Post # 1
Hello everyone! I was wondering if I could get some advice about potentially moving to the Raleigh area. My fiance and I met during our undergrad and I’m currently in grad school now (he finished grad school May of 2016). I finish grad school May 2018 and we are getting married the weekend after I graduate. I am 25 and he is 31. We are currently living in San Francisco because 1) its where I grew up and 2) It’s where my school is. With my graduation coming up (and our wedding!) we already know that we want to leave CA and start fresh somewhere new. We have looked at other major cities e.g., Austin, Denver but for some reason we just keep coming back to Raleigh. I think the fact that it’s so cheap but also has good paying jobs is what’s making us like it so much. Currently, he has a fulltime job doing what he studied but we make no where near enough money to support ourselves in San Francisco. I grew up in SF and my mom was able to buy a home before the housing prices skyrocketed so she gave us a sweet deal and we essentially live in the attic (completly redone doesn’t look like an attic) for $1500 a month with 800 sqaure feet of space. This kind of deal is unheard of in SF so we feel really lucky, but we do have to share the remaining parts of the house (kitchen and shower) with 4 other tenants who live on the first floor of the house. If we wanted to rent the house ourselves we would have to pay my mom $5000 per month and that is something we simply cannot afford. We also would like our own space at some point, but with housing prices so high here I have no idea when that would be. It’s also very encouraging that his field is so prominent in the Raleigh area, and when we look at jobs for him, he would essentially be getting paid close to the same amount he is making currently but our living expenses will be much, much less. I also have a couple friends and some extended family in the Raleigh area so we wouldn’t be completly alone in a new city. I guess I’m just looking for advice if anyone here is from Raleigh and would recommend it? Or advise against it? We’re basically looking for a place to live that it a “city” but also affordable. We are not big on nightlife stuff, but I don’t want to live out in the sticks either. We have to make a decision before May because after our honeymoon we will be moving – just still not sure where yet. I’m also open to other affordable cities but for some reason Raleigh is the one we keep coming back to. Thanks!
Post # 2
So, I love it here. If you live in Raleigh, like I do, everything is within a 20 minute drive in the city during non rush hour times. We’re two hours or so from the beach, and 2-3 hours from the mountains. Your money goes a long way here! I hope to stay in this area for the rest of my life.
Our politics are shit though, so if you move here, get ready to roll your eyes a lot.
Post # 3
Yes! The location is also a big factor. We love both the beach and the mountains so being in between the two seems so nice. How bad is traffic during rush hour?
Post # 4
I have an easy commute because I don’t take the highway. It’s 25-35 minutes, typically. My husband works in RTP, which is where I assume your fiance will want to work. We live in North Raleigh. In ideal conditions, the commute is 25 minutes. It’s usually 40 minutes to a hour and a half in the evenings. He is working from home today so his commute was a few steps.
Post # 5
My experience with normal vs rush-hour commute times is about the same as MRSsrm85 above. I actually live really close to work and can be there in about 15 minutes in the morning, but it takes me about 30-45 to get home in the evening.
However, the real reason I wanted to jump into the convo was to suggest you check out the city-data forums if you haven’t already. When I first moved to Raleigh nearly 10 years ago, I found this to be an invaluable resource:
Post # 6
I’m working on moving to north Raleigh next year. My parents retired there and we love it. We’re in NYC now, so same issues as SF.
Post # 7
I’m on the coast of NC, but my brother and SIL live in Raleigh and they love it. My brother is an airline pilot and SIL in in clinical research – so it’s the perfect place for them. They love the lower cost of living but still having the amenities of city life. Plus you can live outside of Raleigh and still be 30 minutes from the action. They love the all the craft breweries, restaurants, etc. They aren’t big nightlife people, but love dinner out and having beers with friends. My SIL loves the farmers market, food truck rodeo, etc. You’re 2-3 hours from the beach (depending on which one you go to) and 3 hours from the mountains so it’s easily the best of both worlds.
I have a lot of friends in Raleigh and everyone loves it.
Post # 8
I lived in Raleigh for 7 years. I loved it!! So many great things to do for everyone. I especially have a soft spot for the downtown area. I live in a smaller town now, but whenever I do visit Raleigh it takes me less than 30 minutes!