Beautiful area, I've lived here all my life..we live about 20 miles north of the city of Raleigh and yes rent is cheaper on the outskirts. Best part is you are within 3 hours of many many racetracks. 3 hours to the beach, 3 hours to the mountains. You are welcome to e-mail me and I'll help you all I can. Or if your coming to Martin this weekend look me up..I'll be there 2!