I am thinking on relocating my family to North Carolina, Can anyone please tell me the best surburbs?

Asked by Power, Silver Spring, MD Tue Mar 25, 2008

I have a family of 8, kids are growing soon will be talking about college, I currently live in a DC/MD metro. It's gettin very expensive for me. We are also beach people, so would not mind living one hour away from the outerbanks. Aslo looking for a place with steady job growth, less crime rate, good schools, and easy commute, It seems I looking for so much but I trully believe that place is out there for us.

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Janice Haria…, Agent, Annapolis, MD
Wed May 7, 2008
I relocated from Maryland (worked in DC) to an area which is about 30 minutes from the outer banks. If you are looking to be within one hour of the outer banks, I would suggest you look at the Elizabeth City area. Particularly, Camden, Currituck, Perquimans, or Pasquotank Counties. These areas are convenient to the outer banks and Virginia Beach. There are quite a few job opportunities within the commuting area (much easier commute that DC!) and property values are significantly less than up there, depending on what you are looking for.

There is a place here for you! Call or email me and I would be happy to show you around the area!
Web Reference:  http://www.janicehassell.com
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Larry Story, Agent, Greensboro, NC
Tue Mar 25, 2008
Having spent time myself in the north and farther south I love the middle. The best part of North Carolina is being close to everything the beach or the mountains. If you want the beach then I agree the triangle area (Raleigh, Durham area) is a good choice in having plenty to do. My sister-in-law lives in the Gaithersburg, MD so I do about your prices. I will say that they are looking to our area the triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point area) to retire to. We have a growing economy and plenty of choices of brand new schools and plenty of activities for the family. We are a bit farther from the beach but, plenty of lakes nearby.
If you like I can sign you up on one of our websites so that you can look for yourself at all the triad area MLS listings.

Larry Story
Coldwell Banker Triad
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Mike Carswell, , Raleigh, NC
Tue Mar 25, 2008
Hi there! I am glad to hear you are considering a move to North Carolina. Except for a few years in Tennessee, I have lived here most of my life. The pace of life is slower, 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....and that is where I spend the majority of my time. I have access to a great supply of homes for clients...homes that have a 'country' neighborhood atmosphere but are within a 15-20 minute commute to the city.
Please feel free to contact me for more information at 919-906-8865, or visit my website at http:// http://www.mikecarswell.com .
I'd love to add you to the list of our happy homeowners!
Web Reference:  http://www.mikecarswell.com
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Jonathan Osm…, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Tue Mar 25, 2008
Greetings from a DC Native (and head of the Charlotte Area Redskins Club) now living in Charlotte! I completely understand what you mean by that area getting expensive. For my wife and I, it was either to bring my inlaws to live with us there in Anne Arundel County or move to them here outside of Charlotte. It was a no brainer when we saw how much we could afford down here.

The Charlotte area is the closest to Silver Spring feel without all the crazy traffic and having to deal with the beltway. The south of town has a more metropolitian feel with lots of parks, greenways, wooded streets and some older brick homes like North Bethesda. Within 20 minutes you can be in the center of town however most of the malls, great shopping, and restaurants are in the south side of town anyway. This is great because when you're working, you have lots of options of cities to travel to for business...just like where you are now.

The beaches are 2 1/2 hours away and the Blue Ridge mountains are 2 hrs as well. You're also 3 hours from Atlanta for trips to the aquarium, more theatre options...kinda like having New York close by for a day trip. For quick fun, a Carowinds (Kings Dominion) is located right on the state line - 20 from town.

For school reports, visit http://www.ncreportcards.org/src/. Plan to visit to see the area, tour some homes and neighborhoods, and even go through the schools. For more info on the area, visit my site below and http://www.charlotte.com/livinghere/, which is the Charlotte Observer's newcomers guide.
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M, , Florida
Tue Mar 25, 2008
Dear Power,
The cost of living difference between NC and DC/MD is huge, so from a financial point of view you can get a lot more for your money. We can provide you some data that documents that .77 in NC is 1.00 in DC. Locating a good neighborhood in NC is also not a problem, but it would help to know more information about your budget, personal preferences on housing, job situation, etc. Please give me a call and lets talk. Our business the retirement, second home and vacation property market, but we have been doing this for so long (over a decade) that we have a very good understanding of most areas across the US. NC is one of our most favorite areas.
Hope to hear from you
Marian Schaffer
The Schaffer Realty Group
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Cherie Schulz, Agent, Richlands, NC
Fri Jul 11, 2008
I have to tell you about Richlands, NC! Richlands is a beautiful community just outside of Jacksonville, NC. Jacksonville is home to the Camp Lejuene military base. Richlands has lovely, affordable homes. You will also be able to choose homes from the 1800's if that is your style. Richlands is mainly a farming community. It is located approx 15 minutes to Jacksonville (beaches), 45 minutes to a very popular city called Wilmington (beaches), 30 minutes to Sneads Ferry (beaches), 35 -45minutes to Swansboro and Cape Carteret(beaches) and 2 hours to Raleigh. Check out our schools! Our crime rate is extremely low!
Our colleges are very good as well. It is a grat place to open a business as well.
My husband and I came here because we were transferred by the military in 1990. We have 4 children. We ended up changing our plans and have decided to retire here.
I hope to see you here!
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Jon Stickel, Home Seller, Surry County, VA
Fri Jul 11, 2008
We live in western nc, surry county. 4 hours from beach but to finish raising kids it is ideal. quiet, good top ranking schools, good friendly neighbors, close to shopping, close to Winston Salem(40 min). it is beautiful; view of the mountains(20 min) to parkway. 4br, 3 ba full basement 12 acres. excellent location. we are looking to sell in the next 2 years-we are desiring to move near family, eastward or SC. raised our kids here and we are thankful for that. time to move on! mid 40's and kids grown.
email if interested; stickel@surry.net
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Patsy Matthe…, , Lexington, NC
Tue Jul 1, 2008
The Triad area is a great place to live. We have High Rock Lake in Davidson County. If you would like to check some of the homes in the Triad, consider opening a buyer account at http://www.patsymatthews.listingbook.com
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Dominic Brown, , Raleigh, NC
Mon Jun 23, 2008
I understand your situation. I am the oldest of 8! (large Catholic family). I really enjoy living in Raleigh. I posted a link at the end of this answer that lists numerous accolades that Raleigh has won including best places for business, education, jobs, low crime rate, and lifestyle. We are a little over an hour from the beach and about the same from the mountains. I am a mortgage professional in the area who is very familiar with the neighborhoods in and around Raleigh. If you are intersted, I would love to help you every step of the way, from helping you secure a mortgage to introducing you to my personal netowork of real estate professionals who can help you find the perfect house and answer any questions you may have. Please email me or give me a call at 800-784-6889 x.222 if you would like to get started. I can walk you through the process and help you find a neighborhood that offers the best schools (Raleigh has some great ones!), best parks, and other amenities you are interested in.
The link to the accolades is below:
Web Reference:  http://www.cavaliermort.com
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Joe and Jane…, Agent, Raleigh, NC
Thu Jun 12, 2008
As you can see by our previous answer, we really enjoy living here. There will always be people who do not. No area is perfect, but for us and our daughter and her family, we would not live anywhere else. Living in the Raleigh area, there is something for everyone. As Realtors our job is to find the home for our clients that is the best fit for their needs. When it comes down to the bottom line, where you live can also depend on what you make of it as well.....Joe and Jane
Web Reference:  http://www.themansells.com
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Joe and Jane…, Agent, Raleigh, NC
Wed Jun 11, 2008
As a Real Estate Team, we have been in the Triangle area for over 14 years and love it. We moved here from Northern Ohio. A year later, our daughter and her family relocated to the area. We feel that we have the best of all areas, just two hours from the beach, approx. 3 hours to the mountains, and yet you can still drive to Orlando or Cleveland within 9-10 hours. The market here in Raleigh, has stayed steady, regardless of what the media tell everyone, and needless to say the weather is great. Once we got here there was no question as to going anywhere else, either for business or living. We still have what you are looking for with the job market, schools etc. as well....hope this helps...Joe and Jane Mansell
Web Reference:  http://www.themansells.com
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Jeremy Adair, , Davidson, NC
Wed Jun 11, 2008
I was in the same boat as you were just over a year ago. I lived in Arlington, VA for a few years and then moved out to Gainesville, VA. I looked all over and was looking for similar things as you other than I would rather live on a lake than the ocean. The Lake Norman area fits all of your wants and needs with the exception of being 5 hrs from the Outer Banks. The Charlotte area still has one of the strongest economies in the US, the Mooresville area is on Lake Norman, has good schools, low crime, and is in an area where it's an easy commute as I-77 Runs right through it. Outer Banks in 5 Hours, Myrtle Beach in 3, DC in 6, charlotte in 20 min, and beautiful Ashville, NC in 2 hrs. Although 3 hrs from the beach, you have Lake Norman which has over 500 miles of shoreline, Lake Wylie, and Mt Island Lake within minutes. The Lake Norman area is not only a place to live, it's also a lifestyle.
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Denise Staton, , New Bern, NC
Tue May 20, 2008
I have to agree with Sonja. New Bern NC is a great place to raise a family and retire. "Our largest State Universitties are about two hours away and even closer would be ECU in Greenville. Living in New Bern could afford a great education for your children,but also afford them the independence of going away to college. Our city is not as fast-pased as the DC Metro area. In this great city we live life at 35 mph ~literally. I would love to show you around our lovely city and assist you to buy a home either in a great neighborhood or on the beautiful scenic view of the river that runs through New Bern.
Warm Regards from the South,
Denise Staton
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Sonja Babic, Agent, New Bern, NC
Thu May 15, 2008
Greetings to you in Silver Springs,
New Bern, the second oldest town in North Carolina, is situated where the Trent and Neuse Rivers meet. New Bern abounds with history around every corner with over 150 historic landmarks, the magnificent Tryon Palace, Birthplace of Pepsi and a 157,000-acre national forest. For a change of pace, New Bern sailing on our endless rivers is relaxing. Golf at one of the excellent championship courses in the New Bern and Havelock area. Camp or hike in the 157,000-acre Croatan National Forest. New Bern has three historic districts with homes stores and churches dating as far back as the early 18th century. In fact, there are 36 individual listings and more than 150 sites included in the National Register of Historic Places. As a mother of two great kids I cannot stress out quality of life that I can offer to my kids here is New Bern with beaches 30 min away and mountains 6h away. You can get more info on my web site as well as see some of the currently available listings. If you would like to receive complimentary New Bern Info Pack just E-mail me you mailing address.
If there is anything else I can help you wioth please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Sonja Babic
Web Reference:  http://www.SonjaBabic.com
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Beth Gionis, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Tue May 6, 2008
You should consider the Charlotte area. As a native who has watched this area grow and who has been involved in relocations for over 20 years, I can honestly say you won't be disappointed. We are fortunate to have the arts, restaurants, great economy, 2 large lakes, job opportunities and so much more. Our center city is growing with high rise condominiums while our outer limits are booming with new contstruction, schools and shopping. Please let me know and I'll be happy to send you a relocation packet.
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Michael Colv…, Agent,
Tue May 6, 2008
Hi My wife and I are from Alexandria, Va and moved here in 2001 we love it for that exact reason, Real Estate is more reasonable and we are not far from the mountains or the beach. I think the Triangle is ideal, we live in Durham. Please let me know if you would like me to send more information.
Thanks, Michael
Web Reference:  http://www.colvinm.hpw.com
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Barbara John…, Agent, Morehead City, NC
Tue May 6, 2008
Hi Power

I'm late in answering but I have to encourage you to look in the Morehead City, NC area. We are minutes from the beach, sound and rivers of the Crystal Coast in Carteret County. Our lifestyle is relaxed , affordable and our weather is mild. The schools in our county are rated in the top 10 in the state. There is almost no crime, no traffic and our communities are family oriented. An example of housing possibilities is a 5 bedroom home with 3 baths that I just put under contract for a little over $250,000 on a quiet street with a huge yard close to schools and the beach. Visit my website at http://www.NCBeach4Sale.com to look over homes in the area and to check the local paper and employment security for jobs. I hope you decide to give our area a look.
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Dave, Home Buyer, Blackjack, NC
Tue Apr 8, 2008
I agree completely with Cynthia! Greenville, NC is just over an hour to the beach. My husband and I are sad to leave our beautiful home...please check out mls #83877. You would love our home and Greenville, it is just what you are looking for.
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Cynthia Ande…, , Greenville, NC
Wed Apr 2, 2008
I am also a beach person, and think Greenville, NC is a great choice for a large family. We are roughly 1.5 hr drive to the Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle area, and about 2 hrs. to the Nags Head, Outer Banks area. The job market and real estate market have managed to grow mainly in part to several things. We are home to East Carolina University and the Brody School of Medicine. The University ontinues to grow, and was recently approved to get a new Dental School. Also, we are proud to have Pitt County Memorial Hospital, home to one of our nations leading cardiac surgeons, who pioneered the DaVinci robotic heart surgery. The hospital and our new heart center is a major health care "hub" and serves all of Eastern NC.
Our cost of living and tax rates are typically very attractive for people moving from larger cities. Our website, http://www.wileyprice.com has links to most of the information you are seeking, so I hope you will check it out and consider Greenville NC as an option.
As for commute time, folks who move here are pleased to find that one can traveerse one side of Greenville to the other in approximately 20 minutes.
Web Reference:  http://www.wileyprice.com
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Penny Parker, Agent, Phoenix, AZ
Tue Mar 25, 2008
You just described Raleigh to a T!

We are two hours away from the beach which maybe a draw back for you.

Please let me know if you would like a relocation package or you can go to my web site to do property searches.
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Michael Pan…, , 28117
Tue Mar 25, 2008
Hi Mooresville was rated the # 65 best city in the entire US by Money Magazine in 2007. It is a suburb of Charlotte, about half an hour to the north. It was the highest ranking for any NC city. It is surrounded by beautiful Lake Norman.
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Michael Colv…, Agent,
Tue Mar 25, 2008
I am from the DC metro area also, moved to the Triangle in 2001 and love it. I would be happy to work with you as a buyers agent if you should choose the Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill area. Please contact me and I will be happy to provide any information you need.
Thanks, Michael
Web Reference:  http://www.colvinm.hpw.com
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Stanton Homes, , Raleigh, NC
Tue Mar 25, 2008
Power - The Raleigh/Triangle area is about 2.5 hours from the beach, but other than that fills all your requirements. Colleges include Elon University, UNC at Chapel Hill, Duke University, Meredith College, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina Central University, in addition to assorted community colleges. Raleigh has just been rated, again, as the #1 Best Place for Business and Careers.

Crime rate depends on where you're located, but in most areas is very low. Commutes can be great as well.

Here's a Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill relocation package, which might help you get a feel for the area:


It sounds like you're just getting started, and you're on the right track.... Do some online research, then see if you can spend a day or so in your top choices to get a feel for the neighborhoods and towns!
Web Reference:  http://www.StantonHomes.com
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Jan Bradshaw, , Greenwood, SC
Tue Mar 25, 2008

If you're thinking of the Carolina's ....consider Greenwood, SC! It's a average size town with a great deal of growth and development going on. We have Lake Greenwood which is a very large draw to the area.

It is also the home of Lander University as well as a 2 year college. Travel is pretty much effortless (no traffic jams!) and we're approximately 3 hours from the beach and 1 hour from the mountains! As for cost of living....it's incredibly low in comparison to what you're use to. I have friends in the area so I'm aware of the cost of living.

Email me and I'll be happy to provide you with more information on the area!
Web Reference:  http://www.JanBradshaw.com
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Rose Cramer, Agent, Denver, NC
Tue Mar 25, 2008
Charlotte is booming. A financial whirlwind. I believe there is something for everyone here. I moved from PA 14 years ago and love it. Great place to raise a family. The average age is mid 30's. You are about 2 hours from the mountains and 3.5 hours from the coast. Depending on if you are still working etc . location is key. If you have to communte to your employment that is. I would love to help you decide this decision. I can send you a relocation packet if you would like. Just email me directly at rosecramer@ncrealtorsales.com or visit our website http://www.carolina-real-estate .com I can be reached by cell also 704-607-7514
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