Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 28 MATTHEWS Ideally positioned just outside of Charlotte lies the up-and-coming town of Matthews. Founded in 1879, Matthews' population has steadily grown to more than 30,000 proud residents today. With easy access to big-city amenities, the once sleepy region has evolved into a town with its own culture, charm and sense of community. In fact, Matthews, now a popular Charlotte suburb, was ranked the No. 12 best place to live in North Carolina by Matthews encompasses 17 square miles and residents are served by major airports, interstates and highways. The Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is just 25 miles from Matthews while the Charlotte-Monroe Execu- tive Airport is but 10. Many Matthews residents commute to and from their jobs and schools in and around Char- lotte. Major roads that facilitate these endeavors include Interstate 485, U.S. Highway 74 and N.C. Highway 51. Employers are plentiful in Mecklenburg County, especially around the Charlotte area, and Matthews is no exception. Major corporations here include Family Dol- lar (900 employees) and Harris-Teeter (680 employees). Other larger employers include Conbraco, a plumbing fixtures manufacturer; Coveris, a lamination/coatings company; and Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. The public schools in Matthews are among the finest in the nation. Students are served by the Charlotte- Mecklenburg School System, which is the second largest in North Carolina. Children begin their public educations at the three elementary schools — Matthews Elementary, Crown Point Elementary, and Elizabeth Lane Elementa- ry. Students then matriculate to Crestdale Middle School and later to David W. Butler High School. Matthews vintage, yet trending cool SERENA STEVENS For new high school grads and those seeking to learn new skills, higher education options abound at the many nearby colleges and universities. These include UNC Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College, David- son University, Wingate University Ballantyne, Johnson C. Smith University and Queens University. Matthews also offers a great quality of life. Matthews downtown area is both historic and charming, with many buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The downtown is comprised of three distinct areas, includ- ing the Cultural Arts District, Historic Downtown, and the North End. Shopping and dining options are endless. Hidden gems dot the downtown area adding to the rich quality of life, including the Matthews Heritage Museum, Matthews Train Depot and Visitors Center, Matthews Branch Library, Stumptown Park and Renfrow Hardware. The Heritage Museum provides visitors with a chance to relive the town's history through scenery and artifacts. The museum is housed in the Massey-Clark House, one of the oldest buildings in downtown Matthews. The Matthews Train Depot has stood steadfast since the late 1880s. Transporting passengers ended in 1958, but the depot remained in operation until the mid 1960s. After lying dormant for close to 30 years, the Town of Matthews eventually purchased the original building and relocated it to the Town Green downtown. The Train Depot now plays host to the Matthews Visitor Center and the Matthews Chamber of Commerce. A red caboose offers even more in- teresting ambience for the train aficionado. The Matthews Branch Library encompasses more than 15,000 square feet. Due to the close proximity to the Train Depot, the library has a train theme on display throughout. Renfrow Hardware and General Merchandise and the adjacent Pop's Grill have been fixtures in Matthews since 1892. The store specializes in edible gardening products and classes, baby chicks and poultry supplies, local honey and seasonal produce from Renfrow Farms. For active and outdoorsy types, Matthews does not disappoint. There are many public parks, athletic fields, greenways, trails, volleyball courts, golf courses, disc golf courses and fishing piers. Squirrel Lake Park and Stumptown Park provide opportunities for many outdoor activities, including playgrounds performance stages, and grills and picnic areas. Arthur Goodman Memorial Park includes many sports fields as does the Sportsplex at Mat- thews, a large youth soccer complex. The MARA Base- ball Complex is filled with little league baseball games throughout the summer and fall. Matthews is a great place to put down roots and raise a family. Just ask almost anyone who lives here. [] MATTHEWS STATS POPULATION 27,198 MEDIAN HOME VALUE $278,000 MEDIAN GROSS RENT $1,570 COST OF LIVING 117.1 / US 100

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