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Old 05-03-2009, 01:50 PM
 
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I'm trying to do the same. Kings Mountain is not rural (close, but you have to go just beyond to get rural), but the shopping here is lacking, so I run between Gastonia & Shelby. There is new construction still going on out here, just slowed down.

Since she was focused on Charlotte, I was trying to suggest places that would be viable for them to live, based on what I know of the area & what I have been told by other residents, life-long & transplants, that would still give her reasonable access to Charlotte.

Anyplace west of Charlotte has been negatively impacted by the mill closures. It's just a given. You can't escape it.
She asked about Charlotte on this thread, but on her other thread she wants to get her husband a decent commute to Cliffside - Gastonia just barely makes that criteria at one hour away. He'd have a much shorter commute from other areas like Gaffney (20 minutes) or Hendersonville (40-50 minutes). So my only point was, she is better off concentrating on areas other than the Charlotte metro area Sure, they could live in Kings Mountain, but I just sense it's more small town than she is interested in (same with Boiling Springs, Cherryville, Rutherfordton - all of which I personally like a lot).
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:18 PM
 
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Wow - both of you guys are very passionate! I appreciate all the information.

I have to say I am disappointed to hear that the Lake Wylie/Fort Mill/Tega Cay areas are going to be that long of a commute. From what I had seen it sounded like the perfect place for us! But I will not do that to my husband - an hour and a half each is way is WAY too long. Looking at a map can definitely be deceiving as to the distances between two locations.

So, it sounds like Spartanburg, Hendersonville, and Rutherfordton are the places that are going to offer the closest match to our list.

My main concern is good schools - so out of these places, which one do you think would offer the best? I know it's a little subjective of a question, but I would be interested in any opinions.

Oh - and what does OP stand for? Just curious.....
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:26 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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She asked about Charlotte on this thread, but on her other thread she wants to get her husband a decent commute to Cliffside - Gastonia just barely makes that criteria at one hour away. He'd have a much shorter commute from other areas like Gaffney (20 minutes) or Hendersonville (40-50 minutes). So my only point was, she is better off concentrating on areas other than the Charlotte metro area Sure, they could live in Kings Mountain, but I just sense it's more small town than she is interested in (same with Boiling Springs, Cherryville, Rutherfordton - all of which I personally like a lot).
I suggested Spartanburg & Gaffney if she wants more of a city environment, but Kings Mountain & Cherryville give her more flexibility for the shopping. It's up to her, but because of the job location, she can't get everything that she wants, so I went with the options that I gave her. I looked at a number of options, but went with Kings Mountain because of the supermarket. I can get to Gaffney fast enough, Gastonia & Shelby are close enough, & South Charlotte & Hickory are close enough to not be a major production. Schools were not an issue with me, but I have heard good things about the schools, from people who are using them.

Since she was looking in the immediate suburbs of Charlotte, I did not suggest Shelby to live in. I have more options here than if I lived in Shelby.

I'm not trying to argue with you, just looking at it from a different location. I am not thrilled to drive to Shelby when the fog sets in, but it's safe enough. It's only 9 miles I would not be at all happy to drive from Hendersonville if the fog has set in. If I was her husband, I would not be a happy camper to make that drive in the fog & it does set in in the winter.
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:27 PM
 
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Wow - both of you guys are very passionate! I appreciate all the information.

I have to say I am disappointed to hear that the Lake Wylie/Fort Mill/Tega Cay areas are going to be that long of a commute. From what I had seen it sounded like the perfect place for us! But I will not do that to my husband - an hour and a half each is way is WAY too long. Looking at a map can definitely be deceiving as to the distances between two locations.

So, it sounds like Spartanburg, Hendersonville, and Rutherfordton are the places that are going to offer the closest match to our list.

My main concern is good schools - so out of these places, which one do you think would offer the best? I know it's a little subjective of a question, but I would be interested in any opinions.

Oh - and what does OP stand for? Just curious.....
hahaha - Southbound and I are friends (I hope!!) and both just trying to be as helpful as possible

OP stands for "original poster" - that's you Unfortunately, no real info for you on the differences between the schools in those areas, sorry. You can go to greatschools.net to see how they compare to each other by stats and scores if you like.
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:33 PM
 
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Thanks for clarifying OP - my mind was coming up with all sorts of things it could stand for.......ha ha ha

Just to clarify - what I am looking for is more of a suburban place, which is what we are used to. We are currently living in Orlando, Florida (right on the outskirts, but still close enough to enjoy all the amenities of the big city) - so I guess my original intent was to find a place similar to that. Sounds like it might not exist, however....
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:38 PM
 
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Thanks for clarifying OP - my mind was coming up with all sorts of things it could stand for.......ha ha ha

Just to clarify - what I am looking for is more of a suburban place, which is what we are used to. We are currently living in Orlando, Florida (right on the outskirts, but still close enough to enjoy all the amenities of the big city) - so I guess my original intent was to find a place similar to that. Sounds like it might not exist, however....
Thank you for clarifying - this is what I sensed from your first post and the reason why I've been arguing against the places Southbound listed.

I would like to suggest you highly consider Greenville, SC of all the places available to you. It is a very pleasant city, and I know from friends the schools seem pretty good. In addition, it's the largest city you can get to in just under an hour (65,000 in population) and would therefore be more similar to what you are coming from than anything else available.

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Old 05-03-2009, 02:40 PM
 
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Wow - both of you guys are very passionate! I appreciate all the information.

I have to say I am disappointed to hear that the Lake Wylie/Fort Mill/Tega Cay areas are going to be that long of a commute. From what I had seen it sounded like the perfect place for us! But I will not do that to my husband - an hour and a half each is way is WAY too long. Looking at a map can definitely be deceiving as to the distances between two locations.

So, it sounds like Spartanburg, Hendersonville, and Rutherfordton are the places that are going to offer the closest match to our list.

My main concern is good schools - so out of these places, which one do you think would offer the best? I know it's a little subjective of a question, but I would be interested in any opinions.

Oh - and what does OP stand for? Just curious.....
You are the Original Poster (OP) & your posting that started this thread was the Original Posting (also OP)

lovesMountain lives in Charlotte. I live in Kings Mountain. I would not consider Hendersonville as an option if I was making the daily commute to where yours husband is going to be working. I don't care what the amenities are there. Hendersonville is west of his work location & so are the mountains. The fog sets in in the winter. If he could work from home on those days, then you might want to consider Hendersonville.

There are websites that show school ratings. Hopefully you can get good information from those.
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Old 05-03-2009, 03:00 PM
 
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You are the Original Poster (OP) & your posting that started this thread was the Original Posting (also OP)

lovesMountain lives in Charlotte. I live in Kings Mountain. I would not consider Hendersonville as an option if I was making the daily commute to where yours husband is going to be working. I don't care what the amenities are there. Hendersonville is west of his work location & so are the mountains. The fog sets in in the winter. If he could work from home on those days, then you might want to consider Hendersonville.

There are websites that show school ratings. Hopefully you can get good information from those.
Had forgotten about the fog actually, so it's good you mentioned it. In thinking more about it I think she really needs something even larger than Hendersonville though, so I'm voting for Greenville as the best possibility for everything she wants, including a commute just under an hour for her husband

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Old 05-03-2009, 03:28 PM
 
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Thanks so much for all the information!! Both of you guys have really helped a lot. You have given me a more realistic view of what is out there - even better than I think you could get from a realtor (since they are just interested in making a sale).

I am going to check out Spartanburg and Greenville, South Carolina. From what I've seen so far, the prices look reasonable and it looks like are some pretty nice neighborhoods. Now I just need to check out the schools.

Oh - what are the winters like in those areas - do either of you know? Any chance for snow? Do they experience all four seasons?
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Old 05-03-2009, 03:31 PM
 
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Had forgotten about the fog actually, so it's good you mentioned it. In thinking more about it I think she really needs something even larger than Hendersonville though, so I'm voting for Greenville as the best possibility for everything she wants, including a commute just under an hour for her husband

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I assumed that you had.

Greenville might be just what she wants, but I think that the best scenario would be for her & her husband to collect information on the towns & then have him attempt the drive, from the different towns.

They might very well be better off in SC. As I said to you, I was not trying to argue.

I don't get paid off to promote Kings Mountain & readily admit the flaws. It would be the closest reasonable location to her husband's work & shopping. That's why I mentioned it. I can probably get to shopping in Gastonia or Shelby as fast or faster than some people in the inner suburbs, unless they are living practically on top of it. There are neighborhoods here that look like any other suburb in the country, too. I know that when you drive through on 74 it looks like you are out in the sticks, but it isn't. It's close, but it is actually the last suburb to the west.

Honestly, Cherryville is a nice little town, but too remote for me. I mentioned it because people on this forum have said that the schools are good & 150 is a clear shot to Shelby which is not that far from the town that her husband has to go to. Sometimes in life you don't get everything that you want, & even though Kings Mountain & Cherryville didn't fit part of her request, if she was not happy with other options, they would work, if she is flexible.
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