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DH just received word that if we wanted to move to Raleigh- he'd have a good job there. His office is opening a branch there and they would love to have him. Right now we live in NYC- which is where I was born and raised so the prospect of moving anywhere is a little daunting. In saying that- we are hoping to move out of the city at some point and are maybe thinking this Raleigh gig may be the way out. So, I was hoping to get some information.<br><br>
We would be renting a place- does anyone actually live in downtown Raleigh? I like the idea of still living somewhere where I can walk to a corner store easily. Or is it just not ideal for families? Is one particular area more "progressive" than another? I really have no idea of what Raleigh is like so any information would be great!<br><br>
Maybe we'll just have to do a weekend there before deciding. Unfortunately we have until the second week of June to decide. Not very much time at all! I would love to be sold on moving there- we have to look for schools for my older DS next year and the process is horrible here in NYC.<br><br>
Sorry for the long <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blahblah.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blah blah"> post. Head is spinning with possiblities. Thank you so much for any info!
 

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Sorry no one has replied yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
All the Raleigh mama's are probably enjoying the memorial day.<br><br>
I grew up in this area, and recently moved back. I am a huge fan of the Raleigh area and think it is an ideal place for families. My DH and I have lived in numerous places since we were married including Providence, RI and Seattle, WA and always felt that Raleigh is the place we wanted to come back to.<br><br>
There is so much going on here and the downtown area is currently going through a wonderful revival. If you're used to living in NYC then you will probably find the homes fairly affordable in the downtown Raleigh area. The arts/culture in this area is huge and the vacation possiblities for families are endless.<br><br>
You can drive a few hours west and be in the gorgeous mountains or drive a couple hours east and be on the beautiful carolina coast. Numerous possiblities for amazing schools in this area. Public, Private, Charter, Montessori, Waldorf and also a very strong homeschool community. So much for family/kids to do.<br><br>
Can you tell I'm glad to be back? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Please don't hesitate to PM me if there are specific questions you have.<br><br>
Look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful area!
 

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Thank you so much for responding! DH and I are actually pretty excited about the prospects there. If we do end up moving there it would be this summer- which makes me nervous because it is so fast!<br><br>
I couldn't help but notice that your little ones are about the same ages as mine! Is your older one in a preschool program?<br><br>
I will definitely PM you as questions pop up. Right now I am a little nervous about the fact that we haven't vaccinated our boys. Does anyone have any experience with this in NC?<br><br>
Thanks again for your help! Kara
 

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I love the Raleigh area. I moved here after getting married and have been here about 8 years now.<br><br>
Unfortunately I do not live close enough to walk to much. I have friends that live in the downtown area, though, and they can walk to nearby stores, etc. Within Raleigh itself I'm not sure if certain neighborhoods are more progressive than others.<br><br>
Chapel Hill & Carrboro are considered progressive, and it's easy to live within walking distance to stuff there. However, it's a very expensive place to live.<br><br>
I'm not feeling very inspired this evening with good info. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Do you have any specific questions? There are active LLL and AP groups in the area; it's not too hard to find like-minded mamas.<br><br>
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We live in downtown Raleigh with our family and love it -- lots of families with young kids in our neighborhood. You can search for neighborhoods like Oakdale, Oakwood, Mordecai, Boylan Heights, Five Points. I live in Oakdale & there's more to walk to all the time. For a bit of an insider take on downtown Raleigh life, try: <a href="http://www.raleighing.com/" target="_blank">http://www.raleighing.com/</a>. Endless bits & pieces, especially if you use the archives. The local paper is <a href="http://www.newsobserver.com/" target="_blank">http://www.newsobserver.com/</a>, for more info. Best to you! (The library system here is *amazing* -- a real positive impact on my life and my children's.)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thank you so much for responding! DH and I are actually pretty excited about the prospects there. If we do end up moving there it would be this summer- which makes me nervous because it is so fast!<br><br>
I couldn't help but notice that your little ones are about the same ages as mine! Is your older one in a preschool program?<br><br>
I will definitely PM you as questions pop up. Right now I am a little nervous about the fact that we haven't vaccinated our boys. Does anyone have any experience with this in NC?<br><br>
Thanks again for your help! Kara</div>
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Yes, my DD is currently in a preschool program that is right down the street from our house. I actually live in Cary, which is right outside of Raleigh. Right now because of my work schedule she is currently in there full-time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
But, starting in June she will only be there half days and then ideally, if my husbands potential full-time job works out than I would like to pull her out completely. We originally had her enrolled in a Montessori school starting in the fall, but I'm now considering homeschooling. Of course that all depends on how the work situation pans out.<br>
Yikes....see what happens when you ask me one question, you get a whole lot more info. than you probably cared about. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I wouldn't be nervous about the vaccinations. NC does have a religious exemption for vaccinations. My DD has all her vaccinations but, after my DS was born I started questioning things and began doing research (which I wish I had done with my DD).<br>
So, my son only has his 4mo. shots and at this point I don't plan on giving him any more. I'm sure this could be discussed further on the vaccination board. But, I'm sure there are many NC mama's that are in the same boat you are.....even if this is the home of Glaxo-Kline.<br><br>
There is a wonderful pediatrician that I take my kids to now. Her name is Dr. Kim Ramsdell and she is very supportive of selective/delayed or non-vax. She's a wonderful/supportive woman and my kids love her. She is in Apex which is about 20 min. from Raleigh.<br><br>
Oakdale mama is right. The libraries are great here!! I must say, I am very envious of where she lives, if we were going to move into Raleigh that is the area we would want to be in. We actually had our wedding at the Oakwood Inn in Historic Oakwood! Beautiful area.<br><br>
Please let me know what other questions you have, I'm happy to help!!
 

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I'm going to tag along on this thread, if you don't mind, sweetpeasmama. My husband is sending in a resume to the power plant in Raleigh. We really want to live in Cary, but are looking at Raleigh as well.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm going to tag along on this thread, if you don't mind, sweetpeasmama. My husband is sending in a resume to the power plant in Raleigh. We really want to live in Cary, but are looking at Raleigh as well.</div>
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As you can see from my previous posts, I'm very enthusiastic about this area. I grew up in Cary and currently live there now. Please feel free to ask any questions!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">As you can see from my previous posts, I'm very enthusiastic about this area. I grew up in Cary and currently live there now. Please feel free to ask any questions!</div>
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Can you tell me if there are frequently 3+ bedroom, 2+ bath rental for $1200 or less with good sized yards?<br><br>
I have found a few that meet our needs, but we aren't moving until January. I really wish I could snag a good rental right now. I'm afraid their won't be any in January and we will have to settle for something less than ideal and then move again when a good one opens up.
 

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These responses are awesome! DH is sending an email out to his supervisor tomorrow to let her know that we are definitely interested in moving to Raleigh!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
Andiad- DH is really interested in Cary because it is not too far from RTP which is where he would be working. How is it there? Is there a town there or is it very suburban?<br><br>
Oakdale Mama- you helped sell me on Raleigh in a succinct reply. We just don't know how to go about looking for rentals in those specific areas. Any ideas? The libraries sound amazing- we are big library fans!<br><br>
We are also always contemplating homeschooling. Right now my 4 year old is in a preschool program 3 hours a day at a co-op and we love it. So I guess we are open to anything.<br><br>
If we were to visit for one weekend to get an idea of the area- where would be the best place to stay? Thanks again for all of the information. I really appreciate it and it makes me feel rather excited about the prospect of moving there now!
 

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Just to address a few randow things:<br><br>
there is a house for rent that probably meets those criteria down the street for me, it's on Pamlico in Cary. Maybe you can dig up the listing somewhere (don't know the rent but it's probably around that).<br><br>
The fact is that most everything is driving around here. I'm sure there are people who have found little enclaves with stuff for walking, but I have found you will pay a premium for those properties. The one negative thing here is how much I rely on my car but I love it here. Cary is not crunchy but there are plenty of New Yorkers, and just different people all around. It's closer to RTP where most people work. I couldn't see paying more to live in Raleigh than Cary and having a longer commute to RTP.<br><br>
Then there are the the Durham and Chapel Hill areas -- a lot to check out. Maybe rent for a year and see what you like. That's what we did and now bought in Cary, which when I first learned about all the areas seemed the least appealing!
 

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y'all might like to check out the <a href="http://www.carolinaparent.com" target="_blank">www.carolinaparent.com</a> website. it's a pretty mainstream parenting freebie mag, but has a lot of resources (info about schools, classes, programs, summer camps, etc, etc, etc).
 

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so we had until the end of this week to decide whether or not we would take this specific job right now and we decided not to take it afterall. only because we would have had to move there by july 9th without ever having visited! BUT- we got so excited in researching the area and looking into it that we have decided to move there by the end of this year!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">:<br><br>
so we are going to visit this summer a few times and then start to lay down the ground work for the big move. dh spoke with his supervisor and it sounds like other opportunities will pop up again- we should just be ready to move when it does. this way we can explore different neighborhoods and look into schools (just in case we decide not to homeschool!). any good places for us to stay when we are visiting?<br><br>
i am so excited and i have to say that the replies to this thread definitely helped us decide whether or not this would be a good place for us. so thank you, thank you, thank you! in the meantime, i will continue to lurk <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/notes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notes right-handed">: and will post as questions come up.<br><br>
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Yeah!! Glad you'll be heading our way. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
As far as places to stay, before we moved back here last Aug. we visited in the summer. We stayed at a very nice apartment complex in Raleigh. It was a 2bedroom apartment at a complex that had a pool (my daughter loved it!) and was in a great location.<br>
The apartment manager has a couple of apartments in the complex that she uses strictly as rentals for situations like this. It was much cheaper than staying in a hotel with a lot more amenities. I want to say it was around $79/night with a min. of 7 nights.<br>
If that sounds interesting to you, let me know and I'll dig up the information.<br><br>
It worked perfectly for us.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There is a wonderful pediatrician that I take my kids to now. Her name is Dr. Kim Ramsdell and she is very supportive of selective/delayed or non-vax. She's a wonderful/supportive woman and my kids love her. She is in Apex which is about 20 min. from Raleigh.</div>
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LOVE LOVE LOVE HER!!!! She was a our practice in Charlotte, and I miss her terribly!<br><br>
Vaccines are not bad with the religious exemption. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My DS is not vaccinated while my DD is partially. I do not expect to have any issues.<br><br>
If you want really good food, try the link in my siggy for a food co-op board here in the area. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It covers Raleigh too.
 

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we probably won't be staying in the raleigh area for as long as 7 days our first visit. but i will definitely keep it in mind for future ones!<br><br>
thanks by the way for the pediatrician recommendation! it is so hard to find a great doctor- let alone one that won't give you a hard time about vaccinations. we got lucky here- but had to pay out of pocket for two years until we changed health insurance. but that's a whole other story!<br><br>
can i just vent?? a very close friend of mine is trying very hard to make raleigh seem like it would be a terrible idea for us. she has been going there for business so of course i told her that we were hoping to move there. well she immediately proceeded to tell me that i would HATE it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> it's strange how people react to other people moving on in life. everyone else we have spoken to about it thinks it would be a great match for us! sigh.<br><br>
meanwhile the more we find out about it- the more we like it. i looked up La Leche League meetings for the triangle area and was blown away by how many leaders there are in each group! and how many meetings there are in each area. as long as i can get to a LLL meeting- i am home! and zz- a food coop is very appealing to us! we haven't been close enough to any here, so it would be refreshing to join one wherever we moved to!<br><br>
i am thinking of checking out durham as a place to live. dh is in love with cary. any feedback on either would be lovely!
 

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i often post this link when folks ask about the triangle, but i really like <a href="http://www.northcarolinatravels.com" target="_blank">www.northcarolinatravels.com</a> for his take on the area. it's not particularly from a parenting standpoint, but i think he gets the vibe about right for the different areas.<br><br>
i haven't been to raleigh and cary in a while although i'd like to take the kids this summer. it's not like it's far away, but i have sort of a block about driving over there from chapel hill. so with that as background you can take what i say with a big old grain of salt. i think that you can find crunchiness all over the triangle, but my take is that it's more diluted in raleigh and cary with mainstream interests and rampant suburban sprawl. durham has a good bit of crunch, but it's got a gritty urban renewal former tobacco-is-king historic african american artsy resurgence vibe. it's all mixed up in durham and housing is generally cheaper. in chapel hill/carrboro the vibe is uber-crunch, super tolerant, very gay and lesbian friendly, and very arts-oriented with gentrification/liberal moneyed art-patron interests moving in. there are other smaller towns, too, that might be interesting to check out depending on where your dh's work will be. that's the short version of my feelings on the subject, but my view of raleigh and cary is not going to be as accurate as somebody who really lives there and can tell you more about the daily ins and outs.<br><br>
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