Uptown Charlotte, University (UNCC) area, Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, Whitewater Center, Uptown Charlotte and the many suburbs within about 5 miles, NoDa, South Charlotte, Ballantyne all could appeal for after hours socializing and outdoors activities. If you are more of a homebody, there are lots of smaller towns in the Charlotte metro that could also work. It depends on what you like to do, how far you are willing to drive to work, and your budget.
There is a good diversity of employers in a wide variety of business sectors here. Charlotte is #2 financial center of the nation behind New York and is quickly becoming known as the nations energy center. Many Fortune 500 companies have a presence here, several are headquartered in Charlotte and many well paid executives make their home in the Charlotte region. Some good Charlotte informational sites are: charlottesgotalot.com, http://www.charlotteonestop.com, http://www.charmeck.org, charlottechamber.com, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/943
There are many small towns around here, several lakes, and a fairly vibrant uptown with homes that should appeal in your $700+/- price range. If you want a country cottage or estate, a lake home an uptown condo or something in-between, there are good opportunities for each type of home and lifestyle. Larger estate type homes on larger lots, and equestrian areas are in Union County (Marvin, Weddington, Waxhaw, Wesley Chapel) and in the Matthews/Mint Hill area. If you want to maintain a water oriented lifestyle, you will probably be considering Lake Norman, http://www.visitlakenorman.org or Lake Wylie in SC/NC. If you prefer a more urban lake experience over a rural one, you will probably prefer the east side of Lake Norman and Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, Mooresville.
Charlotte offers many very nice neighborhoods and planned communities ranging from elaborate turn of the century homes to modern construction recently built. A number of these planned communities appeal to those for whom a country club and/or golf setting is familiar or desirable. there is very good availability of newer high quality homes throughout the region. Many of these are in South Charlotte and Ballantyne areas. Uptown Charlotte appeals to a more modern taste and style. Areas close-in to uptown were developed in the 1920's as trolley car suburbs and many homes here have been wonderfully restored and updated.
Regarding the Real Estate market in Charlotte right now, I turn to Standard & Poor's Case Shiller report. Here we find that the Greater Charlotte region did not have as big a run-up in prices as in other metropolitan areas in America, so we also have not had such large price drops. The Charlotte market peaked in mid-2007. It declined sharply in 2008, less in 2009 and about 4.4% last year. Depending on the price point and specific location, today's prices are fairly stable to slightly declining. Prices average about what they were in 2005. While most of the builder defaulted properties of 2007 and 2008 have been foreclosed and sold, there are still excellent opportunities for purchase of bank owned, short sale and other "distressed" property at below market prices.
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Great question, it would really depend on your lifestyle to find you the best community to call home.
I would be happy to work for you to help you find the perfect match.
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Some people like the nightlife, others want areas with parks and trails, and others convience to stores and shops. Price range is also a vital consideration. There could be parts of Charlotte you may absolutely love but cannot or will not pay that much just to live there.
You mention you are looking for a 2bedroom/2 bath townhome/condo. Are you looking to rent or buy? Also, what budget for buying or renting are you trying tio stay within? these can help you decide which neighborhoods to look into.
Oh, I just noticed you mentioned you are looking for a 2BR/2BA condo/townhouse... You can find that in many of these same neighborhoods for rent or for sale.
Here is a place where you can search condos for sale: http://group15.localhomesearch.net/idx/
For rent: http://group15.localhomesearch.net/idx/rnt_search_form
Or even rent to own: http://group15.localhomesearch.net/idx/d_lease
Best wishes in your searching.
Owner of Group 15 Real Estate
I get this question a lot and think it is great that you asking for some advice. Definitely the area around Uptown Charlotte is a very poplar area...however, according to where your work and interest lie I have a number of great options that I would like to share(Lake Norman/Dilworth/Ball. Take a look at my site and shoot me an email with contact into and I will forward properties for you to view online with pics, virtual tours etc.
Welcome to Charlotte. I'm sure you will enjoy our great City.
Keller Williams Realty
That answer depends upon what you want to do in the city, and how much money you have to spend. In addition to the urban lifestyle in the center city and historic neighborhoods. There is the world of boating, water skiing, and sunning at Lake Norman. You might enjoy Birkdale in Huntersville which is near Lake Norman, shopping, and a whole host of other amenities. Many young professionals live in Birkdale Village.
OR, you may like the Southpark or Ballantyne areas for the fantastic shops and restaurants. The University area offers affordable housing with fantastic running trails 7.1 miles, NASCAR, Blockbuster, Concord Mills, Northlake Mall, UNCC, and convenience to all of the major interstates.
In short, you can do what you want to do here and be what you want to be. There are all kinds of opportunities for networking, socializing, and learning. Call me 7045-564-5607 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin Faison, Broker
Keller Williams Realty