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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 all just half an hour from one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. 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 becoming 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.

History

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.

Quick Facts

Local Attractions

Without a doubt, the main attraction at Lake Norman is the lake itself. Swimming, water sports, boating, sunbathing, fishing, and camping are all things locals do daily if they can, and they have plenty of parks, beaches, and boat ramps to choose from. However, there is more here to enjoy. Some of Charlotte’s top attractions are just a quick drive away, ranging from professional sports venues to museums to theme parks. Country clubs and golf courses are everywhere in the community, as are restaurants and retail spaces. Whether you like to shop in locally-owned boutiques or big-box stores, you will find it here. And no matter what type of food you crave, you will find it here, as well. Mexican, Asian, Southern, Italian, Greek, and especially seafood are always on the menu.

Dining

  • 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 Shrimp & Andouille Flatbread from the stone oven, Atlantic Yellowfin Tuna, and Filet Mignon. Do not forget to check out the extensive wine and cocktail list.
  • Acropolis – Located in Cornelius, the family-friendly Acropolis restaurant serves up Greek favorites, along with delicious pizzas and pasta dishes. Breakfast is even available each day.
  • Prickly Pear – The Prickly Pear is one of the most popular restaurants in the Lake Norman area, especially for anyone craving Mexican cuisine. Enjoy authentic dishes from a seasoned chef while you look out over the shores of the lake.
  • 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.

Transportation

  • Airports – Charlotte is approximately 40 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, Hickory Regional 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.

Shopping

  • 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.
  • Mooresville Consumer Square – When you need to shop for the basics, head over to Mooresville Consumer Square in Mooresville. Stores here include Jo-Ann, Walmart, Dollar Tree, Tuesday Morning, and Gander Mountain, as well as several restaurants.

Entertainment, Nightlife & 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. You can even tour the stadium.
  • Golf Courses – There are several golf courses and country clubs located around Lake Norman’s shores. Cowan’s Ford is a popular spot that offers year-round family-friendly activities in addition to a par 72, 18-hole course. Trump National Golf Club of Charlotte is also located on the lake.
  • 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. Most residences fall between $400,000 and $4 million.

Popular Neighborhoods

  • Lake Norman of Catawba
  • Sherrills Ford
  • Terrell
  • Troutman
  • Westport
  • Cornelius
  • Davidson
  • Mooresville
  • Denver
  • Governors Island
  • Huntersville

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