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Old 03-26-2015, 07:17 AM
 
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Hello, Please tell me your thoughts of living in Huntersville (north) area of Charlotte versus living in Raleigh-Durham/Cary area. Please note that I lived in Charlotte for ~10 years;we then had to move north for jobs. So, I know the area extremely well, especially south Charlotte. We are returning to NC. However, the situation dictates that we choose between these 2 geographies----> Huntersville vs. Raleigh area. Please help....I look forward to your input!! P.S. I do not know Huntersville or Raleigh areas re nuances of living there. Thank you!!
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:21 AM
 
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Huntersville by far.

20 minute drive to Charlotte, 10 minutes from the lake, it is extremely developed now, places like Birkdale Village, any kind of place to eat you'd want, etc.

Only problem is traffic during rush hour times (8AM-8:30AM and 4:45PM to 5:30PM).
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:27 AM
 
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Huntersville is a suburb of Charlotte. So if you are looking for an upper middle class suburban lifestyle, move to Huntersville.

Raleigh-Durham Cary is the second largest metro in the state and offers a huge variety of options. Literally the exact same type of lifestyle is likely between Huntersville and say, Cary. Or if you prefer something similar to south Charlotte, move into Raleigh proper.

Comparing Huntersville vs. the Raleigh metro as a whole is like apples and helicopters though.
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:30 AM
 
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You can find the exact same lifestyles in each area, but I would agree that Huntersville would be on par with Cary/Morrisville.
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:36 AM
 
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I forgot about Birkdale in Huntersville...thanks!! The "Lake" (Lake Norman) is not a priority for us for activity aspects. So to give you an idea...ease-of-shopping (variety), workout places, dining/not chains options are some priorities.
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:30 AM
 
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Literally the exact same type of lifestyle is likely between Huntersville and say, Cary.
This. A lot of the suburbs of Raleigh/Durham are very similar to a lot of the suburbs of Charlotte. Only advantage Huntersville has is being near the Lake, although Raleigh/Durham is closer to the ocean.
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:31 AM
 
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I forgot about Birkdale in Huntersville...thanks!! The "Lake" (Lake Norman) is not a priority for us for activity aspects. So to give you an idea...ease-of-shopping (variety), workout places, dining/not chains options are some priorities.
Both areas meet those requirements equally, imo.
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Old 03-26-2015, 09:22 AM
 
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... Only advantage Huntersville has is being near the Lake, although Raleigh/Durham is closer to the ocean.
Some would also say that Huntersville being much closer to the mountains would be considered an advantage too.
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:49 AM
 
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I forgot about Birkdale in Huntersville...thanks!! The "Lake" (Lake Norman) is not a priority for us for activity aspects. So to give you an idea...ease-of-shopping (variety), workout places, dining/not chains options are some priorities.
Not only do you have Birkdale but Northlake is good for some stores ,the completion of 485 gives easy access to Concord Mills& the new Premium Outlets near Steele Creek. Plus SouthPark is also a reasonable distance along with a growing retail scene in Uptown/SouthEnd.
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Old 03-26-2015, 03:55 PM
 
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Huntersville by far.

20 minute drive to Charlotte, 10 minutes from the lake, it is extremely developed now, places like Birkdale Village, any kind of place to eat you'd want, etc.

Only problem is traffic during rush hour times (8AM-8:30AM and 4:45PM to 5:30PM).
We should be very clear for the OPs sake that commuting to Charlotte from Huntersville is not 20 minutes during rush hour(s), its more like an hour between the congestion starting at mile marker 19 and the local congestion on NC 115, NC 21, Gilead and Sam Furr. I would imagine this getting much more if they begin construction on the toll lanes etc.
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