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Old 07-02-2013, 10:44 AM
 
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Based on what my research tells me....Chapel Hill is about $800 - $1000 per month more than Cary (rent or mortgage) .....for the same size house and lot.

Two questions for the board:

1. Is Chapel Hill really worth that much more?
2. What about alternative locations....places like Research Triangle Park or Durham.....any safe zip codes in those area?
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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It certainly is worth it to me because I have children in the school system, friends in the area and investment property I need to keep tabs on. But even without those things I think we would have chosen CH/C because of the overall atmosphere, lack of big box business and convenience to just about everything we need.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:09 AM
 
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It's such a subjective question. Aside from the schools, atmosphere and amenities that one would typically compare between any two towns, you need to recognize that Chapel Hill has a different set of development codes / regulations and available space which strongly limits the amount of new development. So the old "supply & demand" plays a strong role in the price variations as well.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:17 AM
 
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See this thread:

//www.city-data.com/forum/ralei...apel-hill.html

Also:

1. Research Triangle Park is a business park, not a town or residential area.
2. Don't search by zip codes; it's a useless method to identify locations in the Triangle for your purposes.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:41 AM
 
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I have lived in Chapel Hill and Cary. I'm single, no kids and personally prefer Cary. I like Chapel Hill too though. The only zip code I would consider for Durham is 27713.

There's a lot of neighborhoods near RTP. I guess it would be considered Durham or Morrisville.

I live in Cary and work in RTP. I never have to get on 40 and get to work in 5 minutes. I practically live in Durham/Morrisville with a Cary address.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:22 PM
 
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I think you need to come and visit the area. We can offer opinions but what one area is worth to one person is different to someone else. People place value on different things when buying a home ie: schools, commute time, nightlife. There are plenty of descriptions of each town on these boards but nothing can replace coming here and experiencing it for yourself. There are plenty of safe areas in the Triangle to live, it just depends on what you want.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:58 PM
 
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Thank you for your responses.
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:04 PM
 
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I think your figures are way off. Chapel Hill is not that much more expensive than Cary. It might be $100-$200 more per month for an equivalent home if that much. Depends on the home, of course. Chapel Hill goes from trailer parks to multi-million dollar homes.

I'd pick based on the town. Chapel Hill is a quintessential liberal college town. Carrboro is its funky sister. Both put a great emphasis on the arts, buying local, and progressivism. Cary is more suburban, clean and green. Chapel Hill Carrboro schools are excellent and it's a small system which can be a plus. Wake County also has some excellent schools, but it's a huge system and while there are more specialized magnets there are more hurdles to jump through and more "bad" schools. I don't think many of the schools that folks in Cary go to are "bad", but others could give you more advice on that. The towns are vastly different IMO, and I'd pick based on which town suits you better. I'm sure you can find a home in your price range either place.
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:09 PM
 
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Thanks Poppydog.
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