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Old 06-19-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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We are contemplating a move to Charlotte. DH's job would be Uptown, and I'd like suggestions on places to live please.

1) Housing budget $500,000.
2) Great school are a top priority for kids in 4th and 6th grades.
3) Short commute to Uptown.
4) Proximity to kid activities such as sports.
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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For a combination of best commute and good schools, I would look at the Barclay Downs and Cotswold neighborhoods.
Try to get into the feeder zone for one of the following high schools: Myers Park (closest to uptown), Providence, or Ardrey Kell (worse commute). There are lots of houses in your price range in the South Meck High zone - it's a notch below the others but still a good school - Carmel Middle would be the better middle school in that zone.
High school boundary map:
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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Thank you!
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:30 PM
 
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We are contemplating a move to Charlotte. DH's job would be Uptown, and I'd like suggestions on places to live please.

1) Housing budget $500,000.
2) Great school are a top priority for kids in 4th and 6th grades.
3) Short commute to Uptown.
4) Proximity to kid activities such as sports.
You might want to look into NC's charter schools. These schools are free, yet they are ran like private schools (with some of them requiring a uniform). Charter Schools are by far the fastest growing school system here in Charlotte and there is a good reason for that trend. Also, you can send your kids to any Charter School that you choose; your neighborhood is NOT a factor. There's nothing better than living where you want and sending the kids to the free school of your choice.

If you must do CMS (Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools) apply for a Magnet School. It is a lottery-based assigment system to get in, but these schools tend to do well.

Anyway, here is a recent story about Charter Schools in Mecklenburg county that you might find interesting. I made the switch from CMS to Charter Schools and I (and the kids) couldn't have been any happier. I was shocked to see that our family were not alone...

Charter schools are expected to account for one-third of all public school enrollment growth in Mecklenburg County next year, and the charter boom could surge in 2013. As Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools strives to maintain the confidence of a sprawling, diverse county, growing numbers of families are opting for independently run, tuition-free schools that cater to a niche. Projections show CMS gaining about 2,000 students next year, an increase of about 1.4 percent. About 1,000 more Mecklenburg students will attend charters, a 12 percent jump.
Charter schools enrollment surges | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Charter schools are a great option for people living in zones with poor schools, but transportation is not provided. The OP has the budget to have very good neighborhood schools. If they are interested in magnets at the middle school level, I would recommend Randolph IB and Piedmont Open Middle. These both attract higher achievers. Northwest School of the Arts is appropriate for students interested in one or more of the arts.
I had one kid at Myers Park High and currently have one at South Meck. I am perfectly pleased with the education they have received, particularly at Myers Park.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:03 AM
 
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Definitely check out Cotswold. Close to uptown, beautiful area, great schools.
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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Thanks very much everyone for the great information.

As for all the realtor's sending me DM's, thank you very much, I appreciate all the information, but I am I am not looking a realtor at this time, and will have one assigned anyway as part of a relocation.

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Old 06-20-2012, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I'd suggest the Myers Park area. Selwyn Elementary is on par with the magnets. Excellent school.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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My observation is that community/neighborhood swimming pools are available but less common in the Myers Park area, becoming more common the further south one goes. Would that be accurate? I'd like an area with neighborhood amenities, if possible, for the social interaction.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:08 AM
 
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It's definitely true. Neighborhood pools start popping up around Barclay Downs and get more and more popular the farther south you go as the land gets cheaper. The older parts of Myers Park weren't built into the traditional "named" neighborhoods you see throughout the city where one developer builds all the houses and sets aside land for a neighborhood pool.
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