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Old 09-03-2012, 08:27 PM
 
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Hi. I am thinking about moving to nc within the next couple of years. I want to spend the next year taking small trips to places of interest. I will be passing through Charlotte for a couple of days in December. Where should I stay to get an introductory feel to the suburbs around Charlotte? Id like to stay somewhere central enough to drive around different areas in the short time im there. Ideally Id like to live no farther than 30 minutes outside of Charlotte. Someone told me to stay in Ballantyne but was wondering if anyone had any input? Thanks!!
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:49 PM
 
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Hi. I am thinking about moving to nc within the next couple of years. I want to spend the next year taking small trips to places of interest. I will be passing through Charlotte for a couple of days in December. Where should I stay to get an introductory feel to the suburbs around Charlotte? Id like to stay somewhere central enough to drive around different areas in the short time im there. Ideally Id like to live no farther than 30 minutes outside of Charlotte. Someone told me to stay in Ballantyne but was wondering if anyone had any input? Thanks!!
I suggest you stay in Matthews right off of I485.

From there you can see Ballantyne, Pineville and Steele Creek to the southwest and Mint Hill, Matthews itself and the University area to the northeast.

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Old 09-03-2012, 08:49 PM
 
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What are you in to? Kids? Eclectic? Workaholic? White picket fence? Give us something to work from...

Ballantyne is alright, but it's rather bland. I can't imagine vacationing there...
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:52 PM
 
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If I was you I would stay in Uptown, its more of center and you can drive within same amount of time to each of suburbs.
If you stay in Ballantyne which is south Charlotte you may be making longer trips to suburbs on the north like Huntersville, Cornelius or east side like Plaza Midwood unless you have you mind to live in Ballantyne area. If your in Ballantyne you could also check out Rock Hill in SC all within your 30 minutes.
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:08 PM
 
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Hi. I am thinking about moving to nc within the next couple of years. I want to spend the next year taking small trips to places of interest. I will be passing through Charlotte for a couple of days in December. Where should I stay to get an introductory feel to the suburbs around Charlotte? Id like to stay somewhere central enough to drive around different areas in the short time im there. Ideally Id like to live no farther than 30 minutes outside of Charlotte. Someone told me to stay in Ballantyne but was wondering if anyone had any input? Thanks!!
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:09 PM
 
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What are you in to? Kids? Eclectic? Workaholic? White picket fence? Give us something to work from...

Ballantyne is alright, but it's rather bland. I can't imagine vacationing there...
Now now, he did say "suburbs", and Ballantyne is the nicest one in the Charlotte area
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:17 PM
 
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There is a bed and breakfast on Morehead St. In Uptown/ South Charlotte called something along the lines of Morehead Inn, or something like that. Can see both Uptown and the nice suburbs.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:23 PM
 
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If you want to get the "feel" of charlotte all I can say is charlotte is so big you can get the feel of about anything you can afford.....Many areas in charlotte seem more like little colonies made up of people who mostly are not from charlotte but big cities in the north etc. You need to look for a place where you will hear the wonderful southern accent to know you are in the original real deal city of charlotte area. Hope this helps
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:47 PM
 
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Now now, he did say "suburbs", and Ballantyne is the nicest one in the Charlotte area
In your opinion perhaps. I think the lake communIties like Davidson and Cornelius blow ballantyne out of the water. And it doesn't meet the qualification of 30 minutes outside charlotte. If you want a central location to look at everything, uptown is your best bet.
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:02 AM
 
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Good point native sun.... So here's what I'm looking for.... Great schools are priority, neighborhoods where you know all your neighbors and have a sense of community with fourth of july get togethers and plenty of play dates, affordable housing $300,000 and less. I say no more than 30 minutes outside of Charlotte because although acreage is nice I need to be within a close drive to shopping, recreation, restaurants etc. Most importantly my husband is a police officer and I'm a pediatric OT so we need to be in a place where we can find work.
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