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Old 10-12-2009, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Thank you for the West Cary neighborhood names - we will be heading that way this weekend!
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:23 AM
 
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I like the affordability and convenience of Durham...but the pricetag of private school for four is a huge turn-off

We tried Hillandale for 2 weeks and the class-size and disorganization had us scrambling to find something for my 6 year-old. We found Triangle Day School and LOVE it...but again...affording four through there...we could trade it for a huge mortgage in Chapel Hill.

About Wake Schools...if we were to choose a neighborhood where the kids could WALK to school (i.e. Highcroft), would the whole redistricting/bussing nightmare affect us? They have great scores and look like awesome schools...

THANK YOU for all the help!
Corly
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Virginia (again)
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I like the affordability and convenience of Durham...but the pricetag of private school for four is a huge turn-off

We tried Hillandale for 2 weeks and the class-size and disorganization had us scrambling to find something for my 6 year-old. We found Triangle Day School and LOVE it...but again...affording four through there...we could trade it for a huge mortgage in Chapel Hill.

About Wake Schools...if we were to choose a neighborhood where the kids could WALK to school (i.e. Highcroft), would the whole redistricting/bussing nightmare affect us? They have great scores and look like awesome schools...

THANK YOU for all the help!
Corly
I've read on here that walkers have been reassigned--don't know if that's true. I would be shocked if that ever happened at Highcroft. We left Wake County last year but if I had to move back Highcroft would be high on my list because of the elementary school and having the Town of Cary park in the neighborhood. The Reserve right next to Highcroft is another great option.
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Sunny Sandy Ego
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Cannot beat the Chapel Hill area for education at any level or price. You already have info on Cary, so i won't repeat. Have you tried the Briercreek/Leesville High area? Also look into the Wakefield system area.

As someone who lives in Durham, I don't recommend any of it.
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Efland
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As someone who lives in Durham, I don't recommend any of it.
Could you please be more specific? You're not helping anyone without reasons. That's a huge blanket statement and it's going to be hard for people to take your advice.

Last edited by Green Irish Eyes; 10-12-2009 at 04:24 PM.. Reason: Please don't call him ignorant -- thanks.
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Old 10-12-2009, 02:25 PM
 
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Check out the Churton Grove neighborhood in Hillsborough before writing the town off.

Hillsborough is really a terrific town to raise a family
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Old 10-12-2009, 03:42 PM
 
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I like the affordability and convenience of Durham...but the pricetag of private school for four is a huge turn-off

We tried Hillandale for 2 weeks and the class-size and disorganization had us scrambling to find something for my 6 year-old. We found Triangle Day School and LOVE it...but again...affording four through there...we could trade it for a huge mortgage in Chapel Hill.

About Wake Schools...if we were to choose a neighborhood where the kids could WALK to school (i.e. Highcroft), would the whole redistricting/bussing nightmare affect us? They have great scores and look like awesome schools...

THANK YOU for all the help!
Corly
Why do you automatically assume that Durham's public schools are no good? I know several people with kids in SW Durham, and they're quite happy with the public schools there.

That being said, if you're willing to reconsider whether you really need a huge house, Orange County offers a great quality of life and two very good school districts.
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Old 10-12-2009, 04:53 PM
 
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We have 3 children in Durham Public Schools and are very satisfied. Durham has lots of choices.
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Old 10-12-2009, 06:54 PM
 
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Chapel Hill has 5 br houses in your price range.
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:11 PM
 
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I am looking around 500k, 5 bedrooms, and a great family-oriented spot. We love Chapel Hill but are priced out of it for what we'd like to have in a house. Hillsborough is too rural for us and Southeast Cary is too far away from my husband's work (McKinney at the Tobacco District in DT Durham). My husband and I try to explore a few neighborhoods a weekend...any suggestions as to where we should head next?
It takes me 20-22 minutes from Amberly to American Tobacco parking garage every day. Cary Park would only add a couple of minutes each way. Lots of 5BR+ for sale in Cary Park between $450-650K, most of it toward the high end of that figure. Mills Park elementary is great. Residence club in Amberly is top notch.
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