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Old 07-16-2013, 08:10 AM
 
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School rankings are not perfect indicators. Just because a school is at the top of some list doesn't mean that your kid will do well. Conversely, a child can struggle at a highly ranked school. A student's family life plays more of a role than anything else.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:48 AM
 
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I think it is really difficult to choose an area before you have had a chance to visit. I think once you do that and get a feel for the areas you are asking about and an understanding of how far or close things are, etc...only then will you know what is going to work for you. These forums are great and full of helpful information but there are many different opinions and so what is great to some may not be so much for others.

Also, what you think you want may change as you get further along in your search. For example, when I first started my search here I thought for sure I wanted to live in or very near Birkdale Village (Huntersville). But I ended up in the NW section of Concord and I love it here so much more than I would have thought and probably than what people would have suggested back then (people thought I lived far out and we couldn't even get pizza delivered at the time!). This area gave me great and easy access to shopping (close to Concord Mills and Afton Ridge has my Super Target!) and I love the schools my kids go to. But perhaps on paper and what people had to say back then, I'd have crossed it off my list.

Sorry to ramble but as someone who has relocated and worked with people doing the same I just had to respond. I do think it is smart to do as much research as you can before you get here and as you are doing but...
In a nutshell, what I am trying to say is, it can be confusing until you see it all for yourself
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:50 AM
 
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I think it is really difficult to choose an area before you have had a chance to visit. I think once you do that and get a feel for the areas you are asking about and an understanding of how far or close things are, etc...only then will you know what is going to work for you. These forums are great and full of helpful information but there are many different opinions and so what is great to some may not be so much for others.

Also, what you think you want may change as you get further along in your search. For example, when I first started my search here I thought for sure I wanted to live in or very near Birkdale Village (Huntersville). But I ended up in the NW section of Concord and I love it here so much more than I would have thought and probably than what people would have suggested back then (people thought I lived far out and we couldn't even get pizza delivered at the time!). This area gave me great and easy access to shopping (close to Concord Mills and Afton Ridge has my Super Target!) and I love the schools my kids go to. But perhaps on paper and what people had to say back then, I'd have crossed it off my list.

Sorry to ramble but as someone who has relocated and worked with people doing the same I just had to respond. I do think it is smart to do as much research as you can before you get here and as you are doing but...
In a nutshell, what I am trying to say is, it can be confusing until you see it all for yourself
Thanks for advice. I completely agree. Having looked at dfw and visited several times while considering it, info I got here and what the reality on the ground was for me personably was very different. Especially when it comes to commutes and distances.

We will be trying to get down there sometime in the bear future to visit the area.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:15 AM
 
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Thanks for advice. I completely agree. Having looked at dfw and visited several times while considering it, info I got here and what the reality on the ground was for me personably was very different. Especially when it comes to commutes and distances.

We will be trying to get down there sometime in the bear future to visit the area.
This is very true...
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:18 AM
 
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I think it is really difficult to choose an area before you have had a chance to visit. I think once you do that and get a feel for the areas you are asking about and an understanding of how far or close things are, etc...only then will you know what is going to work for you. These forums are great and full of helpful information but there are many different opinions and so what is great to some may not be so much for others.

Also, what you think you want may change as you get further along in your search. For example, when I first started my search here I thought for sure I wanted to live in or very near Birkdale Village (Huntersville). But I ended up in the NW section of Concord and I love it here so much more than I would have thought and probably than what people would have suggested back then (people thought I lived far out and we couldn't even get pizza delivered at the time!). This area gave me great and easy access to shopping (close to Concord Mills and Afton Ridge has my Super Target!) and I love the schools my kids go to. But perhaps on paper and what people had to say back then, I'd have crossed it off my list.

Sorry to ramble but as someone who has relocated and worked with people doing the same I just had to respond. I do think it is smart to do as much research as you can before you get here and as you are doing but...
In a nutshell, what I am trying to say is, it can be confusing until you see it all for yourself
X2. Great advice. Especially down here.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:37 PM
 
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I live pretty far south in Charlotte and I half curse my friends that moved to Union every time I drive out there. It feels so far to me! They feel it was worth it though, and their house is big.

If your job does land you in the Fairview Road area, then you'll be pretty close to some of the most desirable neighborhood CMS schools though, as well as several popular magnet options. I definitely would not rule out living in that area.
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