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Old 11-17-2015, 11:36 AM
 
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We may be moving to the Davidson area to help w/ my wife's commute.

Right now her commute is an hour both ways up 77 and it's only going to get worse with the toll project getting started.

We drove around Davidson the past weekend and checked out some of the neighborhoods.

I guess I'm biased, but I love the neighborhoods in Charlotte- specifically Cotswold where we live.

When we drove around Davidson, it was all subdivisions. That's not a bad thing, but I just don't want to live in a subdivision of 100 homes built by a national builder. A lot of these homes were built in the 1990s and I'm not a fan of the style. (we live in a home that's 2 years old and has a craftsman style)

Our budget is $500k - $700... maybe a bit higher, but it has to be a great neighborhood.

We checked out River Run and few other places.

Any suggestions?
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Old 11-17-2015, 12:45 PM
 
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We may be moving to the Davidson area to help w/ my wife's commute.

Right now her commute is an hour both ways up 77 and it's only going to get worse with the toll project getting started.

We drove around Davidson the past weekend and checked out some of the neighborhoods.

I guess I'm biased, but I love the neighborhoods in Charlotte- specifically Cotswold where we live.

When we drove around Davidson, it was all subdivisions. That's not a bad thing, but I just don't want to live in a subdivision of 100 homes built by a national builder. A lot of these homes were built in the 1990s and I'm not a fan of the style. (we live in a home that's 2 years old and has a craftsman style)

Our budget is $500k - $700... maybe a bit higher, but it has to be a great neighborhood.

We checked out River Run and few other places.

Any suggestions?
The best part about Davidson is the LACK of subdivisions. There is davidson and then there is DAVIDSON and what you sound like you were looking in is the outskirts ("davidson") If you don't want to live in a subdivision why were you driving through subdivisions?

I would look closer to Main Street where the homes are more custom. Shearer road has some for sale too that are not cookie cutter. East Rocky River too. Davidson-Concrod Rd etc aka STAY OUT OF THE SUBDIVISIONS!

These outskirt areas that you are talking about are not the real DAVIDSON. I live on a perfectly lovely cul de sac of custom built homes right on the town edge (literally). What drew us to the area is the lack of subdivisions, no HOAs (yet interestingly the homes are kept up without big brother telling you to do so)

I think you need to find a Realtor who knows the area.
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:39 PM
 
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You seriously need to be in Cornelius. Much better for everything.
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Old 11-18-2015, 07:31 PM
 
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Davidson does have some awesome non neighborhoods. There is a great one on Rocky River road that I showed to a client today. It does take a little more searching, also note that neighborhoods like River Run have been built over time, and there is a wide variety of homes. There are also some great neighborhoods just over the Iredell County line, which is a huge savings for tax purposes. I agree with the poster above that Rocky River, Shearer Rd, and then some of the streets in the walking district have the most individual personality. Good luck, let me know if you have any specific questions about a particular street or home.
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Old 11-19-2015, 02:07 AM
 
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The best part about Davidson is the LACK of subdivisions. There is davidson and then there is DAVIDSON and what you sound like you were looking in is the outskirts ("davidson") If you don't want to live in a subdivision why were you driving through subdivisions?

I would look closer to Main Street where the homes are more custom. Shearer road has some for sale too that are not cookie cutter. East Rocky River too. Davidson-Concrod Rd etc aka STAY OUT OF THE SUBDIVISIONS!

These outskirt areas that you are talking about are not the real DAVIDSON. I live on a perfectly lovely cul de sac of custom built homes right on the town edge (literally). What drew us to the area is the lack of subdivisions, no HOAs (yet interestingly the homes are kept up without big brother telling you to do so)

I think you need to find a Realtor who knows the area.
No offense and I don't mind subdivisions, but like subdivisions, cul-de-sacs are commonly associated with that evil sprawl term.

I agree with you though for OP, if you don't want a subdivision, don't look in subdivisions lol. And Davidson is one of the few areas other than some of the Charlotte neighborhoods with walkable, non subdivision areas. Not sure what they cost now but I'd think $700k should be able to get someone in there.
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Old 11-19-2015, 06:06 PM
 
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No offense and I don't mind subdivisions, but like subdivisions, cul-de-sacs are commonly associated with that evil sprawl term.

I agree with you though for OP, if you don't want a subdivision, don't look in subdivisions lol. And Davidson is one of the few areas other than some of the Charlotte neighborhoods with walkable, non subdivision areas. Not sure what they cost now but I'd think $700k should be able to get someone in there.
I would agree but our little area is definitely NOT sprawl. $500,000 is really about the bottom of the market here unless you are lucky. We paid $400K for our 2600 sq ft home and it was a steal. Our biggest problem was their were no good comps for the appraisal in the area. Right place at the right time.

I love living in Davidson - I dont think I could find a better area AND NO HOA!
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Old 11-20-2015, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Mooresville
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Davidson is a great place to live. We have lived in Davidson for 11 years now and like the small town feel. Lots to do like Christmas in Davidson (Dec.3, 4, 5). Concerts in the park over the summer. Davidson College always has something to offer as well. As with others have said, you will find a great non subdivision if you spend the time and drive around.

Best of Luck.
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Old 11-20-2015, 11:08 AM
 
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I agree with you though for OP, if you don't want a subdivision, don't look in subdivisions lol.
I hear ya, but the inventory is very low for homes not in subdivisions.

I just really worry about being up there during the 77 construction. I work from home, so I don't have a commute. But one of the perks of where we live now is that we're close to everything.
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Old 11-21-2015, 06:45 PM
 
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I hear ya, but the inventory is very low for homes not in subdivisions.

I just really worry about being up there during the 77 construction. I work from home, so I don't have a commute. But one of the perks of where we live now is that we're close to everything.
The reason inventory is low is because those are the best neighborhoods - it is where people want to live. You have to be ready to move on a house when it becomes available.

With construction going on I assume your wife's commute will then get worse. Honestly, it sounds like you don't want to move. Davidson is a great place, but not just not a great place for everyone :-)
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