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Shannon Chaney and her partner Tim moved to Charlotte from San Diego in October 2020. Here’s what it was like finding a rental home in Charlotte.
Who: Shannon is 27, a copywriter and content strategist for embodied fem CEO’s. Tim, 28, is a server at The Bottle Tree in Belmont.
The house: The couple was on the hunt for a rental in NoDa or Wesley Heights for around $1,600 per month. A gas stove, bathtub, in-unit washer, dryer and hardwood floors were on the top of their wishlist.
- Yard space, a fireplace, tons of natural light and an open layout fell on the nice-to-haves list.
Timeline: They moved to Charlotte in October 2020 and stayed in a short-term, three-month rental in Wesley Heights. The pair moved to a month-to-month shared rental in NoDa until they found their dream, long-term rental home this May.
Monthly rent: $1,394 (rent Zestimate)
Specs: 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,006 square feet
Why it made the cut: Shannon and Tim loved the walkable location and price of this condo. It was comfortably within their budget and in their preferred location.
Monthly rent: $1,600+
Specs: 2 beds, 1 bath, 1,306 square feet
Why it made the cut: Though slightly over budget and a pretty good ways outside of NoDa, this house had just about everything on their wishlist, including a fenced-in yard and fireplace. Plus, they loved the look and neighborhood.
Monthly rent: $2,200
Neighborhood: Ashley Park
Specs: 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,471 square feet
Why it made the cut: It checked a lot of boxes, including a bathtub, in-unit washer and dryer, hardwood floors, large backyard, quiet neighborhood and lots of light.
- While this spot was quite a bit over budget and again fairly far from NoDa, there’s a separate studio space they could use as an Airbnb to offset the rent.