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Old 03-10-2012, 01:18 PM
 
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We are moving to Charlotte on May 1st. We would like to live within a walkable distance to my husband's office so we only need one car. He can work either in the center of uptown, or South Park? We are looking at rental condos by both areas. Which do you think is better for a family with a baby? Is walking around either neighborhood something that people do?
Anyone live in Fourth or First Ward? Feelings? Opinions?
Thank you in advance for your opinions
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:28 PM
 
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We are moving to Charlotte on May 1st. We would like to live within a walkable distance to my husband's office so we only need one car. He can work either in the center of uptown, or South Park? We are looking at rental condos by both areas. Which do you think is better for a family with a baby? Is walking around either neighborhood something that people do?
Anyone live in Fourth or First Ward? Feelings? Opinions?
Thank you in advance for your opinions
Fourth Ward is you best bet if you want to walk around with a baby. It is the most walkable neighborhood. It has a grocery store and everything you need in close distance. There isn't much in First Ward, so I wouldn't recommend it. In South Park, you can walk but it's not as safe to because the roads are busy and everything is much more spread out.

In short, I would focus on Fourth Ward.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:28 PM
 
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We are moving to Charlotte on May 1st. We would like to live within a walkable distance to my husband's office so we only need one car. He can work either in the center of uptown, or South Park? We are looking at rental condos by both areas. Which do you think is better for a family with a baby? Is walking around either neighborhood something that people do?
Anyone live in Fourth or First Ward? Feelings? Opinions?
Thank you in advance for your opinions
Very few families with small children live uptown, though most of those that do live in 4th Ward.

Personally, I would feel safer in SouthPark when it came to strolling a baby around during the day or being home alone at night.

SouthPark also has so much more retail available to you, including one of the best stocked grocery stores, the Harris Teeter at Morrocroft. There is just so much more neighborhood space to walk in in SouthPark too.

I'd suggest you have your realtor show you homes in both areas, then go knock on some doors and find out what the neighbors can tell you about life there.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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Fourth Ward is you best bet if you want to walk around with a baby. It is the most walkable neighborhood. It has a grocery store and everything you need in close distance. There isn't much in First Ward, so I wouldn't recommend it. In South Park, you can walk but it's not as safe to because the roads are busy and everything is much more spread out.

In short, I would focus on Fourth Ward.
Uh, I think you are confusing the SouthPark neighborhood with SouthPark Mall, which is only a part of the "neighborhood"
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:36 PM
 
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Very few families with small children live uptown, though most of those that do live in 4th Ward.

Personally, I would feel safer in Southpark when it came to strolling a baby around during the day or being home alone at night.

SouthPark also has so much more retail available to you, including one of the best stocked grocery stores, the Harris Teeter at Morrocroft.

I'd suggest you have your realtor show you homes in both areas, then go knock on some doors and find out what the neighbors can tell you about life there.
Some misinformation here.

There are several families in my uptown building with small children.

I would never attempt to cross Sharon or Fairview on foot with a baby. People aren't expecting pedestrians there and will run you down. While there might be more retail there, it really isn't accessible on foot. On the other hand, living in Fourth Ward, you have a Harris Teeter, two CVSs, several restaurants next door and you are a short bus ride or taxi ride away from South Park.

Fourth Ward is perfectly safe during the day. I don't know anyone who would say there are any problems walking around there during the day or even after dark. There is so much activity going on there, it is not unsafe. Maybe if you're walking around after 3 am, but I highly doubt the OP will be doing so. I have never heard of any daytime incidents there (as opposed to several daytime robberies at SouthPark Mall and the daytime murder in South Park last year).
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:39 PM
 
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Uh, I think you are confusing the SouthPark neighborhood with SouthPark Mall, which is only a part of the "neighborhood"
What part of the neighborhood are you referring to? Everything is far too spread out in South Park for someone walking around with a baby to run errands on foot. The roads - Morrocroft, Fairview, Sharon, etc. - are far too busy. I'm sure it's nice walking around in the subdivisions, but you can't get much done doing that.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:45 PM
 
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Some misinformation here.

There are several families in my uptown building with small children.

I would never attempt to cross Sharon or Fairview on foot with a baby. People aren't expecting pedestrians there and will run you down. While there might be more retail there, it really isn't accessible on foot. On the other hand, living in Fourth Ward, you have a Harris Teeter, two CVSs, several restaurants next door and you are a short bus ride or taxi ride away from South Park.

Fourth Ward is perfectly safe during the day. I don't know anyone who would say there are any problems walking around there during the day or even after dark. There is so much activity going on there, it is not unsafe. Maybe if you're walking around after 3 am, but I highly doubt the OP will be doing so. I have never heard of any daytime incidents there (as opposed to several daytime robberies at SouthPark Mall and the daytime murder in South Park last year).
No misinformatoin

I never said there are NO families living uptown, I said those that do mostly live in 4th Ward. However, uptown is mostly made up of single folks and DINKS.

If you would be comfortable being as vulnerable as a mother with a baby in a stroller is, walking around 4th Ward with the various homeless folks and others that meander through day and night, then more power to you.

There is no reason to have to cross Fairview if a person lives on the same side of it as the mall, unless you want to go to the movies, which most people don't do with a baby.

And homes off of Colony Rd near the mall, or on any of the lovely streets off of Barclay Downs, are great for walking in a beautiful lush green setting.

In addition, crossing Sharon to make it to the library or Harris Teeter from the side is something folks do ALL the time. There is a large well marked crosswalk.

This young mother could even walk to a pediatrician from the SouthPark neighborhoods, something she couldn't do uptown.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:47 PM
 
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Ah. I see now that the OP would have the car. In that case, South Park might make some sense. But Fourth Ward would make it easier on your husband walking to work, unless your condo and his office are in the very same complex (like Piedmont Row, etc). But if you prefer the walking lifestyle, Fourth Ward is your best bet.

Of course, if you're husband doesn't mind a short bus ride, you might also look at Dilworth. There are more moms there than in Fourth Ward and it is also far more walkable than South Park.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:52 PM
 
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Ah. I see now that the OP would have the car. In that case, South Park might make some sense. But Fourth Ward would make it easier on your husband walking to work, unless your condo and his office are in the very same complex (like Piedmont Row, etc). But if you prefer the walking lifestyle, Fourth Ward is your best bet.

Of course, if you're husband doesn't mind a short bus ride, you might also look at Dilworth. There are more moms there than in Fourth Ward and it is also far more walkable than South Park.
Since he can work in either 4th Ward or uptown and wants to walk to work that does free up the car for her during the day

I wasn't thinking of her walking to all her errands, just nice areas for her to walk in! But she really could walk to quite a few things depending on which part of SouthPark she lived in.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:56 PM
 
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If you would be comfortable being as vulnerable as a mother with a baby in a stroller is, walking around 4th Ward with the various homeless folks and others that meander through day and night, then more power to you.
She'd have far more to worry about with the crazy drivers in South Park. There are several ladies with strollers in Fourth Ward Park and Founders Park, kids on the swings, etc., everyday. I know many of them and they've had no problems whatsoever. You seem to have a skewed vision of Fourth Ward. Yes, there are some poor old folks who live in Booth Gardens. They don't bother anyone.

I've seen several people try to cross Sharon in that crosswalk and nearly be hit by inattentive and impatient drivers. It's just not a pleasant place to walk.
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