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Old 05-14-2007, 08:49 AM
 
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Hi,

I know very little about the area, but I have an opportunity for a job down there. I need to know something about real estate within 30 minutes drive of 4110 Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC.

I'm not interested in good school districts, or trendy neghborhoods. Where is the best place to look to find a decent single-family home in a respectable neighborhood at a reasonable price? In other words, where is the best value for money?

Thanks
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Old 05-14-2007, 08:56 AM
 
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Man thats a tough question. There are so many factors that one has to take into account and your question of "what's the best value for the money" is a bit loaded.
Do you mean where is the biggest house I can buy in my price range?
Do you mean where are the houses that will appreciate the most?
Do you mean where are the largest lots that I can buy in my price range?
Do you mean what is the "best" neighborhood I can buy in my price range?

If you could narrow it down to a price range, that would probably be the easiest way to help you out as far as neighborhoods and areas to look in.

With you working just north of the beltline (440) on a major route your options are really limitless. Help us narrow it down -- whats your price range, how big of a house do you want, do you need a huge plot of land?
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Old 05-14-2007, 09:09 AM
 
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OK. Thanks for the quick reply.

My price range is about $250,000, give or take a few bucks. I'd like at least a half acre, if that's possible. I'm not concerned about a huge house, but I'd like 2000 square feet, and four bedrooms. I'll also need a mother-in-law apartment, so I'll need somewhere where the zoning is loose enough to allow me to add on a few rooms (unless I'm lucky enough to find a house with an MIL apartment already).

I'm not too worried about appreciation, and I don't need to live in the best neghborhood - just somewhere that's a good, safe environment for my three small children to grow up in. I'd rather get a bit more land, or save a few bucks, than live in the "best" neighborhood.

Again, I know next to nothing about the area, but my ideal would be to get out of the city and live in a quiet, spacious farmland type of area - just as long as I don't have to drive more than 30-40 minutes to work.

Thanks again for your help so far.
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:00 AM
 
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OK. Thanks for the quick reply.

My price range is about $250,000, give or take a few bucks. I'd like at least a half acre, if that's possible. I'm not concerned about a huge house, but I'd like 2000 square feet, and four bedrooms. I'll also need a mother-in-law apartment, so I'll need somewhere where the zoning is loose enough to allow me to add on a few rooms (unless I'm lucky enough to find a house with an MIL apartment already).

I'm not too worried about appreciation, and I don't need to live in the best neghborhood - just somewhere that's a good, safe environment for my three small children to grow up in. I'd rather get a bit more land, or save a few bucks, than live in the "best" neighborhood.

Again, I know next to nothing about the area, but my ideal would be to get out of the city and live in a quiet, spacious farmland type of area - just as long as I don't have to drive more than 30-40 minutes to work.

Thanks again for your help so far.

You will have some options to consider.
30 minutes from 4110 WF Road says you should be looking in eastern or Northeastern Wake County, or slightly beyond.
As far as adding on goes, your biggest concern will be that most rural homes will be on septic tanks, not city services. Septic tanks are permitted based on number of bedrooms. You will need to be permitted for an additional bedroom to add on.
If you can find a subdivision with 1/2 acre lots and city services, you're in great shape.
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:33 AM
 
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I agree with Mike... eastern or Northeastern Wake County but I wouldn't rule out southeastern wake either. The 540 Beltline is continuing its expansion around Raleigh and the areas around 401, Buffalo Road, Hwy 64, Poole Road, and Rock Quarry Road will see some new development and if you get in soon your home's value should increase over the next few years very well.

Knightdale is also an up-and-coming area.

Good luck!! When would you plan on moving down here?
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:40 AM
 
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Thanks. I'd plan on moving in the next few months. Do you hapopen to know the names of the towns in the areas you mentioned? All of the real estate web sites I see search based on the names of the towns.
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:47 AM
 
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Well, with the exception of Knightdale, it would all be technically in Raleigh. Perhaps you can search real estate by zip code: 27615, 27616, 27604, 27545, or even Wake Forest which is 27587.
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:52 AM
 
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Thanks. I'd plan on moving in the next few months. Do you hapopen to know the names of the towns in the areas you mentioned? All of the real estate web sites I see search based on the names of the towns.
E and NE Wake:
Raleigh, Knightdale, Wendell, Zebulon, Rolesville, Wake Forest,
27610, 27604, 27545, 27591, 27587
Oh yeah...27616, 27615, like halln said...

S and SW Wake County:
Raleigh, Garner, Fuquay Varina, Willow Spring, Apex, Holly Springs
27603, 27529, 27526, 27592, 27539, 27540,

I just pulled zips off the top of my head, and hope they are all right.

Raleigh, Apex, Cary, Holly Springs, and Fuquay Varina Zip Codes meet in the country below Lake Wheeler. It can be a little confusing, as there often seems to be little rime or reason...
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:59 AM
 
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Mike,
Here's a resource I use to find zips: http://maps.huge.info/zip.htm
Its a google map where you type in a known zip code and you'll see all the ones around it. Very useful!!
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Old 05-14-2007, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Mike,
Here's a resource I use to find zips: http://maps.huge.info/zip.htm
Its a google map where you type in a known zip code and you'll see all the ones around it. Very useful!!
Most Excellent!
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