Lake Norman - North Carolina Living at its Best
Feeling good about the community you live in can be just as important as selecting the right home. As a local expert, I can help you find a neighborhood that best suits your needs. From local restaurants and activities to school information and market trends, explore the communities I serve below.
Cornelius - Small Community Living With Big Town Flair
One of the fastest growing communities in the Lake Norman region, Cornelius retains its small town feel, while offering a strong sense of community for residents and businesses alike. Located on the southeast corner of Lake Norman, the “living at the lake” lifestyle has drawn not just part time vacation home owners, but a large community of people who want to make the lake their permanent residence.
Founded in 1893 and incorporated in 1905, the Town of Cornelius sits in northern Mecklenburg County. A short 20 mile drive to Uptown Charlotte and all of its entertainment, dining, and recreational offerings. But, with championship golf, and a wide variety of retail, Cornelius is definitely a destination in its own right.
Opening in the spring of 2016, Cornelius is home to the only public beach in Mecklenburg County. With more than 70 miles of lakefront property located within its boundaries, you are never far from the water.
A growing number of micro-breweries, restaurants covering the full range of cuisines, bakeries, and specialty food shops call the community home. With dining options like this, it’s also good to know that the options for staying in shape at one of the communities 10 public parks and a number of local fitness oriented businesses are growing as well.
The schools in Cornelius boast some of the best educational opportunities in the state. Whether it be in the highly rated public schools that are a part of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools or at a number of high quality charter and private institutions.
While Lake Norman tends to dominate most of the outdoor entertainment options, Cornelius is home to championship golf, world class dining, and a variety of other entertainment options not usually found in communities of its size.
While many residents commute to Charlotte and other destinations across the region, Cornelius has a thriving small and midsized business marketplace, offering a wide variety of employment opportunities in almost any field of work.
Davidson - a College Town Grown Up
The home of Davidson College, Davidson NC is located in northern Mecklenburg County, on the shores of Lake Norman. The college plays a vital role in the community’s entertainment, education, and employment scenes. Recent years have seen significant development and growth downtown and in commercial areas closer to the lake and I77.
The Town of Davidson has grown up around the college which predates the community. The community grew with roots in the textile industry. Many of the old facilities have found new life as renovated commercial and retail zones. The community has received numerous awards for its planning and community development efforts. The concerted effort to develop a new and modern community while maintaining its connection to architectural roots is evident and has created a vibrant and proud community.
The Community has embraced the use of bicycles along most of its main streets, carving out bike lanes and traffic patterns that make it easy to access the vibrant downtown and retail areas from its many residential areas and the campus.
The campus provides a strong backbone to the cultural and entertainment options in the community. College sports always prove to be a strong draw. The college offers a number of interesting educational and cultural opportunities to residents. The community also boasts a regionally renowned community theater group that puts on numerous productions each year.
Davidson College sits at the center of a community that is very focused on its educational achievements. Top rated public schools in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system continue this tradition, along with high quality private and charter schools.
A thriving downtown and campus area anchor a community that loves to eat and gather downtown for a variety of festivals and community events. Live music is the focus in the summer months and a Christmas celebration that draws visitors from across the region highlight some of these events
Davidson College is one of the community’s largest employers. But community amenities have attracted a wide range of businesses to the community. Ingersoll Rand has its world headquarters in Davidson and is a major employer as well. Charlotte is only minutes away.
Denver - The sunrise side of Lake Norman
As you drive in to town a sign welcomes you to “The Denver of the East.” Located on the west side of Lake Norman, Denver is the destination for people looking for the Lake Lifestyle without the hustle and bustle of Mecklenburg County. But don’t let the location fool you. Downtown Charlotte is only 25 miles away.
Originally settled in the 1740’s, the area originally incorporated as “Dry Pond” and later renamed to Denver, was a crossing point for the Catawba River. The names Sherill’s Ford and Beattie’s Ford are still used in the region today.
Denver is home to Rock Springs Campground. A well-known destination for revivals and other gatherings that have been going on from as far back as 1830. The community still comes together today for events such as the Strawberry Festival, Denver Days, and a weekly farmers market.
Recently, the food scene in Denver has seen growth as a number of new restaurants have taken root in the community. Including some that offer service for boaters on the lake.
The Denver area is part of the Lincoln County School Board. There are 2 elementary schools, a middle school, and high school that serve the Denver area. As well as a charter school with a local campus that serves all 3 age groups.
Sitting on the sunset side of Lake Norman, the food scene in Denver has seen recent growth as a number of new restaurants have taken root in the community. Including some that offer service for boaters on the lake. Charlotte is just a few miles away.
Primarily, Denver is a bedroom community for the nearby Charlotte market as well as the neighboring Lake Norman communities of Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius, and Huntersville. However, the growing popularity of the area has resulted in many small businesses opening up shop in the area.
Huntersville - Opportunity and History Abound
Serving as the gateway between Charlotte and the rest of the Lake Norman region, Huntersville is a great blend of urban and rural areas. With easy access to both I77 and I485, the Huntersville area has seen tremendous growth in both residential, commercial, and retail development in recent years.
Home to Rural Hill, the Historic Latta Plantation, and a number of other historical properties, the area still retains a strong connection to its agricultural roots and mill town charm, even as modern development continues to redefine the community.
Every year, visitors from all over the south converge on the area as Huntersville plays host to the Carolina Renaissance Festival. One of the largest such events in the south with a permanent location that operates for two months each fall.
There’s more to Huntersville than old world charm and historic properties. Recently the Discovery Place KIDS opened a satellite location in Huntersville, giving kids a hands on way to experience science. The area is home to both public and private golf courses. Then of course there is Lake Norman and the boating and recreational opportunities available on its waters.
Huntersville is part of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. With several highly rated public schools serving it residents. The community is also home to highly rated charter and private schools. Every year, the new Discovery Place draws kids from around the region to experience science in a fun way.
With world class dining, retail, golf, and all that Lake Norman brings to the table, Huntersville has ways to keep kids of all ages, adults, and families entertained with an endless variety of opportunities. Every day, residents are discovering new opportunities.
From Rubbermaid to Novant Health, Huntersville has seen incredible growth in its employment opportunities across a wide range of industries. Its close proximity, only 15 miles to Uptown Charlotte, makes this an appealing destination for people who work in Charlotte as well.
Mooresville - Speedy Business and Quiet Neighborhoods
Known as the Race City USA, Mooresville is the second largest community in the Lake Norman region. Located in southern Iredell County, only a short hop of 25 miles to Uptown Charlotte, on the eastern shore of Lake Norman.
Racing is everywhere in Mooresville. Not only do several NASCAR teams call the community home, but it is also the home to multiple museums dedicated to North Carolinas rich racing heritage. Due to the large quantity of race teams in the area, a large number of businesses in supporting industries have located here as well.
While racing, and the recent relocation of Lowe’s corporate headquarters have helped the community grow. Development around Lake Norman continues in Mooresville just as it does around the rest of the region. Incredible golf courses, a State Park, with a public beach, and other amenities make Mooresville a destination community, not just a bedroom for Charlotte.
From the vibrant downtown to neighborhood parks, Mooresville is a community that has embraced the opportunities that growth has presented without losing sight of its friendly, comfortable, small town feel as it races towards the future.
Two separate public school districts serve the Mooresville area. Both Iredell-Statesville Schools and the Mooresville Graded School District operate in the area along with high quality Charter and private schools. Mitchell Community College operates a campus just outside of downtown.
For a community with a large lake and racing so central to the community, Mooresville has a thriving theater and events venue downtown as well as a summer concert series that keeps the community on its feet. A wide range of dining opportunities exist, creating a lively food scene for the community.
The recent relocation of the Lowes Hardware corporate headquarters to Mooresville expanded a local employment base that is otherwise dominated by racing teams and supporting industries. Recent growth has also spurred the further development of a thriving small business community.