Erika Barber, Home Seller in Des Moines, IA

Any advice on Charlotte? Needing a home near public montessori in Charlotte. Really confused about NODA, Plaza, Etc. Is it high crime or not?

Asked by Erika Barber, Des Moines, IA Tue Mar 6, 2012

I'm looking for an urban but semi safe area to move in Charlotte. Preferably near the Highland Montessori in NODA. I'm seeing conflicting information on the area and I would love to hear from someone who actually lives there (and is honest about the areas).

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As realtors, we are not allowed to disclose information you're requesting, but I can provide you with the tools to do your research -!mecklenburg-nc/14/35.24077,-80…

That is a link for the crime map of Charlotte so you can zoom in and look at certain areas you are interested in.

Please contact me directly via phone, email or text for specific information on buying a home - I'd love to help you out. I work for buyers at no extra cost and love negotiating a price down.

John Siddons
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 6, 2012
Hello Erika, I live in 28205. NoDa is a renaissance neighborhood that was born in the earley 20th century textile mills. It deteriorated badly in century but was brought back to life in the last 20 years by young urban professionals who admire the architecture and the easy access to Uptown. There are still a lot of long time residents from before the transformation began who live there still and the transforamtion is not over yet. Building all but stopped when the real estate bubble burst.
Plaza Midwood on the other hand is a more affluent area with lovely arts and crafts & mid century cottages. It is close to the school you are interested in but not walking distance. A couple of small areas in Plaza Midwood went into decline in the mid century but has enjoyed restoration since the 1980's. The majority of Midwood has always been lovely & well cared for. It is home to the Charlotte Country Club although there are modest mid priced homes scattered among the larger ones. Plaza Midwood is enjoying a renaissance of it's own of late with a lot of resturants and new condos coming in. Both of these areas are urban and reflect a urban lifestyle. They are convenient and we love livign there.
Call me if you wish to discuss these areas as well as some others like Commonwealth Park & Country Club
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 6, 2012
Hi Erika,

I am assuming you are speaking about the Highland Mill Montessori on Clemson Avenue?
Your best bet is to narrow down homes by doing a search in and around that area by price range, # of bedrooms etc...that you are looking for and then drive through some of those areas to see if you like them. You may want to broaden the search if you do not find anything you like. Our website makes home searching very easy! Check it out.
Also, to find accurate crime stats I would suggest using the Charlotte Mecklenburg police website at this webpage give you a lot of information.
I have other webpages that you may find helpful on the right side of my homepage on my website listed below. Good luck with your search and let me know if I can assist you when you ready to move.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 6, 2012
Good morning Erika,
John is correct in sharing that Realtors are not allowed to disclose this information. He gave you excellent advice. I would also recommend that you check out for reports on crime, area demographics, etc…

Darlene Espinoza
Keller Williams Realty Ballantyne Area Market Center
3430 Toringdon Way, Suite 101 Charlotte, NC 28277
Cell: (704) 421-0069
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 6, 2012
I'm not a realtor so I can tell you straight up that you have to be a bit of an urban pioneer to live there. Join nodaneigborhood group on Yahoo Groups and just watch the action for a while before you buy. There is quite a bit of property crime and it borders some rough areas. Also, my former realtor lied to me on this point - the train goes through, blowing its whistle several times a day at all hours. Hang out there and maybe rent before you buy if you can. We did & decided that while we love to visit, living there forever is not for us.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 10, 2012
If you do your research, you will find that property crime is not exclusive to NoDa. It happens in every neighborhood. We love the train btw.

We handle rental properties to if you want to rent first. Not a bad idea actually....Jodi
Flag Wed Oct 10, 2012
Hi Erika,

My partner Ann and I live in NoDa and we have a small boutique real estate brokerage that specializes in this neighborhood. You can visit our website at and search for listings in the neighborhood or look at the ones we have listed in NoDa. the neighborhood.

We would be honored to help you with your home search and any questions you might have regardinfg NoDa or Charlotte's surrounding neighborhoods.

I can be reached via cell phone @ 704 654 9995 or email

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you out in any way I can.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 8, 2012
You guys forgot to mention the parent favorite Chantilly Montessori School for PreK to 6th grade students, it is near the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood. Then there is Sedgefield Middle School Montessori, which is for 7th and 8th graders.

@ erika.barber

There are three Montessori Elementary schools and one Middle school in the CMS system.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of red-tape and luck required to get into these schools. Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 18, 2012
not a realtor but a parent looking @ CMS Montessori schools.

you CANNOT get into the schools unless you live within 1/4 mile of the school OR through the highly competitive lottery.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 10, 2012
There are montessori schools around Charlotte. One is off Park Road near Myers Park, and another is off Park Road near Arrowood. Those are good neighborhoods if you would like to explore those. But I don't know the other features you are wanting in the neighborhoods or homes you are considering.

Call me if you would like to discuss further: 704-858-2345
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 8, 2012
Call me: 704-858-2345. I know it's confusing.

Here's the issue with Plaza-Midwood / NoDa and even Sedgefield / Dilworth / Myers Park.... They are bordering other neighborhoods which are less desireable and cause them to have crime reports that are out of sync with the actual attributes of the neighborhood. So, the neighborhoods have great schools, great features, and are generally considered higher priced neighborhoods-- meaning home prices are Stable and Not Declining. But that's exactly because people want to live there.

NoDa is very close to North Tryon and other areas which are undesireable. But the actual neighborhoods of NoDa are extremely desireable. Great upwardly mobile young executives and artsy shops and restaurants. But the area is still somewhat transitional in that the areas surrounding it are a long way off from catching up to the attributes of NoDa. But hey, it's urban living. That is true of most urban cities. The good with the bad. The best thing in my opinion is the diversity.

Call me if you would like to discuss further: 704-858-2345
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 8, 2012
Hey Erika, Noda is a fantastic neighborhood. There are loads of great neighbors and lots with children in the neighborhood. You can walk to shops and restaurants and there are a lot of pocket parks through out the neighborhood. Drive thru on a sunny afternoon and you can stop at the parks and talk to parents. I highly recommend Noda. Now... if you are picking Noda because you want to get into Highland Montessori... then you need to reconsider. Highland is full, and children are on a waiting list.(last I checked there were like 50 kids on the waiting list) The neighbors do not get any priority to the seats. There used to be a 1/3 mile zone that guaranteed a seat in the school (so there are lots of little kids in this area!) but they can not get into the school. It is a huge bone of contention for the folks that love their neighborhood, love their house and want their children to be able to walk around the block to school.
I don't know how you can get into any of the public montessori schools without "winning" the lottery system. I would suggest you start your search with a trip to the CMS placement office and see what neighborhood you need to target.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 6, 2012
Good morning, Erika:
How to Choose a Neighborhood was our featured Trulia Blog series last month. In How to Choose a Neighborhood - Be a Visitor (link below), "There's no better way to confirm the quality of life in the neighborhood than to see it for yourself and talk to your potential new neighbors". We recommend that our clients walk and drive their favorite neighborhoods at various times of the day and night. As we narrow our list of homes, we also suggest that our clients call the local police precinct and ask about crimes in a specific block. 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 .
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