When one thinks of our Lake Norman communities images of large estates on the water, new upscale shopping and restaurants, and a lifestyle revolving around the myriad lake recreational opportunities most likely come to mind .
But, on the east side of Lake Norman, the towns of Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, Mooresville and Troutman truly have two distinct and very different personalities related to their location of the Interstate 77.
One has to remember that all 5 of these towns were originally founded along the path of the north/south railroad from Charlotte to Statesville long before Lake Norman was even created.
Today, these quaint Main Streets still exist along with their surrounding historic homes and memories of days gone by. Most of these towns’ civic centers and services are located on the east side of the I-77 and many of the native North Carolinians reside there as well.
It is on this side of the Interstate that you will experience the small-town festivals, parades and a glimpse into their history.
On the west side of the I-77 is the beautiful Lake Norman shoreline with upscale homes, resort-style housing developments complete with golf courses, yacht clubs and shopping.
In Huntersville there is the very hip Birkdale village where you will find fine dining at Red Rocks, Dresslers, shops like Williams Sonoma, Barnes and Nobles Book Store and charming urban village loft apartments and homes.
In Cornelius, the main thoroughfare, Catawba Rd, offers excellent restaurants and shopping catering to their prestigious upscale resort community: The Peninsula.
Davidson, a quaint College town on the east, on the west, albeit much smaller, you will find condominiums along the shoreline.
Mooresville is not only home to the mega resort community The Point and numerous other lovely waterfront homes, but is also where you will find most of the “Big Box” stores like Bed Bath and Beyond, Best Buy, Pet Smart and Pet Co, Super Target, Super WalMart to name a few. The growth of upscale shopping and restaurants is also going on simultaneously.
In Troutman, the last of these communities to experience growth, the population is still only 1700 but commercial development is marching up the I-77. Their pipeline of growth is truly amazing, especially at Exit 42 and 45.
Whether you are searching for a small town and even country/farm lifestyle where you can feel a sense of history or an upscale Lake Norman housing development there truly is something for everyone!