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Old 06-19-2013, 07:22 AM
 
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Hey Guys,

So which town is better for a young family with kids to move into? Are they basically the same or is one above the other? Young couples (in their 30's) are interested in.......

Schools
Good restaurants (non-chains)
Social life
Nice neighborhoods
Entertainment (movie theater, outdoor concerts, cool coffee shops, bar & grills)

Husband originally from Jersey but lives overseas in Asia for the past 10+ years with a Chinese wife and ready to settle down.

Thanks for your input.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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I think Matthews would be better for you - Mint Hill is more rural though less expensive. If you move to the part of Matthews attending Providence High School, schools will be excellent (down through elementary) though Butler is good too.
There aren't a whole lot of non-chain establishments in the area, but tiny downtown Matthews has a few places plus a library branch and a wonderful farmers market on Saturday Mornings.
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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We are looking at these two places as well as a couple more so I'm hoping some more folks will chime in!
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:24 PM
 
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I think Matthews would be better for you - Mint Hill is more rural though less expensive. If you move to the part of Matthews attending Providence High School, schools will be excellent (down through elementary) though Butler is good too.
There aren't a whole lot of non-chain establishments in the area, but tiny downtown Matthews has a few places plus a library branch and a wonderful farmers market on Saturday Mornings.
the Matthews (Union County part) is zoned Weddington M/HS (Antioch ES) which is a great area
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:37 AM
 
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Technically there are no parts of Matthews in Union County. There are parts of Union County that have a Matthews mailing address.

To answer the OP, I think both Matthews and Mint Hill are good areas for young families, but IMO there are not a ton of options in some of the categories you mentioned such as non-chain restaurants and nightlife spots. They both do seem to have some festivals and such. Matthews probably has the edge on schools, but both have many nice neighborhoods and you might be able to find slightly better value in Mint Hill.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:40 AM
 
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Of the two cities and your list, it would be Matthews hands down for me. I often shop in Matthews and eat over there as well.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:48 AM
 
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Providence High is one of the best public high schools here, therefore I would say Matthews. I've never liked Mint Hill, too rural and it's definitely more detached from Charlotte than Matthews. Both are lacking non chain restaurants and night spots, but Matthews isn't that far from charlottes new areas, like east Charlotte.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:51 AM
 
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Coin toss. Anyone in their 30's with small children is going to transition to another house in 6-7 years anyway. Both Mint Hill and Matthews are great areas. I would lean towards Mint Hill myself personally, because you can get more land out there.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Waxhaw, NC
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Coin toss. Anyone in their 30's with small children is going to transition to another house in 6-7 years anyway. Both Mint Hill and Matthews are great areas. I would lean towards Mint Hill myself personally, because you can get more land out there.
Out of curiosity, Why do you feel that? I just purchased a house with a young child with intentions of being in the same home until she graudates high school. I would think most, but not all families want that type of stability for their family. Just wondering the basis behind that?
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:47 AM
 
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Traditionally if all goes well and you promote at work, get raises/equity etc A lot of people including me upsize the home. Especially if you have just the one kid and have more. There's all sorts of reasons as to why move. But for me, it was better income and able to afford more space. Not everyone's first home can be the dream/ideal home. I do try to stay in the school district though.
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