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Old 10-18-2014, 12:27 PM
 
Location: D.C.
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We are originally from NC, the Raleigh and Wilmington areas. We live in the VA burbs of DC currently, specifically Ashburn (more specifically, Brambleton). There is interest in me from an employer in N. Charlotte that I am considerng. We love the seting and housing of where we live now (have two small kids), typical suburban lifestyle, homes average around 4,500sf, modest yards of acre average, you get the idea. Average prices of around $600k -$650k.

I am curious if anyone here is from Ashburn or knows it well enough to offer some suggestions of similar areas around Charlotte? I currently commute into Tysons Corner, so I am comfortable with a 45 minute +/- drive. We really like how new everything is here in the Brambleton area. We also love being near the Shandendohah foothills (beautiful setting). Hope to find a similar setting in Charlotte? We know Raleigh very well. Used to live in Cary/Apex for several years. Loved it too!
Thanks!!
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Old 10-18-2014, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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Well, i doubt you'd find a 4500 suburban house for 600-650k.

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Old 10-18-2014, 04:05 PM
 
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Well, i doubt you'd find a 4500 suburban house for 600-650k.
ACTUALLY, they've got a better chance of finding that in Charlotte than where they are now

Charlotte may be "pricey" by some standards, but it's not nearly as pricey as anything within proximity of DC like Ashburn is
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Old 10-18-2014, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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ACTUALLY, they've got a better chance of finding that in Charlotte than where they are now

Charlotte may be "pricey" by some standards, but it's not nearly as pricey as anything within proximity of DC like Ashburn is
Ashburn still is in Virginia. The only pricey suburbs of DC are the ones in Maryland.
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Old 10-18-2014, 04:51 PM
 
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Ashburn still is in Virginia. The only pricey suburbs of DC are the ones in Maryland.
LOL this is a joke, right?

To answer the OP, there are many "typical suburban" areas in the Charlotte area, although I'm not sure there are many that "average" 4500 square feet. Maybe Marvin/Weddington area but you'll have a bigger lot for that price.

That would probably be an hour or so commute to North Charlotte, depending on where in North Charlotte you're talking (I am guessing the Northlake Mall area or something?)

On the north side Cornelius would probably be the closest, maybe some of those newer subdivisions off of NC 73 that call themselves Davidson but really aren't.
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Old 10-18-2014, 05:21 PM
 
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Ashburn still is in Virginia. The only pricey suburbs of DC are the ones in Maryland.
You're kidding, right? Ashburn, VA in Loudoun County is quite pricey and property taxes are quite high. You are way off mark. Ashburn is also very close Dulles International Airport among many, many other things and is very commutable to DC, which makes it desirable and expensive.
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Old 10-19-2014, 01:03 AM
 
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We lived in downtown Vienna for about 8 years, and now we live in Mooresville, which is north of Charlotte. For me the biggest adjustment and thing I miss is that I can no longer walk anywhere from my house. I used to go days without using my car, because we were within walking distance of several different grocery stores, restaurants, parks, the library, etc. That said, in Mooresville we paid far less for a far bigger house in a nice neighborhood. I absolutely love our neighborhood, the schools, and the community itself. If you're looking for something closer to Charlotte on the north side, you may want to look at Huntersville, which I think is more comparable to Ashburn.
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Old 10-19-2014, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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You're kidding, right? Ashburn, VA in Loudoun County is quite pricey and property taxes are quite high. You are way off mark. Ashburn is also very close Dulles International Airport among many, many other things and is very commutable to DC, which makes it desirable and expensive.
Sooo, a city with 43k people averages 4500 square feet per house?
http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...rch/Ashburn_VA
Even the first house (only one I read) is 8700 square feet and 600k. 8700 square feet in Charlotte is 1 million+, i've looked for houses like that.
The first house you see here for Charlotte, 7k square feet is 1.5 million-
http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...h/Charlotte_NC
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Old 10-19-2014, 11:11 AM
 
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Thanks everyone, especially Sherrie. I work in Tysons, so I know the area you're talking with Vienna. I'm not sure about this job potential, if I feel it is stable enough to do the move. One thing I enjoy about DC is the job options incase something goes sideways. I don't have to worry about North American Vanlines in my driveway. But, we do miss NC.

Jimmy smile: That's an 8,700 SF LOT (yard), not an 8,700 SF home (it's actually 3,409 SF). If you pull up any of the major home builders, you'll find several several of their projects in the 20148 zip code, with nearly all of them starting around $600k. Want a front door? that's another $5,000k, etc. It quickly adds up. Resales are just as crazy. We have town homes that average 2,200 SF selling for at least $500k now. When we bought our house in November of 2011, new construction with 4,500 SF (we have basements here as the norm), it was on the tail side of the recovery, and a bargain at $585k with one of the largest lots in the area (.28 acres). Now, it's appraised at $700k.
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Old 10-19-2014, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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Thanks everyone, especially Sherrie. I work in Tysons, so I know the area you're talking with Vienna. I'm not sure about this job potential, if I feel it is stable enough to do the move. One thing I enjoy about DC is the job options incase something goes sideways. I don't have to worry about North American Vanlines in my driveway. But, we do miss NC.

Jimmy smile: That's an 8,700 SF LOT (yard), not an 8,700 SF home (it's actually 3,409 SF). If you pull up any of the major home builders, you'll find several several of their projects in the 20148 zip code, with nearly all of them starting around $600k. Want a front door? that's another $5,000k, etc. It quickly adds up. Resales are just as crazy. We have town homes that average 2,200 SF selling for at least $500k now. When we bought our house in November of 2011, new construction with 4,500 SF (we have basements here as the norm), it was on the tail side of the recovery, and a bargain at $585k with one of the largest lots in the area (.28 acres). Now, it's appraised at $700k.
The houses changed. That was the "featured" list. It was on the home page, it must've been a slideshow or something.
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