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Jeff, Home Buyer in New Haven, CT

I'm going to be taking a look at semi-retiring in the Durham-Chapel Hill area (a Duke alum who's lived in CT

Asked by Jeff, New Haven, CT Sat Feb 2, 2008

a couple decades). I'd like to be on or near a superior golf course, house in the $400-$700K range. What are the advantages/disadvantages of Treyburn and Croaisdale? Are there other, similar places within 20 mins or so of Duke to be exploring?

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You want Treyburn. Its not at all rough there. Its very nice. The only drawback is that its not really near any of the civilized urban amenities Durham does afford, but if you want golf and a fairly short ride to Duke without any crime problems, you want Treyburn. Heck, I want Treyburn, and I have no interest in golf or living near the sort of people who are really into golf. If you can afford a $400-$700k house, you are getting a lot for your money in Treyburn. Buy a house there, and I assure you, you will have earned the envy of 99% of the people who live here. Croasdaile's nice, too, but Treyburn has more cachet.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 16, 2008
You must be thinking CT for $400/$700k .. for that kind of money you can buy 2 homes in the Raleigh/Greensboro area ....

Durham is maybe on the rough side, North Raleigh is nice as is Chapel Hill, and Pinehurst is only 60 miles south with Tobacco Rd along the way .. and the Greensboro area is just *loaded* with golf courses and thats only 50 miles west of Chapel Hill...

If you're really a golf enthusiast like myself ... consider finding a cheap airfare to the area, book a nice comfortable room, grab a rental car and spend 2 or 3 days in the area and look around without an agent ... most agents really don't know the area much further that a few miles from their office, in the meantime you'll miss the other 50 sq miles of excellent golf ... oh yeah, bring your clubs.

Good luck and happy hunting.!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 3, 2008
We spent the last two years doing the same search and decided on Governors Club, a gated community with a 27 hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. We moved here in January from the Washington DC area and absolutely love it. We are "young" retirees (49 & 62) and couldn't be happier here. The 27 holes of golf are great. Lots of variety in the 3 nines - The Lakes, The Foothills, and the Mountain. The people are wonderful ; there are families with children and a large number of very active semi-retired and retired people. But, this is definitely not a retirement community! Most residents relocated from outside the Triangle, including lots from the Northeast. I retired from my dream job and now I feel like I am on vacation everyday. Single family homes range from the low $400s to the multi-millions. We're in Chatham County so the taxes are lower yet we are just a few miles from downtown Chapel Hill. I strongly recommend you check it out. I listed the Club's web site to give you more info, plus I recommend you contact the membership office (info on the web site).

Good luck; I hope you end up as happy as we are!
Web Reference: http://www.governorsclub.cc
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 19, 2008
Croasdale is an older community, many of the homes need updating but it offer convenience. Treyburn is a gorgeous community where you will get so much more for your money. The homes are spacious, newer and have many builder upgrades. However, the main complaint I hear about it is that it is not conveniently located.

You might also consider the Hope Valley Country Club and Brier Creek Country Club neighborhoods. Both are very popular and have shown a history of good resale.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 5, 2008
My office is near Croaisdale and Treyburn and I would love to help you find a home. There are many golf course communities in the area. Please contact me and I will send you available homes.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 2, 2008
Wow, you picked the right area if you are a golfer! Not only should you consider those two neighborhoods, but you may want to explore other neighborhoods around the Chapel Hill Country Club, such as The Oaks. If you are willing to commute just a little more The Governors Club offers a 27 hole private golf course and beautiful homes and home sites. Please feel free to contact me. I do know a lot about the different golf course communities and there are too many possibilities to list. If you are willing to consider Chatham County, low tax rates are really an incentive.
Web Reference: http://www.lgrealtor.com
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