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Old 04-06-2012, 06:54 AM
 
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I am an urban city dweller and with a possible relocation to the Triangle approaching this has me wondering where I should live and the have best opportunity of connecting with other singles in mid 50 early 60's age group. All the towns I have looked at (online) Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Durham are easy commutes and all look quite charming... for families. I would appreciate your perspectives I would be retiring in the community. I enjoy a reasonably active life style, kayaking, running, and cycling as well as the arts. Thanks

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Old 04-06-2012, 07:05 AM
 
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I would check out Durham. You have the American Tobacco Trail and other trails for running and biking, the Eno River for kayaking and the Neuse and Lake Crabtree as well, and Durham has the best arts scene in the area with the DPAC being the anchor.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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downtown Durham or Raleigh. Where are you moving from and what type of housing do you live in now?
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:30 AM
 
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A two unit Condo ( 2br) in Boston; urban setting lots of light, high ceilings, wooden floors walk to river, parks,local stores (few chains) and subway.
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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In downtown Raleigh, one of the first condo projects created was The Cotton Mill, which structurally would be the "urban loft" living. It's not in the center of our small downtown, but there's a free circulator bus from a block away to downtown. There are many low/mid-rise options now, more into downtown, or in Glenwood South. You can assume that whether renting or owning, you'll find the cost substantially lower here.

There limited options, though increasing, in downtown Durham. Durham has a smaller downtown, but is very vibrant between the AAA Baseball stadium, the performing arts (DPAC), and some really great synergy happening.

In downtown raleigh, you'll pay $225-325/sqft for a condo. There's one at the PNC Plaza, which is the tallest building in the Triangle, on the 31st floor that's very light and bright, 1400 sqft and $465K.

In Durham, there's not much available right now, but they run 200-250/sqft
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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Reading some the threads I would expect that Raleigh will be a longer commute to the old Nortel building and had noticed the limited inventory of condo's in downtown Durham on the market right now..so likely will rent a place to explore
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Reading some the threads I would expect that Raleigh will be a longer commute to the old Nortel building and had noticed the limited inventory of condo's in downtown Durham on the market right now..so likely will rent a place to explore
Good plan.
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Downtown Durham, NC
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I'd certainly recommend renting in Downtown Durham for a year, see how you like it, and then look into getting a place.

There are a few options to buy right now. Durham's Central Park Cohousing community has ~4 units left, and Baldwin just got converted into condo's last year. Mangum 506 has a few units left over as well. There are some longer-term plans for condos in the works, including another condo building by Central Park being built by Measurement Durham. And, there's some rumors about the developer of Meadowmont and his options on the "We Want Oprah" building that's being sold by the Sturdivants.
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