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Old 02-23-2008, 07:29 AM
 
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Lightbulb What's So Great About Living In The Triangle Anyhow???

As a transplant from New England a little over 2 years ago, I thought I would share what I have found to be benefits of relocating to central NC, currently Cary. I would be very interested to hear what other people have found that they enjoy, after they made the move. Prior to actually making the move, we have to make an educated guess, but now that we have lived here, what pleasant surpirses have you found?

For me, this is what I like about the area:
  • The weather. After freezing my butt of in Massachusetts and seeing no leaves on trees for 7 months out of the year, this is paradise.
  • The people. I have found southerners to be extremely friendly and very welcoming. Thanks for accepting this Yankee.
  • Location. It's great being so close to the mountains and the ocean. It's also great being the same distance from NE to FL. It allows many options for vacationing.
  • Real Estate. It is so much more affordable to own real estate here than other parts of the country. No bubble bursting here, as prices never got over inflated. Plus, the homes are built better here than in NE and the homes have many more upgrades. The homes in NE are mostly a box to live in. Real estate taxes here are much much lower, which allows one to own for the same as or less than renting, including all costs. While one is renting, prior to buying or if only here for a short time, there are so many choices of apartments available. It's a nice combination that exisits in this area, that other parts of the country do not offer.
  • Dining, shopping, dining, sporting events, dining, arts, dining. All I can say is WOW!!!!!! No wonder I am putting on so much weight. It's nice to have choices.
  • Walking/biking trails. They are everywhere. It's nice to live in an area that creates nice ammenities for its residence.
  • Landscaping. Especially in Cary, developments plant a lot of beautiful landscaping. It is so pleasant to be around. Just walking outside puts a smile on my face.
  • Jobs. Wow, so many companies, so many jobs, so much opportunity.
  • WRAL news. So unbiased, professional and shows more than doom & gloom. Up north our news was all doom & gloom negative stories. This is a refreshing change.
How can it get any better than this. Thanks NC. I love it!
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Old 02-23-2008, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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WRAL news. So unbiased, professional and shows more than doom & gloom.
I don't know about that. They screw up more than our president and I feel like they are definitely part of the liberal media group. WTVD is the news to watch.

But welcome!
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Old 02-23-2008, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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SP2SCV...A belated "Welcome to NC" to you!

I find that people who are friendly will find that others are friendly! It doesn't matter where you are from.

The biggest positive that I can say about this area is that its very family friendly. Your family could be just you or you and spouse but especially those with kids...we love our kids!

Vicki
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Old 02-23-2008, 09:18 AM
 
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It's great to hear positive things like this SP2SCV. It makes me excited about moving there. I can't wait. Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope my house in FL sells.

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Old 02-23-2008, 09:27 AM
 
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It's great to hear positive things like this SP2SCV. It makes me excited about moving there. I can't wait. Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope my house in FL sells.

Well best of luck with your sale and welcome when you arrive. Think positive and it will happen. Looking forward to another positive person joining us in paradise.
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Old 02-23-2008, 09:31 AM
 
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I just don't get the paradise thing. There are good people everywhere. If you don't like where you live in the state you're in, you probably just need to change neighborhoods, not states.

NC is fine. I moved here for my husband's job. I like it and don't need to move, but it's no better than anywhere else I've lived. I can't see what the huge appeal is, other than the weather which I admit is really nice. Restaurants, nice people, etc...these can be found in every state.

Not to knock NC...I just don't get why people find it so fabulous.
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Old 02-23-2008, 09:55 AM
 
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One of the things I have enjoyed about the Triangle is that it reminds me a lot of my old hometown, Tulsa. The people are just as friendly and the weather is very similar, so the transition was easy for me. Real estate is more expensive here than what I'm used to, but the pay is a tad higher to compensate for that so it all balances out. I love all of the tall pine trees here - so pretty & they keep the area looking green even in the winter. As others have stated so many times, it's nice that if we have a long weekend to waste, we can easily cruise over to the beach or the mountains.

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Old 02-23-2008, 10:04 AM
 
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WRAL news. So unbiased, professional and shows more than doom & gloom. Up north our news was all doom & gloom negative stories. This is a refreshing change.
I take it you weren't around during the whole Duke lacrosse thing...from what I saw, the whole local media there was eating out of Nifong's hand until the truth started popping up.

What the Triangle does have, undoubtedly, is one of the last great terrestrial rock stations left - 96 Rock (96.1). I miss it.
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Old 02-23-2008, 10:14 AM
 
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I don't know about that. They screw up more than our president and I feel like they are definitely part of the liberal media group. WTVD is the news to watch.

But welcome!

So what do you like about this area? What makes you happy to be here?
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Old 02-23-2008, 10:28 AM
 
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I don't currently live in the triangle but have been to North Carolina many times. Regarding the news, the media is much more negative and competitive up in the northeast. The Boston news channels are constantly competing against each other very aggressively and the local news is all the time. It really is overkill. One network starts at 4:30, so then another network moves to 4:00. Almost everything on is "the sky is falling" type of news.
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