Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 40 HUNTERSVILLE Huntersville lake recreation, living history, year-round fun Huntersville is a town that is not talked about a lot but it is increasingly a place where people want to live. Debate is still on as to who the town is named for – a minister and Revolutionary War hero named Humphrey Hunter, a cotton farmer named Robert Hunter or a teacher named Elizabeth Hunter. No matter the origin of its name, Huntersville welcomes everyone to come and explore. Huntersville borders Lake Norman and along with Cornelius and Davidson, forms a section of the county called "North Meck." The friendly community is a magnet for families who are drawn to nationally acclaimed preschools, an exceptional school system and safe neighborhoods. Huntersville is ranked number 19 on the "Best Places for Young Families in North Carolina" list by Nerd Wallet. It is also number 2 on Wallet Hub's "Best Places to Raise a Family in 2016." Huntersville is also ranked on Safe Wise's "Top 20 Safest Cities List in North Carolina for 2017." Not only is it a safe town, Huntersville is a good place to work, and home to national and internationally known companies such as SABIC Innovative Plastics, Rubbermaid, Pactiv Corporation, Metrolina Greenhouses, Novant Health, Southwire and GM Financial to name a few. More than any other attribute, Huntersville is noted for its outdoor lifestyle. There's nothing better than a lake adventure on the largest outdoor waterway in the Carolinas, Lake Norman. Lake Norman is the main waterway attraction in the region, and it is the largest man-made lake in the South with more than 520 miles of shoreline. Bring your own boat, canoe, kayak or rent a pontoon for a day of fun on scenic waters. Lake Norman is a part of holiday activities during the winter months with boat shows and more but it is in the summer that it dazzles. In warmer months, the lake is a focal point in the region for families who embrace water sports or a lazy day on the boat. Learn to sail at Lake Norman Community Sailing where all ages learn to sail, paddle board, kayak, and row. Youth and adult programs teach new sailors as well as seasoned veterans. Blythe Landing is a favorite place to spend the day no matter the season. The 26-acre park features floating piers and boat launches to get people easily on the water. Don't feel like cooking? Grab a sandwich or a snack at the Dockside Café. Or, test your nautical skills and take a sailing lesson. Other amenities include a playground, picnic areas, and sand volleyball courts. Spend the day at the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, the most visited nature preserve in Mecklenburg county with nearly half a million visits annually. The preserve has a Nature Center, full-service Equestrian Center, 18 miles of hiking trails, horseback riding, fishing, kayak tours and more. Or spend time in the Backyard Habitat Garden where butterfly gardens are soothing to the spirit. If water is your tonic, paddle out to Mountain Island Lake to throw a line out for a great fishing spot. The Carolina Raptor Center and Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve are hallmarks attractions, and popular spots for families who appreciate birds of prey and the outdoors. In the winter children go to "raptor camp" at the Raptor Center to learn about the care and management of birds of prey. Soon the popular attraction will be updated when the $11.6 million renovation is completed creating the Quest Adventure Center. The new center will include interactive exhibits focused on the ecosystem at Mountain Island Lake, a new amphitheater, expanded indoor/outdoor learning spaces to offer year-round programming, a new trail, and a renovated Raptor Medical Center for the care and treatment of injured birds of prey. Agricultural and rural life is highlighted at historic Latta Plantation and Rural Hill. Latta Plantation is the last remaining Catawba River plantation open to the public. The 62-acre farm is on the National Register of Historic Sites and consists of the original home and outbuildings, as well as fields, farm animals, a garden and interpreters in period clothing. Take the "Tar Heel Tour" with a behind-the-scenes tour of the plantation home, cook's kitchen, smoke house, well house, and reconstructed slave cabin. >> BY LINDSEY GREY HUNTERSVILLE STATS POPULATION 56,221 MEDIAN HOME VALUE $304,900 MEDIAN GROSS RENT $1,900 COST OF LIVING 122.5 / US 100

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