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Old 11-28-2008, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Hey, lifelong WA resident, have been mulling visiting NC, which may be a springboard to a move there.

I have considered UNC, and I am not sure whether the area is worth my time. Tell me what's good, what's bad, and is there any good sports around here, and what are the people like? Are they sociable? Thanks.
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Old 11-29-2008, 05:02 AM
 
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These kinda posts always crack me up.

"Tell me about your podunk little town. Why should I waste my time by moving there? Do the people there talk to each other? Do you have anything to do besides go to NASCAR races?".

Sorry. . . . . you got me before I've had my coffee
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Old 11-29-2008, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Southeast US
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Hey, lifelong WA resident, have been mulling visiting NC, which may be a springboard to a move there.

I have considered UNC, and I am not sure whether the area is worth my time. Tell me what's good, what's bad, and is there any good sports around here, and what are the people like? Are they sociable? Thanks.
I think it's easier if you tell us about yourself and your likes and dislikes. As you can tell from this forum, we are a sociable crowd and willing to help.

What are YOUR must haves and deal breakers?
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Old 11-29-2008, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Cary - A great town for me
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Thumbs down Not A Good Fit - Culture Shock

SEATTLE

I don't think this area is good for some people from Seattle.
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Old 11-29-2008, 07:04 AM
 
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Hello
We are also thinking of moving to the Triangle area and I figured this might be a good place to jump in and ask a few questions myself. I like the way you put it in your reply JJingle when you ask what the must have's and deal breakers are when considering a move to the Triangle area...my husband and I have been researching buying a home in this area and we love what we see so have decided to pursue a lease to own option to buy a home in Durham; however, we have hit a few snags as of late as we realize the home may be on a subdivision; in considering the must have's and deal breakers for us in relocating from NY to NC we are looking to learn more about subdivisions and what it entails, for example:Our must have's are the ability to have a 15 ft trampoline in our yard and a secure fence around the home and property, (our daughter has autism and has safety and therapeutic needs that make the absence of these things a deal breaker for us). My question is if anyone either has info / advice to share or can steer me in the direction of a section of this forum that has info on subdivisions (I basically know nothing as of yet)it would be greatly appreciated, thanks so much in advance!
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Old 11-29-2008, 07:05 AM
 
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North Carolina is a great place to consider living. The people here are very nice and sociable. There are great sporting events here like the Carolina Hurricanes, NC State, Duke, Carolina basketball, lacross here....and the list goes on. The area was once known and is still a big IT capital....Cary is the peak of living, Raleigh is the capital and has newer and older homes and neighborhoods, Wake Forest is up North of Raleigh and is wonderful with its quaint town and great subdivisions if you like a little land with your hacinda....the weather is great as we never ususally get snow and maybe only one ice stint per year....overall a wonderful place!!
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Old 11-29-2008, 07:15 AM
 
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Hello Amoiat, Subdivisions are great! We live in a subdivision in Wake Forest and we love the socialism and friendship that comes along with living ina sub. Most subdivisions do not limit the use of a trampoline and in most all subdivisions, the back yards are already fenced and if not, you are certainly permitted to fence, you may just have to maintain the "kind" of fencing the Home Owners Association deems. If your daughter has autism, just my opinion, but a subdivision is a great place for her. Kids need socialism when growing up. They learn how to play with other kids, how to share, how to respect each other's territory, but mostly they just always have a friend to play with and get on the school bus with and sleepovers are convenient....the list goes on and on..... back to the fencing for a bit....fencing in any subdivision is only permitted around the back of the perimeter of the property up to the back corner or maybe midway of the home. No fencing can be around the entire property.

Thanks and Come On Down!!
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Old 11-29-2008, 07:25 AM
 
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Hey Cami2412!
You literally made my morning with your post, thanks so much! It is great to be able to hear from a resident of a subdivision what life is like, your advice is much appreciated; wow, if you are in Wake Forest we may be neighbors, the home we are considering is on Rochelle Street in Durham. Thanks again, and hope to be seeing you both here and in NC!

amoiat
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Old 11-29-2008, 07:47 AM
 
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amoiat - some people love subdivisons, other people hate them. I personally couldn't wait to move into one. I feel like the HOA policies protect me from neighbors that might not have the best judgement and/or taste.

Fence policies vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, as do all of the policies. When considering a home, definitely have your realtor obtain the HOA rules for that neighborhood. It's public information. Often the HOA will have them published on a neighborhood website.

Happy hunting~!
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Old 11-29-2008, 07:57 AM
 
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Hey, lifelong WA resident, have been mulling visiting NC, which may be a springboard to a move there.

I have considered UNC, and I am not sure whether the area is worth my time. Tell me what's good, what's bad, and is there any good sports around here, and what are the people like? Are they sociable? Thanks.
Do you live *in* Seattle? Or do you live in the surrounding towns or burbs? If you are a hard core urbanite then this area will take some getting use to. If you live in Bellevue or Kirkland this area won't be as much of a stretch.

In summer 07 we moved from Portland (old urban neighborhood) to SW Durham (new, suburban area). The urban to suburban thing was a bigger adjustment than getting use to the heat. There are urban areas here, just much smaller and further inbetween than Seattle.

If you are one those Seattlites who thinks that Portland is hot in the summer then you will cook here. That first summer will be bruttal. But this time of year is amazing!!! In the PNW we got 3 months of quality outside time... here you get 9 months of quality outside time. Some will argue that you can even get quality time outside here in the summer... I can as long as I'm sitting in a pool or near the ocean. While the oceans in NC do not rival the beauty of beaches in the PNW, the water is fabulous.

This area does not have the striking views that the PNW has. I miss driving across bridges and seeing The Columbia and The Williamette with Mt. Hood & Mt St. Helens in the back ground. There are no vistas here in The Triangle that compare to the Pugent Sound or Mt. Rainier. But where I live I see stars very often at night and I've seen a full moon every month since I've lived here. I LOVE that!!!

Lastly, we do not have the notorious "Seattle Freeze". I personally always thought it was more of a frost than freeze myself. Here people are sooooo warm and soooo kind. We made really quick friends. When people found out we had moved here they all wanted to help....from the Mom in the hair place that told me where all the good parks we're to the old guy at the grocery store who told me where in the Mountains of NC was the best place to take your family. People here (transplants and locals) are so very kind and warm for the most part. Politeness goes a long way here. Comments like "I am not sure whether the area is worth my time" don't.

And by UNC, I think you mean Chapel Hill. ?? Keep in mind Chapel Hill is only about 50K people. It's a great college town... but it's a town.
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