10 Ways I'm spoiled by living in Cary, NC

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I was talking with my husband yesterday about all the ways we're spoiled because we live in the Triangle area of North Carolina. By the way, the Triangle area is the area around and between the three major universities; Duke in Durham, UNC in Chapel Hill and NC State in Raleigh. You'll hear our area referred to as the Triangle area or RTP which is Research Triangle Park. We live in Cary which has a population of 165k +/-. It has grown by about 100k people since we moved here. It still feels like a small town to us. Raleigh is the Capital City and 2nd in population size with Charlotte being the largets NC city. Durham is the 4th largest, Cary the 7th largest NC Town and Chapel Hill the 15th. Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill are all here together in the Triangle. 


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Having lived here since 1997, we sometimes forget all the things that made this area stand apart from other areas. So, here is our Top 10 list.


10. Things to do - So we don't have a Disney or Universal here yet. I say yet because you never know. However, there are tons of things to do here. If you're a nature lover you'll love North Carolina. If you like museums, we have those. We're not quite to the level of DC or The Field Museum in IL but, we have some very nice worthy museums. Like sports?, well you're in the right place for College Sports, Hockey, Soccer, Baseball and more. Charlotte isn't that far if you want to go to a Panther's game. We have performing Arts too! Many of our small Towns have festivals and such. There's always something to do here!

9. Business & Employment - This should probably be higher on my list since I rely on people having jobs to buy and sell houses. We chose to move here and when my husband got a job it didn't take much convincing. When his company moved out of state 2 years after we moved here, we knew we didn't want to leave so he found another job. Some people even commute when they get jobs in other states because they don't want to move their families away. It is a strong job market. Some people move here before finding a job. I do suggest you know the industries before you up and move. I also suggest you get a job first but, that's up to you.

8. Traffic isn't so bad - Yes, even I complain about the traffic sometimes. Then I have to remind myself I could be in DC, NY, NJ, IL, Atlanta, Orlando, Nashville or somewhere that truly has traffic issues. Our traffic isn't so bad. It's just a matter of perspective.

7. Little or no signs - Ok, this may seem odd but, many of our towns have sign ordinances limiting signs or restricting sizes, etc. Coming from the Vacation land of America I appreciate driving down the highway and not seeing a big shark jumping out of a sign or a big car advertisement in the main area of town. We enjoy the beauty of our towns.

6. The mountains, to the valleys, to the shining seas - We have gorgeous mountains, stunning coastlines, and all is beautiful in between. Many residents take in the beauty and fun of going to the mountains or beaches at different times of the year. There is so much to explore in NC!

5. The landscape - It is always green here even in winter. I always think winter is our least pretty month. Many people coming here think it is pretty in winter. If you think winter is pretty, just wait until you see the other seasons. Spring is gorgeous with flowering trees, flower beds, and even more greenery. Fall is absolutely stunning with all the warm colors singing as the sunlight shines through the falling leaves.

4. The Weather/Seasons - This is quite possibly the main reason people move here. I always ask and people often answer with I don't want to shovel snow, I want warm but, not hot, or I want the seasons. Winter is my least favorite season. It is bearable here. Spring and Fall are gorgeous! Summer is hot and fun! You tend to appreciate each season. Just as you get tired of one season, another one begins. 

3. The sunny days - we moved from the Sunshine state and check the number of sunny days before we moved. We wouldn't want to live in a dreary place.

2. Well Maintained Towns - don't get me wrong, people will complain about something. Our towns especially the small ones are clean and well kept. 

1. The People - we've met and made friends with some of the nicest people. Many are our extended family and we couldn't imagine life without them.


BONUS: Raleigh is the 41st largest Metro City by population. The way we're situated, you can live here and still get that small town feel while having access to everything. 

DOUBLE BONUS: The 2nd most popular answer I get when I ask why someone is moving here is the affordability and lower taxes. I think we're very affordable especially considering all the advantages of living here. It is also a matter of perspective. We're not the cheapest nor the most expensive. We do get accolades for being very affordable because they take everything into consideration not just prices. We do have lower taxes compared to many states such as CT, NY, CA, IL, NJ, CO, HI, MD, MA, PA, VA, WA, and others. Our housing is probably more affordable too. There are other states with lower taxes and housing. We're a good balance because of all the other wonderful attributes.

Thinking of Relocation to North Carolina: Email Carla at carla@carlafreund.com for a FREE Relocation guide. In the subject write - free relocation guide or Moving to NC and we'll get back to you right away.


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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Great information on your area and of I am a great duke fan in March madness every year

Nov 24, 2019 08:16 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Hello Carla - while I have never been to Cary, I have visited the Research Triangle.  I appreciate your list of ways that you have been spoiled by your life in Cary North Carolina in ways both big and small.  Those little things like the lack of signs that are so dominant in other places is definitely one of those quality of life issues that isn't always so obvious.  It makes a difference.  

Nov 24, 2019 08:52 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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We enjoyed our time in the triangle a couple of years ago, and enjoyed our time there.  A

Nov 24, 2019 09:32 AM #3
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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You make a compelling argument to relocate to the Triangle area. We''re life-long Duke fans!

Nov 24, 2019 02:43 PM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good afternoon Carla Freund - the reseach triangle is certainly famous to all of us.  A great place to live.

Dec 08, 2019 12:08 PM #5
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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I remember visiting the Triangle Area about the same time you moved there and thought it was pretty special. What impressed me at the time was the education provided by three great Universities and job growth, especially pertaining to Research and development. Plus, the convenience of traveling, as you shared. I think you made a wise decision and I'm glad to know you're still loving where you live. 

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