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Old 02-10-2017, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Durm
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Given the choice of the two I'd go with north Durham because I'm not personally a huge fan of the overly developed suburban South Durham (though I'd love Woodcroft).

I'm going to add a third choice to the mix, and suggest that you look in central Durham in the area from say Garrett Road on the west to the Forest Hills neighborhood on the east, neighborhoods around Old Chapel Hill Road, near the super Target off 15/501.

These aren't new planned communities (mine is early 80s), but it's 10 min to Duke, safe, easy to get to downtown Durham and Chapel Hill. Very underrated section of Durham.

I'm also more of a downtown Durham kind of person though.
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Old 02-12-2017, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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When I moved here 20+ years ago, I chose South Durham because of the access to I-40 and proximity to Chapel Hill. It was far less developed then - no Southpoint Mall, no major neighborhoods in the area leading down to Jordan Lake. If I were choosing today, I might choose differently, except Woodcroft. It's just perfect (for me), nestled in the middle of all of that overdevelopment - cozy, calm, and homey.
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Old 02-13-2017, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Have they proposed any kind of timeline for this? Feels like they should have started construction already as it's been well over a year since they purchased the land.
I work in once of the Park Offices buildings on the west side of the area that will be redeveloped. We're scheduled to move out in mid- to late 2018, so I doubt there will be much demo or construction over here until at least then.
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:03 PM
 
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Hope Valley guy here. Love the location, am accessible to the American Tobacco Trail, which is a wonderful advantage South Durham has over North Durham in my opinion - I could if I want to bike to Southpoint or to the Durham Bulls ballpark within 15 minutes with little hassle. Also much easier and quicker for me to get to RDU airport, Raleigh and the beaches near Wilmington to Myrtle Beach than if I lived in North Durham - the Durham Freeway can be a hassle during rush hour, and the addition of the East End Connector is only going to make it busier. Time to get downtown or Duke University by car is about the same for me as if I came from North Durham (if you define that as north of I-85, as I do). The advantages North Durham has to me are easier access to Lake Gaston, Kerr Lake, Richmond, Washington, and other points north (it may be only 10-15 minutes additional from South Durham, but that's usually with stoplights and more traffic than North Durham), and as many mentioned better bargains for property on less congested roads in general. Choosing between the two is pretty much like other parts of the Triangle - just find what you want the most in amenities and neighborhoods, and see what fits your price range.
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Old 02-13-2017, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Nothing beats downtown Durham if you can swing the cost. Neighborhoods like Forest Hills, Trinity Park, Lakewood-Tuscaloosa, etc, just cannot be beat. North Durham and South Durham are fine, but nothing like downtown.
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