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Old 10-07-2011, 07:27 PM
 
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Greetings!

We are on our way to Charlotte. It will be my husband, my 18 month old daughter, my 4 year old daughter and of course, me. My husband will be working at the ITT college on the south end of town. Please give as much advice as possible regarding great places (and not so great places) to live. We are an African American family who enjoy lots of different types of ethnic cuisine. Diversity is very important to us. We would like to live in an area that is at least 20% black with other ethnicities represented as well. We also prefer eating natural and organic foods so living close to a natural grocery store like Whole Foods would be great. Some of the things that are important to us are listed below. Your comment is very much appreciated!!! We keep hearing about south charlotte and the university area north of WT Harris. Please tell us more.

Home price - $175,000 to $225,000 max
Diverse area
Great schools
Community focused
Parks close by
Family and kid activities available
Low to no crime
Hospitals and other medical facilities for kids (and adults) close by
Fresh and good quality grocery stores near by
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:48 PM
 
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If your husband is working at the ITT near UNCC please avoid living anywhere near there. I lived all around the UNCC area for the last 4 year of my life and I have been robbed 3 times, once at gun point. If you are at another ITT I am not sure where that is located.

I would recommend living near Pineville/Matthews/Ballanytne. I am sure LovesMountains will post in her soon and send you a direct message, she is extremely helpful and actually just helped me sign a lease down in Ballantyne.

Good luck! If you have any questions regarding areas near UNCC feel free to message me as I know the area very well
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:52 PM
 
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Thank you for your response. The ITT where he is going to work is at the following address: 4135 Southstream Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28217. Is this the one in the bad area that you were speaking of?

Are Pineville/Matthews/Ballanytne all diverse areas?
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:12 PM
 
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It's very difficult to get everything on your list. For diversity, I would recommend the city neighborhood: Plaza-Midwood, however the schools are not so good. Some families get their kids into magnet schools or go private. Ballantyne and Matthews are not diverse at all but the schools are good. Pineville is more diverse, depending on which part. Charlotte is actually quite segregated by race - it's difficult to find a neighborhood like you are describing. If you don't mind living in a cookie cutter suburban development, I think the Steele Creek area may be your best bet. It is a diverse area and is convenient to your husband's work.
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:16 PM
 
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Thank you for your response. The ITT where he is going to work is at the following address: 4135 Southstream Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28217. Is this the one in the bad area that you were speaking of?

Are Pineville/Matthews/Ballanytne all diverse areas?
Yes that is near the bad areas I am talking about, goto CMPD's website and look at their crime blotter it will show you how much crime is in what areas and you will see that area is crime ridden. I lived in 4 different apartments while living in 28262, 28223, and 28217 and none were good.

http://maps.cmpd.org/cmpdnet/agreement.aspx?ref=map (broken link)

I actually have some things in a public storage in 28217 right now and I worry for its safety.

I agree with the other poster, Steele Creek seems really nice. If I were you I would forget about diversity and focus on safety/school. No matter how much you love an areas characteristics all it takes is one run in with the wrong people and you will regret it forever. I may be a bit of a downer here but getting robbed enough makes you bitter.
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:31 PM
 
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Wow....thank you for the information. I am going to look at Pineville and Steele Creek farther. BTW...what is a magnet school?
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:33 PM
 
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Wow....thank you for the information. I am going to look at Pineville and Steele Creek farther. BTW...what is a magnet school?
Magnet school - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Old 10-07-2011, 08:33 PM
 
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Yeah....great point! Safety is most important to us as well. What about neighborhoods with natural food markets? I am going to check out Steele Creek as well as Pineville. Do you have any zip codes that I should look for in particular.
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:35 PM
 
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The magnet school option sounds great but they are usually by lottery, right?
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:49 PM
 
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Is steele creek known as pine harbor?
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