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Old 12-12-2009, 06:57 PM
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May be considering a move to that area. Job offer in Charlotte.
Looking around Ft Mill, SC.
I have a 7 year old daughter and a wife who is a Kindergarten school teacher.
Anyone offer up good advice on public school district (most important) and best areas. Looking for a 2500sf home min 3 br/3 ba. around
$200-$300K.
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Old 12-12-2009, 07:21 PM
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My stepbrother lives in Tega Cay and works at Vanguard. He has lived there for 10 years. They love it and Charlotte is close enough to the coast.
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Old 12-12-2009, 10:19 PM
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if you have to drive from fort mill to charlotte for work at prime morning 7-9 and after work 5-6 the traffic sucks. I couldn't do it every day. thats about the only down side I know of
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:59 AM
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My mother actually lives in Ft Mill. Its a nice area. Your housing requirements shouldn't be a problem. Traffic can be an issue, but that's most cities.

Not sure why, or if this is a concern to you, but unemployment is horrible in that area. Its a few points higher than the national average -- I think 12-13%. My mother lost her job in Feb and isn't having much luck. Granted she's just one person, but the unemployment stats in that area are rough.

Good luck!
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Old 12-13-2009, 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by msheppard13 View Post
but unemployment is horrible in that area. Its a few points higher than the national average -- I think 12-13%. unemployment stats in that area are rough.

Good luck!

Yep, be carefull moving to this area but housing prices are still down and it is the right time to buy a house in this area.

I have a friend that works in Charlotte but lives a couple of miles from my house(he actually rents an apartment up there and stays Mon-Fri)and he is looking at buying a house up there figuring with low prices now he can buy something very reasonable and in the long run get his equity back out of he ever leaves his current job.

He has told me there work load, some type of metal fab, is down again. It has been on a roller coaster ride for the last 10-12 months but they are holding there own.

I live about 2 hours from Charlotte and it is the same in our area, construction is at an almost standstill but MFG seems to be picking up which is a good sign
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Old 12-13-2009, 07:38 AM
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Went to H.S there (Myers Park), cousin was Mayor for two terms. Have not lived there since 1964, sister still does. It's an OK place I guess, "Southern Hospitality", at least in Charlotte is not all it's cracked up to be!
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:16 PM
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Thanks for the info folks. I really never liked liviing in a large city which is why I don't mind commuting. The work I am (office equipment field sales support) in is not 8-5 punch a time clock to I am not real worried about rush hour traffic.
Surprises me about unemployment rate being that high. Just read it was around 9%.
Here in Pensacola it is hovering around 10 1/2 %.
Any input on quality middle/high school areas? Demographic breakdown (get my drift?)
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Old 12-13-2009, 02:32 PM
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Charlotte is a cesspool, Ive lived in 13 major cities and Charlotte is the worst. We've been here 4 years and are leaving very soon. The city was built with very little planning, traffic is a mess, especially in Ft Mill. They used to have some of the best schools in the SE now most of their classes are in trailers. Someone above mentioned Southern Hospitality, if Charlotte is an example, then New Yorkers are friendlier. Anyways traffic through Gold Hill Rd. rte 160 and 51 all leading into Ft Mill and Tega Cay are a nightmare at rush hour. Traffic northbound to the Lake Norman area is at least an 1 1/2 hour to go 15 20 miles. Ballentyne and Pineville are just as bad. We have 50 acres in Rock Hill and luckily its secluded. If the moneys good well then you do what you gotta do. Most of our friends have either left the area or are doing the same as us, waiting to leave. Id look elsewhere, like I said were leaving as soon as I find the right job almost anywhere else. Just out of curiosity what industry are you in? Dont mean this to sound harsh and I wish you the best, but seriously, Charlotte sucks.
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Old 12-13-2009, 02:58 PM
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Charlotte (Mecklenburg County) has the highest taxes in NC! County commissioners and city councils never met a project they wouldn't raise taxes for, even when the taxpayers say 'hell, no'. And there is no unincorporated place in the county that isn't on the involuntary annexation target list of one two-bit town or another.

Schools in the Great State of Mecklenburg used to be first class, now they suck and are getting worse (not that the rest of the state is much better). Don't know much about SC schools, but their report card is only marginally better. If I had school children, I'd do whatever it took to fund a private school.

And the traffic is really worse that reported above. There are four main interstate arteries (plus the 485 loop and Independence Blvd). One, and usually more, goes into gridlock on a daily basis. And delays are measured in hours, not minutes.

Other than that, it was once a pretty good place to live and work ...
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Curmudgeon View Post
Charlotte (Mecklenburg County) has the highest taxes in NC!
that is wy my brother lives in South Carolina and commutes to Vanguard about 15 miles away.
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:14 PM
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Sorry missed your post about your work. As far as the demographics, Im guessing since you asked, your caucasion. Your kids will be the minority, The Hispanic population here is unbelievable, its like living in SoCal. The black population is really high as well. Both are much higher than the national Demos percentage wise. Most of the schools bus to even out the demos, so dont be surprised if you live near a school and your kids go across town to go to school. I can tell you some issues about the Fort Mill school district but you will have to PM me for that because I think one of the issues is still being dealt with. Ft Mill demos are a little closer the nat averages than most of the Charlotte Mecklenburg and Rock Hill schools, I plan to be gone before my kids are school age. My cousins kids are in the Ft Mill Schools so I hear all about it(unfortunately) and she went through them herself back when they were still very good schools. What ever you do stay out of Mecklenburg county. The taxes are outrageous, the school district is seriously mismanaged and laid off a huge number of teachers this past year. You are constantly hearing stuff on the news about their school districts. Anyway once again good luck with your move.
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Originally Posted by nautiduck View Post
Charlotte is a cesspool, Ive lived in 13 major cities and Charlotte is the worst. We've been here 4 years and are leaving very soon. The city was built with very little planning, traffic is a mess, especially in Ft Mill. They used to have some of the best schools in the SE now most of their classes are in trailers. Someone above mentioned Southern Hospitality, if Charlotte is an example, then New Yorkers are friendlier. Anyways traffic through Gold Hill Rd. rte 160 and 51 all leading into Ft Mill and Tega Cay are a nightmare at rush hour. Traffic northbound to the Lake Norman area is at least an 1 1/2 hour to go 15 20 miles. Ballentyne and Pineville are just as bad. We have 50 acres in Rock Hill and luckily its secluded. If the moneys good well then you do what you gotta do. Most of our friends have either left the area or are doing the same as us, waiting to leave. Id look elsewhere, like I said were leaving as soon as I find the right job almost anywhere else. Just out of curiosity what industry are you in? Dont mean this to sound harsh and I wish you the best, but seriously, Charlotte sucks.
Thanks for the honest feedback. I have heard the same regarding taxes which is one of the reasons I am looking in the Ft Mill, SC area..

My expertise lies mainly in the office equipment (copier) industry as it pertains to technical/software sales and training. A fairly specialized field that adds value to what would normally be a generic copier sale. I come in as a project manager to uncover additional opportunities regarding integrating the copier into a wide variety of software apps such as e-mail, fax servers, doc filing, CRM, workflow, forms management,ect.....
Basically utilizing the copier as an off/on ramp to a customers internal data workflow. I know I sound like a brochure on this but it is the quickest way I can explain it.
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:00 PM
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Great info here folks. Thanks.
If anyone has additional first hand knowledge of larger souther towns I am all ears.
Job outlook looks failry decent in larger markets.
i.e. Nashville, Charlston, Atlanta (Gwinett Co. MAYBE), Knoxville, Chattanooga are all on my radar...........
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:33 PM
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Charleston is my retirement destination. We have a house in High Point/Greensboro. Both are nice places to live. They are cleaning up Charleston. I have a friend that lives near Concord Mills, NC, which is up 85 north west of Charlotte, he likes it.
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:49 PM
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Pssst! I live 35 miles north of Charlotte. See what you can find in Charleston.
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Not very familiar with Charleston. I'll have to do some research. Hurricanes don't really concern me since I have lived in Fla Panhandle 20 years.

Any particular areas I should stay away from or look at real hard?
School district is priority.
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:18 PM
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We were looking in the Mt Pleasant area. We were married at Folly Beach (sig photo).
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Ill fourth Charleston, we just looked at three houses in the area this past weekend. It is holding the number one spot on our relocations right now. We met a great realtor, showed us the houses and then spent an additional 3 1/2 hours showing us the "local" parts of the area that you dont find on vacation or short trips. We didnt get into the school districts yet, but if you want I can give you his info. He is a real straight shooter none of this, "Its an up and coming area" kind of crap he tells you how it is straight out. We told him up front that we're a ways out from buying just yet, we have to get a few other things lined up first, but he still took the extra time. He said he does a lot of relocation business, getting new to the area folks into the right area for them. I will tell you this he was pretty accurate about what to show us. We called him about one house we found told him what we were looking for and he came up with the other two, which if we make the move it will be one of the two he showed us if their still available.
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Oh yeah, Knoxville's not too bad, my little brother lives there. I havent spent alot of time over there, but from what Ive seen its alot better than Charlotte.
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You don't want to come to Charleston to work, especially in the copier business, unless you have towns other then charleston to sell to. The economy is struggling here right now, and there isn't much sales going on. I have a couple of friends that own copier businesses and they are hurting.
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