I don't know if you are still looking for relocation advice, but another neighborhood to consider is Bel Arbor in Carrboro (off Hillsborough Street). Walking distance to the Farmer's Market, downtown Carrboro, Chapel Hill, UNC, and an easy commute to RTP (including nearby park & ride if you are interested). It is walking distance to Elementary School & middle school, and slated for CHHS (Chapel Hill / Carrboro city schools > best in State). There are many California transplants (L.A. and San Francisco) ... for a small 30 home neighborhood. HOA does all mowing, seeding, (no yard work except your own gardens). 2 houses on the market now between $398 - $429K. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Here are some useful links that you can research and see which schools are best suited to your
Cary has some great schools and can be an alternative to Chapel Hill if price is a concern.
It was named the #5 best place to live by Money Magazine in 2006. I've attached the link:
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I hope this helps!
Are you mostly interested in Chapel Hill? Some homes in Chapel Hill are a bit high right now, but the busy season is just beginning, so new home buying opportunities are on the horizon. Overall, the neighborhoods you mentioned do very well for appreciation and resale.
Do you have an agent yet? It doesn't cost you anything, and the professional advice is invaluable. Please, find yourself a buyers agent you like and trust. I'd be happy to answer your specific questions directly. Feel free to email me!