Want to retire in NC, around Cary. Want amenities but not the high home prices & taxes. What town?

Asked by MB, Myrtle Beach, SC Mon Sep 1, 2008

Restaurants, shopping, major roadways, don't want to sit in traffic for hours on a one lane road in and out. Thanks

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Tracy Santro…, Agent, Cary, NC
Sun Nov 2, 2008
Hi MB,

It's not surprising that the Cary area is an area that you are considering for retirement. In 2007 North Carolina surpassed Florida as the Number 1 state for retirees. There are a number of considerations that potential relocatees are considering - mild climate, low property taxes, lower homeowners insurance, affordable housing, and a strong job market.

I have worked closely with several clients coming from all over the country that have sought out the Cary area because of the close proximity to arts, athletics, major univerisities, and things to do in the area. So many Active 55 communities are located in areas far outside of town which makes the commute into the city difficult.

Cary itself has two Active 55/Age restricted communities that are very popular - Carolina Preserve, a Del Webb Community and Heritage Pines. Both communities have a number of housing options. Heritage Pines is now a resale community and Caorlina Preserve now has a few resales and pre-sale homes that will be delivered in about a year. Both communities start in the low $200s.

There are other options for low maintenance homes/ranch plans that are available. It's just a matter of preference.
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Jean (Zhihon…, Agent, Cary, NC
Mon Sep 1, 2008
Glad you are considering NC. It is a great place for retirement. There are many small cities and towns outside of Cary can be considered, like Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, Willlow Springs, Clayton, or even Angier, NC. All of places are about 0-30 miles away from the city of Cary and are away from the daily heavy traffic (downtown Raleigh or Research Triangle Park). Homes in these cities are less expensive than Cary and have larger lots. I'd suggest you to work with a real estate agent who can help you to narrow down your needs, wants, and wishes. An experienced and local agent would be able to provide you valuable information and expertise. All of his/her services are free to you since the seller is paying the commission.

Best wishes,
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Andre Powell, , Cary, NC
Mon Sep 1, 2008
One of the things to consider is how any of the areas ( Cary, Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Morrisville,and Holly Springs) fit in your lifestyle. I would suggest taking a tour of the areas to see what is going to fit and what will not, sometimes looking at the actual convenience is worth its weight in gold when comparing the locations. Price can sometimes take a back seat to the overall offerings of whatever location you ultimately decide.
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Lizete Santos, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Mon Sep 1, 2008
MB,

As previously mentioned all of those areas are a good choice. I recommend you visit the area and see what appeals to you in each of the cities. You may choose one or the other based on price, sq. footage, location etc. What type of property are you looking for? Ranch, townhome? What amenities, i.e. pool, fitness center, tennis... price point? All of these will be a factor in your selection.

Our area has seen an influx of retirees and many like the Del Webb communities. Carolina Preserve @ Amberly is just one option for you. It's a beautiful community in Cary with all of the bells and whistles.

Good luck!
Lizete
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Michael Colv…, Agent,
Mon Sep 1, 2008
Hi MB
I would consider Durham and Morrisville, you have reasonable home prices but still centrally located and have access to all the great things we have to offer, less the traffic. I would stay away from I40 and 55. If you would like to have some available homes sent to you please ck out my website.
Michael
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Stanton Homes, , Raleigh, NC
Mon Sep 1, 2008
If you're looking for something near Cary, you may want to consider Apex or Holly Springs. Both have new shopping, restaraunts, and easy access to Cary. Both have a lower average home cost than Cary. Morrisville may be another possibility.

Here's a link to Wake County tax information, so that you can compare towns surrounding the Raleigh area.

http://activerain.com/blogsview/547271/Property-Tax-Rates-in

Hope this helps!
Web Reference:  http://www.StantonHomes.com
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Mike Jaquish, Agent, Cary, NC
Mon Sep 1, 2008
I would consider living in Cary. You will have great town services, access to all amenities and to Raleigh, and we enjoy some of the lowest town property taxes in Wake County.

You will find less expensive housing options in other towns, like Apex, Holly Springs, and Fuquay Varina, and with a slightly higher tax rate. Apex probably offers the most convenience among those three, with typically higher home prices than the other two.

Another alternative would be to be in an unincorporated area, living in Wake County. Wake County property taxes are only .678% of Assessed Valuation. At that, you will need to select a location that is not scheduled for annexation, but offers access to amenities you desire on modern highways. This could be a more rural option, however.
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Jean (Zhihon…, Agent, Cary, NC
Mon Sep 1, 2008
Yes, Clayton is a very good place. The city is booming. Senator Fred Smith has done a quite bit good work there. It is much closer to NC beaches and Myrtle Beach (
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Lizete Santos, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Mon Sep 1, 2008
MB,

Clayton is a nice area, still close to major transportation. You'll get more land in that area.
What price range are you looking in? If you provide more details I can recommend some subdivisions or
feel free to visit my website.

Good luck!
Lizete
Web Reference:  http://www.LizeteSantos.com
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MB, Home Buyer, Myrtle Beach, SC
Mon Sep 1, 2008
What about Clayton? Is this a nice area? Looking to avoid the trafficky areas, heard 55 was very congested. Still want to be close to a major road for shopping.
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