Best neighborhoods to retire

If life after work means more than a beach chair, the best place to retire might be the big city. We looked at 30 of the nation's largest metro areas and found the right neighborhoods for you.

Charlotte, NC
Best place to retire: Uptown
Pros: Low cost of living and property taxes, buyer's market, new light rail line
Cons: Construction - of the twenty condo tower projects, only two are complete.
Real estate: One survey found an average condo price of $440,000, but basic one-bedrooms stil go for under $200,000. Rent an Uptown two-bedroom with a garage for $1,500.
Live in Charlotte, and you'll join the young professionals and empty nesters that are expected to double the Uptown district's population over the next five years.

Uptown is the center of it all, and you don't need a car: Walk to museums, nightlife, performing arts, continuing ed classes at UNC's Charlotte campus and even NFL football. And if your knees start to ache from all that walking, Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital is located in Uptown.

Condos towers are going up everywhere, and a brand new light rail system is expected to debut in November 2007. Some of the more upscale condos will be pricey, but Charlotte is still very affordable and known for its low property taxes.

For a small-town-in-the-big-city feel just a bus ride away from downtown, take a look at the bungalow homes in Dilworth, a "street-car suburb" with restaurants, boutiques, and Carolinas Medical Center, the only Level One trauma center in the region.

See complete data and interactive map for Charlotte

Public transportation maps: System

Hudson Heights

Tudor City

South Loop


Marine District

Liberty Station

Penn Quarter

Woodley Park

Pearl District

Goose Hollow

South Park

Museum District

Copper Square

Washington Square


Arts District




Mass Ave


Short North

Warehouse District

South Main

Cultural District

Mt. Vernon


Back Bay


East Town


East Market District

East Las Vegas

Midtown Nashville

Midtown Atlanta
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