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Hello! My family and I are about 98% sure we're moving to CH in a few months (June-ish) and I'm wondering some things. We have horses and are wondering about the pasture situation, does grass grow all year down there? How about misquitoes, are the really plentiful? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm hoping not! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And anything else you can tell me about it!! We are a crunchy-ish family, looking for a like minded community!<br><br>
And possibly if anyone knows of a place, we are looking to rent or contract for deed a 2+ bd house on at least 10-15 acres, but would love more!
 

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How great you'll be moving to the area! It is a lovely place for sure.<br><br>
As far as grass goes...we pretty much have it all year. We've had a fairly mild winter this year which helps that a bit. We are still in the midst of a drought so areas that would normally be green are not currently.<br><br>
Are you sure you want to know about NC mosquitos?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> They can be pretty bad in the summer depending on where you live. I have a low-lying area that usually fills up with rainwater near my house so they are horrible in my backyard. Other areas aren't nearly as bad but mosquitos are unfortunately a price we pay for our hot summers.<br><br>
As for 10-15 acres...you may want to look farther out in the Pittsboro area. There is still a lot of land out that way for less than you'd pay nearer to CH. If you want to PM me your e-mail addy I can connect you with my dh (he's a realtor) who is always showing me cool pieces of property he finds in his seraches. He doesn't usually do many leases but I'm more than certain he could point you in the right direction.<br><br>
I hope you do decide that the CH area will be your new home...I'd love to meet you!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Hillsborough and other parts of Orange County would be other good places to look if you want a lot of land.<br><br>
I live in Chapel Hill and have worked in Hillsborough. I haven't found mosquitoes to be that big of a problem.
 

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I wouldn't worry much about the mosquitos, but the ticks are absolutely horrendous. We live on 9 wooded acres in Chapel Hill (but Chatham County) and can rarely get from the car to the house without a tick crawling on us this time of the year. They're even worse in the summer. Honestly, that is the only thing I don't like about living here.<br><br>
If you're looking for land, you'll need to look at Chatham county, not Orange. Orange is insane on taxes and land costs are ridiculous there. That's not to say that Chatham is cheap, because property values here have risen substantially since we moved here 7 years ago, but they're still far lower than Orange.<br><br>
The grass here is usually year-round, when there isn't a drought going on. This past year has been unusually (extremely) dry, and there was a lot of concern that pasture animals wouldn't make it through the winter. Hay prices were through the roof, of course. Of course, drought can happen anywhere.
 

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plenty of mosquitos and ticks and hot hot hot summers (which don't bother me, but I'm a native.) I don't particularly know of rentals where you could have horses, but they're probably out there. When I was renting I was in-town (still am actually) and saw plenty of in-town rentals in CH since it is a college town of course. BDD's DH might be able to help with the rental scene, too. If not, I know the guy who founded <a href="http://www.millhouseproperties.com" target="_blank">www.millhouseproperties.com</a> and he does a lot of rentals, but don't know if he does horse-friendly ones or not. There is land in Orange, Chatham and probably cheapest in Alamance counties. Chatham is geared up for a huge amount of growth. I mean it's already on the books since they had a pro-development board in office who approved all these developments, so it's all in the chain. Be aware of that if you're looking in Chatham. That board all go kicked out at the next election, but they've left that legacy.<br><br>
Plenty of horse folks down here so you'll be in good company and plenty of crunchy folks, too. Probably even some cross-over <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">!
 

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Thanks for the replies!! I am so excited to get there! I am definitely used to ticks and skeeters, so I should feel right at home! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Hopefully we find a place soon, or we'll be tenting it and I'll be asking about campgrounds with vacencies! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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we moved here a few yrs back and love it. I 2nd/3rd the recommendation to look at Hillsborough, or Alamance County (Mebane maybe?). Possibly Rougemont (seems like I see some acreage out there and horses fairly often).<br><br>
Lots of ticks for sure...our property is surrounded by woods, so ticks happen a lot! Big bugs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> and plenty of skeeters, but otherwise, I adore NC!
 

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We moved to Chapel Hill in 2000, then to Hillsborough (both apartments). We bought a house in southern Alamance County in 2002. Left state in 2005, and then returned to our home here this past summer.<br><br>
PM me and I'll swap phone numbers and can fill you in on the things I wish I'd known before we moved here (it takes me forever to type it because I keep revising it since you can't 'type' inflection and humor <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">). I've lived in 6 different states, 3 of them twice, and though DH and I didn't grow up here this is HOME and it's where we want to raise our family.<br><br>
Durham and Orange Counties have pricey land taxes and impact fees. When we were house-hunting Chatham County was close to the same. Alamance is cheaper, but kind of up-and-coming due to the proximity to the mini-metro areas of the Triangle and the Triad. From our house in southern Alamance we can get to Carrboro-Chapel Hill in about 30min, Durham proper in less than an hour. Greensboro is anywhere from 30-60 minutes depending on what part. About an hour into Winston-Salem, HighPoint, Archdale. It's literally 50min from my front door to the entrance (kids and all) of the NC Zoo. RDU, PTI and Charlotte-Douglas airports are all about the same travel time (hour and a half) which makes it handy for fare shopping.<br><br>
A property between here and Chapel Hill that I'm aware of is <a href="http://www.canecreekfarm.us/2007/10/cane-creek-saxa.html" target="_blank">http://www.canecreekfarm.us/2007/10/...reek-saxa.html</a>. they have a link on there for a 4-page pdf file at the realtor's. Don't know which side of the county line they're on though.<br><br>
Carrboro has a fantastic farmer's market. There's a small farmers market in Saxapahaw that I keep forgetting to make it to, and there's one in Durham that an acquaintance sells her soaps at (moondancesoaps.com). There's a year-round farmer's market in Colfax (between Greensboro and Winston-Salem, across the interstate from Northern Tool) and a statewide one in Raleigh. I'm sure there's others in the area, but these are the ones I'm aware of. There's a cooperative grocer/market in Carrboro called Weaver Street Market and a similarly structured co-op is trying to get started in Burlington.<br><br>
If your family does public schools you can get additional information on the systems at ncreportcards.com. If you're a homeschooling family you can get more information regarding the laws and filing requirements at ncdnpe.org.<br><br>
A few years ago there was an active AP chapter in Orange County, when I tried to get in contact with them when we were talking about moving back I had been informed that it essentially no longer exists but there are contacts that can provide information... I haven't pursued it further as I've got other issues on my plate currently. I've never made it to an LLL meeting, but there seemed to be a decent group in Orange and Alamance Counties from what I've gathered from passing comments a couple years back. There are a couple of other online forums that I'm aware of: TriangleMommies.com covers the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill), AlamanceMommies.com covers Alamance County. There's also the Carolina Parent free magazine.<br><br>
Chapel Hill has a Trader Joes, Whole Foods and a specialty store called Southern Seasons. There's a couple of Super Targets in Durham as well as a pseudo-super wally. The major grocery stores out here are Food Lion, Lowes Foods, Harris Teeter...I feel like I'm forgetting something. There's an Aldi in Burlington.<br><br><br>
We are in a drought that the news considers started January 2007. We had another one in 2002 that was eased by a tropical storm six days before what one news station had stated would be water rationing in Chapel Hill. I haven't heard that verbage this time around and this one seems worse by the looks of the lakes, etc. We've received enough rain this month that most areas have lifted <span style="text-decoration:underline;">some</span> of their water restrictions, but we're still in the negative and I feel they're lifting restrictions prematurely but I originally moved here from a ten year tenure in Arizona so I might be a bit biased in that opinion. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
As for bugs and critters, etc...copperheads have been found in volleyball pits, we have brown recluse and black widows. most of DOT's landscaping consists of stinky Bradford Pears that have naturalized (and are not edible). ticks are a concern, though we've never had an issue on our property, and lyme disease is possible (there's a gal I'm aware of in the Triad that suffered from lyme disease for a few years misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia). We have had chiggers on our property before. Supposedly we have a group of the 13yr or 17yr cicadas that were supposed to emerge in 2006--I wasn't here and haven't been able to find anybody that could tell me for certain if it actually occured or not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Mosquito count will depend on your location and terrain. We have a boggy area on our sideline and a creek through the back woods, but we also have a singing population of frogs and a few bats flying through in the evening so they aren't of plaguing proportions. My childhood was in Alaska and they're not as large as THOSE mosquitos, but they're also not as small as the mosquitos in northern Arizona (which are more of a gnat size). I've received warning from another mom not to touch the caterpillars as it's a bit difficult to keep track of the stinging ones and the non-stinging ones. She'd come upon one that felt like a jellyfish sting and was glad she'd experienced it rather than her young children.<br><br>
The area is RICH with history. The beach is 2-5 hours depending on where you're going (Wilmington or the Outer Banks), the mountains are 2-5 hours depending on where you're going (Pilot Mtn to Asheville). The southwestern corner of the state is farther. It's about 3 hrs to Richmond, VA; 5 to Fredricksburg. I've been told it's 8 to DC. I can't remember how long to Atlanta. About 8hrs to Knoxville, TN if I remember rightly. We've done LA in 39hrs one-way on a shotgun trip (funeral).<br><br>
DH, originally from CA, jokes that Chapel Hill is the east coast version of Frisco. NC is a state of oxymorons--or different ends of the spectrum. it's fascinating that so much can be contained within one state. the first english settlement in the US, one of the last to ratify the constitution (NC and RI balked until promised a Bill of Rights), the last to secede from the Union, the last to return to the Union after the war; we represent every branch of the military; home of the Greensboro Four (Civil Rights Movement) but also still had KKK marches in Hillsborough till about 15yrs ago. It's diversified even farther with the influx of us transplants the last decade or three.<br><br>
The PBS station is decent and has a nice program called Carolina Weekend or something of that nature that showcases places throughout the state. The times that I've managed to catch it they appear to do a bit in each section of the state (coastal, piedmont, mountains). UNC-CH radio station is primarily NPR, NCState is what I've always thought of as a typical college station: indy, punk, emo, alternative--their signal isn't excellent either. I think it's Duke's station that is more jazz and NPR--Sunday night a few years back they did afro-cuban jazz. YUMMY! *lol* There's a FANTASTIC classical station out of Wake Forest, NC that you can get streaming online at <a href="http://theclassicalstation.org/" target="_blank">www.theclassicalstation.org</a>. No NPR, completely listener supported. Internet options will depend on where you end up. We only have dial-up (HughesNet has been intermittent for our neighbors and currently verizon's air card is not much faster than our dial-up in our neighborhood) but we have trash service. Our buddies in the western outskirts of Chapel Hill (farther west than carrboro) have DSL but no trash service. *shrug* Land lines are controlled by different phone companies for each city. Durham is GTE, Chapel Hill is BellSouth/AT&T, Hillsborough was Sprint in 2000/2001. It was a nightmare for us coming from USWest covering 10 states (it was before Qwest took over out there). I've seen stores/advertisements for Criket, Embarq, and ClearWire in the vicinity but they are not available at my specific neighborhood.<br><br>
Think this has gotten long enough...sorry for the rambling. Hope it's helpful though. oh, and Chapel Hill has some great parks--Umstead being the best for summer shade in the mid-morning hours.<br><br>
chat soon...
 
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