Big lake, small towns. Lake Norman was created in 1963 when Duke Power Co. dammed the Catawba River to fuel its hydroelectric power plants. The past three decades have seen a development explosion of luxury and middle‐class housing for three historic towns – Huntersville, Davidson (home of Davidson College), and Cornelius.
An old railroad depot has expanded with commuters, suburban shopping centers & subdivisions and is now North Mecklenburg’s largest town. What started as a mill town is today home to many new neighborhoods. Exit 25 on I‐77 is synonymous with national chain shopping and dining with popular live‐work communities like award‐winning Birkdale Village, which has stores such as Ann Taylor Loft‐ all facing an outdoor main street. The area is just a few minutes to Lake Norman, and the countryside around Huntersville bursts with early Mecklenburg history. The city continues to grow and has added Discovery Place Kids and Huntersville Aquatic Center to its attractions.
Davidson, population about 11.300, is known for its quaint Main Street, tree‐lined sidewalk neighborhoods and Davidson College. The independent, liberal arts school has about 1,700 students and was founded in 1837. New neighborhoods are required to incorporate a variety of lot sizes and housing types. This area is highly desirable due to Davidson’s proximity to Lake Davidson, Lake Norman, new up‐scale developments, and the allure of the town’s historic charm. The town is located 25 miles North of Uptown Charlotte off I‐77’s Exit 30. The City also hosts a YMCA.
With a population of more than 25,500, Cornelius began as a textile mill village 101 years ago, but the focus shifted west with Lake Norman development. Today there are lakefront mansions, new retail shopping and dining, country clubs and golf courses. It’s home to Jetton Park and Ramsey Creek Park on the lake. Catawba Avenue boasts decorative street lamps and brick sidewalks. The new Antiquity Community offers single family and town homes and will also incorporate a live/work retail area.
Concord, located in Cabarrus County, is ground zero for much of the NASCAR industry and Lowes Motor Speedway, which is a five billion dollar segment of the North Carolina economy. The city was founded in 1796 on a 26 acre site. When you look at Concord today and see the wonderful mixture of progress and heritage, the perfect blend of business,industrial, and residential life, you can see that Concord still embodies the meaning of its name ‐ “harmony.” Concord is located right off of I‐85 and hosts the Concord Mills Outlet Mall and Great Wolf Lodge.
Kannapolis is a thriving city of 43,300 people located along the I‐85 corridor in the Charlotte region of North Carolina. The city is undergoing a $1.5 billion revitalization project: The North Carolina Research Campus. David H. Murdock, owner of Castle & Cooke, Inc. and Dole Food Company, Inc., and Molly Corbett Broad, President of the 16‐campus University of North Carolina system, unveiled plans on September 12, 2005 for the North CarolinaResearch Campus, a massive scientific and economic revitalization project that encompasses the site of the former Cannon Mills plant and entire downtown area of Kannapolis, North Carolina.
Home to the North Carolina Auto Hall of Fame, as well as many NASCAR drivers and teams, Mooresville is referred to as “Race City, USA”. Founded in the 1850s as a railroad town, Mooresville has kept a strong sense of its past and has preserved several historic buildings in the downtown area, where lovely antique shops line the streets. Many residents live on the waterfront of
Lake Norman or in new home communities surrounding the area. Besides the allure of the lake, local attractions include: The Lazy 5 Ranch, which features over 750 exotic animals, Carrigan Farms for fruit and vegetable picking, the Depot Visual Arts Center, the Citizens Center and several local car racing shops. Donald Trump purchased The Point Lake and Golf Club early
2012 and has plans to renovate and revitalize the area bringing jobs and revenue to boost the economy.
The University area was once a cow pasture and rural byways,with UNC Charlotte (chartered in 1960) set in the middle. The UNCC area today is spreading with subdivisions and shopping centers opening monthly and has become a bustling residential and employment center, home to more than 65,000 jobs and many new corporate headquarters. Over the past decade this area has developed rapidly, in response to retail and corporatebusinesses, as well as the growth of the UNC Charlotte campus.