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Old 01-25-2010, 05:42 AM
 
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Between Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Cary - which of these towns would be best for married couples in their late 40's (I am thinking 5 - 7 yrs from now). Irrespective of our personal desire of wanting to be near water, my wife and I are flexible. More importantly, we are also looking into even the far future - where we 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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Old 01-25-2010, 05:53 AM
 
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That is a tough call. Which one is best will largley depend on where your job is located and your price range. While Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill have older historic neighborhoods that are within walking distance to downtown areas Chapel Hill is probably the most expensive place to live in the Triangle and the historic neighborhoods in Raleigh and Durham can be quite expensive as well. Do you have a sense of where your jobs would be located? That will largley drive whether or not you end up in the Western or Eastern part of the Triangle. All in all, any one of those towns could work great for a married couple in their late 40's. It will come down to the specific criteria on a personal level.
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Old 01-25-2010, 06:23 AM
 
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Honetly, if you need to ask this, you need to do more research. Although they area in the same geographic area, there are some very striking differences between the cities/towns. Among other resources, I would seek a real estate pro in each of the 3 counties (Wake, Durham and Orange/Chatham) to show you around. That way you will get the best "pitch" for each and you can make an informed decision. I can tell you that finding a suburban area that is walking distance to a center of town is a very tall order in Raleigh and Durham, more likely in Cary and Chapel Hill. For this question, the answer will be "How much do you want to spend?".....

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Old 01-25-2010, 06:57 AM
 
Location: chapel hill, n.c.
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Between Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Cary - which of these towns would be best for married couples in their late 40's (I am thinking 5 - 7 yrs from now). Irrespective of our personal desire of wanting to be near water, my wife and I are flexible. More importantly, we are also looking into even the far future - where we 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.
There are lakes with houses close to or on the water very close to Chapel Hill and Carrboro (though some of the so called lakes are little more than ponds) and one or two might qualify as being within walking distance of downtown. Houses in those towns are pricier because buyers will pay a premium for the schools, the cosmopolitan atmosphere, the range of facilities and the fact that so much is accessible on foot or by a (free) bus service.
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Old 01-25-2010, 03:12 PM
 
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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?
If this is what you're looking for, there are additional towns for you to consider. I'm thinking specifically of Hillsborough, Wake Forest, Pittsboro, and a few other smaller towns that rim the edges of the Triangle. As others have mentioned, you'll really have to come here yourself to see which area feels right to you.
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