Moving to Chapel Hill
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Moving to Chapel Hill
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This summer my family is moving to Chapel Hill for a few years,
and having never lived there, we don't know where to begin to
search for housing. We are a young, interracial, progressive
family who will be living on student loans for a time. Do you
know of any neighborhoods that are inexpensive (less than 800
dollars a month) yet close to services like groceries, cafes,
bookstores, corner stores and that have charming rentals and a
family vibe to them? Do you know of any websites that have
searchable rental listings for the area?
I'm looking for a lot of general advice on the area, and if you
have the time and info to share, I'd love it if you could e-mail me.
Hi -- I lived in Chapel Hill for three years when I attended law
school. It's a great area, and the nice thing is that there are
lots of places nearby where you can live that aren't so
expensive (living in the Chapel Hill city limits is by far your
most expensive option because of all the students attending
UNC). I recommend Carrboro, which is an adjacent town.
Depending on where you get a place, you can walk to an organic
grocery store, restaurants, used books stores and the like.
It's much less expensive than Chapel Hill, but very close to
everything. It also has bike lanes, which is nice for getting
around. Durham is about 8 miles away from Chapel Hill and is
also much less expensive. If you want to get away from the
students, Durham is a good bet. The only problem is that you
would have to drive from Durham to Chapel Hill every day, which
can take a surprisingly long time because of the amount of
congestion in the area. There are also small towns all over the
area that are about a 20-minute drive but are much less
expensive (I'm thinking in particular of Hillsborough and
Pittsboro). The drive would be on quiet country roads, not on
freeways like around here. One thing I don't know about is the
quality of the schools in these areas. I know Chapel Hill
schools have a good reputation, but I don't know about Durham
and the others. Another very slight warning: Chapel Hill and
the surrounding areas are great by North Carolina standards, but
if you are looking for a walking neighborhood like Albany or
Piedmont Avenue, you might be disappointed. There's a lot more
walking and biking in Chapel Hill than in the rest of the South,
but nothing like our urban environment. That being said, it's
as progressive and diverse as you are going to get in that part
of the country. Feel free to email if you want more
information. Good luck!
We nearly moved to NC for graduate school at Chapel Hill, but decided
against it. Good friends of ours did move for job opportunities. Things we
liked: Less expensive, slower pace of life, great money for fellowships,
very beautiful.Things we liked less: real racial stratification, not much
diversity culturally, very church based social life, lots and lots of
tobacco smoke everywhere you went, not very good food for vegiterreans Our
friends who did move were reasonably happy for a couple of years, but have
moved to New York. They missed diversity, houses with character
(lots of McMansions) and their friends. They liked real school choice for
their G&T kids, the amount of physical space they were able to buy with
their dollar and the great job opportunities.
They were in telecom, so the job opps are not true now, but perhaps for
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