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Old 03-02-2008, 08:12 AM
 
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I currently work in the South End of Charlotte. I'm thinking of buying a house in Fort Mill, but I'm concerned about the commute times.

The house I'm considering isn't far from 521, so I'm thinking I could take that all the way up. Is 521 a nightmare during rush hour? Alternately, I could proably take 521 to 485 to 77 (ugh!).

Anyone out there commute that way?
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Old 03-02-2008, 04:56 PM
 
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I commute from Baxter to Concord everyday and unless there's an accident, it rarely takes me more than 40 minutes. I can make it to uptown easily in 25 or so. To Ballentyne in about 15.
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Old 03-02-2008, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC
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I live off of I77 and exit 85 (Baxter). If I leave between 6:30 and 7 or so it takes me about 35 min to uptown, on a perfect traffic day...On a bad day, say accident at 485 or tryon, it can take an hour easy... The problem areas are normally Carowinds, Westinghouse, 485, Arrowwood and Tryon.
Hope this helps...
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Old 03-02-2008, 06:02 PM
 
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I commute from Rock Hill (more south then Fort Mill) to Charlotte.

It takes me 30 minutes tops
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Old 03-02-2008, 07:41 PM
 
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okay while I don't know how much this is going to help the OP (since I think they are looking at the opposite side of town).

I live in Tega Cay, SC (apx. 3 or 4 miles from Interstate 77 - exit 88/Gold Hill Rd)

This past Friday I had to be in the Huntersville (NC) area (Interstate 77 - exit 16B) by 9:00 am.

I left my home at 7:50 am (don't laugh...I had heard about the traffic headed to Charlotte, NC..and fell back into my Southern CA ways by giving myself plenty of time)

It took me apx. 7 minutes to enter 77 North (there was some back up at the turn light on Gold Hill Rd)

While there was some minor back up around the 485 interchange...it was mainly folks hitting their brakelights and slowing down just a bit.

As I approached the John Belk/277 interchange I looked at my watch and it had been a whole 12 minutes since I hopped on to the Interstate.

It was at that point I realized that I was going to be really, really early to my appointment.

While I admit I did not drive the exact speed limit...I never went over..by more than 5MPH the posted limit....


...so what's the deal...did I just get lucky or what??


OH I might also add...the folks that were on the otherside of Interstate (77) headed South into uptown Charlotte....now that was a mess.
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Old 03-03-2008, 03:51 PM
 
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I make the commute every day to where you are going. The advantage of being right by 521 & 160 for me is that there are 3 ways to get to South Charlotte. Depends where in SC you are talking about since a lot of the backroads would serve different purposes. If you want to head up 521 to either Ballantyne Commons, 485, HWY 51 it does not always take as long as some people may think. From the intersection of 160/521 to 485 you are talking about 15-20 minutes in rush hour (only slow if there is an accident or construction).

When I go 160 to 77, that takes quite a bit of time (toward baxter) due to NC commuters using that route.

I don't think you would have too hard a time depending on where you are going. Now if you are looking further down 521 towards Sun City then that will take longer, due to the commuters traveling to Charlotte from that area.

There are three good communities just off 521 & 160 that sold to a majority of homeowners that work in NC....all with the incredibly low Lancaster County taxes. Right now there are also around 20 homes in the two larger home neighborhoods that have very low price per sq ft listings.
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:56 AM
 
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I make the commute every day to where you are going. The advantage of being right by 521 & 160 for me is that there are 3 ways to get to South Charlotte. Depends where in SC you are talking about since a lot of the backroads would serve different purposes. If you want to head up 521 to either Ballantyne Commons, 485, HWY 51 it does not always take as long as some people may think. From the intersection of 160/521 to 485 you are talking about 15-20 minutes in rush hour (only slow if there is an accident or construction).

When I go 160 to 77, that takes quite a bit of time (toward baxter) due to NC commuters using that route.

I don't think you would have too hard a time depending on where you are going. Now if you are looking further down 521 towards Sun City then that will take longer, due to the commuters traveling to Charlotte from that area.

There are three good communities just off 521 & 160 that sold to a majority of homeowners that work in NC....all with the incredibly low Lancaster County taxes. Right now there are also around 20 homes in the two larger home neighborhoods that have very low price per sq ft listings.
Well the commute doesn't sound as bad as I first thought. What communities are you referring to? I'm interested. Thanks
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