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Sarah gordon, Home Buyer in West Palm Beach, FL

I am relocating to NC from NJ, not sure on the city but looking for a high quality of life, with lots of parks and walking areas/cultural scene

Asked by Sarah gordon, West Palm Beach, FL Sun Oct 21, 2012

which city has higher quality of life , accees to parks, social scene, fitness, sports and quiet apartments with friendly neighborhoods. raleih, winston-salem, charlotte or wilmington. I am 35 female.

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I have lived in the Chapel Hill area, Cary and Raleigh and have friends and family who live in Durham. I can say that you will find wonderful parks in any of the cities. Jordan Lake, The American Tobacco Trail, Umpstead Park, Bond Lake Park, The Greenway in downtown Raleigh, and Pullen Park are just a few that come to mind. The triangle has plenty of undeveloped, protected land and probably a lot more than you see in NJ.

You will also find walkability throughout the triangle. For the maximum walkability with proximity to cultural activities you could consider downtown Raleigh or downtown Durham. I live in downtown Raleigh for these very reasons.
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Thank you for your help, i am definetely attracted to an area close to parks and walkability. I like the idea of living in a gated community with amenities or walking park/trails. Not sure if this is possible downtown >>
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I would suggest looking into Chapel Hill, North Hills in Raleigh, or Cary. Those places all have a high quality of life. Cary has a great lifetime fitness ( with an outdoor and indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, and restaurant) ... can you tell I don't really use that place for fitness? lol plus Cary has a mall (granted not as nice as Crabtree Mall in my opinion) and it has some nice parks in the area.

North Hills is great. It's got a movie theater, shopping center, some great restaurants ( Ruth Chris anyone?), the best nail salon is over there :) They serve champagne and give a neck massage with your mani/pedi :) North Hills is close to Crabtree Valley Mall, and if you have children or plan to have them one day St.Davids is a great optioin and right in the neighborhood.

Chapel Hill- Very nice community. A lot of people with their degree, working hard and making a good living. They have a some good eats, and a nice feel to the city. Also was voted in MSN Money as the top 20 places to live to find a Rich Single Man. Not sure if you're single or not but hey I guess you never know. I'll have to find that article so you know I'm not crazy lol.

Also if you go to my blog I'm in the process of updating all the major neighborhoods in the area and what festivals and things to do are happening. I update daily so if you want to learn about the neighborhoods it would be a good place to check out. http://www.RealEstateWonderWomanBlog.com and if you want to do a home search my website offers that feature and puts it on a map so you can better judge where you would be. http://www.RealEstateWonderWoman.com

Hope this helps :)
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 22, 2012
Sarah... I moved to the Raleigh area with my family in 1993 as an IBM move only to get caught up in layoffs the following year. I can honestly say after living in 6 other cities while employed with them, I couldn't of been let go in a better area of the country. We have been very happy here and am walking distance via a greenway along the Neuse River to a City of Raleigh park of which a new aquatics center just opened up in. The goal of the greenways is to eventually link all of the parks in Wake County together.

There are a lot of positives about the "Triangle" area and I really encourage you to browse through my website at http://www.RaleighHomeSite.com. Having moved so much in my younger years, I know how important it is to find good information about an area before moving and I have worked extremely hard on this site adding hundreds of links to other area websites including; cultural activities, shopping, entertainment, schools, medical facilities, parks & recreation, job links, and much more. All these links are found under the Helpful Information section on the main page. At the same time, you can access out local listing service to search for homes so you can get a good idea of what is available in our area and pricing.

If there is ANYTHING I can do to assist you, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Thanks for your question... Ernie
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Sarah... I live in NE Raleigh . If you like to swim year round, besides the couple of city swimming pools, the YMCA here is very strong with several locations across the Triangle. All have pools and some have multiple pools. Check out http://www.ymcatriangle.org All my kids swim and my two oldest were on a local high school team where they were state champs 4 years in a row! Swimming is very big here. We even had over 50 local swimmers go to the olympic trials with Charlie Houchen making the team. He was actually a student of my wife when he was younger while she was the Aquatics Director at the AE Finley YMCA here in Raleigh! I'm glad you mentioned this because I don't think I have a link to the Y system on my site which is an oversight. If I can help you with anything, please don't be afraid to contact me again. Would be easier if you used my personal e-mail erniebehrle@gmail.com or feel free to call me directly at 919-795-5447. You can also Google Raleigh Greenway for info
Flag Tue Oct 23, 2012
You read my mind about the aquatic center. I adore swimming and would like to know what area you are residing in, walking on a greenway sounds ideal. Thanks
Flag Mon Oct 22, 2012
Hey Sarah! If you are interested in Raleigh, NC, I would love to help you find that perfect home. 919-538-6477 or angie@acolerealty.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 15, 2014
Good Evening,

You may look at Charlotte as it is growing and the job market is growing as well. If you have children a lot of the Union County schools are excellent and so are the low taxes. Feel free to use my website to help you with your search and here are a couple of links that may help as well.

Matthews ~ http://www.unioncountyhomes4sale.com/community/area/Matthews…
Marvin ~ http://www.unioncountyhomes4sale.com/community/area/Marvin/
Indian Trail ~ http://www.unioncountyhomes4sale.com/community/area/Indian%2…
Waxhaw ~ http://www.unioncountyhomes4sale.com/community/area/Waxhaw/
Weddington~ http://www.unioncountyhomes4sale.com/community/area/Weddington/
Wesley Chapel ~ http://www.unioncountyhomes4sale.com/community/area/Wesley%2…

I hope this is helpful to you.
Have an awesome day.

Janice Maynard
Broker/REALTOR, Serving NC and SC
Keller Williams Ballantyne
704-641-0626 Cell/Text
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 14, 2014

Raleigh or Wilmington would be great choices. Employment wise Raleigh or Charlotte, depending on your carear field.

Best of luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 18, 2013
I want to relocate from New Jersey to Goldsboro N.C. I dont know anything about the area. Can someone help please.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 17, 2013
Sarah, hard to go wrong in NC so long as you stick to the major population centers. Raleigh and Charlotte are going to be your two best all-around options, as they have the most to offer in terms of amenities. I'll admit a strong bias toward Raleigh, but that bias is shared by lots of independent rankings that routinely place Raleigh and Wake County at #1 best place to live, #1 best place to relocate, #1 best city for singles, that kind of thing. Both cities offer bountiful parks, recreation, cultural and dining opportunities -- Raleigh in particular has a real affinity to the outdoors with its Greenway trails system. The Triangle (Raleigh -- Durham -- Chapel Hill), of course, boasts half a dozen major universities, the 3 best known of which are NC State, Duke, and UNC, so Raleigh tends to skew to the well-educated and high-skilled jobs. Having said all that, Wilmington is of course attractive for one primary reason which is proximity to the ocean. Raleigh to Wilmington is a 2-hour drive straight out I-40 and lots of us here in Raleigh summer in Wilmington. But for those who just need that ocean 24/7, then Wilmington is a great combination of new and old. I'm less confident about employment prospects there, however. Would be happy to help introduce you to the Raleigh area if your journey takes you this way.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 5, 2012
Thanks for the information
Flag Sun Aug 18, 2013
I just see you are looking all over. W-S is smaller but downtown is cool. I like Asheville better though if you are going for the small city feel and more outdoors/culture. Charlotte is more cosmopolitan/metrosexual. Spent 4 years living there and its nice but a little busy for me. Wilmington is nice but there don't seem to be many jobs there... though it close to the coast, which is very nice (20 minutes from downtown to beach). Hope that helps. Are you bringing your job with you? What do you like to do? Answering some questions will help you.
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If you want walk-ability I would stick to the North Hills area very close to the shopping center, the Mordecai, Oakwood or Glenwood areas downtown, near Cameron Village or five points areas. Cary is nice and safe but very bland... albeit with nice green space. I live in the Five Points area which is awesome and find myself on my bike on the roads and greenway nearby but also get out to Umstead/Cary a bunch as well. Best area for culture/food is downtown, in the fayetteville street area or warehouse district. I was born here 28 years ago.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 31, 2012
The Research Triangle Parkway is continually voted as one of the best places in the country to live. The quality of life, jobs, and amenities are well known around the country. If you are able to stay around the Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham areas you'll find this. On another note: Charlotte (the queen city) is another great place as well as the Triad area (Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem). North Carolina has a lot to offer just about anyone. We have beaches, mountains, high rise buildings, farming fields, etc. I firmly believe that it is one of the top states in the country.
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Hello Sarah
I moved from D.C in 2001and lived in Raleigh and have since moved to Durham. I think you will find the Triangle area, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill very much to your liking. If I can help in any way please let me know.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 30, 2012
Try the Triangle Relocation Guide magazine at
chocked full of good information about our local area.
Have a great afternoon,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 23, 2012
Any of these small cities around Research Triangle Park is good. We have many things to offer, good school systems, jobs opportunityies (Research Triangle Park), good colleges (private and public), low property tax, great hospitals.

Each city has its own unique characters depening what you are looking for. We would love to share our local knowledge with you and help you to make a right decision.


0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 22, 2012
Good morning Sarah - Cary is the place for you! We have a huge network of parks and walking/hiking/biking trails. As a transplant from New England I've been in Cary for almost 16 years and have never looked back. Of course I miss family and friends but travel is so easy and available that I've found that it's not an issue. The quality of life here is fabulous. We get the four seasons, outdoor living is a year-round opportunity, the blend of people is remarkable and the cultural, educational, medical, historical and recreational resources are unlike any other place I've lived.

It would be my pleasure to introduce you to this lovely area and help you find a wonderful new place to call home. Please feel free to call or write at your convenience. Check out my web page for more information and contact details: http://www.jeankwilliams.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 22, 2012
Hi Sarah,

I agree with previous comments about the Raleigh area. The Triangle in general is known for the parks and walking trails. You'll find many individuals involved in fitness activities including boating, biking, hiking, running, golfing, and more. It's a huge sports area with the Carolina Hurricanes, Railhawks soccer, and exceptional college sports. Cultural opportunities range from art and science museums, musicals, ballet, concerts, and more. Many people have found their way here from NJ and seem to love it. Best of luck with your decision.
Web Reference: http://www.carlafreund.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 22, 2012

NC is a good choise. Where will you be working?

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 22, 2012
Hi Sarah,
Wake County offers what you are looking for and more. From an outstanding symphony, to 2 minor league baseball teams nearby, great restaurants, hospitals and churches. You will fit right in for day one. Contract me at: jimlaudate@yahoo.com I would love to help.
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