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Old 12-04-2014, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Durham
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Thanks tdm51; I could probably go to $1000 if my partner ends up moving with me and/or I am able to find some part-time work fairly quickly; without a car and insurance expenses I'd have a lot more to put towards rent.


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Charlotte is more walkable than the ranking suggest (mainly because Charlotte is geographically large and sprawly.) If you live in the Uptown area you can walk pretty much everywhere (I live here currently so this is off experience.) The problem is, not in that price range. You are looking at a minimum of 1200-1500 to live in the more walkable areas of Charlotte. You may be able to get closer to the 1000 range, but not below it. At least from what I have seen.
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Old 12-04-2014, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Durham
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Default Meh!

Meh! I've lived in several large cities and done it all - looking more to just have a calm life somewhere warmer, to be able to be outdoors and walk to coffee and go for long runs - that's all I need. Plus, I'm sure Charlotte has car-sharing; most major metro areas do these days; used it here in Buffalo and also in Seattle.


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I lived in uptown Charlotte and could not have lived without a car. There are tooooooo many things to do in NC lik to be stuck in uptown without transportation.
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Old 12-04-2014, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Meh! I've lived in several large cities and done it all - looking more to just have a calm life somewhere warmer, to be able to be outdoors and walk to coffee and go for long runs - that's all I need. Plus, I'm sure Charlotte has car-sharing; most major metro areas do these days; used it here in Buffalo and also in Seattle.
I live in Uptown.. I have a car due to my work, but honestly it gets used rarely outside of that. There is enough entertainment in Uptown and along the lightrail where a car isnt really needed.. and if it is, there is always uber. I also just scoped out a few places in SouthEnd which had rents at 900-1000 for studio/1br.. I know nothing of which places are good/not good in SouthEnd, but you would be right on the lightrail and could use it to go to South Charlotte and Uptown.

(example http://www.fountainssouthend.com/floorplans.aspx , http://1225sc.maac.com/1225-Church-Search-Result.aspx) -- Again do not know if these places are good to live in, I have no idea
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Old 12-04-2014, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Durham
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Ohhhhh, thanks tdm51 - valuable perspective. What are rents like in Uptown?

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I live in Uptown.. I have a car due to my work, but honestly it gets used rarely outside of that. There is enough entertainment in Uptown and along the lightrail where a car isnt really needed.. and if it is, there is always uber. I also just scoped out a few places in SouthEnd which had rents at 900-1000 for studio/1br.. I know nothing of which places are good/not good in SouthEnd, but you would be right on the lightrail and could use it to go to South Charlotte and Uptown.

(example Floor Plans of Fountains Southend Apartments in Charlotte , NC , 1225 South Church Apartment Search Result) -- Again do not know if these places are good to live in, I have no idea
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Old 12-04-2014, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Washington DC
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Ohhhhh, thanks tdm51 - valuable perspective. What are rents like in Uptown?

All the places on the Internet is probably going to be northwards of $1000 in uptown.


Tryon House is the cheapest midrise I think with 1 bedroom at 650 or 700$ when I looked into it. smack in the midst of all the action uptown known for its cheap prices.


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I would also look into the Lowrise apartments in 4th ward in person or try to call. Lots of affordable apartments don't advertise online.
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Old 12-04-2014, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Durham
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Thanks so much for these suggestions . . .


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All the places on the Internet is probably going to be northwards of $1000 in

uptown.


Tryon House is the cheapest midrise I think with 1 bedroom at 650 or 700$ when I looked into it. smack in the midst of all the action uptown known for its cheap prices.


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I would also look into the Lowrise apartments in 4th ward in person or try to call. Lots of affordable apartments don't advertise online.
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Old 03-06-2015, 07:40 PM
 
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If I had to give my two cents, keep the car, but still use public transit. This is what I do. You'll save gas and wear, and assuming you're still making payments on it, once you do pay it off you will still have a low milage car for years of further enjoyment. Another suggestion would be, since you're supposedly going to be saving 500 bucks a month, go for something a little nicer and maybe even inside the 277 belt, or use the money you save to rent a car whenever you want to go outside of Charlotte. Renting a car for a few days once or twice a year on vacation is still cheaper than owning a car all year long. I don't know your exact situation, but I don't forsee myself getting rid of my car if I stay in Charlotte. The transit is good, but as any commuter who uses it will tell you, the way Charlotte is laid out makes a car necessary for at least part of the commute.
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Old 03-07-2015, 07:49 AM
 
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500 a month on a car?

If you can't get rid of it, I can teach you how to find a dependable Toyota on craigslist for 1500. No more monthly payment and you won't look like a moron that leased a car they can't afford.
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Old 03-07-2015, 07:58 AM
 
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I would say you need a car. I live in Charlotte and everything is very spread out. Its a large city area wise. I'm sure you could make it work, but its not NYC or anything like that. Its a small town feel with a huge mass of land and spread out. It takes me 15 minutes from south park area to even get to the nearest Target in my car, so its not set up for walking IMO.
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Old 03-07-2015, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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I would say you need a car. I live in Charlotte and everything is very spread out. Its a large city area wise. I'm sure you could make it work, but its not NYC or anything like that. Its a small town feel with a huge mass of land and spread out. It takes me 15 minutes from south park area to even get to the nearest Target in my car, so its not set up for walking IMO.
I don't agree - you can live here without a car if you live close to the city center where buses are abundant and neighborhoods are walkable. There is a Target near uptown too. One can live a fine life without ever venturing further out than South Park Mall (and even there one needs not go often).
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