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Old 07-08-2013, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Hi,
We are a professional couple in our mid 20's (no kids) relocating from Boston, MA to Charlotte, NC in August. He got a job in the 4th Ward and we are looking for places to rent. We would prefer to rent a house that's in a good area (safe) and that is close to the city. I've never been to Charlotte and I don't know where to start- neighborhood-wise. We'd like to keep our renting budget as close to $1000 as possible but have the ability to go higher. I'll be flying down in 2 few weeks to meet with a realtor and hopefully sign a lease. If anyone can point me in the right direction of neighborhoods or geographical regions (west of charlotte?)- any help is appreciated.

To restate:
Young professional couple
Mid 20's
No kids
Medium-sized dog
House to rent for @ $1000/month
Safe neighborhood where I can get all this?
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Unless you you are as far west as Belmont, the west side of Charlotte is considered the least affluent. An exception would be Wesley Heights (just to the west of uptown) which is being gentrified. Parts of the East side are dicey as well, except Plaza Midwood area. Safest part of Charlotte is the south - also the most expensive. The further away you are from the city - generally the less expensive. Your biggest issue will be the dog. You won't have many choices.
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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If you are willing to live in an apartment, these allow large dogs. It's in the very nice South End. You husband could ride light rail to work.
Spectrum South End | Spectrum South End - Charlotte, NC 28203
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Thanks for the help!
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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My boyfriend and are mid-20's, with a large dog , and also working professional jobs here. Let me know if you'd like to chat or message me about any questions you might have! We did a very short-term lease while house hunting, but I may be able to help you with that or other things .
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:05 PM
 
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Chantilly, in East Charlotte. Look on Craiglist for a few listings, or Zillow.
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Chantilly is nice.
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:42 PM
 
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The only thing I want to add is that Charlotte is a very dog friendly city. Most pedestrian neighborhoods (South end, Plaza, NoDa) have businesses that have water bowls outside for people walking dogs on summer days, and those same neighborhoods usually have restaurants with patios where you'll always see people with dogs.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:24 PM
 
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Default Madison Park - Adjacent to Park Rd?

You want to stay ~$1000 rent for a house, safe nice area, dog friendly, close to uptown?

I think $1000 is unrealistic for a house with those attributes and you don't want West Charlotte if you're looking for a nice and safe location.

In my opinion, if you could stretch your housing budget to around $1300-1400 and then I would recommend Madison Park - which is a huge neighborhood so I'd stick close to Park Rd rather than South Blvd and stay north of Tyvola. I am saying $1300-1400 because there are a lot of small ranch homes from the 1950s-1960s in the neighborhood, and I've seen things around that price range although rent has shot up recently.

You would be walking distance from Park Road Shopping center, and a good variety of stores, services and restaurants on Montford. Plus you're walking distance to two smaller neighborhood parks, plus freedom park is also 5 mins drive (or you could walk there), South Park Mall is also 5 mins drive as are most cheaper stuff on South Blvd. Uptown taking Park Rd is on average 17 mins during morning traffic, after work takes longer.

Below is the area I would recommend sticking to - hope you post which area you ended up choosing. Good luck.

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Old 08-04-2013, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Any updates?
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