3 Neighborhoods We Wished We Knew About Before Moving to Charlotte, NC
The Best of Charlotte, North Carolina Is Found Outside of Downtown
When someone considers moving to a city like Charlotte, North Carolina, they often tend to focus on its downtown district — but this would be a mistake. One that myself and my family made, in fact. When we moved to the Charlotte area, all we were focused on was living in Downtown Charlotte. After all, that’s where young professionals are supposed to live, right? Downtown is the cultural and economic heart of the city and we wanted to be right in the middle of it all.
Fast-forward to current day and we’ve learned a lot. As great as Charlotte’s Downtown was, we eventually discovered that a more balance, better quality of life was to be found just outside of Downtown.
If you’re thinking about moving to Charlotte, don’t make the same mistake we did. Take the time to look at all of your options. And, we’d like to help. So, here are the three neighborhoods we wished we knew about before moving to Charlotte, North Carolina.
Davidson, North Carolina
Davidson is a lakeside college town located 22 miles north of Charlotte. Davidson is a neighborhood that’s just as great for young professionals as it is for families with children. There are dozens of local businesses and retailers and a strong selection of restaurants and take-out joints, especially along “restaurant row.” There is also a generous variety of housing options available, ranging from large single-family homes to condominiums in the Old Davidson sector of the community.
This is a close-knit community that’s pedestrian- and pet-friendly, and with Davidson College‘s beautiful campus making up a large part of the area, you can expect some excellent festivals, creative eateries, old bookstores, and an eclectic mix of amenities.
For families with children, Davidson’s K-12 schools are among the best in the Charlotte area. There are also plenty of things to see and do in Davidson, like the historic Beaver Dam, Davidson College’s target=”_blank”Belk Visual Arts Galleries, Wildcats sports games, and of course, the Greenways. The real estate is also pretty reasonable in this suburb of Charlotte. Here’s just a sample of what you’ll find in Davidson, North Carolina.
Fort Mill, South Carolina
Located just 19 miles south of Charlotte, Fort Mill, South Carolina is a family-friendly suburb with a lot going for it. For starters, this is where the South Carolina Strawberry Festival is held. The Fort Mill Golf Club is one of the best local golf courses, and the city is filled with an impressive selection of boutique stores, restaurants, and craft brew houses and wine bars.
The suburb’s housing selection is also highly diverse with it having everything from cozy bungalows to apartment and condo rentals to grand, newly built single family homes. Fort Mill’s schools are also among the best in the state and perform well above the national standards. At its heart, Fort Mill is a family-friendly town filled with fun, history, and charm. If you want a quiet quality of life, then this is a great place to move to. Here is a great example of the real estate available in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
Cornelius, North Carolina
Cornelius is a lakeside town located just over 20 miles north of Charlotte. With the town butting up against Lake Norman, it’s the perfect place to call home for any outdoor enthusiast. There are endless opportunities for recreation in Cornelius, whether you want to go boating, fishing, or swimming in Lake Norman or hiking the 104-acre Jetton Park. But, outdoor activities aren’t the only attractions here. Cornelius also has a wonderful selection of locally owned restaurants and stores as well as the Cornelius Arts Center.
This is a very homey town where everybody is welcomed, from the single young professional to the retiree. And, the housing selection has everything mid-century single-family homes to waterfront condos to new construction.
As you can see, there are some truly outstanding neighborhoods located just outside of Charlotte’s borders. The above communities offer family-friendly environments, great schools, and safe streets. And, they each have sufficient amenities that you’ll never feel like you’re missing out on something.
In any event, Charlotte is just a 20 minute drive away, so if you ever need to visit the city for any reason, you are close enough to get there and back home in short time.
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