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Old 06-18-2006, 08:15 PM
 
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Hello everyone-

I am currently in NC (From RI). I am here for the week to find a town to move to whether it be rent for a while and then buy or buy right away. I have been in downtown Raleigh and find it is great, easy to get around, restaurants, imax, museums, etc.

I do love the city, but I think I would be looking to be just outside the city somewhere. Today we went to Apex, Holly Springs, and Fuquay Varina.
I felt they were missing something though.

Some of my requirements would be to be within 40 minutes to RTP, find a home under $200,000, and very importantly find a nice town to live in. I would like to have that feeling of a downtown with shops, coffe houses, restaurants etc. This forum has helped me narrown down my search quite a bit to wake county. Recently I saw a posting for Carborro and Chapel Hill being nice locations- any opinions.

Is there any towns that I should be looking at in Wake County or just beyond that may have what I am looking for?

We go visit Wake Forest tomorrow. Also, any information on Knightdale?

Lots of questions from the RI girl sorry-

Thanks as always for your great responses.

Loving my NC vacation!
Dana
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Old 06-18-2006, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Dana,

My son works at Bogarts downtown Raleigh. It is one of many great restaurants in the downtown Raleigh area. He is a bartender down there. There is also Sullivans up a block which is also great. If you like the downtown area, you can live in North Raleigh and be there in a short period of time. I will send you some listings. Eat downtown before you go back though. If you like Italian food try Ninas on Strickland Rd in Raleigh. She is originally from NY City and closed her restaurant to move to Raleigh. It's awesome.

Debbie
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Old 06-19-2006, 08:10 AM
 
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There almost seems to be some disconnect here....

On one hand you want small town, outside the city, home under $200k, etc.

Then you say you love the downtown atmosphere, want to be able to stroll over to a coffee shop, restaurant, etc.

I'm sorry but you're probably not gonna find that in Wake County. The downtown/city atmoshere is Raleigh while the "small towns" in the rest of the county are suburban and sprawl.

Yes, Carrboro can probably give you the best of both worlds...small town, but with pedestrian-friendly downtown feel and all that. That said, not many of the houses will be under $200k I'm afraid. (But that's true of the majority of the Triangle.)
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Old 06-19-2006, 01:35 PM
 
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We visited NC last month. We went to several places like you. Knightdale is a nice town, but growing rapidly with new stores, houses, and more. We like it there, but decided to stay away from it due to bad schools. Checked out Wake Forest and LOVED the Heritage subdivision, but we couldn't afford to live in a house there over $170k. Cary is out of question - traffic is horrible there. Fuquay Varina is not that bad, but it's not for us. Finally, we landed Clayton and fell in love with the town there! Our house is being built right now and we will be moving in this Fall. It's a good thing you are in NC right now and check it out. Everybody's opinions are different. Good luck
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Old 06-20-2006, 03:16 PM
 
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CakePrincess- i am goign to go check out clayton tomorrow, any subdivisions you really liked. Sounds like we are in similar price ranges. I would love to keep it under 185 if possible. I LOVED wake forest. we found nearby rolesville and that wasnt too bad.

Bob, I guess what I am looking for is Wake Forest. they have a small downtown but are out of the hustle and bustle but also very close to the city if you want to be where its at!

I want a small town feel of a few local restuarants and a coffee house, safe, and maybe a park. Wake has it all. Just limited on houses for sale in our price right now.
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Old 06-20-2006, 05:36 PM
 
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Check out Pittsboro, west on 64 from the beltline.
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Old 06-20-2006, 06:26 PM
 
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Hi Serendipity11, so you liked Wake Forest? It is a great area that is continuing to grow. Alot of people are flocking there. Have fun in Clayton. I have taken alot of people out that way. Let me know if you need me this week. Just email me if you want to see anything. Have fun!

Debbie
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Old 10-31-2006, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Zebulon, North Carolina
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Default Town Home For Sale - Heritage, Wake Forest

Hi,

I have a town home for sale in Heritage in Wake Forest, North Carolina. It's 1360 square feet and real nice inside. Built in 2002, has an upstairs 3rd floor, unfinished, used for storage. GREAT LOCATION!!!

Price $185K.

Let me know if you're interested and I'll let you see it. I haven't put it on the market yet, you're the first to know...

Amy H. Eddins
919.201.7264
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Old 10-31-2006, 08:15 PM
 
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Hello everyone-

I am currently in NC (From RI). I am here for the week to find a town to move to whether it be rent for a while and then buy or buy right away. I have been in downtown Raleigh and find it is great, easy to get around, restaurants, imax, museums, etc.

I do love the city, but I think I would be looking to be just outside the city somewhere. Today we went to Apex, Holly Springs, and Fuquay Varina.
I felt they were missing something though.

Some of my requirements would be to be within 40 minutes to RTP, find a home under $200,000, and very importantly find a nice town to live in. I would like to have that feeling of a downtown with shops, coffe houses, restaurants etc. This forum has helped me narrown down my search quite a bit to wake county. Recently I saw a posting for Carborro and Chapel Hill being nice locations- any opinions.

Is there any towns that I should be looking at in Wake County or just beyond that may have what I am looking for?

We go visit Wake Forest tomorrow. Also, any information on Knightdale?

Lots of questions from the RI girl sorry-

Thanks as always for your great responses.

Loving my NC vacation!
Dana
You might like Sanford. It's a small town, good economy, nice downtown with antique stores, specialty shops, restaurants, coffee shop, historic theatre, pottery and art studios. It is 30 mins. south of Cary on US 1. You can get to pretty much anywhere in the Triangel within 45 mins. You could find a house in your price range in a good neighborhood in Sanford.
Another option is Southern Pines, which has one of the nicest downtowns that you'll find in any part of Central NC. It is 20 mins. south of Sanford on US 1/15-501. Housing may be a bit more expensive in So. Pines, but go online and check out these areas homes.
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Old 11-01-2006, 07:37 AM
 
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Traffic in Cary is not bad at all. I find the traffic on Capital Blvd (US-1) from the Beltline up to Wake Forest to be much worse. At least Cary has limited-access freeways connecting it to the outside world. From Wake Forest, there is no way out without hitting a bunch of stoplights.

The best choice would be Chapel Hill or Carrboro if you are working in RTP. The commute will be from the other direction, with much less traffic, you have the downtown pedestrian friendly atmosphere, and the small town feel. You will need to spend $350k to $500k on a house for that areas though.

Sanford is out of the question for access to RTP.
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