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Old 03-05-2013, 10:46 AM
 
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Hello everyone! My husband and I are prepping for a move from NY to SC within the next year. I have a friend who lives in Fort Mill and we are coming down in May and again in July to scope out areas. I am hoping for some advice on where exactly we should look.

My husband already has a job, but I will be looking for employment in Charlotte. Where are the best places in Lancaster/York County for a commute into Charlotte? My current commute is about 1hr15min, so anything will be a step up from that and 30 min or under would be a dream come true for me!

We are also looking to settle down & start a family so we're looking for safe, family neighborhoods with good school districts. Our final concern is land/property. I have noticed a lot of the houses we've looked at online (trulia, zillow, etc.) are new developments with house on top of house, on top of house. We have had enough of that here in NY and are looking for space, land and PRIVACY! We will rent for a while to acclimate ourselves with the area, but we're thinking our budget for a home will be around $350k.

Am I crazy to think we find everything we want in SC?!
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:12 AM
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Hello everyone! My husband and I are prepping for a move from NY to SC within the next year. I have a friend who lives in Fort Mill and we are coming down in May and again in July to scope out areas. I am hoping for some advice on where exactly we should look.

My husband already has a job, but I will be looking for employment in Charlotte. Where are the best places in Lancaster/York County for a commute into Charlotte? My current commute is about 1hr15min, so anything will be a step up from that and 30 min or under would be a dream come true for me!

We are also looking to settle down & start a family so we're looking for safe, family neighborhoods with good school districts. Our final concern is land/property. I have noticed a lot of the houses we've looked at online (trulia, zillow, etc.) are new developments with house on top of house, on top of house. We have had enough of that here in NY and are looking for space, land and PRIVACY! We will rent for a while to acclimate ourselves with the area, but we're thinking our budget for a home will be around $350k.

Am I crazy to think we find everything we want in SC?!
No, you aren't crazy.

Charlotte is a city, large in land area, so *where* you work *in* Charlotte has a lot to do with where you should look.

Also don't discount areas in NC suburbs, like Mint Hill, Waxhaw, Harrisburg, etc.

Where in NY are you from?
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:31 PM
 
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Thanks for the quick response! Totally understand what you're saying about it being a large city. Hopefully a job will pop up in a convenient location, but at the end of the day choosing a neighborhood to live is more important to me than a short commute. I'm doing a long one now and I can do it again if necessary!

Thanks for the tip about NC suburbs. I think we were set on SC due to having some friends in that area and reading about the lower taxes in SC vs. NC. That said, we are keeping an open mind and I will make sure to do more research on some of the suburbs in NC.

Oh and we're in Westchester County right now, about 25 miles north of NYC. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. And can't wait to get out!
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:13 AM
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Union County NC, and Cabarrus County NC, have lower taxes than Mecklenburg County NC. And Cabarrus County NC, is largely rural, and deliberately purposes to stay that way.

York County SC is largely rural too, but towns close to Charlotte (e.g. Fort Mill and Lake Wylie), are being developed too rapidly for my liking. What is rural today, might be suburban tomorrow.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, South Carolina
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Taxes are way lower in SC vs NC. Fort Mill schools (SC) are highly rated. To find land probably Waxhaw, NC and around Lake Wylie in SC - such as Clover, Lake Wylie, etc.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:26 PM
 
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I am in the process of moving from Waxhaw, NC to Indian Land, SC and yes, the taxes are much less in SC. This is one if the reasons why my husband wanted to move. Don't get me wrong Waxhaw is a very nice town and it will be sad to leave. I am sure you and your husband will do the right choice.

Btw, we came from NJ two years ago and know how you feel. At least you have friends here we basically opened up the map and headed here with no job, just us a family of 5.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:38 PM
 
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Check the Charlotte North Carolina forum for a lot more discussion of this from the perspective of the north side of the line.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:28 AM
 
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You should like living outside of meckenburg county. In charlotte we dont allow goats and cows and hogs or mobile homes or burning our trash....Too many restrictions
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill SC
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I live in Indian Land and absolutely love my neighborhood...but the houses are close together in mine but I don't mind because I love all my neighbors Good luck! We looked at Ballantyne ,Waxhaw and Indian Land and decided to buy in SC becasue of the lower taxes I could get a bigger house and still stay in budget!
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:12 PM
 
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Thanks for all of the recommendations so far! After a few more discussions and many hours of research we've decided to bump up our timeline a little bit and are hoping to make the move within the next 6 months. We've still got our eye on Fort Mill, but in the meantime we'll be renting nearby.

We've been looking into some of the apartment complexes in the area. Just curious if anyone knows anything about them? Sterling Steele Creek across the border in NC looks WONDERFUL! But Millcrest and The Commons also look very nice. Budget would be around $900 for a 2 bedroom, but we can be flexible for the perfect location!
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