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Old 05-11-2008, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC.
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Greetings. After years of planning and hoping, we are finally moving to the Charlotte area. We are closing on our house in Matthews on 6/18. I think the biggest obstical will be that we don't know anyone in the area, and we are"childless by choice". By no means would we not want to make friends with people who have children, but we feel that we may have more in common with people are similar in "status". Does anyone else have experience with this?

Thank you.
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Old 05-11-2008, 06:35 AM
 
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Living in Matthews you will find mostly people who have children since it's a pop. suburb for families to move. Most childless people I know live close to uptown.
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Old 05-11-2008, 07:02 AM
 
Location: CLT native
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+1 on uptown.
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Old 05-11-2008, 07:18 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Ditto on Mullman's sentiments. Uptown would be a great choice. The 'burbs are very family oriented.

If you want the lawn and square footage of a house in the 'burbs, I would definitely steer away from subdivisions that have the amenities of such things as playgrounds and pools, as those neighborhoods truly do draw families (obviously). You might consider an older, mature neighborhood inside 51, in S. CLT, as often these neighborhoods have a great mix of residents.
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Old 05-11-2008, 07:31 AM
 
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What is your age range?
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Old 05-11-2008, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Waxhaw
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Greetings. After years of planning and hoping, we are finally moving to the Charlotte area. We are closing on our house in Matthews on 6/18. I think the biggest obstical will be that we don't know anyone in the area, and we are"childless by choice". By no means would we not want to make friends with people who have children, but we feel that we may have more in common with people are similar in "status". Does anyone else have experience with this?

Thank you.
I have children and have lived here my whole life. I don't think you will have a problem making/finding friends with people here. I agree that downtown there are a lot of places to 'hang out' (restaurants/clubs) that will lead you to more people of your 'status' than you will find in Matthews, but I really don't think you will have a problem. There are also a lot of places in the South Park area also that seems to be more adult oriented. I think everyone knows someone who is 'childless by choice' so you have a good chance of meeting them at a neighbors house too.
~Vicki
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Old 05-11-2008, 11:57 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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I apologize for not reading your post closely enuff. I realize in re-reading it that you are actually closing on a house in Matthews, not just looking at one.

Matthews is a terrific area and as VickiT said . . . you will be find all types of people, age groups, etc in or near your home.

Welcome!
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Old 05-11-2008, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Way up high
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We are CF (child free) and am more interested in communities that don't have a lot of amenities geared towards kids. I'm sure there are others who feel the same way. Nothing wrong with it, its your choice.
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Old 05-11-2008, 12:22 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Greetings. After years of planning and hoping, we are finally moving to the Charlotte area. We are closing on our house in Matthews on 6/18. I think the biggest obstical will be that we don't know anyone in the area, and we are"childless by choice". By no means would we not want to make friends with people who have children, but we feel that we may have more in common with people are similar in "status". Does anyone else have experience with this?

Thank you.
I understand what you are saying. I don't have kids, because that's the way it worked out. I'm always respectful that people with kds have things that tie them up that would not occur if they did not have them.

You shoudn't have any problems, but if you have interests that would take you into the city, you will probably meet people who also do not have kids, or if they do, their kids' activities probably won't be on the same schedule as the neighborhood kids.

Since you don't give your age group, it's hard to say anything else. Good luck.
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:51 AM
 
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My wife and I also don't have children and live in one of the subdivisions in Indian Trail (next town over from Matthews). There are a lot of children in the subdivision but we have never felt out of place, and everyone has been friendly. It does take a little longer and some more effort to meet people, but we have several friends both with and without children. We also joined an outdoor group if you like hiking and stuff called CHOA, that has a wide age range of members (most single, but plenty of couples also).
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