Beautiful residential opportunities along the shores of North Carolina’s largest lake. A laid-back lifestyle, endless outdoor activities, and beautiful weather year-round and it is only a half an hour away from one of the top 10 cities for overall quality of life in the world. Welcome to Lake Norman.
Located in parts of Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln, and Mecklenburg Counties, and just 20 miles north of Charlotte, the Lake Norman community is a hotspot for residents who prefer natural beauty and the casual lake lifestyle to the hustle and bustle of the big city and suburbs. Some say it is the most beautiful part of North Carolina. With over 520 miles of stunning shoreline, the Lake Norman area feels like a small town even though it combines parts of several municipalities. Residents love the tight-knit feel as much as they love the unlimited fishing, swimming, sunbathing, and boating opportunities.
Of course, there is more to the Lake Norman area than sailing and swimming. Golf courses are plentiful in the area, as are various dining and shopping experiences, ranging from casual to upscale. Homes are just as diverse as the area’s population, but no matter where you choose to live, expect beautiful surroundings.
For commuters, Charlotte, a city known as the second-largest financial center in the country, is just half an hour away and easily accessed via Interstate 77. For retirees, Lake Norman offers the peace and quiet you crave. For families with children, the opportunities for an active lifestyle, parks, and close-knit towns in the area provide a great backdrop for a wonderful beginning.
Lake Norman is the largest lake in North Carolina, and it dates back to 1959 when construction on it began. Over the course of the next five years, Duke Energy worked hard to complete it to use it as a source of electricity for much of the Piedmont region. It also provides water to several local cities and counties. The lake was named for Norman Atwater Cocke, who was the president of Duke at the time the lake was built.
- Population: 80,200
- Public school students who live in the Lake Norman area will attend one of several different school districts, including Cabarrus County Schools, Catawba County Schools, Lincoln County Schools, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Mooresville Graded School District, Iredell-Statesville Schools.
- Several colleges and universities are located in the Lake Norman area, including Davidson College, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Mitchell Community College, Queens University, Belmont Abbey College, and Central Piedmont Community College.
- There are also several hospitals in the area, including Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, Iredell Health System, and Davis Regional Medical Center.
- The lake covers 32,510 acres, is 33.6 miles long, and 9 miles wide. It is 110 feet deep at the maximum point and contains over 3.4 trillion gallons of water.
- Several Fortune 500 companies are located within an hour or less of Lake Norman. They include Duke Energy, Bank of America, Lowe’s, Brighthouse Financial, Nucor, and Sonic Automotive.
- Sports fans will enjoy the fact that several professional teams are also within close proximity, including the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, and many of the top NASCAR teams.
- North Harbor Club– The upscale North Harbor Club is a nautical paradise. Fresh seafood, regatta-themed décor, and a lakeside patio are just a few of the things you will enjoy here. Guests can also drive their boats right up to the restaurant’s slips. Enjoy New American cuisine packed with plenty of fish, shrimp, and other delightful dishes.
- Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails – Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails calls itself a “warm and casual place to gather and dine” and offers up an “inviting atmosphere and genuine hospitality.” Casual American cuisine fills the menu with dishes like Shaved Prime Rib French Dip, Atlantic Yellowfin Tuna, and Filet Mignon. Do not forget to check out the extensive wine and cocktail list.
- Joel’s Grill – Open since 2001, Joel’s Grill calls itself a Lake Norman tradition. The Asian restaurant has a little bit of everything on the menu. Sushi, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino — you have to visit more than once to experience it all. The family-owned eatery works hard to provide great service to all of its customers.
- Barrell & Fork – This is Lake Norman’s favorite place for a date night or Sunday brunch. The setting is a 120-year-old house that is the perfect place to enjoy the South’s best Chicken & Waffles, a 16 oz Bone-in Ribeye, or the nearly world-famous Shrimp and Grits. Make your Sunday brunch reservations in advance to try the Southern French Toast or Southern Beny.
- Port City Club – People come here to experience waterfront dining with a stunning view. The restaurant is known for its steaks, organic chicken, and fresh-caught seafood from Charleston, SC. Don’t miss their fresh made pasta as well.
- Airports– Lake Norman is approximately 35 miles north of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, one of the business airports in the nation. Several smaller airports are located in the region, including Statesville Regional Airport, Rowan County Airport, Concord Regional Airport, Lincoln County Airport, and Gastonia Municipal Airport.
- Major Road and Interstates– Interstate 77 runs along parts of Lake Norman’s eastern boundaries, providing a gateway into Charlotte. Highway 16 runs near the lake’s western boundaries.
- Birkdale Village – You will find an assortment of popular stores and restaurants in Birkdale Village, near the southeastern corner of Lake Norman. Some of them include Dick’s Sporting Goods, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Barnes & Noble, Total Wine, American Eagle Outfitters, Starbucks, Gap, Talbots, Pier 1, and Banana Republic. There is also a movie theater.
- The Rumor Mill Market – In the lakeside town of Davidson, you will find the unique shopping spot called the Rumor Mill Market. Located in an old cotton mill, you can shop for home décor, furniture, clothing, musical instruments, candles, gifts, and more made from over 80 different local artisans.
- Davidson Farmers Market – Visit this market 1 time and you will understand why Lake Norman residents call it the go-to spot for local foods and more. The market is open on Saturdays and features 35 farmers and local producers within a 100-mile radius. Local vendors also include flower vendors, soaps, prepared foods, baked goods, meats, and cheeses. See their website for seasonal hours.
Things To Do
- Lake Norman State Park – Outdoor recreation and activities are popular at Lake Norman, and that includes the Lake Norman State Park. Located along the lake’s northern boundary, the park is home to a 30.5-mile mountain biking trail, a 125-yard beach for swimming, a boat ramp, popular fishing spots, a 32-site campground, and much more.
- Lazy 5 Ranch – For some family-friendly fun and nature of a different sort, head over to the Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville. Ride a wagon through the zoo or come pet and feed the animals that come from six different continents.
- Bank of America Stadium – Home to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, Bank of America Stadium is just about 15 miles south of Lake Norman. Catch a football game during the season, or check out other events throughout the year. The new MLS Charlotte expansion team will also call the stadium home starting in 2021.
- Golf Courses – There are several golf courses and country clubs located around Lake Norman’s shores. Cowan’s Ford is a popular private, member-owned club that offers year-round family-friendly activities in addition to a par 72, 18-hole course. Skybrook offers a membership for golf or is also open to the public year-round.
- Lake Norman Yacht Club– Boating is one of the most popular Lake Norman activities, in part, because there is no speed limit. However, the Lake Norman Yacht Club offers more than boats. Sailing camps and social activities are available throughout the year.
Real Estate Information
There is no one style of living in the Lake Norman community. From multi-million dollar estates to small lake homes, you will find something to suit every budget or taste. Looking for a tiny two-bedroom cottage with a boat ramp? You will find it here. Maybe you prefer a sprawling million-dollar home with gorgeous views. You will find that here, too. Look for plenty of new construction as builders attempt to keep up with the influx of residents from the Midwest and the Northeast, as well as those who work in Charlotte and want a getaway from the city. You will also find a mix of homes in community-oriented subdivisions as well as private homes in quiet locations. Residences can fall between $400,000 and upwards of $7 million.
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