Originally Posted by ice bat
(Neighborhood vibes so far have been confusing at best: I really liked the feel of the Trinity Park area, and it's within walking distance of a ton of places, but I looked at some notably cheap apartments there on W. Trinity Ave and was kind of freaked out - ceilings crumbling, no flooring, etc. Is this just an iffy pocket in an otherwise swell place?)
If it's in the area of W. Trinity that I think you're talking about, then yes, it is an "iffy" pocket. There is an area of Trinity in Old North Durham (just east of Trinity Park) roughly between North Ave. and Foster St. that includes several run-down apartment buildings, many of which are owned/managed by the same company. On that stretch, though, there are also very nice older homes as well as better apartments. The rest of Trinity is just fine, and the location is great for walking to downtown, Central Park, Brightleaf, Ninth St., etc.
There are some other posters on this board that are more familiar with Trinity Park proper, so perhaps they have some advice on places to check out.