Below is a link to a Trulia blog "Which areas surrounding Charlotte would be a nice place to relocate?" that has some good schools info. There are a good number of shopping areas throughout the Charlotte area, but because our area is spread out and parking rates are reasonable, transit is not usually superior to a car. 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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The internet has valuable information regarding schools and school districts. For example, you an search for Mecklenburg , Iredell, Lincoln, Union, York etc as school districts and check out their scores which should help you in your buying decision.
I work in all of these regions and would be happy to assist you as I relocated from NY 16 years ago, and know how difficult it is to make decisions when you are relying on a strangers help.
The best site to check into the school are http://www.ncschoolreportcard.org/. This site contains factual data on class size, performance & other demographics. When looking at school performance on line, be VERY careful to understand that you are not always comparing apples to apples. Some schools have higher proverty levels than others, or may have classes for disabled children that can skew a school's overall performance. The next time you come to town, go by schools that are in areas in which you think you might like and VISIT the schools to see for yourself if the school is a good fir for your child. No one here can tell you what schools are going to be best for your children - only you should make that decision! Check out Charlotte's magnet schools as well - for example, if your child is interested in art or dance, an arts magnet may be just the ticket!
Transit is an interesting concept here in Charlotte. We do not have a subway system, but do have an extensive bus system, as well as a southside light rail. The airport is on the west side of town. If you are interested in living cose to transit, you do not want to vebture out of Mecklenburg County, as the more rural counties, such as Union, have no mass transit and commutes into Charlotte can be long (the gas you might spend in a year will negate any property tax savings over living in Mecjklenburg. Shopping is pretty much close by no matter where you live in Charlotte! Charlotteans love to shop!
We also have many, many neighborhood "pocket" parks, as well as larger regional parks offering many recreational opporunities.
Best of luck with your move - you and your family will love it here! Kathleen
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I appears your most important concern would be the school district, so therefore I have provided you a link with lots of helpful information. Once you have determined which schools seem to be a match, we can determine the neighborhoods, housing etc..
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There are many great neighborhoods to choose from in Charlotte. You didn't mention your price point and that will point you to different neighborhoods. We have great neighborhoods in all price points.
To help you locate schools that might fit your needs, check out http://www.greatschools.org You'll find a lot of information here on Charlotte schools. South Charlotte Middle School is ranked a 10, Alexander Graham Middle School an 8, Piedmont Middle School a 10, Jay M Robinson Middle School a 10, Providence High School a 9, Ardrey Kell a 10, Northwest School of the Arts 8, South Mecklenburg High School 6, Myers Park High School a 5.
If you don't have a buyers agent working with you yet, I'd love to help you find what you're looking for here in Charlotte. I grew up here and I know the city well!
Best of luck in your search.
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Congrats on your decision to make Charlotte your new home! I can certainly make some suggestions based on what you have provided but purchase price and style/type of home and the location on your emaployer will most certainly help.
Marvin and Weddington in Union County are known for great schools, larger estate styled home sites and lower taxes. Marvin is very close to shopping (Blakeney and Stonecrest in S. Charlotte). You will find larger newer homes and great community amenities.
In Ballantyne (S. Charlotte) I have alot of Clients looking at the Ardrey School District. Newer homes, close to shopping with Stonecrest and Blakeney. You will have access to highways for a commute.
Also, the Myers Park School district is also very desirable. Location is agrueably A+ but with that comes price. Alot of older homes that have been updated. Expect to get less space for your money.
I would love to learn more so that I can provide more specific, not general information. Job location, lifestyle, style of home, price and where you are coming from all play into things. We have alot of really great areas. A good tour of Charlotte and a sampling of what you can get for your money would be a great first step.
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