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Cynthiamm9, Home Owner in Louisville, KY

I'm going to live in Charlotte for about 8 months before my husband and son join me. I'll be working Uptown. What are safest areas near lightrail?

Asked by Cynthiamm9, Louisville, KY Sun Sep 16, 2012

I want to do a short term rental in the south end, which neighborhoods do you recommend?

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Hi Cynthia,

The Southend area is a vibrant community with a lot to offer, including easy access to the lightrail. It is where I currently live, and I can attest to the benefit of being able to avoid traffic and the other hassles commuting into Uptown. Your budget will be a determining factor of where you end up but there are many options. If you would like to contact me directly I would be happy to assist you in your search.

Cheers,

Michael P. Laine
Broker/REALTOR®
Prudential Carolina's Realty
(c) 704-619-3971
(f) 704-936-2186
4625 Piedmont Row Dr., Suite 135-A
Charlotte, NC 28210
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 25, 2012
Cynthia,

We are SouthEnd specialist. Our office is located on the Bland Street Station Light Rail Stop. I would like to help point you in the right direction. In my office we have all locations identified with birdseye view to get an idea of the best locations along with statistics on City police calls, frequency and type. Will you be in Charlotte in the near future to meet at our office and view our reporting? You can reach me direct at 704-968-0324 or email tj@mytownhome.com.

You can also view available SouthEnd homes for for rent and for sale at http://www.mytownhome.com.

TJ Larsen
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 22, 2012
Hello Cynthia, I would be more than happy to send you a Charlotte Relocation package. I think it would help you understand the different areas of the city. If you would like one just email me your home address and I will get it sent out. If you want to check crime statistics check out the Charlotte police website it has crime statistics. The website site is CMPD.org.
Web Reference: http://www.jonnyagent.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 17, 2012
Cynthia,

a lot of this is going to depend on yoru budget. Short term rentals are generally more expensive than yearly leases. I just had a client sell theri house and move into a short term rental for 4 months while their new home was being built and the priced were higher.

The light rail offers a great option for you to go into and out of uptown Charlotte. As a Realtor we are bound by a code of ethics that forbids us form steerign you toward one neighborhood or away form any particular neighborhood or area.

However; I can tell you if it was my wife I would actually try to stay in uptown for the commute. If not I would go into the southern end of Charlotte and have ehr drive to the light rail since parking at the light rail in free and it is a lot cheaper to ride the light rail than it is to park in uptown.

You probably are going to want to look at aprtments.com as a website since they will offer the short term rental option from complexes or rental.com is another one that is very popular among short term lease rental options.

Dave diCecco
Realtor/Broker
Coldwell Banker United
http://www.davedicecco.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 17, 2012
Good morning, Cynthia:
I'd get as close as I could to uptown and look for a complex or unit with a garage or secured parking. If I had to make a trade-off, I'd sacrifice unit size for the secured garage and closeness to Uptown. Much will depend on your monthly housing budget, but if you are planning to buy when they arrive in June, I'd save as much as possible between now and then to maximize your housing options. . Here are some rental sites that might help.
http://www.socialserve.com/tenant/NC/index.html
http://www.move.com/
http://www.rentals.com/
http://www.rentalsincharlotte.com/
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 16, 2012
This would, of course, depend on how much you plan to spend for rent. The rental market here is very strong, so therefore, commands a higher price than the cost to buy. However, until your family joins you, and you are not familiar with the area, you may want to consider an apartment or condo for yourself to rent until you settle in & purchase your home. I would say anywhere near the Arboretum (which is at the intersection of Pineville Matthews Rd & Providence Rd) would be a good area to start. It is close enough for work, and should be fairly affordable. There is an apartment complex right at the Arboretum (I have some friends who have lived there for several years & love it) that you could check out. Good luck!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 16, 2012
Try Dilworth or Pineville areas to be near light rail. Neighborhood choice depends on your budget.
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