Charlotte is an exciting and growing city with much to offer, from up & coming new communities to wonderful established older communities! Charlotte offers a wide variety of housing and business growth throughout the city and surrounding Charlotte Metro areas.
Charlotte has its unique history in how it be came "The Queen City":
Charlotte was named after Queen Charlotte, the wife of England’s King George III, during the mid 1700s, the city was founded at the intersection of two Indian trading paths near the Catawba River. One was known as the Great Wagon Road (renamed Tryon Street) which ran north-south, and the other ran east-west, today’s Trade Street. The intersection of Trade and Tryon is known as The Square. From Pennsylvania came Scots-Irish and German settlers. The county name, Mecklenburg, came from Queen Charlotte’s homeland of Germany. Charlotte is sometimes referred to as “Queen City.” In 1799, gold was discovered and in 1837 the U.S. Congress established a branch of the United States Mint. At the outbreak of the Civil War Confederate forces seized the mint facility. (The building houses the Mint Museum of Art today). As the area grew, cotton became the staple crop, and the arrival of the railroad brought even more stability to the economy. Charlotte grew from a regional textile center to one of the nation’s largest banking and financial centers. Although many of the original antebellum homes no longer exist, the city is one of the oldest of the nation's larger metropolises.
Some of Charlotte's local community profiles include:
"Old Charlotte" as one of the oldest and most scenic communities that dates back to the turn of the century and features a range of housing from older bungalows, mansions and many new construction homes. These homes include homes in Myers Park, Elizabeth, Eastover, Chantilly, Dilworth and many other communities. This area is home to many of Charlotte’s finest – Charlotte’s largest community college/Central Piedmont Community College, Carolina’s Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital, Presbyterian Orthopedic Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Freedom Park, The Mint Museum of Art plus a wide variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment!
"Center City" is definitely the center of things in Charlotte! Center City or Uptown is quickly becoming a popular address! Many Charlotteans live and work in Center City in the variety of housing available from older Victorian homes, high-rise and mid-rise condos, penthouses, apartments and much more! Center City is home of the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Bobcats, and its newest addition Johnson & Wales University. You will also find North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Discovery Place, Spirit Square, Ray’s Splash Planet and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Regional Library. Center City includes a wide array of activities for just about any taste, enabling you to experience city life at its fullest!
"South Charlotte" is one of the areas most desirable neighborhoods. The oldest being South Park which was once part of a 3,000 acre farm owned by former Gov. Cameron Morrison and is home of an upscale Southpark Mall to the newest of prestigious area Ballantyne. Historical Pineville is the birthplace of America’s 11th President, James K. Polk and picturesque Matthews are both rapidly growing while still keeping their town’s historical aesthetics. If you are looking for nature walks there are endless possibilities with The McMullen Creek Greenway or McAlpine Creek Greenway which offer miles of trails. It also has a vast variety of recreational centers including YMCA’s, Mecklenburg Aquatics Center Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops concerts and much more. South Charlotte offers everything from high-end specialty shops, restaurants, movie theaters, luxury apartments and of course well known for its charming older neighborhoods as well as new homes to fit a wide variety of price ranges. This area is the second largest business district in the Charlotte area which is home of many Charlotte business’s.
"East Charlotte" located just east of Center City offers a wide choice of neighborhoods from older to new construction, all with hints of rural life. The Charlotte Museum of History is a popular place to visit along with Eastland Mall or if its nature you want to see visit Reedy Creek Park and Nature Preserve located on Rocky River where you can enjoy 800 acres of trails, recreational fields, disc golf and lots of picnic areas or visit Mint Hill’s 50 plus acre community park which includes nature trails, playgrounds and a track for walking, bicycling or in-line skating. There are numerous golf courses from public to semi-private that line the area as well.
"University City" is a rapidly growing, fast paced area which has had enormous growth over the past 10 years. From new neighborhoods, new shopping centers to the home of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte which is the state’s fourth largest public university or if you are a NASCAR enthusiast, Lowe’s Motor Speedway is located nearby! Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre hosts a wide variety of summer concert bands and popular performers. The University City area is also home of many companies such as Wachovia, TIAA CREF and IBM. The area offer explosive growth in retail development including Concord Mills Mall and Northlake Mall, a variety of restaurants and movie theatres. The Mallard Creek Greenway with miles of paved trails, Charlotte Sports Center which is one of the largest indoor athletic facilities in the country with over 75,000 square feet of indoor activities including basketball, volleyball, roller hockey, soccer, flag football and much more!
"Lake Norman/North Charlotte" sees some of Charlotte’s most popular areas which includes Huntersville, Cornelius, Mooresville, Davidson and of course the ever popular Lake Norman which is a Duke Power created lake that used to be a great hideaway but is now home of many waterfront parks, public lake access’s. Davidson College is a highly regarded college which finds Davidson home. This area is home of Ramsey Creek Park which is located in the Cornelius/Huntersville area, it has paved bike/walking trails, launching ramps, playgrounds, tennis courts, athletic fields and sandy beaches. There is no shortage of golf links here, from The Point, River Run and Birkdale’s Arnold Palmer course! The retail shops and restaurants are endless; you’ll find unique boutiques, upscale specialty shops and all the national chains such as Lowe’s, Home Depot, Kohl’s, Old Navy and much more. "West & Southwest Charlotte" has seen exceptional growth over the years in residentail and business/commercial growth. With its great location to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport which supports US Airways largest hub serving hundreds of cities and now easy access to I-485 which takes you to seasonal Paramount’s Carowinds to ride a roller coaster in its 100 acre theme park and water park that straddles the NC/SC border or to Lake Wylie which features some of the most picturesque acres great for picnic’s and camping. From restaurant entertaining on the lake to sandy beach’s for sunning and boat launch’s to enjoy a day of boating, Lake Wylie offers a wide variety of new neighborhoods, apartments and upscale living! West Charlotte is also home of Johnson C. Smith University, Central Piedmont Community College Southwest Campus and Charlotte’s Regional Farmers Market. If the outdoors is more your style you’ll find Historical Latta Plantation Park, on the lake’s shore of Mountain Island Lake which is a water source of water for numerous municipalities including Charlotte and shows visitors what life was like planters and farmers on a cotton plantation in the early 19th century North Carolina. The park offers many recreational activities such as horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, hiking and much more. There is also the nearby Rapture Center which is a rehabilitation center for birds of prey that includes all kinds of exhibits and programs.
Other local nearby county’s include "Cabarrus County" which has become a recent hot spot over the years with its enormous growth in residents and motorsports fans from all over. Home of Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports Museum and Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium, home of the Intimidators. "Union County" is a nearby Charlotte metro area where the growth is some of the fastest growing county’s around! "Lancaster County" is full of history, as one of the seven South Carolina Counties that make up the Olde English District which was settled by the English in the mid 1700's and where several Revolutionary War battles were fought its is also a rapid growing Charlotte Metro area! It is also the home of the seventh U.S. President, Andrew Jackson and one of the nation’s largest textile manufacturers in the world. "York County" , "Gaston County", "Davidson County", "Iredell County" and "Lincoln County" are still yet great Charlotte Metro areas that offer a wide variety of residential housing and business growth and much, much more!