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Old 04-03-2012, 10:18 PM
 
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I am moving down there from NY this summer and have to split time between Durham and Raleigh and after looking at areas I really like the Brier Creek area as well as the Crabtree area near Glenwood/Creedmor Rd's. There are so many apt complexes in those areas and the reviews for everything are mixed so its hard to know what's worth looking into.

Im a 20 something single female looking just looking for a nice and safe community.

Any suggestions on specific apt complexes/communities in those areas? Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:30 AM
 
Location: West Raleigh
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I don't think that anything in that area is what I'd call unsafe, your real battle, like you stated will be weeding out the good complexes from the bad. Review sites tend to attract only those who have really extreme opinions (both positive and negative) so they're not much help sometimes.
Is there any way you can come down for a visit and see them in person before you decide? Personally I always liked to get to apointments with office managers a bit early and just poke around the parking lot, hang out and maybe see if I could get someone to talk to me about how they liked living there.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I don't think that anything in that area is what I'd call unsafe, your real battle, like you stated will be weeding out the good complexes from the bad. Review sites tend to attract only those who have really extreme opinions (both positive and negative) so they're not much help sometimes.
Is there any way you can come down for a visit and see them in person before you decide? Personally I always liked to get to apointments with office managers a bit early and just poke around the parking lot, hang out and maybe see if I could get someone to talk to me about how they liked living there.
I have lived in this area for the last 3 years and agree with the statements above. There are crime reporting websites that show what crime / where, and this is a pretty safe, upscale part of town.

I think that the way to choose, is first online filtering out those places that don't have the specific amenities you want (pet friendly, on-site laundry, pool/hot-tub/grilling area, garages, etc.)
Then by price, then by lease terms (if you only want a 1-year and they don't offer anything less than a 2-year).

Only then, should you veto any because of review postings, and make sure you take into account the post's age, and that the great majority of reviews are negative (because not too many people will go out of their way to post online attaboys).
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I am moving down there from NY this summer and have to split time between Durham and Raleigh and after looking at areas I really like the Brier Creek area as well as the Crabtree area near Glenwood/Creedmor Rd's. There are so many apt complexes in those areas and the reviews for everything are mixed so its hard to know what's worth looking into.

Im a 20 something single female looking just looking for a nice and safe community.

Any suggestions on specific apt complexes/communities in those areas? Thanks in advance.
Being in Brier Creek does make it easy to get to Durham and Raleigh. You are almost in between both places. Living near Crabtree means you need to deal with all of that annoying local traffic. Plus any drive into Durham would be pretty long from Crabtree.

I can't recommend specific apartments in Brier Creek but there are lots of reviews posted if you just search on Yelp.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:20 PM
 
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Brier Creek has a ton of apartment complexes...from ACC Blvd, down the Brier Creek Parkway all the way to Aviation Parkway. I would just take a day and drive around and tour them all and see what you like best and what the best deal is. Reading those reviews doesn't help sometimes because some people are just never happy no matter what.
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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One quick comment about the Crabtree area:
Their traffic is pretty bad on normal days, but near Christmas time, the traffic around the mall is hideous, (as it is near any mall, but the Crabtree area has few alternate roads).
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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One quick comment about the Crabtree area:
Their traffic is pretty bad on normal days, but near Christmas time, the traffic around the mall is hideous, (as it is near any mall, but the Crabtree area has few alternate roads).
Wow. I disagree. The traffic around Crabtree, even at Christmas, isn't that bad. You should have seen what it was like years ago, before Triangle Towne Center and Southpoint. THAT was bad!

I pass Crabtree quite often, to get to my house. Coming from the highway, the left two lanes turn into the mall but the other lanes aren't that congested. Of course, if the light is red, you simply must stop!!!

Vicki
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Wow. I disagree. The traffic around Crabtree, even at Christmas, isn't that bad. You should have seen what it was like years ago, before Triangle Towne Center and Southpoint. THAT was bad!

I pass Crabtree quite often, to get to my house. Coming from the highway, the left two lanes turn into the mall but the other lanes aren't that congested. Of course, if the light is red, you simply must stop!!!

Vicki
I guess if you're patient Vicki, then it's not too bad. But what most of us find irritating are the numerous stop lights in that section. In my experience traffic in the Crabtree area is more congested than along other parts of Glenwood Avenue. It's not the end of the world, it's just annoying.
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