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Old 11-10-2015, 12:27 PM
 
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So I have a job offer for a company out in Chapel Hill. This will require me to move from Toronto, Canada along with my wife and 2 daughters (both under 2 years old). We currently live and maintain an upper middle class lifestyle. We are willing to spend up to $500-$550K on a house within a good school district and neighborhood.

Where do you suggest we relocate that's within 45 minutes driving distance to Chapel Hill and a good neighborhood for raising young families.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 11-10-2015, 12:51 PM
 
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Chapel Hill
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Old 11-10-2015, 12:53 PM
 
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There's virtually no reason to consider anywhere other than Chapel Hill.
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Old 11-10-2015, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I currently live in Toronto, but lived most of my life in Chapel Hill. Agree with the above that there no reason not to live in Chapel Hill. Good schools, plenty of nice housing in your price range. The cost of living will be much lower than what you are used to, but be sure that your employer provides excellent health insurance. Will your employer help with immigration issues? Also be sure to investigate the tax implications.
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Old 11-10-2015, 01:17 PM
 
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Chapel Hill eh!
Where in Chapel Hill specifically? Do they have gated communities in Chapel Hill?
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Old 11-10-2015, 01:23 PM
 
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OP,

Have you visited the states, much?

My wife grew up in Winnipeg. Her extended family now lives in Ottawa.

During her quarterly reviews at a long ago previous job, she was actually dinged for being too nice. Her boss thought by her being so nice, she was actually showing signs of weakness. She apologized too much!

When I interviewed with my present company, I was told (in a rather bitchy manner, I might add!) that "you don't have to keep apologizing". To that, I said "I'm sorry!".

The culture is very different down here. It's nowhere near as friendly. Yes, you'll find some people that are pleasant but nowhere like Canada. Just food for thought.

The weather is a lot nicer, though.

For those not familiar, "sorry" is the second most popular word behind "eh" in Canada. Only joking, but not really!
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Old 11-10-2015, 01:28 PM
 
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If they do, they're not publicized. Chapel Hill is pretty open when it comes to accessing neighborhoods old and new.
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Old 11-10-2015, 01:36 PM
 
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Chapel Hill eh!
Where in Chapel Hill specifically? Do they have gated communities in Chapel Hill?
That's not really a thing here.
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Old 11-10-2015, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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I agree with Chapel Hill. To my knowledge, there are no gated communities within the Chapel Hill School District. There is a development called Governor's Club that is gated but it feeds to Chatham County schools which do not have the same great reputation that Chapel Hill has. There are a lot of developments, though, that function as their own closed-off neighborhoods without the gates. Some of the bigger ones are Meadowmont, Southern Village, Lake Hogan Farms, Claremont, and Winmore. The first two - Meadowmont and Southern Village have retail and other amenities contained in the neighborhood (groceries, pizza, coffee shop, ice cream, doctor, dentist, nail salon, etc.) if you are looking for some walkability from your home.

If you are looking for a bigger city environment, then Durham would also be in commuting distance to Chapel Hill, but the schools in Durham are not ranked nearly as well as the schools in Chapel Hill. But Durham will give you a more urban feel, but nothing like Toronto, of course.

(One quick note: if you decide you like Meadowmont, the neighborhood straddles the county line between Chapel Hill schools in Orange County and Durham Schools in Durham County so that part of the neighborhood is in one district and part is in another. If you want Chapel Hill schools, make sure you move to the right side.)
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Old 11-10-2015, 01:59 PM
 
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We also open doors for others and recycle...

I don't necessarily need to be in a gated community, I just thought it was common in the US. With that being said, where are some good communities within Chapel Hill? What are some good sites to look for homes in Chapel Hill?
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