This home is located about 10 miles from downtown Charlotte, "The Queen City". Charlotte is the financial center of the south and akin to Alanta, GA and Charleston, SC. Charlotte is centrally located between the appalacian mountains and white sand beaches of North and South Carolina.
The house sits on a private lot and has a fenced in back yard with a wooden patio with outdoor furniture, inground pool and playground equipment. It is ideally suited for a family with children. The downstairs family room and kitchen are tiled and there is wood laminate in the formal dining room. Wall to wall carpet is in the formal living room and all the upstairs bedrooms. There is one master bedroom with private bath two smaller children's bedrooms, and one guest bedroom/office. There is highspeed internet access and a personal computer/printer available.
Both the family room and formal living room have cable TV.The kitchen has all the modern appliances. There is a downstairs guest bathroom and a two car garage.
Charlotte has a temperate climate year round. Summers are usually filled with warm sunny days and balmy nights.
The neighborhood is an older neighborhood, so the lots are large and there are many flowering trees and bushes. The house is on a cul-de-sac, a circular dead end street, so there is little traffic. Most of the houses are occupied by young families with children, so there are opportunities for interactions and playmates. Grocery stores are located within walking distance.There is easy access to public transportation, although one must understand that public transportation is in no way as extensive as in Europe and of course distances are much longer. Shopping malls, parks and plenty of recreation, like amusment parks, theaters and sports arenas, are all within a half hour drive. The breathtaking "smoky moutains of the southern Appalacian are a two hour day trip and beautiful white sandy beaches off the coast of NC and SC are about a three hour trip.
I am a foreign language teacher. At the moment I am specializing in teaching English as a second language at an elementary school. I work with small groups of newly arrived immigrant children, ages 5-11. Charlotte is a boom town so, we have new children from all over the world arriving on a regular basis. I very much enjoy teaching them not only the language but our culture as well. My children attend a special public school unique in the south-east because it is a language immersion school. Children learn the standard curriculum through a foreign language. My children are in the German immersion program. This is the reason we wish to vacation in a German speaking country. The reason we chose the German immersion program is because my husband, Sascha, is from Northern Germany. He is a produce manager in a large high-end grocerey store. We love it when he brings home samples of new and exotic fruits and vegetables.
We have three children, ages 4, 7 and 11. The eldest is a girl and the other two boys. They of course spend much of their time in the pool, but also love playing soccer, riding bikes and fishing at their grandparent's lake.
My husband and I and the oldest two children speak English and German and I speak some Spanish as well. We spent a two year sabbatical in Germany in 2003 after my youngest child was born. We all enjoy traveling and the boys especially love train travel. In the U.S. we spend a lot of time driving around in a car since long distances are a fact of life here. We really enjoy being able to walk or ride a bike to so many places in Europe. We also enjoyed the food and cultural events.