Triangle mamas, I need your help.
I have mentioned in a few other threads that my DH will be starting a job in RTP and we will be moving to the area this fall or winter. I have really been struggling with the idea of this move - I love where I am at. Small college town, pretty crunchy, fairly liberal. We own a house near the "downtown" so we walk to the library, farmers market, restaurants, stores, the campus etc., which I love.
Originally, we were looking to live in Chapel Hill because I was looking for a scientist job at UNC and I wanted to work in the town our DD went to school (DD1 starts kindergarten next week!) and the commute is OK for DH . It seems to have the most small/college town feel. But over the last few months I am really considering staying home, having a third child and possibly homeschooling. My DH just finished his PhD so until now we depended on my salary (although his job is a post-doc and still doesn't pay much). With me not working our budget has obviously gone down and now we cannot afford a house in Chapel Hill.
Anyway, there are these cluster houses in Morrisville that my DH likes. Close to RTP. Decent sized. Walking distance from parks and a grocery store. Ponds and a pool in the neighborhood. Good schools (although the one is not taking new students). Seems to have decent turnover and appreciation seems pretty good. Centrally located with regards to the cities in the Triangle so my hope is that if we stayed in the area we could move in a couple years.
There is always the possibility of renting a place but for some reason I really want to buy a house. As I said earlier this whole thing has been hard for me and I guess I just want to feel settled, if that makes any sense.
Thoughts? Ideas? Insights?