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Old 05-31-2009, 03:31 PM
 
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I'm in my early 20's and have been seriously considering moving to Raleigh. Everything in this forum sounds like it would fit me great. From what I gather, it offers many of the things a big city can offer, while still having a neighborhood vibe. That close?

I'd like to live somewhere thats safe, but NOT in the middle of nowhere. Somewhere semi-downtown or somewhere thats 5 minutes away. Any suggestions or advice would be great.

It seems like after everything I've read, I gues my biggest concern is it might be primarily a family town with not many people my age?
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Old 05-31-2009, 06:10 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Look at the Crabtree Valley area. It's relatively close to DT and nightlife, not in the middle of nowhere and there are tons of apartments from which to choose to live.
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Old 05-31-2009, 07:28 PM
 
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I'm in my early 20's and have been seriously considering moving to Raleigh. Everything in this forum sounds like it would fit me great. From what I gather, it offers many of the things a big city can offer, while still having a neighborhood vibe. That close?

I'd like to live somewhere thats safe, but NOT in the middle of nowhere. Somewhere semi-downtown or somewhere thats 5 minutes away. Any suggestions or advice would be great.

It seems like after everything I've read, I gues my biggest concern is it might be primarily a family town with not many people my age?

That's exactly how I always describe it to people, substituting community w/ neighborhood. It's where I've always wanted to retire to when i get out.
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Old 05-31-2009, 08:11 PM
 
Location: SW Durham, NC (27713)
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I'm in my early 20's and have been seriously considering moving to Raleigh. Everything in this forum sounds like it would fit me great. From what I gather, it offers many of the things a big city can offer, while still having a neighborhood vibe. That close?

I'd like to live somewhere thats safe, but NOT in the middle of nowhere. Somewhere semi-downtown or somewhere thats 5 minutes away. Any suggestions or advice would be great.

It seems like after everything I've read, I gues my biggest concern is it might be primarily a family town with not many people my age?
Try Glenwood South -> Glenwood South Raleigh - Overview of Glenwood South Raleigh

Glenwood South : Raleigh's Official Tourism Site

There are plenty of 20 somethings around... If you don't want a family neighborhood, I would advise to stay away from Cary.

Downtown Raleigh will do you right
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Old 05-31-2009, 08:31 PM
 
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The surrounding areas of downtown, especially West toward and near NCSU and Meredith College would serve you well. Cary is definitely more family friendly.
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Old 05-31-2009, 10:23 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Try Glenwood South -> Glenwood South Raleigh - Overview of Glenwood South Raleigh

Glenwood South : Raleigh's Official Tourism Site

There are plenty of 20 somethings around... If you don't want a family neighborhood, I would advise to stay away from Cary.

Downtown Raleigh will do you right
Agreed. Glenwood South/Cameron Village is easily the best part of the city for what the OP wants. My only concern would be cost of living. However, there are budget options in the area in the post war apartments nearby on either Hillsborough Street or Peace Street. I guess it all depends on what is most important to the OP for the intended budget.
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Old 05-31-2009, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I'm in my early 20's and have been seriously considering moving to Raleigh. Everything in this forum sounds like it would fit me great. From what I gather, it offers many of the things a big city can offer, while still having a neighborhood vibe. That close?

I'd like to live somewhere thats safe, but NOT in the middle of nowhere. Somewhere semi-downtown or somewhere thats 5 minutes away. Any suggestions or advice would be great.

It seems like after everything I've read, I gues my biggest concern is it might be primarily a family town with not many people my age?
First of all--just to clarify, "Raleigh/Durham" is not a town; Raleigh and Durham are two distinct cities. It's hard to know if you realized that, since you mention "Raleigh/Durham" in one place and then talk about "the town" elsewhere.

The area as a whole is pretty "family friendly" (in the good way, meaning safe), but the urban areas as well as Chapel Hill/Carrboro have plenty for young unmarried folks as well. It's like any other city; the central core is generally more "edgy", and the suburbs have more families. With the explosive growth here in the past couple of decades, "suburban" lifestyle has spread to many small towns surrounding Raleigh and Durham, but those two cities have also renovated a lot of their downtowns and so there is a lot more "city stuff" to do as well, in both.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:26 AM
 
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Agreed. Glenwood South/Cameron Village is easily the best part of the city for what the OP wants. My only concern would be cost of living. However, there are budget options in the area in the post war apartments nearby on either Hillsborough Street or Peace Street. I guess it all depends on what is most important to the OP for the intended budget.

Yeah my budget isn't huge... I'd be moving here with no job, no friends, contacts... etc... But it just seems like such a great place and I'm looking for a fresh start... Thanks for the feedback though I've been researching all these places.

I'm also going to plan a weekend trip to scope everything out... 9 hour drive here i come
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill
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There are three major univsities, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, and NC State, and another half dozen or so smaller colleges in the area. All together, there's prbably a 100K students in the area. So the social scene should be quite good for someone in your age group.

I'd look in the Southwest Durham area. Reasonable housing prices and easy access to Chapel Hill and Durham.
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Old 06-01-2009, 11:47 AM
 
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Yeah I moved into a development where I am the only person that doesn't have 2.3 kids, it's kinda hilarious.

Neighbors come up say hi, wanna know if I have kids, I don't , never see em again
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