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Old 09-10-2015, 05:55 AM
 
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So I live in MD but have a potential job interview lined up in Greensboro for next week. The last post I saw about these regions was for awhile ago, so I figured I would give this a shot to see if there's updated info. I am trying to determine if Greensboro is a good family area since I would be driving 5 hours for an interview, I'd hate to waste my time if it's an obvious bad fit.


-Where you are working - Working on S. Green Street in the 27402 zip code
-How much you are willing to spend on housing- Looking to spend under 150K, but preferably in the 100-130K range for a 3+ bed, 2+ bath.
-How long of a commute you're willing to tolerate - I would prefer to remain within a half an hour of my job.. may be willing to do slightly more if we're talking about a better school district.
-If you have kids: Private school or public school? - Public school. This is important for us because we have two children-- one toddler and an infant!
-What type of neighborhood environment you are looking for: small town feeling? small city excitement? suburbia delight? - We definitely don't want to be in the city. We are OK with suburbia. My husband would like more land or a bigger yard, but I am not so picky if the house is the right fit for us. We are looking for move-in ready but aren't afraid of a bit of cosmetic work.
-Community amenities important to you - We don't need a TON of activities... but it would be nice if we didn't have to travel a huge distance to go grocery shopping, etc (basic needs). Our biggest issues are the schools and housing prices. We live in a very high cost of living area and while I may take a pay cut living in NC, we are hoping to be a bit more comfortable than here!

Thank you for any advice that you can offer!
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Old 09-10-2015, 06:10 AM
 
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Greensboro. Both Greensboro and Raleigh fit almost all your criteria except one. It would be very hard to find a nice house in the size you want for under $200k in Raleigh. You could possibly find one farther out in possibly Clayton or Zebulon etc.. but it would be challenging. Have you looked at the price of houses online? Compare the two cities. It's been years since I've lived in Greensboro but prices then we're cheaper and I assume they still are. Honestly I think your price of $150k is going to be a start rather then the end on either location.
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Old 09-10-2015, 06:54 AM
 
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Thank you for your reply! I have found some homes in both.... but it did look like there were more lower price options near greensboro. That's one reason I was wondering if the schools were OK there or not.
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Old 09-10-2015, 06:57 AM
 
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Also, does it make a difference if we were looking to move closer to Cary than Raleigh itself? Essentially, looking at either Greensboro area or somewhere within the Wake County School District.
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Old 09-10-2015, 06:58 AM
 
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Lots of current threads on Greensboro in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point Board:

Relocating to the Triad - Questions about best areas to buy
Neighborhoods in Greensboro
What I Love About Greensboro; chime in!
Looking for safe rural or suburbs area
Greensboro is very underrated. (or was)

Its a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
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Old 09-10-2015, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Southport
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Also, does it make a difference if we were looking to move closer to Cary than Raleigh itself? Essentially, looking at either Greensboro area or somewhere within the Wake County School District.
Raleigh is located an hour and a half from Greensboro. Not a reasonable commute.
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:14 AM
 
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Raleigh is located an hour and a half from Greensboro. Not a reasonable commute.
Sorry I should have been more specific! Those are the two areas we are looking at... so I wasn't sure if I should go to this interview or skip it and wait for an opportunity closed to Wake County
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:15 AM
 
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Lots of current threads on Greensboro in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point Board:

Relocating to the Triad - Questions about best areas to buy
Neighborhoods in Greensboro
What I Love About Greensboro; chime in!
Looking for safe rural or suburbs area
Greensboro is very underrated. (or was)

Its a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
Thank you!
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Old 09-10-2015, 08:14 AM
 
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Does anyone by some miracle work for Guilford County? Their HR rep told me that the pay was negotiable depending on experience..... (I have slightly more experience than what is listed in the job posting). Pay is for almost 36K. I need 40K to move. Wonderinf if it's worth it for me to go...

Does anyone have experience with this as far as negotiating with this county? I am afraid of making a 5 hour drive for no reason!
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Old 09-10-2015, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Southport
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Sorry I should have been more specific! Those are the two areas we are looking at... so I wasn't sure if I should go to this interview or skip it and wait for an opportunity closed to Wake County
Gotcha. Cary is just as expensive as Raleigh. The entire Triangle area (the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill metropolitan area) is more expensive than the Triad (Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point Metro).
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