Durham, North Carolina 

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Welcome to the GHETTO - 4/2/2019
I have been living here for 13 years and I hate it. When I first got here downtown was a ghost town. It has been rehabbed with all sorts of wacky houses and businesses. Most there is to do here is eat. DPAC is nice but VERY expensive. In fact everything here is expensive. They say average cost of housing is $700 a month but trust me you find an apartment for that low you are in the ghetto. ANd these ghettos are not kind. Gunshot crimes everyday! Crime rate is rediculously high and that is not getting better. Muggings, shootings, breakins etc. Racial divide is very prevelant. Blacks don't trust anyone. Gov makes all their rules on thinking oters are trying to get over so they make everything difficult. Mindset is still back in the day. yikes. I am leaving finally. They said caucasion population is 63% but they counted in hispanics (Mexicans and SOuth Americans). Remove them and it is 45%. Why did they scue the numbers like that? hmmmm. I tried to like it but in Read More

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Over-hyped, Overrated Relocation Destination - 3/21/2019
Saving up to move out! Status 5 years.
Sum: Didn't take long to see it all. Southern charm left, slabbed with northeasterners moving in. Cost of living is rapidly on the rise and Durham is in a gentrification crisis.
Housing: The area is a bubble, all in it has sky rocketed. Prices for homes increased 100k in just three years. Build quality is shotty for value.
Schools: I hate to say this, but, they are deplorable. Sending a kid to private cost around 22k yr and its a lottery.
Crime: Downtown is risky at night. Violent crime has not gone down. Personally, my home has been broken into and my vehicle have been vandalized three times. Lots of aggressive pan handlers downtown. My out of town guest didn't get a safe impression. The vibes don't get better, pan handlers are always holding a sign outside traffic lights and major retail.
Traffic: Worse every day. Getting on 40 and 85 is like playing Russian roulette. I gave up honking, afraid I get a dead Read More

No to Durham But Yes to Wilmington NC - 12/31/2018
Durham. We had friends living locally, the marketing made it seem hip and affordable, the weather looked good. So what was not to like?

We are a couple in our 30s and 40s, looking for a walkable eclectic community, dog friendly... brew pubs, great eats... and preferably one of those beautiful, historic homes that would be affordably priced and near to all of the above.

Durham delivered on a lot of fronts, but it had a couple of significant drawbacks. We didn’t want to spend more than $400k and going below 2,000 sf was challenging. Suburban sprawl is not our thing, and the surrounding areas are an explosion of minivan metropoli. The gridlock is getting worse, not better. If you’re looking for a newer home and don’t mind sandwiched between other identical Truman Show-Esque looking homes and don’t mind driving everythwere, then there are a lot of options in that price point.

Only a few hours to the East of Durham, we discovered the port city of Read More

Durham: A great city to grow with - 10/4/2018
I've lived in Durham since 2013, originally working at a technology company in the Research Triangle Park. I now have my own consulting company and find that Durham is also a great place to maintain a home office/traveling sales career.
I bought a 4 bed, 2.5 bath house in a golf course neighborhood at the bottom of the market for $197k and it now has a comparative value of $250k. The market is hot right now, but if Apple or Amazon move it, prices will rocket.
My son entered ECU when we moved into the area and he's now employed nearby in the medical field. My spouse commutes to downtown Raleigh and spends 45 minutes each way. When I commuted, my drive to the far south of RTP was 20 minutes with traffic.
The public schools are average, but that hasn't affected my family. If I had school age children, I'd consider Wake County or Orange County Schools. There are charter options around the city, including a science and math academy operated by the state.
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Progressive island of culture - 10/24/2017
One of the most progressive communities in North Carolina, Durham is also known for its foodie scene and for its medical industry. Read More

No One I Know Likes Durham - 3/25/2014
Durham is strange, if you are black or yankey Durham is a great town but otherwise... This is a backwater one horse town that does not like locals. The main employer in town does not hire local people, they want the cachet of bringing in talent; if you do not work for this horse, you wait tables or work for minimum wage if you are lucky. No mistake there are people that make money here but they are only in one or two fields and certainly not native nor do they want to know anyone out of those fields. We do have expensive restaurants (that may not be any good), we do have the DPAC (if you want to pay 40.00 more than in NYC)and we do have plenty of bars, nightclubs and pop music venues. What the town lacks is a sense of community (excepting the aforementioned groups) this is one hard town. Not a place to find a date, make friends or make long lasting connections you will be as bored here as everyone else I know. There obviously a huge divide between Duke and the rest of us. The Read More

Getting Around - 12/6/2013
Traffic is getting heavier because population in the area is increasing, but quality of life remains excellent. There are many activities for singles, couples, and families. Good restaurants are plentiful and the Museum of Life and Science and Duke Gardens are enjoyable places to spend several hours or a free day. Durham has become a popular town for "transplants" from other parts of the US and as a community embraces its Read More

Moving - 8/12/2013
My boyfriend and I have been discussing a possible move to North or South Carolina in the next few years. I am thinking more along the lines of North Carolina because I want to be a Veterinarian and I would need to go to school in Raleigh. I am trying to figure out the best areas to live and their cost of living. I would need to know areas that have great school districts, with low crime rates. I will probably be about 25 when we decide to move. He wants to move to South Carolina because of the beach, but unfortunately that would put me out for school. So can anyone tell me how local the beaches are to some of the better, more cost efficient areas ? I will be a vet tech when we move, so I will make decent money, and he is a photographer. We will not be too financially strapped but I need to know we'll be okay. Thank you for your information Read More

Durham NC Weather Good - 7/9/2013
Durham North Carolina is located in the heart of North Carolina's central Piedmont region. Durham is one of the three cities that comprise the Research Triangle Park, the other two being Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

Overall Durham has great weather, averaging 111 clear days, and 106 partly sunny days, meaning you will be seeing Carolina blue skies 217 days of the year. Basically Durham has six months of perfect weather. The best time weather is from mid-March through mid-June, and from mid-September through mid-December. The fall weather being some of the nicest.

However, there is a price, summers are very hot and often humid, with some Ozone warning days during the hottest periods in late July and August. Drought conditions can occur in high summer. However, North Carolina has some of the best beaches in the country, so if you like the heat, the beach is only two and a half hours away. Conversely, you can escape from the heat to Asheville high up the Read More

Lots of Outdoor Options - 7/5/2013
Durham ( & the Triangle / Central NC area), is a great location for outdoor activity. There are state parks, hiking trails, and a number of lakes & rivers nearby. Both the mountains & coast are within reasonable driving distance (a few hours).

The main drawback, for me, is that the summers can be too hot & humid to really enjoy activities like hiking & Read More

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