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Old 07-31-2007, 05:25 PM
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Hi there. We are a professional couple in our late 30's, looking to move to Charlotte next year after our son goes away to college. We currently live in Ft Lauderdale, FL. I am getting some great advice from this forum looking at different neighborhoods. We would like to be as close to uptown as possible, possibly buy a townhouse or a smaller home/bungalow. Our price range is approx. $300K. We really don't want to live in a "cookie cutter" suburb, but rather be close to shops, restaurants, nightlife and uptown, within a couple miles.

From our research we find that Dilworth, Elizabeth, Chantilly, Midwood, and Myers park are close to uptown. Can anyone tell me which of these neighborhoods is the nicest, the safest and most likely to find a home in our price range (low $300's). Thanks for any tips I can get!
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Old 07-31-2007, 05:32 PM
 
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DrHorton is building nice condo's in the Steele Creek area called The Arysley with restaurants, shopping, and YMCA close by. Drhorton-Charlotte.com
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Old 07-31-2007, 05:54 PM
 
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DrHorton is building nice condo's in the Steele Creek area called The Arysley with restaurants, shopping, and YMCA close by. Drhorton-Charlotte.com
This is nowhere near uptown - why suggest an area that the op did not request info on?????
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Old 07-31-2007, 05:56 PM
 
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Hi there. We are a professional couple in our late 30's, looking to move to Charlotte next year after our son goes away to college. We currently live in Ft Lauderdale, FL. I am getting some great advice from this forum looking at different neighborhoods. We would like to be as close to uptown as possible, possibly buy a townhouse or a smaller home/bungalow. Our price range is approx. $300K. We really don't want to live in a "cookie cutter" suburb, but rather be close to shops, restaurants, nightlife and uptown, within a couple miles.

From our research we find that Dilworth, Elizabeth, Chantilly, Midwood, and Myers park are close to uptown. Can anyone tell me which of these neighborhoods is the nicest, the safest and most likely to find a home in our price range (low $300's). Thanks for any tips I can get!
You are looking at great areas near uptown However, in your price range you should concentrate on Chantilly, others will most likely be too pricey for you now. Here is an example of one home in your range: Charlotte NC Homes For Sale, Houses for sale, houses, real estate, for sale - helenadamsrealty.com
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Old 07-31-2007, 06:07 PM
 
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You are looking for Chantilly, there are some great homes in that subdivision, lots of professionals live there.
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Old 07-31-2007, 06:08 PM
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Yes I wanted to be within 3 miles or so of uptown, but thanks anyway.

Lovesmountains, something like that would be great, nice size home. Is that a very nice neighborhood or should we increase our price range to $350k to get a nicer area, or would it be a huge jump? Thanks so much!
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Old 07-31-2007, 06:22 PM
 
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Yes I wanted to be within 3 miles or so of uptown, but thanks anyway.

Lovesmountains, something like that would be great, nice size home. Is that a very nice neighborhood or should we increase our price range to $350k to get a nicer area, or would it be a huge jump? Thanks so much!
I really like Chantilly - it is just next door to Elizabeth so it is less than 2 miles from uptown. Elizabeth has mostly been turned now, so homes there are selling higher to reflect the rehabbing of the vast majority of homes. In Chantilly I'd guess about 45% have been resold and rehabbed, so you will find some homes selling in the 500's there, just like in Elizabeth, or homes in the low $200's that are yet to be rehabbed. Increasing to $350,000 will not get you any nicer of an area, just maybe a little more square footage and a home with more extensive rennovation. I would highly recommend you consider Chantilly, in about 10 years it will be much like Elizabeth, totally restored to it's period beauty with all homes selling over $500,000. So basically, you would be making a great investment, but also you would love the convenience to everything uptown. Let me know what else I can tell you about
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Old 07-31-2007, 09:31 PM
 
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There are alot of townhouses off Park Rd. in the Myers Park/Sedgefield/Dilworth area. (Watch out b/c Park Rd. is a really long road so check cross-streets). In the 300Ks, check between the area where Park Rd. starts at Kenilworth down to Woodlawn - Hillside East and Hillside West (those have signs in front so I know their community names). There are two others that don't have signs but one is on the corner of Princeton Ave. and Park and the other on Park and Park West. Good luck!
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Old 07-31-2007, 09:53 PM
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Thanks for the info CL and LM. I will check that out. If I can bother someone a little further-my sister and her husband and their toddler want to move up to Charlotte too. Can you recommend an area w/ the best schools, within 20 minutes of uptown? We dont want to be too far apart. I was going to recommend Ballantyne and that area, from what I've read here, but I think her budget is about the same as mine. Thanks again.
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Old 08-01-2007, 12:23 AM
 
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SE Charlotte schools are great, I would try to target Elizabeth Lane Elementary, S Charlotte, Providence, or further south Hawk Ridge, Community House, Adrey Kell. This will keep you relatively close, 20-30 min,
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