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Old Feb 5th, 2009, 07:26 AM
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If someone isn't local, then take their "honest opinion" with a grain of salt.

I live in PlazaMidwood and can be in my office in uptown in less than 10 minutes during rush hour. I can be at CMC in 10 minutes, Presby in 5mins, Mercy in 3 mins, etc.

However, for me to get to Ballantyne would take a good 25mins- either going down 77 to 485, or all the way down Park to Johnston.

It's like any type of travel... the time it takes will depend on several factors. Namely, from where you are starting and where you are ending.

Personally, I don't think regular, stop and go traffic (read this as normal day to day traffic) is that bad down Providence, Randolph, Park, etc. through Meyers Park, Dilworth, Plaza Midwood, Elizabeth, etc. I do think the stop and go traffic is FAR worse in Southpark, Ballantyne, Lake Norman, Matthews etc.

Rush hour on the interstates is as you would expect it to be. 85 and 77 are highly traveled at anytime and when you add those people who are commuting is does get cramped.
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Old Feb 5th, 2009, 07:30 AM
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Please excuse my typos. I've never been the best with spelling and grammar! However, Myers Park only has one 'e'...
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Old Feb 5th, 2009, 07:45 AM
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Shormk said it better than I, but I meant what he/she said!!!
Our children had a neat little house in Chantilly (right across from where Shormk is talking about. Their neighborhood had small homes (1200 sa feet) that was and still is in the "gentrifying" category. Their house doubled in value in the 6 years they lived in it because it was so close to town--was bought by a young professional who worked uptown.
Everyone is talking about "Ballantyne", but there is Piper Glen, inside the beltway, and with a golf course--but 25 minutes from uptown, not rush hour.
The "artieries" that carry the commuters, which were enumerated in the previous post, have been widened in recent years, and basically do a good job.
From Matthews you could get on Independence BLVD, and eventually on the expressway they have made it closer to town, but it would still be 30 minutes drive. However there is a hospital branch near Matthews--I think that one might be the only one on the south side of town--it is Presbyterian HealthCare, not Carolinas HealthCare.
I urge again not to get caught up in a "neighborhood" until you know where the office will be--could be an outlying community almost anywhere since the major hospital owns hospitals all the way to the coast!!
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Old Feb 5th, 2009, 07:50 AM
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And one more idea, and particularly in this economy, you might want to rent for a while before settling on a house. I am seeing more and more houses for rent these days, right in my neighborhood. We were able to do this when we first moved here--for 3 months. We moved 3 blocks from that house, and then 4 blocks from that one!! Love our neighborhood!!
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Old Feb 5th, 2009, 08:06 AM
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G - I routinely make it from 7th St. Station to home in 20-25 minutes. From home to 77 is about another 20 minutes. Coming from Uptown down 77 to 485, about 20-25 minutes (these estimates are, of course at non-peak travel times). As far as the traffic goes & being from Ohio, I don't think it is all that bad, but I always go in early, have never lived North of town & avoid I-77 & Independence. I'll take CLT over ATL anytime. When I lived in Elizabeth it took me longer to walk from my parking space to my office, than to drive Uptown (about 7 minutes). Now if you live in Lake Norman, Ballantyne & other difficult to get to places w/few travel options, your commute will increase greatly. I have always lived near 7th, & that has always been my primary route to Uptown (& sometimes Central).
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Old Feb 5th, 2009, 08:12 AM
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Gretchen, I bet I know which street you live on Lucky you!
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Old Feb 5th, 2009, 08:59 AM
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I'm going to print out this whole thread so I can really disect it before we go! I know it would be great to know where my husband will be working, but it's really tough to say for the following reasons: 1) He has to give his group a 1 yr notice in order to obtain maximum benefits. 2)He is not a general radiologist, but a specialist. It is therefore, difficult to gauge what groups will require his specialty one year from now. If, after our weekend visit we decide we want to move to the next step, he will consider doing locums work with some of the groups around the city. It's tough to decide how to approach this - One of his partners, for instance, just gave his one year notice, but has no job lined up at this point. We are not willing to take that risk! As I've said, he already commutes at least 35 min each day, so I think it would be worth our while to look in Charlotte and some of the suburbs farther out. SanParis2 - What would be good neighborhoods to drive through while in Matthews? Also, is Ballentyne a suburb or a neighborhood within a suburb?
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Old Feb 5th, 2009, 09:22 AM
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Ballantyne is a Business Park/higher end residential area that may not be a great place to live for a couple of reasons. The location off 485 is not the best & traffic can be burdensome. It is an excellent example of over-building before you have the infrastructure & roads built. Many of the banks & mortgage companies that built out that way have gone belly up, so there has to be a ton of empty office space out there. I am curious how the businesses are doing w/the loss of literally thousands of employees in that area in teh past 2 years. On the other hand, although our housing market has not suffered as much, you may find some deals out there... As far as Matthews goes, I'd just tool around the town itself. I am not a big 'sub-division' person so I am not the person to ask about that necessarily. I would stay on the City of Matthews side of 74/Independence Blvd. If you look at www.realtor.com it may give you a better idea of where to look based on your price point, sq. ft. requirements, etc. The Sardis Road corridor has some great housing areas along it (which jig-jogs into Randolph which turns into 4/5th St.) The 7th St. route (from Uptown) will take you through Elizabeth (where the hospitals are located) and the edge of Chantilly. From Matthews en route to I-77 you will pass the Ballantyne exit & could easily pop off there & look around. There is the Ballantyne Resort there as well. www.ballantyneresort.com
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Old Feb 5th, 2009, 02:34 PM
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SanParis I completely agree with your assessment of commute times--how could I not, since you are doing it. I just say, don't oversell. I remember when Matthews REALLY was a little town--the wonderful flame pine primitive kitchen table I have was bought there--a Union County primitive. But there are a LOT of other equally attractive places--further out and closer in. My husband's former partner commutes from York because he raises horses. It can be done, and the traffic is NOTHINHG NOTHING like Atlanta. And to the OP, when we moved here, doctors did hospital "call" and being close to the hospital was important to us. That is no longer the norm, and never was with radiologists. So a commute may not be a negative as it used to be.
The Charlotte medical community is truly an amazing one--not much realized or appreciated often by non-medical persons, in my opinion. We are to get a medical school branch of UNC, but the care here is equal or better than med school areas.
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Old Feb 5th, 2009, 03:44 PM
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Hi I have not been online as much lately. Noticed this thread. I've lived in Charlotte for 30 years- all over- South Park, Matthews, Arboretum area. Currently live near the Harris Y and about 2 miles from SouthPark mall- I work part time at Imaginon and take the rail down quite a bit from Sharon Rd. W. I happen to enjoy the convenience of the South Park area- my kids went to Carmel and Myers Park IB and we had a great school experience. (highly recommend both!) I really don't think the traffic is bad here at all. We are close to shopping and the rail. It takes me 20 min. to get downtown on a slow day 30 min. on a busy day. I love the Myers Park area but you probably get more bang for your buck closer to South Park. (although prices have stablized everywhere it appears) Myers Park is very family oriented and great sidewalks for walking too. Definitely visit Imaginon and look up the Children's Theatre's programs-CTCharlotte.org- the shows are fantastic and I saw A Year W/ Frog and Toad and it is terrific. Call and get on their mailing list - esp. with three kids!! Boys enjoy as much as girls- believe me! Enjoy your weekend- this is a great city to raise children and the colleges in NC are great!
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Old Feb 5th, 2009, 03:46 PM
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Sorry CTCharlotte.org
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Old Feb 5th, 2009, 04:30 PM
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SO GLAD you posted. Exactly!!
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Old Feb 5th, 2009, 06:31 PM
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Thanks Gretchen- hope to meet ya sometime!
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Old Feb 5th, 2009, 06:44 PM
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I should probably look into "The Frog and Toad" from everyone's rave reviews! I'm assuming it's based on the series of books that my 2nd grader often reads. I'll look at the schedule and see if we can fit it in! I've been looking on Realtor.com tonight and it certainly appears there are many homes within our price range. I think we'll definitely look at South Park, Myers Park and Dillworth. I'd like to see Matthews as well, but I was also wondering about Weddington. There are many newer homes for sale in this town. Does anyone have an opinion on it - good or bad? (Keep in mind, out number one priority is a family-oriented community with good schools - if possible.) How would you get to uptown from Weddington?
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Old Feb 6th, 2009, 03:39 AM
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Weddington is a newer Bedroom community that has sprung up in the past 10 years just beyond 485 out Providence Rd. Schools there are good but most are 'cookie-cutter' subdivisions. Which is fine, if that is what you are looking for. I don't know that there is much of a town, per se, more a collection of bedroom communities. Traffic from there would be more difficult as again, that location limits your options if you are heading Uptown. The Char-Meck school site is a good one, if a little cumberson.
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SanParis has pretty much described it. It used to be a crossroads, literally. A bit further on is Waxhaw, which is a picturesque little town, complete with a RR crossing! The road beyond 485 to these towns is mainly two lane. It's a LONG way to town. Weddington may even be in the next county--Union. There are a lot of horse lovers in that area.
You can find homes in ALL areas of Charlotte in all price ranges.
If you are looking that far south take a look at the listings for Providence Country Club--a golf course community not too far past 485.
I can't quite picture the areas around Weddington, but my feeling is that it was cleared farm land which means no large trees. Just a thought.
When you see the tree canopy of the closer neighborhoods, you may see why I would comment.
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Old Feb 6th, 2009, 06:55 AM
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Another thing to consider- The further out neighborhoods are (I'm somewhat guessing) are made up of mostly transplants (I can say this because I was one 30 yrs. ago!) - anyway- I suspect that you will get a more flavor of "native" Charlotte the closer you move in. I would also worry about the driving conditions for teenagers out in the more "rural" areas- as opposed to within the city boundaries. More to do for teenagers-
friends closer by to hang out with. Before Weddington- I would probably look at Ballantyne- Stonecrest area- because of the better shopping areas- movie theatres etc.
By the way- there has been a lot of building in the older Myers Park area- a lot of tear downs- townhouses that are on the market with the slow economy. Probably could grab some good deals with the builders.
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Old Feb 6th, 2009, 07:13 AM
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I thought we were all transplants....lol I can count the number of native Charlotteans I have met in my 13+ years in Charlotte, literally, on one hand. Which brings up a good point, you will be a Yankee once you arrive, just keep in mind that some folks haven't gotten past that little skirmish we had in the 1800's. In speaking to the farther out 'burbs - Charlotte has a real planning issue in that the town is run by developers & such. No thought is ever given to infrastructure, roads, schools, etc until the developers have already built all their, ahem, crap. There is apparently some confusion as to the purpose of an Outer-belt for example. It should be used to move people & cars from one portion of town to another. Instead it is viewd as an opportunity by developers to build a Mall & houses at every exit so as to make the Outer-belt obsolete before it is even finished. But you know what I mean, you live in Columbus where the same thing has happened.
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Old Feb 12th, 2009, 05:02 AM
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Neal-
I hope you enjoy your weekend in Charlotte!
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This article was in our paper this morning. There is a link to an interactive map that might be interesting to the OP to show the zip codes and house prices, etc. It would also show proximity to downtown if they don't already have that.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/477/story/533769.html
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