You'll also find the people here friendly as well. It's hard to find a 'native ' here as most people are transplants from somewhere else...mostly from north of here. People therefore have a tendancy to reach out and be a bit more friendly towards stangers as they went through it themselves. I moved here in 1993 with my family after 17 years of living all over the country while with IBM. Of all the places we lived, I can honestly say that I couldn't have been laid off in a better place.
If I can be of any help to you, please feel free to contact me. Also visit my website at http://www.RaleighHomeSite.com. I have lots of links to area information.
You can search homes for sale in Historic Oakwood or other Raleigh neighborhoods on my website under local info, http://www.movetoraleighdurham.com.
Overall, I think you'll enjoy the Raleigh experience. If you're self employed or have a highly needed skill, you'll especially find a warmly enriching climate. Semi-retired and retired folks manage to find much to do - in different ways. Some enjoy quiet time with a few friends while taking part-time jobs for the perks.
You'll do just fine here. By the way: where are the kids?
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