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Durham-Chapel Hill Metro Area
Review of Cary, North Carolina
Boring, desolate suburb..worst mistake ever!!!!
Coming from bay area & having lived in ATL, thought this would be a great suburb minus the traffic for RTP jobs...software. Seeing great reviews, we took a leap...worst mistake ever!!!! Raleigh is a TOWN..not a city...hence, no zoo, no aquarium, no water park, no sports, etc. The suburbs with good schools are in Cary, Apex and Morrisville. Those areas have NO MALL except the closing Cary Towne Center and NO shopping expect for 2 Target shopping centers. To get to any big box retailer you will drive 20 miles+. Wake county is HUGE with an avg. drive time of 1 1/2 hrs to drive across so most drives to where you want to go are 30 min+. 64 people move to Wake County everyday....ALL from the Northeast(mostly NY) escaping the high cost of living and cold weather so there is non-stop demolition everywhere of condos and apts. However, with the lack of planning, there is nothing but housing..mostly 3 level patio homes without yards and apts. everywhere. To get a "home in the burbs" you need $500k+. All of the area is in the woods with the few parks here in the woods too. The closest water park is 25 miles away in Fuquay Varina and NO community pool or recreational area. There is one gymnastics place in our area and it's a joke in a commercial area garage . The Monkey Joe's in Cary closed up as did the MyGym and the Monkey Joes in Raleigh needs to be condemned. 1/2 of the schools in the area are year round which means you attend 9 wks and then off 3 wks ALL year long. The school assignments are constantly changing regardless of where you buy a house. Our middle school assignment changed in the first year from a 10 Greatschool school to a 7 in the old part of Cary. This place sucks and we cannot wait to move after less than a year. The good news is that if you are Indian, Morrisville is about 80% Indian with many rest. and shops. We are moving back to GA after spending a year asleep in this place. Hope this helps someone avoid what we went thru. Look at RTP on Googlemaps...few places in the woods and then look at all your main roads...NC HWY 55 and NC HWY 1613(Davis Dr) and NC HWY 54...zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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First, it's interesting to note that this person actually lives in Morrisville, a neighboring suburb to Cary, yet clearly believes herself qualified to run it down. One of the many benefits of living in Cary is that it's a superbly-run town, with utilities and facilities you can count on - very few of which the residents of neighboring towns have access to. Second, her first complaint is the lack of a water park nearby. Really? That is to you essential to qualify as a liveable suburb? If so, shouldn't you have moved to Fuquay, where your precious waterpark apparently is, and not here? Thirdly, she is right that Wake County is fairly large, but unless your job is to drive every square mile of the county, it's unclear what this complaint is about. One of the benefits of living in Cary is that it is centrally located in the triangle - and you can drive to most places that most people would want to visit: Durham, Chapel Hill, downtown Raleigh. If you want to be able central to Wake County, you should have lived in Raleigh, and not on its westernmost edge in Morrisville. Finally she whines about there not being enough malls. What decade does one have to be living in before one realizes that all the malls are closing? And again, why not live close to a mall rather than in a town that does not have one? All of the whines and complaints listed here appear self-inflicted, and to blame one's own poor choices and lack of judgement on a town that one does not even live in seems rather vicious. I wish her a quick return to whatever imaginary city will meet all of her needs.
Please leave if you are so unhappy. Yankees not welcome here.
Thank you for this alternate review. Will consider! In the SF Bay Area now.
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