Huntersville Real Estate Including Huntersville Homes, Neighborhoods and Schools!

If you are shopping for a home in Charlotte, you may want to check out Huntersville NC real estate.

Huntersville real estate was (and still is) sought out due to its great schools and its ideal location. Back in 1990, Huntersville was just a sleepy little town of 3,000. Now (in 2009), it has a population of over 43,000.

What’s the draw?

A few things: Huntersville is just 15 miles north of Charlotte and just 18 miles northeast of the Charlotte-Douglas Airport. It’s nestled in between Lake Norman and the city of Charlotte. 

In real estate location is king, but, other elements must exist for such continued growth. And Huntersville has the other elements. It offers all the amenities of city life, from business parks to bistros, and housing to health care-all beautifully packaged amongst tree lined, side walked communities.

Over two-thirds of the residents have come from out of state (relocations) since 1995. The major employers in the area include Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Lowes, Nucor, Goodrich, and NASCAR.  Another major employer is Presbyterian Hospital-with its new state of the art ($56 million) facility located on N.C 73 at I-77 in Huntersville. The median family income here is $90,000 with 49% of adults having a bachelor’s degree or higher.

To top it off, Forbes’ recently ranked Huntersville #2 in its top 25 for America’s Most Affordable Places to Live. If the county was folded in half, you would see a distinct likeness of South Charlotte arising.  This one is much easier on the budget. The median Huntersville home for sale price is $231,400.

Newcomers can choose from a broad range of Huntersville home for sale. From new construction, in family-friendly neighborhoods with sidewalks and bike trails-like the neighborhoods of Cedarfield Plantation and Wynfield Forest. Offering access to the Torrence Creek Greenway, Community Pools, Swim Teams, Tennis Courts, Playgrounds…even Basketball and Volleyball courts in Wynfield!

Nearby Macaulay, is a bit newer. You’ll find some beautiful Huntersville real estate in this development. Macaulay features some fine home designs from the national builders of Ryland Homes, Shea, D.R. Horton and St. Lawrence Homes. The amenities here include park areas, a quaint town square, a clubhouse, playground, pool, tennis courts, walking trails and a small pond.

Adjacent to the community of Macaulay is the Birkdale Country Club. This offers custom homes wrapped around the 18-hole Arnold Palmer semi-private golf course, as well as Birkdale Village homes. This is a master-planned community and does include a resort style Junior Olympic pool, a children’s splash pool, two playgrounds, park areas, tennis courts, and a beach volleyball court. Two other beautiful choices to shop for Huntersville real estate in golf course communities include Northstone Country Club (private) and Skybrook Golf Club (semi-private).

Birkdale Village (a national design concept award winner) is also located in Huntersville. It includes apartments and offices above the captivating Nantucket-style shopping center’s quaint central square.

The allure of top line local boutiques, and national chains is hard to resist. Sprinkled into the mix are many fine eateries, including the Cork & Bottle (a wine bar), Maddie’s Southern Bistro, Dressler’s (upscale dining), eeZ Fusion & Sushi bar,  ice cream shops, pizza parlors, bookstores and a very popular 16 screen stadium-seating movie theater.

Sculpted shrubbery and shaded benches and the village fountain, are all designed to leave you quite enamored with The Birkdale Village shopping center and Huntersville as a whole!

Huntersville  is served by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. As the area grows, so does the amount of schools to be aware of!

Here is a starter pack for you:

Hunterville High Schools include North Mecklenburg High School and Hopewell High School.

Huntersville Middle Schools: Alexander, Bradley and Bailey Middle Schools.

Huntersville Elementary Schools: Torrence Creek Elementary, Huntersville Elementary, and Blythe Elementary.

Now, you have a good idea what the fuzz is about, regarding Huntersville NC real estate!

Understanding a Hotel’s Place in a Bed-And-Breakfast World

Unlicensed lodgings represent a growing change to the hospitality industry. Hotels must now face a new competitor in the form of any person with a spare room and access to websites such as AirBnB. However, consumers must also understand how the two services now differ as far as expectations, regulations and more.

For those who are unaware, new websites allow properties owners-or sometimes simply those with lax lease agreements-to list their spare rooms for lodging. There are certain expectations, but these are largely negotiated between the owner and occupant, with the websites acting simply as an intermediary for money exchange and advertisement.

At first, these upstarts represented less than a fraction of a fraction of the lodging industry revenues, warranting little more than an idle eye from the hotel industry. In the last year, however, these services have exploded-AirBnB, for example, has now coordinated over 10 million stays since its founding.

It’s important for savvy consumers and worried executives alike to understand the inherent differences between traditional lodging and these new services.

First, hotels are a regulated industry. In addition to star ratings, laws at the city, state and federal level define a minimum guidelines for cleanliness and safety. This provides travelers with a degree of certainty when booking lodging. BnB websites claim to mitigate these concerns through a review and returns process; however, such a process is reactive, leaving jilted travelers stranded in the event of a bad rental. The onus is on the consumer to vet any new or uncertain rentals.

Cities across the world are moving to address the regulatory issues of these under-the-radar rentals. Many cities already have requirements for buildings acting as BnB to be licensed, but many avoid this requirement. As a result, tax revenue is lost and minimum standards, such as handicap access, are avoided. The use of profiles, lauded as a way to connect the community, differs from the traditional lodging community, which is required to offer lodging based solely on the ability to pay. The process by which an AirBnB renter can choose who stays bases on photos and personal information opens the door to discrimination.

The interest in legitimizing these alternative services, however, lies in the consumer demand for an alternative way to stay while traveling. While hotels serve a fantastic function for business and short-term travelers, they can be ill-suited for theme and longer-term stays. Alternative lodgings often include apartment-like amenities geared towards longer stays and lower prices-services that few companies can afford to maintain in high volume. Online BnB rentals can often have fascinating themes. One example includes a jungle “tree house” on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Though many resorts can be “themed,” these themes are often limited to common areas and in-room d├ęcor.

As the two industries play to their strengths, it’s the consumer who will win. Hotels will likely save costs by no longer needing to pander to the demands of boutique and long-term rentals, while online rental services will slowly develop the legitimacy needed to guarantee a minimum level of service.

Finding an Apartment to Rent in & Around Auckland City

Finding an apartment to rent in Auckland city that is suited to your lifestyle and in an area you like, can be a very time consuming task. Considerations to take note of will include if you mind living in a complex building that accommodates many others or if you would prefer to have your own space in a single story apartment / house, if you have pets and if car parking is important. The biggest decision however, will most likely be deciding which of the popular suburbs around Auckland City to live.

Selecting where you want to live in New Zealand’s largest city, which is also one of the leading centres in terms of business and economic development, will be dependent on factors such as your daily means of transport, locations of your workplace, plus your personal and recreational interests. The CBD offers residents an abundance of shopping outlets, dining, entertainment, parks, walkways, museums and galleries – a true city lifestyle.

Mt Albert, Point Chevalier and Western Springs suburbs are located within five kilometres to the west of the city centre. Nearby landmarks and organisations include Mount Albert which is one of the many extinct cones in Auckland and now a popular scenic attraction and Unitec New Zealand – a Government-funded institute of technology campus, therefore a practical suburb for students to rent an apartment or house in.

Mt Roskill, Morningside and Sandringham suburbs are located within 7km south of the city centre. These suburbs are some of Auckland city’s largest and most diverse communities with at least 54 different nationalities represented here. Apartments and houses to rent in these suburbs are typically popular with middle class residents.

Hillsborough, Balmoral and Three Kings suburbs are located within just 5km from the city centre. Another ethnically diverse suburb of Auckland city is home to around 5,000 people and features its own shopping mall and supermarket complex. The Balmoral shopping area is popular for its range of Asian restaurants and can be likened to Queen Streets Chinatown.

Westmere, Herne Bay, Grey Lynn and Ponsonby suburbs are located within 2 km west of Auckland City. These highly sought after suburbs contain many fine dining and shopping establishments that are very popular with upper-middle class residents seeking classy and modern apartments to rent and buy.

Parnell and Newmarket are located to the south-east of Auckland’s central business district and are a few of the city’s oldest suburbs, but home to many of the country’s biggest fashion and boutique stores. This area has a strong and vibrant cafe and bar scene and apartments to rent in these areas will be at the upper end of the scale in terms of price.

Other suburban Auckland City areas include: Epsom and Mt Eden, Meadowbank and Remuera, Tamaki, Glen Innes and Panmure, Ellerslie, Penrose and Mt Wellington and Otahuhu and Westfield.

Once you have narrowed down a few Auckland City areas of interest to live in you can begin your search for an apartment to rent. There is a profusion of rental listings available online, in local newspapers and through real estate agents.