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Old 04-21-2009, 11:04 AM
 
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We are thinking of relocating to NC from AZ. We are early 50's, no kids, would like a town between 5,000-15,000 people. We are thinking of an older ( historic) home, with possibly an acre or so. We like small towns, but want to be close (50 miles or so) to a major airport. Hubby would like to stay away from the coast, so I guess central or eastern NC is where we would like to look. So, where would all of you start looking?

Toni
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Old 04-21-2009, 01:38 PM
 
Location: NC High Country
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There are so many nice towns in North Carolina. The first one to pop into my head is Hillsborough. Wonderful historic district and homes. Near Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill for cultural amenities, college and pro sports, shopping, etc. Easy access to RDU Airport.

Salisbury may be a bit bigger than you're looking for, but it too has a lovely historic district. Easy drive to CLT.

I'm sure others will chime in, but these are the first two I thought of.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
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Pittsboro, Sanford, Graham, Mebane, Wendell. All are relatively near RDU airport.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Southeastern Cumberland County
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Clinton is a nice place to live. Population is about 10,000. You're within an hour of the Fayetteville Airport and about 1 1/2 hours from RDU (airwise, it's not that far, but ya' gotta drive to get there...so it takes a little longer).
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Does anyone know anything about Hoffman, albertson, & raeford ? these are towns we were notified in to checking into in the next couple of weeks we to are early 50's no kids but have doags that are a tad spoiled LOL we like privacy but don't want to live in a run down town or a place that has a high crime rate. we to Also want to be within 1/2 hr to 1 hr away from a larger city we dont require intertainment we can do that for or selfs LOL Thanks
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Old 04-21-2009, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Efland
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Hillsborough was also the first one to pop into my head. My favorite town! Definitely check it out while out here. The airport is within a 30 minute drive.
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:31 AM
 
Location: On the brink of WWIII
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Pittsboro, Sanford, Graham, Mebane, Wendell. All are relatively near RDU airport.

We drove through Wendell the other day and were very impressed with it. Especially the drive down Main Street with the great older homes ans spacious yards..

We think Wendell is worth a look for sure..
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Sanford, NC
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Being a resident of one of our local historic districts, I am always a big Sanford booster, but Sanford's population is around 30k, so I'm not sure if that would fit what you are looking for from a population standpoint.

But if that isn't a deal-breaker, I'd definitely give Sanford a chance.

Our location is nearly perfectly centered between Raleigh/Durham, Fayetteville, and Greensboro, and at 30k population we generally have everything anyone "needs" and anything one "wants" is only 30-40 minutes away in the larger cities.

We've got a great small town vibe, with the advantages of a mid-sized city, where the mayor probably knows you by name. Housing is inexpensive and in a small area we have everything from gated golf communities to rural farmland.

And specifically regarding older/historic homes, Sanford has three residential National Register Historic Districts(and are applying for a grant to survey a fourth) and our downtown National Register district as well. We always have a nice assortment of older and historic(meaning in this case, in a district) homes on the market of a variety of ages and styles.

In fact, here is one example that has historic roots for Sanford that is across the street from our home, and has a great double-lot:

Find a Home - Property Listing


If you would like some more information on Sanford, here are some links:

City of Sanford, North Carolina | Official Government Website

Specifically a link to our newly revamped and under development City of Sanford's Historic Preservation Dept:

City of Sanford, North Carolina | Official Government Website


Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce

Downtown Sanford, INC. | Sanford, North Carolina


Maps of Sanford relative to the region:

Live Well Centered.


Good luck with your search!
Al



P.S.

If 30k is larger than you are looking for, I too would recommend checking out Hillsborough. It is a beautiful old town, great downtown area, and easy access to CH and surrounding. I love their "city hall", which is an old home on a wooded lot
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:04 AM
 
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I'm originally from NY and moved to Winston Salem, which has everything you could ever need. But its big and kind of cramped. I then moved to Mocksville, pop around 5000. CUTE CUTE CUTE, very nice and close to everthing. In a half hour you can get to Winston or a little over hour you can get to Charlotte. Its about 45 min to Greensboro airport. Theres a Walmart, Lowes Home Improvement, Walgreens, Food Lion right in town or so could travel small distance to anything else you might need. All in all its quite and historic distric.
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Old 04-25-2009, 01:18 PM
 
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If you want a town that would remind you of the the town on " Gilmore Girls" try Gibsonville, just off the interstate beside Elon Unv Nice place ,great older homes well ketp, easy to get to local town of Burlington( Nice new Alamance Crossing MALL just as you get off the interstate) and then 25 mim to Greensboro 45 to Raleigh (RDU) We were in G-vill for 2 yr now on the other side of Burlington, Or look in to Graham counrty seat to Alamnce ! Clean little town ! Nice home and Nice people . Both will offer you large home Historia and or counrty feel with space and place for pet, Out side of Gibsonville is a new dog park well used and great frends!
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