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Old 04-10-2013, 03:09 PM
 
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We are moving to the area this summer and I have been doing a ton of research. We will be renting a home for the first year and wondered about people's opinions on neighborhoods in the south and southwest Durham area. Close to good dining is important and would love to be on at least 1/4 acre. Don't need to be living in the newest development and not looking for a McMansion . Any suggestions for neighborhoods that fit that general criteria?
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:24 PM
 
Location: SW Durham, NC (27713)
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Lightbulb Fairfield

We have lived in Fairfield since 2007 and love it. We are actually on our second home, both in Fairfield.


Would love to answer any questions you might have on SW Durham.

Cheers!
Matt

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Old 04-10-2013, 08:28 PM
 
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Gorgeous homes!
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:39 AM
 
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Are you looking for walking distance or just driving distance? Nothing is that far away or difficult to get to here. SW Durham isn't that great for restaurants, but we do have 6 grocery stores in a 3 mile radius. There are a few gems, but for the most part it is big chain restaurants like Chili's, California Pizza Kitchen, BW3, etc. Do a search on yelp for restaurants in 27713 and find a few that interest you then go to any map site and figure out neighborhoods around it. Some of my favorites are Shiki Sushi, Chubby's, Bocci, and Firebird's if you want a chain. There are much better places to eat in downtown Durham.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:18 AM
 
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Some neighborhoods in the 27707 zip code might be worth looking into as well. We are in New Hope Valley (between Garrett Rd. and Old Chapel Hill Rd.). After five years, I still marvel at the convenience of this location. Close to grocery stores, restaurants, schools shopping, a renovated library, post office, etc., it still has an established neighborhood feel. Great for long walks and nicely situated between UNC and Duke and within the RTP corridor.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:15 AM
 
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Not sure what your range is but there is a 1450 sq foot house for sale on Wedgewood lane right now for about 150. Its in the area you are describing and is a decent spot.

I'll echo what others have said before me- the Hope Valley area is nice and is in a good location. There are a ton of new neighborhoods that just got built going down Fayetteville road past Southpoint. Those will run you a bit more though. Typically in that zip code you are looking at 200+ for something decent.
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:39 PM
 
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We live just south of Southpoint Mall, right off Fayetteville Rd. Any of the neighborhoods in this area would meet your requirements. Close to the mall, shopping, food, and I-40. Great place to live!
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:51 PM
 
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I would suggest that you check out Woodcroft. The houses are nice, but definitely not McMansions. Most lots are 1/4-1/3 acre. There are always a few rental homes available, and there are also townhouses in the neighborhood. There are extensive walking trails, as well as a playground and a swim & tennis club. You can walk or drive in a short time to a number of good restaurants - Bandido's, Pulcinella, City Beverage, Shiki Sushi, Bocci, and Nantucket Café.

Good luck with your move!
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:25 PM
 
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We live in Woodcroft and absolutely love it. We have 1/4 acre and can walk to Sutton Station which has about 4 resturants plus we can walk to the grocery store (1.2 miles). If we were more adventurous we could bike 2 miles to more resturants but our youngest isn't quite up for that yet.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:14 AM
 
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Thanks everyone. We are here right now. We did check out some neighborhoods in the Hope Valley/Wood croft area yesterday but most of the houses were on teeny tiny lots. Maybe we were looking on the wrong streets. We are very open to suggestions as to where to look. Our caveat is that we have 3 small dogs ( 12, 11 and 9, so not full of energy! ) We are willing to pay a substantial pet damage deposit. We will look some more today in that area plus check out Cary, Apex and Pittsboro. Very nice here and everything looks so nice in full bloom. Hope we find something!
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