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Featured Neighborhood: Lansdowne

lansdowneLansdowne is a quaint residential neighborhood located in south Charlotte.

Lansdowne neighborhood is relatively small, only about 1.5 square miles, but it’s a popular place for fist-time homebuyers and families. Full of brick homes, ranch-style houses, and two-story colonials, Lansdowne is conveniently located in the heart of southeast Charlotte. On the Move Charlotte is your Lansdowne neighborhood real estate team!

A few of the best features of the Lansdowne neighborhood include…

 

tree lined streetsLocation, Location, Location:

Bordered by Providence Road and Sardis Road and in the south by McAlpine Creek, Lansdowne sits right in the middle of one of the most desirable parts of Charlotte. With easy access to I-77, Interstate 485, and many of the city’s largest commuter thoroughfares there are few places in Charlotte not a short drive from Landsdowne. Close enough to commute, but quiet enough to be peaceful!

Privacy and Atmosphere:

Lansdowne has hundreds of mature trees making for a peaceful, private community atmosphere. The streets are wide and most are lined with sidewalks making it a perfect place to stroll with family or pets. You won’t hear any traffic noise inside Lansdowne and the neighborhood association does a great job keeping the area clean, well-manicured, and signage up.

james boyce pakNearby Parks:

The neighborhood is actually adjacent to James Boyce Park, a massive 72-acre green area with two softball fields, a playscape, and walking trails. Both Campbell Creek and McAlpine Creek Greenway connect to James Boyce providing a variety of hiking and walking options. Mason Wallace Park and Carmel Road Park are also just a short drive away.

Great Schools:

Lansdowne Elementary School is one of the highest-rated lower schools in the city, and Providence Day private school is also just minutes from most of the neighborhood. Charlotte Country Day School is close by as are several different magnet schools and reputable public middle and high schools as well.

phillips-placeShopping and Dining:

You’d be hard-pressed to find an area in Charlotte more central to so many shopping and dining options. Southpark Mall is just over 3 miles away, and Phillips Place is even closer. Cotswold Village Shops as well as several small retail and restaurant clusters are also a short drive (some even walkable!) and the Arboretum Shopping Pavillion is just a 5-minute drive.

 

Call On the Move Charlotte to find out more about the Lansdowne area.

Want to learn more about living in Lansdowne? Contact On the Move Charlotte today to talk about your options.

Homes of the Week: Move-Up Homes in Charlotte

5719 Providence Glen

5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths
$335,000

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5719 Providence Glen is the perfect home for a growing family with all the elegant details a buyer could want. With five full bedrooms, including a master with vaulted ceiling and a spa bathroom, there’s plenty of room to grow in this home. The home has a huge fenced-in yard and a new deck to boot and is located within a desirable school district in one of south Charlotte’s most popular communities, Providence Plantation.

Click through the gallery below for photos of 5719 Providence Glen:

 

Contact the On the Move Charlotte team today to talk about your needs in a new home! No one knows the south Charlotte move up market better than On the Move.

 

 

How to Know When You’re Ready to Buy Your First Home

 

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions most people will ever make. It’s a commitment that requires research, forethought, and a lot of financial planning. Knowing when you’re ready is an entirely personal decision, but it doesn’t have to be subjective.

Here are a few signs you may be inching closer to the decision to buy your first house…

YOU’RE STABLE

Of course, being stable financially is the #1 precursor to buying a home. It’s important to have a steady source of income as well as a handle on any outstanding debt – mortgage lenders will want to know everything from your student loan payments to your tax write-offs before giving you a loan. In fact, most major lenders require those with less traditional streams of income (i.e. freelancers, all-commission salespeople) to have at least 2 years of stable W-2 income before they’ll even consider a loan.

YOUR CREDIT IS GOOD

You don’t have to have perfect credit to buy a home, but the better your score the better your APR is likely to be. A good credit score is a sign you’re responsible enough financially to manage the burden of a mortgage, both to lenders and to home buyers themselves. Of course, there are all kinds of loan packages available to people who don’t meet traditional requirements but be very wary of any deal that seems too good to be true and always talk to a financial adviser before signing.

YOU’RE STAYING PUT

The general rule in home buying is that purchasing a home is a safe financial investment only when you know you’ll live there for 5 years or more. There are exceptions to this rule in every state but if your job’s in flux, you may need to change school districts, or you’re just not sure you like the neighborhood, consider waiting a while to dive into a home.

 

YOU’VE DONE YOUR RESEARCH

Say you happen to wander into a beautiful open house one Sunday and you fall in love…this could be your first home! Never let home buying become an overly emotional experience and be sure you do thorough research on the area, other homes for sale, and mortgage rates before you pen an offer. On average, a home buyer spends 12 weeks searching for a home before finding the right one, looking closely at at least 10 homes before buying.

YOU HAVE THE CASH FOR A DOWN PAYMENT

Typically a 20% down payment is needed to secure a traditional home loan. There are packages available that don’t follow this guideline but if you’ve got enough money to put down 20% odds are you’re in a good position financially to invest in a home. Never, ever “stretch” yourself to buy the perfect house – don’t scrape together an extra few thousand to have enough for the down payment only to find yourself struggling each month to meet the mortgage.

YOU CAN HANDLE THE COSTS

Home ownership comes with all kinds of costs renters are simply unaware of. Even brand new homes will need maintenance every month – lawn care, trash pickup, cleaning services. Be sure you’re ready to handle the sudden onslaught of bills from a plumber or the cost of a broken fridge. Research different home options; condos typically cost less to maintain than single-family homes. Buying a home means becoming your own landlord which requires dedicated time and money.

 

First time home buyers account for over 39% of all home sales in the US each year. While 51% of these buyers are married couples the single buyers account for over 36% of the remainder.

If you’re interested in discussing the options for your first home, contact On the Move Charlotte today! We’ve been successfully representing first-time home buyers in the Charlotte area for years.