Why Charlotte Is A Great Place To Live
Why are so many people flocking to Charlotte these days? There’s a reason it’s the most populous city in North Carolina - or maybe a few reasons! From a thriving business district, hot new restaurants and breweries, the low cost of living to easy access to excellent healthcare, beautiful natural scenery as well as having some of the best communities to live for all ages and lifestyles, there’s something for everyone in Charlotte. Take a look at why we all love calling Charlotte home.
WORKING IN THE BUSINESS DISTRICT
Charlotte’s booming business district, Uptown, is home to several Fortune 1000 company’s headquarters, making it a great place to live for those seeking corporate opportunities.
Finance Experts can find themselves working for Bank of America, Lending Tree, Brighthouse Financial, Classic Graphics, Union Bank, Wells Fargo, or Blue Ridge Holding. Construction management professionals have a wide range of company options, including Nucor, United Engineering Group, SteelFab, Simonini Homes, Hall Contracting, and Mechanical Contractors. There are vast opportunities in the technology field, including jobs at Microsoft, IBM, Velocity Tech Solutions, Source Technologies, Levvel, Insource Performance Solutions, and Apex Systems. No matter what area of occupation you’re in, there are endless business opportunities in Charlotte.
ENJOYING THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Outdoor enthusiasts will have no problem staying active in Charlotte. One of the city’s most popular outdoor attractions is the world’s largest man-made whitewater river, found within the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Daily visitors can enjoy fun activities like whitewater rafting, kayaking, ziplining, yoga classes, mountain biking, and stand-up paddle boarding. During the summer months, enjoy listening to live music along the river! The River Jam showcases different bands on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings all summer long. If you can’t wait for summer, the Whitewater Center hosts nine other unique music festivals throughout the year so that you can enjoy your favorite music in nature year-round!
Looking for an exciting new sport to get your adrenaline pumping? Bicycle Motocross, or BMX, has been growing in popularity worldwide and was recently added to the Summer Olympics. However, you don’t need to be a professional rider to enjoy the sport. Hornet’s Nest BMX in Charlotte is the perfect place for riders of all skill levels to race around the track! It’s free to spectate at the track, but with age groups for everyone, each member of the family can race against their friends!
For those looking to enjoy nature without getting a workout in, be sure to check out the botanical garden at UNC Charlotte! Admission to the garden and greenhouse is free of charge, so you can feel free to visit your favorite plants as often as you like. The university also offers fun, plant-themed classes and events to the public. Depending on the schedule, you can learn about topics including how to identify different plant species, how to make watercolors from botanicals, or how to press flowers into a work of art! If you find yourself enjoying the botanical garden, be sure to visit their annual plant sale. Every Spring, you can take a little piece of the garden home with you, and your donation will help maintain the garden so everyone can continue to enjoy it!
Of course, you can’t forget all the fantastic hiking trails, campsites, and greenways Charlotte has to offer! With so many to choose from, you can explore a new trail every week of the year and enjoy unique scenery every time. Depending on what you’re looking for, there are great trails for a casual walk with friends or more advanced paths for expert hikers. In Charlotte, the possibilities are truly endless!
Life in Charlotte is the perfect place for millennials looking to create a great future for themselves! Not only can they take advantage of the great business opportunities, but also the extremely affordable cost of living! Compared to other large metropolitan areas in the United States, Charlotte has one of the lowest cost of living, especially when looking specifically at housing costs. This incredibly low cost of living allows millennials to be homeowners and enjoy the financial freedom that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to afford in other big cities.
Since Charlotte millennials enjoy more financial freedom, they have plenty to spend on their hobbies and passions. With two professional sports teams within city limits, Charlotte is the perfect hub for sports fanatics! During overlapping NFL and NBA seasons, your hardest decision will be whether you spend the whole day tailgating before the Panthers game, or cheer on the Hornets at Spectrum Center. Not to mention, Charlotte will be the home of a brand new Major League Soccer team in 2021!
Those interested in the arts love all the museums, concerts, and unique art Charlotte has to offer! Between museums like Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture, there’s plenty of art and history to keep you busy all day. At night, be sure to check out the incredible live music scene in Charlotte! From enjoying live music in local bars to seeing your favorite band in a large venue like PNC Music Pavilion or Spectrum Center, there are endless ways to enjoy your favorite music in the Queen City.
Charlotte has it all when it comes to entertainment + dining, even when you’re looking for a more laid-back evening out. From sharing happy hour drinks at the local bar or brewery with colleagues, date night at the hottest new restaurant, or Sunday brunch at your favorite café with friends - you’ll never run out of places to go in the city!
RAISING A FAMILY
Charlotte offers some excellent communities outside of the city limits, proving you don’t have to live within Charlotte’s city limits to enjoy everything the city offers! With some of the best school districts in the country and so many fun and educational places to visit, you’ll have no trouble finding a great place to raise your family.
The city and surrounding area have so many options available for family fun, you’ll never run out of things to do while exploring all around the Queen City. Some of our favorites include nature, education, and an outdoor adventure park.
The Discovery Place museums have something fun for everyone! Discovery Place Science offers fun, interactive exhibits where both kids and adults can learn a few new things with a hands-on approach. Discovery Place Nature gives visitors an up-close look at friendly creatures in their different habitats for those more interested in earth sciences. Cultivating creative imaginations, Discovery Place Kids has continually changing exhibits designed primarily to engage children’s curious minds.
For more educational entertainment, bring the family to Sea Life! From interactive touch pools to the deep, shark-infested waters of the shipwreck exhibit, this aquarium has it all. Sea Life is fun for the whole family, with ten different zones to explore and various events throughout the year!
When you’re looking for a fun, carefree day with the family, Carowinds amusement park is the place to be! With 14 world-class roller coasters, loads of tasty treats, and a variety of live shows, your day will be packed full of fun! The 12-acre children’s park, Camp Snoopy, has fun rides and play areas for the little ones to enjoy. Don’t forget, visiting their Carolina Harbor waterpark is the perfect way to beat the heat this summer!
With over twenty 55+ communities within the city, you’re sure to find the perfect place to call home in Charlotte! Here’s a quick look at three popular retirement spots within the city that you may want to explore:
For those looking for a slower-paced, small-town life, Dilworth is the place for you! Dilworth acts as the historic district of Charlotte, where you’ll find plenty of small, locally-owned shops and bungalows. A perfect little community for those looking to enjoy a quieter retirement life in the suburbs.
If you’re interested in a more eclectic community, NoDa could be the perfect place to call home! Nicknamed after North Davidson in the heart of the neighborhood, NoDa is a trendy community filled with life from the local breweries, shopping, and art. Retirees love life in NoDa for the neighborhood’s unique character and never-ending options of ways to stay busy!
Uptown may be Charlotte’s business district, but it’s a great place to retire if you’re looking to enjoy the exciting city life! Being in the heart of the city means easy access to the best restaurants, shopping, museums, sporting events, and live music. You’ll never run out of things to do in Uptown!
We’ll take into consideration all the important details when finding your perfect retirement home - including which communities best fit your lifestyle, what amenities are most important to you, and which part of town you want to call home! To help find your ideal community, check out our top picks here:
(link to 55+ Community Page)
Considering the affordable living costs, beautiful seasonal weather, or never-ending ways to stay active and busy, there’s no wonder why so many people love the different retirement lifestyles Charlotte has to offer!
EAT + DRINK
Ready to dine like royalty in the Queen City? Charlotte locals love the endless variety of cuisine the city offers! From the best cafes and coffee shops to gourmet restaurants and craft breweries, there are plenty of options for all the local foodies! Want the inside scoop of the best places to dine and drink in Charlotte? Check out our favorite places to grab a bite + brew here:
SEE + DO
Want to get out and explore the city a bit more? Whether you’re looking to soak in all the rich history, art, and culture the city has to offer or you’d rather stay active in the beautiful nature, there are endless ways to stay busy in Charlotte! From museums and historical sites to greenways and waterparks, don’t miss any of these unique spots! Here are the absolute must-do’s in the city:
FINDING YOUR NEW HOMETOWN
Thinking of making the move? Your perfect home starts with your perfect hometown. What better way to navigate the city than with a Charlotte local and professional Realtor by your side? With so many unique parts of town to consider, we can find the right community for you to call home! I’ll be with you every step of the way in finding your perfect home in the charming city of Charlotte!
I believe that buying your dream home is a truly exciting experience, and I’d love to help you with it. By finding the perfect community for you and negotiating to get you the best price, I’m here to make your home buying dreams come true!
My Charlotte Life with Karin Hull
12104 Copper Way, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28277