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Old 10-26-2010, 05:16 PM
 
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Me and my family are looking to move out of Florida and we're considering Raleigh as a location. We are planning a road trip up there on Thanksgiving weekend and I am wondering in what area should we look. We are looking for safe, unobstructed (not gated) neighborhoods we could visit while we are there. I have a 15 month old and I am seeking an area that is safe and family oriented. A place neighbors know each other and kids play outside. We are also a bi-racial couple and would like an area that is tolerant. Any suggestions would be appreciated.Thanks.

(p.s.- Where should we look for a hotel ? Is downtown safe and does it have restaurants and shopping districts ?)
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:43 PM
 
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Downtown is safe, the hotels there are very nice. The Sheraton is a good one to try. The race thing is no biggy here, people don't care. For more advise on where to live you need to share your price range, wants, don't wants. there is such variety here it's impossible to answer this question without more info from you.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:57 PM
 
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There's not much shopping downtown.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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As you'll see when you visit, Raleigh is essentially a suburb (detached from the urban core) with some moderately sized buildings in the middle of it. We call that downtown. It's not that big. We don't have districts, shopping or otherwise. We do have a couple of malls. I suspect that you're expecting a city of larger size - as I did myself before I visited.

So where to look? That all depends on your budget and what you're looking for (#rooms, sq ft, yard size, garage, etc.). With more details, people on the board can give you better advice. Although, if you do a search, you'll probably find all the answers you're looking for, as they've all been covered many, many, many times before.

Regarding hotels downtown, there's three - the Clarion, the Marriott, and the Sheraton. I would lean towards the Sheraton.

Downtown has very little shopping, but does have a few good restaurants. Sitti (Lebanese), Duck and Dumpling (pan-Asian), Poole's Diner (Southern influenced, covered by a number of the national food mags) are good options.
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Old 10-27-2010, 07:25 PM
 
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Thanks for the input...I'm not looking for expensive or upscale. I am looking for an area that has family oriented with working class families, that has good public schools, library, parks, etc...an area that would be considered close knit and that looks out for each other..As I've gotten older, I seem to look for those things that I always thought were corny..lol. I'm a big city product, born in NYC, spent my youth in Miami and Los Angeles and never experienced the smaller town feel. Being a new dad again (1st one is 18) makes me want to give my daughter the best opportunity to grow and thrive in this type of environment. I hope I've clarified it a little...
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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The most important factor is where your job will be? This is a big area and you'd want your commute to be reasonable. Do you have something lined up?
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:50 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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The most important factor is where your job will be? This is a big area and you'd want your commute to be reasonable. Do you have something lined up?
You don't disappoint! When I saw your name in this thread, I expected to see a comment about his job!
Francois...keepin' it real.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:01 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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[quote=Clever User Name;16413127We don't have districts, shopping or otherwise.[/QUOTE]

About :: District Logos :: Downtown Raleigh

Shopping for those of us downtown is currently centered around Cameron Village, located about 3/4 mile NW of the Glenwood South DISTRICT.
In a way, Cameron Village is blessing and a curse to CBD shopping. Without it, residential demand in and adjacent the CBD would cause developers to provide more retail. With it, there's too much competition from Cameron Village for developers to seriously consider adding more retail space DT. As the population grows DT (and it is growing), demand for more retail will eventually prompt its development. Raleigh's DT is growing in a typical way. It added entertainment first and it's being followed by more housing. In turn, more entertainment has come. I suspect retail is the logical next step.
In the meantime, there's Cameron Village. It's close enough to serve DT and is one of Raleigh's best outdoor shopping experiences.

Welcome to Cameron Village
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