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Old 02-16-2010, 02:27 PM
 
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I'm sure there are many other posts that may answer my questions but it is difficult to find answers on the specific areas that I am looking for.

I have recently relocated to charlotte and both my wife & I will be working on WT Harris BLVD very near to the interstate (exit 18). My wife and I are looking for a very safe & family-oriented area that she would feel safe walking the dog at night (low crime), great schools, a commute of less than 30 minutes to work (give or take a few minutes), and convenient access to a variety of restaurants/groceries/walmart/etc. And by a variety of restaurants, I'm thinking of maybe your typical applebees, ruby tuesday, etc; somewhere we can go on a moments notice when we don't feel like cooking. I don't need 10+ restaurants, but having more than one local diner would be good. I'm coming from a city that was rated as one of the top 100 places to raise a family (great schools, low crime, decent cost of living, yet some parts have a rural feel) and I'm basically looking for a similar area. From the posts that I read, it sounds like Fort Mill may be what I'm looking for but I question the commute to exit 18. If Fort Mill is not the area, is Huntersville or Mooresville? I was leaning towards SC because of the lower cost of living, so if anyone could provide the benefits to living in SC with consideration of my commute, I would be greatly appreciative. Would these advantages be outweighed with the commute? While I do not travel much, a personal advantage to living on the SC side is that once a week my business travels take me to the Columbia, SC area. Every post mentions property taxes being lower, but how about the other basic neccesities such as, automobile insurance, automobile taxes, gas, sales tax (including the unprepared food tax in Charlotte), electricity, waste management, water utilities, and cable? These are very miniscule costs, but these are the things that increase or decrease an overall cost of living. Given the aspects of what I'm looking for, any suggestions would be appreciated!
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:34 PM
 
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I'm sure there are many other posts that may answer my questions but it is difficult to find answers on the specific areas that I am looking for.

I have recently relocated to charlotte and I will be working on WT Harris BLVD very near to the interstate (exit 18). My wife and I are looking for a very safe & family-oriented area that she would feel safe walking the dog at night (low crime), great schools, a commute of less than 30 minutes to work (give or take a few minutes), and convenient access to a variety of restaurants/groceries/walmart/etc. And by a variety of restaurants, I'm thinking of maybe your typical applebees, ruby tuesday, etc; somewhere we can go on a moments notice when we don't feel like cooking. I don't need 10+ restaurants, but having more than one local diner would be good. I'm coming from a city that was rated as one of the top 100 places to raise a family (great schools, low crime, decent cost of living, yet some parts have a rural feel) and I'm basically looking for a similar area. From the posts that I read, it sounds like Fort Mill may be what I'm looking for but I question the commute to exit 18. If Fort Mill is not the area, is Huntersville or Mooresville? I was leaning towards SC because of the lower cost of living, so if anyone could provide the benefits to living in SC with consideration of my commute, I would be greatly appreciative. Would these advantages be outweighed with the commute? While I do not travel much, a personal advantage to living on the SC side is that once a week my business travels take me to the Columbia, SC area. Every post mentions property taxes being lower, but how about the other basic neccesities such as, automobile insurance, automobile taxes, gas, sales tax (including the unprepared food tax in Charlotte), electricity, waste management, water utilities, and cable? These are very miniscule costs, but these are the things that increase or decrease an overall cost of living. Given the aspects of what I'm looking for, any suggestions would be appreciated!

What is your price range?
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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It's very open at the moment, but we are considering $200k to $250k.
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:42 PM
 
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It's very open at the moment, but we are considering $200k to $250k.
Great - you'll have lots of options.

While I love Fort Mill, you are really better off living in Huntersville since you'll be working in that area. It will really make your quality of life so much better not to be on I77 if you don't have to be. I'll send you some links on dm to places I like in Huntersville
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:52 PM
 
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My single biggest concern with Huntersville is the school system. Goods schools are very important to me. Would the lower cost of living and better schools in Fort Mill outweight the costs of the commute?
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:00 PM
 
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My single biggest concern with Huntersville is the school system. Goods schools are very important to me. Would the lower cost of living and better schools in Fort Mill outweight the costs of the commute?

Some of the schools in Huntersville are as good as the ones in Fort Mill. But if you want to be out of Mecklenburg County you could check out the neighborhood I sent you links to - Highland Creek. It sits half in and half out of Mecklenburg County. The other part is Cabarrus County - which also has some good schools. I don't think your cost of living would be that much cheaper in Fort Mill
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Old 02-16-2010, 05:23 PM
 
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Just curious, what city do you live in?
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Old 02-16-2010, 05:27 PM
 
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Just curious, what city do you live in?

I have lived in various parts of Charlotte, currently I'm in the Concord area. So no, I don't live in Highland Creek or own any property there, if that's what you are afraid of, lol!
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:00 PM
 
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I have no answers, but we are looking at the exact same thing LOL. Work at exit 18 right off of WT Harris. Choosing Fort Mill or Huntersville Does anyone know how bad the commute would be from Fort Mill to WT Harris? We are in an apartment off of 23 now in Huntersville, while we look for houses. That commute isn't too bad LOL. We are thinking 30 minutes to get back to Fort Mill on 77 during rush hour (if there is no wreck LOL.) Is that reasonable?
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:04 PM
 
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You mentioned Mooresville.
Mooresville is in Iredell county, so better schools than Huntersville and lower taxes.
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