You will love Charlotte. I moved here from Tampa Florida for the same reasons 15 years ago. I think the Ballantyne area would be perfect for you. It sounds like a perfect fit........great schools, parks, shopping, restaurants, lovely neighborhoods and best of all not so far removed from your husbands job downtown, If you move too far south of town, your husband is going to face a long commute to work. I know the Ballantyne market well in fact I have raised my children here. I can be at Charlotte Douglas Airport in 20 minutes and downtown in 25. I also think there are some areas north of downtown that would fit your criteria. I would love the opportunity to speak to you about your specific needs and hopefully answer all your questions about Charlotte, NC!
Congrats on your move to Charlotte! You may be interested in Waxhaw, Matthews, or other areas like Belmont. Email me directly and I'll see what I can do to help with your search!