Are you thinking of moving to Charlotte from New York City and the New York metropolitan area? If you are, then this video is for you. My name is Eli Magids, and I'm a realtor here in Charlotte, North Carolina, specializing in luxury properties and new construction. Make sure you stay tuned to the end of this video to make sure that you get my free Charlotte real estate guide that's going to let you know exactly what's going on in the Charlotte real estate market. If you've never seen me before, never seen this beautiful face, please subscribe to my channel so that we can stay in touch. Hit the bell so you'll be notified every time I upload a brand-new video. In this video, you're going to find out the differences between living in the New York metropolitan area and Charlotte.
The people here are just much nicer, so even the people who have come from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, which is most of us — there's not a lot of people native to Charlotte who are actually living in Charlotte — we've all become a little bit nicer. We all care a little bit, there's a little bit more kindness. Neighbors are watching out for each other, helping each other. It's just a nicer way to live, and why shouldn't we be living like that? That's just my opinion.
Another big difference is the food. The food here in Charlotte is not quite the food in New York. In New York, obviously, you've got the best of everything. Here, we do have some fancy restaurants; we have some decent food, in my opinion. The pizza and bagels here just do not compare. The pizza and bagels in New York is far better than anything here in Charlotte. Now we have some decent pizza and bagels, but it's not the same. Again, New York is New York, food's gonna be great there. We always fight when we go back to visit where we're gonna eat. So that is a big difference is the food.
Now I have a question for you guys. What's your favorite place to have pizza in New York? If you're living in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, what's your favorite pizzeria? What's your favorite Italian joint? Leave that in the comments. Let me know if you're living in Charlotte, let me know what your favorite pizzeria is as well.
The third big difference is gonna be obviously the traffic. Now there was some traffic here between four and six on certain highways. It's 10 minutes of traffic, 15 minutes unless there's an accident or something. It is nothing, I mean zero, in comparison to New York. It's not like the Belt Parkway, the Van Wyck, the LIE, the Southern State, the Northern state, the Hutch, the Throgs Neck Bridge, the Triborough, the George Washington, the Major Deegan. I mean Mid-Town Tunnel, the Holland Tunnel, the Lincoln Tunnel. I mean there's just no traffic here in comparison. It makes your stress level go down like ... Down to nothing. And it's just so much nicer to live.
In addition, when you're driving a car here and let's say you're stopped at a green light, and you don't move fast enough. You know the light turns from red to green, and you don't go. They're not gonna honk the horn, they're gonna wait until the light turns red again and then it'll turn green again, and it's just a whole different deal. So that's a huge difference.
Another big difference between living in Charlotte and living in New York is obviously gonna be the weather. Now we do get four seasons. We get beautiful falls, we get beautiful springs, we get beautiful winters. You'll get two snows a year approximately for an inch or two. Nothing major. It's not gonna be the brutal weather that you get in New York where the wind just goes through you. And you just want to blow your head off because it's so freaking cold. You're not gonna have the snow plows digging into your parking spots. You're not gonna have your cars buried in snow. It's a much, much nicer environment as far as weather is concerned.
It's not dark and gloomy. It is bright, it is sunny and pretty here. It's a major, major difference between living here and living and New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, you get the deal.
Another big difference are the beaches. So Charlotte is three and a half hours away from the nearest beach or three hours, let's say, from Myrtle Beach. We're close to Hilton Head for about three and a half hours. Kiawah Island, which is beautiful. But it is three and a half hours away from the beach.
So the difference is obviously living in the New York metropolitan area, Long Island, you're perhaps minutes away from Jones Beach or Long Beach or Atlantic Beach or you could take the ferry out to Fire Island or the Hamptons. But let me just tell you, the beaches here are nicer. The beaches are a little bit prettier, and the water is a lot warmer than it is up north.
So the beaches, while they're three hours away, they're very nice and now if you ever tried to get to the Hamptons. Out to South Hampton, from Manhattan on a weekend, I mean it's gonna take you hours to get there as well. So yeah, we're three and a half hours away from the beach, but beaches are nicer in my opinion.
Another big difference is we've got Chick-fil-A. Now when I moved down here I never heard of Chick-fil-A. Chick-fil-A is on every block. They're all mobbed. I mean it's good, but people go crazy for them. Anyway if you like Chick-fil-A, we got Chick-fil-As all over this place.
Another big difference is sports teams. We don't have a major league baseball team. We do have the Carolina Panthers, and the Carolina Panthers actually win. Okay, I'm a die hard Jets fan, love the Giants, but I now have a third team, the Carolina Panthers to root for. The guys on the team are out and about in the neighborhoods and they're friendly, they're nice and when you go to a game it's kind of like it's family kind of feeling. You know, lots of kids, you're not gonna get beer dumped on your head. So it's a big difference to the MetLife Stadium or the Meadowlands back in the day.
Now the biggest difference between New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Westchester, Long Island, Bronx, Queens, you know the whole deal. Massachusetts. Aside from everything else that I've talked about, is the housing prices. Housing prices here are about 50%, half of what you're gonna spend up in the New York Metropolitan area. And maybe even less than that. And the taxes are probably gonna be one third of what you're paying now.
So for $350 or $400,000 I can get you a brand new house with granite, 3,000 square feet, $4,000 in taxes, and is gonna be absolutely beautiful. And in a good school district. So that is a huge, huge difference. It's a big plus that you can live kind of like a king when you come and move down here to Charlotte.
Now remember, we are not trees. If you don't like where you're living, you can pick up and you can move. And for me, just not having to deal with the subway every single day and seeing giants rats is reason enough for me to move. We've got a booming metropolitan area. It is growing quickly. There are many, many high tech jobs. Banking jobs. The place is growing and busting out. So give it a thought. If you're thinking about it, it's not a bad thought.
There you have my differences between living in a New York metropolitan area and Charlotte, North Carolina. Now if you're thinking of moving to Charlotte, I would love to help you. You can give me a call, my name is Eli, my number is down there on the screen, 704-620-0060. If you want to see what's available to purchase you can pop over to my website, luxurycharlottehomes.com. You can pop over to my YouTube channel, the links will be below. You can also go check out in the description, the link for my free Charlotte PDF where you're gonna find out what the housing prices are doing here in Charlotte. It's good information to have, if you're thinking of making a move.
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