Selecting a location is one of the most difficult things newcomers face because of the size of region. Charlotte is in Mecklenburg County - which is an 850 square mile area, and there are 11 surrounding counties. So, the job/business location will probably limit/focus your choices significantly.
What sometimes helps narrow the decision is schools. In the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area, of which Huntersville is a part, school districts are very large and many buyers are researching specific schools closely and giving me direction to search in specific high school attendance zones. Many high schools have AP or Honors or specialized tracks of study that create a "school within a school" that tend to have students who are there because they want to learn or who have parents who insist on a high standard. There are also several magnet schools that have excellent reputations.
You might want to take a look at the Trulia Blog link below "Which areas surrounding Charlotte would be a nice place to relocate?"...there are some good school links there. 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 .
Best of luck to you and your family. I am sure you will love it here! I've been here 14 years after leaving NY and love it here.
Please let me know if I can assist you further in your Charlotte area home search.
John Kelly Realty, LLC
The best schools are private schools which you will find in the Charlotte Parent Magazine. For private schools, I recommend Charlotte Country Day, Charlotte Latin, Countryside Montessori, Trinity Episcopal School, Charlotte Christian School, Davidson Day School, Cannon School. If you are Catholic, then the schools in that system are desirable. I understand that the Jewish faith and Muslim faith also have schools. The best colleges are the private colleges in The Ivy League. You get what you pay for in most cases. Now, the best public schools are another matter.
Most of the best performing public schools are in areas where there is good parental support of the schools or areas of affluence. There are charter schools here that many parents and kids like. You can look at websites of the various counties to see what the systems have to offer. Just google the county in question with the word schools.
Time prevents me from elaborating further, so call me or email me for a more detailed discussion.
Wishing you success,
A great website you want to visit is http://www.ncreportcard.org. This provides you with data from all the schools in Charlotte mecklenburg system and tells you how they rate individually, compares to the other schools in the system and how it compares to the state... I found this site to be invaluable in my search for schools.
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In the meantime http://www.greatschools.org is an excellent resource!
I'd love to help you out and would like a bit more information about what your home criteria is and hopefully that can put us in the best postion to find you a home in a great school district.
Also, check out http://www.greatschools.org for reviews.