Anne May Chesters

A Real Estate Agent at Charlotte Rental Group

Anne May Chesters

Charlotte Rental Group

A Real Estate Agent based in Fayetteville, NC

 
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Weather

Weather

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

Fayetteville has a very pleasant climate, in my opinion. The winters are very mild; snow isn’t unheard of but it doesn’t usually fall often, and the temperatures are more frequently cool than they are cold. They usually are in the 40s on a typical winter week. Don’t forget that Fayetteville has a subtropical climate, meaning that the summers can be very hot. The average highs are usually in the high 80s, but with the humidity it feels at least ten degrees hotter. If you are from a part of the country that has low humidity, you may think that it’s stifling here. I admit, it takes a while to get used to. But once you’re settled into your home in Fayetteville, I think you will realize that it has some of the best weather in the country.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

Public transportation isn’t very popular in Fayetteville, only one out of a hundred people use it. This isn’t a figure of speech: the 2010 census reported that only 1% of residents take public transit to commute to work. Instead, almost everyone drives a vehicle to and from their job. The average commute time is around 22 minutes, which is pretty low when you put it on a national scale. The closest big city is Raleigh, which is around an hour away.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

Winstom-Salem’s property market is very favorable to renters, as it has a lot of apartments and rental homes. Part of this reason is because of the large student population, and if you time your housing search correctly with the school schedule, you can hit the market right as a lot of the rentals become available. If you need help with this contact me, I like to think that I’ve perfected this strategy! But really, no matter when you look you’ll be able to find a variety of rentals that will fit your qualifications.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

Winston-Salem is home to a handful of universities that are responsible for the city’s sizable college population: Wake Forest University (4,500 students), Winston-Salem State University (6,000), and Forsyth Technical Community College (11,000), to name a few. Just those three universities put over 20,000 students in Winston-Salem (around a tenth of the city’s population). As for younger students, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School district operates the public education, and there are about 20 private schools to choose from as well.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

If you’re a student looking to rent near a university, or a parent who doesn’t want to be far from their child while they’re at college, Kernersville has a very convenient location. It’s a 20 minute drive from both Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina--Greensboro, 15 minutes from Winston-Salem State University, a half hour from North Carolina A&T State University, and 20 minutes from High Point University. As for local schools, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools runs the K-12 public system.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

Kernersville is just ten miles east of Winston-Salem (via US Route 421), 17 miles west of Greensboro (Interstate 40), and 30 miles south of of the Virginia state line. Mostly all residents drive a vehicle to commute to work, there isn’t much public transit ridership. Because of the proximity to both Greensboro and Winston-Salem, residents can have a job in either city and realistically commute there every day. The average commute time for people who live here is 24 minutes.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

High Point’s restaurants may be located in the small city, but are more like a big city in terms of quality and abundance. There are so many great places to enjoy a meal, and restaurants so excellent that you could end up looking for an apartment in a nearby neighborhood just so you can be within walking distance of them. I’ll get you started on the right path: some locally-loved favorites are Becky’s & Mary’s Restaurant, Singha II, Carter Brothers Barbecue & Ribs, and the Blue Water Grille. You can’t go wrong with food here, whether it’s at a chain favorite or locally owned cafe.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

High Point’s economy is one of the most unique and successful of any small city in the U.S. It has actually been studied by economists and sociologists who have written studies about how High Point successfully tapped into the globalization of its trademark industry -- furniture manufacturing. This globalization has not only electrified its economy, but has earned it the nicknames of “the Furniture Capital of the World” and “North Carolina’s International City.” Despite its reputation for furniture, Bank of America is the largest employer in the city with 2,087 employees.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

One of Greensboro’s greatest aspects is its culture. The Cultural Showcase highlights everything that the city has to offer, with a handful of art galleries, an outdoor amphitheater, and 20+ visual/performing arts organizations. For other venues, the Carolina Theatre and City Arts are great places to see a show. For sports, there is an annual PGA event in Greensboro, and the NCAA’s ACC tournament is often held here. The city also is home to minor league teams that have a loyal local following.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

One of Greensboro’s greatest aspects is its culture. The Cultural Showcase highlights everything that the city has to offer, with a handful of art galleries, an outdoor amphitheater, and 20+ visual/performing arts organizations. For other venues, the Carolina Theatre and City Arts are great places to see a show. For sports, there is an annual PGA event in Greensboro, and the NCAA’s ACC tournament is often held here. The city also is home to minor league teams that have a loyal local following.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

When clients ask me why they should rent in Greensboro, I can never give a straight answer. Not because I don’t have any compelling reasons -- it’s actually the opposite. There are so many great aspects of renting in Greenboro, and I just don’t know where to begin. There are terrific schools, a growing arts and sports scene, and best of all, very low apartment costs. The rental market currently has a huge selection, and you can get them for great prices. The average two bedroom is only $683, and $565 for one. If you look on MyApartmentMap you will see that there are properties on the market for even less than that. You owe it to yourself to at least research the great rental market here.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

When clients ask me why they should rent in Greensboro, I can never give a straight answer. Not because I don’t have any compelling reasons -- it’s actually the opposite. There are so many great aspects of renting in Greenboro, and I just don’t know where to begin. There are terrific schools, a growing arts and sports scene, and best of all, very low apartment costs. The rental market currently has a huge selection, and you can get them for great prices. The average two bedroom is only $683, and $565 for one. If you look on MyApartmentMap you will see that there are properties on the market for even less than that. You owe it to yourself to at least research the great rental market here.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

The town of Wake Forest grew 73% in population from 2000-2006, making it one of the fastest growing suburbs in the U.S. Because of this, apartment prices have definitely increased in the last decade. The median rent is constantly fluctuating, but it’s usually around $1,000, give or take a hundred on either side. This makes it one of the more expensive areas to rent in the Raleigh metropolitan area, although Cary, Knightdale, and Raleigh are in the same ballpark. Prices will most likely continue to increase, so if you want to rent here, now would be a good time to do so.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

Wake Forest is only separated from Raleigh by 18 miles via Route 1. This makes it around a half hour drive, which corresponds pretty well with the average commuting time for a Wake Forest resident: 34 minutes. This is almost ten minutes longer than national and state averages, but it makes sense when you take the drive time to Raleigh and add in traffic. The primary means of transportation in WF is a personal vehicle -- 92% of residents drive, and just 0.2% take public transportation.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

Apex’s public school system has received high marks all-around. Great Schools gave the public schools here a combined 8 out of 10, a grade that is determined using the results of their state test scores. The lowest score an individual school received was a 6 out of 10, which is still above average. Eleven out of the thirteen total public schools received an 8 out of 10 or higher, which is very impressive. The schools here are run by the Wake County Public School System.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

The Apex Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department maintains ten parks for the public, and five greenways (four creeks and a lake with trails). The largest park by far is the Apex Community Park, which has 160 acres of sports courts/fields, a playground, three miles of nature trails, picnic areas, and grills. It also is home to a 50+ acre lake with its own fishing dock. The town also offers considerable amenities in its community center and cultural arts center. Exercising, relaxing, enjoying nature... Apex is perfect for all three.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

Not many people would disagree with me if I said that Cary is the safest city of its size in North Carolina, and one of the safest in the country. The crime report for the city from 2010 said that it was lower than national averages in violent and property crime (77% lower for violent, 50% for property). It also was lower than state averages (75% lower for violent, 59% for property). The low crime rate is just one of the reasons why Cary is an excellent place for families.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

Public transit isn’t very popular here in Cary, NC, but new ways of commuting are emerging. Of course, there are traditional bus routes, with C-TRAN providing six of them, and train service to anywhere from NYC to Miami through Amtrak. However, there are newer ways of getting around too: Cary was one of a few select U.S. cities that earned the League of American Bicyclists’ first Bicycle-Friendly Community awards, largely for the community’s accommodations for bikers. U.S. Bicycle Route #1, which goes from Florida to Maine, and the N.C. Bicycle Route #2, from the “mountains to the sea,” pass through Cary. There are miles of paths and trails for bikers, and walkers have recently begun taking them too. These paths, along with the wide sidewalks, are perfect for walking around the city.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

Garner is just five miles of Raleigh; the two areas are connected by NC Route 50 and US route 70. Driving is definitely the go-to mode of transportation here, and it’s not even close. Nearly 95% of Garner residents drive a vehicle to work every day, and a minimal 0.6% take public transit. The average commute time to work here is 27 minutes, which is about normal. For leisure, Garner is just a few miles from Lake Benson and Lake Wheeler.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

Renting in Garner comes with a cheaper price tag than most cities in the Raleigh metropolitan area. The following prices are per month: in Garner, a one bedroom typically goes for $688, and a two bedroom is $742. Prices increase incrementally as bedrooms (and bathrooms) increase. Looking at the MyApartmentMap rental data, anyone can see that Garner is one of the cheapest prices in the area. Properties in Raleigh, Cary, Knightdale, and Apex, to name a few, are $100-200 more expensive per month.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

In Raleigh, weekend activities are easy to find. A number of sports teams play in the metropolitan area, from professional -- the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, collegiate -- the NCSU Wolfpack, and minor league -- the famous AAA baseball team Durham Bulls. The city is also home to the North Carolina Museums of Art, History, and Natural Sciences, as well as the Contemporary Art Museum. For performing arts, catch a concert at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion or the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. No matter what you like to do, there will be something to your liking here.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

The city is home to two public universities: North Carolina State University and Wake Technical Community College. These two schools alone combine for around 60,000 students. Additionally, there are around ten other private schools, which add about 10,000 students to Raleigh. So, overall, there is a sizable population of college students in the city. As for K-12 public education, schools in the city are run by the Wake County Public School System.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

Charlotte is very renter friendly -- of all the properties on the market in the city, 56% are for rent, and only 25% are for sale. This means that there are much more options for renter housing in the market. Another great reason to rent here is the city’s economy. Most people don’t know that Charlotte has second largest banking center in the U.S., only New York City’s is larger. The city is home to Wells Fargo, the headquarters for Bank of America, and ten Fortune 500 companies. As business booms, the city grows: currently there are over a dozen skyscrapers either being planned, built, or recently completed in downtown Charlotte. This means more apartments to choose from in a city that already has a variety of them available.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

There are around 20 museums in Charlotte, ranging from the NASCAR Hall of Fame to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. If you want to spend less time roaming galleries and enjoy a theater show or symphony instead, Charlotte has around ten performing arts centers. The city is also home to two professional sports franchises, the Carolina Panthers of the NFL and the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA. There are plenty of great places to spend a night on the town here, as well as excellent restaurants to start the night, and bars to finish it.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

The district that operates the public schools in Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, is the 20th largest in the nation and has been recognized for the academic progress its schools have shown. For example, in 2009 it won the NAEP awards, which honors the top urban schools in the country. There are around 130,000 students served by the district in over 150 schools. The Charlotte metropolitan area is also home to a number of post-secondary institutions, the largest being University of North Carolina--Charlotte with around 25,000 students.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

If you live in Charlotte, be prepared to drive a lot. 91% of people who live here drive their own vehicle to work every day, which drastically outnumbers the 2% who take public transportation to work. However, this ratio probably won’t be as lopsided as interest in public transit grows and the light rail expands its service. Aside from the rail, the city also offers bus and shuttle services. The commuting time for the average person in Charlotte is 28 minutes.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

In Concord, there are eight traditional parks, three recreational centers, an aquatics center, four sports complexes, and Lake Fisher, which has 3 miles of coastline and 534 acres of space that can be used for fishing. There are also several greenways, some having paved trails, that are great for nature walks or jogs. It doesn’t matter if you want to get in shape or just enjoy warm weather, you will love the recreational amenities here.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

For mass transit, the city is served by Concord Kannapolis Area Transit, which services seven bus routes around Concord and Kannapolis. They also have buses that link up to the Charlotte Area Transit System through an express service. There are two Amtrak stations nearby, one in neighboring Kannapolis and the other in nearby Charlotte. Lastly, Greyhound provides service to the city. Despite these services, less than one percent of residents here use public transportation to get to work, which is far fewer than the national average (4.4%).

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

If you live in Huntersville and enroll your child in public education here, they will attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, which is the second largest school district in North Carolina. It operates six elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools. These schools combine for an above-average 7 out of 10 rating on GreatSchools, a site that gives schools grades based on academic performance. There are also several alternative private schools available for residents. It should be noted that Davidson College is only seven miles away from Huntersville’s city center.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

Huntersville is a great place to live, and its safeness is a large reason why. The violent crime rate for Huntersville is lower than the national rate by 66%, and lower than the state’s rate by 64%. Another good sign is that the property crime rate is lower than the national rate by 29%, and lower than the state’s rate by 41%. The chance of falling victim to a violent crime here is one in 1039, which is incredibly low. For property crimes, the chances are 22 in 1000. You will definitely notice the absence of crime if you live here, and will feel safe, even walking through town at night.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

A quick glance at MyApartmentMap’s rental data for the area shows that for a two bedroom apartment in Matthews, the rent is around $831 on average. Let’s compare this two bedroom price to some neighboring cities’ prices: Concord ($639 for two bedrooms), Monroe ($643), Indian Trail ($655), Fort Mill ($871), Charlotte ($887), Pineville ($929).

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

Matthews is located 12.5 miles southeast of Charlotte, and is connected by U.S. Route 74. 91% of the residents here drive a vehicle to work every day, and only 1% take public transportation. The average commuting time, one way, to work for residents is 31 minutes. This is higher than both the national average (26 minutes) and North Carolina average (25 minutes). This statistic could be explained partly by the traffic on Route 74, which is often backed up during rush hour.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Anne May Chesters - Real Estate Agent

Matthews is located 12.5 miles southeast of Charlotte, and is connected by U.S. Route 74. 91% of the residents here drive a vehicle to work every day, and only 1% take public transportation. The average commuting time, one way, to work for residents is 31 minutes. This is higher than both the national average (26 minutes) and North Carolina average (25 minutes). This statistic could be explained partly by the traffic on Route 74, which is often backed up during rush hour.

 

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