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Yahoo! named it the best place to live in North Carolina two years in a row, but thanks to its excellent schools, greenspace preservation, and collection of new homes, most people fall in love with the village that sits right along the South Carolina border anyway. Welcome to Marvin.

Marvin only takes up only 6 square miles, but don’t let the size fool you. Since its incorporation in 1994, it has become one of North Carolina’s most sought-after communities. And why not? Its crime rate is much lower than the rest of the state’s, while the graduation rate and housing value is much higher. Families flock to the area so their kids can attend some of the top-rated schools in the state, but commuters love it, too, because it is just a little over 20 miles south of Charlotte while it feels like it’s a world away. That may have a little something to do with how strongly Marvin residents feel about preserving the area’s natural beauty.

History

Compared to other places in North Carolina, Marvin is not very old. It was incorporated on July 1, 1994. However, Marvin is part of Union County, and it was formed way back in 1842. Before it became a county, two major political parties fought over its name. The Whigs wanted to name it for Henry Clay, while the Democrats wanted to name it for Andrew Jackson. They eventually compromised. Nearly a century later, in 1958, the county became an important part of the Civil Rights Movement. Today, it is part of the Charlotte Metropolitan Area.



Quick Facts

  • Population: 6,100
  • Marvin only allows 86 homes per 100 acres, so overcrowding will never be a problem in the village.
  • The high schools in Marvin are some of the best in the state. Newsweek magazine once ranked Weddington High as one of the best schools in the country. Cuthbertson High is a North Carolina Honor School of Excellence, and Charlotte magazine ranked Marvin Ridge High as one of the best in the area.
  • For people who dream of growing their own gardens, the Marvin Community Garden at Marvin Efird Park features 500 square feet and 38 raised beds. Residents can rent garden space each year.
  • Marvin has a large population of residents who work at home: over 1 in 10 people. This is a much higher average than the rest of the United States.
  • The village is also home to many artists. As a matter of fact, Marvin has more residents who work in the arts than 90 percent of the rest of the country.

Local Attractions

Marvin in a residential village, but residents will find no shortage of things to do in nearby towns like Fort Mill, South Carolina and Waxhaw. Ample dining and shopping opportunities surround Marvin on all sides. Marvin itself is home to a beautiful 27-acre park.

Dining

  • Trattoria Antica – Located in nearby Waxhaw, Trattoria Antica is as close to authentic Italian cuisine as you can find in western North Carolina, and the tavern-style food and large wine menu often turns Marvin residents into regular customers. The restaurant is family-friendly.
  • Maxwell’s Tavern – For anyone who likes to watch the Carolina Panthers take on a rival on a Sunday afternoon, Maxwell’s Tavern is the place to be. The Downtown Waxhaw restaurant serves an array of burgers and sandwiches, as well as other Southern staples like pulled pork, and seafood.
  • Stacks KitchenStacks Kitchen is a family-friendly eatery where you can order breakfast all day. With two locations in Waxhaw and Matthews, there is no reason why you can’t fulfill your craving for pancakes, waffles, and omelets any time of the day.
  • Heritage Food and DrinkHeritage Food and Drink is one of the most popular restaurants in the area, in part, because the Waxhaw restaurant uses only seasonal and local farm-to-table ingredients.  For this reason, the menu changes often, but no matter what it features, you can count on it being some of the best-tasting Southern and New American cuisine you ever had in your life.
  • Elwood’s Barbecue & Burger Bar – If you love barbecue as many North Carolina residents do, you must experience Elwood’s Barbecue & Burger Bar in Charlotte. Have your brisket or pulled pork with a yummy craft beer and a couple of classic Southern side dishes.

Transportation

  • Union County Transportation System – Marvin itself does not offer public transportation, but Union County, where the village is located, does provide shuttle service for senior citizens, physically and developmentally disabled adults, veterans, and Medicaid clients.

Shopping

  • Marvin Town Centre – Anchored by Kohl’s, Marvin Town Centre is a fairly new shopping complex in Union City, along Marvin’s outskirts. Other stores located there include Mattress Firm, CVS, and Starbucks, and more are sure to come.
  • Blakeney – For a bigger shopping experience, Marvin residents love to visit Charlotte’s 270-acre complex, Blakeney. It is home to stores like Marshalls, Banana Republic, Target, Talbots, Victoria’s Secret, Harris Teeter, Bath & Body Works, and much more. After a day of shopping, stop by one of the restaurants on the property, such as Chili’s, Five Guys, Starbucks, or Brixx Pizza.
  • Stonecrest at Piper Glen Stonecrest at Piper Glen is another great place to spend the day in Charlotte. Start out by shopping at stores like Michael’s, Gamestop, or Apricot Lane. Have lunch or dinner at Boneheads, Basil Thai, or Kabob Grill. Head over to Marble Slab Creamery for dessert before checking out a movie at Regal 22 cinemas.

Entertainment, Nightlife & Things To Do

  • Marvin Efird Park – Maintaining natural beauty is important in Marvin, and one place that residents love to visit is the 27-acre Marvin Efird Park, which opened in 2012.  It offers walking trails, a horse pasture, a community garden, picnic tables, and a unique playground. It also has a barn on the property that is available for rent.
  • Firethorne Country Club – Outdoor fun for the whole family is also available at Marvin’s Firethorne Country Club. Mom and dad can play 18 holes of golf or take lessons from a tennis pro while the kids enjoy the pool and waterslide. Members can also attend exciting events throughout the year, such as holiday brunches, wine tastings, and kids’ activities.
  • Sports Connection – Whether you are looking for a day of family fun or a place to host a birthday party, Sports Connection in nearby Ballantyne is definitely a great way to go. It features endless attractions, like bowling, laser tag, an arcade, jump-n-play, ropes courses, bumper cars, rock climbing, and so much more.  It even offers programs like summer camps and kid’s night out.
  • Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival – When it’s time to leave the kids at home, the annual Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival is a must. It takes place at Symphony Park and guests can sample from over 220 wines. Live music, food, and arts and crafts also add to the festival’s atmosphere.

Real Estate Information

Because Marvin in a relatively new area, new construction makes up the bulk of its homes. The upscale community is home to many beautiful estates that sit on heavily wooded lots in gated communities. Styles range from traditional brick and stucco two-story homes to European-style houses that look as if they were plucked from a French or English countryside. Whether you choose a smaller bungalow or a sprawling manor, in many cases, expect beautiful landscaping, mature tree growth, and in some neighborhoods, even a tranquil park-like atmosphere.

Homes for Sale in Marvin

8033 Stonehaven Drive Marvin, North Carolina 28173

$699,500

MLS #3292901

Subdivision: Weddington Chase

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1907 Iverson Lane Marvin, North Carolina 28173

$1,675,000

MLS #3223530

Subdivision: Sedgefield

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1609 Lookout Circle Marvin, North Carolina 28173

$1,285,000

MLS #3269315

Subdivision: Providence Downs South

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803 Woodland Forest Drive Marvin, North Carolina 28173

$1,150,000

MLS #3303134

Subdivision: Woodland Forest

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0 Waxhaw Marvin Road Marvin, North Carolina 28173

$1,000,000

MLS #3260820

Subdivision: Providence Road Estates

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404 Wingfoot Drive Marvin, North Carolina 28173

$979,900

MLS #3326181

Subdivision: Innisbrook at Firethorne

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604 Lark Hall Court Marvin, North Carolina 28173

$979,000

MLS #3304825

Subdivision: Innisbrook At Firethorne

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