Relocating to Chapel Hill area with contracts at both Duke and UNC -- active family with middle-school aged children -- want great schools and

Asked by Lisa, North Carolina Sat Nov 6, 2010

kid-friendly community. We currently live in rural area so our kids definitely want a "neighborhood" where they can meet other kids, ride bikes, etc. Looking for long-term rental -- single family home with upscale amenities.

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Joe Matthews,…, Agent, Cary, NC
Wed Nov 10, 2010
Hi Lisa, as some of my colleagues wrote earlier, please check out West Cary, closer to Davis Drive and Hwy 55 as well. Another central location will be Morrisville, the heart of the Triangle! There you have easy access to highways, RDU and great schools. I am a buyer's agent and do a lot of business in Cary & Morrisville and am familiar with all that is available and coming up in the near future. I also deal with rentals in the area. Please contact me any time: (919) 244-7733 or email:
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Sherry Afshi…, Agent, Cary, NC
Mon Nov 8, 2010
Congratulations for choosing to move to our area. As you might know Cary was ranked in the top 25 cities to live by CNN Money Magazine. Please check this link… Chapel Hill is in the top 40 as well. Ranking was based on housing affordability, school quality, arts and leisure, safety, health care, diversity, and several ease-of-living criteria. “Good education and health care jobs abound in the area,” the magazine write about Chapel Hill. “Educated conversation is easy to find: nearly half of adult residents have a graduate degree.”
Parts of Cary around HWy 40 or Around I540/ and Hwy 55 intersection that is very central to both Duke and UNC. Please contact me and I will discuss this in more details with you and help you out with your search.
My number is 919-573-8767 and e-mail is
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Linda Cromar…, Agent, Athens, GA
Mon Nov 8, 2010
Rentals in North Carolina are primarily handled by property management companies. While many of the homes are listed in the multiple listing service, many are not. For example, I act as a buyer's agent for people who want to purchase homes and, if I help anyone locate a home trough the MLS, I would have to refer them to the company that has the listing.
You can contact a property management company and ask if they will show you homes that are not listed by their own company, as our in-house service will do; or you can search on the intenet through or sites such as ChapelHillRents.
You can also try these links to the Carrboro Chapel Hill public schools as well as the North Carolina school "report card" site;… or
Good luck finding a home and welcome to Chapel Hill!
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Sharon Kowitz, Agent, Cary, NC
Sun Nov 7, 2010
A great place to consider is North West Cary, we have many employees of Duke and UNC Chapel Hill here and the schools are top notch. As a former teacher in Wake County I have experience and knowledge to help families make a move and understand how difficult it is for the children. Check out the scores of any school you consider at Give me a call and let's talk 919 831 3022
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Vivian Olkin, Agent, Carrboro, NC
Sat Nov 6, 2010
The general consensus is that the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school district is the top district in the Triangle. Wake County is going through so much angst and transition without figuring out yet what their policy will be on neighborhood schools and busing that I personally would hesitate to move there. On the other hand, look at school reports, even talk to neighbors in the areas that interest you. Meet with principals.

Are you sure you want the commute from Cary to Duke and UNC? I've always thought that one of the reasons to live in the Triangle is for a better quality of life. For me, that means a short commute. Just something to consider.

Good luck with your search.
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