Congratulations and welcome to the area! I'm in Southern Wake County just outside of Raleigh. I'm one of the few who was actually born and raised in Raleigh... most everyone else is a transplant. I've lived lots of places, but love it here. 2.5 hours from the beach. 3 hours from the mountains. The climate is MUCH more moderate than NJ, that's for sure! No real need to your car up for the winters here!!!!