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Old 01-30-2010, 11:09 AM
 
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I just got a job in Raleigh and will be moving there sometime in the next 6 weeks. I am looking to rent, most likely an apartment since they are usually cheaper, but I am open to townhouses too.

I was hoping for a place somewhere in the vicinity of a 30 min or less drive to the NC State campus. I'd prefer a place that isn't mostly college student housing and that may offer 3-6 month leases. Safety is a big thing, so low-crime areas are preferred. From what I've read in previous threads, the north side of Raleigh tends to be the best, but I'm not sure how biased those opinions are.

Not really sure what reasonable rent rates are in the Raleigh area for nicer apartments, so any input there would help.

Any suggestions and/or comments would be appreciated.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:42 PM
 
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I don't think you need to drive clear across town to find a nice apartment in a nice area. What is your budget? There are some nice apartments near Crossroads Plaza in Cary that would be very close to NC State. You could be 5 miles away and only a 10 minute drive.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:54 PM
 
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Budget-wise I'd like to stay below $700/month if I can, but that all depends on if utilities are included, furnishing, appliances, etc. Like I said I'm not sure what good apartment rates are in that area, but where I'm at now they're usually between $500-$700 depending on if utilities are included and so on. For now I'm just looking for a 1 bed 1 bath place, but may move to a bigger place in 6 months to a year.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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I don't think you need to drive clear across town to find a nice apartment in a nice area. What is your budget? There are some nice apartments near Crossroads Plaza in Cary that would be very close to NC State. You could be 5 miles away and only a 10 minute drive.
I agree. I live in near Crossroads and spend most of my time on Centennial campus. I usually allow myself 15 minutes due to parking and having to walk or 40 minutes if I am going to have to take the bus to main campus.

Another area is Cameron Village. I originally wanted to live there but I didn't really have the time to search for available rentals.

I know a few people also live in some of the apartments that are along Duraleigh.

You'll have lots of options under $700 for a 1BD.
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Old 01-31-2010, 02:24 PM
 
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Thanks for the feedback!

I'm glad there are a lot of places close to the campus, as I was hoping I wouldn't have a terribly long drive/bike ride to work.

I was looking around and I'm wondering if anyone knows anything about Wildwoods of Lake Johnson Townhouses? As far as price and distance from the NC State campus it seems like an ideal place.

Also, any idea what utilities are like out there? I'm sure it depends on time of year, but on average what are they usually like? I know I said a budget of $700 or less, but that includes what I'd have to pay for utilities and rent together.

Are a lot of the places in Duraleigh nice? Would it be biking distance to the campus? If you've heard of any places to stay away from that would be helpful too. I'm not going to be able to visit Raleigh before moving there so I have to make a decision without actually seeing the place first, another reason why short lease options would be nice.
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:04 PM
 
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Thanks for the feedback!

I'm glad there are a lot of places close to the campus, as I was hoping I wouldn't have a terribly long drive/bike ride to work.

I was looking around and I'm wondering if anyone knows anything about Wildwoods of Lake Johnson Townhouses? As far as price and distance from the NC State campus it seems like an ideal place.

Also, any idea what utilities are like out there? I'm sure it depends on time of year, but on average what are they usually like? I know I said a budget of $700 or less, but that includes what I'd have to pay for utilities and rent together.

Are a lot of the places in Duraleigh nice? Would it be biking distance to the campus? If you've heard of any places to stay away from that would be helpful too. I'm not going to be able to visit Raleigh before moving there so I have to make a decision without actually seeing the place first, another reason why short lease options would be nice.
All depends on the insulation and what is included in the rent.

Some apts you pay water. Some you do not. We pay water.

We have an 870 SF 1BR. Total electric with heat pump. Washer & dryer.
Electric runs about $80/month averaged over a year. Water runs 35/month.

Phone and cable depend on your preferences.
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:29 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I was looking around and I'm wondering if anyone knows anything about Wildwoods of Lake Johnson Townhouses? As far as price and distance from the NC State campus it seems like an ideal place.
Most of the apartments around Lake Johnson are going to have a very large number of students. If that's what you are trying to avoid, you might want to look elsewhere.
The areas nearer to NC State that won't be mostly students are probably going to be more expensive than your budget. 712 Tucker would be a terrific place near DT and NC State but it's going to be more expensive.
Take a look in the Crabtree Valley Mall area in addition to the Duraleigh Rd. area. Good Luck!
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:37 AM
 
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try trinity commons. it is right by the RBC center, very close to ncsu, i-40 and i-440. they community is a good mix of students and families, and has some nicer facilities including 2 pools and 2 gyms.
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