You can also tell a lot about a neighborhood by checking the crime statistics for certain areas. If it is in Mecklenburg County, you can go to the charmeck website & put in the actual address to find out crime statistics. I agree with the other answers posted - I always have my clients go back to the neighborhood they like & see what it's like after work hours, and on weekends. That was what my husband & I did when we were the home buyers, new to Charlotte. Also, it's a good idea to try to stay in a neighborhood that may not have been hit as hard by foreclosures, where the home prices have not plummeted as much as other neighborhoods. That is something I can research for you. Remember, though, most neighborhoods have gone down in value, but some more than others. Hope this helps!!