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Old 01-09-2013, 06:19 AM
 
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My Wife and I are relocating to Charlotte from Atlanta. We are planning to rent for 8 month in Southpark area while we determine exactly where we want to live. I'm 34 and my Wife is 29 - no kids, but plan to start a family very soon. We toured homes in Elizabeth/Chantilly/Midwood this past weekend and really fell in love with the area. However, we noticed most homes for sale had baby rooms/cribs - so I'd say people within our 'range of current life' are moving out. Was this just a coincidence? I understand that the schools aren't the best, but is this area more for the single or married w/ no kids? We'd like to find a section of town where we will be around middle aged folks with young children. Where should we look? Budget - $275k-$325k.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:34 AM
 
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As things stand now, Elizabeth has good schools. Less so for Chantilly and Plaza-Midwood though generally elementary schools are fine plus there are many magnet options. If you stay in the zone for Alexander Graham Middle (Elizabeth), neighborhood schools are fine. I don't know the demographics for the area, but I know there are always parents with kids who will choose to live in a more urban environment. You won't have the density of young kids you would have in a more suburban environment, but there will be kids there. When the kids get to be teenagers, these close in city neighborhoods are much better.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:50 AM
 
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... However, we noticed most homes for sale had baby rooms/cribs - so I'd say people within our 'range of current life' are moving out. Was this just a coincidence? I understand that the schools aren't the best, but is this area more for the single or married w/ no kids? .....
I don't think I'd worry much about this. These areas have been under constant renovation/rejuvenation/re-everything since the Baby Boomers reached 30 something back in the early 80s. My mom and dad lived in the The Plaza neighborhood in the early 60s when they were first married and my earliest memories as a very young kid are from there. In other words, these neighborhoods are going to have people from all generations and ages in them. I agree with what the previous poster said about moving here instead of one of the faceless suburbs.

If you are looking for other places, then I'd consider looking around Cotswald. You should be able to find something quite nice in your price range. It's not as old as the above, but there are a lot of very nice mid-century moderns located there.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:01 AM
 
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One more thing - Your budget may get you in small bungalow in these areas but not much more. Maybe some of the families are leaving for more room.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Lakeside. Of course.
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One more thing - Your budget may get you in small bungalow in these areas but not much more. Maybe some of the families are leaving for more room.
This was my first thought.
Since we don't know the square footage of the homes you're looking at, if they're on the smaller side, these families may have grown out of these homes.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:48 AM
 
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There are big concerns about NCs waiver for NCLB.

Essentially those in title one school districts no longer have priority for magnets or a requirement for options from CMS. That means get a magnet or got to neighborhood school (or private).

The elementary school for chantilly is Billingsville, and its a crappy school. Check out Charlotte neighbors for education for more info about efforts to change this.

I live in this area, have an elementary age child and LOVE the area. We are in magnet school though.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:15 PM
 
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We are moving to Chantilly in a few months and we have a one year old. Really excited! Close to uptown and saw many kids of all ages in neighborhood! Good luck!
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:30 AM
 
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One more thing - Your budget may get you in small bungalow in these areas but not much more. Maybe some of the families are leaving for more room.
Yep thats what did it for us.

I don't live in one the neighborhoods mentioned but have lived in a similar one on the "other" side of SouthPark for 12 years. I love the area and even love our small, quaint house, but my wife gets suburban fever everytime she goes to a birthday party in Union County or Ballantyne. The same has been true with most of our neighbors with small kids unfortunately. I wish we could be one that diehards that stays and sees the neighborhood fully turnover, the schools get better, and prices improve enough to where adding a 2nd addition makes at least some financial sense, but alas I see myself putting an offer on a McMansion in Waxhaw soon and upgrading cup sizes at Starbucks for the additional 45 minutes each way to work everyday.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:39 AM
 
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Don't do it palmetto! Fight the power!
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:12 PM
 
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Yep thats what did it for us.

I don't live in one the neighborhoods mentioned but have lived in a similar one on the "other" side of SouthPark for 12 years. I love the area and even love our small, quaint house, but my wife gets suburban fever everytime she goes to a birthday party in Union County or Ballantyne. The same has been true with most of our neighbors with small kids unfortunately. I wish we could be one that diehards that stays and sees the neighborhood fully turnover, the schools get better, and prices improve enough to where adding a 2nd addition makes at least some financial sense, but alas I see myself putting an offer on a McMansion in Waxhaw soon and upgrading cup sizes at Starbucks for the additional 45 minutes each way to work everyday.
Yuck
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