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Old 03-20-2009, 11:30 AM
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My husband and I are relocating to North Carolina for numerous reasons. My husband has been awareded scholarships at both Duke and Wake Forest for grad school and we are trying to decide which location to move to.

We are liberal New Yorkers without children and are looking for vibrant downtown living. We will be renting in the city at first and then buying a home with some land outside in a year or so. The most important things to us are vibrant downtown, good restaurants, good farmers market and / or local food co-op.

Would you recommend Winston-Salem or Durham?

Thank you!
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Old 03-20-2009, 01:41 PM
Location: Efland
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Hi elaucks,

Congrats to your husband! I grew up in Durham and am happy with the revitalization that is going on downtown. Being liberal, I think you will find the Triangle to be the most liberal area in NC, especially Durham and Chapel Hill. With Durham also being the most diverse. Good luck to you guys!

Here are some links from a previous post of mine.

Downtown Durham

America's Foodiest Small Town: In the Magazine : bonappetit.com
The BA Foodist: Blogs & Forums : bonappetit.com

Farmer's Market

Durham CO-OP
Durham Food Co-op | Food for People, Not for Profit

Central Park

Brand new performing arts center
Durham Performing Arts Center

Durham Bulls
2009 Durham Bulls Baseball Club

Downtown Lofts/Condos
West Village
Golden Belt- Loft Apartments and Arts Hub

Trinity Lofts
Mangum 506 Condos

Brightleaf Square
Brightleaf Square :: Fine Dining and Shopping in Downtown Durham

Carolina Theatre

(http://www.carolinatheatre.org/%5b/SIZE%5d - broken link)
Manbites Dog Theater

Business Week’s
Next Up-and Coming Neighborhoods
Buy Now While They're Cheap: Durham, N.C. - BusinessWeek

The Best Cities to Ride Out a Recession

And of course Ninth Street!

I don't know much about Winston-Salem as I have only visited it a few times. I know it is also a great city and I am sure someone on here will tell you about it.

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Old 03-20-2009, 07:39 PM
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First off, congratulations to your husband. Duke and Wake are both fantastic schools. But I have to tell you, if you're husband's going to be going to Duke or Wake Forest, Winston-Salem is probably out of the question. Your're looking at a 1.5-2 hour commute to Duke and even longer to Wake Forest. It's really in a different region of NC altogether.

Having said that, personally, I would base the decision on which school you decide on. Raleigh is much more convenient to Wake Forest and Duke is actually in Durham. Either place would be a great place to live, both with downtown areas going through a renaissance and plenty of shopping, restaurants, recreation, etc...

Raleigh has a GREAT farmer's market. As the state capital, it plays host to the NC Dept of Agriculture State Farmer's Market NCDA&CS - Marketing Division - Raleigh Farmers Market.

. Good luck in your search!

-- Jason Fant

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Old 03-21-2009, 06:31 AM
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^ Note to self: Never buy real estate from Jason; he doesn't know how to read a map.

Seriously Jason, you apparently are unaware that Wake Forest University relocated from the town of Wake Forest (which is indeed near Raleigh), to Winston-Salem way back in 1956. I don't know how you missed it--it was in all the newspapers.
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Old 03-21-2009, 12:11 PM
Location: Charlotte
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LOL! Jason must be new to NC. Wake Forest University - 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

elaucks - By initial reaction was "Durham" but I think you would like both cities.

Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership.
Winston- Salem has an arts district - The Downtown Arts District Association

Good Luck to you and your husband!
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Old 03-22-2009, 10:24 AM
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Thank you everyone (including Jason ;-)

Your responses were / are very helpful.

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