Are myths about moving to the suburbs holding you back from discovering fun in a new setting, and in a townhouse or single-family home of your own? It’s pretty common to wonder:
Who will I be if I’m not close to the action? What will I do for fun? Will it really be less expensive? Or will I just be swapping my convenience and spontaneity for long drive times, nosy neighbors and early bed times?
Having helped hundreds of homeowners settle in to towns and homes they love, we can assure you, we’ve learned a thing or two about the myths about moving to the suburbs. And we can reassure you that the transition can be absolutely fabulous!
Myth #1: Life is D-U-L-L… boring… with NOTHING to DO
This is possibly the biggest myth about moving to the suburbs. But it couldn’t be further from the truth! That’s especially so here in the Triangle NC area, where we’re fortunate to have a half dozen or more rapidly-growing towns, all easily accessible, yet each with their own personality.
And each one is full of people of all interests—which has attracted businesses and public services offering an incredible range of things to do. For example…
- If NIGHTLIFE is your thing, you’ll find an abundance of bars and breweries, live music venues and clubs, restaurants and theaters in just about every town.
- CULTURE is just as abundant, with major touring concerts and Broadway shows, Carolina Ballet and other talent regularly appearing at major venues like Raleigh’s PNC Arena, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, or Red Hat Amphitheater, and in Durham at DPAC (to name a few!). Most towns also have cultural centers, local theater and music groups, and three full seasons of outdoor festivals, too.
- SPORTS? Some of the best college sports in the nation is right here in the Triangle. Plus there’s Railhawks major league soccer, and Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey, and baseball at Holly Springs’ TING park, home of the Salamanders (of the Coastal Plain League), or Cary’s USA Baseball National Training Complex.
- And of course, OUTDOOR FUN, for moving-and-doing, or just plain people watching, the thousands of acres of parks in Wake County include microparks in neighborhoods and town centers; large lake- or pond-side parks for hiking, camping and fishing; and beautiful greenways meandering all across the area.
And all these are easy to get to, often in less than a 30-minute drive. (Yes, one truth about suburban living is that it’s better with a car.)
Myth #2: The commute will be horrible
While there are certain commutes that can only be described as… ugly… the expansion of I-540, and ongoing roadwork projects in and between our towns, has kept the average commute in Wake County to a mere 23 minutes. That’s a far shorter commute than many city dwellers face!
We always like to discuss timelines for major projects, both those currently in the works, and those that are planned, with buyers. It’s smart to factor in commute time as you narrow down your list of must-have’s.
Myth #3: The best shopping available is for groceries
We do have amazing grocery options in the ‘burbs… but it doesn’t end there! You’ll have your pick of shopping destinations at the larger malls like Southpoint, Park West Village and Crabtree Valley. AND you’ll also find all sorts of trendy and artsy boutiques tucked into smaller shopping malls or town centers from North Hills to Holly Springs—and everywhere in between.
Another bonus: shop at a suburban farmers’ market and you’ll discover even fresher produce, meats, baked goods and more, since items traveled shorter distances than for most city markets. And last but not least, yes, home improvement heaven is close at hand with an abundance of both big box and specialty retailers.
And the 4th big myth about moving to the suburbs: HOAs will rule your life
Yes, homeowners’ associations (a.k.a. HOAs) are a factor for many suburban neighborhoods—but not all. It’s possible to avoid an HOA if you prefer. That said, there are some definite plusses to an HOA, starting with guidelines that everyone near you agrees to live by, so there’s (typically) less to battle your neighbor about. You also have some assurance that your home value is unlikely to be driven down by neighbors’ unilateral choices.
All these myths about moving to the suburbs just don’t hold up! There’s life outside the city—and space to call your own. If we can help you find your perfect fit, please just give us a call!