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Old 08-24-2015, 01:56 PM
 
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I am moving from Northern Va to NC. My job is in Winston Salem. I've been reading a lot about Mooresville for young families. I realize it is an hour from WS, but want to be close to Charlotte. Will the commute be too much? Can you recommend another place to live. My kids are 6, 2 and another on the way.
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Old 08-24-2015, 02:03 PM
 
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I am moving from Northern Va to NC. My job is in Winston Salem. I've been reading a lot about Mooresville for young families. I realize it is an hour from WS, but want to be close to Charlotte. Will the commute be too much? Can you recommend another place to live. My kids are 6, 2 and another on the way.
Only you can answer that question. Are you willing to commute at least 2 hours every day? More when there is traffic or weather issues? I certainly wouldn't do it.

Why do you want to be close to Charlotte?

Winston-Salem has many great family neighborhoods, as do the towns of Lewisville and Clemmons, which are west of W-S (a littler closer to Charlotte).
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Old 08-24-2015, 02:36 PM
 
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Oof. That's a heck of a commute and, in my opinion, totally unnecessary. Winston-Salem is quite a good place for a young family. Plenty to do (Children's Museum, SCIWorks, parks), close to the mountains for weekend trips, quite a few good schools to choose from, arts opportunities, etc.

Check out the NW side of Winston-Salem (Sherwood Forest and Whitaker Elementary Schools. Meadowlark, Jefferson and Brunson are also quite good) or, as the previous poster said, Lewisville or Clemmons. The Pfafftown/Vienna area is also a favorite of many.
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Old 08-25-2015, 08:44 AM
 
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I guess that answers my question. Are the areas you mentioned near shopping? Where I live currently in NOVA is suburbia. Lots of restaurants, shopping, parks for kids, and great schools. I am looking for something similar.
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Old 08-25-2015, 08:54 AM
 
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I guess that answers my question. Are the areas you mentioned near shopping? Where I live currently in NOVA is suburbia. Lots of restaurants, shopping, parks for kids, and great schools. I am looking for something similar.
Yes, lots of shopping, parks, great schools in NW Winston-Salem and suburban areas like Lewisville and Clemmons. Its a great area.
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Old 08-25-2015, 09:07 AM
 
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Just did some research about Lewisville. Housing costs seem very affordable. What is the commute like into downtown?
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Old 08-25-2015, 09:21 AM
 
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Just did some research about Lewisville. Housing costs seem very affordable. What is the commute like into downtown?
Right now its not bad...15-20 minutes straight down Hwy. 421/Business 40. The fly in the ointment is that a 1 mile section of Business 40 in downtown is going to be shut down for 2 years, starting next fall, so it can be rebuilt and repaved. Obviously, this will create commuting issues, and force people to find alternate routes. Coming from the Lewisville side should be easier than coming from the other side of W-S, as there are more alternative routes coming from Lewisville.

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Old 08-25-2015, 09:34 AM
 
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Thanks for this. That sounds like a big headache Just finished reading about Clemmons. Lewisville seems more rural than Clemmons. Is that true? More congestion in Clemmons, but more to offer. Will Clemmons be impacted more when Business 40 is closed?
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Old 08-25-2015, 09:44 AM
 
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Thanks for this. That sounds like a big headache Just finished reading about Clemmons. Lewisville seems more rural than Clemmons. Is that true? More congestion in Clemmons, but more to offer. Will Clemmons be impacted more when Business 40 is closed?
I guess Lewisville is a little more rural. Its more separated from W-S, and probably has larger lot sizes in general. I think of it as being a little more upscale than Clemmons, and yes, its not as "built up" and is primarily residential.

The B-40 closing will impact everyone trying to commute into downtown W-S from anywhere. All will be impacted equally, although as I said, I think coming in from the west (the direction of both Clemmons and Lewisville) will be easier than from the east (Kernersville and Greensboro).
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Old 08-25-2015, 10:26 AM
 
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Have you visited Winston-Salem at all? Where will you be working? There's a chance the closure may not actually affect you very much, or at all.
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