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Old 02-05-2008, 08:04 PM
 
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We are planning to move to the greater Raleigh area this summer. Leaning toward Cary, Apex & HS....but keep receiving e-mail updates from our realtor for properties in Harrington Grove and surrounding area. Is this a desirable area? Any drawbacks?
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Old 02-05-2008, 08:19 PM
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Location: Raleigh, NC
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Very desirable. A really good family neighborhood with good schools. The biggest drawback is there airplane noise. From what I've read, there is also some rush hour traffic heading toward I-540.
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Old 02-06-2008, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Great neighborhood if you don't mind the constant drone of airplanes.
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Old 02-06-2008, 07:59 AM
 
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Thanks..that's what I suspected. I appreciate your info.
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Old 02-06-2008, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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Very near The Fransiscan School - I don't know how those kids can study due to the airplane noise. I was there for a sports activity a few years back (right after school), and I swear, I could see the people waving at me !!! That's how close they come !!! . I remember wondering if the students can even think when they take their tests.. perhaps its soundproof inside, LOL.

We looked to buy there 20 years ago, when the neighborhood was first getting underway, but chose to buy somewhere else due to the obvious flight path. It doesn't seem to have hurt property values though.

That neighborhood is convenient to 550 though. Its barely in Wake County... a mile in either direction and you are in Durham county...
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:02 AM
 
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Default HG for me!

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.... students when they take their tests.. perhaps its soundproof inside, LOL.

We looked to buy there 20 years ago, when the neighborhood was first getting underway, but chose to buy somewhere else due to the obvious flight path. It doesn't seem to have hurt property values though.

That neighborhood is convenient to 550 though. Its barely in Wake County... a mile in either direction and you are in Durham county...
Just a note from a HG denizen. You really do get used to the airplanes. Most often they are in a landing pattern when flying over the neighborhood and have already cut their engines. Rush hour traffic on 540 is starting to be a problem but it is avoidable. (Besides our DOT says the congestion will be alleviated by 2009 !)

We also looked to buy in HG in 1990 and didn't because the same $100K home was $10K less in Planter's Walk in Knightdale - imagine that. Seven years later, that same home in HG was worth $30K more when we went to sell our home in Planter's Walk. We now live in HG and love it. It's close to everything and the schools are among the best in the county. We even have a new elementary school being built less than a mile from the entrance to the subdivision.

And what about a credit shortage? It sure hasn't affected home sales in HG.
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Old 02-06-2008, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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Just a note from a HG denizen. You really do get used to the airplanes. Most often they are in a landing pattern when flying over the neighborhood and have already cut their engines. Rush hour traffic on 540 is starting to be a problem but it is avoidable. (Besides our DOT says the congestion will be alleviated by 2009 !)

We also looked to buy in HG in 1990 and didn't because the same $100K home was $10K less in Planter's Walk in Knightdale - imagine that. Seven years later, that same home in HG was worth $30K more when we went to sell our home in Planter's Walk. We now live in HG and love it. It's close to everything and the schools are among the best in the county. We even have a new elementary school being built less than a mile from the entrance to the subdivision.

And what about a credit shortage? It sure hasn't affected home sales in HG.
Funny, the same thing happened to us. We bought in east raleigh for less money & without a garage in 1989, thinking the neighborhood would bomb due to the airplane noise. Could have got the home cheaper in Harrington with a garage !! Fast forward 10 years, the home in Harrington Grove is worth a whole heck lot more than our house in east raleigh.

I still maintain it is noisy there, true, its a convenient location.. is it a matter the price point is wonderful for the square footage.. relative to new construction? I was totally un nerved at the fly over traffic last time we were over that way... my opinion, though.
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:11 PM
 
Location: SF Bay
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I would suggest the area closer to Glenwood near Pinecrest. There are alot of homes there that are in less of an airplane noise zone, at least you can't see the landing gear from the backyard
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