Hi there! I am glad to hear you are considering a move to North Carolina. Except for a few years in Tennessee, I have lived here most of my life. The pace of life is slower, but not backwoods! The cost of living is reasonable, and home prices, while not on the bottom of the chart, are still very, very reasonable here.
I am located in the Raleigh/Durham area. Raleigh is located in Wake County, which was cited on CNN last week as the 6th fastest growing county in the US. While Raleigh is certainly growing, so are the bedroom communities surrounding....and that is where I spend the majority of my time. I have access to a great supply of homes for clients...homes that have a 'country' neighborhood atmosphere but are within a 15-20 minute commute to the city. The majority of my work takes place in the area just north of Raleigh; Wake Forest, Franklin and Granville Counties. Great family living, and not a bad commute to Duke. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the great communities you will find and the wide choices of homes and floor plans available to you. I am also presently working with another couple looking in the Duke area also, so we can go to Durham too, if you like.!
Please feel free to contact me for more information at 919-906-8865, or visit my website at http:// http://www.mikecarswell.com .
I'd love to add you to the list of our happy homeowners!
I actually have a niece in grad school at Duke so if you need some recommendation I am sure we can find out. She is med student at Duke so while I could tell you all about the market and the basic facts of an area she may be able to provide us with a little more insight from the student perspective.
Let me know if you have any specific questions and I can find the answers.
Coldwell Banker Triad
Durham and the area can have pretty dicey areas. So if you are deadset on staying close to Duke, you need to drive around the area you plan to stay and determine whether you want your kids in the atmosphere. Certain parts of Durham (e.g, by Duke's East campus) have an east Cleveland feel to them.