I just came across your question and thought I'd share my 2 cents. I grew up in Beverly Woods and currently live in Beverly Woods. This neighborhood is a great place to call home. It was built in 1962-64 by John Crosland. It has a nice mix of original owners, the older crowd, and the newer buyers, the young families taking their place. When I grew up here there were a ton of children to play with. I now see that turn coming about again with the young couples coming in starting families of their own.
The neighborhood is in an ideal location! An easy commute to uptown, close to Southpark Mall, Phillips Place, and Carolina Place Mall. Good restaraunts all around. The schools you feed into are good schools. Beverly Woods Elementary, Carmel middle, and South Mecklenburg High School. These could change so be sure to keep an eye on it.
I would definately go with the ranch first, two story second, and split level 3rd. Split levels are nice as far as layout if you take the kitchen wall down, but are hard to heat and cool. I live in one myself. The removal of the kitchen wall really opens the room up and makes it feel larger. Though I agree with the others that it would be nice if all split levels would become teardowns. Unfortunately, in the current economy, I'm not sure if teardowns are going to happen any time soon. Perhaps in the future. Ranches are the way to go if you want to expand.
I've watched the prices in the neighborhood for years and years. They've raised consistently, about 5% a year until 2005. Then prices started raising 10% and more. We had an actual bubble in here I think, and now see the prices coming back down in here as well as the rest of Charlotte. In 2007 a ranch house that was completely remodeled would sell for $207 a square foot. Today, using the comparables from the past year, the price is about $186 a square foot. Prices may still come down depending on what the economy does the last half of the year.
As far as if Beverly Woods is a good neighborhood to live in and a good investment. I would say Yes, this is a great neighborhood to buy into and reap the rewards later down the road when the economy comes back. I know of someone wanting to sell their ranch that needs fixing up. If you are interested contact me at the number below.
Happy house hunting.
Tracy Clay Broker NC, SC
Keller Williams Realty