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C OT T I N G H A M C H A L K .C O M
Dan Cottingham (President) and son Daniel Cottingham (Chief Executive Officer & Broker-in-Charge)
Built on a foundation of integrity and trust, Cottingham Chalk has a long history of serving the Charlotte community. From the beginning, our focus has been on people. Attracting the best brokers to build their careers under our roof and empowering them to provide excellent service to our community, and in turn, attracting the best clientele to trust us to shepherd them through the process of buying or selling a home. We identify wonderful people and develop them into excellent real estate agents, not the other way around. Our focus on homegrown talent has created a collaborative environment where brokers work together, share ideas, and support each other — and our clients reap the benefits of working with agents who are their best selves. Our brokers start here, learn here, grow here, and flourish here. They are leaders in our community and our industry. Now in our second generation of leadership, we are a family business more than ever. We help each other, we trust each other, we care about each other. When you work at Cottingham Chalk, you are part of the family. When you hire a Cottingham Chalk broker, you have the entire company in your corner. As a local, independent company, we are free to focus on the big picture as opposed to next quarter’s numbers. We can stay the course when it is the right path, and we can adjust quickly when change is appropriate. As an exclusive member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, we are equipped with market leading resources to serve our clients both locally and around the globe.
ABOUT OUR CITY While Charlotte is a town of Southern comforts, it also features some of the most exhilarating attractions, nightlife, and culinary hot spots. The beauty of the city and its moderate climate make this a great place to call home.
Best places to live in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)
Best Places for Business & Careers (Forbes, 2020)
Best Places to Retire (Forbes, 2020)
NICKNAME The Queen City Largest City in North Carolina 15th Largest City in the United States
POPULATION 900,000 (approximately)
Midway between the mountains and the coast, Charlotte is a diverse city with a thriving urban community and many wonderful suburban neighborhoods. The elevation of the area is approximately 748 feet. Charlotte is located several miles east of the Catawba River, southeast of Lake Norman and Mountain Island Lake, and northeast of Lake Wylie.
Charlotte is the second largest financial center in the country. Located primarily in the Uptown central business district, you will find the headquarters of Bank of America, regional headquarters for Wells Fargo and a variety of other regional banking and financial services companies.
Charlotteans get to enjoy all four seasons. Our winters are mild, averaging less than six inches of snow fall. During the hotter summer months, residents can escape the 90˚ weather by driving a few hours to the mountains, where temperatures are cooler, or to the beach for a refreshing swim in the Atlantic ocean. The city comes alive during the spring and fall when families get to spend more time outdoors in sunny, 70˚ weather.
CHA RLOT T E H I STORY Unbeknownst to most, Charlotte has a rich history steeped in the discovery of gold and the pride of the Scots-Irish settlers. The Queen City was founded in 1769 and named for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England. Now the nation’s second leading financial center, the city was fittingly built upon the crossroads of two affluent Native American trading paths. The intersection of these two paths, now major streets, is known as the heart of Charlotte – Trade & Tryon. The discovery of a 17-pound gold nugget in 1799 drew many immigrants to the area to follow the nation’s first gold rush. However, the boom was shortlived. Many Charlotte opportunists, who were ready to strike it rich, flocked to California in 1848. Agriculture, mainly tobacco and cotton, was the major revenue provider for the region until the Civil War. After the war, textile industries sprang to life when the city became a cotton processing center and a major railroad hub. Due to the success of the railroads, Charlotte became the Carolinas’ largest city and a textile and distribution hub. The city’s neighborhoods and development continued to expand with the addition of the streetcar system followed by skyscrapers, suburbs, and leading businesses. City planners such as the renowned John Nolen helped to shape Charlotte’s modern day suburbs like Myers Park and Dilworth. As businesses continued to flock to Charlotte, the city’s banking industry gained real momentum in the 1970’s and 1980’s under the leadership of financier Hugh McColl. McColl transformed the North Carolina National Bank into the present day Bank of America. The combination of both Bank of America and Wells Fargo have made Charlotte the largest banking headquarters, second only to New York City. Information courtesy of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. More Charlotte history can be found on the library’s local history website The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story.
NEIGHBORHOOD HIGHLIGHTS BALLANTYNE Prime real estate sprinkled among picturesque landscape tends to be one of the attractions of Ballantyne. Located just inside the city limits on the edge of Charlotte’s southern tip, this area has wonderful avenues for easy transportation, making it a desirable location. With a collection of upscale dining, retail and business parks all built around the five-star Ballantyne Resort, Spa and Golf Course, this area is a haven for golf, shopping and culinary enthusiasts.
BELMONT Just a hop, skip and a jump from Uptown, the city of Belmont is a picture perfect blend of old-fashioned charm and new style. This suburban neighborhood is undergoing revitalization and is comprised of historic homes with quaint front porches, street lamps, brick sidewalks and wonderful shops. The gorgeous blooms of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens add to the allure of this lovely area. With its close proximity to Charlotte, you can also take advantage of big city amenities while enjoying a comfortable stay in small city charm.
BIRKDALE Birkdale is just 15 minutes north of Uptown and a short jaunt from Lake Norman. Highlighted by the idea that life can be easy, Birkdale is one of those neighborhoods that simply invites you to live here. Centered around the Birkdale Golf Club and Birkdale Village makes for easy access or a brief walk to an abundance of places to eat, shop and play. Overall, this area is more affordable for the average buyer, features properties with larger lots and offers plenty of entertainment.
BLAKENEY / ARDREY Tucked in the southern part of Charlotte are the friendly areas known as Blakeney and Ardrey. As newer developments, these areas offer the luxury of modern amenities, while maintaining the charming, southern influence of Charleston style homes. Like a little village, the Blakeney Shopping Center sits in the heart of the area and offers a wide variety of dining and shopping options.
DILWORTH If you enjoy historic charm and unique homes with fine character and craftsmanship, you’ll love Dilworth. You’ll find some of Charlotte’s most beautifully restored homes here. The picturesque tree-lined streets, welcoming sidewalks and parklike settings make this a walkable area. This historic neighborood is highlighted with popular and trendy areas to shop and dine. Many restaurants, coffee shops, and specialty retail boutiques line Dilworth’s two main streets of East Blvd and South Blvd. You’ll also find some great bars, spas, salons and local markets – all with a creative flair.
EASTOVER This neighborhood has been graced by some of Charlotte’s most exclusive homeowners, which has added to it’s affluent history. Even though you are in the heart of the city, once you are tucked inside the neighborhood, the noise & bustle becomes a distant memory. Georgian style homes dot the manicured lawns and flawless landscape along with many tudor, colonial and traditional style homes. One visit to this beautiful and enchanting neighborhood will draw you in and make you want to stay a bit longer.
Elizabeth is a unique neighborhood because it’s the only old neighborhood in Charlotte named after a woman, Anne Elizabeth Watts. This neighborhood is known for it’s hundred-year old trees and classically designed historic homes. In the last few years, many of these bungalows and craftsman style homes have been modernized into stylish urban retreats. Only a few blocks from uptown, unique shopping boutiques, fine restaurants and lively taverns add to this neighborrhood’s appeal. With a good mix of Myers Park charm and Plaza-Midwood artistic flair, this is the place to be.
LAKE NORMAN Living on Lake Norman has many perks. For some, the laid back lifestyle draws them in. For others, it’s the thrill of navigating a boat freely across the open water. The surrounding neighborhoods also offer the same variety. There is something for everyone, not only when it comes to finding a home, but also when it comes to dining, shopping and entertainment.
LAKE WYLIE Lake Wylie crosses over the border shared by North Carolina and South Carolina. The allure is not only the waterfront properties that surround the lake’s shores, but also the convenience of being just minutes from Charlotte, Fort Mill, Tega Cay and Rock Hill. Whether you are looking for a rural area to retreat to, an upscale lake house, or even just an everyday neighborhood with a wide array of amenities, Lake Wylie is an ideal option.
MADISON PARK With a mature landscape and sidewalks that meander through this quiet neighborhood, it’s easy to see why we’ve seen a revitalization of Madison Park over the last few years. As one of the first Post World War II neighborhoods designed in the 1950’s, this has been a desirable neighborhood for young home buyers who are looking to update, renovate and put their personal touches on functional homes. Minutes from SouthPark, the location is ideal and adds allure.
MYERS PARK Myers Park is an affluent neighborhood and home to some of the city’s most prestigious addresses. The curving streets add a beauty to the flowing natural landscape and are lined with century-old Willow Oak trees. Attractions like the Duke Mansion, Wing Haven Gardens and the Manor Theater bring this quiet neighborhood added charm and rich history. Myers Park also offers a wide array of distinguished restaurants and shops, renowned schools and charismatic historic architecture.
NODA / ARTS DISTRICT NoDa is a perfect blend of vintage and modern. This trendy neighborhood is made up of authentic art, diverse cultures, live music and experiences for everyone. Restored industrial buildings, that are now condos, charming bungalows and historic homes dot the landscape of this colorful neighborhood. NoDa is now the home to Charlotte’s best collection of galleries, restaurants, eclectic shops, theaters and more.
PLAZA MIDWOOD Plaza Midwood is a shining example of the revitalization Charlotte’s older, in-town neighborhoods are experiencing. Residents in “the know” will tell you Plaza Midwood continues to be one of the ever emerging neighborhoods. Plaza Midwood is a stones throw away from Uptown Charlotte with a view of the skyline from almost every street. Some of the city’s most interesting art galleries, funky boutiques, and delectable eateries can be found in this lively neighborhood.
QUAIL HOLLOW This area is landmarked by the Quail Hollow Club, which is home to the legendary Wells Fargo Championship PGA Tournament. While the neighborhood offers some casual dining, boutiques and retail properties, the majority of the neighborhood consists of residential properties. Location is key for Quail Hollow, which is comfortably located between SouthPark and Ballantyne, adding to the neighborhood’s desirability.
SOUTH END This historic neighborhood began to flourish in the 1850’s, shortly after the first railroad line connected Charlotte to both of South Carolina’s major cities, Charleston and Columbia. The charming mills and warehouses that made up this neighborhood lost their luster for a short time, as the industrial market declined. The 1990’s brought restaurants, retailers and businesses driven by creativity that revived the area and restored these authentic buildings. Over the last few years, residential construction has found it’s foothold in South End and has been a convenient place to live, due to it’s close proximity to Uptown Charlotte.
SOUTHPARK This enchanting area encompasses several historic neighborhoods: Foxcroft, Barclay Downs, Selwyn Park, Morrocroft, Beverly Woods and Beverly Woods East. The tree-lined streets create a natural beauty and setting for classic homes, trendy restaurants and businesses. The neighborhood is named after the upscale SouthPark Mall – the place to go for retail therapy. When it comes to shopping in Charlotte, it doesn’t get much better than in SouthPark, with a wide array of posh boutiques and high-end retails.
UPTOWN The heavy pulse of the city starts at the corners of Trade Street and Tryon Street, as this was the point where two Native American trails once intersected. This point currently divides Uptown into quadrants, which make up first through fourth ward. The collection of these wards make for an upscale and vivid neighborhood, which many professionals consider home. From the stunning skyline and easy transportation to the energetic nightlife and amazing culinary delights, this neighborhood is bustling, yet low key.
MECKLENBURG COUNTY ZIP CODES
28036 28031 I-77
28208 Charlo e Douglas International Airport
I- 277 28202 28204 28203
TOWNS NEARBY MECKLENBURG COUNTY SOUTH & EAST
MATTHEWS (28105) Matthews is the eastern-most town in Mecklenburg County. Its growth was spawned in 1874 when the Coastal Carolina Railroad opened a depot for a stop midway between the coast and the mountains. Today, Matthews is well known for its lovely downtown area, great neighborhoods and strong schools. The annual Labor Day Stumptown Festival draws thousands of visitors to the area. Its population has grown from 191 in 1880, to approximately 35,500 today.
PINEVILLE (28134) The town of Pineville has approximately 9,300 residents. It is just south of Charlotte and abuts the North Carolina/South Carolina state line. Its historic downtown area is popular with antique lovers and offers the feel of a true Southern town. Jack Hughes Park is a great gathering place for families and walkers, and plays host to bands and festivals on weekends during the warmer months. Pineville is also home to one of Atrium Health’s, formerly Carolinas HealthCare System, larger regional medical facilities.
MINT HILL (28227) Located in eastern Mecklenburg County, the community of Mint Hill was one of the first suburban communities outside of Charlotte. With a population today of approximately 28,000, Mint Hill is experiencing growth with new residential developments, a planned regional retail center, new medical facilities and schools. Access to Mint Hill is convenient due to its proximity to Highway 74 and the I-485 Beltline.
MECKLENBURG COUNTY NORTH
HUNTERSVILLE (28078) Huntersville is located 15 miles north of Uptown Charlotte in northern Mecklenburg County along I-77 and on the edge of Lake Norman. With current population of over 58,500, it has grown from a sleepy mill town to a thriving suburban community with vibrant neighborhoods and schools. Birkdale Village attracts thousands of visitors monthly with its popular outdoor fountains, great restaurants and excellent retail.
CORNELIUS (28031) Cornelius is a lake-side community two exits north of Huntersville along I-77 and is part of the Lake Norman Economic Development region. The town’s origin has been traced to the cotton industry which thrived in the area in the early 20th century. The damming of the Catawba River in 1963 lead to the formation of Lake Norman which in turn contributed to the town’s growth. Today Cornelius has approximately 80 miles of lakeside property, and is currently home to over 30,000 residents.
DAVIDSON (28036) Davidson is a small town and the northern most community in Mecklenburg County. The town’s center is Davidson College which was founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1835. The school is surrounded by historic homes and quaint restaurants and shops. Pedestrians walk the streets of the town and ride their bikes to the local cultural center and farmers market. Davidson is experiencing tremendous growth which is well managed and insures diversity and accessibility.
CABARRUS COUNTY HARRISBURG Harrisburg is approximately 17 miles northeast of Charlotte in Cabarrus County. Its history is founded in agriculture; the railway provided easy distribution for the corn grown in the area in the late 1800s. Residential and retail development in recent years has been phenomenal, and new schools & medical facilities offer a high quality of life for its 17,000 residents.
IREDELL COUNTY MOORESVILLE Mooresville is located approximately 35 miles north of Uptown Charlotte along Interstate 77 and part of Lake Norman. A former textile town, it is now known as “Race City U.S.A.” with many NASCAR teams headquartered here. It has been listed as the No.1 Micropolitan Area in the Nation nine times. And, the Mooresville Graded School District has won national accolades for its commitment to technology as a learning tool for all students.
UNION COUNTY INDIAN TRAIL Indian Trail is situated along US 74 approximately 15 miles southeast of Charlotte in Union County. The town derived its name from the Native American path that wound through this area, hence the name “Indian Trail”. With a population of approximately 38,000 people, Indian Trail is the largest city in Union County and the 23rd largest town in the state of North Carolina.
WAXHAW Waxhaw is truly an iconic Southern small town with red brick buildings lining both sides of the historic downtown and rail tracks running down the middle. It was recently ranked as the 7th Safest Place to Live in North Carolina. It is 20 miles from Uptown Charlotte and only two miles from the South Carolina state line. Recent years have seen the development of new subdivisions which attracted suburbanites, new schools and medical facilities. The population today is around 15,000.
WEDDINGTON You’ll find the heart of the town of Weddington 14 miles south of Charlotte at the intersection of Highways 16 and 84 in northwestern Union County. Weddington’s roots run deep in agriculture and farming, but recent decades have seen farm land converted into sprawling subdivisions, recreational parks, school campuses, and retail. It encompasses 17 square miles and has approximately 10,000 citizens.
YORK COUNTY - SOUTH CAROLINA FORT MILL The Town of Fort Mill was established in 1873 and is located just south of the state line shared with North Carolina. Fort Mill takes its name form a colonial-era fort built by the British and a grist mill on nearby Steele Creek. The Catawba Indians made their home here for many years and Scotch-Irish settlers began arriving in the 1750’s and 1760’s. Fort Mill grew rapidly in the late 1800’s as textile mills were established. Current population is over 23,000 residents and major employers include Lash Group, LPL Financial, Wells Fargo, Ross Stores and Piedmont Medical Center.
LAKE WYLIE Lake Wylie sits on the North and South Carolina state line approximately 24 miles south of Uptown Charlotte. It is a designated census area (versus a township). It offers many recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, camping and hiking. Many neighborhoods and subdivisions rest alongside Lake Wylie (in both states) and provide for a relaxed lifestyle with easy access to downtown Charlotte. Over 12,500 residents consider Lake Wylie home.
TEGA CAY A community in the Fort Mill Township, Tega Cay is known for great golf and a relaxed lifestyle. Its amenities include marinas, golf courses and miles of walking trails – not to mention frontage along Lake Wylie. Tega Cay is a small town with a strong sense of community that has easy access to the more metropolitan lifestyle and amenities offered in Charlotte. Its current population is over 12,000 and growing.
LANCASTER COUNTY - SOUTH CAROLINA INDIAN LAND, SC Indian Land was settled by the Waxhaw and Catawba Indians and thus earned its name, “Indian Land.” Today it is an unincorporated community of over 28,000 residents located south of Charlotte in northern Lancaster County, South Carolina. Residential, commercial and industrial growth has been strong in recent years as individuals and companies look for opportunities where land and taxes are affordable.
EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools cms.k12.nc.us The second largest public school system in the state, CMS is a county-wide system that utilizes neighborhood assignment. Additional school choice options include 12 magnet program themes. A diverse student population represents 183 countries and speak 197 languages and dialects. Union County Public Schools ucps.k12.nc.us The sixth largest public school system in the state, UCPS offers a wide variety of coursework ranging from 20 dual-language programs to STEM, and over 20 districtwide career academy pathways. Fort Mill School District fortmillschools.org Although FMSC is geographically one of the smallest districts in the state, it is the fastest growing per capita. A variety of curriculum and courses of study are offered.
Charlotte Country Day School 704.843.4523 / charlottecountryday.org Grades: Junior K–12 Charlotte Islamic Academy 704.491.8224 / ciacademy.us Grades: Pre-K-12 Charlotte Jewish Day School 704.366.4558 / cjdschool.org Grades: K-5 Charlotte Latin School 704.846.1100 / charlottelatin.org Grades: TK-12 Charlotte Preparatory School 704.366.5994 / charlotteprep.com Grades: Preschool-8 Davidson Day School 704.237.5200 / davidsonday.org Grades: Preschool-12 Fletcher School 704.365.4658 / thefletcherschool.org Grades: K-12
Omni Montessori School 704.541.1326 / omni-montessori.org Grades: K-9
British International School of Charlotte 704.341.3236 / nordangliaeducation.com Grades: Preschool-12
Providence Day School 704.887.6000 / providenceday.org Grades: TK-12
Charlotte Christian School 704.366.5657 / charlottechristian.com Grades: Junior K–12
Trinity Episcopal School 704.358.8101 / tescharlotte.org Grades: K-8
*This is a representative sample and may not include all current options.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS Charlotte Catholic High School 704.543.1127 / charlottecatholic.org Grades: 9-12 Christ the King High School 704.799.4400 / ctkchs.org Grades: 9-12
St. Mark 704.766.5000 / stmarkcatholicschool.net Grades: K-8 St. Ann 704.525.4938 / stanncatholic.org Grades: PreK-5 St. Gabriel 704.366.2409 / stgabrielcatholicschool.org Grades: K-5
Holy Trinity Catholic Middle 704.527.7822 / htcms.org Grades: 6-8
St. Matthews 704.544.2070 / stmattwildcats.com Grades: TK-5
Our Lady of The Assumption 704.531.0067 / olacatholic.org Grades: PreK-8
St. Patrick 704.333.3174 / saintpatrickschool.org Grades: K-5
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES CENTRAL PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
JOHNSON & WALES
JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY
Please contact the schools directly for admission requirements.
MUSEUMS BECHTLER MUSEUM bechtler.org
CAROLINA AVIATION MUSEUM carolinasaviation.org
CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY charlottemuseum.org
CHARLOTTE NATURE MUSEUM charlottenaturemuseum.org
LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH museumofthenewsouth.org
MINT MUSEUM - UPTOWN mintmuseum.org
MINT MUSEUM - RANDOLPH mintmuseum.org
NASCAR HALL OF FAME nascarhall.com
WELCOME HOME VETERANS welcomevets.com
PARKS & GREENWAYS FOUR MILE CREEK GREENWAY
LITTLE SUGAR CREEK GREENWAY
E. John St. to S. Trade St. This lush greenway entwines a series of paved trails, pedestrian bridges and a boardwalk.
E. 7th St. to Morehead St. Between these streets sits a gorgeous part of the greenway that encompasses a little bit of recreation and a little entertainment. The trails wind around a variety of mature treed areas, fountains, dining areas and open spaces.
FREEDOM PARK 1900 East Blvd. Freedom Park is a local favorite with a seven acre lake, playground, and many recreational activities. It is also the home of the annual Art in the Park, hosted each spring.
WILLIAM R. DAVIE PARK 4635 Pineville-Matthews Rd. This 107-acre park features Davie Dog Park, a favorite for Charlotte residents and their pets.
601 East Park Ave. Latta Park is a 31-acre urban park nestled in the Dilworth neighborhood.
CAROLINA THREAD TRAIL The Carolina Thread Trail is a developing regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties, 2 states and 2.3 million people.
REEDY CREEK PARK 2900 Rocky River Rd. This 927-acre preserve features a nature center, fishing, hiking, and additional recreational activites. For more park & greenway information, visit MECKNC.GOV.
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES Discovery Place discoveryplace.org
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden dsbg.org
Wing Haven Gardens winghavengardens.com
Carolina Raptor Center carolinaraptorcenter.org
Tiger World tigerworld.us
Lazy 5 Ranch lazyfiveranch.com
Latta Plantation & Nature Reserve lattaplantation.org
N.C. Zoo nczoo.org
Hendrick Motorsports Museum, Team Store, & Race Shops hendrickmotorsports.com
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte ctcharlotte.org Carolina Aviation Museum carolinasaviation.org
Sports Connection sportsconnectionnc.com Hiddenite Gems hiddenitegems.com
NC Transportation Museum nctrans.org
The Speedpark thespeedpark.com
The Schiele Museum schielemuseum.org
Billy Graham Library billygrahamlibrary.org
Sea Life Aquarium visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord
Reed Gold Mine reedmine.com
Zootastic Park zootasticpark.com
Dan Nicholas Park dannicholas.net
Sky Zone Trampoline Park skyzone.com/charlotte
GOLF COURSES PUBLIC COURSES
Birkdale 16500 Birkdale Commons Parkway 704.895.1151
Ballantyne CC 11120 Ballantyne Crossing Avenue ballantyneclub.com
Highland Creek 7001 Highland Creek Parkway 704.875.9000
Carmel CC 4735 Carmel Road carmelcountryclub.org
Oak Hills 4008 Oakdale Road 704.394.2834
Charlotte CC 2465 Mecklenburg Avenue charlottecountryclub.org
Olde Sycamore 7500 Olde Sycamore Drive 704.573.1000
Firethorne 1108 Firethorne Club Drive - Marvin 704.243.2433
Rocky River 6900 Bruton Smith Boulevard 704.455.1200
Longview 8801 Longview Club Drive 704.443.2500
The Divide 6803 Stevens Mill Road 704.882.8088
Myers Park CC 2415 Roswell Avenue myersparkcc.com Providence CC 6001 Providence Country Club Drive providencecc.com Quail Hollow CC 3700 Gleneagles Road quailhollowclub.com Raintree CC 8600 Raintree Lane raintreecountryclub.org The Palisades CC 13704 Grand Palisades Parkway thepalisadescc.com
RAPTOR CENTER 6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078 carolinaraptorcenter.org
FISH ON! Visit site for information on an enjoyable day of fishing. fishonguideservices.com
PADDLE CHARLOTTE WATER SPORTS 400 B North Harbor Pl, Davidson, NC 28036 puddlecharlotte.com
US WHITEWATER CENTER 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214 whitewater.org
CHARLOTTE JOY RIDES
Bike stations located throughout town. Visit site for details. charlottejoyrides.com
1418 Old Pageland, Monroe, NC 28112 xtreemechallenge.com
PROFESSIONAL SPORTS F O OT B A L L
Homer the Dragon
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Bank of America Stadium panthers.com
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Truist Park charlotteknights.com
Memorial Stadium charlotteindependence .com
Charlotte Football Club
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Hugo the Hornet
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Spectrum Center nba.com/hornets
Bojangles Coliseum gocheckers.com
Bank of America Stadium charlottefootballclub .com
Queen’s Cup Steeplechase
Mineral Springs, NC
Wells Fargo Championship
Quail Hollow Club
Coca-Cola 600 Bank of America 500
Charlotte Motor Speedway Charlotte Motor Speedway
DESTINATIONS MOUNTAIN RETREAT ASHEVILLE, NC
exploreasheville.com / 2.5 hours
BLUERIDGE PARKWAY blueridgeparkway.org / 1.5 - 2 hours
GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN grandfather.com / 2 hours
LAKE TOXAWAY, NC
While the fall is the most popular time to visit, Boone is incredible to see every season.
laketoxaway.com / 3 hours
exploreboone.com / 2 Hours
COASTAL DELIGHT CHARLESTON, SC charlestoncvb.com / 3.5 hours
MYRTLE BEACH, SC OUTER BANKS This ideal beach vacation spot offers plenty of fishing, golfing, water sports, and relaxing. outerbanks.org / 6 Hours
visitmyrtlebeach.com / 3.5 hours
visitsavannah.com / 4 hours
wilmingtonandbeaches.com / 3 hours
GETTING AROUND LIGHT RAIL LYNK BLUE LINE TRAIN With 26 stations from I-485 at South Boulevard to UNC Charlotte’s main campus in University City, this is a great way to travel and provides a congestion-free commute.
PLANE CHARLOTTE DOUGLAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT With 700 flights daily, this international airport makes traveling to a variety of other destinations convenient.
TROLLEY CHARLOTTE TROLLEY In 1891, electric street cars started running from downtown Charlotte to Dilworth and they continue to do so. GOLD RUSH These trolleys resemble streetcars and provide transportation in the uptown area.
BUS CHARLOTTE AREA TRANSIT SYSTEM - CATS With over 70 routes, CATS can take you almost anywhere within the Charlotte area. SPRINTER BUS With hybrid-electric buses, Sprinter connects Uptown to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).
CAR INTERSTATES I-77 and I-85 cross near uptown and make it easy to get from the north to south. The I-485 loop intersects I-77 and I-85 adds to the ease of getting around town.
SOUTH CAROLINA YORK & LANCASTER COUNTIES
YORK COUNTY #1
Best counties to buy a house in SC (Niche, 2020)
Best counties for families in SC (Niche, 2020)
Counties with the best public schools in SC (Niche, 2020)
POPULATION 266,439 (approximately) Median Age 37.2 GENERAL LOCATION Southwest of Mecklenburg Co. in Northern SC WELL-KNOWN EVENT South Carolina’s Annual Strawberry Festival
Located just 10 minutes south of Charlotte, York County is the perfect location for those who wish to live near a big city, but without the day to day hustle and bustle of city life. It’s also the perfect home base for year-round recreation — featuring miles of outdoor trails, greenways, parks, rivers and more. An adventurous, affordable and authentically southern county, York County is an undiscovered destination offering big-city amenities in a warm, friendly environment known for its hospitality and outdoor adventure. York County has quality arts and entertainment offerings, some of the best shopping and dining in the region, and sports facilities that are second to none. It is also a great place to raise a family, boasting some of the best public schools in SC. The natural beauty of the area is also a tremendous calling card for visitors. Complete with rivers and lakes, tranquil country roads and byways, year-round gardens, scenic flowing fields and rolling forested hills, there is still so much to attract the outdoor enthusiast. With the temperate climate, outdoor activities like golf, fishing, boating and hunting are year-round. York County is also the home of the Anne Springs Close Greenway nature preserve. A 2,100-acre nature preserve (twice the size of Central Park) tucked away in Fort Mill that features two suspension bridges, 36 miles of trails, a lake and much more!
LANCASTER COUNTY 10
Minutes travel time to Fort Mill & Ballantyne (NC)
Population Growth since 2000
of Continental Tire, NA, Red Ventures & Movement Mortgage
NICKNAME “The Red Rose City”
POPULATION 92,550 (approximately) Median Age 39.7 GENERAL LOCATION South of Mecklenburg Co. in Northern SC
INDIAN LAND Perched in the northernmost part of Lancaster County sits a small, quaint suburb of Charlotte — Indian Land. Offering a slower lifestyle, affordable homes, lower taxes and an amazing school district, Indian Land’s appeal is obvious. Located just east of Fort Mill, SC, and just south of Charlotte’s Ballantyne area, Indian Land offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Many people have recently discovered the appeal of Indian Land which has led to rapid growth. The area is a natural draw for those who wish to be close to a major city but without the noise and congestion. Indian Land is also an excellent choice for people who work in the Ballantyne area, South Charlotte or Fort Mill. It is also the headquarters of several major businesses, including Continental Tire North America, Red Ventures, Sharonview Federal Credit Union, The Inspiration Networks, and Movement Mortgage. Also located here are large branches of Honeywell, URS Corporation, TriNet, and Keer America Corporation. Nature and outdoor lovers will surely appreciate the Andrew Jackson State Park. This scenic park offers hiking, canoeing, camping, fishing and picnicking. There are plenty of recreational attractions in the park including a campground, fishing lake, picnic shelters and nature trails.
EDUCATION PRIVATE SCHOOLS
YORK CO. Walnut Grove Christian School Fort Mill, SC walnutgrovechristianschool.com
• York County has 4 different school districts • York School District 1
Lake Pointe Academy York, SC lakepointeacademy.com
(primarily located in York, SC)
St. Anne Catholic School Rock Hill, SC stanneschool.com
• Rock Hill School District rock-hill.k12.sc.us/Page/1
Westminister Catawba Christian School Rock Hill, SC wccs.org/who-we-are York Preparatory Academy Rock Hill, SC yorkprepsc.com
• Fort Mill School District fortmillschools.org/schools • Clover School District clover.k12.sc.us • Lancaster County Schools lancastercsd.com/directories/schools
Providence Classical School Rock Hill, SC providenceclassicalrockhill.com/about-us
*This is a representative sample and may not include all current options. This list is not an endorsement of any schools.
Carolina Christian Academy Lancaster, SC carolinachristian.org
HIGHER LEARNING INSTITUTIONS
THINGS TO DO GOLF COURSES
Waterford Golf Club – Rock Hill thelinksatwaterford.com
SC Strawberry Festival scstrawberryfestival.com
Tega Cay Golf & Conference Center – Tega Cay tegacaygolfclub.com
Come See Me Festival comeseeme.org
Winthrop Golf Course – Rock Hill winthrop-golf-course.edan.io
Rock Hill CC – Rock Hill rockhillcountryclub.net
Fort Mill Golf Club – Fort Mill playfortmill.com
Red Rose Festival lancastercitysc.com/community-festivals/ red-rose-festival
Spring Lake CC – Fort Mill springlakegolfcourse.com
Scarecrows on Main lancastercitysc.com/scarecrows-on-main
Springfield Golf Club – Fort Mill playspringfield.com
Lancaster Christmas in the City lancastercitysc.com/lancaster-christmasin-the-city-and-tree-lighting/
Pinetuck Golf Course – Rock Hill pinetuckgolf.com River Hills CC – Lake Wylie riverhillscc.org LANCASTER CO.
Edgewater Golf Club – Lancaster edgewatergc.com Lancaster Golf Club – Lancaster playlancaster.com Carolina Lakes Sun City Golf Course – Indian Land carolinalakesgc.com
THINGS TO DO PARKS, GREENWAYS & ATTRACTIONS Andrew Jackson State Park Walking trails, camping & fishing southcarolinaparks.com/andrew-jackson
Public Marinas on Lake Wylie, SC lakewyliemarinecommission.com/ public-marinas
Anne Springs Close Greenway 2,100 acres of nature ascgreenway.org
Rock Hill Rocks Community events visitrockhillsc.com
Native American Studies sc.edu
Carolina Thread Trail Hiking & biking trails carolinathreadtrailmap.org
RESTAURANTS & SHOPPING YORK CO. ROCK HILL GALLERIA
YOCO TASTE TRAIL
RIVER DISTRICT AT RIVERWALK
YOCO BREW TRAIL
KINGSLEY TOWN CENTER kingsleyfortmill.com
LANCASTER CO. PROMENADE AT CAROLINA RESERVE THE SHOPS ON MAIN RED ROSE DINING
NC UTILITIES POWER
Duke Energy | 800.777.9898 | duke-energy.com City of Concord Electric | 704.786.6161 | concordnc.gov
City of Concord Solid Waste Services | 704.920.5555 concordnc.gov
Dominion Energy | 866.366.4357 | dominionenergy.com Mecklenburg County / Charlotte Duke Energy | 800.777.9898 | duke-energy.com Mecklenburg County / Huntersville & Cornelius
City of Charlotte’s Solid Waste Services 704.366.2673 | charlottenc.gov Union County Action Waste Solutions | 704.821.7578 activewastesolutions.com
Energy United | 704.892.0278 | energyunited.com Union County
Union Power Cooperative | 704.289.3145 union-power.com
Spectrum | 704.377.9600
WATER Cabarrus County City of Concord Water Department | 704.786.6161 concordnc.gov Mecklenburg County City of Charlotte Dept of Water & Sewer 311 or 704.336.7600 Union County Union County Public Works | 704.296.4210 unioncountync.gov
GAS Cabarrus County Public Service NC | 877.776.2427 | psncenergy.com Mecklenburg & Union Counties Piedmont Natural Gas | 1.800.752.7504 piedmontng.com
DirecTV | 888.777.2454 Dish Network | 888.825.2557 AT&T | 800.288.2020 Cornelius, Mooresville, & Davidson: MI Connection 704.660.3840
SC UTILITIES POWER
Duke Energy | 800.777.9898 | duke-energy.com
City of Lancaster Solid Waste Department 803.286.8471 | mylancastersc.org
Lynches River Electric Co-op | 800.922.6111 lynchesriver.com
York County / Fort Mill area
Town of Fort Mill | 803.547.2116 | fortmillsc.gov
York Electric Co-op | 803.684.4248 | yorkelectric.net
York County / Lake Wylie area
Signature Waste | 803.548.4108 | signaturewaste.com
Lancaster County Water and Sewer District 803.285.6919 | lcwasd.org
Spectrum | 704.377.9600
York County / Fort Mill
Dish Network | 888.825.2557
Town of Fort Mill | 803.547.2116 | fortmillsc.gov York County / Lake Wylie Blue Granite Water Company | 800.367.4314 myutility.us
GAS Lancaster County Lancaster County Natural Gas Authority 803.285.2045 | lcngasc.com York County / Lake Wylie area York Natural Gas Authority | 803.222.7218 | ycnga.com
DirecTV | 888.777.2454 AT&T | 800.288.2020 Cornelius, Mooresville, & Davidson: MI Connection 704.660.3840
PROPERT Y TAXE S All tax rates on this chart are estimates. For specific information, contact the local tax authority in each county.
Mecklenburg County, NC @ $0.6169 per $100 value Tax rate $250,000 $500,000 $1,000,000 Charlotte @ .3481 0.965 $2,413 $4,825 $9,650 Cornelius @ .222 0.8389 $2,097 $4,195 $8,389 Davidson @ .29 0.9069 $2,267 $4,535 $9,069 Huntersville @ .24 0.8569 $2,142 $4,285 $8,569 Matthews @ .295 0.9119 $2,280 $4,560 $9,119 Mint Hill @ .255 0.8719 $2,180 $4,360 $8,719 Pineville @ .33 0.9469 $2,367 $4,735 $9,469
Union County, NC @ $0.2163 per $100 value
Tax rate $250,000 $500,000 $1,000,000 Indian Trail @ .185 0.4013 $1,003 $2,007 $4,013 Waxhaw @ .385 0.6013 $1,503 $3,007 $6,013 Weddington @ .052 0.2683 $671 $1,342 $2,683
York County, SC
Tax rate $250,000 $500,000 $1,000,000 Fort Mill SC millage rate 0.4701 $1,175 $2,351 $4,701 Rock Hill SC millage rate 0.4139 $1,035 $2,070 $4,139
Lancaster County, SC Tax rate $250,000 $500,000 $1,000,000 Indian Land SC millage rate 0.338 $845 $1,690 $3,380
COST OF L IVING COMPARISON
San Francisco CA
St. Louis MO
Population Average Income Average Age Land Size Average Home Value Cost Index
812,876 $80,706 34 yo 411 sq miles $386,475 100%
Columbus OH Princeton NJ Providence RI
Population 812,876 Average Income $80,706 Average Age 34 yo Land Size 411 sq miles Average Home Value $386,475 Cost Index 100%
807,078 $103,613 39 yo 52 sq miles $1,621,782 120%
373,714 $67,040 36 yo 161 sq miles $297,645 93%
317,701 $51,574 34 yo 66 sq miles $202,138 91% 798,187 $62,590 35 yo 239 sq miles $253,885 98%
933,431 180,260 $84,110 $72,488 35 yo 36 yo 357 sq miles 195 sq miles $455,755 $487,401 100% 104%
53,482 $159,646 39 yo 52 sq miles $808,327 115%
203,363 $63,495 32 yo 25 sq miles $369,847 86%
219,225 $124,686 35 yo 26 sq miles $848,045 143%
145,596 $93,395 31 yo 6 sq miles $1,297,522 117%
USEFUL RESOURCES CHARLOTTE REGIONAL BUSINESS ALLIANCE The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to the economic development of the Charlotte 15-county region in North and South Carolina. With a wide variety of helpful information, they are a great resource for Charlotteans or anyone thinking to relocate to the area. To view the documents below, please visit charlotteregion.com, or if viewing the book electronically, click the links below.
CHARLOTTE IN DETAIL charlotteregion.com
COST OF LIVING leadingre.com/homebuying/tools/costofliving
MAJOR EMPLOYERS DIRECTORY Atrium Health Wells Fargo & Co. Walmart Inc. Bank of America Corp. Novant Health Inc. American Airlines Group Lowe’s Cos. Inc. Food Lion Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. Duke Energy Corp.
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