June Top Producers Feature Nearly Half Agent Roster

Dickens Mitchener, your best source for residential real estate, is proud to share a record-breaking month for agent production with an astounding 48 agents producing $1,000,000 and above in individual sales for the month of June. That’s one agent short of half of the company’s full roster of Realtors®!

The Dickens Mitchener team is comprised of 97 full-time real estate experts who set the region’s standard for innovative practices, client satisfaction and who continue to deliver outstanding results. The agents are true neighborhood specialists with years of combined experience, using intimate community knowledge & collaborative market expertise to make your real estate dreams come true. Let your preferred Dickens Mitchener team member handle the details, no matter where the journey takes you!

What to do this Independence Day

This July 4th marks the 243th birthday for America. The Queen City is celebrating properly with activities ranging from traditional fireworks, live music, block parties and even a 5k! With the help of our team of full-time neighborhood experts, we’ve selected our top 5 events happening locally to make sure this Fourth of July is a spectacular one for all! 










U.S. National White Water Center 

For the 9th year, the US National White Water Center will host their Fourth Of July Celebration. This two day party will last from July 3rd at 9:00 Am to July 4th at 10:00 PM.  Aside from their usual tours and fun activities, there will be plenty more opportunities to get outside and be active. Some of the provided activities will include- live music, yoga classes, a stand up paddle board race, and two days of fireworks over the water. Click  here  for more information. 

The Charlotte Knights Stadium 

SkyShow Charlotte is taking over Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in front of BB&T Ballpark starting at 2pm until 10pm. There will be fun for all ages- from interactive kids games to live music to food trucks serving food and drinks. The holiday game features our very own Charlotte Knights against the Norfolk Tides with the first pitch going out at 7:15. Following the game, there will be a firework display. The show will be synchronized with music played from inside of the stadium. The first 5,000 guests will get a small American Flag, which will be waved around during the patriotic music and fireworks display.  Click  here  for ticket pricing and event details. 

Lake Wylie 

There’s something about watching fireworks over water that makes them more beautiful. Lake Wylie is hosting their annual Fourth of July fireworks display starting at 9:30 PM. Whether you spend all day on a boat or at one of the public parks, be sure to make your way over to the Buster Boyd Bridge around dusk. There will also be seating in the Lake Wylie Plaza parking lots and surrounding restaurants. Click  here  for more information.  

Tega Cay 

If you’re looking for a never ending day of fun, make your way to Tega Cay, South Carolina. Only about 20 miles outside Charlotte’s city center, this makes for an easy day trip. There are different events happening from 9AM- 9PM. These events consist of a  land parade, log rolling & paddleboard joust, a boat parade, Carolina show ski team, splish-n-splash summer bash, a lions club fish fry, state of the city and birthday party, ending with a firework show. Click  here  for more information.  

Charlotte Firecracker 5K 

Head on over to the  Olde Providence neighborhood  on July 3rd to get your athletic on before the real party on the Fourth. They are hosting a timed 5K on a loop around the neighborhood. After the race, runners and neighbors will join together for a pool party featuring live music, food and drinks. Parking for the race will be available at Olde Providence Elementary School. The race will finish at the Windyrush Country Club pool which is about a half mile from the elementary school parking lot. Click  here  for registration information and event details.  

Vacation Bucket List: Summer Getaways

Summertime and the living is easy. One of the best things about living in Charlotte is the vast options to transform Saturday and Sunday into mini-vacations you can spend in the mountains, at the beach or somewhere in between. We polled our team of full-time real estate experts and discovered they really know how to make the most of their weekends and beat the heat! Using their insight, we’ve compiled our vacation bucket list, focusing in on Summer Getaways . Be sure to stay on the lookout for Issue 5 of Dickens Mitchener Style for additional information on these destinations, all within driving distance of the Queen City.

From the cobblestone streets and gorgeous public parks, to some of the most unique architecture of the South, Savannah is the perfect vacation destination for all ages. This sleepy southern town is a hidden gem and a true escape from the city-life with unparalleled style and history.

Only a two hour drive from Charlotte, Asheville boasts an incredible food and beer scene, with places like Wicked Weed Brewing and Curate topping our list.  Check out the Biltmore Estate for a taste of North Carolina history and 5-star views. This thriving mountain city should be on the top of everyone’s weekend destination list and is an absolute must for our team of full-time real estate experts.


A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other. Packed with slow-paced, relaxing drives revealing stunning long-range vistas, close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. This is our top pick for the outdoorsy adventure.


Greenville, SC combines the quaintness of historical downtowns of the south with stunning natural beauty and is quickly becoming a national destination. With a revitalized downtown that ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine, Greenville is a great choice for the Charlotte escape you didn’t know you needed.


A little over 3 hours from the Queen City is Charleston, SC. This city of old school southern charm is filled with rich history, well- preserved architecture, and distinguished restaurants. Be sure to take a horse drawn carriage through town to discover all there is to unveil about Charleston’s history. The surrounding beaches are also a must, if you’re looking for a retreat from the city! Our team suggests Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach.

Memorial Day Barbecue Must-Haves!

In honor of Memorial Day, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to bring to a barbecue, as provided by our team of full-time neighborhood experts. Whether you’re hosting the holiday cookout or showing up for the celebration, see the detailed list below to be sure you out-shine even the brightest of fireworks at this summer’s outdoor gatherings.

Finger Foods:

  • Watermelon – No matter your age, there’s no one that doesn’t enjoy a fresh slice. It’s so easy to prepare, clean up and it’s also such a nostalgic treat for everyone! -Realtor®/Broker, Joan Goode
  • Corn on the Cob – Throw it on the grill, and it’s ready to go. What’s easier than that? -Broker-In-Charge, Sarah Szczodrowski
  • Chips & Guacamole – Being from California, avocados are a must for any family gathering. It’s also a great way to sneak in some vegetables amidst all the party treats! -South Office Manager, Michelle Duncan
  • Potato Salad – It’s a summer staple that isn’t much fun to make but seems to go along with everything! – Office Administrator, Melanie Vise
  • Deviled Eggs – I bring these things everywhere! They’re so easy and to pop in your mouth! -Eastover Receptionist, Bonnie Greenberg


  • Banana Pudding – We had more than ten agents respond with this quintessentially southern summertime dessert as their BBQ must-have dessert. It’s the true front-runner, and with good reason, according to our team of experts!
  • Peach Cobbler – Something with fruit is so refreshing for the Summer heat. – Realtor®/Broker, Micheal Nester
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches – The only thing that could make chocolate chip cookies better is ice cream, honestly…homemade, on a summer day, you can’t beat it! – Realtor®/Broker, Ashley McMillan
  • Strawberry Pie – My husband’s grandmother’s recipe is to die for. It’s both refreshing and indulgent, and has become a real must-have for any summertime bbq we’re invited to. -Realtor®/Broker, Andi Morgan
  • Realtor®/Broker Fran Miller goes one further with her strawberries and slices them with a bit of sugar and your choice of added flavoring – which she suggests Grand Marnier or brandy.
  • Fruit Salad – The fresh cold fruit that’s available this time of year is sweet enough to be considered a dessert, combine them together and it’s practically cake! -Realtor®/Broker, Sarah Kennerly
  • Brownies with Salted Carmel Frosting – They’re perfect: no mess, no utensils or plates required. -Relocation Director, Catharine Pappas
  • Grilled Fruits – Sliced pineapple drizzled with Jet-Puffed Marshmallow cream or grilled peaches with rosemary and balsamic is our family’s favorites. -Realtor®/Broker, Eric Madara
  • Ice cream sandwiches – Even if by the box, from the grown ups to the kids, everyone eats one! -Realtor®/Broker, Ducie Stark
  • Homemade Ice Cream – It’s a commitment, but it’s one that pays off. You just can’t match the flavor when bought in store. -Realtor®/Broker, Suzanne Coddington
  • Tres Leches Cake – Most people aren’t familiar with this dessert. I love bringing it to events and seeing others love the cake that’s our family’s real favorite! -Realtor®/Broker, Johana Troutman


  • Beer – Need I say more? All jokes aside, the Charlotte beer scene has no better platform than the summer get-together. You can’t go wrong with anything NoDa puts out, personal favorite is Coco Loco. – Broker-In-Charge, Jimmy Rountree
  • Tea – A sweet tea over ice with fresh lemon is always a crowd pleaser, especially with the moms! – Realtor®/Broker, Ruth Moniz
  • Blueberry Lemonade – take any kind of lemonade you prefer and add fresh blueberries with a blueberry simple syrup. Adults: add vodka. Cheers! -Marketing Team Member, Sara Leeson


Mother’s Day Brunch – Our Top 5 Picks

  1. The Asbury
    A brunch spot every Southern mom will love. The Asbury offers traditional Southern cuisine, bubbles and offers a beautiful atmosphere. We suggest the sticky biscuits, because mom deserves one. This one even comes with a Mother’s day perk—every mother gets a rose!
  2. littleSpoon
    A local hotspot that our team of experts can not stop raving about. It sits in the heart of Myers Park, on Selwyn. Offering a seasonal menu, countless brunch cocktails, and a patio perfect for Sunday’s with the family—littleSpoon is the perfect way to spoil the trendy mom!
  3. Café Monte
    Perfect place for a large party—bring friends and family to this delicious locally owned café. Classic French atmosphere in the heart of South Park offers endless options that will surely make any Mom’s day! Did we mention the beignets? Get them.
  4. Brewers at 4001 Yancey
    If you’re looking for a low key Mother’s Day, this is the place for you. Not only is Brewers at 4001 Yancey in the heart Charlotte’s brewery district, but they’re offering a full fledged Buffet to celebrate moms that also includes the choice of a fun Sunday cocktail. This is our top pick for a come one come all, especially because of the outdoor patio, games, and the photo booth.
  5. 5Church
    It’s only fitting we include one upscale brunch, for the mom who deserves a real break & extravagant escape. An Uptown favorite—5Church is our most stylish option, that feels worlds away from the carpool line. We suggest making a reservation, as this is another favorite among the locals. The restaurant is known for their meats, so we’d suggest you go with either the shrimp and grits or the lamb burger. It’s worth noting that they’re going above and beyond, by giving Mom’s a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa with their brunch purchase.


Dickens Mitchener Style: Issue 4 is Now Available!



The newest issue of Dickens Mitchener Style, our regionally focused lifestyle magazine, is here! The issue showcases some of Charlotte’s most beautiful homes, each of our exclusive listings, and gives readers a look at some of wonderful things that our region has to offer. Inside Issue 4 we share some insights from our team of real estate experts to make living here more enjoyable.

Our latest issue features stories that offer thoughtfully written pieces including a neighborhood spotlight on Weddington-Waxhaw, a terrific article on a local Dilworth teacher and Dickens Mitchener client whose greatest lesson is kindness (so much so that it landed her on The Ellen Show), and designer trends from interior designer Steve Rasnick. As always, we provide exclusive tips from our Style team of full-time agents, and much more on our growing city!

Contact us to receive your copy of Dickens Mitchener Style: Issue 4 today!


The Charlotte’s brewery scene is exploding with over 40 breweries calling the Queen City home. Join Dickens Mitchener Relocation Director Catharine Pappas as she explores breweries in the Charlotte area. Follow along as she talks with with Gavin Toth at Divine Barrel Brewing and Brittany Smith at Legion Brewing & find out what makes Charlotte such a brewery hot spot.

Stay tuned for more coming in the #CLTin3 series.

Welcome to Waxhaw

Charlotte – home to pro sports teams and Fortune 500 corporate headquarters, host city to this year’s NBA All-Star Game and the Republican National Convention in 2020 – is also home to rolling hills and bucolic horse farms.  Horse country isn’t inside the city proper, but historic Weddington/Waxhaw is just a short drive from the heart of Charlotte. And if the Union County area feels hundreds of miles from uptown Charlotte’s skyscrapers, it also seems decades removed from it.

Dickens Mitchener’s Broker-in-Charge Sarah Szczodrowsk’s family of four has lived in Waxhaw for nearly six years. The horse culture is part of what lured her there. She and her 7-year-old daughter are equestrians who ride several times a week. “If you’re a horse person, it’s easy to find your place here,” she said. “There’s a downtown tack shop (Waxhaw Tack Exchange) where everyone goes.” Adding to the authentic small-town feel are the downtown railroad tracks and historic footbridge overlooking it. (It’s what Dickens Mitchener Realtor®/Broker Megan Despard called “the most instagrammable spot in the Charlotte area.”) Downtown Waxhaw is brimming with antique stores, coffee shops and Mom-and-Pop restaurants. Beyond downtown, there’s plenty of sky, hills and horses.




During the mid-1700s, German and Scots-Irish settlers moved to the area and created their own community. Over a century later, in 1889, Waxhaw became prosperous after a railroad placed in the center of town allowed residents access to Atlanta and allowed local cotton and textile merchants to sell their products. The railroad remains in place today near Waxhaw’s Historic District which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 15,147
  • Waxhaw gets its name from the Waxhaw Native American tribe that once lived in the region. Today, this entire area of the Piedmont along the North and South Carolina border is known as the Waxhaws.
  • The first gold discovered in the United States was not far from the Waxhaw city limits.
  • Living in Waxhaw means getting to know your neighbors. The town holds regular events like concerts, parades, and First Fridays, a night when businesses stay open late and people gather in town for fun activities.
  • Waxhaw has its own farmer’s market. Visitors can purchase farm-fresh meat, eggs, and seasonal produce, as well as plants, flowers, artisanal foods, and natural health and beauty products from local vendors.
  • Local professionals will enjoy the fact that Waxhaw has its own Rotary Club. It was founded in 2004.
  • Though there is some dispute about the exact location, President Andrew Jackson was born in the Waxhaw area.

Local Attractions

Waxhaw is a friendly town, and there is always something going on. It is also a business-friendly town, which means plenty of independent shops and restaurants line the streets in the historic area surrounding the railroad. Enjoy delicious food at an array of restaurants, ranging from farm-fresh Southern cuisine to authentic Italian. There are also many historic sites in the area dedicated to Andrew Jackson and the Native Americans who originally called the town home.


  • Provisions – A local, family owned business located on Waxhaw’s historic Main Street. Lisa Vigil and Ken Posko are partners with a goal to help bring local producers and consumers together in one convenient location.
  • Stacks Kitchen – Located on N. Broome Street in Waxhaw. Famous for serving breakfast all day, residents love to dine on its waffles, pancakes and omelets.
  • Bistro D’Antonio – Serves Italian inspired cuisine, all dished up in a warm and relaxed dining room with old-world touches.
  • Maxwell’s Tavern – Located on East South Main Street, Maxwell’s Tavern is a part sports bar, part family-friendly casual dining place. Its menu features something for everyone with classic favorites like burgers, pulled pork, steak, and seafood.


  • Carolina Place – Just north of Waxhaw in Charlotte is Carolina Place. The mall is home to dozens of your favorite stores like Macy’s, Dillard’s, Sears, Belk, H&M, and Victoria’s Secret. It also features several restaurants and a children’s play area.
  • Downtown Waxhaw – Not everyone loves big box stores and chains, and Downtown Waxhaw is the place to get away from that. You will find boutiques, antique shops, and independent restaurants all around the historic town. After shopping, visit the area’s iconic pedestrian bridge that goes right over the railroad tracks.
  • Grocery Stores – For your everyday shopping needs, Waxhaw is home to Harris TeeterFood Lion, and Walmart, as well as several smaller stores.

Entertainment, Nightlife & Things To Do

  • Waxhaw’s Farmer’s Market – Corner of Price and Church Street, 116 McDonald Street, Waxhaw. Waxhaw Famers’ Market consists of farmers and artisan vendors proudly growing and making all of their products locally. They come to the market to provide you fresh-from-the-farm goodness and their unique crafting of hand-made foods and specialty items. The Market is open EVERY Saturday 9am-12pm.

  • Museum of the Waxhalls  – To get a sense of the area’s history and enjoy a day of family fun, a visit to the Museum of the Waxhaws is a must. It serves as a memorial to Andrew Jackson, and it features several exhibits focused on the seventh president. There is also a Waxhall Indian Village, Secret Homestead, and a Heritage Garden.
  • Storefront Theatre – You don’t have to drive to Charlotte or another big city to take in a little culture. Waxhaw has its own Storefront Theatre. As of 2014 — 2015, it is in its eighth season. Some of its plays have included Country SongsWe Like Short Shorts, and The Cemetery Club.
  • Queen’s Cup Steeplechase – The Queen’s Cup Steeplechase takes place in neighboring Mineral Springs every spring at Brooklandwood. It’s a must for horse-racing enthusiasts, but it’s also a fun-filled day for people of all ages. You can pet the race horses, and there are pony rides for kids. Live music, food, tailgating, fun hats, and gorgeous flowers are all part of the atmosphere.
  • Andrew Jackson State Park – There are many parks in the Waxhaw area, but Andrew Jackson State Park in nearby Lancaster, SC is a popular one. There is a museum, living history programs, trails, a lake for fishing, and picnic and camping areas.

Real Estate Information

At the rate the Waxhaw area is growing, it is not surprise that there it so much new construction in the area. What separates the area from many others, however, is that it is quality new construction. Think 3-sided brick homes, side-entry garages, 1+-acre lots, and beautiful landscaping. The neighborhoods also offer great amenities, like pools, tennis courts, walking trails, and playgrounds.

Patio Season: 15 Fresh Places To Dine & Sip Al fresco in Charlotte

Al fresco season is almost here! Whether you’re looking for a secluded patio or prime street-side people watching, here are 15 great places you should be sipping and dining al fresco all spring and summer long.  

1. City Lights Rooftop

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City Lights is located on the 18th floor of the Le Meridien hotel. Charlotte’s newest and largest rooftop bar boasts unparalleled views paired an eclectic, street food inspired menu and hand-crafted cocktails. Dance and mingle next to the LED rooftop furniture and the weekly live music and rotating DJ roster. This is a casual fun spot to let your hair down and put your feet up to enjoy a sunset, cocktails, and bites.

2. Sycamore Brewing

Sycamore Brewing is a small, family owned craft brewery in Charlotte’s South End. The light-rail-side brewery with its inviting rustic taproom and large, string-light-filled beer garden has become a fast favorite on the Charlotte social scene. Their patio sets the stage for the ever-popular Food Truck Friday and is sure to be packed all weekend long.

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3. Dilworth Tasting Room

Located in the heart of Dilworth, this circa-1940’s style building creates an atmosphere reminiscent of the wine bars and Enotecas of Europe. They have an open air private courtyard/patio that is Charlottes premier secret garden, luxurious seating, and nearly 30 feet of mahogany, copper and steel bar from which one can partake from a bold and unique wine list focused on low-production, high-quality wines.

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4. SouthBound / Mac’s / The Music Yard

Neighbors Mac’s Speed Shop (a southern smokehouse) and SouthBound (a SoCal-inspired taco bar) are linked together by The Music Yard, a huge outdoor performance venue. The curb appeal of those three places packed with patrons creates an alluring “patio row” of sorts along the busy South Boulevard corridor. Catch a free spring music series in The Yard every Saturday in April and May .


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5. Barcelona Wine Bar

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6. The Suffolk Punch

Located in Southend, Suffolk Punch’s earthy feel, with dangling greenery and a glass tile backsplash behind the bar, is instantly welcoming.  The Suffolk Punch is a Brewery, Culinary Café & Taphouse, and Coffee Bar.  They serve coffee starting at 7:30 am on weekdays (9 am on the weekends,) have a unique menu with a variety of flavors, and offer over 50 beers on draft including over 20 made in house! Breakfast, lunch, dinner – brunch on weekends, wine & craft cocktails.

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7. Brewers at 4001 Yancey

Brewers at 4001 Yancey offer well-known Victory, Sixpoint and Southern Tier beer, but also brew locally inspired beers in the brew house. With an annual capacity of 10,000 barrels, the Brewers are crafting new recipes designed with the local community in mind, taking inspiration from local ingredients and trends. The chef driven menu incorporates their beers in over 90% of their recipes and each menu item can be perfectly paired with a pint.

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8. Legion Brewing South Park

Legion Brewing Company was born from the ethos that sharing good beer with friends is one of life’s great pleasures. Legion Brewing SouthPark is open 7 days a week and offers a full menu and two bars stocked with beer, wine and local spirits. You’ll find 39 at the downstairs bar, and 8 at the mezzanine bar. Popular Legion beers include Juicy Jay, Project Pils, Freedom Park and Carolina Sparkle Party.

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9. Roots Cafe

Locally sourced ingredients and handcrafted with love, Roots Cafe is a fast casual cafe experience. Grab a menu, place your order at the counter, choose your seat and the rest will be taken care of.

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10. Kid Cashew

Kid Cashew is a wood fire grill inspired by farmers, butchers and the Mediterranean. Located in Dilworth, Kid Cashew offers vegan and gluten free options. Whether enjoying $3 mimosas at brunch or $6 appetizers during happy hour, their passion is giving guests a chance to share flavors and laughter with their loved ones and friends.

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300 East has been serving the Dilworth neighborhood and greater Charlotte for 32 years. They are a family-owned and operated casual dining establishment serving a creative American-eclectic menu in a rehabbed, 1900 Victorian home. They offer lunch, dinner, cocktails & Sunday brunch!

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12. Hello, Sailor

Hello, Sailor offers a bright, sunny, casual restaurant and bar concept, open all day Tuesday – Sunday. The horseshoe-shaped bar is a main focal point in the dining room featuring beach-worthy cocktails like Cherry Lemon Sundrop Negroni Slushies and no-frills 40-ounce Miller High Life bottles. The deck along with its forthcoming tiki bar and the restaurant’s 20 dedicated boat slips are prime spots in the spring and summer time.

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Fahrenheit is situated above the Skye Condos on the 21st Floor.  With one of the best views in the Queen City, the 8,600-square-foot rooftop restaurant and bar gives guests an opportunity to enjoy indoor and outdoor dining. The spectacular bar and lounge opens up to the stunning roof area, where linear fireplaces offer ambiance to the wrap-around patio. Fahrenheit’s menu is “inventive, new American regional cuisine.” It is the chef’s dedication to using the finest and freshest, locally sourced seasonal ingredients, along with Asian insinuations, that make this fare uniquely his own.

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A vibrant Italian restaurant in uptown Charlotte. Stroll through their inviting entrance at West 3rd street, where their warm and convivial restaurant is a meeting place for both Charlotteans and out-of-towners. Angeline’s offers a modern, Italian-influenced menu in the form of house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and simple yet flavorful small plates in an energetic and comforting environment.

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Fern was designed to create a comfortable and earthy atmosphere, using reclaimed barn wood for tables and baseboards, and sourcing our ingredients from the best farms in the area. Fern focuses on plant-based and southern cuisine to create seasonal menus.

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Charlotte Metro Is The Star of Emerging Tech Hubs

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Did you know that Charlotte metro recorded a greater increase in IT jobs than San Francisco’s metro area? According to RENTCafe’s analysis of the most recent BLS data, Queen City’s metro saw the most significant rise in STEM employees nationwide.

Here are a few highlights from the study: 

  • Charlotte metro is the star of emerging tech hubs. It upped its number of IT jobs by a staggering 37.5% in just 3 years (2014 – 2017), outpacing San Francisco metro, which posted a 19.5% boost.
  • Rents are rising faster than wages in the Queen City’s metro area. The income of those working in the metro’s technology sector went up by 6.8% between 2014 and 2017, but rent prices hiked even more, marking a 7.6% growth from 2016 to 2019. There is a silver lining though, Charlotte is one of the most affordable among tech hubs. Here IT salaries circle around $92,600, while it costs $1,138 on average to rent a dwelling.
  • Despite its spectacular surge in STEM workforces, Charlotte metro only holds a 4% share of techies. Though this doesn’t place the area in the top 15 largest IT hubs, the staggering growth of technology employees clearly indicates that the Queen City has now entered the big tech hub race.

You can read the full report here, as well as check out charts and tables to see how Charlotte metro is doing in comparison with both major and emerging IT hubs: www.rentcafe.com/blog/rental-market/real-estate-news/it-hubs

Are you interested in moving to Charlotte? Contact our Relocation Director, Catherine Pappas at (704) 661-2402 to get connected with an experienced agent.