First of all, let me apologize to all the true Charlottean's and native North Carolinians. Yes, another Northerner has found her way to this great state. Actually, I'm a Midwesterner from Indiana who moved here going on 5 years ago. It is very easy to fall in love with the rolling hills, lush green landscapes, lakes, outdoor activities, farmers markets, museums, sports teams, restaurants, vineyards, breweries, people and so much more.
Let's start with the people. No one feels like a newcomer, because in Charlotte and the surrounding cities and towns you will find the majority of folks are not originally from here. While, it is a pleasure to meet a native and hear how the area has changed from their early childhood memories we are continuing to see it grow. Charlotte, and all the surrounding areas offer different and unique vibes and I love telling people all about what makes each special. I'm going to start by telling you a little about Charlotte. I will give you insight on each of the areas to the north of Charlotte in the Lake Norman area.
Starting with Charlotte, it is has a small big city feel. It is nearing the 1 million mark in population with several Fortune 500 Corporate Headquarters like Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy. All generations are finding the areas weather, bustling economy, better on average housing prices and proximity to the ocean (3-3.5 hrs.) and mountains (1-2 hrs.) great reasons to look at Charlotte, when considering a new place to call home. There is a fury of home construction with the importance to retain the natural beauty of the area. Crepe Myrtles (red, white, purple or pink blooming trees) running down the meridians on some of the busiest streets in Uptown. You heard me right (not downtown) the uptown of Charlotte is called that, because in the 19th century the 2 main trade routes came together at the highest point in the city. The city offers great museums (Levine, history of the South) unique food tours (bike, trolley, walking) and city tours (segway, comedy bus). Take in a game at the Bank of America Stadium to watch the NFL Panthers, MLB Charlotte Knights at the BB&T ballpark, or NBA Charlotte Knights at the Spectrum Center. After a game try out a few of the cities craft breweries (Olde Mecklenburg and Birdsong Breweries) and ethnic restaurants from every country you can possibly think of (Copper Modern: Indian, Ilios Noches:Greek).
While, I have just gotten started on the reasons why people are moving to Charlotte and the surrounding areas there is so much more to discover. I'm a Realtor/Broker and Accredited Staging Professional in the Charlotte and Lake Norman area. I feel so fortunate to share everyday with new folks from other states, or those that are closer and just not familiar with what makes each special. This blog will give you great insight as to what's happening or new in the area, along with great topics on real estate, staging and more. I would love to hear your comments on what makes the area a great place to live as well as any real estate related questions. Until my blog next month check us out at JoniGabrielProperties.com or Staged2Move.com.