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Old 06-18-2007, 09:32 AM
 
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Hi Everyone

Could definately use some help. My family and I are going to make the big jump. We will be moving from Cape Cod(MA) to either Simpsonville SC or the Raleigh NC area. I will be transfering with work. My husband is a social worker and former Landscaper. We have 2 small children ages 3 and 20 months. Cape Cod has gotten outrageous with everything so we think it would be a good time to move while the kids are small. We have never lived anywhere but the Cape and are nervous about the move. Raleigh is just so big (much bigger than we are use too) We've done some research on the schools. Has anyone moved from MA to NC and loved it? I would love some opinions from the locals to what you like and don't like about Raleigh and if you could pick an area in Raleigh to raise a family where would it be? Thank you all so much. Have a great day.
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Old 06-18-2007, 10:04 AM
 
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I'm not from MA, but I would say if you're used to the cape you're used to water, and might very much miss it. Raleigh is quite landlocked. I would look at different options of water in the area, make sure it is a move you want. There are lovely lakes, and rivers and many options for getting the feel of water, but nothing like an ocean. (1 1/2 hours away)
As far as Raleigh being huge, and busy; It is quite easy to find slower towns surrounding the area. If you picture it like a wheel the further you go out in all directions, the calmer and slower things get. Also, all of the smaller towns have different "feels" to them. The only way to properly know what will "feel" right to you is to visit each one. I'd definitely recommend looking close to a lake though, as it would make the transition a little easier.
As far as raising kids, that is why we love it here, the area offers everything we need to make sure our kids grow up in a healthy, happy environment; good schools and programs, ample outdoor activities, friendly people, and a natural respect for elders. My opinion, though. The best thing to do is visit, and decide for yourself.
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Old 06-18-2007, 12:22 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice ChipL. This may sound strange but I am not a beach person at all. I like being outside with the kids and dogs but trust me when I say I do not have to Live near the water. In the summer here the beaches are extremely crowded and the parking is ridiculous. Just lying in the sun on the beach is very boring too me. Thanks for the advice. We are looking at some neighboring towns. Hoping to visit soon. Thanks Again
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Old 06-18-2007, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs, North Carolina
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Hi Everyone

Could definately use some help. My family and I are going to make the big jump. We will be moving from Cape Cod(MA) to either Simpsonville SC or the Raleigh NC area. I will be transfering with work. My husband is a social worker and former Landscaper. We have 2 small children ages 3 and 20 months. Cape Cod has gotten outrageous with everything so we think it would be a good time to move while the kids are small. We have never lived anywhere but the Cape and are nervous about the move. Raleigh is just so big (much bigger than we are use too) We've done some research on the schools. Has anyone moved from MA to NC and loved it? I would love some opinions from the locals to what you like and don't like about Raleigh and if you could pick an area in Raleigh to raise a family where would it be? Thank you all so much. Have a great day.
There are several towns on the outskirts of Raleigh that are no where near the over population of the city itself. I think you would be pleased more with places like Cary, Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Apex, Clayton or Wake Forest.
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Old 06-18-2007, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Cary NC
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From my personal experience - i moved from NY to Florida, and it was wonderful, for about the first year or so. It was some definate culture shock - some bad, some good. We are now moving to Raleigh in September, becuase it resembles the north quite a bit more than Florida. I think as long as the culture shock doesnt get to you ,you'll like it fine!
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Old 06-18-2007, 01:43 PM
 
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Default What town?

What town on the Cape are you coming from? I may be able to help point you to a town that is similar is size/density to what you are used to.
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Old 06-18-2007, 02:16 PM
 
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Hi lifeguard bss

we are coming from Sandwich. We just do not want to choose the wrong place to move. We do not plan on doing this again. Thanks Again
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Old 06-18-2007, 02:23 PM
 
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Default Good place

Sandwich is a good place to be coming from. It is not as desolate as say, Truro but no where near as busy as Hyannis.
I think a good place for you to begin your search is Holly Springs, then Apex.
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Old 06-18-2007, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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Prius,
I must agree with you. We moved to FL from PA 7 1/2 years ago. I don't regret it one bit. We are moving to NC next year because we'd like a more northern feel with mild winters. Also we'll be closer to family still in PA.
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Old 06-18-2007, 08:41 PM
 
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An hour and a half to the ocean from Raleigh?
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