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Old 01-15-2010, 07:39 AM
 
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15 minute commute to Duke from Grove Park. I highly recommend this neighboryhood as I live there and love it. There are other neighborhoods that would serve you well. You have the Brier Creek (actually in Raleigh limits, but much busier shopping area with tons of stuff). Brightleaf (newer community of upper $200k-$400k homes. Neighborhood off of Mineral Springs is nice too.

What are you looking for in a community? The areas I listed above are close to Duke with the "newer" homes (take that as it is) that I would consider safe.
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:39 AM
 
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Thanks to everyone for your replies. I, too, have lived in areas where commuting can be a nightmare (Chicago, Boston and D.C.) and didn't know if the same applied to Durham/RTP. I will be working at Duke and had previously read that the communities west of Durham (e.g. Hillsborough, Mebane, etc.) were easy commutes. I had considered Durham, but, was concerned about safety. Can anyone recommend some safe neighborhoods in Durham with newer or new construction?
I don't know the names of the neighborhoods, but the closest newer and new construction to Duke is in Southwest Durham, along Randolph/Pickett/Garrett Rds, west of 15-501. There's a great older (late 1980's) neighborhood in this area as well called Lochnnora. 3-4 miles to Duke, 6 min commute, 12 min by bike.
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:06 AM
 
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I don't know the names of the neighborhoods, but the closest newer and new construction to Duke is in Southwest Durham, along Randolph/Pickett/Garrett Rds, west of 15-501. There's a great older (late 1980's) neighborhood in this area as well called Lochnnora. 3-4 miles to Duke, 6 min commute, 12 min by bike.

No, don't listen to toot68. Come move to my neighborhood. You'll enjoy it. Come, come, please come.
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:52 AM
 
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I live in a very small, new community off from Cole Mill Rd. near Croasdaile Country Club. Very safe and a lovely part of town. It's also convenient to Duke, downtown, restaurants, groceries, Eno River State Park, Duke Forest, etc. My husband rides his bike to Duke every morning (takes him about 20-25 minutes). If he drives, he's there in 6 minutes. Little to no traffic.
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:12 AM
 
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See, there's lots of great, friendly neighborhoods in Durham! I second the Woodcroft suggestion, as it has a wide range of home sizes and prices from condos to townhouses to SFHs (from looking at listings, SFHs here start from the $150s and up). And the shopping options! We're spoiled here.

Good luck to you in your search!
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:35 PM
 
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I work at Duke and live in Durham. We live in the Ravenstone neighborhood on the corner of Sherron Rd and Rt 98. It takes me about 20 minutes to get to work. Very easy drive. Ravenstone is about 4 years old, and we've been living there a year and a half. It's a great place to live.
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Old 01-16-2010, 04:54 AM
 
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I live in FV and drive to Durham each day, 23 miles each way. My Commute is 35 minutes.

My commute when I lived in Maryland was 30-35 minutes for 7 miles.

I'm happy with my choice. If you are used to a longer drive it wont be an issue, if you are expecting a 10 minute drive then you should live in Durham.
You think Maryland was bad ... try living in Durham and working in Wilson. NC, a whopping 140 miles per day for approximately 2 years now. It has been tough getting a job in the triangle and I am in IT. My new car has so many miles on it you would think that I had it for a good 5 years now .... bummer.
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:09 PM
 
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You think Maryland was bad ... try living in Durham and working in Wilson. NC, a whopping 140 miles per day for approximately 2 years now. It has been tough getting a job in the triangle and I am in IT. My new car has so many miles on it you would think that I had it for a good 5 years now .... bummer.
join the crowd. i live in SW Durham and commute to the west side of Greensboro daily (off Sandy Ridge Rd, exit 208). mine's almost the same distance as yours. my 2009 xB has ~55K miles and counting. heck my wife's 04 Accord only has 45K!

shoulda bought a used vehicle that had already depreciated a bit since i knew this commute would suck, but it was a quick-decision buy after i wrecked my old car and needed new wheels ASAP.

i'd love to land something in RTP, but since the 'R' stands for 'Research' and not 'Manufacturing', there's not a lot for me, either.

Mike
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:40 PM
 
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Oh please, I live in SW Durham and work in NY. I would love local traffic.

That being said, I love this area. We are right off 54 & 55, minutes from 40 and so close to Southpoint Mall and on my way home I see cows and horses. Doesn't get better than that. In no time we're in Cary, Chapel Hill or downtown Durham. This area is totally safe. We're in Grandale and we have three doctors that commute to Duke on my block. Safety is not an issue here.
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