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  • Charlotte, NC. Light Rail Expansion Set To Begin In March 2014

    Posted Under: General Area in Charlotte, Traffic & Public Transportation in Charlotte, In My Neighborhood in Charlotte  |  January 18, 2014 11:49 AM  |  525 views  |  No comments

    charlotte, nc. light rail and lynx lineCharlotte, NC. Is an ever growing city.  With many companies moving in and jobs be created Charlotte has become a major hub moving forward form the economic down turn.  One thing Charlotte has been working on for years is the light rail system.  As the population grows Charlotte has had to deal with congested roads and long commute times to work.  The light rail which opened up in 2007 helped alleviate a lot of that and has exceed it’s projections for travelers by almost three fold.

    Now the Charlotte transit authority is about to begin construction on the second phase of the transit line.  Construction begins this March and is expected to take three years to complete.  AS this 9.3 mile extension will connect the existing track and run through NoDa area of Charlotte and all the way to University of North Carolina Charlotte.  A great attraction to residents in that area is the easy commute to uptown this will afford people living in the northeastern end of Charlotte to go to work.  In addition the college students will benefit from easy access to uptown for internships and jobs as well as enjoying the wonderful nightlife that Charlotte has to offer.

    I for one am excited to see this construction phase get started and look forward to seeing and using it.  In essence you can start in the southwest corner of Charlotte by South Blvd. and when completed end up at UNCC in approximately 30 minutes…Not a bad ride or time line.

    As Charlotte continues to grow it is nice to see the city investing in the infrastructure of Charlotte as well to help with the growth and make Charlotte the great city it is.

    To see a map of the new light rail stops and path it will be taking click: http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/cats/planning/BLE/overview/Pages/default.aspx

    Dave diCecco

    Realtor/Broker

    Helen Adams Realty

    Cell: 704-519-7895

    ddicecco@helenadamsrealty.com

    www.davedicecco.com

  • What Are The Neighborhoods In Central Charlotte NC Area Like?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Charlotte, In My Neighborhood in Charlotte, Property Q&A in Charlotte  |  November 25, 2013 6:50 AM  |  345 views  |  No comments
    The central neighborhoods of Charlotte have a different flavor of their own. Tree-lined streets in Elizabeth and Myers Park, funky shops and venues in Plaza Midwood and Dilworth and the quiet neighborhoods in Cotswold.

    Charlotte’s central neighborhoods are full of restaurants, parks, shops, churches and schools. Most of these neighborhoods in Charlotte are easily accessible on foot or by bike.

    One of the newer retail centers in Central Charlotte is the Metropolitan. Minutes from uptown and a stone’s throw from Elizabeth, Myers Park and Dilworth, this plaza’s anchor stores are Target, Trader Joe’s, Staples and Marshall’s. A small park and walking path runs one side of the Metropolitan which also backs up to the Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

    Close to uptown Charlotte is the historic neighborhood of Elizabeth, which was established in 1907 with a mix of large homes with porches and small bungalows. This Charlotte neighborhood has many locally owned shops, restaurants and businesses, such as Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find, the Cajun Queen and the Philosopher's Stone. Chantilly, a much smaller neighborhood is located right where Monroe Road becomes 7th Street.

    Follow Pecan Avenue or Hawthorne Avenue through Elizabeth to Plaza Midwood. While Chantilly is Elizabeth’s twin, this Central neighborhood in Charlotte is Elizabeth’s funky sister. Many similar homes with the large porches, newly built craftsmen style homes along with newly built apartments and tiny bungalows weave around the retail area of Plaza Midwood along Charlotte’s Central Avenue. Play shuffleboard at Zada Jane’s, pick up fresh baked goodies at Nova’s Bakery before heading out to Midwood Park, which has a playground, amphitheater and tennis and basketball courts. Stroll along Central Avenue and browse funky shops for art, used books and vintage finds.

    Myers Park, one of Charlotte’s most affluent neighborhoods, has tree-lined streets that create a canopy over Queens Road which is criss-crossed by Providence Road. Right at this Charlotte intersection is where Queens Road leads to Queens University and Myers Park Country Club. Turn onto Providence Road to a newly-renovated Harris Teeter and many high-end and trendy boutiques or grab a bite or have a leisurely dinner at several restaurants. Follow along Queens Road to Selwyn Ave for casual dining and specialty shops. Turn off Selwyn Avenue to Colony Road, which leads to Myers Park High School, Alexander Graham Middle School and Selwyn Elementary School. Park Road Shopping Center, one of Charlotte’s first outdoor shopping centers, is close by and features a Harris Teeter, Blackhawk Hardware, a movie theater, toy shop, winter sports and bike shop, casual restaurants and a book store.

    Two parks, Latta Park and Freedom Park in Dilworth are its heart but East Boulevard is is its backbone with many locally-owned shops and restaurants. Freedom Park, the much larger of the two Charlotte’s parks, has a walking trail, pond, the Dilworth Little League and other sporting facilities, a playground, pavilion and an entrance to the Charlotte Nature Museum. Latta Park has a small shaded walkway and playground, basketball court and a splash pad.  Cute bungalows and large craftsmen-style homes can be found in Dilworth along with Dilworth Elementary School and the adjacent Charlotte’s Tom Sykes Recreation Center, where the annual Dilworth Jubilee takes place. Cross over South Boulevard to Atherton Market in Historic Southend to board a LYNX train or walk and bike to other area shops and restaurants

    Cotswold, an older neighborhood in Charlotte is a mix of 1950s-style brick ranches on large lots, mid-century modern homes and new construction on large lots. This neighborhood is just a quick drive to uptown, Eastover and South Park. Take Providence Road to uptown or Randolph to uptown and Elizabeth or Sharon Amity to either South Park or 74 and East Charlotte in the other. Charlotte’s first suburban mall, Cotswold Village Shops, is surrounded by several medical facilities, offices and other retail centers. Many of Charlotte’s private schools are within an easy driving distance to Cotswold and Charlotte’s Cotswold ID Elementary and Randolph IB Middle School are close to the Cotswold Village Shops.

    Dave diCecco
    Realtor/Broker
    Helen Adams Realty
    Cell: 704-519-7895
    ddicecco@helenadamsrealty.com
    www.davedicecco.com

  • New Listing: 8500 Pine Circle Charlotte, NC.

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Charlotte, In My Neighborhood in Charlotte, Property Q&A in Charlotte  |  October 9, 2013 12:57 PM  |  379 views  |  No comments

    Looking for a little peace and quiet in the Charlotte area?  Want a home with a large lot and tons of privacy? Look no further than 8500 Pine Circle....This brick 2000+ square foot ranch home with a finished basement sits on OVER 2 ACRES of level land and backs up to a nice natural wooded area.  

      This well-constructed home was custom built in 2002.  It features three good sized bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. But what is nice is the layout of the house makes it feel even larger than it is and it is open and spacious...  But the customization did not stop there.  This home is so well insulted that the utility bills are very minimal.  The house has a well and a septic tank as well as propane tank to heat it.  They pride themselves on being retired and home all the time yet seeing utility bills around $40-70 a month.  Boy would I love to have those utility bills....

      Nice part of this time of the year is the home features two brick fireplaces.  One is located in the master bedroom and the other in the family room downstairs.  They are great for sitting around as a family and watching TV or playing games or just hanging out together to take the cool night chill out.

      Like to cook then look no further than this kitchen.  A very well designed Kitchen that is open and has a tremendous amount of counter space and cabinets for storage.  The large rectangular island in the middle is a great addition to it as well....  It was the first thing that popped for me when I entered the inside of the house.  One that my wife drooled over when she saw the photos of it as well....

    I love the bedroom sizes in this house.  The master bedroom can easily fit a king sized bed in it and not feel tight or cramped. The spare bedrooms are big and spacious as well. Each room offers more than ample space for a growing family to allow their children to grow in each and every one of the rooms.....

    But the part of this home that is absolutely breathtaking is the back yard or as I like to say the little piece of heaven in Charlotte.    It is an outdoor person greatest dream with the unlimited possibilities that is liking working with a blank canvas.

    Then you have the oversized two car garage underneath the house with a separate workshop in it to do all those honey to do list projects......

    Come see why country living is at its best out here in Hickory Acres area of Charlotte, NC. And the best part of all this is you can get all of this for $199,900.

    Dave diCecco
    Realtor/Broker
    Helen Adams Realty
    Cell: 704-519-7895
    ddicecco@helenadamsrealty.com
    www.davedicecco.com



     
  • Why Chose The Elizabeth Neighborhood Of Charlotte NC To Live

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Charlotte, Home Selling in Charlotte, In My Neighborhood in Charlotte  |  October 4, 2013 8:04 AM  |  1,217 views  |  No comments

    Why Do People live in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, NC?

    Ask Elizabeth residents why they chose this Charlotte, NC neighborhood and you’ll probably get several answers: old Victorian style homes and bungalows, easy walk to Independence Park, shops small businesses and restaurants, close to Uptown Charlotte and the sense of community. A substantial number of homes and buildings, known as the Elizabeth Historic District, in the Elizabeth neighborhood are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Looking for a home in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, NC?

    Searching for homes for sale in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, NC? The boundaries of the Elizabeth neighborhood are approximately Randolph Road/4th Street on the southwestern end to Independence Boulevard to the west and the north with a creek to the east. Elizabeth’s major roads, Elizabeth Avenue and 7th Street, are also important Charlotte, NC thoroughfares. Click here for homes in Elizabeth  to find out what is available for you!  

    What's the Elizabeth neighborhood like?

    This Charlotte neighborhood is named for Elizabeth College, which was located where the Novant Presbyterian Hospital is now. The Elizabeth neighborhood was one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Charlotte when it was first developed in the early 1900s, complete with a trolley line. Early homes were first built along Elizabeth Avenue, several which were converted into shops, businesses and restaurants. Even William Henry Belk, founder of Belk Department Stores once called the Elizabeth neighborhood home. The Elizabeth community’s Small Area Plan recently received an “Award for Excellence” from the American Planning Association.

    Many of the Elizabeth neighborhood streets are lined with mature trees and the very pedestrian-friendly. It is also on the city bus line. Business and homes in the Elizabeth community are close together and most streets have sidewalks. Independence Park, Charlotte’s first public park, is located in Elizabeth. The long, narrow park offers two playgrounds, walking and biking areas, tennis and basketball courts, table tennis. Easily within walking distance of nearly any home in Elizabeth, this Independence Park also has a picnic shelter with tables, maze garden and a lovely waterfall and reflecting pool.

    Elizabeth is also home to two of Charlotte’s major hospitals, Presbyterian Novant Hospital and Mercy Hospital with many medical offices along Randolph Road. The American Legion Memorial Stadium is also in the Elizabeth community and lies close to Independence Park.

    What's Going on in Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, NC?

    Residents of Elizabeth community often sponsor events for their neighbors to enjoy or just to make their neighborhood a better place to live. Annual activities include the Elizabeth 5K, the Elizabeth Home and Garden Tour, Pumpkin Wall Lighting, Elizabeth Recycles Day, and the Elizabeth Neighbor Meeting and Potluck Dinner. Check out the website, www.elizabethcommunity.com for information about what’s happening in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, NC.

    Central Piedmont Community College is also located in Elizabeth as well as the Grady Cole Center, home to the Charlotte Roller Girls, and the Visulite Theater, an old movie theater that is now a music venue. A shopping trip to Elizabeth must include a stop at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find and VisArt Video. Several great Charlotte restaurants, including Lupie’s, the Cajun Queen, Carpe Diem and the Philosopher’s Stone.

    What Schools will the Kids Attend in Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, NC?

    To get local school scores and more information about these schools in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, NC check out the link www.ncreportcard.org

    Now You Really Want to Find a Home in Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, NC?

    If you are interested in finding a home for sale in Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, NC, click here for an updated list of homes in Elizabeth for sale

     

    Dave diCecco

    Realtor/Broker

    Helen Adams Realty

    Cell: 704-519-7895

    ddicecco@helenadamsrealty.com

    www.davedicecco.com 
  • Why Do People Buy Homes In Matthews, NC?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Matthews, In My Neighborhood in Matthews, Property Q&A in Matthews  |  September 25, 2013 1:02 PM  |  771 views  |  2 comments

    Matthews, NC offers its residents the quaintness of small town with easy access to Charlotte, NC. This cute city of approximately 27,000 residents, has a lovely downtown area full of shops, restaurants and small businesses. Matthews is a family-orientated suburb with many neighborhoods, parks and greenway access points for residents of all ages to enjoy. Matthews is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Charlotte to feel like it’s the country but close enough to enjoy the city.

    Looking for a home in Matthews, NC

     Looking for homes for sale in Matthews, NC? Visit my website and conduct a FREE search of all homes available in Matthews, NC.  

    What's Matthews, NC Like?

    Better questions might be what are your interests? Sports? Greenway access? Nice restaurants? Farmer’s market? The arts, festivals and concerts? Take a stroll down the middle of Trade Street in Matthews and you’ll have a good idea of what Matthews is like. Come to Matthews early on Saturday morning to pick up local produce, bakery items, meats and even a homemade spices at the Matthews Community Farmers’ Market and then check out Renfrow Hardware and General Merchandise store, which has stood for more than 100 years while Matthews became the family-friendly city that it is.  There are many private Matthews’ sports programs for children to participate in baseball, softball, soccer, football, basketball and lacrosse. If you are more of an arts patron than a sports fan, then the Matthews Community Center, with its Fullwood Theatre and the Matthews Playhouse children’s theater company, or Matthews’ newest venue, the McDowell Arts Center with a gallery for rotating art shows and space for classes and programs.

    Downtown Matthews, which also has a host of restaurants and shopping, is also not far from Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, plenty of other shopping areas and small businesses, and easy access to Highway 74 and I485.

    What's Going on in Matthews, NC?

    Stumptown Park in the heart of downtown Matthews is often the place to be for events in the city, especially a free and family-friendly summer concert series and movies, especially Matthews’ People’s Parade and Family Fun 4th of July celebration and Beachfest Matthews. Matthews is host to the Southeast’s largest Labor Day weekend event, Matthews Alive! Festival along with Artfest, Auto Reunion and Hometown Holiday and Tree Lighting which can be found throughout the downtown area and near Matthews City Hall. Many other activities are planned by the Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Department and take place at the Matthews Community Center, which is a Charlotte-Mecklenburg historical landmark. Other annual events in Matthews include the Not So Spooky Halloween and Carnival, Breakfast with Santa, The Nutcracker ballet, Lunch with the Easter Bunny and Easter Eggstavaganza. Crews Recreation Center offers sports activities and exercise classes and even open basketball and volleyball. Matthews’ Father and Daughter Dance also takes place at Crews Recreation Center. Check out the www.matthewsfun.com for a complete list of activities, programs and events.

    There are several parks in Matthews for active and passive recreation, some with walking trails, picnic areas or shelter, restrooms and grills. Baucom Park, Matthews-Sardis Park, Stumptown Park and Windsor Park are located throughout Matthews. Squirrel Lake Park, one of the larger parks in Matthews, even offers a small fishing pond and pier and a connecting trail to the Four Mile Greenway. Passive parks in Matthews include Town Green Park, KP Park, which doubles as a wildlife habitat, and Fountain Rock Park, an oasis in the middle of Four Mile Creek Greenway. The new $32 million Matthews sportsplex and family entertain complex is still in the development phase.  

    What Schools will the Kids Attend in Matthews?

    If you buy a home for sale in Matthews, NC, there are several local schools serving the city. Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CMS) school system has several elementary schools, including Matthews Elementary, Crown Point and Elizabeth Lane. Middle schools serving the Matthews area are Crestdale, Mint Hill and J.M. Robinson. High schools are Butler and Providence. If you are interested in private schools in Matthews, there are many options for that as well, including Covenant Day School, Charlotte Christian School, Carmel Christian and Blessed Sacra Academy. To get local school scores and more information about these schools in the Matthews area check out the link www.ncreportcard.org

    Now You Really Want to Find a Home in Matthews, NC?

    If you are interested in finding a home for sale in Matthews, NC,  e-mail or call me.

     

    Dave diCecco

    Realtor/Broker

    Helen Adams Realty

    Cell: 704-519-7895

    ddicecco@helenadamsrealty.com

    www.davedicecco.com

  • New Listing: 15916 Fairfield Drive Matthews, NC. 28104

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Matthews, In My Neighborhood in Matthews, Property Q&A in Matthews  |  September 18, 2013 1:46 PM  |  731 views  |  No comments
    Looking for a great house in a highly desirable neighborhood with amenities second to none and top rated schools?  Look no further.  This house at 15916 Fairfield Drive in Matthews, NC. is the one.  Priced at only $139,900 you will not beleive the pride of ownership that shows throughout the house.  This three bedroom two and half bath home has many new updates done to it.  Located on a partially wooded .26 acre lot this house gives you a lot of home for the money....

    Walking into the entrance you instantly will notice the beautiful laminate wood flooring that cover the living room, dining room and kitchen area of the open main level.  One of the first things I noticed was the openness and flow of the house.  The rooms are all very good sized on the main level and plenty of windows bring in a lot of beautiful natural light.  

      When you enter the kitchen one of the first things you will notice is the beautiful custom tile countertops located on throughout the kitchen.  They are accented with recently refinished cabinets that provide a lot of storage space.

    Take a few steps up the stairs and you enter the area of the three bedrooms.  All three bedrooms have laminate wood flooring and fresh paint throughout.  The rooms are all adequately sized to comfortably let your family grow into the house.  The master bathroom has been recently remodeled with a new vanity and toilet as well as custom tile work around the tub/shower area.

    The second full bath has been recently added to the house as well. By recently I am talking within days of me writing this.  Beautiful tile work on the floor and a fiberglass tub/shower combo was added.

    The lower level of the house features the den/family room.  This part of the house has brand new carpeting installed in it and a very nice brick fireplace accents the room as well.  A great place for the kids to play or just hang out and watch TV.  It opens to the covered patio off the back...

    Speaking of off the back.  This has a great back yard.  One side is partially fenced in and the rest of the yard is partially wooded.  The yard is great for families with plenty of space for entertaining and playing.

    The house is also conveniently located one block from the great amenities that Fairfield Plantation has to offer.  With the only swimming pool in Union county subdivision with a diving board to the great open play area for kids to play Frisbee or football, to the updated paly ground, basketball court and tennis courts…

    Families move here all the time because of the great location and convenience to 485 and award winning schools.  Come see why Fairfield Plantation is such a popular destination among home buyers today.

    Dave diCecco

    Realtor/Broker

    Helen Adams Realty

    Cell:704-519-7895

    www.davedicecco.com

  • Charlotte, NC. Among Top Destinations For People Moving In

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Charlotte, In My Neighborhood in Charlotte, Property Q&A in Charlotte  |  September 15, 2013 11:16 AM  |  753 views  |  No comments

    Charlotte, NC. has always been a great destination for people moving to places....It  has a great location tucked a couple hours from the mountains and a few hours from some of the most popular beaches in the South.  Its location was one of the reasons we chose Charlotte, NC. to move to versus some other parts of the country.

    In addition Charlotte is the second largest banking capital in the United States behind New York City.  A small fact that not many people know about.  But we are also home to Duke Energy the largest energy provider in the country and many fortune 500 companies....  The diversity of jobs from the banking sector to energy and service jobs has always kept Charlotte somewhat immune from drastic swings in unemployment like other large cities that rely on one or two major business types to survive.

      Third, the weather is great and has been a key factor for [people moving here form the North or west.  We rarely see snow and the weather for the most part is mild Year round with the enjoyment of really three full seasons and a little winter.

    Fourth, the education system in the Charlotte area is great.  With some of the top rated High Schools in the country and numerous universities in the Charlotte area.  Having four children in the school system ranging from elementary school through High School I can attest to the quality of education my children have and are receiving from the public schools.

    Last, the cost of living and the various activities available in Charlotte make it a very attractive city to live.  Home prices and taxes are substantially less than the North and there are various performing arts theaters and museums. Also,  we are home to the only professional football team in the state (Carolina Panthers), NBA team ( Charlotte Hornets), and minor league hockey team (Charlotte checkers) and next year home to the triple A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.  Not to mention we house the Nascar hall of fame and Lowes motor speedway.  So, whether you are into the sports or the museums or nature Charlotte has a wide variety of attractions to appeal to a wide range of people's taste.

      Now according to United Van Lines more people are realizing these great things that Charlotte, NC. has to offer since we were ranked 12th in the United States for more people moving into Charlotte, NC. than leaving the area among large metro areas. A good sign for Charlotte.

    I chose Charlotte as my destination eight years ago for a variety of reasons including the above...If you are interested in moving to Charlotte, NC. and would like to learn more about the area and why more and more people are choosing it as their destination feel free to either e-mail or call me.

    Dave diCecco
    Realtor/Broker
    Coldwell Banker United
    Cell:704-519-7895
    ddicecco@cbunited.com
    www.davedicecco.com

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