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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Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Lake Norman’s Elephant in the Room; The “T” Word!

Elephant in the Room

Let’s face it, Lake Norman’s popularity and growth is a double-edged sword. On the one hand we celebrate the opening of our Whole Foods, Publix, myriad micro-breweries and restaurants, hotels, sports facilities, big box stores and so many businesses that are moving in to our greater Lake Norman Charlotte area.  At the same time, you can’t avoid the one big issue that comes hand-in-hand with these perks: TRAFFIC.   Continue reading

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How to Relocate to Lake Norman NC

Welcome to Lake Norman North Carolina!

Last week I drove to an unfamiliar small town east of Charlotte so that I could check out a new housing development for my buyers.  After I met with the builder and toured the subdivision I started to drive around to get a sense of what the area was like,  the proximity and type of shopping, restaurants and schools so that I could better compare it to a community by the same builder in Lake Norman that I know very well.  The sales rep was great about pointing out actual stores and restaurants on their map but I realized when I started to drive around that I really needed a tour from someone who knows the community! I wanted/needed the same kind of help/orientation I give to my clients during their first visits to Lake Norman. I know this sounds egotistical but seriously, I needed a Harrisburg version of me!

So what do I do that I needed so much? My Lake Norman orientation process has evolved and is unique for each client but the goals are still same: Help my relocating buyers to understand as much as they can about the nuances and personalities of the Lake Norman towns and neighborhoods and the home buying process in NC so that they can make informed decisions and find the best home/location to suit their specific goals and lifestyles. Here is a general outline of my orientation process: Continue reading

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Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Relocating to Lake Norman? Look no further than this Lake Norman Real Estate Blog!

Gorgeous Lake Norman cove view from waterfront home

Back in May of 2007 I launched this Lake Norman Real Estate Blog in hopes of providing meaningful information to Lake Norman home buyers and sellers. But, I was and still am particularly passionate about helping those relocating to Lake Norman just as my family did in 2005.  In the past 7 years I have met and sold homes to buyers from as far away as Russia, Australia and England who contacted me after reading my blog; some times for years!  How cool is that?

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Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business of the Week: Josh’s Farmers Market!

Lake Norman Real Estate's business-of-the-week

 

Josh's Farmers Market Mooresville Lake Norman

 Josh’s Farmers Market in Mooresville Lake Norman

If you have reason to be on Williamson Road in Mooresville you might have seen a crowded parking lot nestled in some trees on the east side of the street just south of Highway 150.  This is where Josh Graham and his wife Alicia own and operate  their popular Josh’s Farmers Market which sells seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers and from Columbia S.C.

Fresh, Locally Grown Fruits Lake norman

It’s truly like an entire farmers market all under one large tent.  The day I took these photos I bought some of the North Carolina  peaches which were ripe, and incredibly sweet as I have found all of their fresh fruits to be.  What a difference from store-bought fruits!

Fresh vegetables at Josh's Farmers Market P1020695

Besides seasonal fruits and berries, Josh also has a great variety of vegetables, fresh corn, and of course, several varieties of  juicy red tomatoes, some grown on their own land!

Every week they drive down at 2:00am to Columbia SC to “get the freshest produce” according to a recent article in the Mooresville Tribune.  “There’s not many places that you can go when the squash or blueberries were picked an hour before you buy them” according to Graham. Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s June 2012 Wallpaper Calendar

 

Lake Norman attracts home buyers from quite far away.  I have had clients from literally all over the U.S. plus Russia, Sweden, England and Australia!  One of the hardest things to explain to buyers during their first visit is the vast array of types of lots, homes, neighborhoods, towns and counties that all call Lake Norman home.

When I drove by this small farm on John Connor Rd (and across the street from The Peninsula) in Cornelius I realized it would be the perfect photo to use to exemplify our diversity.  If you look out to the lake on the right hand side you can see the large estates and lovely boat docks located in the gated community of Connor Quay.  Such is the fun of living in Lake Norman.  If you want to be in an exclusive community we have plenty of those.  But if you are like me and enjoy driving by a horse farm or two on the way home Lake Norman offers neighborhoods like this as well.

One last thing about this photo.  Note the color of our dirt.  Yes, it is really that red and is actually more like clay than dirt.  But, as you can clearly see, it doesn’t hinder gardening or even farming for that matter! Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s Shopping and Restaurants Just Keep Getting Better!

 

At a time when many towns are working hard just to retain their local businesses, Lake Norman just keeps adding more great options for our lucky area residents!  The growth since my family arrived in 2005 is truly amazing.  When I drive  relocating buyers around the Lake Norman communities I point out many of these recent additions which have added so much variety and convenience to our lifestyles. While growth definitely slowed starting in 2008 we have continued to get some exciting new restaurants and retail stores; and this trend is increasing as our Lake Norman area economy recovers.

Here are some of our latest additions:

Restaurants/Food and Beverages: Continue reading

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