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Old 09-14-2010, 08:19 PM
 
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Hi,

We are fairly new to the Durham, NC area and are looking to buy a home in the 150s or less. My wife likes to walk the dog during the day and would like a safe neighborhood in a good area. We don't really have a preference on new build vs old build, but we do want a good quality home and tend to like the look of the newer homes.

We both go to Duke university so we would like to be within a 15 minute drive of Duke. Currently, we are staying north of Duke in the Horton Hills area.

Any suggestions of safe neighborhoods within 15 minutes of Duke in the 150s or so homes?

We have looked at some homes in the Eno Trace neighborhood, how is this neighborhood, it seemed nice? Also, we may look at Madison Glen new build with some homes there in the upper 150s. Any advice?

Thanks,
Ryan

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Old 09-15-2010, 02:01 PM
 
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I'd try Tuscaloosa/Lakewood. There's a REALLY cute bungalow for sale in Lakewood right now, priced a bit higher than you want to spend, but it might be worth a look. Close to Duke (5 min drive--you could easily bike there) and the walking trails in Duke Forest. And close to Guglhupf, too.
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Old 09-15-2010, 03:58 PM
 
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Does it have to be a single family home, or would you be OK with a townhouse/condo?

Mike
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:36 AM
 
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We would really prefer a single family home. Is the Tuscaloosa-Lakewood area safe? It looks like it is pretty close to NCCU which from what I know and have heard is a pretty bad area.

We would be willing to go over 150s if we found the right place.

Thanks for the replies,
Ryan
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:20 AM
 
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Keep your eyes on Old West Durham. That is, IMO, the best area of Durham and you can sometimes find nice bungalows there for around $150k in decent shape.
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:23 AM
 
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Tuscaloosa-Lakewood is the neighborhood wedged between Duke Forest and Forest Hills, basically bordered by Chapel Hill Rd, 15-501 (Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd), James St., and a bit of Lakewood Ave. It's not near NCCU. history&geography - tlnadurham2

We live near the neighborhood (we're on the other side of Chapel Hill Rd., in Duke Forest) and walk there pretty often on our way to Guglhupf and Foster's Market. Houses are mostly ranches and bungalows.

Use the crime mapper the other poster mentioned. Be sure to use it to map the crime in your neighborhood, too, so you have a baseline for judging how safe other neighborhoods are.

You might like Northgate Park, too, just north of Club Blvd and west of Roxboro.
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:58 AM
 
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Old West Durham heading north across Club Blvd towards Hillandale GC is a nice part of town. Many older homes but decent lots with mature trees.

We have friends on Wilson St, just off Hillandale and its a very nice neighborhood.

Frank
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:05 AM
 
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Old West Durham heading north across Club Blvd towards Hillandale GC is a nice part of town. Many older homes but decent lots with mature trees.

We have friends on Wilson St, just off Hillandale and its a very nice neighborhood.

Frank
That's Watts-Hillandale right? And Old West Durham is south of Club. Both are nice, but Watts is pricier and it would be really tough to find something in the $150 range.

OP, definitely check into Old West Durham. I've always heard what a great neighborhood it is. Old West Durham Neighborhood Association Homepage
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:49 AM
 
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Hi,

We are fairly new to the Durham, NC area and are looking to buy a home in the 150s or less. My wife likes to walk the dog during the day and would like a safe neighborhood in a good area. We don't really have a preference on new build vs old build, but we do want a good quality home and tend to like the look of the newer homes.

We both go to Duke university so we would like to be within a 15 minute drive of Duke. Currently, we are staying north of Duke in the Horton Hills area.

Any suggestions of safe neighborhoods within 15 minutes of Duke in the 150s or so homes?

We have looked at some homes in the Eno Trace neighborhood, how is this neighborhood, it seemed nice? Also, we may look at Madison Glen new build with some homes there in the upper 150s. Any advice?

Thanks,
Ryan
Eno Trace is nice, we have friends there and live only a few miles away. Madison Glen is partly on my street, Lakeview Road. It's been building about the last 3 years. Pretty safe neighborhood, we've lived here 18 years. Only crime to speak of was some vandalism at MG when it was between developers & a few houses stood unoccupied for a year or so. Had same thing a few doors down from us when a house stood a month or 2 before being sold. Pretty minor as crime goes & a deputy caught the guys at MG, I'm pretty sure. Lakeview has more traffic than we'd like, but we walk on it and also go to the track at Northern High. Many people walk there. Further down Lakeview, a few houses are for sale on some side streets; Willow, Blue Spruce, Greenbay & Birch. All are existing homes, may be some less than 150's. Most homes along here are about 20-30 years old, a few are older. Very few that I wouldn't consider living in. If you have kids, the school district isn't the best. May need to make other arrangements.
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:22 PM
 
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I checked for real estate in old west durham and there doesn't seem to be anything even up to $200k, unless there are some that are for sale by owner. We are going to take a look at some in Eno Trace tonight and we will see how that goes.

We don't have kids yet, but resale would be something to take the schools into account. I have heard the schools in south Durham are better (Such as Jordan and Hillsdale).

Any recommendations on some more places to look in South Durham (like Woodcroft or Hope Valley Farms)?

Thanks again,
Ryan
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