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Fairy, Home Buyer in Durham, NC

I am thinking about buying and restoring a house in the golden belt distric. I know it wasn't very safe a

Asked by Fairy, Durham, NC Mon May 11, 2009

couple of years ago how about now? Especially for children a three year old and a one year old? Is it safe to go out and play with them? I'm not from durham but everything i've been reading about the revitalization seems good.

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Fairy - I have a number of friends who have been investing in this area and they are most excited about their investment. I have recently viewed some of the City Council Meetings and I will say that there a dynamic group working to revitalize this part of Durham. As a Durham Native who recalls walking as a young girl hand in hand with my mom and siblings from Elizabeth Street up Holloway Street into downtown Durham for the evening watching a movie at the local Rialto Movie Theater and then walking home at dusk, I am thrilled to see the rebirth of this area. As the others have said before me, one needs to visit a community and when doing so do this in the day, the afternoon and the evening and weekend and see if it works for you and yours. This is most important if you plan to live there to make sure it fits your wants/needs no one but you will know that. If I can help you further please do not hesitate to call.

Deborah Rigsbee Miller, Real Estate Broker
Coldwell Banker HPW
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 28, 2010
It all depends on your comfort zone!

I know and have met many people from many different backgrounds that have either moved into or are considering moving into some of the "transient" neighborhoods DT Durham has to offer. Many good things are happening in those areas and I myself have been involved and visited those areas many times.

If you're thinking of buying in an up and coming affordable area in Durham that may be safe for your children then you may want to consider your comfort zone. My wife and I are about to make an offer on a house that needs work near NCCU but we know the area is relatively safe and we feel this home would be a good choice for us right now. We hope to establish ourselves strongly in the neighborhood and hope to make an impact in our neighborhood. We have seen many do the same recently in the neighborhoods of East Durham & Cleveland-Holloway. You can check out my blog at for more info on living life in or around Durham.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 22, 2009
I love this area of Durham. I have 2 investment homes, both not far from N. Roxboro which tends to be safer. In general, this area of Durham changes block by block. You could be on 1 block that is quiet and safe, yet around the corner on the other block drug dealing is standard. The best thing to do is go, spend time in the area, meet some of the neighbors and talk with them. Do not buy long-distance. My experience is that if you know your neighbors and you are part of the community, you won't have any problems.

A lot of the houses in that area are beautiful but old and need to be renovated. Make sure to check that out.

I also do some other research. A friend of mine who was a principal of one of Durham high schools and is active in one of the larger churches--I ask him about specific blocks and he asks around. I get the lowdown.

You are embarking on an exciting venture. Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 11, 2009
You can review the Durham Police Department's crime reports at

Rachel Leber

Keller Williams Realty
1516 E. Franklin St. Suite 100
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Cell: (919) 308-9878
Private Fax: (919) 951-1922
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 11, 2009
Hi Fairy
I would recommend looking at the Crime map
I would be happy to send you some available properties.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 11, 2009
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