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Old 07-16-2008, 07:15 PM
 
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I currently live in Central Florida and am looking to relocate to North Carolina. I will be attending Duke for a Master's degree and would like to live in an area close to the school and also near Raleigh. I've heard some horror stories about Durham but will be working for that school district, where are the better areas of Durham that are also close to Raleigh?
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Morrisville. The "horror stories" about Durham are mostly untrue.
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:25 PM
 
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An area I could afford to buy a house on a teacher's salary...
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Horror stories from Durham are indeed mostly untrue or exaggerated - there are equal horror stories from Raleigh or I bet Central Florida too - any area with a lot of people is going to have horror stories and going to have rave reviews too.

That said, if you are really wanting to be convenient for both, Morrisville is one option, though it's a bit South. I'd recommend looking either along 70 or 98 in SE Durham (Neighborhoods like Brightleaf, Magnolia Place, Wood Chapel, or Ravenstone) or something in the Brier Creek area of Raleigh
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Durham
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What part of Raleigh are you needing access to? Raleigh is a big city and some areas are far from a hop, skip, and a jump from Durham. It seems like that when you're looking from out of state. The areas sneezecake mentioned are on the Durham/Wake border, but other parts may require a bit of a hump down I-40.

Do you have any specifics of your price range? A teacher's salary isn't specific enough for one who isn't familiar with them.
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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Default Check out Southwest Durham

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I currently live in Central Florida and am looking to relocate to North Carolina. I will be attending Duke for a Master's degree and would like to live in an area close to the school and also near Raleigh. I've heard some horror stories about Durham but will be working for that school district, where are the better areas of Durham that are also close to Raleigh?
Check out southwest Durham. That's the areas near the Streets of Southpoint mall. Very nice area, ultra convenient to Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill and of course, Durham because of the easy access to I-40, Hwy. 55, and 751.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Lowest Taxed/Highest Q.O.L. CARY, NC
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Check out southwest Durham. That's the areas near the Streets of Southpoint mall. Very nice area, ultra convenient to Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill and of course, Durham because of the easy access to I-40, Hwy. 55, and 751.

I will second, third and fourth this suggestion.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:15 PM
 
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There are some neighborhoods (brand new to well-established) along the Wake/Durham line (near Brier Creek) that are very nice/quiet/safe. No Durham (or Raleigh for that matter) "horror" stories. Look near TW Alexander, Lumley, Page, roads. You will be very, very close to shopping, access to I40/I540 & Durham Freeway but without the traffic of the Southpoint area.
Because of the way the lines are drawn your address could be Durham, Raleigh, or even Morrisville. These neighborhoods have a good mix of RTP workers, teachers (!), etc.
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:11 PM
 
Location: SW Durham, NC
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I will second, third and fourth this suggestion.
I'll fifth, sixth, and seventh that!!
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
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There are some neighborhoods (brand new to well-established) along the Wake/Durham line (near Brier Creek) that are very nice/quiet/safe. No Durham (or Raleigh for that matter) "horror" stories. Look near TW Alexander, Lumley, Page, roads. You will be very, very close to shopping, access to I40/I540 & Durham Freeway but without the traffic of the Southpoint area.
Yep, my first house was in this area. Very nice indeed and great value for money. Easy commute to Durham.

M

PS. A friend of mine worked in two schools; one a tough Durham school and the other a more affluent new school near a sprawling country club. She much preferred the former. The latter was unbearable due to the overpowering parents who couldn't accept that their sprogs were not winners at everything or disobedient.

Good luck.
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