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The Search for the Perfect Neighborhood in Charlotte…


When we bought our first house in Charlotte, two years ago, we were newlyweds looking for the perfect area of Charlotte to settle down in.  We were looking for great restaurants, bars, shopping and above all convenience.  Moving to Charlotte from New York City raised our expectations, rather high.

We searched for excellent restaurants with charm where we could have date nights and bring our friends and family when they visited, breweries with character and great outdoor space to enjoy the Carolina Blue Skies as well as convenience to our daily activities.  After searching high and low, it was a no brainer, we knew we wanted to be in the Dilworth/Myers Park area.  This would put us 5-10 mins from EVERYTHING.  Cute restaurants, 300 East, Good Food on Montford, breweries, OMB, Suffolk Punch, and a million more.  We found a house close to the Park Road Shopping Center that checked all of our boxes and more!

So, as many of you are thinking, why Charlotte?  We were ready to give up the hustle and bustle lifestyle of Manhattan.  Ready to slow down and enjoy every moment of life.  Ready to live in something bigger than a one bedroom, 700 sq feet apartment (two of us AND a dog). 

We listed out a few southern cities, and Charlotte won for many reasons.  First off, the weather!  We were ready to give up our snow boots and enjoy warmer temperatures year round.  The CLT airport, centrally located, 15 mins away, with international flights and any domestic flight you could want/need.  The cost of living comparison – this was an easy win.  We were over the $100 Taco Tuesdays at our favorite local spot.  We were so ready for $1 Taco Tuesdays (Sabor Latin Grill)!  Better yet, $1 tacos Monday – Friday 3-5pm too, what a win! 

One of my personal favorite things about Charlotte is – how nice everyone is, that Southern Hospitality.  In NYC, you don’t talk to anyone.  In Charlotte, you talk to everyone.  When we moved into our house, our neighbors came over with homemade desserts and berries welcoming us to the neighborhood.  We also received a card signed from everyone in our neighborhood welcoming us – so thoughtful!

Needless to say, we are very happy with our decision.  Up next, our first two years.

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Kelley Ivory

Kelley Ivory

I'm a recent transplant to Charlotte and a new mother! I cover things to do in the Charlotte area and in general, the experience for new Charlotte residents. I also provide marketing assistance to The McDonald Group at eXp Realty.

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