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Old 05-09-2012, 05:56 PM
 
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So public schools in NC are not well regarded in general? Do they have low standardized test scores/college admission rates, or something?
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:07 PM
 
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So public schools in NC are not well regarded in general? Do they have low standardized test scores/college admission rates, or something?
I didn't say that.

There are some great public schools and public universities in NC.

Some of the top public schools in the whole state are in Charlotte.

I just said, if you are planning to live in a home worth over a million dollars I'm surprised you wouldn't be asking about private schools. Most people in that price range would certainly be interested in a more elite education.
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:34 AM
 
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Thank you--this is food for thought. In the NorthEast, being in the right school district is likely the determinative factor of where people with school-age kids will look to buy, and buying into those districts comes with a hefty tag. Based on your answers, it's not the case in Charlotte. What are some of the best private schools?
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:39 AM
 
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Thank you--this is food for thought. In the NorthEast, being in the right school district is likely the determinative factor of where people with school-age kids will look to buy, and buying into those districts comes with a hefty tag. Based on your answers, it's not the case in Charlotte. What are some of the best private schools?
There are several, but the top dogs are:

Charlotte Country Day
Charlotte Latin
Charlotte Christian
Providence Day

You can certainly get a nice home in an area with great public schools in lots of places in Charlotte too. It all depends on personal preference though, as no one place is best for every person.

You started this thread asking for "the best neighborhood if money were no object" - well, like I said, that's pretty subjective.

Why not tell us what YOU want in a neighborhood so folks can make specific suggestions?
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:00 PM
 
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I disagree slightly with LovesMountains - there are many very wealthy people who choose to send their kids to public schools. They may want their children to be part of the whole community and give them an education outside of a bubble. In this case, schools are very important where you move to. Myers Park, Providence, and Ardrey Kell are the best high schools in Mecklenburg County. The stereotype is that overall Providence is known for the new rich, whereas old money is more likely to be at Myers Park. Ardrey Kell is a new high school and has many recent transplants. Politically Myers Park will be more liberal - drawing from the neighborhoods of Elizabeth, Dilworth, and First Ward (among others) plus it has a higher minority percentage.
I don't know much about schools in other counties but many posters are fans.
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:46 PM
 
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Which would be the best neighborhood in Charlotte if money were no object? How much would houses cost there, and would there be any nice views? Are there any upscale, safe neighbhorhoods with good-size lots that are also walkable, or is it pretty much a stretch of highway between endless subdivisions? Any areas preferred by transplants from the North East?

Thanks!
Thought you might enjoy this article in today's paper :

What does $1.6 million get you in Charlotte? | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:25 PM
 
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Default Marvin schools and area?

So, what does everyone has to say about the Marvin schools (are they truly excellent or just "teaching the test"), the areas that feed into those schools and the folks who live there? Thanks again!
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:55 PM
 
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Ballantyne is great!
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:06 AM
 
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So, what does everyone has to say about the Marvin schools (are they truly excellent or just "teaching the test"), the areas that feed into those schools and the folks who live there? Thanks again!
They are excellent schools, we love them and so do all our neighbors (never heard any complains and most people here are transplants).
Most people living in Marvin area selected the neighborhoods to live in, because of these schools.
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:06 AM
 
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Which would be the best neighborhood in Charlotte if money were no object? How much would houses cost there, and would there be any nice views? Are there any upscale, safe neighbhorhoods with good-size lots that are also walkable, or is it pretty much a stretch of highway between endless subdivisions? Any areas preferred by transplants from the North East?

Thanks!
If money is no object, and you desire some 'walkability' why not move to Eastover? Plan on dropping $2MM to be the little dog on the block or $3.5MM plus to join the middle of the pack. Not sure that the sanctuary or ballantyne will offer anything comparable. Especially in terms of urban living. Even Pellyn Woods can't compare with the opulence of Eastover...
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