Moving to Raleigh area from the Bay Area – advice

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
3176 posts
Sugar bee

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 # 4
3176 posts
Sugar bee

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
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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
9578 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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
7265 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
26 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

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!

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