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#1 of 2 Old 04-14-2014, 07:16 AM - Thread Starter
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Hello Mammas!


As mentioned in my other threads we are thinking about moving to the RTP area. I've read all the older threads started by other mammas that had been in the same boat, but I'm still kind of clueless about what would work for us. since we are visiting in a in a couple of weeks *yeaks* I'm trying to narrow down the neighborhoods to check out, and I'm also interested in towns outside of Durham/CH that may be interesting for us.


so, here is our wishlist - I know, I know we have to make some choices:

- we would like to live in a relatively urban area where there are neighborhoods within the city. Could, however, also be a little town with an active center not too far away (max 30 min. to city center) from Durham/CH

- Community with a relaxed and open-minded lifestyle

- Home schooling community available (considering homeschooling)

- kid friendly with lots of outdoor activities (i.e. in the woods) for kids, etc. not too far away from the city

- walkable to a farmers market

- neighborhood with families. I would love it if my son had some buddies within walking distance

- a ground floor apartment or similar, where I could have a small vegetable garden

- ideally, we would pay no more than $1000 for a newish 3 bedroom apartment/town home or house. But, I know this is hard to find combined with all our wishes :wink.


Currently, I have: southpoint, woodcroft and parkwood


so, since I am thinking about homeschooling, I would like to find a way to benefit from the active (homeschooling) community in Durham and Chapel Hill, while living outside in the more affordable neighborhoods. Is that possible? Where would that be?


Thank you so much!

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#2 of 2 Old 04-14-2014, 09:48 AM
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Woodcroft is near us. It's not near a Farmer's Market.... well not walkable. Southpoint isn't far from there and is the same... not walkable. Parkwood isn't too far from South Durham Farmer's Market, and although I haven't been to it in a while, it's small.


Woodsy areas will be tricky, but they exist. Some neighborhoods just pack the houses in, but since you mentioned apartments, there may be some communities with outdoor spaces. There are places that have community gardens too. I don't know anything about apartment complexes, but I have several friends that live in different ones. I would think it's hard to find a neighborhood without kids. The entire Triangle area of NC is a busy kid-friendly place! As for homeschooling, that would be anywhere! There are homeschoolers galore and plenty of groups and activities!


I grew up not far from here, although it's changed and grown over time. Feel free to PM me if you'd like.




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