Charlotte is North Carolina’s largest city with more than one million people living in the metropolitan area. Several national publications consider it one of the best places to live and to raise children in America. Money Magazine recently named it the number one best place to live in the USA based on housing options and affordability.
Charlotte is known for its southern hospitality and friendliness, offering a mix of old world charm and urban amenities. Residents say it feels like a small town but offers big city appeal and sensibility. Professional sports teams include the Carolina Panthers and Bobcats. NASCAR is extremely popular in the area and home to one of the two largest NASCAR races held yearly. You will find a variety of locations, prices and amenities in apartments offered in the city and metro area. A basic studio apartment starts at below $400, ranging all the way up to $3000 for a luxurious three bedroom with everything. The average rental in the area is about $725. Don’t worry there are over 100,000 apartments of every kind available throughout the area, and it shouldn’t be too difficult to find you the one you want and that fits your budget.
Neighborhoods are very diverse from historic tree lined streets with interesting architecture to newer housing complexes and more modern reasonably priced apartment rentals. One area that is very popular is the pedestrian friendly Dilworth which features bungalows to mansions cut up into smaller apartments. First Ward has an abundance of new construction with numerous housing options. There are also hundreds of townhouse style apartments available as well.
Charlotte, in recent years, has grown into the second largest banking center in the country. Wachovia and Bank of America were headquartered here. They remain major employers for the city. The high tech industry is booming here, too. Major corporations like Goodrich, Nordstrom, Hearst Corporation and GM Onstar also call Charlotte home. In addition, many jobs can be found in the education, healthcare and government fields.
One of the best ways to locate the right apartment for you is to take a walking tour of the various neighborhoods and talk to the people. Many landlords post their rentals in the window. Many times it is possible to meet the landlords and talk to them personally. Have a renter’s resume in hand containing all of your pertinent information that you can give to the landlord to speed up the screening process, if you’re interested in the apartment.