Skip to comments.Might be headed to Concord, NC
Posted on 04/30/2012 3:58:34 AM PDT by eyedigress
If you NC FReepers have some advice I would sure appreciate it. I need to be in a location within 30mi north of Charlotte and preferably within 10mi of the Interstate. I do not know the area. This could happen in 8 weeks and my beautiful Tennessee home will be put on the lease market. Cheers!
Don’t know how much $$ you want to spend but Huntersville, Cornelius, Concord, Mathews, Pineville, Gastonia and even down to Ft Mill SC are all ring towns to Charlotte... Of all of them Gastonia might be the least expensive.
You could add a few miles and get up to Kannapolis and almost to Salisbury and Statesville...The interstates are pretty good feeding into Charlotte tho I77 is only 2 lanes and quite busy during normal rush hours.
I must be north of the city. SC is not an option. This is a critical power job serving Charlotte and Greensboro. Charlotte being the emphasis. Thanks
I guess one other thing to add is rush hour becomes a thing of the past. I will be 24-7 to take care of critical information in the central NC area. My focus is a nice area where my family can live.
I recommend either Huntersville, where I live, where Charlotte is a straight shot down 77, about 12 miles. Or, Lowe’s Speedway Blvd., Concord, Embassy Suites, about 12 miles from downtown Charlotte. Traffic is bad about 7-9am and 5-6:30 pm.
Sorry, thought you were visiting, not relocating. I agree with poster, Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson. Maybe even Mooresville.
What I need to understand is where the water is, and the most pleasant areas 30mi north on 85. A city dweller is not me.
I am going to take a hike down to the Stones River and hope that I get some good advice. Outside of that North Carolina here I come! :^)
I’ve only passed through [stayed overnight on a few occasions], but the Concord/Lake Norman area is beautiful, I’d live there in a heartbeat.
The only bad thing I can think of is we always had to stop and clean our windshield after driving through Lake Norman - bazillions of bugs doing the kamikaze.
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I live in eastern NC, so I have little direct knowledge of stuff north of Charlotte. My brother-in-law lives in the Weddington area in Union County, but that is south of Charlotte. Union County is a good place to be though.
You might check out this site for schools:
I live in eastern NC, so I have little direct knowledge of stuff north of Charlotte. My brother-in-law lives in the Weddington area in Union County, but that is south of Charlotte. Union County appears to be a good place to be though.
Avoid Mecklenburg County at all costs. Everything is centered around the wants and needs of the city of Charlotte, taxes are HIGH, and the county-wide school district sucks!
Huntersville is a good option or possibly Davidson. They are both by the interstate and by Lake Norman.
If you have children you should know that Huntersville schools are part of the Charlotte system. The Huntersville residents have been fighting it for years but have had no success in breaking away. Davidson is probably a better option for schools but it’s a college town and more liberal.
Lake Norman is a large lake. The east side is more populated but that is the side close to the interstate. The west side of the lake is more rural. I heard that Donald Trump bought out a large area of land by the lake and is developing it.
I should have added - the Democrats will be holding their convention in Charlotte at the end of the summer. That is making the temporary housing market somewhat tight.
I recommend somewhere in northern Rowan (and that’s Ro-ann around here) County if you are going to be going from Charlotte to Greensboro- the interstate runs through there and it makes the commute a bit easier. Also, if you go much further south than Concord there is a bit of a Yankee infestation. If you are into a rural setting avoid Mooresville or Huntersville- they are both rapidly becoming outer suburbs of Charlotte as that cancer spreads.
Wow. I had no idea Hunterville kids were hostages of the Charlotte-Mech racist school board. Avoid at all cost!
I know nothing about Nascar, but someone who does might post whether race weekends are miserable for residents in that area.
I am the youngest of the Boomers and need to stay away from the city. Concord seems to be the closest I can get. Charlotte Proper is off my Radar. Thanks to all that have responded to this thread.
“Concord seems to be the closest I can get.”
I spent a week there once. Ugh. Why do you need to live north of Charlotte? Is it because you will be working in N Charlotte?
It’s more of a focus on Downtown Charlotte and the ability to get to Greensboro rather quick if thats any help.
My in-laws live about two miles as the crow flies from the speedway, and my brother and his family live in Cornelius, so I know the area fairly well. Traffic has improved since the construction of Speedway Boulevard, but my in-laws still do their best to stay home on race weekends.
Having said that, Concord is pretty nice, but getting pricier. Parts of Kannapolis get rough, so be careful there.
I did notice that prices for homes dropped a great deal from my property in TN. I do need to be careful. The last thing I want is my weapons firing upon an invasion on my home.
Lake Norman is nice, if you want to be near water.
Traffic on 85N coming out of Charlotte comes to a screeching halt between 4:30-5:30pm where 485 merges. Takes about 20-25 minutes to get to the Concord exit at the racetrack.
What needs to be stated is I get to pick my property. Charlotte is the biggie but Savannah is in the mix. Asheville or Charleston is in play.
Can’t help with Charleston or Savannah but have 35+ years experience in and out of Asheville.
If you like the city, and the taxes and related problems, then Charlotte might be the place you'd be happiest.
If you'd prefer smaller cities, 60k or less, and/or more rural areas or then look north to Concord, Kannapolis, Mooresville, Salisbury and surrounding areas.
If you want to be on a lake, there are a few possibilities. The largest, Lake Norman, is nice, but has a nuke plant if that's an issue.
Plus, not uncommon to run into more than a few NASCAR drivers and personalities. Charlotte Motor Speedway and most of the teams are here.
Cabarrus/Concord and Kannapolis/Rowan city/county sales and property taxes are among, if not the lowest in the area.
I'm not familiar with the SC side of the border other than passing through, so I can't comment one way or another.
Getting to Greensboro quickly is a relative thing. If you want to have a quality of life, you want to stay west of I-85N. It also depends on how much money you can scrape up. Your commute to Charlotte will be dictated more by the time you arrive and leave than by the distance.
I have a 300mi response zone with Charlotte being the most important. We have people S. & W. of Charlotte. The need is north so that traffic is not a problem.
The Concord/Kannapolis area was economically hit a few years ago when two major employers, Cannon Mills and Phillip Morris, closed, but seems to have recovered. Cannon Mills was knocked down and is being turned into the North Carolina Research Campus. When the economy turns the corner, this area will do very well.
Salisbury is worth a look, too. It has a small college, a small lake and it's closer to Greensboro and I-40.
Or Mooresville, close to Lake Norman and quick access to I-77 if that would be better for you than I-85.
Real estate prices didn't go through as large of a boom/bust swing like other areas, so if you're looking to buy, there are plenty of deals. (I'm obligated to offer the name of one of the few people I completely trust if you need a broker.)