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My husband and I are thinking about moving to Greensboro, NC. We would like to get some input about which section or development we should look into for single family home. We have kids in elementary school, so school will probably be the determinant factor. We now live in Northern VA area that offers excellent public schools (fairfax county to be exact). We are currently living in a very friendly suburb area with great schools and wonderful neighbours. But we can't stand the traffic and the hectic lifestyle here anymore. Luckily, we work from home so commuting is not an issue.

We first looked into Raleigh but rather found out about the overcrowded schools there. Then , we heard good things about Greensboro. I went to the Guildford County Public Schools website and see that Greenboro and Raleigh have a similar educational program. But we also heard that public schools in Greenboro are not very good. If you happen to live in Greenboro or know about living in Greenboro, please give us some advise. Your insight and information will be highly appreciated.

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Not to take anything away from Greensboro, but a couple of really nice areas you may want to investigate are the Kernersville and Lewisville/Clemmons areas.

Kernersville is located about half way between Greensboro and Winston Salem off of I-40. It is a growing bedroom community where folks that work in the Greensboro and Winston Salem areas live. It is a smaller town that is served by good schools, nice resturants and shopping areas, without all of the hustle of a large city. Its about a 15 minute drive to Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point, or the Piedmont Triad International Airport.

The Lewisville/Clemmons area is located on the western side of Winston Salem off of I-40 and Highway 421 North. There are many fine housing developments located in these areas, and both are served by a good public school system, as well as many great private schools. You are only minutes from the main shopping areas of Winston Salem, and 15 minutes from the downtown Winston Salem and Old Salem areas. Its country living with the big city only minutes away. The Boone/Blowing Rock area of the NC mountains are only about an hours drive north from this area.

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The qaulity of life in Greensboro is great. Its an excellent place to raise a family. The city has both small town and big city characteristics so you get the best of both worlds. There are alot of great things happening with downtown revitalization and the public school system is on the path to improving. If you are looking to live on the outskirts of Greensboro, Oak Ridge and Summerfield are very nice quiet suburban communities.

But being in Greensboro, you have quick access to the airport and I-40/I-85 interstates. Also its beneficial if you and your husband's job is in or near Greensboro. But if I had to decribe Greensboro, its a family and college town.

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I think you would like Northwest Greensboro, specifically the New Garden and Brassfield area, based on your description. The school system is pretty good and traffic is pretty much non-existant compared to NoVa, and you're pretty much close to everything that you would need.

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If the Fairfax County schools are your yardstick, the only public school system in the state that is in that ballpark in terms of quality is probably the Chapel Hill/Carrboro city schools. That doesn't mean the other major city systems aren't capable of doing a very good job, it's just that you're coming from an area with very high wealth coupled with a very high commitment to public education.

My sense is that crowding or not, the Wake County (Raleigh area) schools are better-performing than the Greensboro schools. Wake has particularly done a good job in keeping up the progress and scores of low-income children. In the Triad, you're likely to find some good schools in both the Greensboro and Forsyth County systems. Look carefully, and ask around.

If you step outside those two counties into Davidson County or other counties surrounding Guilford/Forsyth, quality drops off considerably.

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If you step outside those two counties into Davidson County or other counties surrounding Guilford/Forsyth, quality drops off considerably.

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If the Fairfax County schools are your yardstick, the only public school system in the state that is in that ballpark in terms of quality is probably the Chapel Hill/Carrboro city schools. That doesn't mean the other major city systems aren't capable of doing a very good job, it's just that you're coming from an area with very high wealth coupled with a very high commitment to public education.

My sense is that crowding or not, the Wake County (Raleigh area) schools are better-performing than the Greensboro schools. Wake has particularly done a good job in keeping up the progress and scores of low-income children. In the Triad, you're likely to find some good schools in both the Greensboro and Forsyth County systems. Look carefully, and ask around.

If you step outside those two counties into Davidson County or other counties surrounding Guilford/Forsyth, quality drops off considerably.

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I've heard a lot about Northwest Guilford High (Summerfield, Oak Ridge, far NW GSO, etc) and Grimsley High (Irving Park, College Park, Fisher Park, historically affluent and neighborhoods north and northwest of downtown, etc). There's also Greensboro Day and a few other good private schools in that area of the county/city. Summerfield and Oak Ridge aren't like Cary and Apex (Raleigh burbs) in that they have continued to remain rural and rustic in nature, put provide a demographic probably consistent with Fairfax Co (avg HH income 80-90K/yr). Cary and Apex are textbook examples of burbs (house on top of house, horrible rush hour traffic, fields, forests, and old neighborhoods demolished for unsightly, awkwardly placed, overpriced condos/apts).

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Thank you for your reply! You made good points about the schools in Raleigh. We went to Raleigh about 3 times in the last 6 months. I visited 3 elementary schools and I am very impressed with the curriculum and the magnet programs. But, every school there has mobile units to accomodate the overcrowding. Kids outside of the beltline tend to change schools every year because the school district rezone the boundary every year. For me, it is a nightmare for kids having to change school every/every other year. But one thing I have to say, the people in NC are so nice. My family is originally from Florida but I am very impressed with the people in NC. My sister in law lives in Raleigh for about 30 years and I love all of her friends. Also, the housing in Raleigh, I think, is way overpriced, especially inside the beltline. I am going to drive down to Greensboro next month and spend a couple days there to get the feeling. Thanks again for you input.

I am going to drive down to Greensboro next month to survey the area. I will certainly check ou Oak Ridge and Summerfield. Any ideas about the high schools. I saw 7 high schools in Greensboro made it to the top 300, quite impressive.

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Thank you for your reply! You made good points about the schools in Raleigh. We went to Raleigh about 3 times in the last 6 months. I visited 3 elementary schools and I am very impressed with the curriculum and the magnet programs. But, every school there has mobile units to accomodate the overcrowding. Kids outside of the beltline tend to change schools every year because the school district rezone the boundary every year. For me, it is a nightmare for kids having to change school every/every other year. But one thing I have to say, the people in NC are so nice. My family is originally from Florida but I am very impressed with the people in NC. My sister in law lives in Raleigh for about 30 years and I love all of her friends. Also, the housing in Raleigh, I think, is way overpriced, especially inside the beltline. I am going to drive down to Greensboro next month and spend a couple days there to get the feeling. Thanks again for you input.

I am going to drive down to Greensboro next month to survey the area. I will certainly check ou Oak Ridge and Summerfield. Any ideas about the high schools. I saw 7 high schools in Greensboro made it to the top 300, quite impressive.

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for all you guys who keep asking about their work situation, go back and read her original post. they work from home so that's not an issue.

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Thank you very much for all the responses! It helps me to get some direction.

Driving to and from work is not an issue for us because we work from home. I have looked at Greensboro CityGuide website and think Greensboro might be a good place for us. School is important but living quality is also important. It is getting so expensive in Northern VA. Any idea how the magnet schools work in Greenboro? Guildford County School website is not very clear on how the magnet schools work. I also found out that Grimsley is ranked 70 something out of the top 1,000 best High School nation wide. Quite impressive! We probably can afford a house around 400,000. For house hunting, is there a particular section/pocket that I should avoid/look at?

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The qaulity of life in Greensboro is great. Its an excellent place to raise a family. The city has both small town and big city characteristics so you get the best of both worlds. There are alot of great things happening with downtown revitalization and the public school system is on the path to improving. If you are looking to live on the outskirts of Greensboro, Oak Ridge and Summerfield are very nice quiet suburban communities.

But being in Greensboro, you have quick access to the airport and I-40/I-85 interstates. Also its beneficial if you and your husband's job is in or near Greensboro. But if I had to decribe Greensboro, its a family and college town.

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Any suggestions on housing inside Greensboro. Are houses inside Greensboro a lot more expensive than the outskirts? Are they mainly historic home or there are new development popping up? As Triad grows, I think it might be a good idea to live in Greensboro, rather than the outskirts.

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Most of the new stuff being built on the fringe of Greensboro and Winston is crap with a 20-year design life. Check out the West End, Buena Vista, and Ardmore in Winston-Salem, and some of the GSO neighborhoods close to downtown.

You'll find older, quality-built houses with character in those neighborhoods.

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Most of the new stuff being built on the fringe of Greensboro and Winston is crap with a 20-year design life. Check out the West End, Buena Vista, and Ardmore in Winston-Salem, and some of the GSO neighborhoods close to downtown.

You'll find older, quality-built houses with character in those neighborhoods.

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Wow! are you professional photographer? The photos are great! Thank you very much for your advise. We will certainly put it into our house hunting adventure. I love the historic homes, they are so charming! Thank you again

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those are great pics...the 'shores' neighborhooods in northern greensboro (lake jeanette) are really nice...northern, southern, and eastern shores

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No, those photos are not from transitman (aka Mr. Negativity). Transitman does not even live in the Triad......he lives in Chapel-Hill. :rolleyes:

Anyways, those historic Fisher Park pics are from ezcheese. The other pics are taken from cityboi and from the web. :)

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Most of the new stuff being built on the fringe of Greensboro and Winston is crap with a 20-year design life. Check out the West End, Buena Vista, and Ardmore in Winston-Salem, and some of the GSO neighborhoods close to downtown.

You'll find older, quality-built houses with character in those neighborhoods.

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Fisher Park is an excellent example of an older neighborhood near downtown GSO. I agree, most of the stuff being built in the suburbs is mostly cookie-cutter McMansions.

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Indeed, not my pictures.

I notice that those calling me negative did not challenge the notion that most of the construction on the urban fringes of our metro areas is of a significantly lower quality and design life than construction completed between, say 1900 and 1940, the period of time inner-ring communities around our downtowns sprang up.

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