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Lisa, Home Buyer in New York, NY

Relocating to NC, looking for a family friendly neighborhood with a great school

Asked by Lisa, New York, NY Thu Aug 23, 2012

I am thinking about relocating to NC. My job would be in Downtown Charlotte. I have a 2 and 4 year old and looking for a family friendly neighborhood with a great school district, preferably charter or magnet school. I am willing to go private if necessary. thanks!

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Hi Linda!

Congrats on relocating and bravo for being a working mother of two wee ones! I have two myself 2 yrs. apart (ages 4 and 6) and could imagine adding a move into the mix could be challenging. I'd love to meet with you to get to better know you/your needs in effort to narrow the search further (as Charlotte is pretty well spread out). Please give me a call 704/290-7374 at your convenience and I can do my best fitting you with a great family friendly location close to a great school of your choice.

Also, if you need help selling your existing home, Coldwell Banker has the best relocation department to alleviate that burden as well. I would also be able to help you in screening an agent with expert knowledge of that market.

In any event, I wish you well and look forward to your call.

Thank you.

Jen McNeill

Coldwell Banker United, Realtors
7907 Providence Road, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28277
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 29, 2012
Hi Lisa,
I can recommend the Overlook neighborhood in northwest Charlotte. It's a great subdivision with lots of trees, playground, pool, tennis courts, soccer field and boat landing (Mountain Island Lake). Overlook won an award from Sierra Club abpout 10 years ago for preserving so much of the foliage in the development. There are several charter schools that the neighborhood kids use - Lake Norman Charter School, Mountain Island Charter School and a private Christian school - Mountain Island Day School.

Overlook has Halloween parties, Holiday parties, Easter Egg hunts, a No 1 swim team, and lots of sidewalks for riding bikes.

BYW, the commute to downtown Charlotte is about 20 minutes during rush hour when school is in session. The area also has a Harris Teeter, drug store and cleaners close by as well as fast food and sit down restaurants. NorthLake Mall is 10 minutes away, along with Lowes and PetSmart, Best Buy and Office Max.

I have lived in this development for 15 years and every day I'm thankful I moved here.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 4, 2012
Hi Lisa,
Just across the NC/SC border is the hidden gem of Fort Mill SC. Check out this site http://www.baxtervillage.com. It is a Master Planned community. There are quite a few other great neighborhoods in Fort Mill as well. We have award winning schools and an added bonus of lower taxes here in SC! Yet is is a short commute to Charlotte. My husband and 3 children relocated from the north 14 years ago to Fort Mill. It was the best decision we ever made.
If you would like more information, please feel free to contact us.
Have a great day!
Marilyn Hudson
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 26, 2012
Lisa, you need a real estate agent that will help you learn about the different areas of Charlotte based on what your criteria is in a home is and your desired commute time. You want an agent who doesn't show you areas based on where they are comfortable instead of where you would like to live. I am a Charlotte native and I specialize in full service relocation needs. I will be happy to help!

Check out our website http://www.rawsonrealtyllc.com

Bobbi Sherrill, Broker
Rawson Realty LlC
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 26, 2012
Hi Lisa!

If you're considering private, charter or magnet school, South Charlotte is a great area for this.

When it comes to great neighborhoods, it really depends on what price point you're in. They're all over Charlotte, so it really depends on the type of lifestyle you live and what you consider a "good neighborhood".

E-mail or call me at your convenience as I'd love to help you with your relocation down here.


John Siddons
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 24, 2012
If you go to my website http://www.buycharlottenchomes.com and click the MARKET INSIDER tab it will give you feedback from parents on local schools, community informations, homes sales, home values, shopping and more!
I hope to hear from you soon.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 24, 2012
Hi Lisa, Charlotte is a wonderful city! I grew up here and have seen this city grow from a small city to what it has become today. There are lots of good neighborhoods to choose from. If schools are your top priority, you really should check into these sites: http://www.ncreportcards.org, http:/www.greatschools.org They'll give you a lot of information to help narrow down the area you want to live in.

If I can be of any assistance to you in your search, please feel free to call or email me and I'd be happy to guide you.

Tracy Clay
Wilkinson and Associates
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 24, 2012
If you would like to talk with a highly experienced Agent, in the area, please click on the links below.

Thank you for your question, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 24, 2012
Hi Lisa, Charlotte is filled with great neighborhoods. There are historic, established ones like Myers Park with tree lined streets or golf course subdivisions and everything in between. Starting with what your must haves in a house we can narrow down to the best choices for you. Take a look at our neighborhood blog, http://www.HipHoods.com We have information on all the best places in Charlotte. Let us know if we can help. Savvy + Co. Real Estate is known for being the market experts. We are happy to help you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 24, 2012
Hi Lisa,
Making a move to another area of the country is always a big decision, and especially with two little ones. You have a lot of options. Your preferences regarding price range, age and type of home, and especially commute time will impact choices of communities. Keep in mind, you'll be driving or possibly catcing the light rail if that interests you. it runs from Pineville in South Charlotte to uptown. Eventually the plan is to have it run from UNC-Charlotte in North Charlotte (University City) area to uptown but that may be a ways off. There is a wonderful charter school in Huntersville area of northern Mecklenburg County that many area students attend. Some of your neighborhoods: Highland Creek, Davis Lake, Skybrook, Birkdale, the list goes on.

Always happy to speak further with you.

Susan Zongker
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 24, 2012
Hello please call or e-mail me with any questions you have regarding the schools and also your move to Charlotte. I have some great neighborhoods in mind for you. Thank you
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 24, 2012
Welcome to Charlotte. I have an 8 year old in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System. You have so many choices here. Give me a call or email and let's talk about your wants and needs.

Abby Nelson
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 24, 2012

there are many choices for you in good schools in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Sysytem. You cna choose to go toward the southside of Charlotte or you can go toward the Northern Side of Charlotte into Huntersville area.

I made the move six years ago with my familty from Connecticut. I am very happy with my descision and the schools here were better than i anticipated when I arrived. I found very helpful was http://www.ncreportcards.org it is a great website to look at that evaluates schools based on perfomrance and how that school compares against other schools in the distrcit, and state.

Part of where you look will also be dependent on what you are looking for in a house...There are parts of Charlotte that are older and more like a New England own and other parts of Charlotte that are newer and more modern....Prices also vary within neighborhoods in the charlotte area.

If you would like some help in locating a house or additional information about the area please feel free to either e-mail me at ddicecco@cbunited.com or call em at 704-519-7895.

Dave diCecco
Coldwell Banker United
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 24, 2012
There are many great neighborhoods to choose from in our area. I would love to chat with you about all the possibilities. As for the schools, you may want to visit http://www.GreatSchools.org for private schools.

We moved to Charlotte ~ 23 yrs ago with 3 young children; our children went to Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools and we have been very pleased. SE Charlotte is a great area for schools and to raise a family. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg site is http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/.

If I may be of assistance in your relocation, please feel free to contact me.

Debbie Arriero
Arriero Realty, Inc.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 24, 2012
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