10 Things To Do With Kids In Charlotte

It’s the weekend and you are ready for fun, family time. Where are the latest hot spots for families with children? We have the perfect list of the 10 things to do with kids in Charlotte.

  1. Discovery Place – Discovery Place has been inspiring kids for over 70 years through hands-on learning. They now feature 3 locations including uptown Charlotte, Huntersville and The Nature Museum near Freedom Park. Fun for the whole family as you lay on a bed of nails, catch an IMAX movie or hold a snake.
  2. Find a Sprayground near you. What’s a sprayground you ask? They are areas set up with with sprays, nozzles, streams and fountains. Fun for the little ones in the family that can run around while Mom & Dad can sit and watch. Best part – most of them are free!
  3. Imaginon/Children’s Theatre of Charlotte – Imaginon uptown is a fabulous destination during the hot summer months. It holds the children’s library and features many fun activities for children to do in the AC. It is also home to the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte where you can catch a child-friendly performance that will thrill the whole family. See their schedule here.
  4. US National Whitewater Center – The whitewater center has activities available for everyone in the family. The little ones can play on the mini rock climbing walls and watch the adults as they raft on the whitewater river. The center also has miles of trails to roam and feature many festivals throughout the year.
  5. Lazy 5 Ranch – Located in Mooresville – just a short drive from Charlotte, you will find the Lazy 5 ranch. You can either book a wagon ride or drive your own car through the park and feed many different exotic animals. The zoo features emus, giraffes, donkeys, zebras and many more animals. They also have a large playground with picnic tables. Bring cash, they do not accept credit cards.
  6. Explore the greenways! Charlotte is home to over 35 miles of greenways throughout the city. The family can run, walk and bike on any of the greenways. The most popular are the Four Mile Creek Greenway with an entrance near Trader Joes in Piper Glen and the Sugar Creek Greenway which takes you through uptown Charlotte. A must for the adventurous family.
  7. Freedom Park – Freedom Park is the 98-acre “Central Park” of Charlotte located between Charlotte’s historic Dilworth and Myers Park neighborhoods. The park is centered on a 7-acre lake, and is about 3 miles from the heart of Charlotte’s downtown area. The park has paved trails, tennis/volleyball courts, sport/athletic fields and playground equipment. Every September Freedom Park is the site of the five-day long Festival in the Park, which annually attracts over 100,000 visitors, and has been recognized as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.
  8. Explore the area farmer’s markets.  Charlotte boasts over 30 weekly markets around the area. Saturday mornings are a great time to visit the local markets to not only find fresh fruits and veggies but try local pastries, cheeses and meats. The Matthews Community market is one of our favorites for residents south of uptown and the 7th Street market is convenient for those in the uptown area.
  9. NASCAR Hall of Fame – The Charlotte area is the nations home to NASCAR. You can visit many racing shops in the area or head uptown to the NASCAR hall of fame. The hall is an interactive entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. There are hands-on activities for the young and old and you can even ride in a simulator.
  10. Explore Lake Wylie or Lake Norman. Charlotte is home to two area lakes. Rent a boat, explore the shoreline, go fishing or visit McDowell Nature Center at Lake Wylie. There is always something to do at the lake!

This list is only the beginning of all of the fun adventures you and your family can have in Charlotte, NC. We hope to see you around town taking advantage of all that our great city has to offer.

Pinterest’s Predictions for Top Home Trends of 2017


Source: Courtesy of Park and Oak Design

Pinterest conducted a study recently to figure out which home trends we can expect in 2017, based on recent spikes in searches for particular items.

From copper accents to deep blue tones to heated floors, look out for Pinterest’s predictions in homes for sale this year!

Read the full article here and reach out to your Dickens Mitchener agent for help getting your home ready and on-trend to list, or to begin searching for your dream home!


Moving in Charlotte? Where To Donate Your Stuff.

Moving can be a daunting task. It is best to start in one room and make your way through the house sorting your items by things to sell, throw away and donate. But where are the best places to donate your stuff in Charlotte? We have the perfect list to get you started!

Salvation Army – Pick up and Drop off

704-332-1171 www.salvationarmycharlotte.org

They accept the following: clothing, furniture, appliances(no built-ins), household items, cars.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore – Pick up and Drop off

704-392-4495 www.charlotterestore.org

They accept the following: Appliances, furniture, building materials, home decor, books, cabinets, working lighting, hardware, plumbing supplies, flooring, new windows, miscellaneous items (game tables, boats, jet skis). They cannot accept the following: computers, clothing, mattresses, and appliances older than 10 years.

Crisis Assistance Ministry – Pick up and Drop off

704-522-4978  www.crisisassistance.org

They accept the following: Clothing, mattresses, furniture, working appliances (no built in appliances), household items. You can also donate the value of a car to a family in need. They will assist with towing and sale. For assistance moving large pieces of essential furniture,  contact the Furniture Bank and they can arrange a time to pick-up the items. Pick up wait times can sometimes be 7-10 days depending on the season, demand, and availability of the driver. They cannot accept the following: Baby equipment, damaged or torn furniture, king size mattresses, dishwashers, exercise equipment, freezers, gas appliances (stoves, grills or dryers), items not in good, usable condition, lawn mowers, pianos or organs.

Beds For Kids – Pick up and Drop off

980-422-1192 www.bedsforkids.org

Pick up and drop off

They accept the following: Mattresses, furniture, new pillows and bedding, gently used blankets. They cannot accept the following: king mattresses, sleeper sofas, baby cribs, patio furniture.

Goodwill – Pick up and Drop off

704-393-6880  www.goodwillsp.org

They accept the following: Clothing, furniture, household items, small appliances, sports equipment, toys and games, flat panel TVs, used cars. They cannot accept mattresses.

National Kidney Services – Pick up and Drop off

704-393-5780  www.nkfpickup.com

They can accept the following: Clothing, furniture, working appliances (no built in appliances), cars.

American Veterans – Pick up and Drop off

704-393-2359  www.amvetsnc.org

They can accept the following: Clothing, household items, small electronics, small furniture.

American Kidney Fund – Pick up and drop off

704-566-0405  www.kidneyfund.org

They can accept the following: Clothing, furniture, small working appliances (no built in appliances), computers, electronics, toys.

eCycleSecure – For your electronics


They can accept equipment, including servers, PCs, monitors, televisions, telecom systems, cell phones/smart phones and medical equipment.

For items that cannot be sold, donated or recycled:

          Mecklenburg County Bulk Trash Pickup (government)


          Large item removal

          You can also set this up online here.

          Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Management (government) – Full Service Centers/drop off

          704-336-5359  www.wipeoutwaste.com

          The centers accept the following: paint, stain, hazardous materials, chemicals, cooking oil. For a full list click here.

Featured Event: Boy Scout Annual BBQ This Weekend

Photo Credit: Charlotte Agenda

It’s that time of the year in Charlotte when local Boy Scout troops have their annual BBQ sales.

Our agent Cindi Moore‘s family and their son, who is a member of Boy Scout Troop 11, are very involved with the annual BBQ sale at Providence United Methodist Church. Troop 11 is gearing up for their annual BBQ this weekend on March 17 & 18. Twenty-one wood fired smokers will line Providence Road and the aroma will make your mouth water.

Proceeds from this sale help offset the costs of many Boy Scout adventures like summer camp, camping trips, back packing trips, canoeing trips, Sea Base, Jamboree, and more. Troop 11 also provides full scholarships to many boys so they can experience Scouting.

Many Charlotteans purchase BBQ during the pre-sale window, which is now closed. However, some BBQ will also be sold at the event this weekend. Join us this weekend to support a wonderful cause – the Boy Scouts of America!


Dickens Mitchener Wins Several First Place Awards at 2017 LeadingRE Conference

Relocation Director Catharine Pappas

The Dickens Mitchener team brought home several first place awards from the 2017 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Conference, which took place February 27 to March 5 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

Every year, leaders at Dickens Mitchener go to the conference to attend and teach educational sessions and participate in impactful networking events.

This year, Dickens Mitchener won First Place for Video out of the entire 550 firm network, and also received RELO Direct’s Service Award. In addition, the firm received a 1st Place RDI Service Excellence Award out of entire 550 firm network, and made it into LeadingRE’s Momentum Club Award for the second year in a row. The firm’s Relocation Department was also nominated for outgoing referral production.

The Dickens Mitchener team is comprised of the city’s most savvy real estate professionals who have mastered the latest trends of the ever-changing market and are dedicated to making every transaction as seamless as possible. Dickens Mitchener’s agents are full-time experts who set the region’s standard for innovative practices, client satisfaction and outstanding results.

For more information about Dickens Mitchener, please visit Dickensmitchener.com.

Dickens Mitchener Attends the Charlotte Chamber’s C2 Event

Relocation Director Catharine Pappas

Dickens Mitchener’s Relocation Director Catharine Pappas attended the Charlotte Chamber’s C2 Session yesterday evening at The Palmer Building. The panel covered the topic of economic mobility and what our community can do to empower our workforce. Before the event there was time for networking. Thanks to the moderator, Carolinas HealthCare System’s EVP Debra Plousha Moore, and the panelists below for a great session!

   Dr. Patrick Graham, Charlotte Works President & CEO
John Lewis, Jr., Charlotte Area Transit System CEO
A. Fulton Meachem, Jr., Charlotte Housing Authority President & CEO
Representative from North Highland Worldwide Consulting

If you have an upcoming relocation or have any questions about Charlotte rentals or the real estate market, please call Relocation Director Catharine Pappas at 704.661.2402.

Panelists at Charlotte Chamber’s C2 Event on March 10, 2017

To Do This Weekend!

The Urban Ministry Center sponsors HousingFest, its 3rd concert to end homelessness, this Saturday at the Fillmore. Two dollars from every ticket will go toward housing for the homeless.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones will perform on Saturday. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, this high voltage band is touring internationally and promises a good show. Support a good cause! The Urban Ministry Center works closely with a network of agencies to provide necessary opportunities for the Charlotte homeless population. Dickens Mitchener proudly supports one of its signature initiatives, Room in the Inn.

Featured Property: 1542 Queens Road W

Situated along one of the most coveted neighborhood streets of Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood, this elaborately customized home is a marriage of classical elegance and thoughtful functionality. Built in 1998 by the co-owner of Simonini Builders for his family, the 6,325-square-foot property features dozens of elegant touches, like custom ironwork and coffered ceilings.

Property highlights

In addition to the 5 bedrooms and 5.2 bathrooms, there is a great room, a large eat-in kitchen, playroom, office, and a workroom. In the basement, you’ll find a billiards room, wine cellar, and workshop. One of the major centerpieces of this estate are the tall Pella windows and doors that lead effortlessly out onto the terrace patio and into the lush, grassy backyard. The outdoor rustic pavilion features a fireplace and sitting area that is perfect for casual entertaining. Needless to say, this home is truly one-of-a-kind. Here are just a few of the many additional extras you’ll find in this remarkable home:

  • Multiple living spaces
  • 3-car oversized garage, including space for a golf cart
  • Large eat-in kitchen with convection oven and other extras
  • Media room
  • Finished basement with recreation room, wine cellar and workshop
  • Additional work area in garage
  • Playroom
  • Whirlpool
  • Surround sound
  • Security system
  • Second living quarters
  • …and more!

About the neighborhood

Known for its historic charm, tree-lined streets, green spaces and walkability, the neighborhood of Myers Park was originally conceived as an upscale suburb of then-smaller city of Charlotte. Today, it represents the epitome of in-town living, with plenty of shopping, dining and nightlife options easily within walking distance of most residences. While young professionals love the neighborhood’s semi-urban feel, families come here for the charming homes and highly rated public schools.

Priced at $2,750,000, this custom home at 1542 Queens Road W is filled with amenities and pleasant surprises, and is not one to be missed. To schedule a showing, call Dickens Mitchener agent Sharon Rountree at 704-608-0448.

Featured Property: 9136 Winged Bourne

Situated just off the seventh green of the Quail Hollow Golf Course in the gated Seven Eagles neighborhood, 9136 Winged Bourne welcomes you to the perfect blend of palatial elegance and homey comfort. Set on more than an acre of land, this sprawling 11,000-square-foot home comes with 6 bedrooms, 7.1 baths and a myriad of unique features.

Property highlights

Perhaps the most notable feature of this home is its French provincial architecture and airy  interior feel, with an abundance of natural light and cathedral-like vaulted ceilings throughout. Here are just a few of the home’s more notable features:

  • Bricked-in circle drive with meticulously manicured landscaping in front
  • Multiple living/sitting spaces
  • 2nd living quarters
  • Luxurious flooring and molding throughout
  • Massive custom kitchen with double oven and plenty of extras
  • Oversize laundry room with multiple washer/dryers
  • Beautifully landscaped backyard with large covered terrace and swimming pool
  • Exercise room and sauna
  • Study
  • Security system
  • Surround sound system
  • Multi-zone central heat and air
  • Large garage for 4 or more vehicles
  • …and much more!

About the neighborhood

Seven Eagles is an exclusive gated community in Charlotte located along the western flank of Quail Hollow Club. This neighborhood lies within one of the top rated districts in the state. 9136 Winged Bourne is just off the seventh green of the golf course, while the neighborhood itself is convenient to many dining and shopping options nearby.

This sprawling luxury home is listed at $6.25 million, and is perfect for residents who love privacy, elegance, and plenty of room to entertain.  To schedule a showing, contact Dickens Mitchener real estate agents Vicky Mitchener at 704-517-0177, or Lisa Whetstone at 704-607-9619.