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The Big Question About Charlotte Real Estate: Where Would You Want To Live?

September 28th, 2008 Listed Under: FAQs About Charlotte

a man thinking...Where should we live in charlotte nc?The First BIG Question Once You’ve Decided You Are Moving To Charlotte

Charlotte NC| a New Video FAQ by Terry McDonald

What are the nice areas? usually related to the very Big Question, Where should we live?

I created this video for those who prefer to hear the answer… for the folks who like to read, the text is begins here and continues below.

The first thing to notice is that this is by definition completely subjective– whats nice to one person may not be nice to the next. So what is it you are looking for? continued below




Also- if you are coming to Charlotte for a job, where is your job located? In almost every case, if you are working north of Charlotte, for exampe in Huntersville or Mooresville, there really isn’t any reason to spend much time on South Charlotte– and vice versa, if your work is in south Charlotte- say Southpark or Ballantyne, there wouldn’t be a lot of reason to look north of town—there are good choices in both- with lone possible exception might be if you told me you had a big boat and wanted to live on Lake Norman.

If you work Uptown, or work from home, you can live just about anywhere.

What is most important? If its a short commute to Uptown, then perhaps its convenient in town living? The more affluent will prefer Myers Park, Eastover, Dilworth, Southpark… for more affordable options, others may like Belmont, Mt Island Lake, close in Huntersville, or the University area..

If its schools, I would recommend you do some school research- my site offers a good place to start, for both public, private and parochial, then we’ll search for homes in those school districts. School districting is somewhat complex, and varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but suffice to say,

all jurisdictions have good schools, average schools and below average schools, so good research is the right answer. I’d recommend you beware of anyone saying XYZ schools are bad or great… the answer is typically much more complex than that.

The best place to check on public school performance?, a state funded site that pulls all the information- including size, class size detailed test results and more. Almost too much, I prefer the 2 page summary at the top of each in pdf form. Of course if schools are most important, that just gets you started. You’ll want to walk in and visit- public schools have “open door” policies, you can go at any time, but if you want to speak to a Principal or AP, it is best to make an appointment.

Are you looking for a home in a community with amenities? Good news, you’ll find these throughout the area,Pool and  clubhouse at Brookhaven in Weddington generally more on the outter rings of Charlotte, but not always, as pools have been popular in the larger communities for a long time. Communities like Brookhaven, (on right) the Palisades, and Skyebrooke have great amenities– as do many others, and then there is the long list of country clubs as well.

If you are totally new to the area, I highly recommend communities with amenities, as these community gathering spots are wonderful to meet other people who most likely are like you– new to Charlotte. If you find a home in a community that doesn’t have the pool, check to see how close it is to the nearest YMCA’s- (these are NOT your northern YMCA!) which all have great outdoor pools with waterslides and are community centers in their own right.

The good news is there are many good community and neighborhood choices in Charlotte, and to help you find the right one for your family you can explore my website, research schools, watch my video, or the fastest way is to just give me a call, and I’ll try to help get you started… so you can begin to narrow down your home search.

I look forward to talking to you about the best real estate market in the US and I hope to see you in Charlotte.


It is a strong buyers market here in the greater Charlotte area, Lake Wylie, Lake Norman, the whole area for new homes and re-sales.

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Have Questions? I am a Charlotte broker specializing in relocations, 2nd homes–buying and selling real estate of all kinds- and will represent only you. We work with Buyers and Sellers every day. You can quickly compare area prices with the map-based Charlotte home search below. Another good place to start is my fact-filled and well received Introduction to Charlotte Video (nearly 8000 You Tube views, 22 reviews) and don’t miss the FAQ videos in the right column (just under the Introduction to Charlotte Video Screen)

If it’s between the hours of 8 AM to 8 PM, EDT, please don’ t hesitate to call me direct at 704-351-1519. Terry

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Terry McDonald
I'm the owner/team leader of The McDonald Group at Wilkinson and Associates ERA Powered real estate brokers here in Charlotte NC. A transplanted Washinghtonian, my family and I came from the NYC area in 1993.
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