Leben in Charlotte, North CarolinaIyna Bort Caruso
In the course of a half century, Charlotte has gone from a small southern mill town to a financial juggernaut. North Carolina’s largest city is second only to New York as the country’s largest banking center and a headquarters favorite of Fortune 500 companies. Its pro-business economy has transformed the skyline into one of commercial towers. In 2014, Forbes ranked Charlotte high on its list of best places for business and careers.
Transplants from northern climates and active retirees have boosted the population and created suburbs further afield. Aside from business opportunities offered by this first-tier city, mild weather for outdoor adventures and an accessible mid-Atlantic location make Charlotte an attractive place to settle down.
The Queen City as it’s called (named for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England) has dozens of golf courses, parklands and greenways and is home to the U.S. National Whitewater Center, one of the largest manmade rivers in the world. Beaches and mountains are less than a half day’s drive. Boaters and anglers flock to lakes Norman, Wylie and Mountain Island. For adrenaline junkies, Charlotte is the hub of the U.S. motorsports industry as well home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Real estate in Charlotte is diverse. Charlotte’s patchwork of neighborhoods offers buyers a wide selection of property options, from urban condominiums and country estates to golf club residences and gentleman’s farms.
The emerging arts district called NoDa, short for North Davidson Street, is a former industrial village of cotton mills, textile factories and workers’ row houses that have been revitalized into galleries, performance venues and restaurants. Many historically significant buildings have been reclaimed and turned into live/work condos and bungalows.
Myers Park, a neighborhood originally conceived as a garden suburb, is one of the city’s most affluent. Myers Park, along with Dilworth and Eastover are old-money enclaves of large, established homes. Dilworth developed with the city’s streetcars more than a century ago and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Newer planned communities have developed to accommodate Charlotte’s growing population. Ballantyne is one such community and is especially attractive for its large lots and executive residences.