Hi there. My hubby is applying for a position at Duke (as a professor) to hopefully start this fall. I was just wondering if anyone has any recommendations for where to live in the Durham area? We have 2 small kids (ages 2 and 4) so we want an area with good schools, nice quiet strees. We currently live on a cul-de-sac and LOVE it...a main reason we bought this house! Right now his commute is 1 mile from his office, so we don't expect to have that commute again but we would like to avoid as much traffic congestion as possible. I am applying at our local schools in Oregon right now, just in case he doesn't get a job offer. If he does, I'll be looking at Durham Tech for nursing school.
We were both born and raised in the Greensboro/Mebane areas, but we haven't lived in NC for about 10+years, and we're not familiar with Durham or Chapel Hill.
Thanks for any help or advice!
Jan 28, '09
I would be very careful with what area of Durham you pick. Durham is an interesting place, with "pockets" of good neighborhoods that are sometimes encapsulated with not so good areas. Overall, I would stick to the border of Orange Co. (Chapel Hill). Forest View Elementary school has a good reputation, but many of the schools in Durham are just plain bad.
Really though, please be sure you visit any place that you might live. You never know what kind of neighborhood you might be getting into, and Durham has a reputation for being significantly less safe then the other towns/cities in the area. You may find it worthwhile to commute from Hillsborough, which is a nice little town only a few mins. away.
Good luck to you. I myself moved from Oregon to NC right before I started high school
Last edit by WantAccel.BSN on Jan 28, '09