Residents pay slightly higher taxes to support the excellent school system, and the excellent school system along with the presence of the Univerlity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the proximity to the Research Triangle Park keep the property values up.
There are many homes available right now that would meet your stated needs...I have been told Chapel Hill has more restaurants per capita than any town in the United States.
Additionally, the schools are scored academically each year based on end of grade testing (EOG's). Scores are posted on http://www.wcpss.net.
If you decide to make the move to lovely NC, pls contact me! I am aware of many homes that are full of fantastic features and good-sized lots in your price range.
We don't know that much about the Raleigh area but believe the area has some very good schools....We are however, very familiar with Sarasota County Florida and its educational offerings.
US News & World Report recently recognized Sarasota County's Pineview School as the 14th top academic school in the nation. Pineview is a 2-12 program involving approximately 2,200 students with an Advanced Placement (AP) participation rate of 100% and a passing rate of 95%.
Sarasota county is also recognized as a wonderful place to live because of its excellent quality of life that includes: a beautiful year round climate, employment opportunities, excellent education, with outstanding social and cultural availability.
It's an area that should not be overlooked.
Michael Saunders & Company
Keller Williams Realty
You shouldn't have a problem finding a home in Raleigh or Cary with 1/3 acre lots for the price range you posted. Apex and Holly Springs will offer good choices as well. There are some lots that offer wooded buffers and this will help with privacey.
I hope this helps.
What a great time to relocate to NC. It is wonderful here. I relocated back to NC from Ft. Lauderdale where I had sold real estate for Century 21 about 16 years ago. I have a daughter in the public schools and love it. You should have no problem finding a great house close to dining and shopping with at least 1/3 acre in your price range in either Cary or Raleigh. You may even want to consider Apex, Morrisville and Wake Forest.
However, our schools are going through a lot of transformation and change. I would recommend spending some time on Google reading articlesand on http://www.wcpss.gov and getting to know how the system works here. It has several differences from many other areas of the country and even the state. We have regular public schools, magnet public schools, traditional calendar, year round, modified year round, etc. with the current school board trying to move to neighborhood schools with a little resistance.
There has been an extensive amont of press lately so you should be able to gather lots of great information. If you have any specific questions about areas and homes available around certain schools I would be more than happy to help. Just send me an email here through Trulia.
Good luck with the relocation.
James Oksen Jr
Zip Code is not a determining factor, but you can search attendance based on address or view assignment maps here:
Bear in mind that we have a new majority on the Wake County Public Schools board that is overhauling school assignments and trying to keep kids in schools closer to home.
The 1/3 acre is your biggest hurdle, particularly if you want new construction.