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Mfritz, Renter in Charlotte, NC

I am relocating to Charlotte, and I am looking for the best neighborhoods and schools on the northwest side of Charlotte.

Asked by Mfritz, Charlotte, NC Sun Feb 27, 2011

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The university area is great...the highland creek area with schools like mallard creek and vance. Will give your family a opportunity at some good education. Not sure what industry your in. There are lots of major headquarters based in this area of charlotte.

If you are looking to move yourself or need a good relocation company. Try Metro Move.
Website: http://www.bestintownmovers.com

Hope this helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 12, 2012
Please do not move here, I have been here for (3) +years and still have not found a decent job. That would be your biggest mistake to move to the south. You will be sorry!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 21, 2011
Check in to the Magnet programs that CMS offers to see if one of those program would meet your expectations for a school. If you child is going in to Kindergarten/first grade, I highly recommend Smith Language Academy. The school will be moving to the Waddell campus for next year. (NO more trailers!)
Wonderful program, I am very pleased with my child's education.
As for the other magnet schools in CMS, I am not familiar. However acceptance in to a program will allow you to move anywhere in Meck County and not have to worry about neighborhood schools.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 2, 2011
Congratulaions on your decision to relocate to Charlotte, you will enjoy it! In reference to schools, feel free to check out http://blog.pumahomes.com/schools/ for schools statistics etc. As most of the other agents have stated, the neighborhood recommendations depend on your price range and other search criteria specifics. Feel free to use our fast and easy property search at http://www.PumaHomes.com. Some of the other agents mentioned Huntersville which is a great place to live. I live and work in Huntersville and it is definitely a great place to live. Enjoy your house search and relocation!
Web Reference: http://www.PumaHomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 28, 2011
Mfritz,
Oh by the way, a few more ideas for you about finding the "right school and place to live". Seeing is believing when it comes to finding the best schools. I encourage my clients to schedule an interview with the staff at the school, and to talk to the parents with children attending the school. The internet information is all well and good, but what do you feel when you enter the school?
Your child is usually a mirror of you. If you feel good about the school, chances are that your child will also feel good about the school. There are a finite number of schools in the Northwest section of Mecklenburg. I would encourage you to explore the possibilities first hand.
Warm regards,
Robin
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 27, 2011
What the "best neighborhood" is for you will depend on your specific needs, your budget, lifestyle and how close you need to be to specific locations - like the airport or uptown Charlotte. Northwest Mecklenburg county schools are West Charlotte and Hopewell.

Here is a local publication's school comments and ranking.
http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/Septembe…
http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/January-…
http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/January-…

There are a couple of school evaluation sites:
Great Schools http://www.greatschools.com
Education.com http://www.Education.com
National Center for Education Statistics http://nces.ed.gov
School Digger http://www.schooldigger.com
School Matters http://www.schoolmatters.com/
School Data Direct http://www.SchoolDataDirect.org

The State of North Carolina also maintains a great data rich report card site. Each year, schools in North Carolina may receive several designations based on their performance on the state's ABCs tests as follows:
Honor School of Excellence:
School of Excellence:
School of Distinction:
School of Progress:
High Growth:
Most Improved Schools:
http://www.ncreportcards.org/src/advSearchMoreInfo.jsp?iId=106

You can search for schools with these designations, which are awarded on the basis of the percentage of students performing at grade level and on whether the school attained the ABCs growth standards.

School boundaries are at:
CMS: http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/StudentPlacement/Pag…
GASTON: http://www.co.gaston.nc.us/maps.HTM
LINCOLN: http://dns.lincoln.k12.nc.us/edulog/webquery/WebQuery.jsp

Please consider me a resource for information rich decision making and high value properties.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 27, 2011
Mfritz,

Congrats on your decision. I forgot to tell you to bring friends and family to North Carolina with you! In addition, I want to agree with Dave Dicecco that Huntersville is a great place to live. It has been listed by magazine surveys as being one of the top 10 best places to live in the country. Of course, I would say that the entire Lake Norman area is an extremely desirable place to live. For affordable housing, it is hard to beat the University area.

Enjoy the view,
Robin
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 27, 2011
Charlotte is a great choice, we have a little of everything here, only 2-3 hours to the mountains, and 4 hours to the beach. We also have a great big lake called Lake Norman, about 540 miles of shoreline great for water sports. I can go on and on about Charlotte, but if schools are important you and comes first on your list, then I believe you should do your home work and choose for yourself which are the best schools, then we can concentrate on the neighborhoods. I like to offer my assistance if you haven’t yet pick out a Realtor to work with you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 27, 2011
Congratulations on your relocation to Charlotte area. I made the relocation a little over 6 years ago and have no regrets. The nortwest area of Charlotte offers you soem diversity deopending on your needs. As modst here have emtnioned Huntersville is a good option. But a lot depends on your price range. Are you looking to rent or buy? Depending on your budget and what you need in a house I can narrow some areas down for you. There is a wide selection to choose from out that way and you can get soem very good schools in a variety of price ranges.
If you could let me know what you need, price point (either home price or rental amount) I would be happy to send you some potential matches as well as links ot the school report cards for those neighborhoods.
Web Reference: http://www.davedicecco.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 27, 2011
Congratulations on your relocation to Charlotte! You will absolutely love it here. There are a lot of great neighborhoods in the northwest up into Huntersville. You will have many different options but price range will, of course, narrow down your search. The type, style and age of homes you prefer, as well as lot size will also help you zero in on the best neighborhood for your family. Sounds like you are not that familiar with you area. I would recommend that you align yourself with an experienced, full-time Realtor, and preferable one that has earned their Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR). A top agent will take away a great deal of your stress, give you back your valuable time by handling the
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 27, 2011
Congratulations on your relocation to Charlotte! You will absolutely love it here. There are a lot of great neighborhoods in the northwest up into Huntersville. You will have many different options but price range will, of course, narrow down your search. The type, style and age of homes you prefer, as well as lot size will also help you zero in on the best neighborhood for your family. Sounds like you are not that familiar with you area. I would recommend that you align yourself with an experienced, full-time Realtor, and preferable one that has earned their Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR). A top agent will take away a great deal of your stress, give you back your valuable time by handling the
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 27, 2011
Mfritz,

That answer depends on your price range. Mountain Island has many nice subdivisions, area 42 in our MLS. There is a Crescent Resources neighborhood off Mt. Holly Huntersville Rd, Overlook, that is priced $350,000 to $650,000 roughly. Riverbend is priced from $150,000-$250,000 approximately. Mt. Isle Harbor, Stonewater, Stratford Pond are nice neighborhoods. There are nice subdivisions in Lincoln county that you may want to explore.

Glad to help if you want to hire a buyer's agent. The commission is deferred until closing and paid by the seller (out of your loan money brought to closing). Confused? Wait until someone explains NC real estate agency.

Happy House Hunting,
Robin
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 27, 2011
Torrence creek in huntersville is a great school and area. There are many nice neighborhoods and shopping plazas. Its slightly north of Charlotte. Cornelius is a good area as well if you can go a few more miles north. Let me know if you want me to send you properties in these areas

Thank you,
Lisa Nye
Soldbylisan@Gmail.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 27, 2011
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