lake norman real estate, Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Lake Norman is a magnet for great new restaurants, shopping and entertainment!

Lake Norman's Hot Stone Grill Rest

Lake Norman seems to be getting great new shops, restaurants and recreational business on a weekly basis.  With the very exciting recent news that there will be a Lake Norman Whole Foods opening in 2014 I feel like my wish list from 2005 when we moved here is complete!

There are so many new restaurants, shops and other fun businesses that rather than write individual articles about each one I will just provide you with a list of the ones that have caught my eye in the past few months:

Mooresville: 

  • Local hangout Vinnie’s on the shores of Lake Norman closed but was purchased by Eddie Lubic who has already opened Eddie’s Seafood and Raw Bar which has an emphasis on “fresh”.  He spent a month cleaning up the former Vinnie’s so it now has a clean new looks and a great new menu including their raw bar and seafood starters to entrees like pan roasted salmon, snow crabs, Black Angus Rib, Italian specialties and even hot dogs and burgers. Located on Williamson Rd. 704.799.2090
  • Fine Italian dining has come to historic downtown Mooresville!  Trattoria Al Gustowhich just opened last week in the town’s original Catholic Church and former location of The Prickly Pear. is located at 761 N. Main.  Chef and owner Patricio Campoverde has extensive experience in the restaurant business and decided Mooresville needed a high caliber Italian Restaurant. Focus is on fresh and homemade with “the best quality food they (his customers) can buy.” One of his favorite dishes is the Tagliolini Neri, a black linguine with crab meat and shrimp in a spicy red tomato sauce.  Open for dinner from 5-10 pm Monday – Thursday and 5-11 pm on Friday and Saturday.  They are planning to add lunches and a Sunday brunch in the future. 704.660.1066 ( I have since been there 3 or 4 times and the food is excellent!!!)
  • On the more casual side, Jeff and Chris Steiner, owner of 6 Five Guys Burgers and Fries, JUST opened the Moe’s Southwest Grill last Thursday.  It is located right next to the Hobby Lobby in the Lowe’s Home Improvement shopping center on Hwy 150 at Exit 36.  This joins Mooresville’s newer Chipolte located in the Best Buy shopping center also on Hwy 150. Great, fresh Mexican fast food is here!
  • Craft beers have arrived big time to Lake Norman. The most recent is “Ultimate Ales” which is located in the Mooresville Town Square shopping center.  Currently the only retailer dedicated solely to the sale of craft beer in Mooresville, they will offer almost 300 kinds of local, regional and national craft beers plus selected imports according to owner Mark Moore.  They plan on having a bar with six taps and weekly tasting events.  FYI there is a local homebrew organization called Iredell Brewing Club!.
  • Under the category of recreation and considered an “ode to Italy”, The Mooresville Motorplex, an outdoor karting track, opened recently on a 30-acre campus at 130 Motorplex Drive in Mooresville adjacent to the athletic fields at Mazeppa Road Park.  Arrive and and drive your own cart or rent one of their Sodikart RT8 390cc karts. They hold such competitions as the MMX Carting Challenge, MMX League Racing and several national events including the US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals.  Well, Mooresville IS Race City USA!
  • The Langtree Charter Academy, a tuition free public charter school serving k-12 students just opened for this fall adding yet another great educational option for Lake Norman students.
  • Can you say WOOF?  Mooresville has a new leash-free dog park located in historic Mooresville on Academy Rd.  The park is separated into two areas, one for smaller dogs and one for larger.
  • It was recently announced that the Langtree Hotel and Convention Center will soon be home to a Doubletree By Hilton Hotel & Conference Center. this 12-story, 227 room $90,000 million hotel is envisioned as the center piece of the Langtree development located at Exit 31.  Construction is expected to take about 2 years.

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Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Lake Norman’s Langtree at the Lake is finally a reality!

Lake Norman's Langtree at the Lake Jan 2013

No where is growth and new construction on Lake Norman more evident than at Mooresville’s Exit 31 where the photo above shows the luxury apartments and other buildings in Phase 1 of Langtree at the Lake well under way.  It took 6 years from its original ground breaking on August 11, 2007: Lake Norman’s Langtree At The Lake: Not Just Another Groundbreaking! but thanks to RL West, this huge project is actually going to become a reality very soon! Continue reading

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Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

How to Get the Latest Lake Norman News, Events and Savings!

 

Living in Lake Norman presents some interesting challenges regarding keeping up with local news and events because the 520 miles of Lake Norman shoreline fall in 4 counties and 10 towns.  Before doing research for this Lake Norman Real Estate blog post I was actually contemplating creating a Facebook page for “Breaking News” and special coupon deals just for Lake Norman.  What I discovered was that there were a number of resources online already available, you just need to know how to find them!

Many of you may not use or even care to use Twitter or Facebook.  But, if I provide you with a how-to guide and links it will be easy for you to keep up with Lake Norman news, events AND even coupons and special savings:

Twitter can be overwhelming and almost useless unless you narrow your focus on what you really want to learn.  However, it is absolutely the best way to keep up with what’s happening from events to sales/coupons to news in the Lake Norman Area.  I use HootsuiteThis lets you set up any number of searches with real time feeds which are displayed in individual columns.  I have one column set up for Lake Norman but you can also set searches up for towns or any subject of interest.  Here are the most recent Tweets of interest:  Lake Norman Buzz posted an update a few minutes ago that Lake Norman is going to get 177, 500 bass with a link for more info. Cornelius Today wrote about the North Rail Line from Charlotte to Lake Norman.  There are many Tweets about recent sports as well.

Facebook does not offer as wide a variety and quantity of news but here are some pages worth checking out.  You can search for all Lake Norman pages at the top of your homepage.  Here are a few good ones:

  • Lake Norman  This is a pretty good source for everything from businesses posting sales and coupons to jobs and local news.  With almost 4000 friends it offers a nice variety of hyper local news.  For instance, this week JR Motorsports has a Race Week sale going on, and last weekend Rusty Rudder had a special “end of the world” discount on special drinks.
  • Lake Norman Fan Page   Another Facebook resource with 8450 fans.
  • Downtown Mooresville Learn about upcoming events and sales at local businesses!

Events can be found on Twitter and Facebook as well as our local magazines like Lake Norman Magazine and Currents.  However, there are a few dedicated sites and email updates as well:

Breaking Lake Norman News is most readily available using Twitter.  However, there are several newspapers with websites as well:

Coupons and Savings are all the rage right now.  Of course, Groupon is huge, but there are many local options as well:

  • LKNSavings.com will email you special “deals”  just for the Lake Norman area and provide quite a few more on their website.  Today I received one about their “Deal of the Day” which is an “In Home Wine Tasting”.
  • LKNFun.com is a site dedicated to restaurants and special events and they include a number of special deals at Lake Norman area restaurants.  They even have a separate tab for “Coupons”.
  •  360 Lake Norman offers coupons in the greater Charlotte area but you can search by town.
  • Groupon Charlotte
  • Creative Loafing

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Lake Norman Real Estate Market Reports

Lake Norman Real Estate’s March 2011’s Hot Sheet

If you are new to this blog, every month I do a snapshot analysis of the middle two weeks in each month to get a sense of where our Lake Norman real estate market is at this very moment since our market changes so frequently these days!  Things are definitely looking up this month after a very weak January and February but I’m not sure we are going to surpass our Spring 2010 numbers based upon what we see below:

Lake Norman Real Estate’s Two-Week Hot Sheet

3/21/2011

The above chart is a summary of today’s “Hot Sheet” from the Charlotte Multiple Listing Service for single family homes in all of Lake Norman (area 13).  These numbers represent a real time snapshot of the past two week’s activity.  (March 7 – 21st).  As always, I have included the past 6 months so that you can put these numbers in perspective.

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Lake Norman News, Events and Celebrations, Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

The Lake Norman’s Folk Art Festival is this Saturday!

Lake Norman Folk Art Festival

 

One of my first exciting discoveries after moving to Mooresville was the wonderful array of art available, particularly from the Southeastern United States.  Southern Folk Art can be colorful, whimsical, dramatic and fun and can also be highly collectable.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to view the wonderful varity of  Southeastern Folk Art and meet some the our talented artists from all over the Southeast, then tomorrow is a perfect opportunity for you since Lake Norman is hosting the first annual Folk Art Festival at the Lake from 11-4pm.  As their flyer says:

Lake Norman Folk Art

 

Outsider art.

Outside the expected

Outside the city limits!

And, definitely outside, on October 3, 11-am – 4pm

 

Paintings, sculpture, pottery and metal works plus Food, Bluegrass music and demonstrations by the artists!

Participating artists include:

Tammy Leigh Pottery  ,Joe Lafone, Sarah Rakes, Mike Essinger, Jeff Young Pottery, Robert Oren Eades, Arie R. Taylor, Theresa Closter,  Gary Mitchell Pottery, Kessiah L Meroney, J & M Helton Pottery, Barbara Miller, Brooks Yeomans, Laura Craig McNellis, Harold Crowell, Michael Ball, Sara Britt, Patti Fenick, Clay James, Wanda Clark, Ray Searcy.

Check out a sample of their works: Here

Location: 4689 Giles Avenue, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673

This project was supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council.

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Lake Norman News, Events and Celebrations, Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Brawley School Road Widening to Include Bike Lanes and Grass Median

Lake Norman's Brawley School Rd. Widening Project Sign

 FOR THE LATEST UPDATE GO TO: Brawley School Road Update May 2011

Those of us who live down Lake Norman’s infamous Brawley School peninsula know only too well that construction is well under way on the two-year widening project.  The large, orange sign “warning, expect delays”  blinks at us daily although by now we pretty much know what to expect.

One of my fellow Brawley School friends/clients asked me at lunch yesterday whether I had seen any renderings of the completed project and details as to whether there would be bike lanes, landscaping and other details which I hadn’t.

So, today I made full use of Google and uncovered some fairly well-hidden information on the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s website  and contacted John R Cook, Resident Engineer, Statesville Construction who provided some prompt and exciting information as well.

Here are the Brawley School Road Widening Project Highlights:

  • Widen to four lanes with a median south of Southfork Rd to Talbert Rd
  • Sidewalks will be built on both sides
  • Sharp curves will be straighten (We can see this just from the grading that has already taken place)
  • The median will prohibit left turns into and out of individual properties along the project

The Design and Public Hearing Maps are available from this website as PDF files so you can see in great detail what the process will involve and what the end product will look like in 2011.

Mr. Cook, in response to my inquiry, provided unexpectedly good news:

  • There will be bike lanes!!!  (This is such great news.  Finally we will have safe cycling in our community!)
  • The median will be grass.  There are no details yet regarding landscaping.

If you would like more information, John R. Cook can be reached at #707.876.3543.

Short term, it is a bit of a pain in the neck but the end result is going to be well worth it!

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Lake Norman Real Estate Announces: “Business of the Week”!


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This past week the Mooresville-South Irdell Chamber of Commerce launched a new program “Buy Local, Invest in Your Community” in an effort to raise awareness to the need,  especially during these financially challenging times, to support our local business.

Today I am launching my own effort to support our local businesses in the Lake Norman communities by creating a new weekly feature here on Lake Norman Real Estate:  Business of the Week.  Each week I will write an informative article about one business in our community including pictures, links and contact information so that all of my readers can support this business.

I have quite a few stores and restaurants that I would like to feature but I am also inviting you to submit your favorite local business or even your own business.  The only rule it that it must be owned, operated and located in Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Troutman, Denver, Sherrills Ford or Terrell.  Either email me the information or leave it in the comment section.

These are tough times for everyone, even in our normally thriving Lake Norman communities.  It’s not just about housing and real estate anymore.  I have friends and clients in all kinds of businesses and industries that are struggling and I want to help!  By all of us working to support each other we CAN make a difference!

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