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Old 06-24-2011, 08:48 AM
 
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My husband and I are moving to the Charlotte area with our children within the next month or so, but know nothing about the area. We would like to live somewhere within 20 miles or so of Charlotte. The area must be somewhat affordable but have good schools. We have no idea what areas are good and what areas to stay away from. Doea anyone have any advice on what areas we should start looking?
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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How much are you looking to spend? People will need to know that to give you appropriate neighborhoods. How long of a commute can you live with?
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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My husband and I are moving to the Charlotte area with our children within the next month or so, but know nothing about the area. We would like to live somewhere within 20 miles or so of Charlotte. The area must be somewhat affordable but have good schools. We have no idea what areas are good and what areas to stay away from. Doea anyone have any advice on what areas we should start looking?
Well, where the job is in the city will make a huge difference on where you want to look. Also, a 20 mile commute from some areas could take considerably longer than from other areas, because of traffic.
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:25 AM
 
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Also, what type of neighborhood do you like? There are basically two types here;

1. Older, established neighborhood. Homes are older (from the 60's and 70's) but there are lots of trees and privacy. May need to do some remodeling or at least remove some wallpaper when you move in.

2. Newer, modern neighborhood. These have newer homes with more modern and practical layouts. You can often move in without having to do much work (except maybe painting). The downside is they often have little to no trees and privacy. You can usually see 2-4 houses from every window in your house.

Do you want to be able to walk to any stores/shops or would you rather be in more of a residential area and have to take your car everywhere?
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:26 AM
 
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He will be working all over the city doing security. Our budget on rent would be no higher than $1,000 per month. The time on the commute isn't so much a concern as having a home in a good neighborhood with good schools.
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:28 AM
 
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We would rather be in a residential area with at leasy some privacy.
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:28 AM
 
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$1000 for rental of a home is pretty low for neighborhoods directly around the city. If good schools are a top priority, maybe Fort Mill, SC would be a good bet. Its about a 20-30 minute drive from uptown Charlotte, has good schools and is very affordable.
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:29 AM
 
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Also, people like Concord, NC. Again, its got decent schools and may be in your price range.
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:40 AM
 
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Thank you so much, this is exactly the kind of info we are needing. We do not want to be directly in Charlotte....just close enough for him to go to work. Our children are our top priority. Don't want to end up moving to the wrong side of town accidentally because we aren't familiar with any of the towns.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:07 AM
 
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What is everyone's opinion of Cornelius, Huntersville, Davidson, and Providence areas?
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