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Old 01-12-2011, 07:27 PM
 
Location: NC & NJ
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My husband and I are relocating to Charlotte this spring. We are from the Tri-state area and enjoy numerous cultural activities i.e. dining, theatre, movie symposiums, museums, galleries etc. We do not have children and we do not attend church on a regular basis. We've been more career driven during most of our lives.

We are hoping to live right in Charlotte and was wondering what would be the best areas for us. We've been thinking about purchasing a town home and would be looking in the 175-225k range.

Over the years, I've read many articles about Charlotte in Money Magazine as far as having a great quality of life and lower cost of living. Do you feel this is an accurate depiction?
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:36 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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My husband and I are relocating to Charlotte this spring. We are from the Tri-state area and enjoy numerous cultural activities i.e. dining, theatre, movie symposiums, museums, galleries etc. We do not have children and we do not attend church on a regular basis. We've been more career driven during most of our lives.

We are hoping to live right in Charlotte and was wondering what would be the best areas for us. We've been thinking about purchasing a town home and would be looking in the 175-225k range.

Over the years, I've read many articles about Charlotte in Money Magazine as far as having a great quality of life and lower cost of living. Do you feel this is an accurate depiction?
Which tri-state area? I came down from South Jersey, where the tri-state area was PA, NJ, & DE. In North Jersey it can either be PA,, NJ, & NY, or NY, NJ, & CT.

Where would the job(s) be? It's better to tell you where to look if we know that. This is a large area, geographically.
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:45 AM
 
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Over the years, I've read many articles about Charlotte in Money Magazine as far as having a great quality of life and lower cost of living. Do you feel this is an accurate depiction?
Compared to the cost of living up north, yes, you will get way more for your money in Charlotte. On the other hand, finding a nice townhome in that price range, could be a challenge depending on what part of the city you want to live in. I would start in Dilworth, a historic area that has seen some newer condos/townhomes construction in the past 5 years. Then maybe try Plaza/Midwood. A bit more eclectic area but plenty of walkable places. This area tends to have more 20 & 30's age groups but that shouldn't matter. You could probably find a condo in that price range uptown now that some of the pricing has been lowered. Good luck. Keep us posted!
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Old 01-16-2011, 10:51 AM
 
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In order to suggest a neighbourhood, it is important to know what you want. You will find whatever you want in this area, but it varies greatly from section of town to another. If you are into the cultural thing, ie. plays,museums, dining out, etc. you might want to look aroud the uptown area, Southend, Dilworth, Myers Park, or Elizabeth.
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Old 01-16-2011, 03:43 PM
 
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I am not sure her budget would allow a home in those areas.

Dawn

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In order to suggest a neighbourhood, it is important to know what you want. You will find whatever you want in this area, but it varies greatly from section of town to another. If you are into the cultural thing, ie. plays,museums, dining out, etc. you might want to look aroud the uptown area, Southend, Dilworth, Myers Park, or Elizabeth.
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Old 01-20-2011, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Yes, you want to be in the close in neighborhoods. Start looking in 4th ward, 3rd Ward, or 1st ward which are all downtown. If you cannot find anything in your price range there, you should then try Dilworth, Elizabeth, or Plaza Midwood. Good luck.
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Old 01-22-2011, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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You should look at townhomes in the Cureton development in Waxhaw and Wendover Townhomes in Stallings. They are both gorgeous. They are in Union County. If you have any questions, please ask. I have friends that bought a townhome in Cureton and are very happy. My husband and I have seen the townhomes in both developments. They are both below your price range. Best of luck.
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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You will quickly find that you are going to be overtaxed, no matter where you go, and trust me, they get you here as well. It's a matter of whether or not those taxes are being used for the public good or not. I sincerely hope that you have or are planning on visiting and seeing what charlotte is about, rather then reading a few articles and packing your bags
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, N.C.
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We plan to relocate to Charlotte. We are also 40s-50s something and: Why buy a house? If a nice rent is $1200 a month, 20 years is $300,000. No property taxes, if we want to move, etc... Does this idea sound like a good idea?
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Texas
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DonPekax - I've read that "these days" owning vs. renting is more of a lifestyle choice than a financial investment decision. Your logic seems good to me!
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