Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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VOLUME 10—ISSUE 1 23 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 BALLANTYNE It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood…of Ballantyne, that is. This upscale community, with its el- egant signature 'B' embossed on many of its buildings and signs, is an unincorporated area in South Charlotte that has flourished since the creation of the Ballantyne Corpo- rate Park in 1992. Ballantyne comprises 2,000 acres and has a population of over 25,000. Previously undeveloped farmland, now it's heralded as one of the most successful master-planned communities in the Southeast. When you enter Ballantyne proper, you'll see four monuments that appear to be elaborate archways. De- signed to signify transportation, technology, finance and the human spirit, they each represent what has made Charlotte and Ballantyne what they are today. Ballantyne Corporate Park is the true pulse of of the town. Once named the International Office Park of the Year by the Building Owners and Managers Association, it spans over 500 acres and has over 300 tenants. To underscore its significance, the park was sold in 2017 for an impres- siveness $1.2 billion, the third largest real estate transac- tion in the office sector. Needless to say, employment op- portunities abound, and the average household income in Ballantyne tops $100,000. Billed as 'way beyond a workplace,' the park is where you might see a yoga class taking place on its sprawling greenway, helping workers get their Zen on before the workday begins. The park hosts numerous events and activities throughout the year such as races where corpo- rate teams are playfully pitted against one another, food drives, book clubs, and holiday celebrations, all designed to make corporate and community synonymous. Free lunch seminars (coming up – fashion styling for business travelers!) are well attended. For more serious studies, Wingate University is another notable tenant. The university was voted a 'best value' school by U.S. News and World Report, due in part to its small class sizes. Central Piedmont Commu- nity College offers classes on the park grounds as well. The park is surrounded by amazing dining, shop- ping, hotels and housing, all within walking distance, so it's hard to determine where the residential and retail side of Ballantyne ends and the park begins. Blakeney, a mixed use development, hosts a summer concert series and Wine Walks—who doesn't love to sip and stroll? The Village at Robinson Farm features many wellness-related shops and a weekly farmers' market. Ballantyne Corners is the new kid on the block and houses the Ballantyne Ballantyne upscale, progressive, flourishing VERA WILSON School of Music and the Ballantyne Arts Center. Ballantyne Corporate Park isn't the only park in town. There are several small parks where baseball games are in full swing. Other outdoor locales include serene ponds perfect for a lazy afternoon of fishing and numerous hiking and bike trails. You can't miss LimeBikes…literally—the bikes seem to glow green! A dockless bike share program that costs an affordable one dollar for a 30 minute ride, LimeBike has a mobility fleet that are GPS and 3G-enabled. Golf is a favorite pastime of Ballantyne residents who head to the Golf Club at Ballantyne for a few rounds. If that hole-in-one eludes you, the Dana Radar Golf Acad- emy can help perfect your game. Since the parks only allow catch-and-release fishing, you'll have to head to one of 30-plus dining establishments in Ballantyne to satisfy your hunger. For the best in elegant dining, try the Gallery Restaurant, so named because art from a local gallery is displayed on its walls. For a warm rustic atmosphere, the Stone Mountain Grill is the place for Angus beef sliders or Firecracker shrimp. Vine American Kitchen features an outdoor fire pit. OGGI Ristorante Ital- iano features homemade pasta and other Italian favorites. Sushi is the star at Jade Asian Fusion and Sushi Bar, while The Blue Taj features the best in Indian fare. The Ballantyne Hotel, a majestic resort with a spa and golf course, continues the theme of luxury that symbol- izes Ballantyne. The resort counts the Obamas and sports announcer Bob Costas, in town to announce a Carolina Panthers game, as previous guests. []

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