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Old 02-05-2007, 10:39 AM
 
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Hello,

I have begun an apt search in the area surrounding the Duke campus and am looking for something VERY quiet, and well-maintained...I do not really need much....

In my search I came across the GSC Apartments website and was wondering if anyone knew anything about the quality of the apartments listed?

Thank you in advance!
Kristen
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Old 02-05-2007, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Hello,

I have begun an apt search in the area surrounding the Duke campus and am looking for something VERY quiet, and well-maintained...I do not really need much....

In my search I came across the GSC Apartments website and was wondering if anyone knew anything about the quality of the apartments listed?

Thank you in advance!
Kristen
Hi Kristen,

I would **avoid** the GSC apartments like the plague. Duke Manor and the others are fairly run-down (friends of ours lived in DM when they moved to the area and it was a lousy and bug-infested place). The complexes surrounding Duke have a fairly transient and non-student population and aren't the best places to live, IMHO.

My wife and I lived in Croasdaile Crossings, a townhouse-style apartment community near the corner of I-85 and Hillandale, before we bought a house in Durham. We *loved* it there. Croasdaile is a community developed by a family-run realty firm (they turned a family farm into upscale houses, apartments, and a Methodist retirement home -- they kept the old house in the center of it all, complete with Angus cows and everything!) The rent was reasonable ($800/mo. for 1200 sq. ft, 2 bed/2 bath with washer/dryer in unit) and, as a family-run firm that has its own professional maintenance staff, the experience was top-notch. They are a real class act.

They have other complexes in their area, like Woodstone (which is on the higher-priced end) and Croasdaile Apartments (a little less expensive). The area is safe and quiet (something I can't say about the GSC properties.) Shopping is nearby and it's a 10-15 minute drive to Duke.

One thing you might want to check out are the off-campus housing surveys/reports that Duke puts out to help students find housing complexes. Students review complexes each year and Duke tabulates the results. Check out http://www.communityhousing.duke.edu/ (broken link) for more.

When are you taking the bar? We moved down here so my wife could attend law school at Duke -- she's teeing up for the Feb. 2007 NC bar. :-) Good luck!
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Old 02-05-2007, 10:58 AM
 
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I forgot to mention -- I am assuming you will have a car in the area. If you don't, safe and affordable housing options in walking distance to Duke are more limited. I would check out Bradford Ridge and Poplar Manor; if you don't mind spending more $$$, the Lofts at Lakeview, Erwin Terrace, or (near 9th St./Brightleaf/Duke's east campus) Station Nine or West Village.
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:03 AM
 
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^ Plus, I've seen craigslist list dozens of apts/homes/duplexes to rent in the Duke/9th street areas.
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:27 PM
 
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Thank you very much for the information! We are graduating law school this may and will be taking the bar in July. We have a little bit of time to get things squared away but just have no clue where to start!

Thanks again! I hope your wife does well on the bar! Good luck!
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Thank you very much for the information! We are graduating law school this may and will be taking the bar in July. We have a little bit of time to get things squared away but just have no clue where to start!

Thanks again! I hope your wife does well on the bar! Good luck!
Excellent, and glad to be of help. Out of curiosity, are you going to be working in NC? Firm work, government, etc.?
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:18 PM
 
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I am hoping to be working in the Raleigh area. I am currently in the job hunt and am actually struggling to break in to the market as I am out of state. Duke and UNC have been less than helpful in providing information regarding job openings etc. I'm hoping for the best...haha... Any suggestions?
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Old 04-10-2007, 05:44 PM
 
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Hey guys, is Croasdaile Crossings the same place as Woodstone at Croasdaile Farms? It sounds really nice from your description!
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Old 04-10-2007, 08:41 PM
 
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Hey guys, is Croasdaile Crossings the same place as Woodstone at Croasdaile Farms? It sounds really nice from your description!
Woodstone is actuallty a different complex (more high-end, slightly pricier) but is owned and operated by the same awesome management company. Also well recommended.
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Old 04-11-2007, 03:14 PM
 
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I am hoping to be working in the Raleigh area. I am currently in the job hunt and am actually struggling to break in to the market as I am out of state. Duke and UNC have been less than helpful in providing information regarding job openings etc. I'm hoping for the best...haha... Any suggestions?
I graduated about five years ago and now I'm on my own so it has been awhile since I've looked for a job but one resource is http://www.lawyersweeklyjobs.com/

What type of law are you looking to practice? If you want to send me your resume offline to rosnerlawfirm@earthlink.net, I'll keep it handy and let you know if I hear anything.

- Jeff
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