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Mary, Both Buyer and Seller in 49015

Looking for a Home in Western Guilford HS district

Asked by Mary, 49015 Fri Mar 28, 2008

We're earching long distance for a home in Greensboro - moving from MI. Whole family was in town early in March. Husband has an interview April 8th and will be in town for a very limited amount of time. Where are the best places to look in Western Guilford High district for about 140-165K? Looking for established neighborhood and low crime rate (naturally) and homes in decent repair. With his limited time in town, what neighborhoods / streets should he look at while in town? I've also heard great things about Southern Guilford HS, but didn't drive down that way last time we were in town. What are those neighborhoods like? That is a magnet school, if I'm not mistaken, so we don't necessarily have to live in the area in order to have our daughter attend, do we? Thanks in advance and apologies for so many questions!

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Welcome to one of the most popular States in the country and to my hometown of Greensboro. To get started, click on http://www.CJAHomes.com and click on “Free Accounts”. This will give you full access to all homes listed for sale in the immediate area. You can search by school district, square feet and almost any criteria. At last check there are over 300 houses for sale over $100,000 in asking price in the school district you mentioned.

Next, visit my website below and click on “Community Links”. There are at least four good school review sites. Another good way to judge schools is to take advantage of Guilford Public Schools tour program. A school administrator will give you a tour of the school. They are also happy to discuss the school over the phone. A good place to begin is by calling the main office at 336.370.8100 or visiting their website http://www.gcsnc.com.

Growing up in Greensboro gives my “nickel” tour some special knowledge. I am happy to give you and/or your family a driving tour of our city and surrounding county areas. Please contact me if I can be of any assistance. In any event, good luck!

Andrew J. Courts, Jr.
Crenshaw, Jenkins & Associates
Managing Broker
336.402.4118; 336.292.3718 FAX
http://www.CrenshawJenkins.com
http://www.AnchorRealtyNetwork.com
http://www.ItsMyNeighborhood.com
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 3, 2008
Mary, Well we have some areas that are great in both areas. My name is Larry Story and I am a broker with Coldwell Banker Triad here in Greensboro. I can get you the websites for the schools to get the student/teacher ratio's, test scores and other data. Also if you like I can sign you up on one of my websites that is linked directly to the triad area MLS system. This way you can look for yourself for a home and we can communicate with each other about what homes you are interested in. Also we can go ahead and prescreen homes and then schedule showings around your schedule when you are in town. Just drop me a line and if you like and we can get started.
Take care,
Larry Story
Coldwell Banker Triad
larry.story@coldwellbanker.com
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2008
Mary,
Glad to hear that you are making headway. If you need any information about a specific school or area do not hesitate to let me know. Also, if you like I can give you a web account (no fee and no obligation) that will enable you to look at all the MLS listings within the triad from all companies. The site is linked directly to the MLS. So anything that is in there you will be able to see. If you want any information on a particular home you would just leave a note on that listing and the site will automatically contact me so I could find out the information for you. I am leaving a link below to one of my sites and it will enable you to see.

Good Luck and happy house hunting

Larry Story
Coldwell Banker Triad
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 7, 2008
Thanks to all. Wow, there's so much to think about! Kelly and Roy - We had originally considered both Northwest and Grimsley as well but the primary thing that ruled them out for us was size. Our daughter is currently enrolled in a high school of about 1,200 and Northwest is double that! Grimsley, I think, was similar in size as well. Schools that size would completely overwhelm her. She's a volleyball player - and Northwest, while a great team, carries a huge roster from what I understand. I'd like for her to have an opprotunity to actually play since it will be her first introduction to the school - I need for it to be a positive experience for her.

You've given us tons to consider (reconsider?) and it certainly warrants another visit before drawing any conclusions. Husband is on a short trip down there now, and I will probably book one more trip yet later this spring. Thanks!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 7, 2008
I should also mention that I have a degree in Elementary Ed and am a certified teacher... when I say Northwest is a great school I am saying it both personally and professionally...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 6, 2008
Okay, I just wrote you a long answer and am for some reason don't see it posted...I was telling you that Northwest Guilford has been a TERRIFIC high school...we moved here right when my daugher was starting 9th grade and WE LOVE IT. She is taking 3 college level courses in 11th grade, and even though its a big school, it FEELS like a SMALL school. I was thinking you might not could find a home in your price range but I was looking through the homes in Oak Ridge and there is a GREAT foreclosure property on Peeples Rd that is listed at $154 (probably the loan amount because the tax value appears to be a good bit more than that!). You can look it up by searching for homes in Oak Ridge and looking at Peeples Rd OR looking at foreclosures in Oak Ridge.
Best of luck! This is a GREAT community!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 6, 2008
I'm a former student/resident in Greensboro, but the best school I would suggest to you is Grimsley High School because it is ranked top 30 High School in the country. Try and look for a house in that school district and you won't regret it. GOOD LUCk IN YOUR HOUSE SEARCH
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 6, 2008
Hi Mary,
I have just looked on the local MLS and right now there are approx 12 single family homes available in the Western school district. I would say this is not near what is actually available because a lot of realtors no longer put schools on their listings due to all of the "line changes" that can be made. Instead, in the school field you will see "call local school board". Out of town clients have enjoyed the sight, http://www.greatschools.net as a resource for just about everything you want to know about a school. I have two kids that went through two different high schools and one in high school now and have my opinions about the schools they attended. Ask 10 people about schools, and you will probably get 10 different opinions. I would suggest you contact the school board at 336.370.8100 to have them fax you the particular areas that feed to the schools you are interested in. When is doubt of what school is assigned to an address, you can go to the Guilford County School system web sight, http://www.gcsnc.com and access the "school locator" which allows you to key in a specific address for school assignment. This sight will also address questions you may have on magnet schools.
Schewwwww http://wwww....moving with kids is a major undertaking!! Best of luck to you and your family. I have lived her for 35 years and raised my 4 kids here. I hope you and your family enjoy calling Greensboro home. If I can help in any way, please feel free to contact me at cbagentmayer1@aol.com .
Thanks,
Beth Mayer
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 5, 2008
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