Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 22 SOUTH CHARLOTTE Just like New York City has boroughs, Charlotte has geographic subdivisions. And South Char- lotte continues to expand and change each year. This thriving section of North Carolina's largest city divides into two distinct corners, the southeast and the south- west, according to the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. In the 1960s and '70s, life in the Queen City ex- ploded, pushing development further and further south, leading to the birth of a new neighborhood called Cotswold. During that time, the city finished construc- tion of SouthPark Mall — a catalyst for retail, business, and residential development. Because Charlotte contin- ued to grow, Cotswold today sits much closer to the city center, but plenty of other places define the southeast corner such as the abovementioned SouthPark, the Abroretum, and Matthews. The community of SouthPark defines itself far beyond the mall with its namesake. Once part of a 3,000-acre farm owned by North Carolina Governor Cameron Mor- rison, present-day SouthPark takes pride in its success as an esteemed live-work environment and wide array of home options. Find everything from the quaint, ranch properties of the 1950s to modern, multi-million-dollar estates in gated communities. About 30 minutes from uptown Charlotte, the Arbore- tum spans four intersecting corners near a large shop- ping center overflowing with restaurants, movie theaters, South Charlotte expanding, thriving, blending a grocery store, bookstores, and kitschy cafés like Bella Fresco — creator of the pineapple-topped Hawaiian burger — and Charlotte Café. Try the latter's pecan Belgian waffle or salonica pepper-packed Grecian scramble. Head east to discover Matthews, a former 19th-century farming community that now boasts upwards of 25,000 residents, most of whom have relocated here in the last decade alone thanks to its beautiful subdivisions, afford- able homes, strong schools, lower taxes, and the historic, pedestrian-friendly downtown. Learn more about the early days of the cotton and railroad industries in this deep-root- ed neighborhood at the local Heritage Museum, housed in the Massey-Clark House, built in 1880. Large business parks disperse throughout Charlotte's southwest corner due to expansion of the airport, the I-485 outerbelt, and N.C. 49 over the years. The latter has led to increased development along Lake Wylie — a manmade lake created by Duke Power in 1904 that, today, features 325 miles of shoreline that draws water recreationists from Mecklenburg and Gaston counties in North Carolina and York County in South Carolina. Some of the communities that make up this region of Charlotte include Pineville, Bel- lantyne, and Lake Wylie. The 6,500-person town of Pineville overspills with more than 8 million square feet of retail space. This shopping hub features Carolina Place Mall, major big- box retailers, and a variety of mom-and-pops. Immerse yourself in linens, hand-painted furniture, and other an- tiques at Christie's on Main Antiques, or dig your heels into the largest selection of exotic rugs in the Carolinas at Pineville Rug Gallery. Grab a pint at Kit's Trackside Crafts — serving local, regional, and national craft beers, meads, and ciders — or have one across the street at Carolina Tabletop games, a board-game store and club that serves beer. People who enjoy the fast-paced nine-to-five of the city but a low-key home life after hours should head to the shores of Lake Wylie. Just 14 miles from Charlotte's city center, the Sanctuary is a "nature reserve community" with 20 miles of nature trails, 300 acres of common open space, and seven miles of shoreline. A 17-acre waterfront amenity area called "the camp" features swimming pools, tennis courts, a fitness center, kid's room, a playground, an amphitheater, picnic stations, community events, and a boating center with canoes and kayaks. [] ALYSSA LAFARO

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