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Old 08-21-2012, 09:52 AM
 
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We are a 30s something upper-middle class family with a preschool age and a baby... Been in NYC my entire adult life and know nothing else, though I grew up in Pittsbugh.
We want to make a switch- jobs and money aren't an issue with us as husband has family money. I am a writer with a MA in counseling(though I'm not working now).

We want a simpler, less hurried, less expensive life where DH has access to golf more year-round. His family lives in Ballantyne so we are obviously acquainted with C-town but all I know is that area and the South Park mall. I cannot imagine living in that area as I need something somewhat walkable/bikeable.

Are there better/cuter more interesting places in Charlotte than the malls? I would love to live in Myers Park/Dilworth area though if there are other places to live, please tell me!
What about preschools? Playgrounds? Will I meet other moms and kids?
Socially-- is everyone conservative? We are liberal, artsy NYers, but WASPy too and tolerant of many differences.
I've heard it's all about keeping up with the Jones' in Charlotte and I am concerned about raising kids in a place obsessed with money and appearance-- is this really true in Charlotte?

Thanks for any and all input.
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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We are a 30s something upper-middle class family with a preschool age and a baby... Been in NYC my entire adult life and know nothing else, though I grew up in Pittsbugh.
We want to make a switch- jobs and money aren't an issue with us as husband has family money. I am a writer with a MA in counseling(though I'm not working now).

We want a simpler, less hurried, less expensive life where DH has access to golf more year-round. His family lives in Ballantyne so we are obviously acquainted with C-town but all I know is that area and the South Park mall. I cannot imagine living in that area as I need something somewhat walkable/bikeable.

Are there better/cuter more interesting places in Charlotte than the malls? I would love to live in Myers Park/Dilworth area though if there are other places to live, please tell me!
What about preschools? Playgrounds? Will I meet other moms and kids?
Socially-- is everyone conservative? We are liberal, artsy NYers, but WASPy too and tolerant of many differences.
I've heard it's all about keeping up with the Jones' in Charlotte and I am concerned about raising kids in a place obsessed with money and appearance-- is this really true in Charlotte?

Thanks for any and all input.

Charlotte is a mostly SUBURBAN city. If you want to be as walkable as possible you'll definitely need to stick with Myers Park, Dilworth, Eastover or uptown.

The group and website charlottemommies would be a good resource for you.

Any "keeping up with the Jones" attitude seems to come from newcomers whose money tends to go a lot further in Charlotte than it did back in Long Island, Boston or the west coast. I wouldn't worry about it too much.
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:21 AM
 
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thanks lovesMountains.

We will expand search to Eastover, etc. I am a fan of older houses having grown up in Pgh-

Is "uptown" the same thing as downtown? (i.e. office buildings?) confused about that...
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:25 AM
 
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we should all just let LovesMountains speak for us, since all we can do is...rightfully agree with her...

Uptown = Dowtown
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:26 AM
 
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thanks lovesMountains.

We will expand search to Eastover, etc. I am a fan of older houses having grown up in Pgh-

Is "uptown" the same thing as downtown? (i.e. office buildings?) confused about that...
Yes, "uptown" is the same as "downtown"
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:26 AM
 
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we should all just let LovesMountains speak for us, since all we can do is...rightfully agree with her...

Uptown = Dowtown
LOL, you are too kind my friend
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:33 AM
 
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thanks lovesMountains.

We will expand search to Eastover, etc. I am a fan of older houses having grown up in Pgh-

Is "uptown" the same thing as downtown? (i.e. office buildings?) confused about that...
You might also really like Elizabeth, add that to your list
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:36 AM
 
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Thanks!

Also, we are not church-going folk- will we fit in?
Does anyone know how hard it is to get into a country club? We would like a golf club and a pool/tennis facilities for the kids.
thanks!
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:45 AM
 
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Thanks!

Also, we are not church-going folk- will we fit in?
Does anyone know how hard it is to get into a country club? We would like a golf club and a pool/tennis facilities for the kids.
thanks!
Well, sadly (to me) Charlotte is not the church attending city it used to be. Back in the late 80's almost 90% of folks polled were actively attending church, many more than once a week. But I digress...

Charlotte is now a city of transplants, many from the northeast. You will fit in just fine I'm sure

Country clubs here are not snobby in terms of "old money" and family lineage. If you've got the money for all the fees you can join one of several nice clubs.
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:22 AM
 
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I think you will fit right. My family is from NYC and upstate New York and so many people have moved to this area and love it. It is a wonderful place to raise children. Moms are very welcoming and there are plenty groups so you can easily make friends and find your children playmates.

There are many great pre schools in the area. Some pre schools you must apply in January to even be considered. Don't let that worry you, there are many pre schools that will have some spots. Just a heads up most of the pre schools are church affliated.
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