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Old 04-11-2012, 07:43 AM
 
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We plan on relocating to the Raleigh area once we sell our home in FL! After extensive research and a few visits, we feel that this would be a great place to raise our kids. Regarding location we just need to be within 30 minutes from the airport for work.

Our favorite neighborhoods include MacGregor West, Lochmere, Preston Village, Cambridge, Wyndfall at Regency, and Jamison Park. Which of these have the most kids and a friendly community feel? We wish to be close to walking/biking trails, shopping, restaurants, sport (soccer) fields, gyms and of course great public schools. We have one child with mild learning disabilities and behavioral issues and another one that is gifted.

I appreciate any advice and opinions you can share on the schools and neighborhoods that best meet our needs and lifestyle!
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:49 AM
 
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I live next to MacGregor and often take my dog walking around there and honestly I rarely see kids running around that neighborhood. Or I guess at least compared to my neighborhood there doesn't seem to be many kids around there. I used to tutor some kids in Preston Village and they seemed to have more kids around and I know they had playgrounds around the neighborhood for the kids.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:40 AM
 
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From what I have seen Preston Village is the best match for your criteria listed.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:52 AM
 
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Jamison has everything you're looking for. There's two elementary schools, one middle and a high school. There's also 105 acre park system called Middle Creek.

Here's info from Cary's website on the Middle Creek facility (short walk from Jamison).
  • Athletic Complex with 4 lighted baseball/softball fields with restrooms
  • 2 multi-purpose fields (lighted) with restrooms
  • 18 Hole Disc Golf Course
  • 2 Basketball Courts
  • 8 Tennis Courts (lighted) with restrooms
  • Picnic Shelter (available on a first come first serve basis)
  • Play area with adjacent open lawn area
  • 0.50 miles of paved trail around softball fields
  • 0.33 miles of paved trail around multi-purpose fields
Link:
Middle Creek School Park
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:27 AM
 
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The problem with Jamison Park is that it will be VERY close to the proposed I540, based on the proposed corridor, when it finally gets built. Also, it will be the farthest from the airport.
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:51 PM
 
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Thanks for the information! NH2 do you live in Jamison? Are there lots of kids? We would like for our boys to have other children to play with. In our current FL neighborhood, we have very few kids and way too many retirees that don't want kids around. We checked out that beautiful park last time we were in Raleigh. The park and the schools are definitely a positive. I just worry that the commute to the grocery store, gym, etc. would get old quickly.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:25 PM
 
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Of all the neighborhoods you listed, I'd seriously consider Preston Village. I live closeby and walk/ride there frequently. lots of kids! Only downside is the cost of the country club as opposed to having a neighborhood pool.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:46 PM
 
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Thanks for the information! NH2 do you live in Jamison? Are there lots of kids? We would like for our boys to have other children to play with. In our current FL neighborhood, we have very few kids and way too many retirees that don't want kids around. We checked out that beautiful park last time we were in Raleigh. The park and the schools are definitely a positive. I just worry that the commute to the grocery store, gym, etc. would get old quickly.
I live at the Park at West Lake which is about a mile from Jamison. I've lived out this way for over 10 years and am amazed at the growth.

There's two grocery stores (Food Lion and Harris Teeter) within two minutes drive and probably another five within 10 minutes. The premier gym in the area (Lifetime Fitness) is about 10 minutes with many alternatives closer (Anytime Fitness, YMCA, o2 Fitness). I belong to the YMCA (brand new facility) which is less than two minutes away.

The negative........as someone said, 540 is scheduled to come close to a section of Jamison. Also, the airport is about 30 minutes on any given work day. If I catch an early morning flight, I can get there in 15 minutes though....Shhh!

send me an email with any questions!!! good luck...
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Of all the neighborhoods you listed, I'd seriously consider Preston Village. I live closeby and walk/ride there frequently. lots of kids! Only downside is the cost of the country club as opposed to having a neighborhood pool.

Preston Village owns their pool now:

"Is the swimming pool in the neighborhood open to all residents and is there a cost to use the pool?

Yes, the pool is now the property of the Preston Village association and providing you are in good standing with the homeowners associations you are allowed to use the pool. Your Preston Village homeowner's dues include the cost of use for residents however there is a charge for guests. Please download the rules, policies and hours of operation from the library section of this web site and call......."
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:58 PM
 
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Preston Village owns their pool now:

"Is the swimming pool in the neighborhood open to all residents and is there a cost to use the pool?

Yes, the pool is now the property of the Preston Village association and providing you are in good standing with the homeowners associations you are allowed to use the pool. Your Preston Village homeowner's dues include the cost of use for residents however there is a charge for guests. Please download the rules, policies and hours of operation from the library section of this web site and call......."
Yay!! You rock Mike! More reason to go with Preston Village.
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