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Old 06-04-2007, 11:20 AM
 
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We're relocating down to Raleigh and had a few questions on Morrisville that I can't seem to find the answer to. Is there any disadvantage to living there as opposed to living in Cary (roads, schools, services, etc)? It seems like we'll be going into Cary for all the shopping anyway. The concerns I've heard are:

RDU flight path noise
Roads being worse than Cary due to the tax base
Train noise

The advantage for us is that we'll be working in RTP, so it would be a shorter commute.

Specifically we were looking at Providence Place.

Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 06-04-2007, 11:25 AM
 
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RDU flight path noise
Roads being worse than Cary due to the tax base
Train noise

The advantage for us is that we'll be working in RTP, so it would be a shorter commute.
Yes,
Yes,
Yes

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Old 06-04-2007, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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All the concerns you heard are true and you will especially feel it where Providence Place is located.

It is growing though so I know they will be putting more money into the roads soon (actually widening the road that Providence Place is located off of, Church St.). With that, most of the Cary traffic travels through Morrisville to get home so that can be a nightmare. Morrisville has a small townish feel to it and I know they wanted to retain that but there is a lot of development going on so I'm not sure how true that will be in about 5 years. Morrisville provides easier access to the western part of the Triangle (Durham, Chapel Hill, even Apex & west Raleigh) in my opinion as it is closer to I-40 than many parts of Cary.

I lived in Morrisville for 2 years and liked it more than if I lived in Cary so I'm a little biased. For shopping, I traveled to Southpoint Mall in Durham, Harris Teeter in Morrisville for grocery, and Brier Creek for Wal-Mart/Target/movies and other extras. I went to Cary occasionally for these as well.
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Old 06-04-2007, 12:33 PM
 
Location: morrisville
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i just moved to morrisville a little over a month ago, and we too looked into cary (my husband works in the RTP). i am very happy with our decision. cary is a very nice town. has everything you need. but, it is quite a ways further from the research park, especially if you find a place in south cary. my husband has a 10 minute commute and though the plane noise can get annoying, you get used to it. and it's really not that bad, especially with the windows closed. i barely notice them in the house. also, like brownie said, cary is further from durham and chapel hill, which are areas we really wanted to be close to. morrisville is very central to everything. it's about 15 minutes to raleigh, durham and about 20 to chapel hill.
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Old 06-04-2007, 02:06 PM
 
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Morrisville needs to upgrade it's roads, particularly Morrisville Carpenter and the railroad crossing with 54, which is a mess most of the day and always at peak hours. The growth in housing has generated significant increases in traffic volume and the roads were built 50 years ago with little or no improvement.
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Old 06-04-2007, 07:54 PM
 
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Have you considered Breckenridge? It is not new but a nice resale neighborhood. 540 is coming just north of it but there are some parts of the neighborhood that you won't be affected by it. It is in the flight path but further out than Providence Place. It is very close to RTP as well. It has some nice ammenities and is within walking distance to shopping. Unfortunately for Providence Place you can't get any closer to the airport, 540 or the train.
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Old 06-04-2007, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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I grew up in chapel hill and "back in the day" morrisville really was just the location for the airport.............honestly 12 years ago it was the same way! I remember looking for an apartment in morrisville and there wasn't much to choose from then................

So, the difficulty is morrisville is bursting at the seams (the place is only something like 12 square miles!) with developments, but there is only so many places the houses can go. More houses, more people, more wear and tear on the roads. You will definitely get the airport noise. I have lots of friends in morrisville and the preston area in cary...........they say the planes don't bother them. I notice them when I am there visiting, but tend to not notice it while indoors.

Cary is actually quite large and spreads south snaking along US 1..........I always think of cary near morrisville and cary near apex. So, the areas that are closer to morrisville are going to have the similar issues, planes, traffic and construction.

Some people love the convenience of living in that part of the triangle because their commute to the park is usually not too bad. Other people would rather have more space and a longer drive to work or don't tend to work in the park. Personally, I need a little more space than morrisville can offer!!!

Leigh
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Old 06-04-2007, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I sold a few townhouses in Morrisville about 3 years ago. There wasn't even a grocery store!

Morrisville has been just a farming community and finally developers have gotten farmers to sell their land.

Morrisville is now just a bedroom community to Cary. There isn't anything wrong with living there and its very close to RTP. The negatives would be if the plane noise or the train noise bothers you.

Vicki
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:12 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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We're relocating down to Raleigh and had a few questions on Morrisville that I can't seem to find the answer to. Is there any disadvantage to living there as opposed to living in Cary (roads, schools, services, etc)? It seems like we'll be going into Cary for all the shopping anyway. The concerns I've heard are:

RDU flight path noise
Roads being worse than Cary due to the tax base
Train noise

The advantage for us is that we'll be working in RTP, so it would be a shorter commute.

Specifically we were looking at Providence Place.

Any help would be appreciated!
Providence Place extends far enough from the tracks that train noise will not be tremendous if you buy farther back in the subdivision.
I-540 is likely to be much noisier, IMO.
You can sit on porches in Kitts Creek and watch the planes fly over Providence Place. In the evening, they glisten in the setting sun.
The roads are a concern, as it is unclear how access to Hwy 54 West will be handled once the rail crossing is closed. If it is closed. That could make access inconvenient, but I don't think plans are complete.
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Old 06-05-2007, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Holly Springs, NC USA
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Plane noise in Morrisville does not really bother us. We just sold in Morrisville to get away from the traffic and congested feel. Very soulless existence but that is the price of convenience.
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