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Old 09-19-2007, 09:14 AM
 
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Any suggestions for neighborhoods in Raleigh / N. Raleigh that are in walking distance (5-10min) to coffee shop, grocery, pharmacy, etc? Something similar to Stonehenge off Creedmoor, or maybe others that are in the planning stage. Some place with a real "neighborhood" feel to it.

Looking for a home 1800-2000 sqft., about $400K.
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Falls River should fit your bill, and you can find 2500 sqft homes less than 10 years old for under $400k. Bedford is a bit farther back and not really walkable to anything, however there is hope that a "town center" will be added soon in the center of that development which I'd imagine will have at least some of what you're looking for. Wakefield would be another community to take a look at. Its not nearly as pedestrian-friendly as FR, but it does have lots of shops & restaurants close by.
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:35 AM
 
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We looked at Falls River back in 1999/2000. At the time, they were promising a town center there with shops, coffee, etc. Doesn't look like it ever happened. There appears to only be the shopping center at Durant Rd at the entrance to the development. That can be quite far (walking) from the bulk of the homes.
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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Wakefield definitely has that opportunity, but there is also a lot of traffic during the day, even though there are sidewalks! I would also say, although it may be older homes, is the north hills area.

Leigh
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:44 AM
 
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You'll need to look ITB (Inside The Beltline), close to Cameron VIllage. Wonderful place with lots of stores and coffee shops in walking distance. At this price range, you'd need to settle for a condo or a town home.
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Old 09-19-2007, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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The southern end of Wakefield Plantation is well within walking distance to small shops, restaurants, large food store, little coffee shops, banking, schools K-12, YMCA, and child care. Sure saves the gas plus you get to exercises and walk on sidewalks. Lot of communities here in northern wake county area do not have sidewalks. Wakefield and Bedford do as I'm sure there are many others within the Raleigh area that do.
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Old 09-19-2007, 11:27 AM
 
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Yes many neighborhoods have sidewalks but they don't lead to anywhere commercial but rather to your neighbor's house and your neighbor's neighbor's house! (Bedford is a good example..)
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Old 09-19-2007, 11:33 AM
 
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There are some sections of Graystone and Crosswinds that are within walking distance to these amenities as well. These neighborhoods are just across Creedmoor from Stonehenge and are similar in age. I grew up in Stonehenge and remember well walking to work at the grocery store and for shopping at the SC, as well as walking to church and the pool. The downside, though, was that I was bussed all the way to downtown for school, so I was unable to walk or bike to school. That issue is something you should give some consideration to if you are looking seriously at any part of N. Raleigh.
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Old 09-19-2007, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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There are some sections of Graystone and Crosswinds that are within walking distance to these amenities as well. These neighborhoods are just across Creedmoor from Stonehenge and are similar in age. I grew up in Stonehenge and remember well walking to work at the grocery store and for shopping at the SC, as well as walking to church and the pool. The downside, though, was that I was bussed all the way to downtown for school, so I was unable to walk or bike to school. That issue is something you should give some consideration to if you are looking seriously at any part of N. Raleigh.

I live in the area now. My last child goes to school, about 4 miles from the house. My other 3 (all graduated now) went to the same schools, as the last child. So I'm not sure why you would have been bused downtown, unless you opted for magnet school?

Vicki
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Old 09-19-2007, 12:26 PM
 
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I live in the area now. My last child goes to school, about 4 miles from the house. My other 3 (all graduated now) went to the same schools, as the last child. So I'm not sure why you would have been bused downtown, unless you opted for magnet school?

Vicki
I was zoned for Daniels Middle & Broughton High while living in Stonehenge...graduated in 1993. This predated Leesville, however there were a few closer middle and high schools at the time. My experience at BHS was awesome and I am glad it worked out as it did, despite the long bus rides and awful drives in with traffic on Glenwood. That area was later rezoned to Leesville High, and is now zoned for Sanderson. Vicki, I know you are a strong defender of everything Wake County, but I think you should take another look at it through the eyes of someone who is not a Realtor with a vested interest in the continued growth and prosperity in the county.
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