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Old 08-24-2007, 05:14 PM
 
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I am a 30 something single, professional African American female who is considering moving to the Charlotte Metro Area and wanted some advice as to the best areas to live in. I currently live in suburban Maryland outside of Baltimore. I will be purchasing a home and prefer the suburbs and was told Huntersville, Concord, Matthews were good areas to live in but I want to make sure that I will meet other single African Americans, especially professional men and not have such a hectic commute to work in Charlotte or for socializing in Charlotte. I would appreciate any guidance that you can provide.
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:57 PM
 
Location: South Charlotte
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I am a 30 something single, professional African American female who is considering moving to the Charlotte Metro Area and wanted some advice as to the best areas to live in. I currently live in suburban Maryland outside of Baltimore. I will be purchasing a home and prefer the suburbs and was told Huntersville, Concord, Matthews were good areas to live in but I want to make sure that I will meet other single African Americans, especially professional men and not have such a hectic commute to work in Charlotte or for socializing in Charlotte. I would appreciate any guidance that you can provide.
I see you are tired of Baltimore and looking for a change. Well, my advice is to find somewhere decent to live first, then look for places to socialize. The areas you mentioned above I hear are nice areas. When I moved here from Baltimore, I rented an apartment for 6 months and looked around on the weekends. If you must move into a home immediately, I can give you the name of the agent I used for my home.
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Old 08-25-2007, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Crown Town
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...my advice is to find somewhere decent to live first, then look for places to socialize...
I agree with this 100%. Charlotte's pretty small, so getting in on the social scene is easy no matter where you live. The city is very mixed compared to other places, so again, its not really a big deal where you live from a social perspective. However, with that said, most black professionals do tend to live in the northern part of town; I sent you a PM with more details...
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Old 10-12-2007, 01:50 PM
 
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Hi mseisthe1,

I am also a " 30 something single, professional African American female who is considering moving to the Charlotte Metro Area" I'm so excited to see I'm not alone I'm originally from NJ but have lived in FL for 9 years now. I am ready to make a move to NC and feel that Charlotte is the place for me. I have gotten some suggestions and plan to go check some of the areas out next month. I will let you know my opinion if you're interested. FYI - Huntersville always seems to be on any list I've been given. I have a few other suggestions, pm me and I'll forward them to you. God Bless and Good Luck - keep in touch - maybe I'll see you there!
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Old 10-12-2007, 02:16 PM
 
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Ok, jumping on the band wagon, I like the original poster am a single 35 year old single female from Florida, who is looking to relocate to Charlotte. I am a special education teacher and am sooooo excited to visit Charlotte next week. I will take pictures and get as much info as possible and post it in hopes of helping with the search. I plan to look at apartments, rent for a year and then purchase a home. I think I need time to learn the area before buying. My plan is to relocate in June 08, and I am already counting down. Thanks for this board it has really helped.
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Old 10-12-2007, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Ok, jumping on the band wagon, I like the original poster am a single 35 year old single female from Florida, who is looking to relocate to Charlotte. I am a special education teacher and am sooooo excited to visit Charlotte next week. I will take pictures and get as much info as possible and post it in hopes of helping with the search. I plan to look at apartments, rent for a year and then purchase a home. I think I need time to learn the area before buying. My plan is to relocate in June 08, and I am already counting down. Thanks for this board it has really helped.
We could always use experienced teachers in Charlotte/Mecklenburg. Do you have someone here to help you with your search? The city is kind of spread out, so having a realtor or friend waiting to help you see the "lay of the land" would be very beneficial and time saving.
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Old 10-12-2007, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail, NC
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Sounds to me like you have a very good plans laid out. The people that move here on a whim usually end up moving back to where they came from. Charlotte is a wonderful city. Try to take in as much as possible..
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Ok, jumping on the band wagon, I like the original poster am a single 35 year old single female from Florida, who is looking to relocate to Charlotte. I am a special education teacher and am sooooo excited to visit Charlotte next week. I will take pictures and get as much info as possible and post it in hopes of helping with the search. I plan to look at apartments, rent for a year and then purchase a home. I think I need time to learn the area before buying. My plan is to relocate in June 08, and I am already counting down. Thanks for this board it has really helped.
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Old 10-13-2007, 12:46 PM
 
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We could always use experienced teachers in Charlotte/Mecklenburg. Do you have someone here to help you with your search? The city is kind of spread out, so having a realtor or friend waiting to help you see the "lay of the land" would be very beneficial and time saving.
I don't know anyone to help me navigate through the maze of transferring my Florida license to NC. I know there is reciprocity between Florida and NC. I have been using the website Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to help with the basics. What is confusing is that when I called NC Department of Education, one person told me that I would not have to take the praxis II, yet when I read the postings on the boards, I keep getting different stories, I have come to believe that it varies on a case by case basis. I will be graduating in December with my Masters in special education with an ESOL endorsement. I plan to apply with NC when I am done with school so that all the paperwork can be processed at one time. I hope to have all the processing completed by the first of the year so I can attend the job fairs, and quickly get a contract. Then I can start apartment hunting. I have been checking the sites of middle schools and high schools; I don't think that I am suited for elementary school, to try and get a feel for the schools. Any information that you can provide would be most welcomed.
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Old 10-13-2007, 02:25 PM
 
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What do you look like first. Maybe you can swing by Raleigh!
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Old 10-13-2007, 02:37 PM
 
Location: in a house
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I don't know anyone to help me navigate through the maze of transferring my Florida license to NC. I know there is reciprocity between Florida and NC. I have been using the website Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to help with the basics. What is confusing is that when I called NC Department of Education, one person told me that I would not have to take the praxis II, yet when I read the postings on the boards, I keep getting different stories, I have come to believe that it varies on a case by case basis. I will be graduating in December with my Masters in special education with an ESOL endorsement. I plan to apply with NC when I am done with school so that all the paperwork can be processed at one time. I hope to have all the processing completed by the first of the year so I can attend the job fairs, and quickly get a contract. Then I can start apartment hunting. I have been checking the sites of middle schools and high schools; I don't think that I am suited for elementary school, to try and get a feel for the schools. Any information that you can provide would be most welcomed.

When you land that job, I would imagine you'll find out all that stuff about license transfer etc., but you know, with a Master's, you can teach in a community college also, so don't limit your self to middle and high schools alone. and I believe that anything that you can certify in can only make you more valuable. So take the Praxis II!
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