You can look at Durham, Morrisville, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs. There is a new freeway going through that will circle the Raleigh area which is going to make everyones commute faster. Apex is a sweet town, great downtown area, Morrisville,Cary have amazing walking/running,biking trails.There are lots of incredible parks in all these areas, great for family picnics etc. Everything is pretty easy to get to in this area, Durham is a 20 minute commute from Raleigh, Cary is ten minutes, Apex,Holly Springs about 20. RTP is centrally located. I would suggest you use google maps just to get a sense of how long the commute will take. As far as public schools, realtors are not allowed to say because of Fair Housing, however look at Wake County Schools
I hope that helps. Anyone of us on these boards would be happy to help you,(we are all realtors-lol)
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