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Old 06-03-2007, 08:54 AM
 
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My family might relocate to the York County area. I have a few questions. I need help narrowing our neighborhood search.

1) Everyone talks about the Fort Mill schools. I am leaning in that direction but I want to know where the kids are going after graduation? Are they upwardly mobile with good college prospects? Do you feel the kids are bright, articulate, inquisitive? Is a sports-centered high school culture?

2) Please direct me to neighborhoods with some of the following features: good schools, trees, sidewalks, playgrounds, neighborhood pool, tennis courts, trails, quality commercial area within the neighborhood in a town square like setting. I know this is the new (OLD) style of development in many parts of the country. Has it started happening in York County? I know about Baxter and it sounds fantastic. Any others? Any comments on Baxter? Do you hear highway noise from I-77?

3) Where do people shop? Are there Whole Foods type grocery stores or do people shop at Super Walmart? Are there local Farmers' Markets? Unique shops or Chain Stores? Types of Restaurants (Local places or Olive Gardens and Long Horns)?

4) Is it very conservative. . . homogeneous? What are the people really like? If you live there, do you feel at home as a conservative, liberal, etc?

5) Is this a very church oriented society? I noticed many of the private schools seem to be Baptist. Is there variety of faiths or is it primarily Baptist? Is religion a major topic of discussion in day to day life? Any Catholics reading this post? If so, tell me how it is for you in the area.

Thank you. These quality of life questions are very difficult to get answers to using standard resources.
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Old 06-03-2007, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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1. Many kids graduate from FMHS and go to school.

2. Baxter Village (can be expensive).

3. Supertarget, Lowe's Food's, etc. Some natural foods stores not far away. A few good local eateries (it is a small town still) and plenty chains 10 mins to the north in Pineveille (near Charlotte) and 10 minutes to the South (Rock Hill). One of my favorites is Towne Tavern at Fort Mill.

4. Mix of traditional natives and yuppies as well as young professionals. Charlotte is not far away and is more diverse than some people think.

5. There are a lot of churches, but it is not church-oriented. People do stuff other than go to church. There are baptist and non-denominational churches as well as a very nice somewhat large Catholic one called St. Philip Neri's.
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Old 06-04-2007, 06:25 AM
 
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My family might relocate to the York County area. I have a few questions. I need help narrowing our neighborhood search.

1) Everyone talks about the Fort Mill schools. I am leaning in that direction but I want to know where the kids are going after graduation? Are they upwardly mobile with good college prospects? Do you feel the kids are bright, articulate, inquisitive? Is a sports-centered high school culture?

2) Please direct me to neighborhoods with some of the following features: good schools, trees, sidewalks, playgrounds, neighborhood pool, tennis courts, trails, quality commercial area within the neighborhood in a town square like setting. I know this is the new (OLD) style of development in many parts of the country. Has it started happening in York County? I know about Baxter and it sounds fantastic. Any others? Any comments on Baxter? Do you hear highway noise from I-77?

3) Where do people shop? Are there Whole Foods type grocery stores or do people shop at Super Walmart? Are there local Farmers' Markets? Unique shops or Chain Stores? Types of Restaurants (Local places or Olive Gardens and Long Horns)?

4) Is it very conservative. . . homogeneous? What are the people really like? If you live there, do you feel at home as a conservative, liberal, etc?

5) Is this a very church oriented society? I noticed many of the private schools seem to be Baptist. Is there variety of faiths or is it primarily Baptist? Is religion a major topic of discussion in day to day life? Any Catholics reading this post? If so, tell me how it is for you in the area.

Thank you. These quality of life questions are very difficult to get answers to using standard resources.
You guys will be fine in York County...They even let Catholics in, LOL. I'm Lutheran...so that's almost Catholic isnt it?? My neighbors are Catholic, originally from Youngstown, OH. They have found a Catholic Church in Rock Hill that they really like, St. Annes. Religion has never been an overwhelming topic of discussion in my 5 years of living in York County. The most people will ask you is, "have you found a church yet"? In other words, people dont wear it on the arm sleeves in my experience. But other folks may have different opinions. I am in a really nice, very mixed culturally neighborhood on Lake Wylie. We have folks in there from everywhere, from singles to retirees. Check the community out at mysunsetpoint.com if you are interested. Best of Luck to you guys!
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Old 06-04-2007, 11:47 AM
 
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My family might relocate to the York County area. I have a few questions. I need help narrowing our neighborhood search.

1) Everyone talks about the Fort Mill schools. I am leaning in that direction but I want to know where the kids are going after graduation? Are they upwardly mobile with good college prospects? Do you feel the kids are bright, articulate, inquisitive? Is a sports-centered high school culture?
If you have not done so already I highly suggest you take a look at the Fort Mill High School website (career clustering and AP programs). We will be having a new High School set to open at the start of the new school year 2007 - Nation Ford High School too. Also on the SC Board of Education (you can look up graduation stats, testing results, etc. for the York County/Fort Mill School District #4). Yes, sports are big here, along with band, etc.....yet education is the main focus. Take a tour of the schools when you are down.
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2) Please direct me to neighborhoods with some of the following features: good schools, trees, sidewalks, playgrounds, neighborhood pool, tennis courts, trails, quality commercial area within the neighborhood in a town square like setting. I know this is the new (OLD) style of development in many parts of the country. Has it started happening in York County? I know about Baxter and it sounds fantastic. Any others? Any comments on Baxter? Do you hear highway noise from I-77?
The only one that I am aware of (like) Baxter Village will be Springfiled (in fact they are by the same company). I do not personally live in Baxter Village but I am there often...and the only place I have heard freeway noise is at the Fort Mill YMCA (located in Baxter) but that is due to the fact that it sets right up against the interstate (unlike the homes).
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3) Where do people shop? Are there Whole Foods type grocery stores or do people shop at Super Walmart? Are there local Farmers' Markets? Unique shops or Chain Stores? Types of Restaurants (Local places or Olive Gardens and Long Horns)?
The closest grocery store to Baxter Village is Harris Teeter (in fact right across the street). Yet there are any numerous other grocery stores to choose from within minutes (Lowes, Bi-Lo, Food Lion). Currently there is a Super WalMart in Rock Hill (but there is a new one being built just down the road..which will be located in Tega Cay, SC). Any of the other items you are speaking of are located right in Fort Mill or a short drive to either Rock Hill or Charlotte, NC
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4) Is it very conservative. . . homogeneous? What are the people really like? If you live there, do you feel at home as a conservative, liberal, etc?
I have found folks here to be very friendly...yet I could not tell you what the break down is for conservative or liberal, etc (for someone like myself that does not fall in any one particular catergory...it is much more important to me if you are a good, honest person, that treats others the same way I wish to be treated).
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5) Is this a very church oriented society? I noticed many of the private schools seem to be Baptist. Is there variety of faiths or is it primarily Baptist? Is religion a major topic of discussion in day to day life? Any Catholics reading this post? If so, tell me how it is for you in the area.
I am right there with LukePoke on this one (you may be invited to church..but that is pretty much it)....and yes, there are plenty of churches to choose from.

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Old 06-04-2007, 01:17 PM
 
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You asked some good quetions but the answers will only go so far, you might be better served if you include what you are looking to spend ansd what school ages you are looking to place. It may sound trivial but if those of us who have recently bought here, only reason I even look on this board now is to try and help others like I was helped by others on here, know what you are looking for then we can help you narrow things a little, else wise I would say based on your question only Baxter is going to meet needs (question 2).
There are lots of great neighborhoods here Lake Shore in Tega Cay is great for the family aspect but if you want to "walk to eating and shopping" well then not so great.
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Old 06-04-2007, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC
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1) Everyone talks about the Fort Mill schools. I am leaning in that direction but I want to know where the kids are going after graduation? Are they upwardly mobile with good college prospects? Do you feel the kids are bright, articulate, inquisitive? Is a sports-centered high school culture?

Yes, a vast majority of kids from the Fort Mill School District go on to colleges all over the country.

2) Please direct me to neighborhoods with some of the following features: good schools, trees, sidewalks, playgrounds, neighborhood pool, tennis courts, trails, quality commercial area within the neighborhood in a town square like setting. I know this is the new (OLD) style of development in many parts of the country. Has it started happening in York County? I know about Baxter and it sounds fantastic. Any others? Any comments on Baxter? Do you hear highway noise from I-77?

I live in Baxter near the Town Center, pretty close to the interstate and I have never heard highway noise. I absolutely love it here (been here three years) and I can't think of any other neighborhood that has the commercial center like baxter in York County. Not saying there isn't just that I don't know of any.

3) Where do people shop? Are there Whole Foods type grocery stores or do people shop at Super Walmart? Are there local Farmers' Markets? Unique shops or Chain Stores? Types of Restaurants (Local places or Olive Gardens and Long Horns)?

on the whole foods webite it says two stores are in the works for Charlotte. it doesn't say much more than that other than one is to be built in the Southpark area which, without traffic, is about 20 minutes away. Earthfare is not far either, about 20 minutes in Ballantyne. Loews Food has pretty good organic and natural selections and is 5 minutes away in Tega Cay and Harris Teeter is not bad and is right across the street

4) Is it very conservative. . . homogeneous? What are the people really like?

Most people are a little bit to the right but i am a little bit to the left and I have not had any problems whatsoever, debates yes, but nothing that is all that big a deal. Whether you are liberal or conservative you just have to remain open minded and folks get along just fine 'round here. Now out in the 'country' people very much do tend to be extremely right wing, not as openminded, and not as open to outsiders but within the Charlotte area it is not a problem.

5) Is this a very church oriented society? I noticed many of the private schools seem to be Baptist. Is there variety of faiths or is it primarily Baptist? Is religion a major topic of discussion in day to day life? Any Catholics reading this post? If so, tell me how it is for you in the area.

Yes but most people don't push it (well other than the occasional flyer in the mailbox). I grew up in this area and I would say about 75% of my friends (mind you most of my friends now are NOT from this area) are pretty religious. There is a variety of faiths. Most people now seem to be non-denominational but I have many Catholic, Mormon, Baptist, episcopalian, etc. friends. I have several very good friends that are Catholic and there is a very nice Catholic church about 5 minutes from Baxter.

Good luck! I know it is hard finding answers to questions like this!

Jenn
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