difference which of the historic districts you decide to move into. There are I think three of them. We live two houses outside of the one encompassing West Nash in a historic house.

Why Wilson you ask? Because our house would have cost at least 4X what we paid for it if it was in Oakwood inside the beltline. If you like older pre-war houses, drive up Nash between Raleigh Road and Ward heading north.

I would say yes to your questions, again depending on which district. But there aren't any specific issues or regulations regarding older homes that I am aware of. Perhaps a two cat minimum


If you PM me I can get you in touch with someone that works for the town involved in historical houses ie. finding one not as visible in the MLS.

Best,

Dave

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I own a business that I can put just about anywhere. I happened to spot online, a house I liked in Wilson, NC.

I was wondering if the area would be safe for a single woman with a Yankee (north of Boston) accent, no kids, one cat situation? Also, I was wondering if Wilson was friendly to women business owners?

Last but not least, I was wondering if living in the Historical District was a good idea, or, if it carries excessive amounts of regulation?

Thank you for any assistance you might be able to provide.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:45 AM
 
Location: My House
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Why Wilson? Not knocking it but definitely would not be on my list of relocation choices. From someone who is also from New England, if you are looking for a smaller town feel with quaint downtown, I'd recommend Apex, Hillsborough, Pittsborough, Chapel Hill. Cary is a large bedroom community, mostly suburban. Cary's downtown district is small but there is a current push to restore it...I think it's going to be great one day. While Raleigh is not a small town, it is a smallish city with some fantastic historical areas/buildings/housing (but much more expensive).
The only reasons I could think of for moving to Wilson are cheap houses and cheap, fast Internet.

Neither of those would be enough to lure me there.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Morrisville
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Check out Cary we love it Very pretty, Easy to get in and out of! etc, Safe ,clean, welcome to all !
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:11 PM
 
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There is a hugeeeee gulf in style between the Wilson Historical District homes and those available in Cary. Wow.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Derry, NH
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About all I need is a place to put my in-home business & hang my hat & live in peace. So a place doesn't need to be overly fancy. Just home.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:49 PM
 
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There is a hugeeeee gulf in style between the Wilson Historical District homes and those available in Cary. Wow.
Agreed. Best historic homes in the Triangle are in Raleigh. IMHO.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:50 PM
 
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About all I need is a place to put my in-home business & hang my hat & live in peace. So a place doesn't need to be overly fancy. Just home.
Wilson isn't fancy. It's. Dull?

Disclaimer: I was born there. Lived there until I was 3. My dad moved there after my parents split up. Wilson holds zero appeal to me. Zero. There's pretty much nothing to do there. The only mall couldn't even stay open. I guess I'm biased, but it has always struck me as a backward town. The historic district is pretty. It's just missing any sort of allure.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:44 AM
 
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Not sure about your choice of Wilson, as it is not at the beach, for scenery, nor does it have the gorgeous mountain backdrop of western NC. There are plenty of historical towns throughout NC, and I have lived in a few.

In some, the regulations are very strict, in that it takes 18 months to get the color of paint approved by a committee, while others only "allow" certain colors, landscaping, etc. Others are strictly hands off, and just post a vague set of guidelines. You have to research the historical board of the neighborhood you choose before buying.

Maybe rent for six months to see if it is indeed where you want to live. NC small town life is not like New England small town life, and we go crazy over a snow flurry- bread and milk are sold out for days.

And if you are a gardner, it's hard to get some traditional plants to grow in the sand or red clay extremes.

John
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