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Old 06-29-2006, 07:13 AM
 
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Default Raleigh Zipcodes to Stay Away From

There was a post awhile back about zip codes/areas in the Raleigh and surrounding areas to stay away from...but I can't seem to find it. We are visiting over 4th of July week and are looking for a house in a family oriented neighborhood with good schools and especially low crime. Any suggestions on the areas that are NOT the best for a young family?
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:43 AM
 
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Thats not really an easy question to answer. If you can only spend a certain amount, that limits the areas you can move to. If you want more land than the average (l/4 acre), that limits your areas. It really depends on how much you plan on spending as to the area that you are going to end up in. I'll see if I can explain:

1. Most expensive area...dollar per square foot is INSIDE THE BELTLINE. Very small lots.

2. Next "best areas" are NORTH Raleigh and Cary. Why? Better schools, higher education levels for adults. Small lots (l/5 to l/3 acre) but next highest in dollar per square foot.

3. Those that can't afford 1. and 2., move out a bit. NORTH Raleigh moves out to Wake Forest and Cary moves out to Apex. Still very nice areas with good schools.

4. Those next areas that people move to because less dollar per square foot are Holly Springs and Fuquay. Lots aren't much larger but you get more house per square foot. STILL Wake County Schools but now you have to check those scores.

5. If you want l/2 to more acreage, you head towards Clayton, Johnston County. Different school district but you get more house and more land. Again, check school scores.

Now the most important part of this...GET A REALTOR! mod cut

Sit down with a Realtor, let her help you understand why prices are different in different areas. Let her pull some listings for you to look at. Drive around by yourself. Check out the areas. Once you decide which part you want to live in, get her to make the appointments and show you the houses. Having a buyer's agent is free to you. Make sure she is experienced.

The End...and I know you guys are happy about that!!!

Vicki

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Old 06-29-2006, 07:52 AM
 
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27603...... I lived there for almost 4 years; trust me, there are much nicer areas to live.
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Old 06-29-2006, 03:53 PM
 
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Thats not really an easy question to answer. If you can only spend a certain amount, that limits the areas you can move to. If you want more land than the average (l/4 acre), that limits your areas. It really depends on how much you plan on spending as to the area that you are going to end up in. I'll see if I can explain:

1. Most expensive area...dollar per square foot is INSIDE THE BELTLINE. Very small lots.
Vicki, can you please explain where exactly where the "Beltline" is (starts and ends in block names, if possible), and if you have any zipcodes for it. Thanks!
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Old 06-29-2006, 04:33 PM
 
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One "inside the beltline" zip is 27608. It is VERY expensive in that area!
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Old 06-29-2006, 04:47 PM
 
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Vicki, can you please explain where exactly where the "Beltline" is (starts and ends in block names, if possible), and if you have any zipcodes for it. Thanks!

The beltline is a road that runs around Raleigh, so there are the "inner beltline" and the "outer beltline" areas. In the image below, it is the green road (440) and it connects to I-40. http://www.trianglecenter.com/images/RaleighAreaMap2.gif (broken link)

The part of Raleigh that is typically referred to as "inside the beltline" is an older part of town (in the Wade and Glenwood Avenues area) that has become extremely high dollar, while the areas around New Bern Ave and Poole Rd, even though they are technically inside the beltline too, have not.

Hope this helps explain it some!

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Old 06-29-2006, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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You guys explained it better than I could have! Hint: Stay away from Poole Road. It started going UP in value but then stopped AGAIN. Homes are rather inexpensive there so I guess if you can't afford anything else, it still beats renting? Vicki
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Old 06-30-2006, 09:09 AM
 
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Don't go by zip codes!!! In one zip code you can have mansions, middle-income houses, and ghetto all in one. Zip codes are not an accurate way to pick out parts of the city at all!

Like above, iminformed mentioned 27603 as bad. Well, a few parts of it, yes. But 27603 also includes the gorgeous historic neighborhood of Boylan Heights, some trendy downtown areas like most of the booming Glennwood South, the Farmer's Market, and then stretches all the way to some beautiful country areas next to Lake Wheeler.

So forget zip codes. Go by neighborhood names if you want accurate.
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Old 06-30-2006, 11:44 AM
 
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The beltline is a road that runs around Raleigh, so there are the "inner beltline" and the "outer beltline" areas. In the image below, it is the green road (440) and it connects to I-40. http://www.trianglecenter.com/images/RaleighAreaMap2.gif (broken link)

The part of Raleigh that is typically referred to as "inside the beltline" is an older part of town (in the Wade and Glenwood Avenues area) that has become extremely high dollar, while the areas around New Bern Ave and Poole Rd, even though they are technically inside the beltline too, have not.

Hope this helps explain it some!
Thank you Carolinaborn&raised, for the detailed map and info! Now I finally understand what everyone's been refering too.
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