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Old 11-12-2007, 11:48 AM
Location: MA
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Hi..My Husband, myself and our 9 year old are moving to NC in July..we've been researching the cleveland county towns, because we're looking for a small town under 5,000 pop, low crime, and something near water (lakes, streams, etc..) Also My husband will be working for Mecklenburg county sheriffs department. We don't want to live in or too close to a big city but my husband doesn't want to travel more than 45min.-1hr to work either. I was just wondering what any thoughts on the towns are?? I dont' even mind traveling to big stores such as walmart, target, malls, we just want the small town living.
Does anyone have any suggestions or comments on this area? Or which town may be better for what we're looking for???

Thanks for any help...
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Old 11-12-2007, 08:27 PM
Location: Charlotte
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Unless your husband will be working off peak hours, his commute will probably be longer than 45min - 1 hour. Of course the actual time will depend on where he is working.

we're looking for a small town under 5,000 pop, low crime, and something near water (lakes, streams, etc..)
I suggest looking at Gaston County towns like Ranlo, Lowell, McAdenville or Cramerton.
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:59 PM
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Hey Sweet Pea,

We live in N. Cleveland county, out in the country. My husband works mainly in and around the Charlotte area daily and it's not much more than an hour commute, depending on which area of the city he's going to. Typically 1 hour 15 min. When we relocated here, we could have easily bought a home near Charlotte, making the daily drive faster, but we love having a lot of property and the mountains. We got more for the money here. There are many people who live here that commute daily to the city.

I know that plans for a large reservoir/lake are in the works. They are planning to dam up the river in N. Cleveland county and build a lake to supply the county with water. I think it's been talked about so long here, that most people don't believe it's actually going to happen. However, when this reservoir goes in, as it is slated to, the development here will take off. There are various big businesses starting to get in on this project, so I feel the possibility for it to happen sooner than later is good. There is also Moss Lake, which is in southern Cleveland county. You won't get as much land, but you will have the water and it's closer to Gaston county and your commute to Charlotte would be pretty fast.

I have a child who is 8 1/2. We homeschool, but they say the school system here in is very good. I've met quite a few of the teachers and they seem to really be happy in their work.

Let me know if you have any questions about the county, I'd be happy to help.
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