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Old 09-23-2011, 09:53 AM
 
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Forgive me for not knowing this answer but we are a family moving to Charlotte and we will rent a house for awhile prior to buying. When I look at the rentals online through various sites, they never mention whether the home has a basement nor do they show pics of the home having a basement. This would be a great help to know since I may need only 3 bedrooms instead of 4 or I may need a den verses no den if the home has a basement. Just wondering if most homes have them as a standard. Thanks for any input!!
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:59 AM
 
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No, most homes here do not have basements. Many have bonus rooms over the garage or sunrooms off of the kitchen or back of the house for extra space. Best of luck with your move!
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:08 PM
 
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Depends on what level of home you're looking for, and where you're looking. Many of the lakeside homes I've seen have walkout basements. I've been in many homes in Myers Park, Raintree, Piper Glen, and Ballantyne that have basements.
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:40 PM
 
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Not, not most of them. But if you're looking for one there are houses here with basements, just not the majority.
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Old 09-23-2011, 01:23 PM
 
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Ok great! Thanks for all the input...Most of the rental pics do show the bonus rooms so I can assume there isn't a basement if not stated so.
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Old 09-23-2011, 03:30 PM
 
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I live in a good sized subdivision in Pineville (pretty much in Ballantyne) called Woodside Falls. I'd say the majority of the houses there have ground level basements, because it's a very hilly area. My house has an 1100sq ft basement (about 85% finished).
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Old 09-23-2011, 06:21 PM
 
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For the most part a basement space does not equal a bonus room space. So just keep that in mind as you search for housing. That was a toughie for us coming from a basement home and lots of storage.
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:04 PM
 
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Depends on what level of home you're looking for, and where you're looking. Many of the lakeside homes I've seen have walkout basements. I've been in many homes in Myers Park, Raintree, Piper Glen, and Ballantyne that have basements.
We've found the houses that have basements lead down to water, or are basically on a hill, and it's just walking out to the backyard. Of any houses we've seen none have the traditional basement.
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:26 PM
 
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We've found the houses that have basements lead down to water, or are basically on a hill, and it's just walking out to the backyard. Of any houses we've seen none have the traditional basement.
That's been my experience as well. Is a traditional basement better? In my admittedly limited experience with non walkout basements the ones I've seen are unfinished and can be damp and...unpleasant. They are usually storage and laundry areas. Is that somehow preferable to a finished, climate controlled space like a walkout basement?
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:40 AM
 
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Thank you so much for the descriptive way that basements are used if you have one or what they are like. We are coming from FL so we have no idea what it's like to have a basement. I guess I was picturing it to be more like another level of living space so I will still need that 4th bedroom and a den.......great insight, thank you all.
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