You'll definitely better off touring both areas so that you can see what best fits your specific needs. I can tell you that I live in the South Charlotte area and have for over 25 years--I love it here! Both of my boys attended schools in South Charlotte as well.
You will certainly enjoy the different seasons and the proximity to both the mountains and the beaches! We're located in what is called Piedmont NC and are very fortunate to have access to many cold and warm weather activities. We are also in close proximity to many lakes.
Either area, north or south, have many amenities to offer. Another option for you to review is our public school website: http://www.CMS.K12.NC.US--you can find test scores and other valuable information about each school on this site.
Best of luck to you and do let us know if we can assist you in your home search!
Both areas have a different feel. Some of the popular areas North are Huntersville-Birkdale, Lake Norman, Mountain Island Lake area, University, Harrisburg. Concord, Davidson, and Cornelius. In the south depending on if you like a mature neighborhood or a new neighborhood, Matthews, Ballantyne, Fort Mill, Clover, Lake Wylie, Steel Creek, South Park are great areas.
When people come to Charlotte, I like to take a week if they have the time and show them the different areas. I like the fact you are renting first to get to know Charlotte. In fact, here area a few rental agencies if you need them.
I feel like you need to decide what area feels like home based on commute, schools, neighbors, and lifestyle. Personally I like convenience and neighborhoods that are established with big 'ol trees, but that is just me. It is not to late to pop into a few schools and request a tour. They may or may not be able to accommodate but you can learn a lot about a school by just visiting it. How does the office staff treat you? How are the children treated or taken care of when they go to the office? As a mother of 5...be very aware of the schools. There are other great school options to look into in Charlotte as well. Magnet programs and Charter Schools. My youngest is still in Smith Language Academy and I can't rave enough about this public school.
Good luck to you and if you have any questions about the area, (I talk faster than I type) I will be happy to talk. I have lived here almost 20 years and love it.
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You do definitely need to get familiar with an area and the future plans for that area. In order to learn all of that picking a top agent in the areas you are looking at would be your best bet. Debe Maxwell is just that. She lives and breaths Charlotte and all of its wonderful neighborhoods. She is also excellent at staying on top of the future plans for an area. A dynamic constantly growing and changing city like Charlotte you will need to be able to see down the road for any area you pick. I mean you do not want a new runway aimed at your home, or some large commercial development to be built next to your backyard either.
Whomever you choose just take your time and be sure of your choices by getting as much information as possible.
By the way if you decide on the Triad just let me know. I am biased for both though since I was born and raised in Charlotte and now live in Greensboro.
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I'm a REALTOR in both NC and SC. The Ballantyne and South Charlotte areas are both very nice and offer a good quality of living. You might also want to consider the Steele Creek area, which is further southwest and it is a fast growing area. Also, consider the areas just across the state line in South Carolina. Towns such as Fort Mill, Tega Cay and Lake Wylie, SC. They offer an excellent school system, lower property taxes and easy commute to Charlotte. You can search for new construction as well as resales on my website at http://www.fortmillhometeam.com. You can also contact me at 803.389.0080 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
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I suggest that you look into Union County just to the south of Ballantyne and South Charlotte. The schools in Union County are highly rated and there is an abundance of affordable housing there. You may be familiar with the names of some of the towns there: Stallings, Indian Trail, Weddington, Waxhaw, Wesley Chapel. You can find more information on each of these areas and on the schools at CarolinaSmallTownLiving.com.
Since you're already somewhat familiar with South Charlotte, I'll tell you a little about North Charlotte, which is the area of Charlotte that I am most familiar with. North Charlotte allows relatively direct access to I-77 and I-85, which are the two main interstates. There is a lot of shopping and dining nearby most of the North Charlotte communities. If you are considering a move to Charlotte, whether it be north or south and you are concerned about "good schools," you'll want to check out the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District website at http://www.cms.k12.nc.us. There, you'll find all of the information that you'll need to make a decision about what school is your preference. Once you have it narrowed down, I suggest that you take a visit to the schools to get some first-hand knowledge because sometimes things look better or worse on paper, or in this case via the internet. As a former Charlotte Mecklenburg school teacher, I feel that the information represented on the website is pretty accurate.
If you'd like for me to send you some listings of homes available in north or south Charlotte, please feel free to contact me. I can help you with rentals as well.
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