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Old 09-25-2009, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Kurt23 View Post
Thank you everyone for your awesome help. I watched all of the videos and they were all helpful. Thanks for that. The one with the guy on the bike started to get me sick from the camera moving all over the place, but they were all fun to watch.

Someone asked where in NJ I live. I currently live in Ramsey, NJ within walking distance to the downtown area. Prior to that I lived in Hoboken. I loved hoboken, but getting around for my job and parking were a nightmare. Since I am at the stage where I want to start a family soon I thought I would go to Ramsey or Ridgewood type place. They still offer restaurants/bars/shopping but you can live in a house.

Right now in life I would say that I want to live in uptown or a plaza-midwood type place, but i have to think ahead since I will be going to bars less with a family in the next year to few years. That being said, I want to be close enough to walk to cool stuff or at least be able to take the light rail or other method to go to the hoboken like areas or uptown. NoDa seemed like a mini greenwich village (which is cool) but not sure its the best place for a young family.

Is Ballantyne too far away to still feel a piece of the urban life via train/bus? Is Ballantyne an older area? Do Dilworth or Plaza Midwood offer enough of a family atmosphere?

Where I live now in Ramsey has a cool, upscale downtown area. (ridgewood is better but waay more expensive). Ramsey also allows me to walk to the train and be in nyc in 40 minutes. What areas of Charlotte would provide local shopping, restaurant, bar options but also allow for a less than 30 minute travel with perhaps even public transportation option to the more urban sections of town? Is the light rail safe at night?

How do these areas compare to the triangle area? Is there anywhere comparable like say chapel hill or downtown raliegh?

I have also lived in Orlando so I would assume that would be a city comparable to Columbus like the one poster stated. I like orlando, but I found it to be too hot and too touristy.

lastly, as someone who has always live in or near (under an hour drive to nyc or rt in downtown orlando) a city, will Charlotte feel too country for me? I love the southern charm and politeness, but I don't like country music or nascar. I love sports, outdoor activities, movies, books and too have intellectual conversations (not that you can tell from this incoherent babble). Will I feel out of place in Charlotte? How would raliegh compare?

Thank you very much to everyone who has helped me. I greatly appreciate it.
I posted this at 4.36 today but it would appear that the post was deleted, however I was able to find it when I searched the thread.It may be becasue I put in a link to a competitor site , although thread doesn't show that a post has been deleted.

Not sure what sort of feel you really want as on one hand you ask for southern charm and politeness, but then ask if there is anywhere similar to Chapel Hill, which is a college town, certainly not a typical Southern small town.
I would say the closest thing to Chapel Hill would be Davidson up in the Northern part of Meck county, but smaller without the selection of bars-more family orientated maybe,although it is a college town.
Also close to Lake Norman.

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Old 09-25-2009, 06:15 PM
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River Vale native!! Thanks for your input. Where in Charlotte did you relocate to? Are you happy with your decision? Would you say Ballantyne is comparable to bergen in the sense it has a lot of shopping options and nice home with access to the city? Best of luck and thanks for the input.
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Old 09-25-2009, 06:57 PM
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You should check out Union county, marvin or weddington areas. The best schools in the state, close proximity to Charlotte, lot's of restaurants and nice shopping nearby and a very good family area. There are very nice houses as well.
My $.02.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:20 PM
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Raised in Rivervale, lived in Mahwah for 5 yrs, moved to Charlotte 5yrs ago. Much more affordable, just kind of boring.
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Old 12-25-2009, 02:22 AM
Location: Charlotte (university area)
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Well im temporarily living in Charlotte and I think either Raleigh or Concord would be your best choices. Charlotte is bigger than Raleigh in my opinion. Im actually from the outskirts of a little town called Hickory and im just attending UNCC at the time. When i drive by Concord it feels almost like home. Its kinda country like. Concord borders Charlotte and concord to me is more quiet. since there are beside each other its really nice that you can go from the city to the country in a matter of minutes. But in charlotte the most expensive place would be south charlotte such as Ballyntine area. Huntersville or the University Area would be your best bet for outdoor activities and concerts, respectively. But i would recommend the University area and stay away from west charlotte. Maybe i can recommend Mallard creek area also.
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Old 12-26-2009, 07:31 AM
Location: Ayrsley
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Originally Posted by tjm7583 View Post
Raised in Rivervale, lived in Mahwah for 5 yrs, moved to Charlotte 5yrs ago. Much more affordable, just kind of boring.
Really? Since moving here 1.5 years ago we have found plenty to keep us busy here in Charlotte: A lot of good restaurants /bars / nightlife, museums, concerts, Checkers games, just to name a few - we never find ourselves with a lack of options for something to do.
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