I would love to help you find a home that will suit your needs. I used to live in the University area in the Davis Lake subdivsion and loved it. It's a swim, tennis, volleyball, walking trail and a lake community. I have 3 young kids(8,6 and 3 year olds) and know that education is very important also.
Best of luck and feel free to call or email me with any questions you may have.
Wilkinson and Associates
Okay, so you asked about neighborhoods. Radbourne is lovely, one of the first "custom" communities in the area. It is located of Harris Boulevard. Mallard Grove offers larger lots. Just north, near what will be the I-485 Corridor is Highland Creek, a huge community with multiple pools, playgrounds, and price points. It is in both Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties. Skybrook is across the street, a bit newer, and also straddles the county lines. Skybrook is a private golf community. A bit Northwest of the University area are some great communities in Huntersville, and on Lake Norman. They include, but are not limited to: Northstone, The Hamptons, Birkdale, Robbins Park, Jetton Cove, Blue Stone Harbor, Antiquity, River Run, and many more.
I hope this helps!
it seems you have received a lot of answers here. But one area most peopel have not mentioned would be highland creek. it is located in the northeast side of Charlotte. It borders Cabarrus county and offers what you are looking for in a home, commute and schools. it is a family neighborhood area and very large. Parts fo the area are in charlotte and parts are in Cabarrus county. Either way, they both offer excellent school choices fro you right now.
Here is a link for a website to show you the different schools and how they rank in the state: http://www.ncreportcards.org
I tend to do a lot of business in the Northeast end of Charlotte. I especially work around the University area. You can find what you want in that area for less than your budget and get everything you desire.
Please feel free to either call or e-mail me if I can be fo any assisitance to you
So I see NJ to NC. We are are from Haddonfield NJ moved here 8 years ago as with you schools were a top priority. We were looking specifically in south Charlotte being a short office comute and found Providence HS. In the Huntersville area you will also find excellent schools. Working in the University area how long of a comute are you willing to drive 30 min - 45 min? An hour to south Charlotte?
With a budget of $450k you will have choices all over the region You may want to consider looking for a big money saving deal such as a "short Sale" or "foreclosure" they are also all over the region. In fact over 50% of sales in 2010 were distressed properties where buyers had taken advantage of the banks and got great deals on some beautiful homes.
My wife and I did just that we saved a boat load of money on a "Short Sale" it took less than 30 days to complete the process and close on the property. Not 4-5 months or even 6 months if a all as many broker/agents say. We bought a Water Front , new construction home with all the bells & whistles on Lake Wylie. The bank in a short sale will accept less than what is owed on the mortgage in this deal the bank accepted $325,000 less. I call that a boatload of money when you can save $325,000 on a new home purchase.
Many brokers/agents don't want to help buyers with "Short Sales" they say it's just too much work. It is a lot of work for the agent but in the end you could be in your dream house with big savings to do other things like buy a boat..
Best of Luck,
Certified Short Sale Specialist
I have read your responses after my post about Ballantyne. If schools are a top priority, the schools in Ballantyne are top notch. You have also indicated you would like a new home. In today's market, you need to be a little cautious in buying a home in a new neighborhood. The days of neighborhoods being completed within 2-4 years are not a guarantee anymore. You do not want to buy in a neighborhood with a lot of homes "to-be-built" because if you need to sell your home, you will be competing against the buider which is not a good thing. I will be happy to explain more about this if you have further questions.
Realtor/Broker, e-Pro,Accredited Buyer Representative
Director, NCAR http://www.LynnJohnsonRealtor.com http://www.BallantyneBuzz.com
There are great areas in and closer to the University area. The cabarrus county line may be an option that you may want to look deeper in to. There are newer developments off of Poplar Tent Rd. There is also a great community called "The Lexington" that may fit your needs. My real estate career is focused on the University area and if you would like a list of the great areas that the University, Concord and Harrisburg areas have to offer, give me a call at 704-724-7943 or at email@example.com.
Please take a look at these homes in Ballantyne which I have selected for you. http://tiny.cc/Ardreykell They all are currently in the Polo Ridge Elementary, J.M. Robinson Middle and Ardrey Kell High school Districts. These schools have great reputations. Here are the links to each school:
Polo Ridge: http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/poloridgeES/Pages/Default.aspx
J. M. Robinson: http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/jaymrobinsonMS/Pages/Default.aspx
Ardrey Kell: http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/ardreykellHS/Pages/Default.aspx
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Realtor/Broker, e-Pro,Accredited Buyer Representative
Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS
Licensed in NC & SC
Some of my favorite University City neighborhoods would be: Highland Creek (golf community), Winding Walk (lots of new construction-Shea) , Skybrook (golf community), or Skybrook North (new construction-Ryan), Christenbury Woods (new construction-D. Weekly). Olmstead (new by John Wieland) but you may just squeak in at $450,000. These will put in within a 15 minute drive the University Research Park. This section of University City straddles Charlotte-Meck., Huntersville, and Concord.
Go a little further into Cabarrus County, (Concord and Harrisburg) and check out some of the neighborhoods of: Laurel Park (favorite), Stallings Glen, Fenton Dell, Bradford Park, Abbington (favorite),and Kensington Forest. Resale and new construction among these! Commute probably 30-40 minutes.
Check out the town of Huntersville or go a little further north to Cornelius(Lake Norman area). Drive is about 30 to 45 minutes. Monteith Park (cottage style), and Vermillion (cottage style new construction). Perhaps this is a start for you. I am always happy to help if I can be of further assistance to you and your family. - Regards, Susan Zongker
Owner of Group 15 Real Estate
Best of luck with the search!
There are several neighborhoods to choose from in this area that are within a good school district? How far are you willing to travel for work? What type of amenities would you like in your community? i.e., pools, tennis courts, golf, etc
I would be happy to assist you with your search.
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