Well, first, WOW, I didn't expect to see so many people planning a move to Charlotte as well! I've been reading the other threads, but had a couple questions of my own and figured I'd start a new thread - hope no one minds. :)
My husband and I moved to Rhode Island about 2 1/2 years ago from Atlanta, GA. I'm originally from Canada and had moved to Atlanta to be with him but really didn't like it and we both decided we wanted a change, etc. etc. And for the most part, we've loved living here.
Anyhow, we are now in the position of wanting to buy a house. Well, we knew the cost of housing was high here, but it's just been disheartening to look at really plain, small houses that cost over $225K. Plus you just know this market is going to pop eventually and houses that you buy for that much probably won't be worth that 5-10 years down the road. So much for your investment.
So, we start talking about moving back down South. We'd talked about this before, seeing as how we are also wanting to start a family and I'd like for us to be able to see at least some family more than once or twice a year, especially if we had a baby. But I'm not really keen on moving back to Atlanta.
We've looked into Charlotte, NC and it really seems to be a good fit. The cost of housing is way better than the northeast, it's close enough to Atlanta that you could drive for weekend visits, and from what I've heard so far, it seems like a pretty cool city.
I was originally looking into the Huntersville/Concord area, but the remarks I've seen on here seem to indicate that the commute is horrible. Someone else has told me that the Gastonia area was not good. Are the commutes better from the west and/or east side? Also, we're hoping to get a 3/4 bedroom house for under $130K - I've done some initial searching in the Mount Holly/Gastonia and Mint Hill/Matthews areas. Is either side 'better'? Is there somewhere else I should be looking? We're not stuck on living in the city, in fact, I'd like to have a little distance between me and it, but still keeping the commute around/under 30 minutes.
Any tips/advice are much appreciated! :)
(P.S. My husband is quite looking forward to moving back to the South - he's already drooling over the idea of having Chick-Fil-A again!)