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Old 01-24-2010, 09:09 PM
 
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My inlaws retired to Durham last year and so far seem to be enjoying it a lot. Of course part of the reason they moved here is to be closer to my family, but that only figured in a bit.

They have both been taking classes at Duke through OLLI at Duke, work out everyday at a great gym (UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont), found a vibrant community of people to go birding with, biking with, etc. They have enjoyed sampling the area's restaurants, and the winter so far is a lot better than where they came from.

They bought a 80's style ranch home in Falconbridge- Durham County with Chapel Hill address. It's been a great 'hood for them with a number of 'hood activities (wine tastings, book club etc) and they enjoy close proximity to both Chapel Hill and all the good stuff there as well as the rest of Durham. They love meeting new interesting people, and after living here almost a year, I think they may have more friends than my family, and we've been here for almost 10
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:19 AM
 
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Thanks so much, Jill. Your words are very encouraging.
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:02 AM
 
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One factor that you might want to consider is that in Durham you will be dependent on your car, whereas Chapel Hill is both more concentrated and has public transport.
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:52 AM
 
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Good point, Grassby. Hadn't considered that.
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Durham
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One factor that you might want to consider is that in Durham you will be dependent on your car, whereas Chapel Hill is both more concentrated and has public transport.
That is true, but there may be other options depending on their needs. The number 5 bus stops right in that complex so there is somewhat limited access to the city with DATA. The Forest at Duke offers rides to places with their bus. I've seen it at Target I think. And finally, if one qualifies, Paratransit through ACCESS is available.
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:53 AM
 
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Good info about the #5 bus, Mia. Thanks. This forum is a great way to learn about our choices.
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Old 01-25-2010, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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François or anyone,

Do you know anything about the Forest at Duke?
I don't know much about the community itself, but I can say it's in a pretty good, safe area. There's an apartment complex next door, which has a good crowd, and a nice housing community on the opposite street. It's very close to a golf club, Sarah P. Duke gardens, and the Duke forest where you can go for long walks. Durham downtown and Chapel Hill are only a short drive away as well.

Having said that, I think Chapel Hill is awesome. I am far too young to settle in one place right now, but I imagine that once I retire I would like to live in a place like Chapel Hill. If you find a similar community there, I would recommend it more than Durham.
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