My favorite quote from a relocation client is - why did I wait so long to get here? It truly is the "Southern Part of Heaven"
Call or email if you'd like more information - you are making a great move.
All the best,
Reg Morgan, Realtor, CRP, GRI
Triangle & Coast Realty
The roads are much better maintained and are easier to navigate. Highway 540, which just opened last year, adds additional access to areas where previously you had to take roads with many traffic lights. Yes, it's a toll road, but for those coming from the Northeast, it's a familiar concept. Depending on the traffic, it just might take you 45 minutes, however, it is not a "white knuck" 45 minutes.
Chapel Hill is a wonderful town and a good choice to live with the college influence, diverse culture and very friendly atmosphere.
I would be delighted to talk with you about your move and discuss what you are looking for in order to help you determine the best areas for you to consider. From my own experiences with moving here, finding the best fit for YOUR life and family is essential.
There are always trade-offs to every decision. If you want to live in Chapel Hill for the schools, etc, that commute is probably worth it. If you have a great job in Raleigh, it is probably worth it. It will affect which areas you look for houses in Chapel Hill/Carrboro because some areas are closer to the interstate or have easier access, whereas other areas will add a considerable amount of time to your drive.
Now that I've been so negative, I should say that I love living here and think you will also...even with a commute.
I have lived in the Chapel Hill area and now live in downtown Raleigh and if you will work downtown, I would recommend you at least consider living in Raleigh. Both places are great places to live but offer completely different lifestyles.
Feel free to contact me directly through my profile here on Trulia if you've any other questions or would like to speak with me about asssiting you with finding a great home here in Chapel Hill . I specialize in buyer side brokering and will never represent both sides in a single transaction.