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Old 01-26-2007, 08:35 PM
 
Location: CT
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hello, can anyone give me info on oxford in granville county? we visited creedmoor last august and liked what we saw but i have since discovered oxford and like what i have read about it thus far.

we will be making a trip down from connecticut next month but would appreciate any aditional info.

our eldest will be going off to college this year in upstate ny and the 'baby' will be 2 years old. our other children are 13 and 16. they currently go to charter schools here in bridgeport, ct which i love (been here for 17 years) and privite schools in granvville county are an option if must be.

it seems like you can get a decent sized house with an acre plus for a wonderful price even not too close to the virginia border, which i have been told by a realtor is waaay out there.

i have also been toying with living in Durham although a realtor advised against it. if anyone knows about bridgeport ct, in fairfield county we had the higest murder rate in the state but i have been here for 17 years from the UK and love it, but simply cannot afford to live here anymore and want to enjoy the county life i grew up in, in bristol, uk. can we get an acre in durham?

we are looking to spend $250 thousand max for 4 bedrooms. i do not fully understand the in's and outs of sub divs but hate to have condo type constraints with so many children.

any advise sincerely appreciated.

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Old 01-26-2007, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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hello, can anyone give me info on oxford in granville county? we visited creedmoor last august and liked what we saw but i have since discovered oxford and like what i have read about it thus far.

we will be making a trip down from connecticut next month but would appreciate any aditional info.

our eldest will be going off to college this year in upstate ny and the 'baby' will be 2 years old. our other children are 13 and 16. they currently go to charter schools here in bridgeport, ct which i love (been here for 17 years) and privite schools in granvville county are an option if must be.

it seems like you can get a decent sized house with an acre plus for a wonderful price even not too close to the virginia border, which i have been told by a realtor is waaay out there.

i have also been toying with living in Durham although a realtor advised against it. if anyone knows about bridgeport ct, in fairfield county we had the higest murder rate in the state but i have been here for 17 years from the UK and love it, but simply cannot afford to live here anymore and want to enjoy the county life i grew up in, in bristol, uk. can we get an acre in durham?

we are looking to spend $250 thousand max for 4 bedrooms. i do not fully understand the in's and outs of sub divs but hate to have condo type constraints with so many children.

any advise sincerely appreciated.
Housing prices and lot sizes are great and there are some wonderful older homes out of HOAs around, however, the schools are less then optimal. (I am not saying that they couldn't get a good education there....but....well, both my husband and I work in Granville and commute from Wake mainly because of the schools and how they handle transplants.) They just are not handling the growth as well as other areas.

Maybe in 7 to 10 years they are not going to be as standoffish to outsiders (one lovely old-fashioned Southern woman has lived in Creedmoor for 30 years and is well accepted in her church, but she's says that she's still considered an 'outsider' since her parents are from Vance county!!)....but since they don't have the influx (as much as Wake, Durham and Orange County) you still get rants in the local papers about how transplants and immigraints are ruining everything.

There maybe a few private Christian schools in Granville County...but I don't know. A few friends send their kids to a Baptist school in Durham, the rest make do with public schools (no charters that I am aware of) or just don't seem to care much about education. (The rest of use live in Wake or Chapel Hill.)

Just make sure you understand where you are moving to....it's not actually what is commonly thought of as the 'Triangle'....and there are differences.
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Old 01-27-2007, 04:52 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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hello, can anyone give me info on oxford in granville county? we visited creedmoor last august and liked what we saw but i have since discovered oxford and like what i have read about it thus far.

we will be making a trip down from connecticut next month but would appreciate any aditional info.

our eldest will be going off to college this year in upstate ny and the 'baby' will be 2 years old. our other children are 13 and 16. they currently go to charter schools here in bridgeport, ct which i love (been here for 17 years) and privite schools in granvville county are an option if must be.

it seems like you can get a decent sized house with an acre plus for a wonderful price even not too close to the virginia border, which i have been told by a realtor is waaay out there.

i have also been toying with living in Durham although a realtor advised against it. if anyone knows about bridgeport ct, in fairfield county we had the higest murder rate in the state but i have been here for 17 years from the UK and love it, but simply cannot afford to live here anymore and want to enjoy the county life i grew up in, in bristol, uk. can we get an acre in durham?

we are looking to spend $250 thousand max for 4 bedrooms. i do not fully understand the in's and outs of sub divs but hate to have condo type constraints with so many children.

any advise sincerely appreciated.
Hi there! Desdemona's right on with her advice. As a Durhamite (who loves it here), I would encourage you to definitely take a look at Durham Co. while you're down. The local press here has written some interesting stories on realtors 'steering' folks away from Durham, but I would encourage you not to put too much stock in that. (Granville Co.'s crime rate is slightly lower than Durham's, but based on '04 statistics, you're about 70% more likely to be a victim of violent crime in Oxford as you are in Durham!) Oxford's come a long way since the "Blood Done Sign My Name" days Timothy Tyson wrote about, but like Desdamona said, I think most people really don't think of Granville as a true part of the Triangle.

If you're looking for land with low housing prices and good schools, I'd suggest taking a look at northern Durham or Durham County. In the northern part of the city, you will find some housing on larger lots, close to the Eno River and its state and county parks, and I was able to find some with the acreage you're looking for in your price range (see, for instance, MLS #902967, 892163, 904375, 897625.) Riverside High in northern Durham is extremely good and Northern High is also a good high school; depending on your children's interests, there are IB and magnet arts program in Durham, as well as some excellent though pricy private schools.

You may also strongly want to consider Orange County to the west of Durham, particularly the area in and around Hillsborough or even further to the west such as Mebane. I think you might find Orange or Durham Counties much less of a 'big change' than Granville.
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Old 01-27-2007, 09:54 AM
 
Location: CT
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thank you both very much for the excellent advise. i will definately refocus on areas in durham county and read up on orange. i would hate for us to feel uncomfortable in our new surroundings, especially for our children.

when the realtor in creedmoor advised us to stay away from durham dh and i wanted to see just how bad it was, so we piled in the car and drove around trying to find the very worst areas. what we saw was no worse than many areas in bridgeport which we shop in and drive through. when we needed driections ppl were helpful and friendly. if i felt uncomfortable it was because we were in unfamiliar surroundings.

bridgeport is working on revitalising, especially the downtown area with lofts, shopping etc and i see many similar efforts in durham. sounds like durham will be a good fit for us!

thanks again.
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Old 02-01-2007, 01:18 PM
 
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Wink Don't rule out Durham!

Hello!
I'm not sure if you've found what you're looking for yet, but we moved to Durham County (just north of the Durham City limit) - closer to Orange County and Hillsborough last year and absolutely love it!! We came from New York and wanted something similar to what you described. There are many horse and tobacco farms out this way and you can find acreage at a decent price. We found a very nice place with room for our 3 dogs to run.
Durham, like any larger city, has its share of bad press, however, it is in the process of rebuilding its downtown area and there are some great places to go. The nice thing about where we are that differs from Oxford (north of here) is that we can choose to relax and visit the country areas or head a bit south into city life (Raleigh, Cary, and Chapel Hill are not far). Oxford is somewhat limited in offering you the variety of city that Durham has.
There is a very nice blend of people from all over (more like what you'd find in England) and many excellent ethnic restaurants to choose from if you move closer to Durham.
I could go on, but I think you get the idea. Oxford is quaint and small. If that's what you'd like, then it's a lovely little town. Durham, especially just outside the city limits, has much more to offer and we have not had any problems anywhere here.
Best of luck!

Cheers
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