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Old 03-04-2012, 06:08 AM
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Okay, no jokes about the show or the lovable muppet characters. I'm referring to the friendly variety of people who are featured, friendly people of different social and hereditary backgrounds that live and interact in the same neighborhood.

Before you sniff at this idealized setting... I've lived in three neighborhoods just like this, albeit in a neighboring state. It was mainly the kids. There were kids playing of all ages, and each group was a rainbow of diversity. There was an actual play area, in addition to large front and back yards, so play noise was rarely an annoyance. Their parents were vigilant, down to earth, and generally kind people. I would say the area was the upper part of middle class, but not affluent, and very suburban with sidewalks, wide streets, and good space between homes. Basic to upscale amenities were within 5 minutes, like shopping, entertainment, and recreation.

I'm wanting firsthand experience and input on areas like this in The Triangle. It seems possible, given the statistics for the some areas. But, I'm hoping I'm not asking too much! By the way, I work from home, and am flexible to move anywhere in The Triangle. I'm currently renting in the Southpoint area of Durham for around $1000, and I'd like to continue renting around this rate, give or take a couple hundred, so I need some neighborhoods to scout. Any references?
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:06 AM
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I would think any middle class neighborhood in Durham would meet this criteria considering the demographic makeup of the neighborhood.

In my neighborhood my next door neighbors are from Guatemala, the people across from us are from Colombia, and next to them are some folks from Korea. I know down the street from us are a couple of Indian families. This is in Cary but I feel like that's pretty normal for middle class neighborhoods in Cary as well. Neighborhood we were living in before this one I swear we were the only white people in the neighborhood lol.
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:32 AM
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That's great to hear. I really enjoy the diversity of different cultures. I have thought seriously about moving to Cary. I'll have to up my rental limit for that, I think. (Hmm, maybe I will.) I've got a good deal here in a great neighborhood, but a lousy landlord, so that makes me want to move. I want to rent safely and cheaply (we're on the Grannie Plan, aka Dave Ramsey 7 Baby Step Plan to become debt freeeeee!), so I thought I'd write the Sesame scenario to give folks an idea of what I like.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:07 AM
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Parkwood in Durham, Old West Durham, Watts Hillandale, Duke Park, Burch Ave area.

good luck.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:16 PM
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As someone who is contemplating a move to Durham myself, I just have to say that I loved your question about Sesame Street-like neighborhoods in Durham. I've been searching these boards for information about neighborhoods in Durham and am also liking what I'm reading about Old West Durham and Watts Hospital-Hillandale. Thanks to all, and especially thanks to OmniSchoolMom for this question. We all need a little more Sesame Street!
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