Harrisburg has been one of the best kept suburban secrets in the Charlotte area. Only a 20 minute drive to uptown/downtown Charlotte, Harrisburg boasts some of the lowest property taxes in the area and superb public school assignments. In fact, I live in Harrisburg for the very reasons I just mentioned. Harrisburg is small-5900 households, no apartments, and no Wal-Mart (the town successfullyl fought off Wal-Mart's attempt to open a store at the edge of town). Restaurants and office are cropping up all over, yet the town still manages to maintain the feel of a small town. One of the most exciting developments is The Epic, which is the revived version of The Preserve at Greyson Ridge. The Epic will be a residential community built around a Fazio-designed golf course. It's a very exciting design and the development should help the current trend of rising prices. Harrisburg, by virtue of being small, doesn't have a lot of inventory at any given time-so days on market are short and list price/sales price ratios are consistent at 98.5%.
Your commute to downtown Charlotte will be relatively short as far as mileage but the traffic will add some minutes. Harrisburg is a great community and is close to Charlotte as well as Concord. 2 times a year the traffic can really build as the Charlotte Motor Speedway is very close.
Harrisburg is about 30 minutes from uptown Charlotte, just inside low tax Cabarrus county. It sits right outside our beltway- so its convenient to and Interstate- Rt 485- and is priced at about 85% of similarly located South Charlotte suburbs. More rural, but nice, clients love their schools.
Pretty close in all relativity to where you are in San Diego. About a 20-30 minute commute. It is a great option as the taxes in Cabarrus county are about half that of Charlotte. I have a great listing there that sits on an acre and it shows very well!