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Old 01-24-2010, 02:37 PM
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My wife & I will be visiting the Raleigh/Durham area this Spring. Our trip will be mostly research based. Our intention is to find a town/city 5 - 7 yrs. from now where we can relocate to. Somehwere where we would plan to continue to work and ultimately retire (away from the NJ cold). We are currently in our mid 40's.

We don't want to be in a rural area, but would ideally like to be near or in an area that has culture, good restuarants, activities, but somewhere hopefully by water? Maybe a lake or marina planned community that is near a downtown section?

Does anything like that fit the Raleigh/Durham/Cary/Chapel Hill area?

Thank you.
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Old 01-24-2010, 03:04 PM
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Not really. Maybe you should look at Wilmington? The only decent sized bodies of water are the manmade reservoirs Falls Lake and Jordan Lake...neither of which are really close to any downtown areas.
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Old 01-24-2010, 03:21 PM
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No. I wish there were.

There are subdivisions that have little tiny lakes. They call them lakes here, but we (Northerners) would call them ponds.

Also: Bond Lake is a small lake that is part of Bond Park in Cary. Shelley Lake in Raleigh is part of a park, and it has a sidewalk around it.

If you crave water or waterfront, there's not much of it here in landlocked Raleigh.

I wish there was a restaurant with a view of water. There isn't. I don't know of any restaurant with any type of decent view.
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:19 PM
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Nothing in the Raleigh area like that, but near Charlotte/Mooresville, there is Lake Norman which has a lot of land along it.
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:26 PM
Location: Cary, NC
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I'd take a look at New Bern, Wilmington, and Washington, NC.
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:29 PM
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Not, This surprised me, I always thought cities (towns) were built near bodies of water.
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:52 PM
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Raleigh is built "near" a body of water. The Neuse River. However, Raleigh was not built alongside the river most likely because while the river can serve as a source of drinking water groundwater is easily accessible in the area and the Neuse isn't exactly a major navigable river that would have been used for trade routes.

A little history about Raleigh:

"Raleigh was established as the capital of North Carolina near the geographical center of the state in 1792. A State Convention in 1788 sought a central location for an "unalterable seat of government." One thousand acres of land was purchased from Joel Lane, an early settler of the region."
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:59 PM
Location: Cary, NC
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Joel Lane's Father-in-law wanted Raleigh to be established along the Neuse, out New Bern Ave Way.

Joel thought otherwise.

The night before the vote, Joel hosted the decision-making fellers at his, not ironically, "Joel Lane House," where he served copious amounts of his personal fine whiskey.

Raleigh went on the high ground.

Serously, one of the docents at the State Capitol tells it this way. Basically.

She may have substituted "gentlemen" for "fellers."
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:20 PM
Location: Charlotte
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PAV85 you may find this info. helpful.

Originally Posted by Francois View Post
Nothing in the Raleigh area like that, but near Charlotte/Mooresville, there is Lake Norman which has a lot of land along it.
Charlotte also Mountain Island Lake(Mecklenburg and Gaston counties) and Lake Wylie (Mecklenburg, Gaston and York,SC counties). Lake Norman touches Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Iredell and Catawba counties.

During peak times the Mountain Island Lake area is bout 25 minutes from Uptown Charlote. I think the commutte from Lake Wylie is about 30 minutes. There are smaller towns near Lake Norman and Lake Wylie with restuarants, activities and smaller downtowns.

From a recent thread on the Charlotte board:
Originally Posted by SunnyKayak View Post
Lake Norman consists of the following cities Denver, Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson & Mooresville

  • Huntersville is about 20 minutes uptown Charlotte.
  • Cornelius is about 25 minutes uptown Charlotte.
  • Davidson is about 27 minutes uptown Charlotte
  • Troutman is about 30 minutes uptown Charlotte
  • Mooresville is about 35 minutes uptown Charlotte.
  • Denver is about 42 minutes uptown Charlotte.
All cities other than Denver run up along I 77

I have some photos of the area here
Photo Guide to Lake Norman and surrounding area
all the best

Last edited by NCgirl; 01-24-2010 at 09:30 PM..
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Old 01-25-2010, 05:40 AM
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Default Thank you all - follow up question

Thank you all for your comments.

Between Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Cary - which of these towns would be best for married couples in their late 40's (again thinking 5 - 7 yrs from now). Irrespective of my personal desire of wanting to be near water, I am flexible. More importantly, my wife and I - looking into even the far future - would like to live in an area where there is job opportunity as well as activity for seniors as well.

We have always been used to living in a suburban area that is walking distance to a center of town surrounded by colonial homes. I think that somewhat fits the profile of the first three towns I mentioned?

We are both professionals working in the private sector. My wife is in the printing industry and I work in the Corporate Security field for a major telecommunications company.
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