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Bruco
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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
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Fratty af


Not totally untrue, but given that his fiancé will be working for BoA, they are already in the club.


Rsande63
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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
Charlotte was a weird place for me and my wife. It was soulless /empty, bland, and tried hard to be a big city.

The city is perfectly fine , just very forgettable. Crime and urban areas are very dangerous but BOA , the news, and the politicians do a VERY good job of hiding it.

Fort Mill & Rock Hill are great places if you make enough to stay away from the trash.

Honestly , people that work professional jobs, make 250K+ , and live in Fort Mill/Rock Hill have an incredible quality of life. Sort of a hidden treasure. We would have been 100% fine making that our forever home.

For reference we have lived in:Mobile, San Diego, Scottsdale,Savannah, Rock Hill & spring, TX.

Fyi, property values are shooting through the roof in Rock Hill because of the Panther's practice campus. Of all the possible rentals in the country we could have purchased we hit the lottery with ours by Legal Remedy & Armstrong.
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Bruco
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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
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Honestly , people that work professional jobs, make 250K+ , and live in Fort Mill/Rock Hill have an incredible quality of life. Sort of a hidden treasure. We would have been 100% fine making that our forever home.



Your soulless and bland problem cracks me up a bit when you were willing to live the rest of your life in Fort Mill.

I don’t disagree on the quality of life there, if have kids and want the out-burb type life. Tremendous values out there


Rsande63
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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
Bruco,

The soulless was targeted more towards the trendy Charlotte city restaurants with "est. 2013" signs on their door. If food network said tapas was hot, three tapas places would pop up and be filled with young bankers. Rinse & repeat for the next trend. Everyone was thinking they were at The French Laundry if there were Edison bulbs & a valet.

You are 100% right about the Fort Mill track homes but as you meet people & get involved in the community you find there are professors, execs, artists, and some diverse people in the area. We actually enjoyed the organic vs. forced diversity of the area due to Charlotte's economy and people commmuting.

I'm the type of person to walk up to a stranger and start a friendly conversation though haha.

Actually that is our favorite thing about Spring due to Exxon's campus. Our daughter has met more kids from around the world in her first 6 years than I did till college.

Like anything , life is what you make it.

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Magician2
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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
Appreciate all of the insight and info.

Fort Mill looks really cool. Just glancing on Zillow the amount of houses under construction on the border of that area between SC and NC is incredible haha.


Bruco
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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
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The soulless was targeted more towards the trendy Charlotte city restaurants with "est. 2013" signs on their door. If food network said tapas was hot, three tapas places would pop up and be filled with young bankers. Rinse & repeat for the next trend. Everyone was thinking they were at The French Laundry if there were edison bulbs & a valet.


Valid, but kinda hard to avoid in a tremendously fast growing city that was a cow town 75 years ago and is now closing in on a million people. Doesn’t have the history a lot of other cities have.



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Bruco
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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
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Fort Mill looks really cool. Just glancing on Zillow the amount of houses under construction on the border of that area between SC and NC is incredible haha.


If you pick there, just don’t judge the commute till the world is back till normal. She’ll have an hour each way and it’s only going to get worse with the crazy growth


Ric Flair
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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
Ft Mill traffic to uptown on 77 sucks (prepandemic). Live where you can take providence road or park road to uptown (north of Pineville Matthews road, as someone suggested)


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Mootsman
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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
Oh no not nearly as bad as Atlanta and the traffic is also much better. I would stay away from anywhere you have to get on I77 or I74 to get home. If you're commuting uptown to Matthews you may get stuck having to deal with 74 which is a depressing highway to spend every day of your life on for 30 or 45 minutes. But at the same time Matthews has better housing prices. I would recommend looking between park road and south blvd (Starmount) for a place or around the stonehaven area (or Cotswold) for relatively reasonably priced places. You won't be zoned for the best schools on the south end side. In Stonehaven you may be zoned for better schools. There are a lot of people around your age moving into these areas because they're relatively close and much more affordable than Dilworth / Meyer's Park (lol).

With that said I would still recommend renting in Dilworth / Southend so you can walk to bars / restaurants and everything is close while you feel everything out.
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Rsande63
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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
Bruco is right about the Fort Mill vibe & traffic.

Honestly, before having a kid it probably would not have worked for us. We were more concerned about drinking, fun & concerts versus developing a close knit group of friends.

As people said, it's your fun childless life now vs. your life plans & goals as a couple.

You even mentioned construction & builders...be careful, they can throw up new homes faster than you can blink.




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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
Before I moved to Raleigh we considered Charlotte. It jobs the job that made the final decision.Taxes are cheaper in sc (rock hill) if you decide to live there. Plenty of stuff to do in the area. If you have kids there in the great wolf lodge which is an indoor water park and carrowinds outdoor water park and theme park right down the road. They also have a man made white water rafting place, nascar, football and basketball. I can’t comment on the traffic and housing, sorry.


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Ric Flair
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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
Also, the newer development off providence road and 485 (Waverly/Rea Farms) has a Whole Foods, Lifetime fitness, restaurants, bars, and a new STEM school coming. Not too far away from the city somewhat walkable.

ETA—lots of people with small kids and empty nesters in that hood
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tiger09
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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
I see several folks saying to rent first. You might want to understand if she gets any Corp relocation assistance. If so, that is usually time limited and can help save tremendous amounts of money on a home purchase. I had people telling me to rent when I moved, but i would have given up five figures in savings if I would have done so. This isn’t even considering historically low interest rates.


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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
Charlotte reminds me of a smaller version of Atlanta. Nothing unique but nothing terrible.


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Bruco
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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
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see several folks saying to rent first. You might want to understand if she gets any Corp relocation assistance. If so, that is usually time limited and can help save tremendous amounts of money on a home purchase. I had people telling me to rent when I moved, but i would have given up five figures in savings if I would have done so. This isn’t even considering historically low interest rates.


True. Mine had a 12 month window luckily, gave me time. Though most of the housing assistance was related to the sale of my old home not the purchase of a new home.


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Magician2
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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
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If you pick there, just don’t judge the commute till the world is back till normal. She’ll have an hour each way and it’s only going to get worse with the crazy growth



I'm used to the traffic. I live in east Atlanta and my office is in Buckhead (Salesforce tower) and it would take me an hour to get home each day pre covid.

I have family in Raleigh (Cary) that have lived there for 30 years so I've visited quite often. My family would go to Bryson city or Wilmington to escape Louisiana for trips but I literally know next to nothing about Charlotte I've never been.

And it's weird because I've been to almost every large metro city in the south. Charlotte and Louisville are the only places I've never seen.

Atlanta was ok the only thing I really liked was Harsfield Jackson and delta made flights home for me very easy and adorable outside of that not much. Charlotte obviously has a lot more outdoor activities surrounding it.


Sneaky__Sally
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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
Almost moved there a year or 2 ago, looked like a good city from what I could tell.


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SCLibertarian
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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
I'm partial to rural areas, so I'd live in Chester County or Lancaster County (both in SC) if it were me. Close enough to commute if you have to, but not bothered by anyone else if you don't want to be.


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Grateful Reb
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re: What can you tell me about Charlotte NC?
Pretty fun midsized city to be in for your late 20’s. Affordable, housing market has been recession-proof thus far, clean, well-educated demographic (lots of Duke, UNC and NCSU grads), tons of breweries, mountains are a quick drive away, solid dining scene, and a damn good selection of talent if things don’t work out with you and your lady
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