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What do you think of the Charlotte/Davidson/Lake Norman area? It looks beautiful online -- the lake that is. And some communities look pretty friendly and walk-able.<br><br>
I'm wondering how is southern NC to APers? Can you recommend a town that would be nice to move to -- preferably a 'crunchy' town?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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I'd call it more preppy, however I have to drive 45 min one way to get to Davidson just to get to Home Economist (Health food store). So it's more crunchy that other areas.
 

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kbridi - IMHO, those areas are really preppy - especially Lake Norman! I think you would see what I mean just by driving through there. I was not comfortable there, and we are very "AP." Those areas are highly populated and very much "the city" for NC...<br><br>
Let me see if I can think of a town in the southern section that would be more crunchy...I'll have to get back to you.<br><br>
If you were to ever consider the northern part of the state, Boone is nice for APers...you'll see lots of crunchy people there!! It is a college town, but there are still some nice areas surrounding it...you may want to check out Watauga County. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I live in Charlotte and it is very much preppy! I am a Southern Californian by birth and lived there for 18 years and I am very much turned off by the "where you live, how much money you have, what you wear" mindset. Shoot supposedly South Park mall has a dress code. I wear jeans there to make 'em mad.<br><br>
There are pockets of crunchiness. There are Aper's in Charlotte but a lot of them hide. They are starting to come out of hiding though. Earth Fare just opened up north of Ballantyne and that is one big organic grocery store. Organic cleaners just opened up next door.
 

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I live in Mooresville, which is on the northern end of the lake. There are some crunchy mamas out here. The LLL group is pretty big, and there's a toddler group too.
 

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crunchiest places in NC are Asheville in the mts and Chapel Hill/Carrboro smack dab in the middle of the state. we're all birkenstock-wearing patchouli-reeking hippies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie"> doncha know.
 

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I live in the Lake Norman area and am devout AP but have to say I am in the minority. I never see/hear anyone else slinging, BF, co-sleeping, etc but its a wonderful place to live - esp if you like living on the lake and if you homeschool. Just in the COrnelius area there are over 400 families homeschooling and they have a huge huge "club" where they interact in everything you can possibly think of.
 

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My definition of crunchy:<br><br>
Hippish, earth mother, wears jeans, makes own baby food, breastfeeds, co-sleeps, homeschools, etc.
 

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thanks for all the info. I just visited Davidson/Lake Norman area this weekend and really liked it. I love the lake!!! But it was sure hot there.<br><br>
It does seem a bit preppy and country-club-ish, but I think I could ignore that. I really like the idea of the large hsing community.<br><br>
My reservation is the NC law requiring testing..here in NJ they dont require anything.
 

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HAHA I have never heard the term Crunchy before! that is great. I am from WI, lived in Charlotte for 5 years and am coming up on my 1st anniversary of living in weddington/wesley chapel area. I never liked Charlotte and it's status driven values and I guess my area is pretty preppy, too, but it much better than Charlotte since we live in the "sticks." I haven't met any other mom's as "crunchy" as me, but I say so be it. I bf and will make my own babyfood and try to be as organic as the budget allows, so I am a little "cruchy." My little guy is 4 months and I can't bear the thought of leaving him alone in his room all night! I walk around with my little guy attached to my body all the time-I haven't noticed anyone else doing that. Everyone just keeps the little one in the car seat in the cart ("buggie" as they are called down here).<br><br>
Homeschooling- I don't plan on it but I know TONS and TONS of people who it so you shouldn't have any trouble finding any kind of supprt.<br><br>
So that is just one yankee's view. And you're in NJ- we have considered moving there. Let's trade spots! hee hee.
 
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