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The ultimate dream of many people around the country and even beyond is to own a waterfront home on Lake Norman. Whether a luxury estate or a small vacation cabin, waterfront homeowners all share our gorgeous lake and the special lifestyles that blend together to make Lake Norman so popular for such a wide variety of people.
Buying a waterfront home on Lake Norman isn’t a complicated process but it is extremely important that you start the process with a good understanding of the following and, if possible, at least read Duke Energy’s Shoreline Management Guidelines, the 130-page document I have linked at the bottom of this article.
Here are my thoughts:
1. Private docks: is there one?
Private docks are highly regulated and must be permitted by Duke Energy. Over the years the process has become much more restrictive so you will find that most homes that can have docks will have them in place and even most waterfront lots will already have permitted docks. Without a private, permitted dock, the value of a waterfront property is significantly lower than the same property with a dock. That said, it you want to enjoy living on Lake Norman but your budget doesn’t allow for a waterfront home with a dock, look for the lower priced homes on the water without docks. Most likely you can launch a kayak or canoe from your shoreline and still enjoy being on the lake! To get a permit today, a waterfront lot must have a minimum 100′ of shoreline and meet other stipulations to gain approval from Duke Energy. If you must get a permit, do so BEFORE closing! And, for existing docks, be sure to have the permit changed into your name!
2. Look for Permit Plate:
If you are looking at waterfront homes with a dock, you should check to make sure there is a permit affixed to the end of the dock like this one:
3. Measure depth of water and understand possible variations of lake levels
I always bring my tape measure when showing waterfront properties so that we can measure the depth of the water where your boat would be to make sure it has deep enough water for your type of boat etc. I check that morning to find out the current water level of Lake Norman so we can calculate the lowest and highest water depths of your pier/dock/boatslip. The water levels of Lake Norman are controlled by Duke Energy and vary from full pond, 100′ (760′ above sea level) down to about 94′. They use the dam at the south end of the lake to help regulate the water levels.
4. 50′ Setback
The most recent regulations established in 2006 establish a 50′ setback from the 760 line. Within this 50′ setback from the lake to your home there are strict regulations outlined in detail in the Shoreline Management Guidelines. They are meant to protect the 50′ closest to the lake by prohibiting removal of trees and native vegetation, planting of lawns, and size of footpaths. Older properties may violate these rules but they are “grandfathered in”.
Lake Norman Resource & Relocation Guide
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:
- Charlotte Observer Lake Norman Neighbors
- The Lake Norman Magazine
- Lake Norman Currents Magazine The Magazine for and about the people who call Lake Norman Home
- The Lake Norman Citizen Newspaper
- Creative Loafing is a great resource of myriad entertainment and happenings of all kinds in the greater Charlotte Area
- Lake Norman Fun
- Mooresville Tribune
Finally, below I have compiled tons of links loaded with information about life in Lake Norman!
OUR 4 COUNTIES:
- North Carolina
- NC. Deparment of Motor Vehicles
- North Carolina Travel and Tourism
- North Carolina Our State Magazine
OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
- Iredell-Statesville (Lake Norman Schools in Mooresville)
- Mooresville Graded School District
LEARN ABOUT LAKE NORMAN:
- Duke Energy
- Great Lake Norman Map!
- History of Lake Norman: Under Lake Norman
- History of Lake Norman: OUR STATE Magazine
- Lake Events
- Overview of Lake Norman Region
- Lake Norman, Surface Water Temperature
- Island Keepers
- Lake Norman Covekeepers
- Gus Gustafson (fishing pro) (Boating hazards)
- Davidson’s Farmers Market
- Josh’s Farmers Market and Produce Stand, Mooresville
- Lake Norman Where to Find Fresh Produce Stands and Farmers Markets
- Foothills Farm Fresh in NC:
- Farm Fresh Markets
- NC Dept of Agriculture
MY FAVORITE MARKETS
- Whole Foods, Huntersville
- The Fresh Market, Cornelius
- Trader Joe’s
- Harris Teeter
- Publix in Mooresville, Cornelius and Huntersville
FUN and NIGHTLIFE
- Lake Norman Sports Resource Guide
- Lake Norman Fishing
- Lake Norman Ski Club
- Baseball, Soccer and other Sports
- Mooresville Lowes YMCA
- National Whitewater Center (300 acres, Olympic whitewater river, flat water boating, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking)
- Lake Norman State Park (Public beach, boat rentals and ramp, mountain biking, hiking, camping)
- Jetton Park (Cornelius, 105 acres; hiking, biking, picnic tables, tennis, playgrounds, lake suning beach)
- Ramsey Creek Park (44 acres; sunning beach, boat launch, docks, play ground, picnic shelters, nature trails, fishing pier)
- Mecklenburg County Dog Parks
- Great list of things to do and see
- The Peninsula Club
- Trump National Golf Club Charlotte Lake Norman
- River Run Golf and Country Club
- Birkdale Golf Course
- Carbarrus Country Club
- Cowan’s Ford Golf Club
- Fox Den Country Club
- Highland Creek Golf Club
- Mallard Head Country Club
- Mooresville Golf Course
- Northstone Club
- Rocky River Golf Club
- Skybrook Golf Club
- Statesville Country Club
- Vertict Ridge in Denver
- Westport Golf Club
OUTDOOR RECREATION AND WILDLIFE
- NC Wildlife Resources Commission
- NC Division of Marine Fisheries
- NC Division of Parks and Recreation
- National Forests in North Carolina
- Lake Norman State Park
- Gus Gustafson (fishing pro) (Boating hazards)
- Long Island Marina: Catawba
- Lake Norman Marina:Sherrills Ford
- Boat Rack Marina: Sherrills Ford
- Midway Marina: Terrell
- Westport Dry Storage and Marina: Denver
- Kings Point Marina: Cornelius
- Holiday Marina: Cornelius
- Queens Landing:Mooresville
- Inland Sea Marina: Mooresville
- Stutts Marina: Mooresville
- All Seasons Marina: Langtree – Mooresville
- Skippers Dry Storage Marina: Troutman
Boat and Jet Ski Rentals and Charters:
- The Catawba Queen
- Yachta Yachta Yachta Yacht Charters
- Ragin Uptown Luxury Bus Charters
- Lake Norman Jet Ski Rentals
- Westport Dry Storage and Marina
- AAA-0 Saltshaker Marina
- Kings Point Marina
- Carolinas Boat Rental
- C.S. Rentals of Lake Norman
BOATING SAFETY AND OVERSIGHT
- N.C. Wildlife Resources commission
- The Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron
- US Coast Guard Auxilliary
- Lighthouse Marine Service
- Captain Alan Stopko: Peninsula Yacht Club
HEALTH CARE/AREA HOSPITALS:
- Lake Norman Regional Medical Center (704.660.4000)
- Presbyterian Novant Medical Center Huntersville (704.316.4000)
- Presbyterian Novant Medical Center Charlotte (704.384.4000)
- Presbyterian Novant Orthopedic Hospital (704.316.2000)
- Carolinas Medical Center (704.355.2000)
- Carolinas Medical Center- Huntersville (704.512.3100)
- Carolinas Medical Center University Area (704.863.6000)
- Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln (980.212.2000)
- Iredell Memorial Hospital (704.873.5661)
- Davis Regional Medical Center (704.873.0281)
- Catawba Valley Medical Center (828.326.3000)
- Piedmont HealthCare (704.873.4277)
- The Iredell Council on Aging:
- Statesville: (704.873.5171)
- Mooresville: (704.663.5112)
- Troutman: (704.677.2386)
- South Iredell Senior Center, Mooresville: (704.662.3337)
- North Mecklenburg/Huntersville Senior Center
- Charlotte/Mecklenburg Senior Centers
- Lincoln County Senior Center
- Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services
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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
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
Whether you call it a “Premier Resort Community” or an “Active Lifestyle Community”, Lake Norman is finally going to have an active adult community designed to meet the needs of those who want to live in our wonderful Lake Norman area but seek a truly carefree lifestyle! Continue reading
Based on the popularity of HGTV, sites like Houzz.com and what I see on Facebook and Pinterest, it seems like just about everyone enjoys seeing beautiful homes and gardens and getting ideas and inspiration. The Southern Spring Home and Garden Show is a GREAT opportunity for us Lake Norman area residents to do this in person. I know it requires driving, parking and walking but seriously it is well worth it! They have an amazing array of lectures, demonstrations, displays and vendors/experts who you can chat with about your own thoughts and project ideas. And yes, there is shopping and eating too! Continue reading
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
Lake Norman truly is a fantastic place to celebrate Christmas and the holidays. From small town parades to a sailboat parade to old fashioned horse-drawn carriages, hot apple cider, carolers and Santa, you will find myriad ways to celebrate your holidays. It is amazing how Santa gets around Lake Norman!
Here are some of the biggest to get you started:
HUNTERSVILLE and BIRKDALE VILLAGE
Huntersville kicks off the holidays with the arrival of Santa and their annual tree lighting ceremony on November 16th at 5 pm – 8pm at Birkdale Village.The event organized by the Huntersville Happy Hour Rotary Club will benefit Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids! Shop, dine and stroll the vendor booths, but be sure to secure your spot along the parade route by 5:30pm. Then watch Santa light the 34 foot tree! Enjoy music, the singing bears and a new special attraction this holiday season! Don’t forget to visit Santa at his home directly across from the tree and cherish the moment with a photo. Continue reading
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
This Harris Teeter has been MY Harris Teeter since moving to Lake Norman in 2005. Because the shopping center doesn’t have a formal name or great layout, I don’t think many of us locals think of the shops, restaurants and services as a shopping center or village. However, over recent years a number of really good restaurants and shops have opened so now it truly is a destination for me and my husband. Continue reading
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
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?
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.
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!
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
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!
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
So, you all are my guinea pigs! Here is my first Lake Norman video tour using my new GoPro. This is a quick tour of some of the waterfront neighborhoods on the Brawley School Road Peninsula in Mooresville. While I focused on The Point I also included views of two streets, Tuskarora Trail and Washam Road, that are good examples of what non-subdivision neighborhoods look like. I also included a more rustic gravel road so that you get a better idea of what they look like.
Hopefully this will provide some insight into Lake Norman’s waterfront lifestyles. Look for more video tours of Lake Norman in the days to come. And feel free to request certain neighborhoods, streets or shopping areas. My plan is also to make specific videos for buyers so they can see the actual neighborhoods they are interested in! Any requests or input would be welcomed!
Spring is now in full bloom in Lake Norman. Our myriad lush hardwood trees with their many stunning shades of green hug the Lake Norman shoreline and the waterfront homes are peaking out between them to enjoy the gorgeous views of blooming azaleas, Dogwoods, and so many colorful flowering plants.
I am thrilled that THE local expert on plants and wildlife, Christine Lisiewski (who works at my favorite Dearness Gardens Nursery in Huntersville), has provided us with another one of her amazing photographs for this month’s calendar. Christine is constantly on the move around not just North but South Carlolina where she took this photo of migrating American Wood Storks at Huntington Beach State Park. Not only is she the plant buyer at Dearness Gardens but she just recently was picked to design and implement a butterfly garden for The Preserve at Robbins Point and she even teaches classes about butterflies and native gardens. Visit her new blog: Christine’s Beautiful World. Continue reading
Spring has finally arrived in Lake Norman! There is a profusion of blossoming trees and bushes and signs of life as tiny leaves are forming on myriad plants and trees. And the gorgeous Carolina Blue Skies are so invigorating. April is one of my favorite months in Lake Norman!
I am thrilled to announce that THE local expert on plants and wildlife, Christine Lisiewski (who works at my favorite Dearness Gardens Nursery in Huntersville), has agreed to share some of her amazing photographs for my monthly calendars the first of which is this stunning photo of a Monarch butterfly. Not only is she the plant buyer at Dearness Gardens but she just recently was picked to design and implement a butterfly garden for The Preserve at Robbins Point and she even teaches classes about butterflies and native gardens. Visit her new blog: Christine’s Beautiful World. Continue reading
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!
Step aside Evian, Perrier, SanPelligrinio and Fiuggi! Did you know that right here in our own town of Huntersville, located down a long country road off of Beatties Ford, is the Midas Spring, a “natural resource comparable to the best springs in Europe, which are prized for their health-giving benefits”?
We all know that water is good for us but how often do we just grab whatever bottled water on sale not knowing that all waters are not the same?
“Each mineral water has a particular content, created by the minerals it leaches from the surrounding rock in the underground aquifer where it resides” according to owner Joe Liburdi. “Midas Spring Water is especially good since it has a very low chemical content but is rich in a few important elements. It is considered a light mineral water….but it does have some minerals, and just the right ones at it turns out.” He offers Magnesium as an example as some research shows Magnesium can cut the risk of heart disease and may even help ADD!
The History of Midas Spring Water
According to legend, it was the Catawba Indians who first discovered this natural spring. Then, in 1871, John Williamson Sample (raised on the Latta Plantation) purchased the spring and created what is said to be “the oldest company in Mecklenburg Co. NC with continuous service since 1871 and one of the first bottled water companies in the country.” Over the years stories spread of the medicinal value of Midas water; from cured kidney stones, to longevity to curing a deathly ill Indian who had been left by it’s shore to die.
Today the 52-acre Midas Spring property is owned and run by Joe Liburdi and his son Gianni Liburdi who is quick to point out how favorably Midas Spring Water compares to popular American and European waters.During my recent visit I was fortunate to meet Doug Green, production manager, who gave me a tour of the production rooms and explained more about their mineral water. Continue reading
For those of you who don’t frequent the charming Lake Norman college town of Davidson, you may not know that we now have THE BEST chocolate in the entire Lake Norman/Charlotte region right in our own back yard!
Located in the Harris Teeter Shopping Center, Davidson Chocolate Co. is a labor of love for owners and confectioners John and Sue Elliott. Using classic recipes from the Drost Family of Holland dating back to 1887, they create their incredible array of chocolate truffles, confections, fudge and specialty items right in their shop.
At much personal sacrifice I have made several trips to Davidson Chocolate Co. to buy samples of their truffles and bark which I can say with great enthusiasm are truly incredible!
They offer about 14 different flavors of truffles from Cappuccino to Cherry Cordial in dark, milk, white and even sugar-free chocolate. John is constantly experimenting with new flavors. One of the favorites is “Hot Chili”!
Using a “full-bodied 70% cocoa mass” their dark chocolates have a richness that is rarely found. Continue reading
For Lake Norman New Year’s Celebrations 2015: Lake Norman Area New Year’s Celebrations 2015: More and Better Than Ever!
Unlike my home town of Pasadena CA with the annual Rose Parade/Rose Bowl, Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have one major New Years’ celebration. Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte. From 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.
Probably the ultimate Lake Norman New Year’s Eve celebration is a cruise on our beautiful lake!
- The Queens Landing New Year’s Eve Cruises offer truly elegant dining on the Lady of the Lake or a bit more casual on the Catawba Queen.
The best sources for lists of New Years Eve events in our Lake Norman area are LKNFun.com which has a long list of special events in the Lake Norman area restaurants and bars and, 704 Events.com which are websites devoted to entertainment and dining information in the greater Lake Norman area.
The best way to find out what is happening in Charlotte is to pick up a free copy of Creative Loafing. Here is a link to their New Year’s Eve events…it is very long and growing! They even do hourly updates on their Food and Drink section.
Here are few highlights to wet your appetite: Continue reading
One of the most common questions I get when I first meet a new buyer relocating to Lake Norman is about our weather; especially how hot does it get in the summer and how cold in the winter. Lake Norman enjoys very mild winters. As a snow lover I get excited each time we get a little but it rarely lasts more than a day. However, once in a while we do get a “real snow” like in the photo above of The Graham house on Grampian Road in Mt. Ulla which is a small, rural town adjacent to Mooresville.
This gorgeous photo was taken by renowned artist Cotton Ketchie, owner of Mooresville’s Landmark Galleries, who spends much of his time driving all over North Carolina and even summer trips around the country, taking stunning photos. And, of course, he also takes some amazing photos of Lake Norman as well. If you haven’t visited his store on Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville you should put it on your list for 2013! Continue reading
Huntersville kicks off the holidays with The arrival of Santa and their annual tree lighting ceremony on November 16th at 5 pm at Birkdale Village. The rest of the season visitors of Birkdale Village can enjoy the beautiful displays/decorations and even meet Santa! (Not to mention some of the best shopping and restaurants in Lake Norman!) Continue reading
One of my first exciting discoveries after moving to Mooresville back in 2005 was the wonderful array of art available, particularly from the Southeastern United States. Southern Folk Art can be colorful, whimsical, dramatic and fun and is also be highly collectible. If you haven’t had an opportunity to view the wonderful variety of Southeastern Folk Art and meet some the our talented artists from all over the Southeast, then this Saturday, October 5th, is a perfect opportunity for you since Lake Norman is hosting Hickory Museum o f Art’s 5th annual Lake Norman Folk Art Festival from 11-4 pm at 3630 Drum Campground Road, Sherrills Ford, NC
In it’s 5th year, there will be more changes, improvements and additions. Here is their update and links. Check out the list of artists and photos of their works!!!!:
Saturday, October 5
10 AM – 4 PM
There are exciting changes for this year’s festival!
- The most artists ever!
- Festival updates on website
- Location and parking plan (5 parking fields)
- Sign up this final week to be a volunteer!
- Three artists in area schools
- Our sponsors and friends rock!
- Travel times to the festival from local landmarks
- The festival Barn has a fresh coat of paint!
- Extended 2013 marketing area
- Silent Auction feature by Hickory. Life. Well Crafted
- QR codes popping up for quick festival access
And some things will be just the same: Continue reading
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:
- 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 Gusto, which 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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Almost hidden away on a lovely Lake Norman peninsula off Perth Road in Mooresville is a truly remarkable neighborhood: Lake Norman Airpark. Imagine that instead of the usual garage you actually have a hanger for your plane(s) right next to your home and that you can taxi to and from the community runway at your convenience!
The Lake Norman Airpark is a community of about 56 homes surrounding the runway all of which are a member of the Lake Norman Air Park Owners Association which is a non-profit organization that owns and maintains the runway and approximately 40 acres of common area which includes the associated residential taxiways. Many of the homes have views of Lake Norman as well! Continue reading
Wow, how time flies! Construction began on Lake Norman’s newest Exit 35 on I-77 in November of 2009 and officials now say it will be completed in mid-to-late June. I took this photo yesterday at the actual intersection. As you can see, the work here is completed and the signs are even up and ready to go.
Seriously, there is some honest, well-deserved pride in the phrase “I survived the Brawley School Rd Widening”. It took about 5 years but in just a few months the final phase will enable us to take our new, awesome, 4-lane divided Brawley School Road all the way to our new Exit 35 on I-77! Owning a home, waterfront or not, down Brawley School road is now one of the very best options in all of Lake Norman. We are close to great shopping, restaurants and the I-77, we have good schools, low taxes and are now even a destination for atheletes and cyclists thanks to our new bike lanes. Not to mention that we are home to the gorgeous Trump National Golf Club, Charlotte Lake Norman. Continue reading
Davidson Farmer’s Market has evolved from a dozen or so booths behind Summit Coffee on Main Street in 2008 to an amazing array of vendors from vegetable & fruit farmers, to eggs, poultry, meats, seafood, baked and prepared foods, cheese makers, flowers, a scuppernog winemaker and even two food trucks!
Lake Norman can now boast having a hip, fresh, healthy, mostly sustainable/organic, producer-only farmer’s market that features over 35 farmers and local producers from within a 100 mile radius of Davidson.
This Saturday’s opening day includes cooking demonstrations, music by popular local Americana/Bluegrass singer Rusty Knox, and newly added food trucks (Root Down and Hoomgrown Crepe will rotate every other week).
The Davidson Farmer’s Market is now every Saturday from 8am – Noon and is located next to Town Hall between Main & Jackson Streets.
St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays when just about everyone feels at least a wee bit’o Irish simply because it is such a fun day.
That is why the news that Mooresville is holding its second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is welcomed by so many! While a full week before St. Patrick’s Day, the parade which is Saturday, March 9th beginning at 3 pm, promises enough shamrocks, leprechauns and green to get everyone in the spirit.
“Hosted by the Mooresville Downtown Commission, the parade will feature Irish step dancers and the Irish bagpipe band Ceo na Gaels. Ceo na Gaels will play “music of the Gaels” mostly Irish tunes but will also add some Scottish tunes as well. Named Best Musical Group in the 2011 Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade, they will be wearing the traditional Irish saffron Kilt. Continue reading
Lake Norman has welcomed a number of new restaurants and shops over the past months adding even more wonderful opportunities for those of us lucky enough to live here! From unique dining like the Hot Stone Grill pictured above to Sugar Pop’s Candy store in Downtown Mooresville, there is something new for just about everyone:
Historic Downtown Mooresville
Thistle Meadow Winery ‘s new retail store is now the second wine shop in downtown Mooresville. They offer tastings, wine by the glass, by the bottle or the case. Have fun learning not only about drinking wines but about making wines as well! 240 North Main Street, Mooresville. 704.660.9803
The Enchanted Olive is truly an adventure! Imagine a store centered entirely on olive oils and vinegars where you can try samples of each at a tasting bar and order your olive oil poured right on the spot rather than purchased in a prepackaged bottle. They offer 46 varieties of olive oils and vinegars. Luckily they have a great sales staff who can help you chose the right flavors for you. 119 North Main Street, Mooresville.
SugarPop’s Candy’s wants to bring to you and your family “An Experience, A Memory, a Smile”. With nearly 200 types of candy including sugar-free and 100 types of eclectic sodas you will definitely find something for your sweet tooth! 248 North Main Street, Mooresville. 704.799.0959.
HEbrews Coffee House ‘s arrival brings a much needed (in Downtown Mooresville), warm and inviting coffee house where you truly feel welcome to settle in to their stuffed furniture and simply relax. They offer the usual coffee and espresso drinks plus sweet tea, smoothies and baked goods. Free WiFi too! 171 North Main Street. 704.658.1178
Sub Express is the second restaurant for owner Andrea Faw whose first location is in Statesville. They are known not only for their sub sandwiches but also their pasta salads. They also offer homemade soups in the winter plus salads and kids meals. It is take out but they do provide seating for 42. Located on North Main Street just south of the CVS Pharmacy.
Lake Norman Side of Mooresville
Chipolte Mexican Grill opened to instant success. Replacing the Panda Express, their opening was much anticipated by locals. What makes Chipolte so popular? Food with Integrity is their motto. “It means serving the very best sustainably raised food possible with an eye to great taste, great nutrition and great value”. Oh, and did I mention their food is delicious as well? 643 River Hwy. (In the Bed Bath and Beyond/Best Buy shopping center). 704.664.0946
Olives Martini Bar just opened recently. The reviews on Yelp say “They make the best Martinis in Mooresville and have daily specials, a great bartender and a pleasant, nice, sociable atmosphere.” Located next to Jimmie Johns at 269-279 Williamson Rd., Mooresville. It looks like they are also opening a grill next door.
Subway was very stealth-like in opening their newest location on Brawley School Rd at Stutts Rd next to The Food Lion. We were going to Shoals for lunch last weekend and noticed it was there!
Hot Stone Grill is already getting two thumbs up and 5 stars on Yelp! It’s unique dining concept is table top cooking on hot stones. Nazira Atme, a partner and the general manager, was born in France which definitely has an influence on their menu boasting of dishes from Germany, France, England, Greece, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Russia. Each person gets their own stone which has been heated for 6-8 hours up to 500 degrees. Not a cook? They also over a separate list of international dishes plus and extensive wine list. 17015 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704.765.5924
Santorini Grill brings the Greek Isles to Cornelius! Owners Dorjan and Oresti Arsi have drawn their food and service philosophy and approach from their parents. Their family moved to the US from Greece over ten years ago. With its amazing atmosphere and excellent food, Santorini Grill is already getting great reviews on Urban Spoon. 19905 W. Catawba Ave. Cornelius. 704.464.0028
Bonefish Grill recently opened in Birkdale Village. Fresh ingredients cooked over a wood-burning grill are what make this restaurant so popular. Don’t be fooled by their name as they have many wonderful dishes that are not fish for those preferring a good steak/chicken or pork. They also take great pride in their bar: Our dedication to inventive freshness doesn’t stop on the fishing docks or in our kitchen. The bar at Bonefish Grill follows a philosophy that we like to call “bar-fresh.” From the hand-squeezed juices and fine herbs we use in our cocktails to regionally sourced beers and small-batch bourbons, we keep it fresh. 8805 Townly Rd. Huntersville. 704.892-3385.
Big Daddy’s Burger Bar is another newcomer to Lake Norman’s popular Birkdale Village. Known for their innovative comfort food, they also focus on fresh , high quality ingredients combined to make such items as the “Bad Ass Burger”, to Ahi Tuna burgers…and you can build your own burger as well! Check out their extensive menu on the link I provided. 8625 A Lindholm Drive, Birkdale Village, Huntersville. 704.237.4055.
I know I just barely scratched the surface so please add your favorites to our list in the comments or email them to me!
OTHER ARTICLES of INTEREST
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
It is time to share so beautiful photographs of Lake Norman!
This first group includes some of my favorites of the lake itself that I or several of my clients have taken over the years. They include some gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. In the future I will create groups of photos of waterfront homes, sports/boating, neighborhoods and many more! Enjoy!
“Cotton” Ketchie… Preserving our heritage through his art… photography… literature
If you really want to learn about and buy art depicting our beloved Mooresville and Lake Norman a visit to Cotton Ketchie at his Landmark Galleries store in Historic Downtown Mooresville is an absolute must do!
Cotton Ketchie is world renowned for his gorgeous watercolors which capture the past and present beauty through subjects ranging from many historic homes and landmarks, spectacular landscapes, scenes of Lake Norman, stunning nature and quaint reminders of our past. He is even featured in the most recent AAA travelers guide book for North Carolina for Mooresville’s places to visit! Continue reading
Lake Norman has a growing number of “craft beer” makers who offer innovative and unique beers of all kinds. This year’s Annual Lake Norman Beer Festival will offer up to 70 different featured beers from around the world including some local breweries. Here is a perfect opportunity for Lake Norman area beer lovers to try a plethora of beers in one place on one day while enjoying great live music. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids Continue reading
Intersection at Isle of Pines
What a difference a year makes!
It was exactly a year ago this week that Lake Norman’s infamous Brawley School Road widening project was completed. For those of us who live down the 8-mile cul-de-sac the result has been nothing short of miraculous. I took this photo from my car the other day. Notice the lack of cars, the divided 4-lanes with an additional turn lane AND sidewalks and a bike lane! Now that we have bike lanes and sidewalks cyclists (including myself) and pedestrians frequent Brawley School Rd. There is even a group of cyclists called The Brawley Drafters and recommended routes for avid cyclists. It is a welcome site to see kids and families walking along the sidewalks. What a transformation of our community! Continue reading
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
The best farmer’s market in the Lake Norman area, in my opinion, has got to be the Davidson Farmer’s Market which is celebrating its spring/summer season opening this Saturday from 8:00am to noon.
What makes Davidson Farmer’s Market so special?
- Features more than 35 farmers and local producers withing a 100-mile radius
- Certified organic, naturally grown & conventionally grown fruits and vegetables
- Grass-fed beef, pastured porch & eggs from free-range chickens
- Fresh baked goods
- Prepared foods
- Fresh cut flowers
- Herbs, plants
- And more!
For the 6th time in 8 years, Mooresville-Statesville was named top Microplitan area by Site Magazine thanks to nearly doubling the number of economic development projects in 2011! And, Governor Perdue recently announced that our state of North Carolina has risen to 4th place for states based upon the number of new and expanded corporate facilities also by Site Magazine. Both local and state officials say that these awards are evidence of our business-friendly climate.
More evidence of the health of our future ecomony came from a recent Penkse Truck Rental press release that ranked Charlotte in the top 10 of one-way truck rental destinations in the US.
Now, if this isn’t enough evidence of our strong local ecomonic future, guess what “The Donald” said about the Lake Norman area when interviewed recently about his interest in buying The Point Lake and Golf Club and asked why he targeted the Lake Norman area?
“North Carolina and the Lake Norman Market in particular are a much safer investment than some of the higher-profile resort locations teeming with speculative and unproven markets” according to a recent Business Today article entitled: Trump says Lake Norman market is big draw….Market ‘stable, well occupied’.
In fact, while in town for his meeting this week with members of The Point Lake and Golf Club in Mooresville, Trump went on to say to the Charlotte Observer:
“We love this piece of land, the lake, the tremendous lake…The views from the (golf) course are magnificent…I think Charlotte has a great future. I think the whole area is great. The people, the energy. That’s why we’re going to be doing this deal…I think we can bring that course to the next level…It will be a magical place.”
New Exit 35
When I first started writing this blog in 2007 I used to do regular updates on growth and development in the greater Lake Norman area as did The Charlotte Observer who had a bi-weekly Red Dirt Alert section for Lake Norman. Since the slow down, when most developing simply screeched to a halt, I have provided updates every now and then about the status of major and small developments. Today I am happy to report there is quite a bit more “red dirt” to be seen around Lake Norman including new housing construction! As I write this, there are 54 Active Listings in Area 13/ Lake Norman of new homes built in or due to be completed in 2012. New homes are going up in The Farms, The Point, The Peninsula, Pointe Regatta, Sailview, Westport, Pebble Bay, Fernleaf/Woodleaft and more! Here is an update on some of the larger projects: Continue reading
Unlike my home town of Pasadena CA with the annual Rose Parade/Rose Bowl, Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have one major New Years’ celebration. Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte. From 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.
Probably the ultimate Lake Norman New Year’s Eve celebration is a cruise on our beautiful lake! You have several options:
- New Year’s Eve Cruise on Lake Norman on Yachta Yachta Yachta launching from Peninsula Yacht Club. Sailing time is 9:00pm – 1:00am and includes music, heavy hors d’heurves, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight.
- The Queens Landing New Year’s Eve Cruises offers truly elegant dining on the Lady of the Lake or a bit more casual on the Catawba Queen.
The best sources for lists of New Years Eve events in our Lake Norman area are LKNFun.com (New Years Eve 2012) and 704 Events.com (New Years Eve 2012) which are websites devoted to entertainment and dining information in the greater Lake Norman area. Continue reading
For 15 years there has been a planning effort among state and local officials to create what is being called the Red Line project; a 25-mile commuter train that will run east of I-77 and link Charlotte to Harris, Eastfield, Hambright, Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and end at Mount Mourne in south Mooresville.
To me the benefits are obvious: cutting traffic on I-77 and helping commuters who work in Charlotte but wish to live in the Lake Norman area. Opponents of the plan unfortunately include a large chunk of Iredell County elected Officials and several Cornelius town board members who balk at the taxes, proposed development along the line and feel it will benefit just a few. Continue reading
Christmas in Davidson , an annual tradition since 1988, is my absolute favorite holiday event in and around Lake Norman. This amazing 3-night, small-town holiday festival can’t help but get you in the holiday spirit and remind you of the warmth and comfort in our communities. From strolling along Main Street enjoying hot cider to taking a carriage ride or doing so serious gift shopping there truly is something for everyone and every age!
Here is a great summary from DavidsonNews.net (a GREAT resource for local news and events):
Tomorrow, Saturday, November 26, 2011 is the second annual “Shop Small“, a national effort to turn holiday shoppers’ focus on small businesses. I say, let’s not only think small but also local! What better way to support our Lake Norman communities than shopping at our many locally owned and operated business?
Need some inspiration? Here are some ideas to help you get started: Continue reading
Lake Norman is a great place to celebrate Halloween. From haunted houses to old-fashioned Main Street celebrations to costume parties and live entertainment at local night clubs there truly is something for everyone!
Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, Corn Mazes, Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters. Many of our subdivisions have their own neighborhood events but here are some more options:
If you are in search of a pumpkin patch:
- Carrigan Farms: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch 9-4 Saturday and 12-4 Sundays through Halloween. Pick a pumpkin, visit the animals and have some fresh apple cider.
- Patterson Farm: Pumpkin patch is open with tours through Nov. 6th and on weekends don’t miss Paw Paw Carl’s Playground where you can enjoy hayrides, a corn pit, Tomato Slingshot, Duck Races and more! See their website link above for more details.
Or, just look to any of our many local produce stands like Josh’s Produce Market on Williamson Road in Mooresville who are brimming over with pumpkins and decorations for your Lake Norman home!
Of course, it would not be Halloween without some fun, and even spooky events for all ages and Lake Norman is full of options! Continue reading
One of my favorite things about living in Lake Norman is the incredible variety and numbers of colorful birds, butterflies and furry critters. Creating a “Certified Wildlife Habitat” garden is easy and very rewarding! Every time I look out our windows I feel like I am in a Disney world alive with Golden Finches (above), Cardinals, Blue Birds, Hummingbirds, Chickadees…the list goes on and on. Of course, we also attract deer, chipmunks, bunnies and squirrels with their own feeders although one day the squirrel above decided it would be fun to join the birds!
This Saturday, October 1st, you can learn all about how to qualify your own garden (it is SO easy), learn about Native Plants from local experts, learn how to attract wildlife and prepare your garden at the Wild Over Lake Norman! Backyard Wildlife Fair which is being held from 11am-3pm at Duke Power’s Energy Explorium on Hwy 73 at the south end of Lake Norman. (At the McGuire Nuclear Station). There will be plenty of children’s activities plus exhibits on native plants, birds and butterflies.
I will be at the Wild Over Lake Norman! Certified Habitat Garden booth from 1pm-3pm so drop by and say hi! Here is More:
If you love beer and music, this Saturday’s 2nd Annual Lake Norman Beer Festival is the place to be!
Hosted by Galway Hooker in Cornelius from 12 noon to 10:00pm, not only will you be able to sample over 42 craft brewers, but you will also be entertained by a great lineup of bands featuring Simplified, Blue Monday and Gael Warning and can purchase food and fun merchandise. And, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the USO. Continue reading
“Today (Thursday, August 25, 2011), I saw the world’s most beautiful DOT sign”.
I friend of mine (thanks Beth!) forwarded this photo and the caption to me last week. It is hard to explain how much the quality of life has improved for all of us living down Brawley School Rd (in Lake Norman) since all lanes were opened just in time for the first day of school last Thursday!
It now takes me, on average, 4 minutes to get to the intersection for Brawley School Road and Williamson Road from Isle of Pines. ( I used to allow 20-30 minutes for this trip depending on the time of day). I have yet to witness any bottleneck at this notorious intersection. When making a left turn on Williamson Rd on to Brawley School Rd, simply chose one of the TWO left turn lanes and breeze through.
The funny thing is that now that traffic is zooming by (I think folks are so giddy they are exceeding the 45 mph speed limit) merging on to Brawley School from the Harris Teeter Parking lot or the BP Car Wash now requires waiting for a wide enough space to allow us to merge and get up to speed quickly!
As far as I am concerned the 3-year nightmare was more than worth it. Living down Brawley School Road is now, in my opinion, one of the absolute best places to live in all of Lake Norman!
“Celebrate Summer. Welcome Fall.” is the theme of this year’s Southern Ideal Home Show which is being held from this Friday, August 26th – Sunday August 28th at The Park Expo and Convention Center in Charlotte.
Perfectly timed just as Lake Norman area schools are back in session and right before the busy fall season of home improvement, this will be a great source of inspiration and information for just about anything to do with your home or garden!
Areas of focus include:
- Kitchen and Bath
- Outdoor Kitchen
- Cooking Stage
- Building and Home Improvement
- Outdoor Living
- Tastes and Travel
- IDEAL Shopping
Highlights include events on their three stages: The Walker Woodworking Cooking Stage, BUILD IT Stage and PLANT IT Stage. Carolina Home Improvement Pros (CHIPS) will be on hand “in full force, ready to answer your home improvement questions as well as hosting a wide array of educational presentations” including Intelligent Energy”. Think green! Continue reading
When I think of August, one of the first things that comes to mind is vineyards. Every August from the year my first child was born we would visit my parents at their vineyard in Napa Valley CA. The wine grapes were about a month away from picking (looking just like the photo above) and the views of the miles upon miles of lush green grape vines interrupted only by an occasional winery were simply stunning.
What I didn’t know until moving to Lake Norman was that North Carolina also has a thriving wine country located in three major viticultural areas: The Yadkin Valley, Swan Creek and Haw River Valley. You can learn more at the Visit North Carolina Wine Country website. There is nothing more relaxing than a picnic in a serene vineyard on a warm August day so if you don’t feel like going out on Lake Norman, try a day in the wine country! Continue reading
Sometimes when the news is full of negativity, it is nice to sit back and take a look at the big picture, especially if you are fortunate enough to live in the Lake Norman Charlotte area. In the recent Kiplinger article which ranked Charlotte #2 in their Best Value Cities of 2011, there are many great reminders of why the future of our area is still so bright.
Some of their reasons for Charlotte’s desirability:
- Banking/Financial center
- Diversified Economy
- Efforts by local governments to entice small and large businesses to the area
- It is becoming an “energy hub” including Duke Energy, Siemens and Toshiba as well as more than 125 companies in green industries
- Family-oriented, top-notch schools
- Affordability including low taxes, utility rates and reasonable construction costs
- Fun including “upscale restaurants and bars to funky neighborhood eateries”, the “cultural mile”, NBA and NFL stadiums, the arts and festivals
- Greenspace in the form of parks, greenway trails, the US Whitewater Center, and, of course, Lake Norman
- Location: Less than two hours to the Mountains and 3 hours to some of the best beaches on the East Coast