Charlotte is certainly the city you hear the most about within Mecklenburg County. However, there are other towns that you may not have heard as much about. Pineville, Matthews, Mint Hill, Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson may sound familiar. While Charlotte spreads out quite a distance in the center of Mecklenburg County, these towns surround it along its edge and may prove to be just where you wish to live.
Pineville is along the southwest area of the county, 12 miles from Charlotte’s Uptown business district and not far from our light rail Blue Line along South Boulevard. A charming town with an historic downtown known for its antique shopping, Pineville has something to offer everyone. Streets with hanging baskets of flowers and crape myrtle trees invite you to meander along for a step back in time. Small shops or Carolina Place Mall offer lots of shopping options. Restaurants, hospital and medical facilities, and office complexes are all within the area. Interstate 77 and Interstate 485 (our Outerbelt) provide easy access to Charlotte and other areas.
Matthews is located on the southeast side of Charlotte. It is about 10 miles from Charlotte’s Uptown business district. Matthews has a quaint downtown area, small shops, parks, hospital and medical facilities. Matthews Farmers Market, located in the historic downtown, is open April-November and has everything from produce, herbs, meats, baked goods, eggs, cheese, flowers, plants, and much more. ArtFest of Matthews and Matthews ALIVE are festivals that have continued for many years. The town of Matthews borders on the Union County line and nearby Mint Hill. Pineville-Matthews Road, also known as Highway 51 connect Matthews, Charlotte, and Pineville. The town continues to grow, while trying to strike that balance of small town life and meeting all the needs of modern life. Matthews has easy access to Interstate 485, as well.
Mint Hill is a small town located east of Charlotte and 11.5 miles from Charlotte’s Uptown business district. It has medical facilities, parks, festivals, art shows, shopping and new development on the way. The mall, Bridges at Mint Hill, and the Presbyterian Hospital are both upcoming new development for the area. There are several new residential developments which present the opportunity to be “away from it all” and still reasonably close to the benefits of Charlotte with access to Interstate 485.
Huntersville, located at the south end of Lake Norman and north of Charlotte, has been transformed over the years. The area offers many opportunities for recreation. The Latta Plantation Nature Preserve has many features, including hiking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing and Carolina Raptor Center, a raptor center for rehabilitation for birds of prey. Blythe Landing, a 26 acre park, with boat launches, sand volleyball courts, playgrounds, picnic areas, and the Dockside Café provide many ways to entertain you. NorthCross Shopping Center provides over 50 specialty shops, salons, and restaurants. Birkdale Village is a 52 acre shopping center with bookstores, theatre, specialty shops, restaurants, and national chains. Presbyterian Hospital-Huntersville is new privately owned hospital in the area. Interstate 77 provides access south to Charlotte and the Uptown area.
Cornelius has its roots in cotton mills and manufacturing, but it has certainly grown from there. The Peninsula is one of the upscale communities with its private clubs, which include a yacht club, and 11 miles of shoreline for its many activities. Jetton Park has 105 acres and offers waterfront views, a beach, paved hiking trails, Rollerblade trails, tennis courts, bike rentals, and other facilities. Ramsey Creek Park has a beach, nature trails, and boat docks. Hang Loose is an extreme sports facility for bikes, blades, and boards. They have a climbing wall, as well. There are many restaurants, national shops, and specialty shops throughout the area. Cornelius is accessible to Charlotte by Interstate 77 and is located north of Charlotte.
Davidson is a small college town about 20 miles north of Charlotte. Davidson College founded in 1837 is where the town gets its name. Davidson adjoins Cornelius, but the town has worked on a growth plan that maintains its original character and small town charm. There are Concerts on the Green, Art on the Green, the Davidson Farmers Market, and Gallery Crawls. There are historic homes and homes in developments such as River Run, a golf and country club in the area. The town is truly a quaint village, but still very close to the amenities of Charlotte when desired.
All of these Mecklenburg County towns offer a buyer many different options, lifestyles, and locations. All are growing as the region and Charlotte are, but each offers a different pace and feel. If you are interested in more information on any of these towns and the types of homes available, please contact me on my mobile 704-591-5703 or my email firstname.lastname@example.org. I am happy to help you in anyway and at the pace that works best for you!