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Old 07-05-2012, 10:17 PM
 
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We live in Raleigh but my husband works in Durham. The drive there and back is costing. We are thinking of moving to Durham. We don't know the area but we would like to move to a nice neighborhood to raise our 2year old daughter.
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:56 AM
 
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We live in Raleigh but my husband works in Durham. The drive there and back is costing. We are thinking of moving to Durham. We don't know the area but we would like to move to a nice neighborhood to raise our 2year old daughter.
South Durham area....woodcroft, hope valley farms, south point area.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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We live in North Durham county/city (about 6 miles north of downtown) and like the area.

You'll find older 'neighborhoods' (no HOA) or newer developments.
We like that our neighborhood has 2 ways in/out so very quiet & most everyone knows to go slow when driving because between the crazy deer & kids playing in the road you just can't speed through.

It is nice being tucked back in a quiet neighborhood, but close to everything we need/want.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:12 AM
 
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Maybe try Hillsborough? Just a thought. Lots of my coworkers drive from there to RTP every day and love it.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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A better idea of where in Durham geographically he works, and what your housing needs and budget are would be helpful.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:59 AM
 
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Time until school age will pass quickly. If you plan on staying in the area and using Durham Public Schools, you'd be wise to focus your neighborhood search on those with elementary schools that are a good fit for your family. While a number of families in Durham go with lottery/charter options, if you're planning on using the DPS system, you'll want to settle in a place with a good neighborhood school in the case that you a) prefer a neighborhood school for your family or b) don't get accepted to any magnet or charters. And yes, good neighborhood schools, at least for elementary age which is what's most familiar to me at this point, exist in the DPS system contrary to the belief of some others
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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The whole SW Durham area is full of families. Very family-friendly all around here. Woodcroft, Woodlake, Hope Valley Farms, Fairfield, Chancellor's Ridge, and Grandale are the bigger neighborhoods I can think of off the top of my head that are full of children. There are tons of other smaller subdivisions all around too. There are plenty of good elementary schools in Durham too, as stated above. I know parents who are very happy with Forest View, Creekside, Hope Valley, and Pearsontown. Kestrel Heights, a charter school, is also expanding down to elementary school for the first time in the coming year. We never thought we'd stay in Durham, but now I can't imagine raising my kids anywhere else!
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:02 PM
 
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We are in North Durham and love it. We love our elementary school, Easley. Durham is a great place to live and raise kids. If we ever moved our of our house, I think we'd still live in North Durham. It's close enough to everything, but far enough out there to have a home town feel. I didn't think I'd like the north end so much, but I really do.
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:21 PM
 
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Lots of new houses being built of the Sharon road/Mineral Springs area. Kids go to brand new elementary school in Brightleaf. Quick access to 40 etc.
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:38 PM
 
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Just driving from one part of Durham to another can be tiring! What specific area are you trying to be closer/convenient to?
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