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Old 01-30-2009, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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It's time to take a vote and get some feedback. I have been looking for homes the past month and today I found two homes I like, one older two story 4 bd / 2.5 bath, all brick, will need some updates for sure. This one is in Touch Stone, older area close to Trader Joe's. The house backs to nature area with trails and the house has a great backyard. The second house is a new one at Stone Creek Ranch, the floor plan should be 3 bedrooms, but now one room is an office without closet and has French doors. It's single story and backs to a little pond. It's next to Polo Elementary school. Since I am new to Charlotte I really need your help with these areas, the good, the bad and the ugly. The price will end up being the same after updating the older home. Thanks everyone in advance.
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:53 PM
 
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It's time to take a vote and get some feedback. I have been looking for homes the past month and today I found two homes I like, one older two story 4 bd / 2.5 bath, all brick, will need some updates for sure. This one is in Touch Stone, older area close to Trader Joe's. The house backs to nature area with trails and the house has a great backyard. The second house is a new one at Stone Creek Ranch, the floor plan should be 3 bedrooms, but now one room is an office without closet and has French doors. It's single story and backs to a little pond. It's next to Polo Elementary school. Since I am new to Charlotte I really need your help with these areas, the good, the bad and the ugly. The price will end up being the same after updating the older home. Thanks everyone in advance.
Gosh, that's a tough one - what a happy choice for you though!

First of all, where do you have to go for work? Touchstone is much closer in and would give you the better commute to uptown, but maybe that isn't an issue for you? I really like both neighborhoods and can't think of a bad thing to tell you about either. I'm a little partial to established, built out neighborhoods myself so I will vote for Touchstone
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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Thanks LovesMountains, I work from home, so the commute is not an issue. I am just concerned about the age of the older home, it was built in 1988, it's an all brick home and looks in great shape, of course I will be doing inspections. Keep the votes coming :-)
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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You have me curious. I am familiar with Stone Creek Ranch, but I do not know where TouchStone is. Are there any landmarks/cross streets nearby?
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:34 PM
 
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I would do stone creek ranch. Nice area, nice amenities and new house.
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:35 PM
 
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Depends on how long you plan on staying there. Stone Creek Ranch will have new home competition for a long time.... Touchstone is an established neighborhood.
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:50 PM
 
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You have me curious. I am familiar with Stone Creek Ranch, but I do not know where TouchStone is. Are there any landmarks/cross streets nearby?
Elm Lane near hwy 51
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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You have me curious. I am familiar with Stone Creek Ranch, but I do not know where TouchStone is. Are there any landmarks/cross streets nearby?
You Can get to it from Bevington Pl off Rea Rd (Next to Trader Joe's) or Elm Lane.

The school for this house is South Charlotte and for the new one is Ardery Kell, any thoughts on them?? I don't have kids, but for future sale that would help
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:06 PM
 
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Elm Lane near hwy 51
Thank you, Loves! My initial response would be to go for the one at Touchstone. All brick, inside 485, probably has mature trees. I haven't been in that subdivision, though, so it's hard to have a well-informed opinion. Nice areas for both choices. Stone Creek Ranch had quite a few "for rent" signs last time I drove through. I imagine that's going to be more common with the economic times (and certainly not necessarily a bad thing...I was a responsible renter for years), but it may be something to consider. There are some beautiful homes in SCR, though.
Good luck with your choice!
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:09 PM
 
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When you move into a new home, you have to paint, landscape and put up window treatments and such. With an older home, much of this is done already. You also have to look at the neighbors that live there already. Are there vacant lots around the house in SCR? If so, you'll be surrounded by construction for many years. Also how far away is the house from 485? Can you hear the highway traffic? Will the school traffic be an issue for new buyers or is there another way out of the community without passing in front of the school?

Where in Touchstone is the property? There is a popular bar called the Yellow Rose right behind that community and people leave from there and drive through Touchstone to get to Elm. People also use that as a shortcut to get to Elm and Rea from 51 during rush hour. So, just make sure you're not on that main strip.

I hope this helps you make up your mind.
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