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Old 07-07-2009, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Eugene, OR
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My boyfriend and I are moving to Charlotte in August from Eugene, OR, and want to know which areas of the city are best to live in. We are interested in renting a house because we want a two car garage, and are looking to pay $900-$1100/month. My boyfriend is a mechanic for the postal service and will be working near the airport. We want to find a place that is close to that but I would like to know which neighborhoods are the best in the city.
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:47 PM
 
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My boyfriend and I are moving to Charlotte in August from Eugene, OR, and want to know which areas of the city are best to live in. We are interested in renting a house because we want a two car garage, and are looking to pay $900-$1100/month. My boyfriend is a mechanic for the postal service and will be working near the airport. We want to find a place that is close to that but I would like to know which neighborhoods are the best in the city.
Just curious..but what made you want to relocate to Charlotte, NC. I hear Oregon is beautiful and actually quite affordable. Charlotte's unemployment rate is really high right now and there are few available jobs right now.
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:29 PM
 
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I hear Oregon is beautiful and actually quite affordable. Charlotte's unemployment rate is really high right now and there are few available jobs right now.
Beautiful, yes; affordable, no. Houses in Portland (can't speak for Eugene) cost twice what they cost here. And Oregon's unemployment is pretty bad, too.
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Just curious..but what made you want to relocate to Charlotte, NC. I hear Oregon is beautiful and actually quite affordable. Charlotte's unemployment rate is really high right now and there are few available jobs right now.
Since they have a job lined up coming here is a great choice!
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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My boyfriend and I are moving to Charlotte in August from Eugene, OR, and want to know which areas of the city are best to live in. We are interested in renting a house because we want a two car garage, and are looking to pay $900-$1100/month. My boyfriend is a mechanic for the postal service and will be working near the airport. We want to find a place that is close to that but I would like to know which neighborhoods are the best in the city.
For a house with a garage expect to pay closer to that $1100 figure, and maybe a bit more. Of course with this recession you might get a deal somewhere if someone who can't sell is desparate for a good renter.

It's hard to tell you all the "best" neighborhoods in the city because there are many and they are scattered about. Working near the airport you'll be closest to the Steele Creek area of Charlotte. There are a few neighborhoods there with too many foreclosures, which has led to some crime issues, but Steele Creek in general can be a nice place to live. I'd go on CraigsList and scope out home rentals in Steele Creek. Once you find a few come back here and give us the street names so we can tell you what we know about it.

Another consideration is that you could look to live in the neighboring city of Belmont, or even Fort Mill, SC. Both have pretty good access to the airport and would be nice places to live.
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Old 07-07-2009, 07:28 PM
 
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Please think about renting or buying a house in Huntersville or Concord. Your husband would have easy access to the airport and they are great areas. We have lived in Concord for 12 years and love it. With $1100, I bet you could buy a house. Good luck, you will love this area.
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Old 07-07-2009, 07:34 PM
 
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hi memento! congratulations on your upcoming move!

south charlotte is a beautiful part of charlotte, specifically just inside the hwy 51 (pineville/mattthews rd) corridor...this is just below south park, and specific streets to look at would be park, carmel, rea, and providence, and the raintree country club area. also, i have lived in and loved the ballantyne section of town. and i also like southpark. these areas of town are also considered some of the nicest parts of charlotte.

how would they fit with your boyfriend's commute to the airport? hmmm. at one time, someone i lived with commuted to the airport, and i think it took him about 45 minutes each way from ballantyne, but this has been some time ago...maybe another poster could address current commute times from south chlt to the airport.

as far as the 900-1100/mo price range on a rental with a 2-car garage, i know you could find a townhouse w/ a garage b/c i have been pricing units lately...but i don't know about a house in these areas. you could try a quick search on trlawing.com or craigslist just to get a feel for the area. zip codes would be 28277 for ballantyne, 28210 for the park rd part of southpark, and 28226 for carmel, rea, and providence rds, and raintree cc.

hope this helps! good luck!
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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For a house with a garage expect to pay closer to that $1100 figure, and maybe a bit more. Of course with this recession you might get a deal somewhere if someone who can't sell is desparate for a good renter.

It's hard to tell you all the "best" neighborhoods in the city because there are many and they are scattered about. Working near the airport you'll be closest to the Steele Creek area of Charlotte. There are a few neighborhoods there with too many foreclosures, which has led to some crime issues, but Steele Creek in general can be a nice place to live. I'd go on CraigsList and scope out home rentals in Steele Creek. Once you find a few come back here and give us the street names so we can tell you what we know about it.

Another consideration is that you could look to live in the neighboring city of Belmont, or even Fort Mill, SC. Both have pretty good access to the airport and would be nice places to live.
Here are two Steele Creek websites:

Steele Creek Blog
Steele Creek Residents Association
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:47 AM
 
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Charlotte (and most southern cities) do not have many houses with two car garages. Expect to pay more $$ if you must have one. Because we dont get much snow and have decent weather, garages are not often built with houses (especially onces built awhile ago).

Would you rather be closer to the city and/or shops, restaurants and things to do, or, would you prefer to be a little farther out in a more rural neighborhood?
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:28 PM
 
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Just curious..but what made you want to relocate to Charlotte, NC. I hear Oregon is beautiful and actually quite affordable. Charlotte's unemployment rate is really high right now and there are few available jobs right now.

She said her husband has a job.
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