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Old 09-28-2012, 01:05 PM
 
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Hi, Im interested in bungalow homes/ historic neighborhoods in Durham for middle income families where there is walkable sidewalks to downtown? Any help?
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Downtown Durham, NC
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What price range, specifically?

Off the top of my head, the more affordable neighborhoods near downtown are Old North Durham, Burch Avenue, West End, parts of Morehead Hills, Old West Durham, and Cleveland-Holloway.

If you give us a price range, though, we can help you narrow it down.
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:55 AM
 
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oh sorry about that. I was hoping for under 200K but I guess 235K would be the highest. I know thats not much but its my budget. If the historic area isnt in that range, could you suggest areas for a small family, with young child. walkable areas, to shops or close to shops, bike trails, easy access to dowtn for work, sporting events, cultural events-not interested in teh public schools as we homeschool and private school but looking in that range. thanks
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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oh sorry about that. I was hoping for under 200K but I guess 235K would be the highest. I know thats not much but its my budget. If the historic area isnt in that range, could you suggest areas for a small family, with young child. walkable areas, to shops or close to shops, bike trails, easy access to dowtn for work, sporting events, cultural events-not interested in teh public schools as we homeschool and private school but looking in that range. thanks
It's doable though you will have to make compromises on home size and renovation status. In my neighborhood (Trinity Park), the houses at the south end of the neighborhood go from the $300's to the high six figures and even a couple of $1m+ properties. The north end, on the other hand, has houses ranging from the $100s to $300s. East of Gregson and north of Green will have the most properties in your range. You'll typically find things in the 1,000-1,500 sq. ft. range in that price range.

The other neighborhoods mentioned by peperoberto also have some more affordable locations. I might add Northgate Park to that list; not as walkable to shopping but great renovated WPA-era park and greenway bisecting the neighborhood. Good luck in your search!
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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You could find something in that price range in Old West Durham. It might be small, though. I know some families that live in that area. Not sure how walkable to shops, but I do recall they have some sidewalks.
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:16 PM
 
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Old West Durham sounds about perfect. Very walkable to the 9th St area and the free connector that gets you to Duke, Brightleaf, Downtown and Golden Belt. Watts Hillindale too.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:22 AM
 
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There are several houses in Burch Avenue on the market for between $110 and $230k. It's about a 1/2 mile from Brightleaf square, a mile or so from Five Points, and abuts Duke which is an area a lot of neighbors use for jogging etc. For bike rides, I often head down Duke University Rd to NC751 and head north from there, as there's plenty of routes through Durham and Orange County to travel. Also, just a few blocks from Duke's Nasher Museum. Also lots of families (off the top of my head I know of 12 houses with children under 3 years old), and a newly renovated park right on Burch Ave itself.

Of course, plenty of neighborhoods on the west side of Downtown, including Old West Durham and Trinity Park, match this description. I know, as BCR said, that Trinity Park may have some affordability issues at that price point, and I'm not sure how many young families are in Old West, but they are both great places as well.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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There are several houses in Burch Avenue on the market for between $110 and $230k. It's about a 1/2 mile from Brightleaf square, a mile or so from Five Points, and abuts Duke which is an area a lot of neighbors use for jogging etc. For bike rides, I often head down Duke University Rd to NC751 and head north from there, as there's plenty of routes through Durham and Orange County to travel. Also, just a few blocks from Duke's Nasher Museum. Also lots of families (off the top of my head I know of 12 houses with children under 3 years old), and a newly renovated park right on Burch Ave itself.

Of course, plenty of neighborhoods on the west side of Downtown, including Old West Durham and Trinity Park, match this description. I know, as BCR said, that Trinity Park may have some affordability issues at that price point, and I'm not sure how many young families are in Old West, but they are both great places as well.
I always forget about the Burch Ave area. I like that area alot! It deserves more mentions on here. A rejuvenated business district on West Chapel Hill St. would make it unbelievable! It seems gentrification has been rolling down the hill south of Chapel hill St towards Morehead.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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I always forget about the Burch Ave area. I like that area alot! It deserves more mentions on here. A rejuvenated business district on West Chapel Hill St. would make it unbelievable! It seems gentrification has been rolling down the hill south of Chapel hill St towards Morehead.
See, all you have to do is mention something on the internet and it gets DONE! lol


Self-Help to redevelop section of downtown Durham :: WRAL.com
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