September 23

‘Money’ Magazines Best Big-City Bargains


With its annual list of “Best Places to Live in America” Money magazine lists Charlotte as its number 1 in the “big-city bargains” category. This list is was created by ranking cities with over 500,000 residents on housing affordability, economic strength, upcoming forecasts of home prices, and livability. Highlighted in the article were two well known neighborhoods in the Charlotte area, Plaza-Midwood and Mountain Island Lake. With these neighborhoods boasting easy access to the center city, Money, paints a picture of the neighborhoods in a great way.

“Just 10 minutes by car from the center of Charlotte, this artsy, bike-friendly neighborhood is an interesting mix of the gritty and the pretty: You’ll see tattoo parlors alongside antiques shops and beautiful historic architecture.” The magazine explains that Plaza-Midwood offers, “a year-round calendar of public events, including concerts, road races, and a candlelight house tour.”

The second community highlighted in the list is located 20 minutes northwest of center city Charlotte, Mountain Island Lake is “rated one of the most family-friendly neighborhoods in the state by real estate data firm NeighborhoodScout.” Rivaling Charlottes well known Ballantyne neighborhood, this up and coming neighborhood is being marketed as “a thrifty alternative” with many outdoor activities.

North Carolina represented well in the many lists with Cary ranking number 19 on the overall list of best places to live and Chapel Hill making number 36. Cary was also highlighted number 9 among the best places to find a job in the United States.

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