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Old 10-09-2012, 11:18 AM
 
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Hi Everyone,

This is my first time posting, but I have read these forums and find the comments SO helpful. I am hoping someone will have some insight for my questions.

We moved here a few months ago and were told that based on our criteria we would probably most enjoy Huntersville/ Highland Creek area. While the schools are great (one of our top criteria), the commute is pretty long for my husband (he works on West Tyvola Rd.)

We rented a home for this very reason, and I am wondering if there is any other locations we should consider that would offer good schools, a shorter commute (ideally around 30ish minutes) and a home that is not squished next to their neighbor, i.e. something with a tiny bit of land or set back from the road a bit--but still close enough to some shopping. Our price range is not huge for the area, we are hoping to stay under 220k. Any ideas would be so very appreciated!
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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Hi Everyone,

This is my first time posting, but I have read these forums and find the comments SO helpful. I am hoping someone will have some insight for my questions.

We moved here a few months ago and were told that based on our criteria we would probably most enjoy Huntersville/ Highland Creek area. While the schools are great (one of our top criteria), the commute is pretty long for my husband (he works on West Tyvola Rd.)

We rented a home for this very reason, and I am wondering if there is any other locations we should consider that would offer good schools, a shorter commute (ideally around 30ish minutes) and a home that is not squished next to their neighbor, i.e. something with a tiny bit of land or set back from the road a bit--but still close enough to some shopping. Our price range is not huge for the area, we are hoping to stay under 220k. Any ideas would be so very appreciated!
Well, there are other places you can look that will give you a better commute, but the neighborhoods won't be much different than what you currently have in Highland Creek I'm afraid. You have to be in a bit bigger price range for any lots over about a half acre. Still, I'd suggest you look around Fort Mill, SC - you may come up with something with a bit more of a "country feel" in your price range, and you'd certainly have great schools and a much easier commute
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:04 PM
 
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Hi Everyone,

This is my first time posting, but I have read these forums and find the comments SO helpful. I am hoping someone will have some insight for my questions.

We moved here a few months ago and were told that based on our criteria we would probably most enjoy Huntersville/ Highland Creek area. While the schools are great (one of our top criteria), the commute is pretty long for my husband (he works on West Tyvola Rd.)

We rented a home for this very reason, and I am wondering if there is any other locations we should consider that would offer good schools, a shorter commute (ideally around 30ish minutes) and a home that is not squished next to their neighbor, i.e. something with a tiny bit of land or set back from the road a bit--but still close enough to some shopping. Our price range is not huge for the area, we are hoping to stay under 220k. Any ideas would be so very appreciated!
You could look in Belmont. I would suggest, though, that you look for an area zoned to Stephen Cramer HS (The school is being built now.) because of the schools that will be zoned to that cluster of schools. That school will draw from Craamerton, part of Belmont, & part of Mt Holly. The middle school is Cramerton Middle school. I believe that it would allow your kids to apply to Highland Technical HS, which is a magnet school that had spectacular result this past year in testing.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:03 PM
 
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Cornelius, Birkdale, Rosedale, Davidson, all withing 30 minutes of down town and have good schools.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:24 PM
 
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How old are your children? Trying to determine if you need elementary and up, or just middle and up or high school...
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:35 PM
 
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Cornelius, Birkdale, Rosedale, Davidson, all withing 30 minutes of down town and have good schools.
OP lives in Huntersville now and works south of downtown, most of those places are the same or worse commute, which is what she is trying to change. Although depending on where exactly in Huntersville they live, I would think the Gilead Rd area at least would be in the 30 minute range.

As loves said, Fort Mill could be an option. Another option could be Matthews, which if you're in the northwestern portion you could avoid 485 and should be able to keep the commute in the 30 minute range.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:53 PM
 
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I'd think that Steele Creek would fit that bill.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for your comments! I have heard good things about Fort Mill and will keep that in mind. Any thoughts on Clover, Gastonia, Monroe, or Indian Trail? Those are other areas that seem to have good schools, good house prices, but am not too sure on commute times. Thanks again. Oh, and my children are Elementary school age, but we hope to stay put for a while and definitely are keeping high schools in mind since I feel those are even more important in the long run.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for your comments! I have heard good things about Fort Mill and will keep that in mind. Any thoughts on Clover, Gastonia, Monroe, or Indian Trail? Those are other areas that seem to have good schools, good house prices, but am not too sure on commute times. Thanks again. Oh, and my children are Elementary school age, but we hope to stay put for a while and definitely are keeping high schools in mind since I feel those are even more important in the long run.
A lot depends on the grades that your kids are in, but the information that I gave you was for what is projected to be the best high school in Gaston County. Right now, Forestview is the best regular high school.in Gastonia & is drawing from part of the area that will go to Stephen Cramer HS.

Clover has good schools. We have a poster who lives in Clover. I believe that she works in Uptown. She takes 321 north to Gastonia, then goes east to Charlotte. .
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:28 AM
 
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Thank you everyone for your comments! I have heard good things about Fort Mill and will keep that in mind. Any thoughts on Clover, Gastonia, Monroe, or Indian Trail? Those are other areas that seem to have good schools, good house prices, but am not too sure on commute times. Thanks again. Oh, and my children are Elementary school age, but we hope to stay put for a while and definitely are keeping high schools in mind since I feel those are even more important in the long run.
Those would all be about equal or worse commutes than Huntersville.

Pineville could be another closer option, although I'm not that familiar with the schools.
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