I moved to Charlotte from California!
I suggest South Charlotte. I live in the area. There is a new subdivision just a short drive from SouthPark Mall. The school district is excellent: Olde Providence Elementary, Carmel Middle School, Myers Park High School. See the following: http://www.sheffingdell.org
-- a client recently purchased a 4200 Square Foot, 5 bedroom, 4 Bathroom, Fenced Yard with Firepit. All for only $458,000! The homes start in the $357k range, up to $550k. Depending on options.
They chose a full brick, 2 Story, 3 Car garage. For Charlotte, that's a GREAT price for this part of town. It was a custom builder who has other lots available. And there is one under construction now with Master down and 4 additional bedrooms, media/bonus room, screen porch, great room, breakfast room, dining room, den, and kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances.