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Lake Norman Relocation Resources

Lake Norman Resource & Relocation Guide

Lake Norman Aerial photo of the Lake Norman Airpark

Researching the Lake Norman North Carolina area when contemplating a relocation or buying a vacation home is an exciting adventure and it is definitely not just about searching for Lake Norman real estate or waterfront homes for sale. Here is a comprehensive list of Lake Norman related online links to help you learn about our area; from town, county and state government sites to detailed information about area schools, medical services,  golf, boating and recreation on the lake as well as plenty of just plain fun things to discover.

Your first stop may be to The Charlotte Observer. They have a “Lake Norman Neighbor’s” section (see link below) and they publish an annual magazine Living Here at Lake Norman Magazine which is an excellent resource for newcomers. (If you would like a free copy email me…they are hard to come by but I have a few!)

Next, I would bookmark and read all of these great (printed and) online resources for Lake Norman news, community events, restaurant reveiws, sports and recreation, shopping and all about life in Lake Norman:

Finally, below  I have compiled tons of links loaded with information about life in Lake Norman!

OUR TOWNS:

OUR 4 COUNTIES:

OUR STATE:

OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

LEARN ABOUT LAKE NORMAN:

FARMERS MARKETS

MY FAVORITE MARKETS

FUN and NIGHTLIFE

NEWCOMERS RESOURCES

RECREATION:

GOLF COURSES

OUTDOOR RECREATION AND WILDLIFE

MARINAS

Boat and Jet Ski Rentals and Charters:

BOATING SAFETY AND OVERSIGHT

SHOPPING/MALLS:

HEALTH CARE/AREA HOSPITALS:

SENIOR SERVICES:

 

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Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

My Favorite Things About Lake Norman: 10 Years and Counting!

Wow, I can’t believe that I have lived here for over 10 years!  When I first started writing this blog I was looking through the eyes of a new “transplant” from California.  So much has happened in these past years that I decided to make a new list of the top reasons why I STILL love living in Lake Norman.

Surrounded by Green   Lake Norman and lush green trees

I love our amazing hardwood trees, Fescue lawns and gorgeous natural areas with towering pine trees and picturesque native Dogwoods living in harmony with our Sugar Maples, Poplar Trees, Oaks and so many others. Continue reading

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Just the facts about Lake Norman, Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Lake Norman Waterfront Lots For Sale: $795 and $10 Down!

Lake Norman waterfront home built in the 1970's

The house on the left was built in the late 1970’s and was torn down several years ago; replaced by a new home similar to the one on the right.

Can you imagine that in 1975 you could buy a waterfront lot on Lake Norman for under $1000? In fact, I have met a number of “locals” who sold their waterfront lots for even less than that thinking that they were pretty useless given how remote Lake Norman was before our Interstate I-77 was built.

So why am I writing about Lake Norman’s lot prices from 40 years ago?  It just happens that I attended a great panel discussion last week at Davidson College “Exploding Canons Under the Lake and also began reading the just released book about Lake Norman: A History of Lake Norman, Fish Camps to Ferraris.  I have always been struck by how important it is to put Lake Norman in its historical context to truly appreciate not just how lucky we are today but how many people and places were displaced and lives forever changed in order for us to enjoy our wonderful lives as “Lake People”. Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s new Mooresville Town Square is coming to life!

Mooresville Town Square Rendering

If you haven’t checked out the Mooresville Town Square on the corner of Brawley School Rd. and Williamson Rd lately then you are definitely in for a great surprise! After a slow start thanks to the recession, it is now a happening place to go. With it’s upscale architecture, beautiful gardens and walking paths it reminds me a little bit of a Birkdale Village in it’s early stages. This 200,000 square foot “lifestyle center” offers great food, hangouts, shopping and services all walkable. Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business of the Week: Shoals Grill in Mooresville

Shoals Grill in Mooresville lake norman

Opened in 2010, Shoals Grill  has been a great Lake Norman restaurant success story as it has evolved and perfected it’s menu and service over the years to become a local favorite hangout.  Located in the Food Lion Shopping Center at Stutts Rd and Brawley School it has plenty of seating and a wide variety of food sure to please everyone!

Lake Norman sign in Shoals Restuarant

As you enter Shoals, you immediately feel like you are on vacation.  The fun, whimsical nautical decor with the weathered wooden walls reminds me of hanging out at the lake or beach in the summer.  It feels like it is time to relax.  Shoals Grill  pretty much demands that you leave your stress at the door!

The food is awesome.  I am so addicted to their Chopped Chicken Salad that I have it every week! My hubby loves their Southwest Burger with their to-die-for Tabacco Onion Rings and swears it is the best burger in Lake Norman!  Did I mention their desserts?  My favorite is their brownie topped with ice cream, whipped cream, nuts, chocolate and carmel sauce.  But then again, I have yet to try their Lemon Cheese Cake Brulees or Smores.  (Of course, their ice cream is made locally at Mooresvilles Deluxe Ice Cream). Continue reading

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Landscaping is coming to Lake Norman’s Brawley School Road!

Lake Norman's Brawley School Road Widening lacked landscaping

With the completion of the 3-year widening of Brawley School Road in Mooresville, those of us who live on Lake Norman’s wonderful Brawley Peninsula were so elated for it to be over that most of us took the lack of the promised landscaping of the center medians in stride.  What are a few weeds compared to the gift of time not spent in traffic?  Life is good!

Thankfully, the Lower Brawley School Road Beautification Committee was formed and their members have worked tirelessly with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to push them live up to their original landscape committments.

Beginning in Fall 2014, the state will begin landscaping the entire 7- mile Brawley School Road from our new Exit 35 to Southfork Road where Brawley School narrows just before entering The Point.  In their January meeting, DOT Roadside Environmental Engineer, Morgan De Witt, unveiled their plans for their specific plantings that will be placed in the widest portions of the medians.

In addition to the plantings, the rest of the medians will be sodded with Zoysia grass which is a spreading variety that is supposed to remain reasonably neat in the winter.

The NC DOT has also shared that the mowing and maintenance of the entire 7-mile stretch has been contracted and will be paid for by them.  The mowing contract will be on a 3-week schedule from May to October.

Finally, the NC DOT announced that they are funding and have plans for plantings at our new Exit 35 and additonal planting for Exits 31, 33 and 36.

I would personally like to thank the Lower Brawley School Rd Beautification Committee for its tireless work over the past 2 years!

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