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Quality of Life in Charlotte : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Oct 14, 2016
Herbertberbert1 answered:
Hey just wanted to add that has some great homes in amazing communities! and can help you find what your looking for. I love living in Charlotte and im sure you will too! ... more
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Sun Aug 17, 2014
Anna M Brocco answered:
Nicest areas are all about personal preferences, budgets, wants, needs, lifestyle; therefore consider further researching areas of interest on your own, and take the time to visit more than once, then determine where your comfort level can best be reached; don't simply just entertain what other people think or say, another's opinion may not be anywhere near the best thing for you... ... more
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Thu Apr 24, 2014
Douglas Lattimore answered:
If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything! If the principles of your faith regulate how you act, you can't really separate the source of your integrity, from the business you conduct. You don't have to flaunt it, but when it's appropriate (for me, that is, in the presence of another Christian), I do, and do so proudly! Some say, "That's discriminatory", I call it "a niche". Some say "That's wrong", and again I say "If loving Jesus is wrong, I don't want to be right"...LOL!!!! ... more
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Tue Dec 10, 2013
henry a perez answered:
Just to clarify, I make much more than $2,700 a month. I want to limit my expenses to that net amount. The idea is to save the remainder for a significant down payment later on as we get more acquainted with the city and decide if we want to set roots there.
So, again, the question is: would $2,700 be a reasonable amount to live on in a decent area? that would include: rent, utilities, groceries, etc.
By the way, I have no debt of any kind. Please, never mind how much how I can afford. I am interested in renting.

Lastly, we eat out once a week.

Thank you
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Sun Oct 13, 2013
Daniel Fisher answered:
Good afternoon, Nick.
You may want to read the Trulia Real Estate Blog There are a lot of great schools in our area. If you focus on the east side of Lake Norman, South Charlotte, Union County and north York County, you will get a great overview of the area. If before you come down, you get a list of homes in your target price range, you can do a tour to these homes and see the areas along the way. If you have a full time agent with a Masters degree in Planning with Finance and over two decades of experience, working for you, you will likely do better in negotiations. I'd be pleased to provide that service - and the above free list.. If you appreciate this answer, please give it a thumbs up, or if this was the most helpful answer, please say thanks with a best answer click. ... more
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Mon Sep 23, 2013
Daniel Fisher answered:
Good afternoon, NancyCam:
There are many options for peace, space, amenities, safety, but some youth in the Greater Charlotte area. What you ultimately choose would depend on your lifestyle and other preferences eg. do you prefer lake living, an eclectic arts area or an small uptown luxury environment. Also, amount of maintenance desired, townhome/condo vs single family detached, do you drive or take public transportation will be important. If you are financing, your target monthly expense will probably be a deciding factor. If you have a full time agent with a Masters degree in Planning with Finance and over two decades of experience, working for you, you will likely do better in negotiations. I'd be pleased to provide that service. If you appreciate this answer, please give it a thumbs up, or if this was the most helpful answer, please say thanks with a best answer click. ... more
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Fri Jul 5, 2013
Jamie answered:
Do not move to university area! Beware of a neighborhood named University Commons!
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Thu Jun 27, 2013
daninwonderland answered:
Hello Suzanne,

Though I am neither a broker nor agent, I completely understand the question you are asking and would be happy to offer some guidance as to where to look. I have just purchased a home in Charlotte (we currently live overseas but have family who have transplanted there in the not too distant past) and we were looking for the exact qualities you've mentioned in your post. Though it doesn't exist in abundance, it does exist.

Please feel free to contact me at if you'd like to hear our opinions in regard to Charlotte, it's neighborhoods/districts and what to expect. And I'd be happy to put you in touch with a few locals who would be of similar mind.


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Tue Feb 26, 2013
Himanshu Bhargava answered:
Beverly crest is a nice neighborhood with some very expensive homes, we were looking to buy in this area but there are no single family homes below 300 K , which are ready to move in. there are some townhomes with or without garage , but they are overpriced compared to south charlotte. if you don't mind commute, you can get better value for money further south in ballantyne. ... more
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Mon Aug 27, 2012
Daniel Fisher answered:
Here are some rental sites that might help.

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Mon Jun 18, 2012
Marjorine answered:
I am not a Realtor, but I work in the industry, so I don't have to skirt around the issue like a Realtor/Broker would.

Starmount is already gravitating more towards the Latino community. You can see it with the businesses that have sprung up and replaced old ones.

As of the 2010 Census Starmount is:
50% white
26% Latino
17% black
4% Asian
0% Native America
2% Multicultural
0% other

Since the 1990s the Latino population has increased dramatically in Charlotte. In the 1990 census Latinos were 1.4% of the Charlotte population, at 5,571 people.
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Thu Sep 8, 2011
Robin Faison answered:

I suggest looking in the Ballantyne or Stonecrest areas of South Mecklenburg. Or, you might enjoy Baxter Village in Fort Mill. There is a nice mix of retail shops, restaurants, movie theatres, and the YMCA's at those locations. You might as well enjoy yourself while you are here. It is easy enough to rent furniture from Cort Furniture Rental.

Robin Faison, broker
Keller Williams Realty
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Sun Aug 14, 2011
Daniel Fisher answered:
Happy hour and night life are mainly in uptown charlotte (mixed), university area (college scene), plaza-midwood and noda (funky urban), ballantyne (mixed professional) If you were uptown or northeast of there, you'd probalby find what you want. Here are some rental sites that might help.
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Mon Jun 27, 2011
John Siddons & Mike Laine answered:
There are tons of areas around Charlotte that you can walk to entertainment and shopping. Southpark, ballantyne, dilworth and lake norman (birkdale) areas are all great!
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Tue Dec 28, 2010
Judy Piercy answered:
I do not service this area, however, I could refer you to a broker that does.
Judy Piercy/Broker/Realtor
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Mon Jul 5, 2010
John Juarez answered:
I would hope that no one, but especially no agent or Realtor, is foolish enough to give a direct answer to this question!
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Tue Apr 27, 2010
Donna Forrest Johnston answered:
Hi Mario,
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 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.

~Donna Johnston
RE/MAX Executive Realty
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Fri Nov 13, 2009
Shelley Simmons answered:
Hello Saint,
I agree South CHarlotte and just over the boarder into Ft. Mill and Lake Wylie areas are good and the schools have good reviews. I will send you a link direct to my website and it has great information on it for you. Please respond direct and let me know when you will be in the area and I can show you around more. My direct line is 704-619-7355 Shelley Simmons ... more
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Fri Jul 18, 2008
Carol Fox answered:
To buy or not to buy in an area depends on the type of neighborhood and the amenities that you want nearby. It also has something to do with commute times if you are going to be traveling to a specific location for your job. I suggest that you make a list of the most important characteristics that you seek in a neighborhood, including things like commute times, schools, urban or rural and of course price range of house. Once you've made the list, you can begin to narrow your search. For information on the community characteristics of areas on the south side of Charlotte, check out my website listed below. ... more
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Sun Jun 29, 2008
Jeromy Wilkens answered:
I just recently relocated from buffalo to charlotte and I have very happy with the move. the job market is there, but I will say this, when I came down in Feb of this year to scout apartments and make contacts with job recruiters, the recruiters would not talk to me until I relocated. Thus, if your going to make the move, make sure you have funds to live on and sustain until you locate work or have a job in place. Other than that, the people are so friendly and nice, completed different from what we're used to up north. Good Luck ... more
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