Jeff, Great move, and congratulations on your daughterâ€™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 â€œsafeâ€ 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
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 Sheriffâ€™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 daughterâ€™s acceptance!!