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Old 03-11-2016, 08:48 AM
 
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If you're only here for 3 days, stay in a hotel. 2 days in Raleigh and 1 day in Charlotte or vice versa. We're 2.5 hours away from each other and both communities are very spread out so you don't want to waste time driving from half way every day.

Staying in Greensboro or halfway doesn't make sense if you're not thinking of living there. Good luck!
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:59 PM
 
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I suggest Belmont, just west of Charlotte. I lived there in the past and it's a wonderful town. It's the closest suburb to the airport (10 minutes or so), safe community, great schools, reasonable cost of live, one of the easiest commutes in the Charlotte area, lots of recreational assets, family-friendly, sits along I-85, and has a very reasonable growth rate. In my opinion, it's the nicest suburb in the the metro area. Another good option would be Ft. Mill, a suburb SW of Charlotte in SC. No offense to anyone, but I would avoid the Lake Norman area (Huntersville/Cornelius/Davidson/Mooresville, all North of Charlotte) and Union Co. (Indian Trail/Lake Park/Weddington/Waxhaw/Monroe, all SE of Charlotte). Nice areas in their own right, but the commutes to the airport would be a nightmare. Those areas have very heavy traffic most of the time, but especially at rush hour. Hope this helps. Good luck in your search.
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Old 03-17-2016, 04:21 PM
 
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I suggest Belmont, just west of Charlotte. I lived there in the past and it's a wonderful town. It's the closest suburb to the airport (10 minutes or so), safe community, great schools, reasonable cost of live, one of the easiest commutes in the Charlotte area, lots of recreational assets, family-friendly, sits along I-85, and has a very reasonable growth rate. In my opinion, it's the nicest suburb in the the metro area. Another good option would be Ft. Mill, a suburb SW of Charlotte in SC. No offense to anyone, but I would avoid the Lake Norman area (Huntersville/Cornelius/Davidson/Mooresville, all North of Charlotte) and Union Co. (Indian Trail/Lake Park/Weddington/Waxhaw/Monroe, all SE of Charlotte). Nice areas in their own right, but the commutes to the airport would be a nightmare. Those areas have very heavy traffic most of the time, but especially at rush hour. Hope this helps. Good luck in your search.
Good advice, Belmont is terrific. But I would not rule out Huntersville solely based on the airport commute, as it has good access the the airport especially in particular areas. Many of the nice neighborhoods in Belmont are down 273 a pretty fair distance and it takes a little while to get to US74. For example, from South Point HS area to airport Google maps shows 20 minutes.

From my house in Huntersville to airport Google maps has it as 25 minutes, so not a huge difference. I-485 from Huntersville to airport is rarely backed up even during rush hours. I-77 is a disaster and getting worse every day but I very rarely need to get on it.
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Old 03-17-2016, 04:42 PM
 
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hi all, bringing this back up. We decided to head up to North Carolina for a few days in May. We'd like help in where to rent a house or apartment (bringing my mother and son) that would give us the ability to drive to both the charlotte area and RTP throughout. Also, I'm not sure the rules, but possibly would work w/ a RE agent to see some houses and neighborhoods to get an idea of what our money would get us.

Thanks!
Are you deciding between Charlotte and the Triangle or will you need to go to both places after moving?
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Old 03-18-2016, 04:22 PM
 
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I'd recommend Belmont, Gastonia, and Ft. Mill would be good locations if you want to be close to the airport.
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