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Old 08-25-2020, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Carolina Shores
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Hi All, I've searched this forum and a few others. Can anyone tell me about Siler City and any potential new developments being made in the area? I'm not seeing much online. I just thought I would ask.
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Old 08-25-2020, 07:43 PM
 
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Siler City is not really what most people think of as part of the Research Triangle area. If anything, it's more aligned to the Piedmont Triad are. It's actually closer to drive from Siler City to Greensboro than Siler City to Chapel Hill or Siler City to High Point than Siler City to Raleigh, for example. That said, if you do want to live there, it's accessible enough to the Research Triangle at large, although expect to drive around an hour or so each way. It's pretty smooth highway driving east to Pittsboro and Jordan Lake on 64, northwest to Greensboro on 421 and southeast to Sanford on 421. Going west on 64 is your only real challenge, as traffic builds heading toward and into Randolph County around Ramseur and Asheboro, but the 64 bypass soon to open around Asheboro should help with the flow there.

As for Siler City itself, well, it's still a small town under 10,000 but slowly growing. There's a fair amount of restaurants to enjoy, a few attractions and a decent mix of the Old and New South, with a considerable influx of Spanish-speaking employees amid the painted murals on many buildings. Housing and renting are very affordable, especially compared to the rest of the Triangle, and if you like quiet, suburban living and don't need many amenities or much nightlife nearby, this town is the right choice for you. Just be prepared to realize that although Siler City may seem like Mayberry (and indeed Frances Bavier, who played Aunt Bea on The Andy Griffith Show, retired to Siler City from 1972 until her death in 1989), this is 2020 and not the 1960s, so you won't be exempt from all of the modern day pressures of live either.
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Old 08-25-2020, 07:50 PM
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Location: Planet Earth
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I drive through Siler City often. Have been for years, I can't recall the last time I saw new construction going on, maybe 2005?. Granted I only drive through and occasionally stop to eat but it's all off US-64, I don't go "exploring" the town.

It's okay I guess. Seems to have a decent-sized hispanic population.
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Old 08-26-2020, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Siler City is actually mainly Hispanic/Latino now. It's about 50% Hispanic, 20% black, 30% white. There is a great book about the high school soccer team and the Latino migration called "A Home On The Field" by Paul Cuadros.
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Old 08-26-2020, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Carolina Shores
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Thank you very much for the input. I am doing some research for a woman that inherited property there. I'm trying to pull as much information as I can for her. I don't want anyone taking advantage of her. She wants to sell but I don't want her giving it away.
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Old 08-26-2020, 08:29 AM
 
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All I know is there's a yummy cheeseburger place there unless it's closed since the last time I was there. Johnson's I think??? They make X number of burgers each day, and when they sell out, they close up for the day.
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Old 08-26-2020, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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There used to be a big chicken processing plant and a lot of immigrants came to work there — guess the locals didn't want those jobs. More folks came and the immigrant population grew leaps and bounds. I don't think the chicken plant is still there, but not 100% on that.

BTW, it is almost exactly the same distance to drive from Siler City to Chapel Hill as it is to drive from Siler City to Greensboro — about 40 minutes/30 miles. Also the same distance to drive from Siler City to Winston-Salem as it is to drive from Siler City to Raleigh. I do agree that Siler City is not really aligned with the Triangle like Pittsboro (the Chatham county seat). It is more aligned with Asheboro, Ramseur, Randleman. Kind of neither Triangle, nor Triad. I don't think it is a hot real estate market.
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Old 08-26-2020, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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Thank you very much for the input. I am doing some research for a woman that inherited property there. I'm trying to pull as much information as I can for her. I don't want anyone taking advantage of her. She wants to sell but I don't want her giving it away.
Siler City has sales listed in Triangle MLS. My family has a farm N of Pittsboro (20 mins). If you'd like some birds-eye level info, I'd be happy to help - just DM me.
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Old 08-26-2020, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Can anyone tell me about Siler City
Aunt Bee liked living there, though it has been awhile.
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Old 08-26-2020, 12:03 PM
 
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If your friend is just going to sell, look up some comparable properties in that area. If your friend is thinking of living there, I'd recommend visiting. It's not everyone's cup of tea. Personally, I think it's a dump and wouldn't live there but ymmv.
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