Moving to Charlotte, NC: Housing and Logistics
For those recent divorcees who have chosen to settle in Charlotte, this article will provide all details about Charlotte neighborhoods and other moving logistics. Charlotte is by far the largest city in North Carolina so while there is a lot of opportunity, there are also a lot of neighborhoods; hopefully this article will help you pick the best fit for you.
Uptown Charlotte and Surrounding Neighborhoods
If you work uptown, you may be interested in looking at housing options uptown. The employment opportunities uptown are endless; Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy are just of a few of the skyscrapers you could end up working in. Great restaurants, museums, and bars also call uptown home, as well as the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Bobcats (soon to be Charlotte Hornets). If you’ve decided that you want to try the live/work/play lifestyle in uptown Charlotte here are some housing resources for you to consider.
1 – Rent Uptown Charlotte – This website provides a list of all available home and condo rentals. The agency also encourages people to call – they claim they can point you in the right direction after a five-minute phone conversation. They know the uptown market and condo buildings very well and based on your preferences can tell you which buildings suit your needs.
2 – Center City Living – If you are looking to buy a condo uptown, consider meeting with the folks at Center City Living. Their website provides numerous listings broken down into several categories. For instance, you can browse luxury/penthouse listings, high rise condos, lofts, townhomes, surrounding homes, and the like. They also offer a section devoted to urban rentals if you aren’t ready to bite the bullet on buying a condo.
3 – Apartments – There are several uptown apartment buildings that offer great amenities; most offer a pool, private entertaining room, gym, and parking options.
Camden has several apartments buildings situated throughout Charlotte. The Dilworth location offers new and upscale apartment homes, a fitness center (that boasts a rock climbing wall), and a rooftop terrace overlooking the uptown Charlotte skyline.
These apartments are located in the Plaza Midwood area, and are within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Amenities include a game room with an XBOX 360 and salt-water swimming pool.
Right next to Metro 808 you will find Elizabeth Square Apartments. They offer similar amenities such a gym, pool and game room. From both Metro 808 and Elizabeth Square Apartments you can walk to neighborhood favorites like Soul Gastro-lounge and Thomas Street Tavern.
South End has quickly gained in popularity in recent years. Thanks to the installation of the Lynx, Charlotte’s light rail, more and more professionals are setting down roots in the South End area. Here you can enjoy the benefits of neighborhood living, but urban uptown Charlotte is simply a Lynx ride away. Also, if you work uptown the Lynx can provide you with daily transportation to work.
1 and 2 bedroom floor plans are available ranging in price from $1,400 per month to $2,200 per month. Ashton offers a business center, gym, clubhouse and even concierge service to its residents. The Lynx station is only a few steps away, making the commute to uptown Charlotte from Ashton South End simple.
Post is adjacent to a Lynx station and offers 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units. This community is pet friendly and the floor plans are unique; they offer large living spaces and modern kitchens.
This is another community located steps from a Lynx station, making the uptown commute for work or pleasure is as easy as walking up the street. Junction 1504 has both 1 and 2 bedroom units with contemporary design features.
This neighborhood is most known for South Park Mall, a Charlotte landmark that went under extensive renovations in the 2000s to add high end retail stores. You can find everything from Dick’s Sporting Goods and the Gap to Tiffany’s and Louis Vuitton at South Park. There are also some fantastic restaurants in the South Park neighborhood, making this area a very desirable place to live. Here are some places to consider if you are interested in moving to the South Park area.
These apartments are located right in the heart of South Park at the intersection of Fairview Road and Sharon Road. If you chose to settle here, you will be within walking distance of the mall, numerous restaurants, Phillips Place shopping center, and a movie theatre. The apartments offer a pool, fitness center, internet café, and a media room. You can rent a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartment at Ashley Square.
These apartments offer 1, 2 and 3 bedroom floor plans as well as various amenities. While not within walking distance of shops or restaurants, from here it is a it is a short drive to South Park Mall, Symphony Park, Phillips Place, and the Harris YMCA.
These apartments are high-end luxury apartments located on the mall campus. Directly below the apartments you will find retail shops as well as restaurants and cafes; you could easily walk everywhere you would need to. This is one of the more expensive options, however. One bedrooms start at $1,600 per month and two bedrooms start at $3,200 per month.
If you would rather rent a home, or even purchase a home than rent an apartment there are several great neighborhoods in the South Park area, a few of which are listed below:
- Myers Park
- Beverly Woods
- Old Providence
- Fox Croft
- Sharon Woods
- Barclay Downs
If your post divorce plan involves furthering your education, North Charlotte may be a great place for you to call home as it is close to UNC Charlotte’s campus. Another reason people are attracted to this area is it’s proximity to Lake Norman. Whether you actually want to live on the lake, or simply close enough to enjoy it from time to time, there are a lot of great options and neighborhoods in the North Charlotte area.
University Area Apartments
The following apartments are off-campus student living options. They would most likely be a better fit for a younger divorcee with no children. Most of the residents are twenty to twenty-five year olds who attend UNC Charlotte either for undergraduate studies or graduate degrees. If you are planning on attending the University these are options to consider; some are within walking distance of campus.
There are several apartment complexes situated either on the lake, or near the lake. While these apartments are not located in the city limits of Charlotte, most provide easy access to the city via I-77. If you are a water-lover, one of these apartment complexes could be a great place to settle down after a divorce.
South Charlotte is quickly gaining popularity amongst folks moving to Charlotte. Years ago, this area was considered “the boonies,” but now it is thriving. There are many great shopping centers, movie theatres, golf courses, and restaurants in South Charlotte; you can easily live here and rarely have to make the trek uptown.
Blakeney is a fairly new shopping center, offering retail shopping at places such as Harris Teeter, Target and Marshalls, as well as smaller boutiques. There are also numerous restaurants at Blakeney, and Try Sports runs a exercises groups out of their location in the Blakeney shopping center. The apartments at Blakeney are situated just across the street from the shopping center, and provide easy access to Rea Road, Providence Road and the 485 beltline.
Stonecrest shopping center offers a similar atmosphere as Blakeney; here you will find a grocery store, fast food and fine dining restaurants, and a movie theater. Camden living runs an apartment community within walking distance of Stonecrest that provides amenities such as valet trash service, a resort style swimming pool and even a car care center.
If a rental home, or even purchasing a home is more your speed, the following neighborhoods may be a great place for you to look into:
- Providence Country Club
- Hunter Oaks
- Ardrey Commons
- Blakeney Greens
- Stone Creek Ranch
Ballantyne, in the southern part of the city, has become quite popular amongst those moving to Charlotte. In fact, residents of Ballantyne are currently are currently seeking annexation from Charlotte, so Ballantyne would be treated as its own independent township. Sometimes referred to as the “suberb on steroids,” this area of town has plenty to offer. There are several shopping centers, hotels, conference centers, a movie theatre, and a country club found at Ballantyne. Additionally this area is adjacent to 1-485 providing easy access to other parts of the city.
These spacious 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments have unique features such as solariums and soaking tubs. Additionally Plantation Park is conveniently located near dining and nightlife in Ballantyne.
These apartments boast a country-club atmosphere with rolling hills and beautiful landscaping. These 1, 2, and 3 bedroom floor plans range in price from $800 to $1250 and are offer amenities like a pool, tennis courts, and individual garages with certain units.
What makes Crestmont unique is that it is situated within an upscale neighborhood and provides miles of parkway near to dining and other Ballantyne attractions. They also offer similar amenities as the other Ballantyne apartment communities, such as a pool, fitness center, business center, and private garages.
If you are more in the market for purchasing or renting a single-family home, rather than renting an apartment, there are dozens of neighborhoods to consider in Ballantyne. A few of the neighborhoods are listed here:
- Ballantyne Country Club
- Ballantyne Meadows
- Bexley at Ballantyne
- Kensington at Ballantyne
Moving – The Logistics
Once you have picked the perfect place, you will have to start thinking about what your moving date will be, if you plan to hire movers, and who to call to activate utilities.
There are plenty of Uhaul, Ryder, and Penske truck rental locations in Charlotte, so if you are moving yourself you may be interested in finding a location to return your rental truck near your new home.
The following phone numbers will help you set up the utilities at your new home:
Duke Energy: (888) 777 – 9898
Charlotte – Mecklenburg utilities (water/sewer): (704) 336 – 7600
Time Warner Cable: (877) 566 – 4892
AT&T Uverse: (800) 288 – 2020
Directv: (855) 833 – 4388
Dish Network: (800) 823 – 4929
Especially after a divorce, where most assets and personal property have been divided, you may find yourself in in a position where you need to either buy or sell furniture. Craigslist is a great resource for both buying and selling furniture, however if you are uncomfortable with using Craigslist, simply don’t have time, or are looking for new furniture there are alternatives.
The Classic Attic on Park Road specializes in antiques, decorator pieces, rugs, and other used furniture items. You can even find gently used linens (draperies, bedspreads, and pillows) here. The Clearing House is another popular consignment furniture store that specializes in smaller items like clocks, lamps and glassware. ReStore Charlotte is another great used furniture resource; this location receives donations from upscale neighborhoods and donates all proceeds to the local Habitat for Humanity initiative.
If you are in the market for new furniture, you can also stop by any number of furniture stores located throughout Charlotte. There are plenty of furniture stores near South Park mall, Carolina Place mall, and on South Boulevard. Charlotte even has an IKEA located off of I-85 near University City Boulevard.
Lastly, should you find yourself looking to donate unwanted items to Goodwill, there are many locations around the city. For a complete list of locations, visit the Goodwill website. They will even come pick up large unwanted items if you arrange a pick-up time with them in advance.