It also depends where you plan to work, which schools are a good fit for your children and which setting is more appealing to you.
Lake Wylie is generally more hilly with a lake feel. There is a good range of housing types. There is one main road in and out of some areas, so traffic can be heavy at rush hour. Union County is diverse - with many cities and housing in some homes on rural acreage, retirement villages, very upscale mansions and just about everything in-between. Housing prices are up, inventory is down and it is no longer a buyers market. If you want a home, indecisiveness will not serve you well and you will tend to not end up with the home you really wanted. If you have a full time agent with a Masters degree in Planning with Finance and over two decades of experience, working for you, you will likely do better in negotiations. I'd be pleased to provide that service. If you appreciate this answer, please give it a thumbs up, or if this was the most helpful answer, please say thanks with a best answer click.
You have gotten some good advice. Lake Wylie was created when the Catawba River was damned to create a nuclear power plant reservoir, Catawba Nuclear Station. There is also a steam plant, Allen Steam Station. Lake Wylie is a recreational lake with great amenities and schools. Part of Lake Wylie is located in Mecklenburg County and part is located in York County- hence differences between the real estate.
Union County is always changing. The local airport was used by celebrities come in for the recent National Democratic Convention. Pilots like this airport. I agree that the feel is more rural in Union County. Weddington and Waxhaw are bedroom communities to Charlotte, a lot of house for the money with lower taxes. Indian Trail has a large pipe producing plant, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry. Around Monroe, you will find a chicken plant and a brick making plant.
Where you locate depends on your budget and what you want to enjoy. There are many good areas to chose in Charlotte metro.
Robin Faison, Realtor
Another important factor for you should be your tolerance of commute time. Where will you be working and how much time are you willing to spend in your car? While it is true that Union Co's taxes are lower than Mecklenburg's, one can easily spend the difference in what one pays for gas in a year commuting back and forth to work. Consider also what you time is worth as well.
There are so many pieces to the "where do I live?" puzzle. Visting both areas will answer many of your questions. You will "feel" where you belong!
Best of luck with your search!
Kathleen Turner, ABR, CRS, ePro, Certified Paralegal
Keller Williams Realty
As others have mentioned, the Union County side has a more rural influence but is only 10 minutes from some of the best shopping and restaurants in the region. The Southpark area, just outside of the city but still close to everything, is another option. There are a host of prestigious, private schools within minutes of the Southpark region that include Charlotte Latin, Providence Day, Charlotte Christian, the Montessori Campus and many others.
Please call for a candid conversation about your options. Your very best strategy is to plan to spend a few days exploring the lifestyle associated with each of your options. It really will come down to deciding if you want to, as closely as possible, duplicate what you have in New York City or try something new.
Blessings upon you...
If you are considering that far South, you might want to consider The Palisades. Golf, social/pool memberships but it is out there as far as the drive goes.
I hope this helps!
Debra M Buck
Call me and I'll help you with your move, I found a home in Dilworth like you mentioned in your last question!