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Old 10-24-2010, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Wayland, MA
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With so many neighborhoods to choose from, and so many good suggestions on this board about family neighborhoods, we are looking for some advice on neighborhoods/subdivisions with toddlers. My family will be relocating to Cary from Massachusetts (yes, another New Englander) in the next few months, and we're trying to narrow down our search. Specifically, we have 2 daughters, age 1 and 3, and we'd like to find neighborhoods that have kids their age to play with.

If anyone has any suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated. We're hoping to travel down to Cary in December to start house shopping, and pinpoining a handful of neighborhoods prior to that visit will make things much smoother.
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:45 PM
 
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To my knowledge, there are only 2 subdivisions in Cary that have toddlers, so your choices will be rather limited. The first is Cary Park. It is at the northwest side of Cary. The other is The Park at Westlake. It is at the far southern tip of Cary. . . right near the sewage treatment plant. . . . but don't worry, you can only smell it on days that end with the letter "y".
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:56 PM
 
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I live in the community next to The Park at Westlake, appropriately named West Lake. I have a toddler son, but here's what I noticed when moving here almost a year ago. It's very easy to see where older children live; they play outside, you can see bicycles, etc. With toddlers, it's a bit different. You won't always see them playing outside, unless the parents are with them.

I suggest picking a community that suits your needs (i.e. cul de sacs for easy play, community pool, etc) and then figure out what to do with your little ones. While there are children in my community, many of them are older than my son. Yes, he plays outside with them, but I also take him to library time and birthday parties that he is invited to. I have found that enrolling him in preschool has helped as well as far as playdates and meeting other little children.

Good luck!
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:02 PM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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I agree with pp - this is kind of a tough question to answer unless one lives in a subdivision that is made up of toddlers....however, anecdotally speaking, Amberly (sp?) seems to have a lot of toddlers. My parents live in Carolina Preserve, and have privileges at the Amberly residents' center, and we went there a couple of times this summer and there was a good amount of babies and toddlers there. The waterpark at the pool there is great for the kids, and they have a nice playground too.
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:30 AM
 
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Carpenter Village has a lot of toddlers. Actually, there is a nice age range of kids from babies to teens. The library and Carpenter elementary school are within walking distance.
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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One thing to remember, though: your kids won't be toddlers for long. Choosing a neighborhood for because it has a great little kids' playground may not be the best thing for the long term (meaning, more than three years from now).
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:18 PM
 
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I live in Churchill Estates and we have a lot of toddlers. Look for neighborhoods with amenities - park, pool - which attract people with small children.
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