Where Are The Top 10 Cities To Move To Right Now In The US?

Charlotte, NC ranked as one of the top 10 cities to move to in the US right now.

Do you ever have the urge to move somewhere new and aren’t quite sure where to go? Curbed, a website by Vox Media, has recently ranked cities across the US based on walkability, park access, diversity, housing costs, job opportunities, and more. These criteria add up to livability.

Two metro areas in North Carolina found their place on the “10 best cities in the US to move right now”, Charlotte and Raleigh.

Charlotte has long been associated with banking and skyscrapers. But recently the Queen City was noticed as one of America’s boomtowns by attracting workers and businesses to our area, especially millennials. The Queen City has added nearly 50,000 apartments attracting the young workers to Charlotte. Office construction has also been on the rise especially around the light rail line. The Rail Trail has created a walkable area for the residents around Southend to Uptown.

See our tour of Charlotte below.

Charlotte and Raleigh were also recently ranked by the website Numbeo for having the best quality of life in the world based on a study of factors that contribute to residents’ happiness.

Are you interested in learning more about life in Charlotte, NC? Our Director of Relocation, Catharine Pappas would love to hear from you and show you around the Queen City. Contact her today.

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.



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.