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Old 10-08-2010, 09:41 AM
 
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Default Retired couple relocating to Raleigh - Chapel Hill - Cary

We are a young 60ish retired couple considering moving to the Raleigh - Chapel Hill - Cary area from Texas and are looking for the right place for us. Your advice is appreciated. We would like to build a custom home of about 2800 sq feet for $350 - $450k on at least a third of an acre or more . We looked at Governor's Club and liked it but likely can't afford it in our price range. We liked The Preserve at Jordan Lake, but it seemed too isolated for even a convenient grocery store. Briar Chapel has small lots and we don't want to be in a construction zone for years to come. We generally liked Cameron Pond, but it may be too close to the construction of 540. We would prefer to be near Chapel Hill where one of our children live. Or near south Raleigh where another of our children live. Or between the two areas. We didn't look in the North Raleigh area or Wake Forest because it is not too convenient to our preferred areas, but maybe we should. Is Heritage a good option or something else in that general area? We love children, but at this stage in life don't really want to be in a neighborhood that is mostly young families with lots of kids. We appreciate any advice that you might provide on neighborhoods and custom builders. Thank you.
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Old 10-08-2010, 04:56 PM
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Be very careful about builders, here or anywhere else for that matter. I don't know how any construction people are managing to stay in business in this economy. Our buider, who owes us several thousands of dollars has declared bankruptcy- again. His work was pretty good but he failed to pay subs.

Lots in or near Chapel HIll are extremely rare and/or expensive because of the good reputation of the schools which in turn makes everything real estate very expensive.

My advice on this subject is to find a nice place to rent in the area you now think would be ideal. Take your time to find a good lot and builder. Be diligent in your research and also don't make your choice specifically to be near one child or another. Circumstances in life change and they may make a move themselves.

You will like the area-you probably already know that. It is very favored by retired people with so much to offer. You may even find a resale availabe which meets the bill.

Good luck
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Old 10-08-2010, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Heritage is a beautiful neighborhood but you may not find lots of l/3 acre and more.

North Raleigh sounds like a good option for you.

I'd start out looking at n'hoods that have newer homes and perhaps you'll see a home already built that will appeal to you. If not, and the n'hood is still building, you'll get to see homes built by those builders and maybe you'll find what you like, that way.

You have good options in your price range.

Vicki
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Old 10-09-2010, 08:31 PM
 
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No Kudzu -- Thanks for the advice.

Vicki -- What options (neighborhoods and custom builders) would you recommend for what we want to do?
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Old 10-09-2010, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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If you find a new neighborhood around the Morrisville area, I'm afriad you won't find your l/3 of an acre as most of the new homes in that area are smaller lots. Cameron Pond is custom builders but most of the others like Greystone and Stone Water are not custom homes. Those are built by tract builders.

North Raleigh would be a good middle ground between the Chapel Hill kids and the South Raleigh kids.

You'd definitely find more land if you went out towards Johnston County.

The Preserve at Long Branch is being built by JVC. I'm not sure if they are 100% custom or not.

Briar Chapel has some beautiful homes. Yes, they are still building but you want a new home?

Legend Oaks in Chapel Hill?

One of my favorites which is in Granville County is The Preserve At Smith Creek. There are quite a few "shortcuts" to Durham/Chapel Hill area.

Those are the ones that come to mind. It would help to narrow down what is most important to you. If you can live with a smaller lot, that will bring more neighborhoods into consideration. If the lot is very important, maybe you can change location. Closer to south Raleigh is Clayton.

Vicki
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:18 AM
 
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Vicki -- Thanks for the input. Surely there are some nice neighborhoods where you can build a nice custom home for $350-450k on about a third of an acre or maybe a little less if you had to. Anymore neighborhood suggestions?
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:11 AM
 
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Vicki -- Thanks for the input. Surely there are some nice neighborhoods where you can build a nice custom home for $350-450k on about a third of an acre or maybe a little less if you had to. Anymore neighborhood suggestions?
As a former TX resident who moved here back in 2006. . . . I can assure you that you are confusing TX real estate prices with Raleigh/Cary/Chapel Hill real estate prices.

You could probably get a new custom home of that size on 1/3-1/2 acre for about $400K+, but you will be farther out of the city. . . . like up north or west of Wake Forest or down south of Garner. . . Clayton. . . . or other outlying areas.
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:50 AM
 
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Got a great Chapel Hill builder for you. PM or email me for info. This builder actually lives in the Governors Club. I can place a call to check on lots in the area for you.
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