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Old 11-21-2009, 04:41 AM
 
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Hi - we're relocating to Charlotte this summer. I've been looking at real estate online and keep finding really beautiful homes in Mint Hill which seem relatively inexpensive for what you get (based on my Boston perspective). Is there a catch? I'd love to get some opinions on the area.

Ideally, I'd like to find a safe, family-friendly community, open-minded folks, a fairly large home (2500-5000 sf), a decent-sized lot (.75 acres+)... $500k-700k price range.

Any info you can share on Mint Hill or other communities which might be a good fit would be greatly appreciated!

Also, info on Montessori schools in the area would be helpful.

Thank you!
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Old 11-21-2009, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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Mint Hill is very nice, but until you have come down for a visit keep your options open, as you will have many choices in your price range.

Here is the website for Mint Hill: Mint Hill, North Carolina | Being nestled in the past carves our future!
The website for public school report cards is NC School Report Cards There are private Montessori schools as well.

Before you decide where to live, come down for a visit and take a look around -- have your realtor tour the different areas to see which you like best. Also, an important consideration is where your job is located. You may not want to live on one side of town if the job is on the opposite side.

Best of luck
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Old 11-21-2009, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Here is the official website for Mint Hill Town History & Information - link

Mint Hill is a small town in Mecklenburg county, east of Charlotte. From what I hear it is a very nice place to live. Yes real estate here is less expensive than other areas so in that sense there isn't a "catch". You shouldn't have any problem finding a nice house/neighborhood in your price range.
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Old 11-21-2009, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Mint Hill, NC
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I live in Mint Hill and love it here. You have the small town, almost a country feel, and yet have all the basic necessities within 4-5 miles (that may seem like a long ways for some people, but growing up, we were 18 miles- 1/2 hour from the closest grocery store!) And it's only a 20-25 minute drive to Uptown.

I don't know anything about the schools in the area, so can't help you there. But I most definitely agree with south.charlotte&union - take into account where jobs will be located. This is very convenient for jobs Uptown, but I worked in the University area for a while, and driving back and forth every day sucked!!
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Old 11-21-2009, 08:15 AM
 
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We just moved to Mint Hill and could not be happier!! We missed all the summer time gatherings and festivals but look forward to them next year. They show movies outside at the Town Hall, they have a parade through town, they have a Fall Festival at the Fairview park. From what I understand they have/had all kinds of plans before the economy turned south. Somethings are now on hold but I get the feeling anyone buying into Mint Hill right now has a lot to look forward to. Bain Elementary is a very well respected elementary school. The rest I am not so sure about. We are seriously considering private school just because Char Meck tends to be unpredictable. They make changes to assignments fairly often. The demographic from what I've seen is young families and older retired adults. We tend to appreciate this. In our neighborhood we love the fact that there are plenty of people home all day, stay at home moms and retirees. Also Mint Hill is very careful and restictive as to what they allow to be built. Homes tend to be larger lots, developements are required to maintain a lot of the trees. In the town center they require a certain "look" to buildings. Anything new will need to meet those standards. We bought into Brighton Park which is not what you are looking for but we LOVE it because it is a walking community. We walk to restaurants and grocery shopping. You might want to consider Summerwood. The lots are not as large as you want but the homes are beautiful and the ammendities once built will be amazing. Good luck!
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Old 11-21-2009, 04:52 PM
 
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why would you pay this much in Mint Hill?

Just curious if you are coming from an area of the country where you need to pay that much?


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Hi - we're relocating to Charlotte this summer. I've been looking at real estate online and keep finding really beautiful homes in Mint Hill which seem relatively inexpensive for what you get (based on my Boston perspective). Is there a catch? I'd love to get some opinions on the area.

Ideally, I'd like to find a safe, family-friendly community, open-minded folks, a fairly large home (2500-5000 sf), a decent-sized lot (.75 acres+)... $500k-700k price range.

Any info you can share on Mint Hill or other communities which might be a good fit would be greatly appreciated!

Also, info on Montessori schools in the area would be helpful.

Thank you!
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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why would you pay this much in Mint Hill?

Just curious if you are coming from an area of the country where you need to pay that much?
There are plenty of large brick houses in MH that are in that price range. Especially in the newer communities.
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:37 PM
 
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There are plenty of large brick houses in MH that are in that price range. Especially in the newer communities.
I'm only familiar with Mint Hill, but I thought several of the developers that were offering that type of product in the last 2+ years were folding up/moving down in their product offering. So I just figured that if homes weren't moving at the the top of the range, why would one want to pay top dollar in a market where top dollar is not moving?
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:08 PM
 
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why would you pay this much in Mint Hill?

Just curious if you are coming from an area of the country where you need to pay that much?
Baybook, there are GORGEOUS neighborhoods in Mint Hill in that price range, though there are probably some deals to be found now with lower prices, but overall Mint Hill homes are pretty upscale. Not to mention, Mint Hill is a pretty desirable place to live - it has it's own police force and city government - schools are good - access to I485 is great - commute to uptown isn't horrible. There's really not a lot to dislike about Mint Hill.
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:24 PM
 
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I love Mint Hill. It's one of the two/three places we are considering for the next move. I just haven't seen homes that high (consistently) for a while. A lot of the new construction that was that pricey has been empty for a while. So, I'm just wondering about the rationale for buying at the top of the pp in this market in the CLT area. David Weekly and XXX(The Gates custom builder??) seem to have pulled back/pulled out quite a bit.

Just wondering.

ETA: but then I'm not look for $500-700, so maybe what I thought was the top range in Mint Hill wreally wasn't. ;-)



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Baybook, there are GORGEOUS neighborhoods in Mint Hill in that price range, though there are probably some deals to be found now with lower prices, but overall Mint Hill homes are pretty upscale. Not to mention, Mint Hill is a pretty desirable place to live - it has it's own police force and city government - schools are good - access to I485 is great - commute to uptown isn't horrible. There's really not a lot to dislike about Mint Hill.

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