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!

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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.

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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!


Dickens Mitchener Listings Featured On Charlotte Agenda

Did you know there is a neighborhood in Charlotte that resembles a French village? Tucked away off Providence Road in the Pellyn Wood Subdivision is Courance, a 17 home subdivision that has cobblestone streets, waterfalls and beautiful homes. Charlotte Agenda featured homes for sale in this unique neighborhood including two of Dickens Mitchener’s exclusive listings.

2305 La Maison Drive is a charming home that welcomes you with a large softly-lit great room.  The spacious dining area flows onto the private stone patio suitable for outdoor living & perfect dining al-fresco. The eat-in kitchen is a warm room with a coffered ceiling, a large walk in pantry and is equipped with a LaCornue gas stove. The Master suite is located on the main floor & features beamed ceilings, a fireplace and French doors leading outside. Listed by Vicky Mitchener & Ducie Stark.

2232 La Maison Drive Courance

2232 La Maison Drive is a private wooded paradise. Stunning stone architecture in a fairytale setting with cobblestone streets, gas lanterns and multiple outdoor spaces. The home features five bedrooms, 4.1 baths, 5,747 square feet of living space, gourmet kitchen, plenty of natural light and too many elegant architectural features to list. Cross the creek over a scenic wood bridge to your stone patio with outdoor fireplace and kitchen! Truly one-of-a-kind. Listed by Lisa Whetstone.

Contact the listing agents above or your preferred Dickens Mitchener agent to see any of our exclusive listings.



Eastover Ranked Among The Top 10 Most Beautiful Neighborhoods in the South

Eastover is one of the most prominent, historic and well-known neighborhoods in Charlotte. It is known for its stunning estates on large lots with endless curb appeal. Thrillist, a popular lifestyle website, has discovered our hidden residential gem and named Eastover one of the top 10 most beautiful neighborhoods in the South! Click here to read the full article.

For generations, Eastover has been known as one of the best Charlotte neighborhoods, given its historical significance, curb appeal, neighborhood layout and community culture. Located minutes from Uptown Charlotte entertainment, yet far enough to create a peaceful suburban feel – some may say Eastover is a metropolitan paradise.

Reach out to one of our market-leading agents today to find your Eastover dream home!

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Born in North Carolina: Lee Industries

Lee Industries furniture

Believe it or not, one of the most innovative leaders in environmentally friendly furniture manufacturing, Lee Industries, was founded right here in the great state of North Carolina.

As part of Dickens Mitchener’s “Born in North Carolina” series, let’s take a closer look at why people across the country choose Lee Industries for all their home furnishing needs.

The history of Lee Industries

1969 marks the year that Lee Industries founders Bill and Dottie Coley first opened the doors of their furniture factory in Newton, North Carolina. Staffed by just a small team of 10 people, the company’s goal was to design and manufacture high-quality wood-framed upholstered furniture. They met this goal handily and soon began to expand on their success.

Growing to meet customer demand

Today, Lee boasts 670 skilled associates, four manufacturing plants, and an expanded product selection of furniture and home decor products, including slipcovers, outdoor furniture, leather furniture, and even a natural furniture line called NaturalLEE.

What sets Lee Industries apart from other furniture manufacturers is the company’s commitment to producing furniture made in the USA. As they explain on their website, “98 percent of the components in [Lee] products are supplied domestically, and most suppliers are in our home state of North Carolina. This includes the frames, foam, springs, cotton ticking, decking, fabrics, and packaging. Local suppliers mean local employment and reduced transportation costs and CO2 emissions.”

In addition to meeting the ever-changing needs and wants of their customers, Lee Industries is also highly active in supporting charitable community organizations — from national efforts involving the United Way and the American Red Cross, to local initiatives like Keep Catawba County Beautiful and the Clean Air Carolina 5k. Lee also facilitates a college scholarship program for students in the Newton area.

Contact Dickens Mitchener today to learn more about why people and businesses choose to make North Carolina their home.

Born in North Carolina: Food Lion

Food Lion, a brand born in North Carolina.

Food Lion in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo:  Ildar Sagdejev)

Food Lion is one of the most iconic grocery store brands in the southeastern United States, but did you know the company first got its start in Salisbury, North Carolina? That’s why so many North Carolinians choose Food Lion as their go-to supermarket.

As part of Dickens Mitchener’s “Born in North Carolina” series, let’s take a closer look at why people who live in North Carolina have a special place in their heart for this major grocery store chain.

The early days of Food Lion

Food Lion first opened its doors on December 12, 1957, by Wilson Smith, Ralph Ketner, and Brown Ketner in Salisbury, North Carolina — the same city that brought you the region’s most beloved cherry soda, Cheerwine. The community-centric store was originally known as “Food Town,” but the company officially changed its name to “Food Lion” in 1982 after being acquired by international food retail group Ahold Delhaize.

Food Lion’s secret of success? Cost cutting

The company first became a regional and national competitor in the 1960s thanks to its “Lowest Food Prices in NC” cost-cutting strategy. The idea was to lower the price of all items across the board to entice customers to buy more products and achieve a larger profit. The innovative concept revolutionized how supermarkets work, and as a result, Food Lion grew at a rapid pace over the next several decades. During this time, Food Lion was considered the fastest growing grocery store brand in the U.S., with 100 new stores opening their doors each year.

Today, there are around 1,100 stores and 63,000 employees spread across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia. In keeping with its 60-year-old commitment to building community, Food Lion donates to local school districts as well as organizations like the Children’s Miracle Network, America’s Second Harvest Food Banks, Easter Seals, the United Way, and the American Red Cross.

Contact Dickens Mitchener today to learn more about why people and businesses choose to make North Carolina their home.

Retirement Communities Are Booming in Charlotte

Charlotte was recently recognized as a hot spot for millennials, but another group is growing as well, active adult communities! 55+ retirement communities are contributing to the construction boom in the Charlotte area. People are retiring to the Charlotte area to be close to grandchildren, for the climate and accessibility to the mountains and coast.

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Image courtesy of Del Webb Communities

All of the communities we are featuring are age-restricted for owners at least 55, and they’re all marketed to “active adults.” These neighborhoods come with many amenities including new clubhouses which feature indoor/outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, walking trails, dozens of social clubs, gyms with fitness programs and so much more. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the newer communities in the Charlotte area below.

Amber Meadows – Pulte Homes – Homes Starting From the Mid $400s 

Amber Meadows is located in Marvin, NC and is Pulte Homes’ first 55+ Active Adult community.  This new home community features ranch plans, all brick elevations, and fully maintained lawns. They offer access to recreation centers & greenways, are close to medical centers, country clubs, and plenty of shopping and dining venues in nearby shopping centers.

Carolina Orchards – Del Webb – Homes From the Mid $250s – $400s

Carolina Orchards is located just over the Charlotte border in Fort Mill, SC. This community offers leisure activities, a planned state-of-the-art fitness center, hobby and game rooms, indoor and outdoor pools and sporting facilities. You can choose from new ranch-style homes in a maintenance-free setting.

Cresswind Charlotte – Kolter Homes – Homes From the Mid $200s – $500s

Cresswind Charlotte is located conveniently off of I-485 in Charlotte towards Matthews/Mint Hill. The neighborhood is set on more than 370 acres of picturesque woodlands with miles of walking trails. The clubhouse will include a full-time activities director and fitness center,  resort-style amenities, including outdoor and indoor pools, tennis, pickleball, bocce ball and event lawn.

Regency at Palisades – Toll Brothers – Homes From the Low $300s – $450s

Regency at Palisades is located in close proximity to beautiful Lake Wylie. Choose from a range of floor plans from 1,794 to more than 4,000 square feet that reflect a modern lifestyle. These home designs include open-concept plans, and feature first-floor master bedroom suites. The amenities are also extraordinary and include a new, exclusive clubhouse – open to Regency at Palisades homeowners only. It boasts a year-round indoor lap pool, a large hot tub/spa, vaulted event room, full chef’s kitchen, private tavern area, billiard and game room, fully apportioned fitness center and more.

Trilogy Lake Norman – Shea Homes – Homes from the Mid $200s – $400s

Trilogy Lake Norman is a new community which is located just a few miles from I-77 and Lake Norman. Home sizes range from 1345 to 2917 square feet. The Twin Hills Club is the center of the community featuring 30,000 sq feet of amenities including the grand living room – a place where the community connects, and neighbors become friends; the foundry – the signature restaurant, featuring a modern farmhouse look, and forging exceptional food and drinks every day;  Crow’s Nest – the sports and game-themed escape, offering poker, pool, billiards, and more; Afturburn – a sleek and comfortable environment with world-renowned TechnoGym® equipment, Fitness on Demand, personal trainers, a resort pool, and so much more!

For more information about Charlotte and assistance with your next move, contact your preferred Dickens Mitchener agent.

Charlotte Home Ownership Beats Surrounding Cities In Affordability, But Act Fast!

Buying a family home in a modern, bustling city is within reach in Charlotte, NC. (a mortgage research site) has identified Charlotte as the ideal area to purchase an affordable mid-sized home, however one must act fast as prices are rapidly increasing. The Queen City has become an in-demand location for new homeowners due to payments reporting lower than the national average, even beating metropolitan cities such as Nashville, Austin, and Raleigh. Home ownership in the Charlotte area is now within reach for buyers of a medium income of $56,000. This report does, however, account for a 20% down payment and other base price fees. It also is apparent that home prices are on a constant rise, more specifically up 6% since June 2017 (which is faster than the national average.) So what does all this information tell you? The time to buy is now!


Read the full article here and reach out to a Dickens Mitchener agent today!