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Old 03-04-2016, 11:12 AM
 
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My boyfriend and I are considering moving to Charlotte from Upstate NY. We are sick of the cold winters and are looking forward to nicer weather for a larger portion of the year. I work in finance here so i am hoping that I will not have too much trouble finding a job. I was hoping to get some insights: we are going to head down to visit in May to get the overall feel of the city and make sure it is for us. We are wondering though if anyone would have ideas on some good neighborhoods for us to check out? The whole area is completely unknown to us so any input would be a big help. We current live in the suburbs of Albany NY - what are some good areas of Charlotte (orslightly outside of the city) that anyone would recommend us looking into? While we are in town we would like to take a look at some areas that we could potentially live in once we make the move this fall. We would be looking to rent at first and eventually buy a house once we are more familiar with the area.
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:18 AM
 
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What is your budget? How much square footage do you want? Do you mind traffic? Would you rather have a large lot or a small one? These answers will help frame your suggestion for me.


Here is a sarcastic piece of advice I share with all of the NY transplant posts. Take it lightly and good luck in your transition. Charlotte is a great place to live:


Charlotte is phenomenal. Let me give you some advice to make your transition easy:

1) The locals or long time residents LOVE it when you tell them how things were in NY. If you have thought of a difference between wherever you are coming from and believe it to be superior (no matter validity), make sure and share your opinion. Everyone here loves it when someone moves and tells them how they have been doing it wrong here. There is utterly no reason, other than not hearing your opinion, that things are the way they are here.

2) People down here must be stupid due to the way they speak, so make sure and judge the heck out of them based on their accents. One reason the people here speak slow is so that you can interrupt them often. If you are both interrupting
AND sharing your opinion about how things were done better in NY, bonus points.

3) People down here must not know how to drive. be sure to show them by using your horn just like you're in NY and cutting people off.

4) Any time it threatens to snow and the community reacts due to lacking the equipment/staffing - just tell them how much snow you got in NY and how they don't know how to drive. tell as many people as you can that the community must just not be as smart or know how to do it as well in NY. (see #1)

5) If you go to the grocery and notice that it's not as crowded, and get a sense that people are aware of their surroundings/personal space, take that as a green light to cut in front of people and race them wherever you are going. Just because a small semblance of southern hospitality with regard to respect for others still survives, is no reason to not act like you're back in NYC. These hicks need to be shown how to get shopping done!

6) Assume that the public schools here are awful. Take any positivism re: CMS with a grain of salt but hang on dearly to the negative story your aunt told you who visited once. Schools must be bad here since everyone talks so slow and funny. This can relate to #1 as well.

7) Ask around for NY pizza, bagels, coffee, etc. instead of trying the establishments that have been in place for decades. No sense in trying anything new.

8) Buy a cookie cutter house in the middle of a field 20 miles or more outside town in an area with little traffic because you get so much more space for your dollar. Tell everyone back home about it.

8b) When more people move and drive on highways designed for interstate travel, congesting them with local commuters, complain because it's not your fault while you ironically, sit in traffic and contribute to congestion. Justify the time wasted by reminding yourself that you live in 1000 square feet more than you had in NY for the same price. Try to forget that you really don't need, or use, that space in your house. Try to forget about the cost of gas. Compare it to NY where the commute would be more time and you would have less space.

9) Don't adopt any of the local culture. Root for teams where you came from (these teams suck and have no history). Don't check out any local art (it is probably no good). Don't eat at any independent owned restaurants (probably run by slow talkers and don't have good cawfee or bahgels). Don't join a church or community group. If you do get involved in politics, refer to rule #1.

10) If you see someone holding a door for you, or making eye contact to say "thank you", "please", "Yes Sir", "Yes Ma'am", ignore their existence and stare into space as if confronted with a foreign language. Just because some relics attempt to be polite, they have obviously not evolved into the fast functioning, superior culture you brought from NY.

11) If you have an experience in life, then it must apply to all people in that area. It doesn't matter if statistics prove your experience was an anomoly, or if you are discounting how you behaved or were perceived. What only matters is your perception. Now apply the self-centered conclusion to the situation to all other aspects of your life and spread the word.


That's a bit all for now. Enjoy your time here and bless your heart.

In all seriousness - I hope you enjoy it here. Charlotte is a great place to live due to and despite all of the transplants. We certainly owe a good bit of our economic growth and diversity of art/food/culture to the population growth. There's a bit of truth in every stereotype, but I believe that accepting everyone and celebrating our strengths is the path to a more integrated and successful community. Make it your own and be the change you want to see!
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Old 03-04-2016, 12:36 PM
 
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You should try to find a job before you decide where to live. Charlotte is a large, spread out region, and you could have a commute of over an hour if you just randomly pick a place to live.
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Old 03-04-2016, 12:40 PM
 
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I am from Upstate NY - we are not quite the same as people from NYC i imagine that the people in charlotte will be similar to everyone that i have grown up around.

As for square footage, for now we are just looking to rent, so anything 1 or 2- bedroom would be fine, any type of rental would work. Ideally not much over $1k/month if that's possible. I have always lived in the suburbs in my area and commuted into the city, so traffic is not a huge problem for me, although i am assuming the traffic in Charlotte is a lot different than in rural NY. I think i would prefer to live outside of the actual city at this point, but i guess it depends on what is available.

I was just hoping to get some ideas on what areas would be good starting points to look for potential apartments when i visit in a few weeks. Just searching "apartments for rent" with no specific area in mind won't get me very far. Ideas of good areas/neighborhoods for a young couple in their late 20's with no children would be very helpful.
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Old 03-04-2016, 01:06 PM
 
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Late twenties, no kids, up for entertainment of all sorts. I would recommend in this order:

Southend
Plaza Midwood
NoDa
Montford/Madison Park
Wilmore
Wesley Heights

Thirties and still prefering entertainment access:
Dilworth
Elizabeth
Cotswold
Sedgefield
Southpark

Thirties and I just need cheap square footage. I don't care how long the commute is. I need space for all my stuff.
Steele Creek
Fort Mill
Ballantyne
Matthews

You are wise for renting. I really recommend driving around and getting a feel for all the different areas. Keep in mind that traffic is getting worse so if you're not set on having more acreage and square footage you would be wise to live closer if you're planning on spending a lot of time in Charlotte.

There are lots of great places to live and plenty of people on these boards take threads like this to boast their own neighborhoods, so be sure to check things out on your own vs. taking 1 person's opinion.

Good luck and let us know where you settle. Posters that return to share their decisions reward those giving advice with followup info.
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Old 03-21-2016, 07:58 AM
 
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I would look at Belmont (west of Charlotte and near the airport) and Ft. Mill (SW of Charlotte). Great towns, nice people, reasonable costs of living, lots to do. Good luck in your search.
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Old 03-22-2016, 08:03 PM
 
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I am from upstate NY also and I lived in Charlotte for a brief time about 3 years ago. Essequamvideri's recoommencations are spot-on. I lived in Steele Creek, which was okay; just be sure you can stand lots of airplane noise -- it's in a direct path of the approaches and departures at Charlotte Douglas Airport.

If you really don't mind a commute in heavy traffic, I would also suggest Huntersville (to the north). It's a very nice family-oriented community, a bit pricer than areas right in Charlotte and also a bit cookie-cutter. Plus the traffic on I-77 can be brutal, and as others have mentioned, things are probably getting worse. But I have several 30-something relatives there who just love it. Cabarrus County (to the northeast) is also nice and reasonably priced, but the commute on I-85 into central Charlotte could be challenging.

The suggestion to figure out where you'll be working before you choose where to live is a wise one. Good luck, 'hope you like Charlotte. (I kind of miss it).
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Old 04-02-2016, 01:58 PM
 
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Another Upstate NY transplant to Charlotte. It's a great city, I love living down here. A number of the posts above are very thorough. So to avoid being redundant, I'll just highlight and second two suggestions from above

1st: Figure out where you and your boyfriend are going to work. Rush hour traffic can be awful, depending on where you going to and from (I-77 = parking lot). Working in South Charlotte and living in NoDa will probably make your life miserable. Be sure you take your commute into account when choosing where to live.

2nd: Use your visit in May to explore as many neighborhoods as you can. Charlotte has tons of great neighborhoods that remind me very much of Upstate suburbs (safe, walkable neighborhoods, nearby shopping plazas, etc), just with more traffic. In some cases, potentially nicer than those suburbs. If you looking for something with a similar feel to that, you can still live inside the city limits of Charlotte and have that lifestyle.
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Old 04-02-2016, 04:47 PM
 
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I am from upstate NY also and I lived in Charlotte for a brief time about 3 years ago. Essequamvideri's recoommencations are spot-on. I lived in Steele Creek, which was okay; just be sure you can stand lots of airplane noise -- it's in a direct path of the approaches and departures at Charlotte Douglas Airport..
Steele Creek is a large area. I have lived here for almost 14 yrs and have NEVER encountered plane noise. It just depends where you live.
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Old 04-05-2016, 06:54 PM
 
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Steele Creek is a large area. I have lived here for almost 14 yrs and have NEVER encountered plane noise. It just depends where you live.
True. I was referring to the area around Steelecroft and Rivergate, where South Tryon & Steele Creek Rd. (160) intersect.
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