My Daughter will be going to Duke. Where is a safe area for a single woman to live & purchase a Townhouse?

Asked by Jeff Allen, Westport, CT Fri Mar 28, 2008

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Joyce Bliss, , Durham, NC
Fri Jul 4, 2008
Jeff, I am a REALTOR in Durham. I have a Condo for sale less than 1 mile from Duke. Here is link with info. It has 1845 sq. ft., new carpet, new appliances, new heat/ac, and paint. It is listed for $169,000. The neighborhood is very quiet. The address is 1917-A Front St. 27705. My website is and phone number is 919-308-1215.
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Nogui Arambu…, Agent, Chapel Hill, NC
Tue Jul 1, 2008
Hi Jeff,
Walden Pond is about 5 minutes away from Duke. Also, the Woodcroft area is really nice with Townhouses starting in the low 100K range. If you want to send me an email, I can set up a no obligation email search for you. Good luck!
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Corey, Home Seller, Durham, NC
Sat Jun 7, 2008
Try 11 Stockbridge Ct, 27705 , probably cheaper than a townhouse, in a quiet neighborhood and only 5 minutes from Duke
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Elyhim, Home Buyer, Durham, NC
Sun Jun 1, 2008
Westgate is a gated condo community built in old tobacco warehouses, they are a couple blocks from Duke Walltown area, also there are the condos downtown just built that are VERY sweet, a bit expensive but imo they will reain their value. Colony dr off Pickett has another large condo community or look at Duke Forest between American Dr. and 751. If you like older homes I suggest looking off Club Blvd near ninth St. for an inexpensive house. It will resale better and offer better community.
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Jeffrey Rich, , Chapel Hill, NC
Sat May 31, 2008

Congrats on your daughter's acceptance at Duke!

As it turns out, I am assisting another buyer with a purchase of a townhome in Durham right now. On the south end, there is a variety of townhouse developments in the Woodcroft area within walking distance to shopping and local amenities. On the north end, there is a new gated townhome community known as Glen Laurel where the prices are very reasonable. Of course, there are other possibilities in safe locations. Please feel free to contact me at the toll free number below so we can discuss your daughter's specific needs in greater detail.


Jeffrey Rich
Innisfree Properties, LLC
(866)846-6869=toll free
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Tonya Snow-S…, Agent, Durham, NC
Wed May 28, 2008
There are some lovely townhomes in Norther Durham, just minutyes from Country Club Heights. It is abeauitful setting there and also very close to Eno State Park. I would highly suggest them. If you would like more information on them, please let me know.

Good luck,
Tonya M. Snow-Saleeby
Fonville Morisey Realty
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Susan, , 94087
Sun Apr 6, 2008
I have a friend whose husband is in residency and they live at Arbor Pointe. The townhouses are newer and are in a nice area. I am including this link but please know I have not seen this specific townhouse in person. I wanted to give you an example. This townhouse is within 10 minutes to campus and close to everything.
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Collin, Both Buyer And Seller, Durham, NC
Sun Mar 30, 2008
My wife and I just put our townhome on the market in Durham. The place is located about 5 or 6 minutes South of Duke in a beautiful private area. We have lived there for 2 years and it has been great for us. It's just time to find a bigger place to start a family. Our neighborhood has numerous Duke grad students, including our next door neighbor. Our place is in walking distance to Super Target, Sams Club, movie theaters, a 24 hour Harris Teeter, and tons of other shopping venues. For pictures and more information visit the link or just shoot me an email. Our listing agent is offering 1/2% back at closing if the buyer uses her as a dual agent. Let me know if we can be of any help even if you look elswhere!\

Collin & Sarah Brown
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Hi, , Virginia
Sat Mar 29, 2008
give me the best answer

i hope your daughter does well
tough school
but makes for smart people

any of the real estate pros go to Duke?


good luck
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Michael Colv…, Agent,
Sat Mar 29, 2008
Hi Jeff
This is a great area and I am sure your daughter will love it here. I live in Durham and my office is 5 minutes from Duke. I would be happy to help you find a nice Townhome. You can contact me directly at and I will answer any questions you might have. Of course my services as a buyers agent are free of charge.
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Larry Story, Agent, Greensboro, NC
Fri Mar 28, 2008
Great for your daughter. As for who has the "BEST ANSWER" that is up to you. Anyway my neice is at Duke pre-med so if you like I can ask her where the students feel is the best place for your daughter. I can put you in touch with a top realtor in the area and also get you some direct information from my neice about the inside scoop on what the students think and feel.
If you like just drop me a line.
Larry Story
Coldwell Banker Triad
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Mike Carswell, , Raleigh, NC
Fri Mar 28, 2008
Hi Jeff! CONGRATULATIONS on your daughter's acceptance to Duke. What a great school. I'm sure she will enjoy living here.
Except for a few years in Tennessee, I have lived here most of my life. The pace of life is slower than many areas, but not backwoods! The cost of living is reasonable, and home prices, while not on the bottom of the chart, are still very, very reasonable here.
I am located in the Raleigh/Durham area. Raleigh is located in Wake County, which was cited on CNN last week as the 6th fastest growing county in the US. While Raleigh is certainly growing, so are the bedroom communities surrounding....including Durham. I say all that to say that I think you will be making a good investment by purchasing a townhome for your daughter.
I have 2 sons living in Tennessee who are college age. So I know the feeling of wanting to protect them when they are so far away.
While nothing is ever guaranteed to be completely safe, there are many good areas to consider. I would be honored to work with you and your daughter as you search for that home.
Please feel free to contact me for more information at 919-906-8865, or visit my website athttp:// .
I'd love to add you to the list of our happy homeowners!
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Fri Mar 28, 2008
A good realtor will help your daughter find a community that she will enjoy living in and also will have good resale value. I have helped several Duke students and I have a testimonial from a Duke student on my website, When I work with a client as thier buyer's agent, my goal is to be a resource and to help them find the home that is right for them. If your daughter would like to work with me, she can contact me at 919-357-6064 or through my website.
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Laura Grace, Agent, Pittsboro, NC
Fri Mar 28, 2008
Jeff, Great move, and congratulations on your daughter’s choice to come to school in NC. I can assure it is a great place to live, with many wonderful areas around Duke that I am sure you will find suitable for her.
While a Real Estate professional cannot legally tell you what “safe” neighborhoods are, we can direct you to places to locate information about schools, crime, recreation in an area. For Durham, NC, I would recommend visiting
http:// There you will find a wealth of information about the area, including police and neighborhood links. I have sold many homes to happy clients in Durham, and a good deal of home owners in any area, contact the local police or Sheriff’s Department, to get the exact statistics for the neighborhoods they are considering home.
Really, the ideal plan is to set an appointment with a Realtor and, visit homes that are in your price range. Then you and your Realtor can call the local police department for actual crime statistics in a neighborhood. They will usually provide quite detailed information.

If you send me deatils about the price range I will be happy to email you some nice choices from our MLS.
I hope this gives you a good starting place. Congratulations on your daughter’s acceptance!!
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