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    Certifiably crazy! Carloswithac's Avatar
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    Potential move: Charlotte, NC housing and job market.

    Hey all,
    I might be moving within the year to NC from San Diego, CA. I wanted to hear from people living in Charlotte about housing and the job market. I would be looking for a 1 bedroom apartment/studio. Heck, even with a roommate. Could anyone tell me a ballpark of what I would spend? Any areas to avoid?

    How's the job market? My background is in nonprofit organizations, I have a B.A. In Psychology and my MBA, and am currently a case manager as well as a resource specialist. Is that marketable there?

    More importantly, how are the trails? I'm a roadie turned mountain biker, will I have to go back to road biking when I move? =p

    Thank you for any help.

    P.S. I am looking on Craigslist to gather prides/knowledge.
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    I recently moved to the Charlotte. Been there almost 2 years. Not sure what the job market is for non-profits but overall the market is solid. My wife works in the insurance industry and there are plenty of jobs. The area is growing steadily so this would be a good time to move.

    As far as housing, there aren't many areas where I wouldn't want to live. South Charlotte, Uptown, and Ballantyne are going to be your most desirable but also going to be the most expensive. The outskirts (Steele Creek area would probably be where you get the most bang for your buck and well as in South Carolina (Fort Mill, Rock Hill, etc). Ultimately, you won't go wrong in any area.

    Check out this site for all things biking in the Charlotte area http://weeklyrides.com/

    Good luck on your move.
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    Thank you!
    Quote Originally Posted by Loveless4577 View Post
    I recently moved to the Charlotte. Been there almost 2 years. Not sure what the job market is for non-profits but overall the market is solid. My wife works in the insurance industry and there are plenty of jobs. The area is growing steadily so this would be a good time to move.

    As far as housing, there aren't many areas where I wouldn't want to live. South Charlotte, Uptown, and Ballantyne are going to be your most desirable but also going to be the most expensive. The outskirts (Steele Creek area would probably be where you get the most bang for your buck and well as in South Carolina (Fort Mill, Rock Hill, etc). Ultimately, you won't go wrong in any area.

    Check out this site for all things biking in the Charlotte area Home

    Good luck on your move.
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    Good mountaining biking at the Whitewater Center, Renaissance Park. Also, check out the Backyard Trails. It's a network of some pretty technical stuff in South Charlotte. If you wanna get in the car you'll find some much better stuff in Appalachia.

    I've been in Charlotte for 5 years now and I really like it. However, I've heard SD is a pretty amazing city so I don't know if it can compare with where you already are.

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    I have heard that living expenses are lower on the SC side.
    The roads, however, are much more cycling friendly on the NC side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronno6 View Post
    I have heard that living expenses are lower on the SC side.
    The roads, however, are much more cycling friendly on the NC side.
    FWIW
    The biggest cost difference is the higher NC property taxes. To save on property taxes, many homeowners buy in South Carolina and commute to Charlotte.

    The roads in NC are way better than SC.

    The mountain bike trails and trail building community in Charlotte are some of the best in the country.

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