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Old 04-08-2011, 04:57 PM
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Originally Posted by monkeyboy View Post
We looked up there when we first came to charlotte. I think the commute to uptown is pretty good. But I didn't like being so close to a coal plant, and it seemed like a island of nice surrounded by the hood...
The commute to uptown is one of the best and plenty of people don't mind living near McGuire whether it's on Lake Norman or Mountain Island Lake.
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:09 PM
Location: Near the water
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Might want to read this article......

Fish unsafe to eat in Mountain Island, Lake Wylie | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/01/07/1961520/fish-unsafe-to-eat-in-mountain.html - broken link)
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by chance2jump View Post
I would say the biggest environmental disadvantage is having the power plant right on the lake with the danger of the coal pool contaminating the lake.

All the lakes are associated with the same water system, but as pointed out -- Mtn Island is downstream from Lk Norman.

I live very close to Mtn Island and I'm in a very nice neighborhood. Overall, still have good quality of life, good access to shopping and highways, and mostly pretty darn quiet. I do not have lake front property.
I agree with most of the above. However, the 'shopping' is not at all at your backdoor like in most other areas. There are very few resturants and aside from Walmart, nowhere to shop in the immediate area. However, Northlake Mall is not too far. In addition if you have kids be careful, the schools are not particularly good and some are considered very poor if you live on the line that feeds to Coulwood and West Meck. But yes, the Highways are close (485 at your backdoor).

Oh, another thing about the area is that many people have NO idea where it is. That can be a good or bad thing. When having people over we have to refer to being UP from the White Water Center 485 exit or down HWY16 from the DMV. Unless you live in the Mt. Island area, you have no reason to go out there. Most folks with boats still head to one of the 'other' lakes.

The biggest advantage, I believe, is that you can get more house and privacy for your money in the MT. Island area.

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Old 04-08-2011, 05:35 PM
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I don't recommend that Walmart near MI lake. It's better to drive up Hwy 16 to Denver and shop at the Walmart there. In fact, I don't give high marks to any of that retail near there.

I do like to boat on MI lake, but I will normally use the more remote boat landing in Huntersville and head north up the river towards Cowan's Ford dam. There is a very nice submerged beach there, and north of there, it's usually pretty calm even on the weekends. (bit tricky though as the water drops to 3-4 ft deep around that beach) Most of the housing is South between Hwy 16 and South to the dam. If you try to boat up this way, make sure your depth finder is working and you understand the bouys and other markers. Shoals all over the place.
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