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Old 11-23-2007, 03:25 PM
 
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My wife and I are coming to visit the triangle area soon to see if its as great as we hear. We are looking to relocate from Ireland (Wife is American). My mother in law lives in Charlotte and we weren't sold on it after a recent visit. We felt that it lacked character and was strip mall and strip mall as well as being that little to far from the beach. We're looking for somewhere to live that is family friendly (neighbours know each other, kids play on streets), plenty of outdoor activity facilities close by, not a cookie cutter type area, somewhere with decent size lots, approx €300k, side walks where you can walk to local amenities, some what of a small town feel where the locals know each other. Cary, Durham, Wake, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, somewhere else????
Any help you can offer to help us prepare for our visit would be hugely appreciated.

Cheers!
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Old 11-23-2007, 03:28 PM
 
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Well, I am not much help, but I can say that I visited the Raleigh area and I have never seen so many strip malls.
But, I still want to live there. There are many nice neighborhoods as well.
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Old 11-23-2007, 07:00 PM
 
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There are many strip malls (and other kinds of malls) here, and many cookie cutter developments. But if you look in the right places, you can find what you're looking for here. Chapel Hill might be a good choice for you, some neighborhoods in Durham, some neighborhoods in Raleigh. I can't say you'll find what you want in Cary, but that's because I'm not as familiar with that area.

In Chapel Hill, your budget (300k euros, right?) will get you an older home that maybe needs updating. (You can get newer construction at that price, too, but it's more likely to be on a small lot with a cookie cutter feel). Two small towns near Chapel Hill are Hillsborough and Pittsboro--these are charming towns with good schools.

In Durham, there are many choices in your price range: Woodcroft and other communities in southwest Durham are really nice and popular with families. Closer into downtown are some more historic neighborhoods: Trinity Park and Watts-Hillandale are particularly desirable for people looking for urban neighborhoods with a community feel. These will have small city lots, usually under 1/4 acre. My neighborhood, Duke Forest, has older homes (by American standards--1970s and earlier), but nice size lots, about 1/2 acre, very tree-y, and close to walking trails.

I'm not sure what your work situation is, but you'll want to remember that commuting can be unpleasant. I think traffic is worse heading west on 40 from Raleigh into RTP (research triangle park). People commuting from west to east usually have it a little easier.
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Old 11-23-2007, 07:26 PM
 
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Actually, today 300K euros is about 444K USD. So with almost 450K, that budget is easily doable in Chapel Hill or Inside the Beltline (ITB) Raleigh which is beautiful and has a real historic/urban feel to it. Durham has really beautiful, charming older neighborhoods as well. You will have a lot of options on your budget in this area. You can do very well in Cary on that budget but you may not like it because it's very uniform and cookie cutter-ish with many strip malls (although very pretty and a great place to live as far as convenience is concerned). So yeah I'd have to say that Chapel Hill, Historic areas of Durham, ITB Raleigh, and maybe even historic Wake Forest depending on your commuting factors are going to be the most charming and non cookie cutter areas you may want to check out. Good luck!
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Old 11-26-2007, 03:32 PM
 
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Thanks very much for all your help. This gives me something to work on. Looking forward to our visit
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Old 11-26-2007, 07:16 PM
 
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My wife and I are coming to visit the triangle area soon to see if its as great as we hear. We are looking to relocate from Ireland (Wife is American). My mother in law lives in Charlotte and we weren't sold on it after a recent visit. We felt that it lacked character and was strip mall and strip mall as well as being that little to far from the beach. We're looking for somewhere to live that is family friendly (neighbours know each other, kids play on streets), plenty of outdoor activity facilities close by, not a cookie cutter type area, somewhere with decent size lots, approx €300k, side walks where you can walk to local amenities, some what of a small town feel where the locals know each other. Cary, Durham, Wake, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, somewhere else????
Any help you can offer to help us prepare for our visit would be hugely appreciated.

Cheers!
First thought is Carrboro. Walking distance to grocery, shops, restaurants, and the Bolin Creek trails offer miles of hiking and mountain biking. Good community and schools. Some older homes with 0.5+ acre lots.
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