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Old 01-28-2011, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I am looking to relocate to North Carolina and must be within an hour or so of Durham for medical reasons. We are looking for small towns that have relatively affordable real estate (upper limit about $160,000., but hope to buy for less. We may rent for a year before buying.

If anyone can recommend small cities/towns (pop. less than 10,000. - eligible for USDA funding) that are considered decent for families (we have a son in Second grade) with good schools, I would greatly appreciate hearing about them. All replies welcomed.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:55 PM
 
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A few suggestions: Mebane, Butner, Creedmoor or Bahama.
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:34 PM
 
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Default what is the deal with USDA funding?

if that is a county thing, the towns mentioned by the previous poster are in various counties - mebane (split between alamance & orange counties), creedmoor (granville? vance? not sure which), bahama (durham). not sure what those towns populations are, bahama might be the only one that meets your requirement, but they are a part of durham - definetly wont meet your pop. requirement.
you might also want to check into timberlake (split, i think, between durham & person), roxboro (person), hillsborough (orange), butner (granville? vance?), zebulon (wake?) goldsboro...
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Knightdale, NC
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Also, Wendell, franklinton, youngsville in some areas. You can go to durham on hwy 98 or 540 and keep to 1 hr commute. Also, there are pockets in E and NE Raleigh that are eligible for USDA 100% loans.
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:44 PM
 
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Bahama is a great little town of about 1,000 or so, maybe a little more. Peaceful community with a good school, or as good as they get nowadays. Our daughters both went to school there a few years. People are very friendly. You should find something in your range. Being close to Durham, it will be a little pricier than some places. But 501 takes you straight to Durham, 20-30 minutes to get to Duke Hospital, 20 minutes to Durham Regional Hospital. Roxboro is 30 minutes north on 501. Not many stores there, 1 small convenience store, a post office. They have a great Christmas parade every year, better than some I've seen in the cities, considering the size of the town. No real attractions but Lake Michie nearby allows boating and fishing. Other fishing places aren't far away. Hill Forest, 10 minutes away, allows hunting. People there do things together at their homes. I don't know anyone who doesn't like the town.
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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if that is a county thing, the towns mentioned by the previous poster are in various counties - mebane (split between alamance & orange counties), creedmoor (granville? vance? not sure which), bahama (durham). not sure what those towns populations are, bahama might be the only one that meets your requirement, but they are a part of durham - definetly wont meet your pop. requirement.
you might also want to check into timberlake (split, i think, between durham & person), roxboro (person), hillsborough (orange), butner (granville? vance?), zebulon (wake?) goldsboro...
I grew up near Goldsboro. That's a long hike from Durham, where I live now. No way one could commute in an hour. Hour and a half was by best time ever, risking speeding tickets all the way.
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:16 PM
 
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I would check out Hillsborough - Easy commute to Durham and the population is hovering right around 10K.

Hillsborough, North Carolina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:21 PM
 
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I vote for Bahama.
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Old 01-29-2011, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Thanks for all the replies thus far.

As far as USDA eligibility is concerned, here is a link to site where those interested can plug in the address of a particular property, and USDA eligibility will be confirmed or denied:

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I'm not sure why, but the rules for a location's eligibility are not quite the same in every State.
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:27 PM
 
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definitely Mebane--
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