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Old 08-22-2012, 08:13 PM
 
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Can someone compare and contrast these two Union County communities for me, good parts and bad?

Is one closer to any fun stuff (shopping, dining, parks/recreation) than the other? Friendlier? Does either have "internal" amenities like a coffee shop, dining/bar, playground, organized social functions, kids activities, etc.? Does either of these communities enjoy considerably better word-of-mouth ratings, and why?
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:16 PM
 
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Can someone compare and contrast these two Union County communities for me, good parts and bad?

Is one closer to any fun stuff (shopping, dining, parks/recreation) than the other? Friendlier? Does either have "internal" amenities like a coffee shop, dining/bar, playground, organized social functions, kids activities, etc.? Does either of these communities enjoy considerably better word-of-mouth ratings, and why?
You could not compare them, they are in a different class. There are a couple of communities (classes) in between them in Union County.
I recommend you visit them and you'll see the big difference right away (not to mention that Firethorne is a country club / golf course community).

Closest to compare Firethorne to in the Marvin (UC) area is Longview (higher end, gated country club).

Marvin Creek is a Toll Brothers community while Firethorne has higher end homes built by John Weiland & diverse independent builders.
They are both located close to Ballantyne area full of shopping & entertainment opportunity and they both go to same top Marvin Schools.

Like most other communities in UC, there are lots of activities available under HOA facilities: pool, tennis/bball/voleyball courts, trails, gym, kids playground/activities, etc. But only Firethorne (between the 2) is located on its own golf course.

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Old 08-22-2012, 09:14 PM
 
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^^^Hit the nail on the head.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:03 AM
 
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I don't know if I would really compare Firethorne with Longview either, very big difference.

Firethorne and Marvin Creek have basically the same location, maybe 2 more minutes for Firethorne to get to 485. As far as amenities in Marvin Creek, I would say they have a much better pool (other than a slide, Firethorne's is pretty small). Playground.... lol, your kid will have to wait in line for the one swing at Marvin Creek, everybody has a better one in their backyard. Not much organized social activities, other than annual Easter and Christmas events for the kids which are nice.

Firethorne has dining/bar and social functions. But that is part of the country club (which you would have a social membership as residents), which you can get a membership without living there. Many Marvin Creek residents are members of Firethorne. As a "country club", however, it is not very impressive. Does have fun events and its nice to be able to order food at the pool.

Longview is gorgeous in every detail.
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:29 AM
 
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I don't know if I would really compare Firethorne with Longview either, very big difference.

Firethorne and Marvin Creek have basically the same location, maybe 2 more minutes for Firethorne to get to 485. As far as amenities in Marvin Creek, I would say they have a much better pool (other than a slide, Firethorne's is pretty small). Playground.... lol, your kid will have to wait in line for the one swing at Marvin Creek, everybody has a better one in their backyard. Not much organized social activities, other than annual Easter and Christmas events for the kids which are nice.

Firethorne has dining/bar and social functions. But that is part of the country club (which you would have a social membership as residents), which you can get a membership without living there. Many Marvin Creek residents are members of Firethorne. As a "country club", however, it is not very impressive. Does have fun events and its nice to be able to order food at the pool.

Longview is gorgeous in every detail.
Agree, this is why I said Longview is "(higher end, gated country club)."
By comparison I meant the golf course.

Before choosing Marvin Creek, one should also look at Kingsmead, Weddington Chase, Providence Downs which are a step above IMO.
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:26 PM
 
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Does Kingsmead offer any amenities??
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:48 AM
 
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Yes, pool, clubhouse, common area for Kingsmead
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:21 PM
 
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Default Longview

So, ranking-wise is it Longview--Firethorne--???--Marvin Creek? Anything above Firethorne? What is closest (i.e., shortest drive) to uptown/shopping?
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:02 PM
 
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Longview then Firethorne then Marvin Creek. HUGE price point difference for the 3 communities.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:02 PM
 
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Default Which one if small kids?

Is any of these higher-end communities known for being more toddler-preschooler friendly?

What about the grownups: friendly? or apathetic/stuck up ("you live next house to me but I don't know you from Adam")? Being brand new we'd like to have the opportunity to participate in organized (and informal) social life.

Thanks again!
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