Blue664 wrote:A couple of general questions:
- When do people generally sign leases and move in? I wasn't thinking of moving to Durham until August 1 - is that a problem as far as apartment availability or other reasons? I noticed on a quick search of some complex websites that not much availability past June is posted yet. Should I hold off on making inquiries?
I remember plenty of variability on this. I don't think I signed a lease until a bit over a month until I moved in (rented a room in a townhouse from its owner), and that was after I decided not to go with an apartment that would've been available around the same time. I know of others who signed leases not long after ASW. Regardless, my August 1 start date wasn't an issue, and I know of people who moved here both earlier and later than that.
- Fun ideas for places dogs and dog owners to meet and play, like off leash areas or trails that allow dogs?
Can't comment on this from personal experience, and definitely not sure of off-leash areas, but I hear great things about Duke Forest (which permits leashed dogs). Additionally, Duke Gardens permits leashed dogs before 10a and after 5p.
And a very specific question:
Garrett West and Parc at University Tower look like they are owned by the same management company. Is there a big difference between the two? Just from Google Maps it looks like Parc might have a better location, because it's further off the main road, but not sure what the on-the-ground situation is like. It seems like Garrett West is more popular though?
They're basically right next to one another, and neither should have noise issues from 15-501. Both are very nice. I think generally Garrett West is more apartment-style, while Trinity Estates has townhouse options.