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Old 01-17-2010, 07:50 PM
Location: Salt Lake City
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Hi all. Wondering if someone can give me some tips on where to move in the Raleigh/Durham area. I currently live in SLC, Utah and originate from Pittsburgh, PA. I pick NC due to the close enough proximity to Pittsburgh, and also the ocean and the mountains. Two hours away in either direction I understand? But mainly because I just need a new start in a different place. I am also hoping to find a job at Duke as a registered nurse. I have 2 German Shepherd dogs as my "kids." So quality of schools are not of importance to me. I am willing to commute to work in exchange for a house with at least a 1/2 acre (more for my dogs), in a safe area. The house doesn't have to be big- at least 1400 sq.ft. is good. Less to clean if you ask me. I am hoping NC people are friendly so I can meet new friends and start fresh, I've been divorced for 2 years and it's time to move on. Living in a more rural area would be fantastic, but I also don't want to become a social recluse so not too far "out there." Finally, I am trying to keep the cost less than $160,000. Hmmmm....is all that too much to ask?? I have read many threads about housing costing much more, but that seemed to be in the neighborhoods of Cary, Carrboro, and Chapel Hill. Safe and friendly are much more important to me than big and rich. As far as things I do for fun-anything outdoors. Parks where I could take my dogs would be good too.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:36 PM
Location: Fayetteville, NC
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im new to the area as well, and i LOVE how the raleigh area is SO pet friendly! you should have no problem finding a home in your pricerange with that kind of land. i was looking at houses about a month or two ago, but decided to keep renting for a while and save up more money.
anyway, there are a few dogparks in the area, as well. i have two dogs, currently live in raleigh but moving to rental home (w/ fenced in yard. yay!) in downtown cary in a couple weeks and always looking to make a new friend...especially a fellow pet lover! PM me if you want. otherwise, good luck with your search!! =)
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:57 PM
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Try Wake Forest. I found 10 listings under $160,00 with half an acre or more on a major Realtor web site.
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Old 01-18-2010, 03:09 PM
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Try near Crabtree or Umstead Park. If not then look at some of the lake parks in the North West area like lake lynn or Shelly lake
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Old 01-18-2010, 03:31 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Actually, the mountains are more like 4 hours from here, not 2. If that's more important than beaches, the Triad area (Greensboro/Winston-Salem) would be a better bet.

It's very dog-friendly here; where will you be working? There are enough areas just outside the urban/suburban areas where it would be "country" in most every direction, but where your job is will make a difference, commute-wise.

Edited: I just saw where you expect to be at Duke. You might consider areas in Northern Durham county, or Hillsborough.
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:36 AM
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Duke, outdoorsy, dogs . . .I'd say Durham around the eno river. It's a great nature walk and dogs love it.N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation: - Welcome to Eno River State Park
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:25 AM
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Yeah, Durham/North Durham! It sounds like a great fit for you!
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:04 PM
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Yup. Another vote for North/Northwest Durham. I admit I'm biased though since I'm a resident there (with dog, too)...
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:58 PM
Location: Central North Carolina
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Look for places in proximity to Umstead Park or Duke Forest, for a couple of ideas.

Umstead Park, on the North side has housing seems less expensive, while the south side (Cary) would probably be a lot more. I have not shopped homes so I don't know if it is in your range or not, but that area has some places that are both "out there" and not too far out. (Thinking of the areas near CarMax as an example, or the area near Shenk Forest). Also, I'm not sure about this, but I think Blinko's is a home for Steeler fans, if that matters to you. Blinkos is a good restaurant/bar in the area with really good regional sandwiches, and a good beer selection if I recall.

I don't know as much about Duke Forest, but it is good for outdoorsy and dog walking.

In general, this is a good community for outdoorsy-ness for the Southeast, however I doubt it compares to SLC in that regard. I don't know that for a fact, but I always have an impression of UT and CO being very outdoorsy...
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:59 AM
Location: Efland
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I just came across this and agree the best area for you hands down is North/Northwest Durham. You can find a nice house with at least 1/2 an acre near Duke and you have the Eno which I love, as well as Duke Forest. Check out the 27712, 27705, and 27707 zip codes. Check out Hillsborough too. The Eno also runs through there and there's a dog park. It may be harder to find something in that price range though. Good Luck!
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