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Old 01-20-2008, 10:36 PM
 
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I'm going to be moving into the Charlotte area to attend school in a couple of months and being that I have only visited the area for a short period of time which was quite a while ago, I just have a couple of questions that I would appreciate someone answering for me.

1. I know Charlotte is more metropolitan than its neighbors in western North Carolina but I am just wondering if its a fairly 'green' city, i.e. lots of trees and nature walks or parks in or around the city?
2. Are there any nice horse stables anyone knows about and/or land designated for horseback riding?
3. How dog friendly is the city? By dog I mean the kind too big to carry around in a purse. I have labs and other large-breed mutts and I'm wondering if there are many dog friendly places to eat and/or dog parks in the area.
4. Can anyone recommend or tell me any names of any nice suburbs with older houses outside of the city but still fairly close?
5. Does anyone know of any private, alternative elementary schools in the Charlotte area [preferably not religion-affiliated.]


If anyone has any other advice or comments, both positive or negative, on life in Charlotte, please feel free to let me know. I appreciate it and thank you in advance!
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Old 01-20-2008, 10:48 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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1. Yes,we have lots of trees, parks and even dog parks, parks with ponds for fishing and paddle boats. Lots of places to play tennis or Soccer or even just Pinic!
2. There are stables in every county and just about any direction you choose to travel.
You could probably find information on some of the previous post. I know I answered that specific question last week.
Finding trails for riding will be a little more difficult, but you could find out more from some of the area saddle clubs in Union, Cabarrus or Mecklenburg county.
3. We love our dogs, and cats and horses and goats and pigs and birds and even our snakes. (Just please don't bring anything besides the dogs or cats into any stores).LOL
There are at least 3 dog parks in Charlotte.
4. Harrisburg, NC, Steele Creek, Belmont, Mint Hill, Matthews, Indian Trail, Gastonia, Stallings. They are all convenient to Charlotte and have old established neighborhoods as well as lots of new construction.


I think you will find Charlotte and the surrounding areas are all wonderful and each has something unique about it. You just have to make a list of what's most important to you and your family and research areas based on your "wish list". Good Luck and Welcome!

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Old 01-21-2008, 09:23 PM
 
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That's great, thank you for the information!
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Old 01-22-2008, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Huntersville, NC Cedarfield Subdivision
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I hear there are dog friendly shops and restaurants in NODA area.
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Old 01-22-2008, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Harrisburg, NC, Steele Creek, Belmont, Mint Hill, Matthews, Indian Trail, Gastonia, Stallings. They are all convenient to Charlotte and have old established neighborhoods as well as lots of new construction.
One clarification in case the OP gets confused; Steele Creek is an area in Charlotte, it is not a separate town.

Charlotte- Mecklenburg Parks (http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Home.htm - broken link)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Greenways (http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Greenways/Home.htm - broken link)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Dog Parks (http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Dog+Parks/Home.htm - broken link)

This is a very dog friendly area! There are several doggie daycares, grooming salons and boutiques in Charlotte.
Dog Bar in NODA -Closed until March.
The Canine Cafe in South End is a neat place.

Re: Private (non religion-affiliated) elementary school. Gaston Day School in Gastonia and The Cannon School in Concord have great reputations.
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Old 01-22-2008, 04:52 PM
 
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All of your information is really helpful-thanks!
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Old 01-24-2008, 06:20 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Thumbs up Thank you!!

Thank you for the clarification on Steele Creek. When it gets late at night and I am tired it's not the best time for me to try being helpful. Thanks again for being alert!

Charlotte- Mecklenburg Parks (http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Home.htm - broken link)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Greenways (http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Greenways/Home.htm - broken link)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Dog Parks (http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Dog+Parks/Home.htm - broken link)

This is a very dog friendly area! There are several doggie daycares, grooming salons and boutiques in Charlotte.
Dog Bar in NODA -Closed until March.
The Canine Cafe in South End is a neat place.

Re: Private (non religion-affiliated) elementary school. Gaston Day School in Gastonia and The Cannon School in Concord have great reputations.[/quote]
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:08 PM
 
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I would venture that Charlotte has fewer park-acres than any other city of comparable size that I've ever visited. However, it compensates for this by having affordable homes with large lots. And lots and lots of trees.
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:15 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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I would venture that Charlotte has fewer park-acres than any other city of comparable size that I've ever visited. However, it compensates for this by having affordable homes with large lots. And lots and lots of trees.
The Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department is home to 210 parks and facilities located on more than 17,600 acres of parkland throughout Mecklenburg County. Parks in Mecklenburg County come in all shapes and sizes ranging from small neighborhood parks to large district parks.




There are 33 miles of developed and 147 miles of undeveloped greenways in Mecklenburg County.
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