All answers are correct, I would consider Croasdaile, Hope Valley, and Farms Garrett Farms.
If you would like me to send you somer properties to look at I would be happy to.
It may be helpful to you to review some resources to decide what part of Durham you want to live in. You will find that there are many schools within the Durham County district with a wide range of ratings. There are also some private schools such as Durham Academy. You may also want to visit the Durham Crime mapper for an accurate, up to date crime report on specific communities.
It sounds like you may like the Old Hope Valley area surrounding Hope Valley Country Club, Duke Forrest, Marydell and New Hope Valley. Another great possibility for you would be Meadowmont or The Oaks in Chapel Hill where some of the homes are located in Durham County; assigned to Durham schools.
Chapel Hill may be another option for you where you will find homes are more expensive and taxes are higher. Parts of Chapel Hill are a short commute to Duke.
I provide a school guide and area information on my website, http://www.mariescheuring.com in the resources section.
Finding the right home isn't necessarily so difficult. Figuring out your priorities is an important first step. If you want to talk through some of the questions, don't hesitate to call or email me.
Keller Williams Realty
Depending on what price range you are comfortable with, there are a number of neighborhoods and areas that would be excellent choices. As far as a general area, southwest Durham offers a tremendous selection of ammenities as far as shopping, restaurants, easy access to the inetrstae and the RDU Int. Airport. I live 10 minutes from campus & DUMC and have enjoyed it throughly since 1997.
Some specific neighborhoods that would be ideal to consider would be Garrett Farms, Lochnora, New Hope Creek, Duke Forest ( slightly older but still quite nice ), the schools are quite good and all of these are very close to Duke.
I have 25 years experience in the Durham - RTP real estate market and have worked with a number of clients affiliated with Duke during that time. If I can be of service and help you with your move, please feel free to contact me at anytime. I will be delighted to do anything I can for you.
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry & Walston Realtors
Thanks and good luck