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Old 10-01-2014, 06:46 AM
 
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My fiance and I are currently looking to relocate from Matthews for a larger home to start a family and plan to live there for the next 10+ years. That being the case, we are looking to build and make it our own from the start. Our budget is at a max of $400k. I currently work in Charlotte but my employer will be relocating to Ft Mill in the next 2 years. My fiance works uptown. We have seen just about every builder and sub division from Mint Hill to Lake Wylie and are struggling to make a decision on where to settle down for the long haul.

We want a quality builder and to make sure we are in a neighborhood that has long term potential. While we are concerned with schools, we do not currently have kids and I worry that focusing on that at this point is a moot point as who knows what schools will be good or where the district lines will be drawn in 5+ years.

Both of us have only lived in the Charlotte area for a few years now and arent too familiar with the surrounding areas. I think we have ruled out anywhere in Mecklenburg County just due to the added taxes. We would like to have an easier commute but our highest priority is being in a great neighborhood with a quality house in an area that will only get better over the years. I think we have narrowed it down to the following two builders/subdivisions and was wondering if anyone could help provide any feedback on either or possibly suggest others.

Bonterra Builders - The Overlook at the Enclaves at Crismark (Indian Trail)
Merritage Homes - Riverchase (Ft Mill)

We have also looked at:

Knotts Builders, Lennar, DR Horton, Standard Pacific, Ryan, Ryland, John Weiland Homes, True Homes, Essex, etc.

Fox Ridge, Massey, Forest at Fort Mill, Millbridge, Walnut Creek, Carolina Reserve, Lakebridge, Lake Ridge, Serenity Point, Telfair, Iron Gate, Riverwalk, River Lake, Springfield, Deerstyne, Barber Rock, Bridge Mill, etc.

As you can imagine, we are very exhausted Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-01-2014, 07:03 AM
 
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While we are concerned with schools, we do not currently have kids and I worry that focusing on that at this point is a moot point as who knows what schools will be good or where the district lines will be drawn in 5+ years.
I would still consider this. Though lines can move in 5 years, they won't move *that* much and a crappy school assignment area now will most likely still be a crappy assignment area 5 years from now.

This also will affect eventual resale value. You need to think about what the implications are with moving into an area with so-so schools that's always had so-so schools.

We moved down from NJ and the town we were in had "bad" schools. It made it harder to sell our house than someone with the exact same house in a neighboring town.
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Old 10-01-2014, 07:12 AM
 
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I would still consider this. Though lines can move in 5 years, they won't move *that* much and a crappy school assignment area now will most likely still be a crappy assignment area 5 years from now.

This also will affect eventual resale value. You need to think about what the implications are with moving into an area with so-so schools that's always had so-so schools.
Yeah, thats a good point. It's just been such a big focus of our search from the start and we've been looking so long I think we've started to wane and have been trying to decide what we are willing to sacrifice to fine a home we are happy with.

Do you have any thoughts on which area would be best taking schools into account?

Thanks for your response!
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