Located in the Charlotte metropolitan area, Gastonia, North Carolina, has experienced a population growth of over 8% since the year 2000. As part of a busy central hub located in the middle of the state, just hours from the South Carolina border, Gastonia offers affordable and competitive home prices for a variety of different properties. Prospective buyers will find houses ranging from a one-and-a-half-story brick home with four bedrooms for just over $200,000, to a turn-of-the-century remodeled three-bedroom home for less than $130,000, to a two-bedroom condo for less than $25,000.
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Gastonia was incorporated in 1877, and at that time had a population of 200 and a land area of less than one square mile. The city found its start as a small railroad depot, where the Atlanta & Charlotte Airline Railroad and the Chester and Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad lines intersected. As a result, the area became a focal point for industry and commerce, soon establishing a steam-powered textile industry as well. Today, Gastonia is one of the 15 largest cities in North Carolina and the economic hub of the surrounding Gaston County. The city now has a population of more than 72,000 and a land area of approximately 51.7 square miles.
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Whether a visitor or resident, there is plenty to see and do. The Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens are located along the banks of Lake Wylie and include 450 acres of what has been regarded as some of the finest gardens in the Southeast. Crowders Mountain State Park offers hiking and climbing as well as panoramic views from peaks reaching heights of 800 feet. For science buffs and those seeking to unravel the mysteries of the universe, the Schiele Museum hosts the James H. Lynn Planetarium, where viewers can see stars, planets, moons, comets and more as if they're looking up into a clear evening sky. The city has an active arts community as well, including the Little Theatre of Gastonia, which features plays and musicals as well as summer workshops for kids. The Gaston Dance Theater is a regional dance company that puts on productions of both classical and modern dance. For sports fans, catch Gastonia Grizzlies baseball during the summertime or visit the Carolina Speedway, which has been a popular draw for stock car racing in Gaston County for decades. Additional activities and nightlife include a variety of options for restaurants, bars, wineries and shopping. For more information on homes that are available in Gastonia, North Carolina, browse through our current listings.