Also, check out http://www.ncreportcards.org/src/ it is a great website to start researching schools to determine which ones are a good fit for you and your family.
My team and I would be happy to assist you into your temporary home while you determine what other potential are as might be a good fit for you. If you have any more questions about the area and other comparable "burrows" of Charlotte please feel free to reach out!
Check out my profile on Trulia if you would like to get to know me just a bit, see what others have said. I agree with one of the other Realtors who said earlier to you that you may want to buy instead of rent. You will have a much lower monthly housing expense, and have probably more choices. Good luck!!
Please call or e-mail me directly so I can help guide you in the right direction. I grew up in Huntersville but now live in South Charlotte so I know the entire area like the back of my hand. Given the things we discuss, I will be able to best assess your lifestyle and needs to determine the best location for you and your family.
Tampa to Charlotte, NC covers a great distance...hundreds of miles. Are you possible speaking of the area between Tampa and Port Charlotte, Florida? The area covered with this option makes much more sense.
You will get more house for your money in Huntersville or the University area. Ballantyne has great shopping and restaurants but is more congested at times of work commute. There are some well liked elementary schools in both locations. I think that Highland Creek, Davis Lake, Wynfield, Birkdale, Macaulay, The Hamptons, Northstone, Lexington, Bluestone Harbor, Jetton Cove, Latta Springs are great neighborhoods to visit. There are many more in Charlotte metro.
If you contact me personally, then I will send you a sampling of rentals and purchases. To find out more about the schools go to ncreportcard.org or greatschools.org. The parks and libraries in Mecklenburg county are outstanding. You can visit my blog on trulia to see the park posts.
Robin Faison, realtor
Keller Williams Realty
I know I am biased, but living in the the Lake Norman area since 2005 has made me that way. I feel that after your family has been living in Tampa near the Gulf you will enjoy being near the water here as well. We have rental properties and homes for sale within your buget. Our team will glad to assist you.
Lake Norman Realty
web site: http://www.reallknliving.com
there is a lot of options out there for you. the sooner you can go out and look for one and lock one up the better. The rental market in the Charlotte area is a very hout market right now. I would welcome the opportunity to help you out in coming to Charlotte......
feel free ot e-mail or call me and i would be happy to start sending you a list of homes avalialble out there.
Coldwell Banker United
There are definitely great areas to live in , with great schools, in the area that you mention. I personally live in South Charlotte and have for over 20 yrs. I would love to help you in your move to Charlotte. Feel free to visit our website: http://www.PropertiesinCharlotte.com.
Please contact me at 704-451-3895.
Debbie Arriero, Broker/Owner
Arriero Realty, Inc.