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Old 03-22-2018, 08:43 AM
 
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This might have been true 5-6 years ago, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a brand new (or nearly) house in Holly Springs for $325k, let alone Cary or Morrisville. I just checked the MLS and there are 0 single family homes in Cary for under $325k that were built within the last 2 years. If I expand the search to Cary, Apex, Morrisville and Holly Springs there are 10 single family homes 2 years old or less for under $325k. If you go back to homes built in 2011 or newer there are 17 homes that meet these search criteria in these 4 towns. Half of them are on the Durham side in Morrisville and the other ones are essentially free-standing townhomes that don't share exterior walls on .08 acre lots. As you can see, it's nearly impossible to get a new or newer single family home anywhere in Western Wake County for $325k or less.

When you include townhomes and condos, the list grows to 191 within that search criteria, but still not a whole lot.
Yes, you're right. I'm from upstate NY so I consider anything that was built after 1945 "practically brand new".

 
Old 03-22-2018, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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Yes, you're right. I'm from upstate NY so I consider anything that was built after 1945 "practically brand new".
LOL, I hear you. If that's the case then 95% of the homes in Wake County are brand new!
 
Old 03-22-2018, 10:41 AM
 
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I may be able to provide you with some insight, as I grew up north of Chicago, and lived in NE Atlanta for 15 or so years before moving to Charlotte for 2 years and then Raleigh for 8 years.

Check out the 'sticky' thread at the top, "Triangle Area Relocation Index". It includes information specifically for in-bound relocates, and will address several of your questions, including Cost of Living, Crime, Schools, Shopping, Traffic, Weather, and has links to several threads of other families moving into the Triangle.
My notes will be my own specific experiences.

1) Schools / Crime. Crime is just like Atlanta. There are places in R, or in Durham where you don't want to get a flat tire, and places where if you did, there's be several folk who'd probably offer to help. Use the sticky to find the Crime Maps to see if neighborhoods you're considering are better or worse.

2) Jobs / Commute
. WAY better than Atlanta. 20 min is pretty typical. Like most places, it depends on where you work and live. Most traffic commuting funnels to/from RTP (Research Triangle Park, one of the top research clusters in the country) via I-40, or downtown Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill. The hugely expanding housing areas are Cary, into Morrisville (west of Cary), Apex (SW of Cary), and Wake Forest (N of Raleigh).

3) Weather. Nearly identical to Atlanta. Maybe 5% colder in the winter, hotter in the summer.

4) Housing / Diversity. See the sticky. Housing is probably very similar to Atlanta. Costs appear to be a tad less from Cost of Living Internet sights, but I suspect they are behind the times. Cary has been chosen high on many Best City in the US to Live lists and the housing market is pretty hot.

5) Social. Atlanta vs Charlotte vs Raleigh. All quite similar. They appear to be "southern cities" but have such high turnover of 'foreigners' that they aren't Mayberry RFD. They are proper metropolitan cities with an accepting blend of all types. (Drive an hour out into the country, and that changes).
Atlanta had more things going socially but it's traffic became unbearable.
Charlotte was more businesslike but also more impersonal.
Raleigh more folksy, (proper southern collage feel in CH, more old south in Durham, but RTP has a huge number of professionals and PhD types, likewise Duke university and hospitals and the other high-tech firms here.

6) Shopping
. See the sticky. There are fewer major shopping malls, and all are bairly hanging on, due to folks moving to on-line for even groceries. Downtown Cary and Durham have nice window shopping areas, and Downtown R has a thriving artist community. (See Raleigh First Friday Art Crawl).

One last word. I'd not want to live in Durham 10 years ago, (not based on info, just feelings), but also I have the feeling that they are about half way through a big turn-around. There are several areas that are gentrifying, and craft-brews are opening up all over the place. Downtown R and D are much more social than they were a while back.

Hope this helps

EXTREMELY helpful! Thank you so much for taking the time to elaborate. We've decided to take a visit sometime this fall. We've narrowed it down to the Triangle of Raleigh, and the Davidson / Matthews/ Harrisburg / Stallings areas of Charlotte
 
Old 03-22-2018, 01:08 PM
 
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EXTREMELY helpful! Thank you so much for taking the time to elaborate. We've decided to take a visit sometime this fall. We've narrowed it down to the Triangle of Raleigh, and the Davidson / Matthews/ Harrisburg / Stallings areas of Charlotte
Please do not say it that way when you come here, lest you be abused by the locals. THE TRIANGLE consists of (historically) Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. So Raleigh is part of the Triangle. Now THE TRIANGLE is also used to refer to the entire region, including Cary, Apex, Morrisville, etc. Davidson, Matthews, Harrisburg, and Stallings are all independent towns, as is Charlotte. If you want to refer to that area, you would say, "Charlotte and the surrounding area/towns."
 
Old 03-22-2018, 02:37 PM
 
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EXTREMELY helpful! Thank you so much for taking the time to elaborate. We've decided to take a visit sometime this fall. We've narrowed it down to the Triangle of Raleigh, and the Davidson / Matthews/ Harrisburg / Stallings areas of Charlotte
I'd check out Indian Land and Fort Mill in the Charlotte area. They are the same distance from downtown Charlotte as those NC suburbs you mentioned. There are advantages to living in South Carolina such as no annual vehicle inspections, cheaper gasoline, and lower property taxes in most cases. To be honest, Lancaster county and York county SC are the two fastest growing suburban counties in metro Charlotte. York is actually the second most populated county in metro Charlotte (behind Mecklenburg). There are several reasons for that (schools being one of those reasons).
 
Old 04-16-2018, 07:59 AM
 
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Thank you all for your replies. This has been extremely helpful. We're scheduled to visit this June. After seeing the news of the tornadoes in Greensboro, I think we're going to take a closer look at the Charlotte suburban areas. Seems to be a lot less tornado activity on that side of the state
 
Old 04-16-2018, 08:28 AM
 
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That was a great read, hahahaha!
 
Old 04-16-2018, 09:21 AM
 
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Thank you all for your replies. This has been extremely helpful. We're scheduled to visit this June. After seeing the news of the tornadoes in Greensboro, I think we're going to take a closer look at the Charlotte suburban areas. Seems to be a lot less tornado activity on that side of the state
Nah, not really. They can hit anywhere, but are not super common. We do get tornado watches regularly, but that just means that the conditions are right for a storm to form. Tornadoes can and have hit the Charlotte area. I don't think any one area of NC is more prone to or less prone to tornadoes.

Yesterday's weather in Charlotte: Power outages, trees down in Charlotte after Sunday storms | Charlotte Observer
This is from 2011: 3 tornadoes confirmed in Charlotte region; 5 dead, 10+ injured - | WBTV Charlotte

Please realize that NC does have severe thunderstorms all over the state. We are also subject to hurricanes making landfall, 4th most frequently after Florida, Texas, and Louisiana. Those hurricanes can spawn tornadoes and typically downgrade into tropical storms dumping tons of rain on us. This is really pretty typical weather throughout the Southeast.
 
Old 04-16-2018, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Please do not say it that way when you come here, lest you be abused by the locals. THE TRIANGLE consists of (historically) Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. So Raleigh is part of the Triangle. Now THE TRIANGLE is also used to refer to the entire region, including Cary, Apex, Morrisville, etc. Davidson, Matthews, Harrisburg, and Stallings are all independent towns, as is Charlotte. If you want to refer to that area, you would say, "Charlotte and the surrounding area/towns."
Yes.

Triangle = Chapel Hill (and Carrboro), Durham, and Raleigh (and its Wake County suburbs, Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Wake Forest, Knightdale, Garner, Zebulon, Wendell), plus a few communities in outlying counties like Clayton in Johnston County and Pittsboro in Chatham County.

The Charlotte Metro or to use a throwback term, "Metrolina" = Charlotte, Huntersville, Davidson, Matthews, Harrisburg, Mint Hill, Gastonia, etc, etc, plus Rock Hill and surrounding communities in South Carolina.

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Old 04-16-2018, 09:29 AM
 
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Thank you all for your replies. This has been extremely helpful. We're scheduled to visit this June. After seeing the news of the tornadoes in Greensboro, I think we're going to take a closer look at the Charlotte suburban areas. Seems to be a lot less tornado activity on that side of the state
Are you serious? I have to assume you are, so let me just say ... WHAT?? You are going to base a moving decision on what may or may not be a freak storm? And you're using tornadic activity in Greensboro, which is NEITHER Charlotte nor the Triangle as the basis of your decision? Madness. Jeez, do your homework and research the weather patterns in the region if it's that big a factor for you.

On the other hand, please move to Charlotte. Please. If you don't, you'll probably just be one of those people who wants to move to Cary because you've heard of it from a bunch of people and saw it in a magazine. Charlotte awaits.
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