Hi Patricia - as you will working in Uptown Charlotte, you shoud concnetrate your search to South Charlotte. While Marvin & Weddington (in Union Co) have wonderful neighborhoods, your commute to Uptown could be 45 mins to an hour, depending on traffic. Also, should you need to "run over" to one of your children's schools, well, you would not be able to do that without another long commute. The close-in South Charlotte neighborhoods, generally, are the most expensive in Charlotte (location, location) and historically have the highest levels of appreciation (location, location). The close-in neighborhoods are well-established, so if you want newer construction, you will have to look further out, such as the Ballantyne area. You will find that you have many great choices and, I promise, you will LOVE living in Charlotte. Research the south Charlotte schools (High Schools would be Myers Park, Providence & Ardrey Kell - then you can drill down to the feeder middle & elementary schools). When you are in Charlotte next, plan a day to visit the schools. As a mother of 3, I can tell you that after your school visits, you will know what schools best fit your children's needs. Also, look into the magnet school programs. I have one child in IB (International Baccalaureate) and my other 2 went through the German Immersion program). All 3 have truly gotten "private school-quality" educations for free!
Kathleen Turner, ABR, CRS, ePro, Certified Paralegal
Keller Williams Realty