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Old 09-20-2017, 02:08 PM
 
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Planning on moving to Charlotte area as soon as myself or the wife finds a job. I have family I'm Huntersville but that seems out of my price range for what I am looking for (4 bedrooms, decent sized yard 250k or under). Moving from Las Vegas so a good sized yard is important to us. Also need a safe neighborhood with good schools. Would love a neighborhood with a sense of community where everyone actually knows each other. We don't get that out here. Been checking out Mooresville since the schools seem good (have a 9 month old daughter) but seems like a pretty far drive to the city. Are there some safe areas of the city that might fit my requirements or am I better off where I'm looking now and dealing with the commute? Most likely jobs we get will be in the city.
Thanks in advance and sorry for another "moving" post
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Old 09-20-2017, 02:24 PM
 
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Planning on moving to Charlotte area as soon as myself or the wife finds a job. I have family I'm Huntersville but that seems out of my price range for what I am looking for (4 bedrooms, decent sized yard 250k or under). Moving from Las Vegas so a good sized yard is important to us. Also need a safe neighborhood with good schools. Would love a neighborhood with a sense of community where everyone actually knows each other. We don't get that out here. Been checking out Mooresville since the schools seem good (have a 9 month old daughter) but seems like a pretty far drive to the city. Are there some safe areas of the city that might fit my requirements or am I better off where I'm looking now and dealing with the commute? Most likely jobs we get will be in the city.
Thanks in advance and sorry for another "moving" post
Have you checked Indeed? You might get a rough idea of where the jobs are that you would be applying for.
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Old 09-20-2017, 02:29 PM
 
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I don't think you will find anything in your price range and meeting your requirements "in" Charlotte. Gastonia and Belmont might be good places to look.
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Old 09-20-2017, 03:07 PM
 
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If you'd be open to renting for a bit there is a neighborhood opening up in January 2018 on the Mecklenburg/Cabarrus County line. It's called Latana and it's a Shea Homes neighborhood. I believe the neighborhood will open in the mid 200's. If you stay in Cabarrus the schools are great now but I'm sure by the time your daughter starts school there will be another ES built as we need it. This area is close to Huntersville and 485 for a commute into Uptown.
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Old 09-20-2017, 03:18 PM
 
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If you'd be open to renting for a bit there is a neighborhood opening up in January 2018 on the Mecklenburg/Cabarrus County line. It's called Latana and it's a Shea Homes neighborhood. I believe the neighborhood will open in the mid 200's. If you stay in Cabarrus the schools are great now but I'm sure by the time your daughter starts school there will be another ES built as we need it. This area is close to Huntersville and 485 for a commute into Uptown.
I noticed Shea recently updated their website to say "upper 200's", likely market forces and supply/demand. Wouldn't be surprised if the cheapest model in Phase 1 starts at $280k-$299k or something so they can say it starts in the 200's and drive foot traffic. Would be a great option if the OP is able to go north of $250k.
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Old 09-20-2017, 03:36 PM
 
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I noticed Shea recently updated their website to say "upper 200's", likely market forces and supply/demand. Wouldn't be surprised if the cheapest model in Phase 1 starts at $280k-$299k or something so they can say it starts in the 200's and drive foot traffic. Would be a great option if the OP is able to go north of $250k.
I just went back and looked at a nextdoor post about the neighborhood and you're right. It's now upper 200's. It's an option in the area if the OP can go up some on price.
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Old 09-20-2017, 04:13 PM
 
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I just went back and looked at a nextdoor post about the neighborhood and you're right. It's now upper 200's. It's an option in the area if the OP can go up some on price.
I doubt it. Usually the "starting at" price is for a 3 bedroom ranch. In my experience you need to add about $50k on average to that for a 4 bedroom. And that's before options, etc. Highly unlikely OP will find new construction close to what they're looking for (and to their credit, didn't seem to ask for it). Rare to find new construction in that price range with decent lot sizes, and if so even less likely to find it zoned for decent schools.

Although OP, how would you define "good" schools and a "good" sized yard? In general, the best you can probably hope for in yard size would be about 1/4 acre IMO. Doubtful to find schools comparable to Mooresville also. Maybe Clover in SC but that's an equally long commute, at least in Mooresville you're not too far from your family in Huntersville.

If you sacrifice the school test scores a little, there should be more options. Mt. Holly, SW Charlotte, University area, Mint Hill, southern Huntersville, some of Gastonia come to mind to name a few, maybe the occasional listing in Denver, Harrisburg or Indian Land
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Old 09-20-2017, 05:03 PM
 
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I'm definitely leaning more towards mooresville, just unsure if there was anything comparable closer to the city or huntersville. Did the new construction thing here in Vegas and while it's nice, it will probably be out of my price range and the lots tend to be much smaller. I guess for for schools i want something without a horrible reputation like a lot of the schools out here. As for the lot I want something bigger than I have now. 2000 square foot house on a 4800 square foot lot. It was big enough to build a small pool but can't do much else with it. I might be able to go slightly above 250 but it would depend on how much I get for my house out here. Thanks for everyone's input so far, very helpful

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Old 09-20-2017, 06:28 PM
 
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I'm definitely leaning more towards mooresville, just unsure if there was anything comparable closer to the city or huntersville. Did the new construction thing here in Vegas and while it's nice, it will probably be out of my price range and the lots tend to be much smaller. I guess for for schools i want something without a horrible reputation like a lot of the schools out here. As for the lot I want something bigger than I have now. 2000 square foot house on a 4800 square foot lot. It was big enough to build a small pool but can't do much else with it. I might be able to go slightly above 250 but it would depend on how much I get for my house out here. Thanks for everyone's input so far, very helpful
We usually recommend based on place of work because this is a large area, geographically. If you are good with a one hour or longer commute, then definitely go for Mooresville for the schools.
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Old 09-21-2017, 05:00 AM
 
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Have you thought about renting for a while? I only say that because it seems like it would be hard to pick an area to buy in without knowing exactly where you will be working. If you buy in Mooresville but, end up working in Ballantyne you are going to have a bad time. Renting for the first 6 months to a year might give you more flexibility for finding the right place.
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