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Philippe, Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA

What are the best areas for family in RTP?

Asked by Philippe, San Francisco, CA Fri Feb 1, 2008

I am considering moving from San Francisco to RTP. I want to find a good, family friendly area with the best schools. I have been told Meadowmount. Governors Club in Chapel Hill are good. I found Meadowmount quite overpriced. Any advice?

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Hi, Philippe -

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.
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Meadowmont is one of the more expensive per/sq/ft neighborhoods but has a nice walking community center that many locals here believe is worth the extra price. It also has the one thing that everyone knows is important...Location! There are many very good school districts in the triangle. Many of the Wake County Schools (Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Morrisville) have great report cards. If you choose a district or two and then begin exploring the neighborhoods, you will surely find a home in your budget. You can download our local school guide at my website: http://www.mariescheuring.com, click on Search properties and on the left menu, click on Triangle Media Resources. Chapel Hill will be listed in Orange County, Governor's Club is in Chatham County. Good luck, and please let me know if I can help you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 8, 2008
Hi Phillipe,

Here are some useful links that you can research and see which schools are best suited to your

Wake County-http://www.wakeschools.com/
Johnston County-http://www.johnston.k12.nc.us/education/
Chatham County-http://www.chatham.k12.nc.us/
Chapel Hill-http://www2.chccs.k12.nc.us/education/
Durham County-http://www.dpsnc.net/
Harnett County-http://www.harnett.k12.nc.us/

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!

Web Reference: http://www.LizeteSantos.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 8, 2008
There are many fantastic areas to live around the Research Triangle Park. Every town and city has their own special flavor and you will know by visiting where you would like to concentrate your search. I have lived here all of my life and raised two children and would have the knowledge to help you narrow your search. Please let me know if I can help you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 8, 2008
We are just beginning to look for a house. We live at Southpoint right now and moved down here (from New York) in December. Can you provide some information on what neighbors are best in the Durham area? We have an 8-month old son as well. Thanks.
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Hi Rebecca, my husband and I moved to Durham, NC (in Southpoint) this past December and now at the very beginning stages of looking for a house. We are not in a rush. We have an 8-month old son and like the Durham area but would like to understand what neighboor is the best/safest for schools. Would you mind sending some information my way?
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If you are looking for a house in a kid-friendly neighborhood, look no further! I am in the process of getting my house on the market and we live in a great area. The Fuquay-Varina/Holly Springs area is growing, but still affordable. The neighborhood we live in is full of children. From pre-schoolers to high schoolers, there are a great variety of children and surprisingly, the ethnic and cultural backgrounds of the families in our neighborhood is quite diverse. The trip to Raleigh is less than thirty minutes and the trip to Fayetteville is less than an hour. This allows you to be home quickly to our quiet neighborhood but still have access to the amenities afforded to you in the city. I think you'd be quite pleased living here. If you have any questions, feel free to email me. joshanderson76@gmail.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 8, 2008
If you thought that Meadowmont was overpriced, you might want to consider some of the Wake County school districts. There are many beautiful neighborhoods in Raleigh that are conveniently located near RTP. Cary is also a good place to consider. I think whatever you decide, you will think you hit the jackpot when you compare the triangle home prices to San Fransisco. I am a REALTOR who serves Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. I have a fairly equal knowledge of the three areas and can help you search in most of the triangle.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 5, 2008
I have a home for sale 30 minutes from the RTP area. Not sure what your price range is but you may view at MLS#967786. It is located in Oxford, NC. With good schools and nice family oriented subdivision that sits on 1.6 acres with pond in back. Totally fenced in back yard. Too much to list here. Have to see.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 1, 2008
If you're looking at Meadowmont and Governor's Club, you might also like Southern Village http://(www.southernvillage.com) and the upcoming Winmore http://(www.winmoreneighborhood.com). You might also enjoy neighborhoods like Roberson Place http://(www.robersonplace.org) and The Cedars at Bolin Forest http://(www.carrborocedars.org).
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 10, 2008
Philippe, there are many terrific areas for families here. If you haven't had a chance to visit yet, I'd start by checking out Chapel Hill, Cary, North Raleigh, and Wake Forest. MacGregor Downs and Lochmere are fairly centrally located if you're going to be working in RTP. Depending on how much land you're looking for, and whether you want new construction or something established, there are plenty of options!
Web Reference: http://www.StantonHomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 2, 2008
Hi I specialize in Durham and ChapelHill and would be happy to help you find a home in RTP, as a buyers agent my services are free of charge to you. Check out my listings on my website below, but I can help you with any listing in the Triangle. I can set you up on a great search engine called MY Agent On Line you can search by school district or almost anything you can think of.
Web Reference: http://www.colvinm.hpw.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 1, 2008
Sadly, agents are not allowed by law to discuss "family" neighborhoods. If you want to learn about schools, go to http://www.greatschools.net. As you will see, Chapel Hill Schools test at the top for the state. My children actually went to public school there for a time, and we were quite impressed.

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!

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