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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Rock Hill One of 8 Best Charlotte Suburbs

From Charlotte Magazine:

8. Rock Hill

Yes, it’s about thirty miles from uptown—one of the farthest of any of the suburbs on this list. But here’s why it’s worthy: besides the low South Carolina taxes, cost of living, and homes; nearby employment hubs; proximity to I-77; and strong schools (“All of our schools are so strong that the private schools can’t survive,” says Amy Faulkenberry, a Realtor with Allen Tate), Rock Hill also boasts some serious green space. Thirty-one local parks and four rec centers scattered among 400 acres of natural space offer dozens of biking and running trails like the revamped Riverwalk along the Catawba River. “The Parks, Rec and Tourism Department is way ahead of its time,” adds Faulkenberry. “We have parks and sports complexes that serve every corner of the county.” Plus, Rock Hill residents can take advantage of nearbyWinthrop University’s cultural scene, which includes theater, dance, and live music, usually at a fraction of the cost of performing arts venues in uptown.

Fast Facts:

Distance from Uptown: Thirty miles, or about fifty minutes during rush hour

Perks: Property diversity: “You can live on a lake or on thirty acres—there is such a wide range of residences,” says Heather Lamp, a broker with Real Estate Carolina Group.

Proximity to major highways: Five to ten minutes to I-77, twelve to fifteen minutes to I-485

Proximity to shopping: 10 minutes to Galleria Mall, which has national retailers and department stores

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