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Old 10-08-2013, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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I think Durham is a very fun place for singles. I'd check that area out myself. If you don't see something that appeals there Morrisville is very central to most of the Triangle.

College basketball (not football) is king here.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:35 AM
 
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People in RTP are very much into college sports and it's primarily centered on the rivalry between the local teams of Duke, UNC, and NC State. The struggles of these teams is a major topic of conversation for them.

You won't find the outdoorsy culture of CA in NC, the climate and geography just aren't as amenable to it. It's there, just not as prevalent. There is also less of a focus on health and fitness, and it is immediately noticeable in the midsections of the residents.

The culture in general is very different, and what you're like will determine how well you fit in.
That's funny and true. Lots of fat people in the RTP.
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:28 AM
 
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While I understand the typical sentiment of live near your work, I sometimes tend to disagree with it. That's fine for families, and people that don't get out much anyway. However, if you like to go to cafes, restaurants, bars, theater, etc, then I would strongly suggest living very near/in whichever city best suits your interests, whether it's Raleigh, Durham or Chapelboro, and then commuting into RTP for work. Personally, I'd much rather live close to where I play and drive a little bit to work everyday than the opposite.

As far as college sports goes, basketball around here is great. People get into the games and the teams obviously have great history. Unfortunately football isn't the same. I'd love for one the the local colleges to actually compete nationally, but in the 11 years I've been here there has been no indication that will happen any time soon. There are enough transplants though so that if you're a fan of a different team you'll find plenty of people that also root for that team too.
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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I am also not a live "where you work" necessarily type of person unless you HAVE to due to very high cost and/or very long commute. More importantly, find a place you would love to live. If you don't love Morrisville but you move there because your job is there, what happens when you quit and find a new job in Durham? Then you're stuck living in a place you don't really love with a commute to boot.

No commute around here is that bad to not look for a place you really would love settling down in, especially, if you are used to LA traffic. Find a place you will love living. It may be Morrisville, which is suburban; it may be Durham, which is more urban; it may be Carrboro, which is more laid-back artsy. None of them would be a bad commute to Morrisville.

Signed, a family who moved to Chapel Hill when the job was in Burlington (where I would have shriveled and died had we moved there )
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:15 PM
 
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Thank you all so much for the advice!! Much appreciated!
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:07 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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While I understand the typical sentiment of live near your work, I sometimes tend to disagree with it. That's fine for families, and people that don't get out much anyway. However, if you like to go to cafes, restaurants, bars, theater, etc, then I would strongly suggest living very near/in whichever city best suits your interests, whether it's Raleigh, Durham or Chapelboro, and then commuting into RTP for work. Personally, I'd much rather live close to where I play and drive a little bit to work everyday than the opposite.
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uh.....this.

Saves me time in writing my response! My company too is in Morrisville. I am single and I hang my hat in DT Raleigh as do several of my colleagues.

FWIW, my family moved from San Jose when I was a kid.
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Old 10-10-2013, 01:38 PM
 
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I can't beleive you are leaving PISMO Beach Area in Socal!!! I always dream that someday I go and live near San Luis Obispo Bay. If you are thinking beach and mountains are close by, remember 3 hours of drive one way is not practically close by. Second, you can't compare these two states side by side, as both of them are totally different in eveysense.
I would say before making a final decision (unless have no choice but moving becuase of jos etc..), come and stay here for sometime and then make decision. Triangle are is a fantastic place to live, there is no doubt. But you can't just compare with Calif.
I guess I agree with others that you select between Raleigh and Durham for stay. I hoep it works out for you.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:19 AM
 
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SP-NC: I'm not leaving the SLO area, that's where I was born and raised. I currently live in San Jose which is an entirely different ball of wax. SLO is beautiful and quite laid back, the Bay Area...not so much. I appreciate everyone's input and advice, headed your way next week to find a place to live!!
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