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Old 11-04-2009, 07:17 AM
 
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I'm relocating to Charlotte in May and want something outside of uptown but not too long of a commute. I have been looking at Ayrsley and think it looks really nice. Anyone live there or know anything about the commute in peak traffic times?
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Old 11-04-2009, 10:13 AM
 
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I live in Ayrsley. I personally love it. Its so close to 485 which makes it easier to commute uptown. I can walk to the movies if i wanted to, walk to dinner, and there is a good amount of shopping and grocery stores near by.

I would say that in peak traffic times it might be around 30-45 minutes. My old roomie worked uptown and did the commute but we lived more in the "steele creek" area then. I would give myself at least 30 minutes if not 45 to deal with traffic and parking etc.
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Old 11-04-2009, 11:58 AM
 
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I'm relocating to Charlotte in May and want something outside of uptown but not too long of a commute. I have been looking at Ayrsley and think it looks really nice. Anyone live there or know anything about the commute in peak traffic times?

IMO Arysley is a longer commute than i would want if working Uptown, check out stuff in South Park or Dilworth. suburban feel but only a few miles away from Uptown
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:43 PM
 
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I live in Arysley and fortunately do not have to commute uptown. Your communte time will depend on what time you go to work and the route you travel. You might want to consider driving to one of the Lynx stops on South Blvd and taking the train uptown.
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Old 11-04-2009, 01:59 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice. I can deal with 30-40 mins. Too much longer and it could get annoying. I would move closer to the city, but I have a family and we wanted to be a little further out than the dilworth area. Would it be faster to take South Tryon into town or 485 to 77 into town? Also, how is the crime in Arysley? I have heard mixed things.
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:09 PM
 
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Also, which area would have a quicker commute to uptown? Steele Creek or Arysley?
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:30 PM
 
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If you move to Arysley, you ought to just drive to the LRT station at I-485 and ride the train in. Otherwise commutes to downtown from anywhere on I-485 can be at times really bad in that "it sucks". If you are not prepared for the really bad communting that can happen when there is a wreck on the highway or bad weather, then you really should consider moving closer in or getting a job further out.
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Old 11-04-2009, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Steele Creek, Charlotte, NC
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Also, which area would have a quicker commute to uptown? Steele Creek or Arysley?
Steele Creek is a big area. It's the whole southwest part of Mecklenburg County. Ayrsley is in Steele Creek (as is Berewick).

Can't help you with the commute. I moved to Steele creek to be close to my job. I have a 3 minute commute. I haven't driven downtown since the Lynx opened.
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:20 PM
 
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I live very near Arysley and your best option would be 485 to 77 OR if you prefer to use the light rail.

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Also, which area would have a quicker commute to uptown? Steele Creek or Arysley?
There is only 1 light (I believe), taking you about 3 minutes to get from Arysley to 485 and 77 is the very next exit. Depending on where you live in the steele creek area it may be closer to drive up s. tryon to get to 485 (maybe about 5-10 mins) or get on 485 at the arrowood exit (takes about 3 mins to get to 77).
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:39 PM
 
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I live in Ayrsley. I personally love it. Its so close to 485 which makes it easier to commute uptown. I can walk to the movies if i wanted to, walk to dinner, and there is a good amount of shopping and grocery stores near by.

I would say that in peak traffic times it might be around 30-45 minutes. My old roomie worked uptown and did the commute but we lived more in the "steele creek" area then. I would give myself at least 30 minutes if not 45 to deal with traffic and parking etc.
We live in Ayrsley as well and love the area. Quiet, cool neighbors...I can't say I know of any crime in the neighborhood since moving here just over a year ago.

I cannot speak to the commute uptown at rush hour - we mostly go uptown at non-rush hour times, and we can be at the arena in about 20 minutes. My guess is it depends where you are trying to get to. I would agree about taking the light rail in as a nice alternative.

I will say that various comments on how "bad" the traffic is are partially a matter of perspective. People who have been here a while will say how bad traffic can be at times, but coming from the Baltimore / DC corridor, I've been here a short enough while that I still think the traffic here is not that bad at all. If you're coming from a really congested big city area, you will likely feel as if rush hour traffic here is nothing. If you're coming from a smaller area, then it may seem kind of congested.
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