Why is Stonehaven the Perfect Charlotte Neighborhood?

On the Move Charlotte is hosting two BRAND NEW open houses in Stonehaven this weekend – both homes are fantastic buys and won’t last long! Why is Stonehaven fast becoming one of the most popular neighborhoods in Charlotte?

In two words…why not?

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Stonehaven is one of the city’s most established neighborhoods (think: large lots and huge, grown trees!) and it’s located close to everything. Cotswold shopping center, McAlpine Creek Greenway, and the entrance to 485 are just seconds from much of the neighborhood. Homes here are well constructed and you’ll find a wide variety of styles, from brick ranch charmers to two-story siding homes.

But the best thing about Stonehaven if you ask us? It’s the community. Several of us on the On the Move Charlotte team actually live in Stonehaven ourselves and are proud to experience the true “neighborhood” feel day in and day out. There’s an active neighborhood association, various clubs and groups (Bunco! Running clubs! Multi-family yard sales!), and the kids in the neighborhood especially love the two area swim clubs.

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Sardis Swim and Racquet Club and Rama Swim and Racquet Club are both easily accessible by Stonehaven residents. This time of year marks their most bustling season – particularly if you have kids on either swim team! These activity clubs are where many Stonehaven residents socialize and meet their neighbors and, we think, one of the biggest draws of the area.

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So, if you’re ready to move to a neighborhood in Charlotte that actually feels like a community, give us a call. Or better yet, come visit one of our two fabulous open houses in Stonehaven this weekend – both open Saturday AND Sunday!

Stonehaven Open Houses – June 28th, 2015:

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6926 Pleasant Drive
Open Sunday 2-4 pm
$300,000 – 4BR/2.5BA

Located on one of the quietest streets in Stonehaven, this home has lots of room to grow. Hardwoods throughout all four bedrooms, heated tile flooring in the master bath, and updated kitchen with quartz countertops. Newer roof, HVAC, and irrigation system mean low-maintenance!

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711 Charter Place

Open Sunday 2-4pm
$286,000 – 3BR/2.5BA

Beautifully renovated home! Amazing gourmet kitchen, brand new flooring throughout much of the home (bathroom tile, bamboo hardwoods, and upstairs carpet), new windows and fresh outside paint! Corner lot with detached garage make this home a must-see.

What’s So Great About Living in Stonehaven?

In a word: everything.

Stonehaven is situated squarely in the most desirable part of south Charlotte, close to dining, shopping, and great schools. It’s one of the most sought-after areas in the city and for good reason…few other neighborhoods offer such a feeling of community just 15 minutes outside of Uptown! Bordered by Sardis and Rama Roads, Stonehaven is an enclave for families full of large lots, stately homes, and though it’s growing fast there are still a few deals to be found.

Stonehaven is Close to Everything You Need

meridian placeWhat’s nearby? A better question is what’s not nearby. Restaurants like Thai Orchid, Eddie’s Place, and Juliana Pizza are close by with dozens more to boot. Even Carolina Cinemas just underwent a facelift and is now serving food and drinks! A five minute drive from the entire Southpark area as well as Cotswold and the Strawberry Hill shopping center (who can get enough of Fresh Market?), Stonehaven doesn’t lack for shopping, either. Imagine taking a long walk down the tree-lined McAlpine Greenway then finishing the night with a dip in one of the community pools. What about spending the evening at one of the neighborhood’s “First Friday” events, or playing tennis at one of the area’s racquet clubs? Stonehaven has an active community association that stays on top of the area’s many amenities, green spaces, and activities and the dedication shows. This is truly a great place to live.

Best of all, the nearby development called Meridian Place is expected to bring dozens of new dining options, residential units, healthcare facilities, and offices. Spread over 20 acres at Independence and Monroe Roads, the development is set to transform this part of Charlotte. The entire community is designed around transportation connectivity – the Light Rail is close – as well as accessibility to schools, commercial, and more. Stonehaven is poised to become even more desirable once the close by Meridian Place is complete.

Is This the Best Deal in Stonehaven?

One of our favorite listings, 6601 Ronda Avenue, is among the best deals left in Stonehaven. At only $260,000 for 3BR/2BA and over 2,000 square feet of living space, this home is truly a bargain. With a bonus room, vaulted ceiling with beams, and a large cul-de-sac lot, this home offers the best of Stonehaven. Privacy and accessibility, both at the same time!

Call us today to see 6601 Ronda Avenue for yourself (or click here for a video tour!) before this fantastic deal is gone. Turns out, Stonehaven is exactly the neighborhood you’ve been looking for!

The Secret of Sedgefield is Out

Sedgefield is ready for its moment in the spotlight.

Just a few short weeks ago, Redfin named Charlotte’s Sedgefield neighborhood one of the hottest areas to watch. But not just in Charlotte…in the nation. Sedgefield is so much more than Dilworth’s little brother, ranch homes, and easy highway access. Sedgefield is coming into its own and there’s never been a better time to get into this neighborhood or into one of its many sub-sections.

That location? You can’t beat it.

Squared off by South Blvd. and Park Road, Sedgefield is located in one of the most desirable parts of south Charlotte. An easy 6-8 minute drive to Uptown, a hop-skip-and-a-jump from I-77, and easy access to both Ballantyne and the lake communities make it a perfect combination of city-living and residential tranquility. Of course, millennials and young families love Sedgefield because it provides easy access to some amazing retail (think Blackhawk Hardware, Great Outdoor Provision Co., and every big box store South Boulevard has to offer) and some of the city’s most-frequented restaurants:

And that’s just a start. Park Road Shopping Center has its own movie theater, the neighborhood’s public schools are highly ranked, and above all else, it’s just a great place to live. Homes in Sedgefield are still affordable (but not for long!) and its streets are wide, tree-lined, and teeming with families and residents. It’s truly a picture-perfect place to call home right in the heart of Charlotte.

Our Brand New Listing is a Steal

One of our favorite listings, 1011 Sewickley Drive, is situated in the popular sub-section of Sedgefield known as Broadmoor. It’s been completely renovated and features a brand new kitchen, three new bathrooms, and a huge deck overlooking a quiet, private backyard. Even for the Sedgefield area, this home is something special. Newly refinished floors, a massive bonus room, and a fantastic street…what more could you want in a family home?

We’re holding this new Sedgefield charmer open this Saturday, August 30th, from 10am – 1pm.

 

In such a highly-desirable location with such an unbeatable price, 1011 Sewickley Drive won’t stay on the market long. Come see in person why Sedgefield is the perfect neighborhood to call home in the Queen City.

 

 

Featured Charlotte Neighborhood: Sardis Woods

Sardis Woods MapWant to live in south Charlotte? Consider Sardis Woods.

Bordered by McAlpine Creek, Sardis Road, and Monroe Road, Sardis Woods offers some of the best home values in south Charlotte. If you’re looking for a ranch-style home, a property on an absurdly large lot, or proximity to highways and retail, Sardis Woods is a stone worth turning over. It’s an extremely livable, community-oriented neighborhood close to Matthews and plenty of shops and restaurants and it’s highly affordable, too.

Here are a few of the best things about living in Sardis Woods.

 

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Exceptional Home Values:

You’d be hard-pressed in Charlotte to get more home for your money than in Sardis Woods. The average home price in the neighborhood is under $200,000 and many of the homes here feature mature trees and large, fenced-in lots. Particularly if you’re hoping to establish a lifetime home, start a family, or retire, Sardis Woods provides a lot of value. It’s a great neighborhood to consider if you want to make your home your own, too – plenty of renovation opportunities are always available!

Retail and Restaurants:

Want to be close to plenty of shopping, dining, and grocery options? Sardis Woods backs up to the Galleria Shopping Center, home to a WalMart and dozens of other restaurants and stores. It’s home to the Carolina Cinemas, Charlotte Swim Academy, and plenty of quick-dinner options, too. The neighborhood itself is largely residential which means though retail’s not walkable, it’s a short drive away from all its tranquil, tree-lined streets.

McAlpine Creek ParkGreen Space:

McAlpine Creek Park, one of the best parks in Charlotte, overlaps Sardis Woods. It’s got a lake, 114-acres of green space, and even a dog park! It’s the centerpiece of this part of Charlotte and it’s nearly always teeming with families, kids, and active people. James Boyce Park, another Charlotte jewel, has a great playground, softball fields, and picnic tables for public use. There are plenty of places for a family to get outside in Sardis Woods.

Easy Commute:

Whether you work in south Charlotte, in Matthews, or even in Uptown, Sardis Woods provides an easy commute. Particularly given the expansion of Independence/Hwy 74 into a major freeway, commuting is a breeze from any part of the neighborhood. Access to 485 is less than 3 miles away and Highway 51/Pineville Matthews Road runs right under the southern tip of the area. No matter where you’re trying to get in south Charlotte, Sardis Woods has a centralized location.

 

Find out more about why Sardis Woods should be on your short list.

Call On the Move Charlotte right now to talk about your family’s options in Sardis Woods!

 

 

Featured Charlotte Neighborhood: Myers Park

Myers Park isn’t just beautiful, it’s a cornerstone of Charlotte’s history.

Myers Park MethodistToday, Myers Park is one of the most prestigious addresses in Charlotte, and for good reason: tree-lined streets, mansions on huge lots, and a location that’s unbeatable. But Myers Park, one of Charlotte’s first streetcar communities, was once home to captains of  industry, manufacturing, and government, many of whom were responsible for North Carolina’s growth as a powerhouse state. Now with over 10,000 residents, Myers Park is nestled between two other sought-after neighborhoods, Dilworth and Sedgefield.

So, why does everyone want to live in Myers Park?

 

Beautiful Tree-Lined Streets:

Queens Road

For most people, there’s not a prettier street in all of Charlotte than Kings Drive. The winding roads though Myers Park including Kings, Queens, Providence, and others are incredibly well manicured and lined with huge, towering oak trees. They get fabulous color year round and in many parts of the neighborhoods, medians run through the roads to provide another level of tranquility. For mature trees, redone sidewalks, and a quiet, natural feel right in the heart of town, Myers Park is it.

Schools and Universities:

Myers Park sits in arguably the best public school district in all of Charlotte. It’s homes feed into the much-touted Myers Park High School, Alexander Graham Middle, and both Selwyn Elementary School and Myers Park Traditional Elementary. For many parents, it’s worth paying more for a home in Myers Park to gain access to these fabulous schools. In addition to childhood education, Myers Park is home to several (gorgeous!) universities and colleges! Queens University’s campus is here and Johnson C. Smith University and UNC-Charlotte both have outposts within the neighborhood.

duke mansionHistorical Homes:

The most beautiful homes in all of the Queen City call Myers Park home. The famed Duke Mansion is here, as are hidden gems like the Jameson House, the Stephens House, and hundreds of other century-old dwellings kept in immaculate condition. Even Myers Park Methodist is teeming with history! The homes in this neighborhood have character you won’t find anywhere else in town, although their prices reflect it. The Myers Park Historical Commission protects and preserves the architectural integrity of the buildings here.

Residential Environment:

As much as some people love walking to restaurants, mingling with traffic, and generally feeling the “buzz” of a neighborhood, just as many want a calm, peaceful place to call home. There are very few retail outlets within Myers Park itself (bordered by Queens Rd., Providence Rd., Sharon Rd., Park Rd.) but that’s okay with the people who live here. With the exception of Selwyn Corners shopping area which has several restaurants and businesses, Myers Park is all about living the good life.

booty loopThe “Booty Loop”:

Have you heard of the Booty Loop? Of course you have! There’s an annual charitable event called 24-Hours of Booty and if you’ve ever driven up Queens Road in the afternoon hours you’ve undoubtedly seen dozens of spandex-clad bikers making their way up the area’s hills. Whether you like to walk, run, or bike you couldn’t pick a more scenic, gradually-inclining neighborhood to get some fresh air than Myers Park!

 

Want to know more about why you should live in Myers Park?

Call On the Move Charlotte right now to find out what the Myers Park neighborhood offers you and your family!

 

 

Is Cherry the Next Big Charlotte Neighborhood?

Cherry MapCherry has one of the best locations in Charlotte.

Nestled between Midtown and Morehead, Cherry is one of Charlotte’s oldest-surviving neighborhoods. Originally conceived as a “self-contained neighborhood for the African American working class,” Cherry has been through a lot over the last hundred years. A valiant effort by the neighborhood organization in the 1970s inadvertently allowed dozens of homes and lots in the area to decay and sit vacant and today Cherry is likely the most centrally-located, underdeveloped neighborhoods in Mecklenburg County.

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Residents here hope to preserve much of the character that makes Cherry so special, from the single-story bungalows that have survived since the 1920s to the many small parks frequented by local children and retail establishments that have been family-owned for generations.

With a fantastic location just a mile from Uptown (also within walking distance of Midtown and the Greenway) and adjacent to beautiful neighborhoods like Elizabeth and Myers Park, Cherry is rife for development. Investors and homebuilders have been snapping up land here since early 2013 after a long cool-off period during the real estate recession and single-family homes and town homes are quickly rising in price.

 

A few interesting facts about the neighborhood:

  • cherry 4 walkscoreBetween 2013-present, the median sales price in Cherry has risen an astounding 72% to about $205,000.
  • Sales in Cherry are up 50% over this time last year.
  • Cherry has an active community group and neighborhood association.
  • There are over 200 charming, character-heavy homes in Cherry’s 0.25 square mile area that were built before 1950.

Most of the new development in Cherry right now is taking place in “sets.” Cherrytown Bungalows consists of seven four-bedroom homes while The Heights is made up of four large colonial style homes. There’s also a yet-unnamed set of homes going up by Ranier Builders on the edge of the neighborhood.

The transition of Cherry over the next few years will be an interesting one as developers seek to capitalize on its unbeatable setting and residents hope to preserve the character of the neighborhood. Right now “Cherry” is one of the hottest words on the Charlotte real estate market and it’s likely not going anywhere anytime soon.

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Contact Leigh Bryant and Michelle Duyck to talk about the opportunities in Cherry.

 

Featured Charlotte Neighborhood: Cotswold

cotswold shops signCotswold is one of the most popular residential neighborhoods in Charlotte.

Originally developed in the 1950s and 1960s, the Cotswold neighborhood in South Charlotte is experiencing a resurgence in popularity! With tons of shops and restaurants, great public schools, and close proximity to Uptown, first-time home buyers as well as move-up buyers are flocking to Cotswold in droves.

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

 

cotswold villageCotswold Village Shops:

Originally known as the Cotswold Mall, the Cotswold Village Shops, better known as the “Cotswold shopping center” was Charlotte’s first suburban mall. It now houses one of the larges Harris Teeters in town, several restaurants, and over a dozen different retail stores. Cotswold’s shopping center is truly the anchor of the neighborhood and is within a very short drive to most of the residential streets in the area.

Nearby Parks:

Cotswold is a very family-friendly neighborhood which s evidenced by its close location to so many Mecklenburg County parks. Grayson Skate Park and Randolph Road Park are both adjacent, and Oakhurst Park is actually within the bounds of the neighborhood.

Cotswold homesHome Options:

One of the neatest things about Cotswold is its variety of home styles. Many 50s and 60s style homes are being flipped and remodeled and there are plenty of split-level and two-story beauties here that have been meticulously maintained. Most of the houses in Cotswold have larger-than-average lots and plenty of mature landscaping to boot. It’s a beautiful place to live.

 

Great Schools:

Cotswold feeds into some of the best public schools in the city including Cotswold Elementary School and Randolph Road Middle. There are a handful of renowned private schools just a short drive from the area and even some smaller Montessori and Christian academies within the neighborhood itself.

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Community Feel:

The Cotswold community has a distinctly warm feel, and the neighborhood association does a great job providing necessary services for the area. Bordering some of Charlotte’s most exclusive areas such as Eastover and Myers Park, Cotswold truly couldn’t be in a better location. A short drive from Uptown, close to I-77, and now even offering some multi-family living infill projects, Cotswold is the best of all worlds in Charlotte.

 

Get the scoop on Cotswold from your On the Move Charlotte team!

Contact On the Move Charlotte today to talk about buying or selling in the Cotswold area.

Featured Charlotte Neighborhood: Dilworth

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Dilworth has long been one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in all of Charlotte.

Founded in 1891 as Charlotte’s first streetcar suburb, Dilworth has a long history. Over a century later, fighting its way back through decay, preservation issues, and the demise of the streetcar line, Dilworth is today one of Charlotte’s premiere addresses. Chock full of historic homes, tree-lined streets, and tons of fabulous restaurants and retail shops, there’s a lot to love about Dilworth.

A few of the best features of Dilworth include…

 

Schools and Parks:

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The Dilworth neighborhood is located in a highly-awarded school district, feeding into Dilworth Elementary School and Myers Park High School. In addition, there are many different private, Montissori, and religion-based schools in the area. For a family, it’s hard to beat Dilworth. Situated right next to Freedom Park, Charlotte’s most prestigious park, Dilworth is a great place for bikers, runners, hikers, and tennis players. Latta Park and the Midtown Greenway are also within walking distance to most of the neighborhood.

Sense of Community:

Dilworth has one of the most active neighborhood associations in all of Charlotte. Sponsoring several festivals, an annual neighborhood home tour, and even a Fall Jubilee, the Dilworth Community Development Association takes great pride in making the area a great place to live. You may even spot a few of the association’s sponsored art projects sprinkled throughout Dilworth! In general, residents in this part of Charlotte know each others’ names and there’s a real sense of community from street to street.

starbucks dilworthWalkability:

The Dilworth area, particularly East Blvd. and South Blvd., have tons of shops and restaurants suited for all occasions. From 300 East to The Liberty to Dilworth Gardens, there are dozens of places to walk to when you live in Dilworth. And who can forget about Charlotte’s most popular Starbucks location as well as one of the city’s largest Harris Teeter grocery stores?

Proximity to Uptown and CMC:

Dilworth is less than a mile to several stops on the LYNX lightrail system which leads directly into Uptown. By car the center of Uptown is less than two miles from most of Dilworth, and some residents even choose to bike or walk. Dilworth is a popular neighborhood for employees of Carolinas Medical Center, located right between Dilworth and Myers Park. In addition, I-77 is just a few short minutes away by car.

Historic Homes:

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The Dilworth Neighborhood is home to some of the most beautiful houses in Charlotte. From majestic Victorians to pristine Crafstman-style homes, a drive through Dilworth shows how much pride residents have in their houses. Many parts of Dilworth are actually historically protected and the city has gone to great lengths to preserve the character and beauty of this particular part of town.

 

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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.