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!

Why Millennials Are Choosing Starter Homes in the Queen City

Anyone who has spent time in Charlotte, NC over the past few years knows that it is a popular spot for Millennials — young adults in the 18-34 age range. As the Charlotte Business Journal reports, recent research confirms that Charlotte is by far the number-one city for Millennials in America. Not only that, but the number of Millennial home buyers has shot up 45 percent in the last ten years! What is it about this city that attracts so many young adults? Why are Millennials choosing starter homes in Charlotte, NC above other cities? Here are a few reasons why.

Job opportunities

Of course, one of the primary reasons for Millennials to move is an abundance of job opportunities, as many of them are graduating college and seeking to launch their careers. Charlotte’s job market is booming, enjoying a low unemployment rate and plenty of entry-level jobs available — with the largest number of employment opportunities in the health and financial sectors. Bestplaces.net indicates the Charlotte job market is expected to grow by 42.49 percent over the next decade, so the inflow of young adults to this area isn’t likely to abate anytime soon.

Wage growth

If job availability is what causes Millennials to come to Charlotte, NC, job growth is what causes them to stay in Charlotte, including settling down, buying starter homes, starting a family, etc. The top three job sectors in Charlotte are health and social services, financial services and retail, all of which are predicted to grow considerably over the next decade. Millennials expect that the jobs they take here will provide plenty of room for growth and promotion.

Affordable homes

Jobs and wages are of little consequence if the cost of living takes it away. Despite Charlotte’s rapid growth over the past few years, the overall cost of homes in this area remains reasonable compared to other metropolitan areas—and yet, Charlotte is also just big enough to provide plenty of great shopping, dining, nightlife and other conveniences to attract the younger adult. Simply put, Millennials get more home for their money here, and an excellent quality of life to boot.

As your local real estate specialists, we at Dickens Mitchener have our finger on the pulse of this community and are well aware of the best deals for starter homes in Charlotte, NC. If you’re considering moving to Charlotte or buying your first house, we’d love to help you find the home of your dreams! Give us a call today at 704-661-2402.

Family Dollar (Photo: Mike Mozart/Flickr)

Born in North Carolina: Family Dollar

Did you know that one of the most well-known discount variety stores — Family Dollar — was established in the great state of North Carolina?

Unlike other discount stores, items sold in Family Dollar are not unilaterally priced with a one dollar ceiling (depending on the item, it may cost more or less than a dollar). This allows you to find a greater selection of low-priced items at a variety of price points.

As part of Dickens Mitchener’s “Born in North Carolina” series, let’s learn more about how Charlotte-based Family Dollar became one of the nation’s most iconic bargain retail stores.

The history of Family Dollar

Founded by a 21-year-old entrepreneur named Leon Levine, Family Dollar opened its first store location on Central Avenue in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1959. Shortly after, additional stores opened their doors in South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. Since then, Family Dollar has grown to be one of the largest discount and dollar stores in the United States. By the late 1980s, the brand boasted more than 1,500 stores in operation.

What Family Dollar is up to today

Currently, the company employs 60,000 employees across 8,000 store locations nationwide. While initial start-up costs for the store involved $3,000 of Levine’s own money and $3,000 from an additional partner, the company is currently valued at more than $10 billion in 2017.

After Levine retired in 2003, his son, Howard R. Levine, stepped up to take the position of CEO and Chairman — ensuring that the time-honored brand remains a family affair. In January 2015, Family Dollar merged with fellow discount retailer, Dollar Tree, though the brand still operates under the Family Dollar name and Levine holds a spot on the Dollar Tree board of directors.

Contact Dickens Mitchener today to learn more about why businesses like Family Dollar set down their roots in North Carolina.

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.

Tryon Equestrian Center and Resort - Photo by Sugoipix/Flickr

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!

1300 Queens Road West

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!