I agree with Michael Laine - it depends on your definition of "nicest" - do you mean close to shopping, good schools, and easy to get around? Or maybe where there is low crime, well-kept yards, parks and ball fields nearby and maybe a local Y. There are plenty of nice neighborhoods around all over Charlotte - some are better known than others. I love the Mountain Island Lake area - it's close to Northlake Mall, has a variety of housing, good public and charter schools, 15 min to the airport, 20 min to uptown, good traffic flow, close to interstates, new ball fields, good restaurants, low crime, and of course the best kept secret around - Mountain Island Lake.
But you may have different needs and so the nicest neighborhood for you might be a well managed condo complex in South Park.
Searchiing for and finding the right place is only the beginning - once you fall in love with a place, the real work is in researching the details - what will life be like in this area? what will the property inspections show? are there any obvious water problems? does the survey reveal encroachments? if this subdivision/complex has an HOA, how well do they manage it? are there any impending assessments? what is it going to cost to maintain the property? do I need a radon inspection?
A good buyer's agent can help you through these details and ask the questions that you never even thought of. In addition they have built relationships with quality inspectors, repair people, real estate attorneys, lenders and others who may need to be brought in to assist with the transaction.
Good luck. I'd be glad to talk to you some more and answer any other questions.
Lynnsy Logue Real Estate