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Old 03-10-2010, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Thank you to all of you, your opinions are invaluable! For new people who move here, this form is a great tool.

Also to give you some more info were are looking to rent (house, townhouse), because we are still trying to sell our house in Puerto Rico, and we also want to get to know the area better before we buy. Again though, thanks for all your help, it is greatly appricated!
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Old 03-10-2010, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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When we were looking in the area in 2007 we were mostly interested in good schools. While Wake is still in flux, at that time we were told to avoid the schools because of the constant changing of the redistricting lines.
Deep down I wanted to live in Chapel Hill anyway even tho it is most expensive. Just the general atmosphere, my history with the area and finding exactly the right house for us here in Chapel Hill.
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Old 03-10-2010, 03:53 PM
 
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Chapel Hill is eclectic with lots of local business/flavor. Cary is generic suburbia with big box stores and strip malls. Chapel Hill also has a nightlife and is a college town. Cary seems more strictly family oriented.
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:00 PM
 
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We are trying to get to Chapel Hill, we live in Fuquay spend a whole lotta time in Cary, I say Chapel Hill hands down.
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:55 PM
 
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I live in Chapel Hill at the moment, and I'd have to say Cary -- Cary has more 'genuine' foreign things, like the nice big Asian supermarket etc. For diversity of people and things, Cary wins this one hands down.
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:42 PM
 
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Chapel Hill has much more of a small town feel. I walk my daughter to elementary school every day and have friends in the neighborhood who went to the neighborhood school thirty years ago. It might just be my neighborhood, but there is not as much moving in and out of the area as you'd see in Cary.

I agree that Cary has more genuine diversity, but if that is your top concern that you'd be best off looking at Durham. If schools are your priority, I think Chapel Hill is a great choice. You mentioned that you'll be renting. Chapel Hill has a lot of affordable apartments, but renting a house can be expensive here.
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