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Asked by Jennifer Smith, River Edge, NJ Thu Dec 10, 2009

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Linda Cromar…, Agent, Athens, GA
Thu Dec 10, 2009
Chapel Hill/Carrboro is absolutely a great place for young families. I went to UNC-CH (many years ago), and now I work and have my family here: http://www.visitchapelhill.org

While the university provides a strong cultural and educational atmosphere, the Research Triangle Park is a short drive away for our residents: http://www.rtp.org

The Chapel Hill/Carrboro schools are nationally recognized for excellence: http://www2.chccs.k12.nc.us/education

My clients who have relocated from the northeast and midwest are extremely pleased...especially with the weather right now!

Good luck in making this important decision!

Linda
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Terry Crook, Agent, Chapel Hill, NC
Thu Jan 14, 2010
Jennifer, Chapel Hill/Carrboro is VERY family-oriented with excellent schools (tops in the State) as well as many local amenities (Park 'n Rec programs, planetariium, swimming/skating facilities, nearby science museums, music venues, etc., etc).
Go to my website http://www.TerryCrook.com for useful links and/or emaIL my direct at tcrook@realtor.com
Web Reference:  http://www.TerryCrook.com
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Momof3, Home Buyer, Chapel Hill, NC
Mon Jan 11, 2010
Hi Jennifer,
I'm relocating to the Chapel Hill area with my children too. I have many of the same questions that you did last month and I'm also very interested in an area offering diversity and a forward thinking population. I wonder if you would please share what you've learned with me? Thanks!
Kathy
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Clarence Lu…, Agent, Raleigh, NC
Wed Jan 6, 2010
You should conside Meadowmont. It has an elementary school in the commubity, village shopping, UNC Hospital Wellness Center, YNMCA with outdoor pool, sidewalks on both sides of the street, Harris Teeter grocery and Drug Store, reataurants, and many other great features. Easy access to UNC and downtown. Visit my website http://www.meadowmontchapelhill.com to learn more about this great community.
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Gary Wolgast, Both Buyer And Seller, 46804
Thu Dec 17, 2009
I am not an agent and have lived in the area for over 12 years. If you seek a more liberal diverse community with lots of arts, then Carrboro would be a good choice.
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Thu Dec 10, 2009
Hello Jennifer,
I relocated to the triangle from Pittsburgh six years ago so I understand the challenges you are considering. As realtors we can not discuss the ethnic, religious or racial compositions of our communities. However, I would like to offer my website, "resources" section. There, you will find some web links that will help you learn about the demographics, cost of living and schools in our area.

Although Chapel Hill is a college centric community, I think you will find there is a strong sense of community, support for the arts and a great place to raise a family with quality education and exceptional healthcare. The thing you are really going to love, speaking from one northerner to another, is the weather. One winter and you will be cured of any longing for your roots in the north. You might also want to consider Raleigh, Durham and Cary in your search but Charrboro is the most liberal with Chapel Hill following. Good luck.
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Vivian Olkin, Agent, Carrboro, NC
Thu Dec 10, 2009
I lived in northern CA, Austin, Boston and Pittsburgh before moving here. Those places are definitely diverse, and because they are university areas, also liberal. If you mean different ethnicities when you say diverse, then the changes here are remarkable. When I moved here in 1994, there were no good ethnic restaurants, meaning there wasn't an ethnic population to support them. You can tell things have changed because I was at Whole Foods listening to a family speak Chinese at the fish counter--even here in Chapel Hill! Cary has the largest Indian and other Asian populations due to proximity to RTP, good schools and housing. I drive to Durham for Mexican tacquerias. I'm biased because I love living in Chapel Hill where you run into people you know all over.

Art galleries, probably more in Orange County which includes Chapel Hill/Carrboro and Hillsborough. Just the fact that Orange and Chatham counties have an annual Open Studio Tour says it all about art. Theater is excellent at Playmakers at UNC. Durham has DPAC. Music is everywhere depending on what you like.

As everyone has already said, we love living here and can easily promote the area.
Web Reference:  http://CrazyVivHomes.com
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Marianne How…, Agent, Raleigh, NC
Thu Dec 10, 2009
I moved to Chapel Hill in 1979 and have seen many changes. I have loved Chapel Hill for the progressive ideas of the people in the community, the international atmosphere, the music, arts, food, food again and the opportunities both in business and education. But diverse, well, it depends if you mean diverse from other areas of North Carolina or a diverse population within Chapel Hill. When my son was in high school he overheard me telling a client from NY about our diverse community. He said "Mom, there isn't anything diverse about Chapel Hill. When was the last time you went into a bar and saw NASCAR on the TV? Take a look at the education level of people who live in Chapel Hill, the average income. People may come here from all over the world but they are more alike than different." I really hadn't thought about it that way and he was right in many ways. I've been more careful about describing our area as diverse since then and ask more questions of my clients to find just the right fit for them.
Web Reference:  http://TheSimpleMove.com
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Craig Fox, Agent, Chapel Hill, NC
Thu Dec 10, 2009
Jennifer,

I think the previous answers have sufficiently represented the great communities of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. If you are interested in investigating some other communities nearby as well, I'd suggest that you consider Hillsborough. This is a great small community that is only about 15 minutes away, and offers a great family atmosphere with a diverse and liberal culture that you are seeking. The schools are also good. Please feel free to contact me via my webpage if you'd like additional information.

Craig Fox, Realtor
Web Reference:  http://craigfox.PruYSU.com
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Masha Halpern, Agent, Chapel Hill, NC
Thu Dec 10, 2009
Hi Jennifer,

It sounds like you may want to look in the Chapel Hill- Carrboro area as a starting point and then spread out as you develop your knowledge of the area. The most important thing when moving is making sure you and your family are compfortable with the area you come home to every day after work and school. That could mean a lot of hours spent researching different websites looking for all the information- or you can take a look at my own website and just click on the various services we offer to our clients. We have a button to click on to download an extensive relocation package which give syou great area information. We also offer neighborhoods by price range and community name with a brief description. You can also set up a search through our MLS IDX link to have all the latest homes in the areas your prefer ( and price ranges you want ) sent directly to your email. We also have a GREAT links page and have a school comparison button that enables you to research area schools arnd compare them to each other and to the ones in your area.
Our website is http://www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.

I've been working as a full time Real Estae Broker in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham and surrounding areas for 18 years- originally from Ct and moved to NC for school. I have a team that assists me and my clients to make gtheir moves seemless and we would be happy to help your family as you decide on a move to our area.

Best regards,

Masha Halpern
877-478-4669
http://www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com
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Jay Walden, Agent, Chapel Hill, NC
Thu Dec 10, 2009
I have to agree with the other posts that this area is absolutely great for families. I can speak to this first hand as I moved my family here after spending the better part of 20 years in Boston and having been raised in Connecticut. Follow the link below to a video that does a great job of painting a picture of Life in Chapel Hill (as well as some videos for other communities in the Triangle). Having lived here for awhile I can say it was a great decision and the area just keeps getting better. It is not just the climate, which is fantastic, but also a great sense of community, fabulous arts & culture throughout the triangle and very environmentally and socially responsible people, particularly in CHapel Hill-Carrboro. As a recent graduate of the 2009 Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro program I got to see a lot of the movrs and shakers in the community and where we are headed. It made me even more confident that this is perhaps the best place I can imagine to raise a family. If yo are ever around and would like a windshield tour, let me know. I'd also be happy to send you some of the local magazines and papers along with a relocation packet if that would help. Just let me know!
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Stanton Homes, , Raleigh, NC
Thu Dec 10, 2009
Chapel Hill and Carrboro definitely have the "feel" that you've described here - and there are PLENTY of areas that don't have a college feel at all. One thing to keep in mind - property taxes inside Chapel Hill school districts are significantly higher than those for Orange County or Chatham County. You may also want to consider some communities just south of Chapel Hill, inside county limits.

http://raleightrianglerelocation.com/post/975687/orange-coun…

http://raleightrianglerelocation.com/channels/home_buying/to…
Web Reference:  http://www.StantonHomes.com
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