Hurricane Matthew Home Restoration Donations Needed

As most of you remember, it was a little over a year ago when Hurricane Matthew devastated many areas of eastern North Carolina. There are many families who had no flood insurance and are still displaced. They have not been able to repair their homes so they can return to their properties.

Wayne Honeycutt in our Eastover office has agreed to help a couple of groups that are working to restore several of the properties. They are in need of kitchen and bath cabinets, tops, and fixtures. If you know of anyone who is remodeling and would like to see these items reused and repurposed, please let him know. He can take a quick look and see if they will work. If so, he can make arrangements to have them removed from the property and transported to the eastern part of the state. Hopefully this will help speed the process of restoring several properties.

The Mint Hill Fire Department donated their old kitchen when they remodeled and the group was able to finish one kitchen renovation in Eastern NC. See the pictures below! Thank you for keeping our neighbors in the Eastern part of NC in mind when you hear of a renovation this Spring.

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Dickens Mitchener Coat Drive Party | Monday, December 18th

This holiday season, the Dickens Mitchener team has hosted a coat drive to benefit Crisis Assistance Ministry. On Monday, December 18th at the South office, our team will celebrate the end of the coat drive from 4-6pm. This event is open to the public, so please join us and bring any new/gently used coats you may have to donate at the party.

Thank you to everyone who is participating. We hope everyone can make it! Happy Holidays from our Dickens Mitchener team!

Local Restaurant Hotspot: Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen

Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen is a key player in Charlotte’s local restaurant scene. Its seasonally-inspired menu includes the finest fresh ingredients from small local farmers. The rustic, yet refined interior sets the tone for an amazing dining experience. The staff here at Dickens Mitchener recently visited the SouthPark location, which even has a wall of – you guessed it- roosters, as part of the decor.

We tried several different entrees and sides during our lunch trip to Rooster’s, and everything was delicious! Highlights included the chicken wrap with artichoke, spinach and tomatoes with a side of margaux’s succotash, as well as the pastrami sandwich with swiss cheese and mustard on sliced rye with a side of fries. We can’t leave out the macaroni and cheese with parmesan cream sauce, which completely stole the show.

To experience Rooster’s for yourself, visit either of the restaurant’s Charlotte locations in SouthPark and Uptown.

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Born in North Carolina: Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort

The city of Tryon, North Carolina is widely regarded to be the region’s equine capital — a fact that is further cemented by the recent development of Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort — a sprawling $100 million luxury resort and 1,400-acre equestrian center in Polk County.

The Center, which is slated to host the prestigious World Equestrian Games in 2018, features 10 riding arenas, stadium seating for 6,000 people, 1,000 permanent horse stalls, multiple viewing decks, and a covered riding facility. In addition to equestrian facilities, there is also a health club, pool, tennis and basketball courts, climbing walls, a mountain bike park, and other luxury health and fitness amenities.

As part of Dickens Mitchener’s “Born in North Carolina” series, let’s learn more about how the city of Tryon became one of the nation’s most important equine sporting destinations.

The horsey history of Tryon, North Carolina

Named after William Tryon, the eighth Governor of North Carolina, the city of Tryon is renowned for its active equestrian community, which dates back to the early 20th century with the founding of the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club, Block House Steeplechase, and the Tryon Horse Show.

One of the most iconic testaments to the city’s love of equine creatures is Morris, a large horse toy statue that stands at the city center. First built in 1928 by Tryon Toymakers and Woodcarvers, Morris has undergone several replacements and refurbishments over the years — most recently in 2012.

In addition to the brand new Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort, the city is also home to the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, which offers a series of nature trails for riding and hiking as well as space for hosting equestrian events.

From elite Olympic athletes to hobbyist equestrians, Tryon is a must-visit location for anyone who is passionate about equestrian culture and history.

Contact Dickens Mitchener today to learn more about why businesses like Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort choose to make North Carolina their home.

Blue Line Extension Update: High-Speed Video Tour

We just viewed the high-speed video tour of the completed light rail extension on Charlotte Stories and had to share! We love being able to see the entire light rail route in high speed, including its 11 stations and where the 4 large park-and-ride structures are located. You can watch the full video here.

The finished Blue Line is a huge step in public transportation across Charlotte. Contact your preferred Dickens Mitchener agent today for more information or to purchase a property nearby.

Rooftop Bar Spotlight: Merchant & Trade in Uptown Charlotte


We recently checked out Merchant & Trade, the newest rooftop bar in Uptown, and highly recommend it. It’s the perfect place to grab a drink while friends are in town for Thanksgiving.

It is located at the Kimpton Tryon Park hotel at the corner of Third and Church streets in Uptown. Its 19th floor view of the skyline, Romare Bearden Park and the Charlotte Knights’ BB&T Ballpark makes it an incredible atmosphere for a date night or a place to meet friends for a night out. In addition to a full cocktail menu, there are delicious food options if you’d like to try an appetizer or enjoy dinner while you’re there. Of the many creative cocktails on the bar menu, we’d recommend giving the Oh Clementine cocktail a try. It is just sweet enough without being syrupy, and comes garnished with a clementine wedge on the rim of the cocktail glass.

The atmosphere can’t be beat, with high-end swanky decor and comfortable lounge furniture. From the second you step onto the private elevator to take you to the rooftop, to the last sip of your custom cocktail, it will be an experience in Charlotte you’re bound to remember.

For more information or recommendations, contact Catharine Pappas at 704.661.2402 or your preferred Dickens Mitchener agent today!



Charlotte – #1 Place to Live for Those Who Work in Technology

Those who work in technology may think Silicon Valley would be the best place to live, but that’s not what a recent study by the job site Indeed found.

Our very own city of Charlotte just ranked as the #1 place to live if you work in technology and want to get the most bang for your buck!

For average salaries and more information, click here. To connect with a Dickens Mitchener agent who can help with every detail of your move, click here.

Featured Listings: Queens Road West Luminaries

Today we want to feature an exciting tradition that the residents of Queens Road West have kept annually since 1988. Placing luminaries on the median of their street on Christmas Eve is a way that the neighborhood comes together to enjoy a beautiful sight each holiday season. Below is a feature from the November Life in Myers Park publication about the tradition.

Also, please check out our amazing listing on Queens Road West for the chance to live on one of Charlotte’s most iconic streets and to partake in this annual tradition for years to come. Contact Vicky Mitchener at 704.517.0177 for more information or to schedule a private showing today!

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Charlotte Ranks as the Highest Growth Area in the U.S.

Charlotte is in the news again for topping another national list!

Yelp has released a report that shows Charlotte as the highest growth area in the country.  This recognition was driven by Charlotte’s success in restaurants, the wider food industry, and home services.  Since Yelp’s data is current and ever-changing, it offers a real-time picture of a city or neighborhood.

For more information, click here. Our market-leading agents are standing by to help you with your move to, within or from the Queen City!

Charlotte’s Growth Tops 2017 List by WalletHub

The personal-finance website WalletHub recently named Charlotte as the second fastest growing large city in the U.S.

To determine where the most rapid local economic growth occurred over the last seven years, WalletHub’s analysts compared 515 U.S. cities across 15 key metrics. The categories range from population growth, to college-educated population growth, to unemployment rate decrease. Here’s how Charlotte stacks up in terms of economic growth (1 = Fastest-Growing and 258 = Average):

  • 41st – Population Growth
  • 134th – Median Household Income Growth
  • 17th – Job Growth
  • 125th – Poverty Rate Decrease
  • 148th – Regional GDP Growth
  • 1st – Growth in Number of Businesses
  • 35th – Working-Age Population Growth
  • 222nd – Foreclosure Rate Decrease

Charlotte ranks 20th overall and second for large-city growth. To view the full report and for more information, click here. Dickens Mitchener’s market-leading agents are available to answer all your questions and help you find your dream home in the Queen City. Contact us today to get started!