Charlotte Real Estate

    Charlotte is a growing metropolitan city in North Carolina. It is the county seat of mecklenburg county, the largest city in the state, and the 17th largest city in the United States. Charlotte is home to 2,442,500+ residents according to the 2012 census. A major financial hub for the U.S., Charlotte is second only to New York City in terms of assets. Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz became a queen consort of Great Brittain in the year prior to the city’s establishment. During the Revolutionary War, Charlotte earned another nickname, “Hornet’s Nest,” as General Cornwalllis called the area a “hornet’s nest of rebellion.”

    Today Charlotte is a melting pot of people and cultures where diversity is more than just an idea, it’s a way of life. Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers professional football team playing uptown in the Bank of America Stadium; Time Warner Cable Arena home to the Charlotte Bobcats professional basketball team and Charlotte Checkers hockey team and also hosts premier concerts and events throughout the year; NASCAR Hall of Fame for NASCAR enthusiasts; North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center featuring 3 uptown venues for music, theater and dance; uptown Convention Center with a host of events and conferences year round; Discovery Place museum where science and life intersect creating a cool environment for hands on learning for all ages including national exhibits and IMAX theater. Charlotte Motor Speedway featuring NASCAR, motor sports of all kinds and Christmas light show; US National Whitewater Center with 400+ acres including 24 outdoor activities and featuring whitewater rafting; Carowinds Theme Park along with water park straddling the NC/SC state line and Nature Museum featuring 100 year old forest and Butterfly Pavilion all within 15 minutes from uptown Charlotte.

    Charlotte’s midtown area has undergone tremendous change in recent years. The Metropolitan at the center of midtown, is now home to retail stores such as Target, Trader Joe’s, Elm, Staples, and Best Buy, upscale restaurants, sandwich and pizza shops, as well as upscale condominium living. Located on Little Sugar Creek Greenway, this is a great place to visit or live with tremendous offerings and opportunities and close proximity to uptown.

    Charlotte has established a greenway along Little Sugar Creek, approximately 4 miles in length. It currently runs from uptown to Park Road Shopping Center. Upon completion, the greenway is to span 19 miles from uptown Charlotte (Cordelia) toward the South Carolina border (Carolina Pace Mall) in Pineville, NC. This beautiful addition to an already lovely city includes shopping centers, dining & bar establishments, major parks and museums, Carolinas Medical Center, outdoor shelters, amphitheater, arts and crafts venues, etcetera.

    As of July 2012, Charlotte has a public bike rental system in place. This is an excellent way to experience the city and its surroundings. Visitors are able to rent one of 200 bikes hourly or daily from any of 20 stations (outside the 277 city loop well into uptown) and return their bike to the same or different station to receive their deposit back. The 1/2 hour charge is $4 with an annual pass available for $65 making this a great option for active residents and visitors alike.

    With an international airport 10 minutes from uptown, the Blue Ridge Mountains and scenic Parkway a quick 2 hour drive west, and historic Charleston, South Carolina, a simple 3+ hour drive south with its tourist attractions, world famous restaurants and endless beach options, Charlotte can provide the beginning of an exploration outside the city without too much effort.

    Charlotte is a bustling city with high rise condominium and apartments as well as older homes making it a great option for those interested in experiencing in-town living. The surrounding areas are incredibly convenient to uptown with direct access, most without even getting on a highway to do so. The options are endless…explore and enjoy!