Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 32 LAKE NORMAN/DAVIDSON Lake Norman/Davidson BY LAUREL HYATT town life, lake life, arts scene The area surrounding Lake Norman and the Catawba River is rich in history with evidence of Native Americans found in the form of pottery shards, flint chips and arrowheads, as well as burial sites. Together these artifacts indicate indigenous Catawba Indians lived in the area long before European settlement. As the Catawba's' number declined steadily due to disease and warfare, they eventually left the region and moved south. Fort Dobbs was soon built to protect area settlers during the French and Indian War; even the likes of Daniel Boone helped to defend this fort against the Cherokees. During the Revolutionary War, Lord Cornwallis set up a camp in the area, and a skirmish was fought at Cowans Ford. Lake Norman was created in the mid-1900s when Duke Power built the Cowans Ford Dam across the Catawba River to generate electrical energy. The creation of Lake Norman led to greater industrialization of Mecklenburg County thus establishing Charlotte as a major trade center. Lake Norman real estate is considered the largest market for lake homes and lake lots in North Carolina. At any given time there are typically around 600 lake homes for sale, with an additional 500 lake lots and land available for purchase. The spectacular Lake Norman homes have an average list price of $859,000, but you can still find many great homes offered at both lower and higher prices. Being North Carolina's largest man-made lake with 32,475-acre surface coverage and 520 miles of shoreline, Lake Norman is impressive in both size and scenery. The nickname 'The Inland Sea' was thought to have originated because of expansive waters and a main channel 34 miles in length. With yacht clubs, boat clubs and sailing clubs, Lake Norman offers a variety of community activities for the marine sports fans. It is also the spot for one of the International Jet Sport Boats Association tour stops. Golfers have six golf courses nearby to choose from, including the Birksdale Golf Club, an Arnold Palmer designed, par 72 championship course. For NASCAR fans, Lake Norman is the home base for Michael Waltrip Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing. The lake's central location allows easy access to local race shops and is less than 20 minutes from the Speedway. But there's more to Lake Norman than beautiful homes and lovely vistas. The Lake Norman State Park was formed in 1962 when Duke Power donated 1,328 acres of land on the northeastern shore for a state park. Today, the lake boasts a popular mountain biking network, offering over 30 miles of single-track trail and a nearby 125-yard- long swim beach and bathhouse complex. A 32-site family campground and a group campground are available during warm-weather months, and a community building with kitchen facilities, restrooms and fireplace can be rented for family and group events year round. Lake Norman beckons explorers of all ages to the largest outdoor playground in the Carolinas. The best way to see its beauty is by boat. There are several marinas on Lake Norman, offering boat launches, slips, storage, rentals, repairs, and gas stops. If fishing is your interest, look for small and large-mouth bass, striper, white bass, bluegill, spot, and catfish that fill the waters, some areas running as deep as 130 feet. Lake Norman has several fishing guides and operators available for private tours, and locals might be coaxed to revealing their favorite fishing spots around the lake. If you're a little more adventurous, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, wake- boarding, paddle-boarding, rowing, or sailing may be just what the doctor ordered. The greenways and nature preserve are perfect for a trail ride, bike ride, or hike. If exploring the region's flora and fauna is your family's favorite thing to do, you can get plant and animal checklists at the park office. Pines have reforested all of the fields cultivated by past residents of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries; however, due to several severe storms and infestation by southern pine beetles, the pine forest exists as smaller pockets today surrounded by a forest of hardwoods. Hickories, sweet gum, red maple, dogwood, and oaks are the prevalent species. Mountain laurel, wild hydrangea, box elder, strawberry bush, and other small trees and shrubs comprise the undergrowth. >> LAKE NORMAN/DAVIDSON STATS POPULATION 7,918/12,684 MEDIAN HOME VALUE $369,200 MEDIAN GROSS RENT $1,980 COST OF LIVING 130.3 / US 100

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