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Old 04-04-2012, 08:51 PM
 
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I live around Southpoint (rent) and work at Duke. We've had no issue with crime in our two years here. We go downtown every couple weeks to the bars/restaurants and drive all around. We had similar questions when we first moved down here and I think renting in a more commercial area like Southpoint allowed us to feel safe due to all the people and things to do around here. We've since traveled around and learned which areas we'd want to live in if we bought a place. That would be my suggestion if possible. Rent for 6 months or so and allow yourself time to get to know the area before picking an area to live in.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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That would be my suggestion if possible. Rent for 6 months or so and allow yourself time to get to know the area before picking an area to live in.
Great idea if you can swing it.

And if you end up in a smaller appartment there are storage facilities all over the area, so you could easily store extras/larger items that won't fit in the appt. until you do get settled into a house.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:26 AM
 
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The FACT of the matter is, the OP asked about crime and several people offered ways of checking crime in a given area.
Here is the original post - there is no mention of crime:

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Looking online they have huge homes that are amazingly cheap. Cheaper than Apex. Does it have bad areas and thats why the homes are cheap? or is it just cheaper?
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:30 AM
 
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Isn't that a good rule for any city?
Depends what your definition of hood is. I'm sure folks that live in Preston probably consider the Hidden Oaks apartment complex in Cary the hood even though it's very far from it
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:03 PM
 
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Here is the original post - there is no mention of crime:
Er, yeah, "bad area" to me means crime. What does it mean to you?
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:45 AM
 
Location: The South, by the grace of God
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kb,
We moved to Durham County not long ago and I've found that its much like other towns as far as "bad" areas; everywhere has got some, ya' know?
I'm guessing that your browsing has been around the Duke campus as that seems to be the largest concentration of "big" homes....and to me, anyway, its a mixed bag for neighborhoods around either campus. Lots of those places look great from the outside, but the rehab needed could be extensive. With the recent interest in neighborhood refurbishment, the rough diamonds are (comparitively) pretty expensive in my opinion, but the interest is creating a push for better protection and from what I've been told the "bad" elements are going elsewhere.
Out in the county there are some big homes that have come to market recently, and out here there's not much crime but there's not much of anything else, either!
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:07 AM
 
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Er, yeah, "bad area" to me means crime. What does it mean to you?
I have no "dog" in this fight (and I've never been to Durham), but "bad" could also mean run-down/dilapidated, over-industrialized, etc. It doesn't necessarily have to mean crime.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:18 AM
 
Location: The South, by the grace of God
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Absolutely correct, Dark.
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