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Old 09-30-2015, 02:35 PM
 
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Hi all, My husband and I are planning a move to NC in the next year or so, and looking primarily at Charlotte, although Raleigh is still on the radar. The biggest appeal of Charlotte over Raleigh is the convenience of a major airport. Our lives involve business and personal travel, as well as family dotted all over the US who we would like to encourage to visit with the convenience of a direct route.

I lived in Charlotte for a while in the 90s, but wow, has it grown! I see this as getting to know a new city. What I am hoping to hear from you all is feedback on the "flavor" of neighborhoods that might be a fit for us. (And if a Raleigh neighborhood stand out - speak up!)

Here's the rundown. We are a 40-something couple with no kids. I want to lean away from neighborhoods that are primarily families. I'd like a neighborhood/area with diversity of ages, occupations, and people from different areas. I like a get-to-know-your-neighbors kind of neighborhood.

Take occupations and commute times out of the equation. They are not an issue for us in this decision for a variety of reasons. We are looking for a home within a couple (ish) miles of amenities like restaurants (local café is perfect), movie theater, parks, and the grocery store. Being closer is appealing, but we are trying to find a balance between people/stuff and a little personal space. I do love the idea of being able to walk or bike to the coffee shop. We enjoy seeing local bands and going to festivals, the occasional gallery crawl. A short driving distance to parks and trails is ideal. Close to amenities *and* natural areas can be tricky - that's why I am consulting the forum! Our housing budget is around 700k and I like newer construction or a renovated home.

Davidson has gotten our attention. The sidewalks everywhere are fantastic! It seems to have a nice amount of commerce downtown and is drivable to Charlotte if something fun is happening there. It is drivable to Charlotte for a Friday night out, right?

Areas we are curious about run roughly south-east of the city and also Matthews. Any thoughts and feedback are much appreciated!
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Old 09-30-2015, 02:48 PM
 
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In Charlotte, Dilworth, parts of Myers Park, Eastover. These are older established neighborhoods with well maintained/renovated houses.

Davidson is a 30 - 45 minute non-rush drive to Charlotte, depending on where in Charlotte you're headed. Personally, I wouldn't want to drive that far very often,but for a town its size, Davidson has a good bit of the things you're looking for.
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Old 09-30-2015, 03:16 PM
 
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Thank you cdawg. We have had our eye on those areas. I read that Dilworth has a lot of young families - what is your thought on that? Mostly strollers or mixed?
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Old 09-30-2015, 03:38 PM
 
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1725 Truman Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205 | Zillow

I would buy this one.
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Old 09-30-2015, 05:48 PM
 
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Nice choice, Esseq!
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Old 09-30-2015, 05:50 PM
 
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Thank you cdawg. We have had our eye on those areas. I read that Dilworth has a lot of young families - what is your thought on that? Mostly strollers or mixed?
Mixed.
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Old 09-30-2015, 05:54 PM
 
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In Charlotte, Dilworth, parts of Myers Park, Eastover. These are older established neighborhoods with well maintained/renovated houses.

Davidson is a 30 - 45 minute non-rush drive to Charlotte, depending on where in Charlotte you're headed. Personally, I wouldn't want to drive that far very often,but for a town its size, Davidson has a good bit of the things you're looking for.
Meant 30 - 45 minute non-rush hour drive...
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