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Old 12-06-2007, 12:45 PM
 
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Default Low cost of living, low crime in and around Raleigh?

I am in my early 20s and I am trying to save up some money for a home. I can't really afford anything above 150s, but I would like to know of an area either in Raleigh or around Raleigh that has low crime and affordable. I don't really care if its more city or country as I have lived in both. Also, I wouldn't want a far drive to work (no longer than 40 min). I currently work near Capital Blvd. Any help will be much appreciated as I have only lived in the area for a short time and don't really know much about the safe and affordable areas. Thanks again!
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:19 PM
 
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Default I know of a subdivision!

There is a great subdivision in Apex called Sugarland Run. My husband and I bought here a year ago and love it. The houses are 1100 to 1500 sq feet with .20 to .25 of land. Our backyard feels huge compared to all of the new subdivisions in the area. The houses range from 145,000 to 160,000. The houses in this subdivision sell fast...I'm talking a week. We have a HOA, so the common grounds are kept up wonderfully. The houses are 10 years old. Some people have taken care of there houses better than others (like all neighborhoods)...but for the most part the houses are very nice. Very safe area and it takes my husband 20 minutes to get to work in downtown Raleigh. If you are interested in this neighborhood I suggest you have your buyers agent keep a close watch to see when a house in our neighborhood is for sale..since they go so fast. Family friendly and professionals live here. It's great. Don't rush in the buying process. Find something you really like. My husband and I looked for 2 years until we found a perfect place for us. The most important thing is to find a house that has been Taken Care Of! We didn't want to pour money into improvements with our first house and in this price range...that can happen. Our neighborhood is a hidden gem.
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Old 12-06-2007, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Hi I have been living in Raleigh for 4 mths and no expert but I know that Cary is supposedly rated highly in terms of safety. However, I don't know what the houses are worth. That might be a good start for you.
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Cary is a great, safe place to live... but home prices here have risen in the last few years becuase of the influx from the positive press.

Apex and Holly Springs were both rated in the top 20 places to live last year and still have many affordable homes. The commute may take longer however, but 540 is expanding to those areas.

If you want to move north of Raleigh, there is Wake Forest and many small cities. East of Raleigh there is Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon. Both are within 25-30 minutes of Capital Blvd. All are pretty safe but of course you should review each neighborhood as it can vary widely within a city.

Contact a reputable Realtor, the best way is to ask your friends and co-workers for a referral. Take your time and ask for advice, its a big decision but a great step!
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Old 12-07-2007, 06:44 AM
 
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Hedingham in NE Raleigh comes to mind. There are a number of neighborhoods in NE Raleigh that are affordable and safe communities. Why have a long commute when you don't have to?
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Old 12-07-2007, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Hedingham in NE Raleigh comes to mind. There are a number of neighborhoods in NE Raleigh that are affordable and safe communities. Why have a long commute when you don't have to?
I live in Hedingham and am very happy for the most part... my only complaint is the petty crime and vandalism that seems to go on quite a bit... my bike was stolen right from my backyard in the middle of the afternoon within weeks of moving here. On the plus side, my neighbors are very nice and I like the proximity to 440 and all of the amenities that I need.
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Old 12-07-2007, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Oxnard, CA on the way to Raleigh NC
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I have a friend who lives in Hedingham and she loves it, plus the HOA is only $35 per month, and with that you get access to the rec room, gym, pool (including classes) and afternoon tee-offs on the golf course. Not bad. And she said there are lots of condos on the area for sale and some are very reasonable. Her mom even moved in there.

Take a look:

Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op - 2109 TURTLE POINT DRIVE, Raleigh, NC, 27604 - Realtor.com

Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op - 5375 Coghill, Raleigh, NC, 27604 - Realtor.com

Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op - 5326 Cog Hill, Raleigh, NC, 27604 - Realtor.com

Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op - 1646 Oakland Hills, Raleigh, NC, 27604 - Realtor.com

Single Family Home - 4512 Aviemore, Raleigh, NC, 27604 - Realtor.com

Well, if you would like to look at more the zip code there is 27604.

Have fun.

Char
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