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Relocating to Burlington, NC?

Miami
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Relocating to Burlington, NC?

We are thinking of relocating to the Triangle-Triad Area from South Florida. Burlington appeals to us because it has a Blue Ribbon Catholic School(the only one in the area as far as we know). Since we come from a big city we want some culture as well as activities for our children. However we do not want the Stress, Traffic, Congestion, etc. that comes with big city living. Housing prices in SF are astronomical and Burlington appeals to us for all these reasons. We are of hispanic decent(Cuba), but born in the US and are concerned that we will be looked down on as were in the Atlanta area, another place we were considering. Any and all information will be greatly appreciated.

Also, we need to be close to a Veg. Market. My wife is a vegetarian health nut.

washington, d.c.
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1. Re: Relocating to Burlington, NC?

I couldn't resist responding.

Ahem...In 2006 in AMERICA, as a Hispanic, you were "looked down on" in Atlanta of all places? How so?

Regarding the "veg. market," do you mean a specialty type of store? Say, Whole Foods or a local coop?

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If you're looking for big-city ameneties and such, you will be disappointed in Burlington. The population (I'm guessing) is about 50-75,000. It is a very blue-collar, old-industry town, with some exceptions. I'm not criticizing the town and the people that live there, I'm just giving you my honest opinion.

You would be able to find some cultural activities and specialty markets in either the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area to the east of there, or in Greensboro/Winston-Salem to the west. Both metro areas are a short drive from Burlington.

I may be basing my opinion on anecdotal evidence, but Burlington seems to have a high crime rate for a town its size.

You can probably get a lot of house for the money in Burlngton if that's one of your main considerations.

Miami
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The conclusion I came to while researching and visiting Atlanta area was that there are basically three demographic groups: Whites, Blacks and Migrant Workers. I, being of hispanic decent, would fall into the latter. This is based on the interactions with many of the people I encountered and interactions I witnessed between hispanics and the other two groups. For example: I was aked if "I had papers." I have a college education, own a business and speak with no accent. Obviously this was done based on how I look (hispanic). In all fairness, we were looking in the suburbs and fringe towns and I had heard from realtors and others that the further away from downtown Atlanta you got, the more conservative and less tolerant the people were. I own vacation property in Ashe county, NC and have never experienced anything like this. Unfortunately, the nature of my business requires me to be near a larger city. This is why Burlington appeals to us. We would be centrally located between two metropolitan areas. I am having a hard time finding any substantive information on Burlington. Anyone have an idea where I can look? Thanks.

washington, d.c.
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Thanks for elaborating. I was wondering what exactly you'd experienced in Atlanta specifically.

Try realtor.com to search for homes and get a feel for Burlington, if you haven't already. For me, that's the most detailed of home web sites. Also, there are national home books for most towns within the U.S. You know, those homes for sale books you get at gas stations and local quick stores.

Hope your search and move are successful!

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I live in Chapel Hill and I would say that you would find what you need/want in this area. Housing prices in Chapel Hill are very expensive (I bought about 20 years ago, thank heavens!) and many people who work here in town live in Burlington. They drive here everyday. You asked about cultural activities. With Duke University in Durham and Univ of NC here in Chapel Hill, you have plenty of cultural activities. Museums, plays, musicals, dance, every possible type of music. There are numbers of hispanic professionals in our community, mostly affliated in some way with the universities. You want vegetarian markets...we have them! This area has the greatest concentration of healthy markets in the nation (4 Whole Foods, 2 Earthfares, 2 Weaver Street Markets), all within a 30 mile radius. Big cities don't even give you that.

Let us know if you have any other questions!

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6. Re: Relocating to Burlington, NC?

Welcome to NC, mografix! I have to agree with JamesCPA here -- I think that you'd be much happier in Greensboro than Burlington -- or at least in one of the eastern suburbs like Stoney Creek on the Guilford/Alamance county line or the town of Elon (just west of Burlington in Alamance County). The Triad (especially eastern Guilford/western Alamance) is much more affordable than anywhere in the Triangle, and with significantly less traffic. Greensboro has several veggie markets. I'm not sure about Elon, but it's a small college town with a nice vibe.

Burlington is just really spread out with very little to offer, IMHO.

By the way, I'm not sure what a "blue ribbon" Catholic school is, but there are at least two Catholic schools in Greensboro -- Our Lady of Grace (OLG to locals) and Saint Pius X. They are both well-regarded schools, and I have friends (Catholic and non-Catholic) who went to OLG and St Pius X. There is also a Catholic high school in Winston-Salem (a nice city west of Greensboro) called Bishop McGuinness which is very highly regarded.

Best of luck to you with your investigation and decision-making!

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Thanks for the info everyone. Does anyone know a relocation specialist in the area? I have emailed a couple of realtors that I found on realtor.com, but have not gotten anything but auto responses from them. We are planning to spend our spring break (April 17-23) there and would like to see several communities and homes.

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Well, our visit to Burlington came and went and in the end we decided to stay put in South Florida. Although Burlington is nice small town it is not for us. Everyone we met was extremely nice and friendly. I felt no bias whatsoever being hispanic. Husing is plentiful and very affordable. There is no traffic congestion to speak of. The main reason for our decision is the lack of "Culture" in the town. This is not a knock on the town. I'm sure most small towns are similar Coming from such a cuturally diverse area, Burlington would have been culture shock for our children. Athough we liked the school we were looking at for our children, it did not have an art or music teacher. That to us is extremely important for the foundation of our children. I ralize the Triad and Triangle areas are not far, but we would be living in Burlington. My wife and I liked the town so much that we are actually discussing purchasing a property there for our future retirement.

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Not to be too critical with your selection of cities or towns, but there are about 100 other places in NC with a better quality of life than Burlington (including many other small towns that probably do in fact have schools with art and music teachers).

I don't mean any disrespect to those from that area, but, well ... it's Burlington.

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10. Re: Relocating to Burlington, NC?

I must say, I agree with JamesCPA. mografix, why in particular were you interested in Burlington (besides the school)?

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