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Sherrills Ford and Terrell; The future of the western shores of Lake Norman looks bright!


In my past article How to Predict the next Lake Norman hot-spots I started a series about three up and coming communities along the shores of Lake Norman: Denver, Troutman and now Sherrills Ford and Terrell.

Just north of Denver, located in southeastern Catawba County with wonderful street names like Molly’s Backbone and Slanting Bridge, are the two small but growing towns of Sherrills Ford and Terrell. Once considered one of Lake Norman’s best kept secrets, these two quaint towns are committed to holding on to their agricultural traditions and to preserving their rural beauty despite being targeted for significant growth in the next five years.

The Facts:

  • Sherrills Ford was named for Catawba pioneer Adam Sherrill who crossed the river in 1747 and built his homestead on the west bank
  • Founded in 1747
  • The population is about 4155
  • Tax rate: .5400
  • Location: Northwest corner of Lake Norman in Catawba County
  • Unincorporated; administered by the Catawba County commissioners and manager
  • Catawba County Schools


Much like its neighbor to the south, Sherrills Ford and Terrell are destinations for those wanting a more quiet and rural retreat. However, the Crescent Community of NorthView Harbour in Sherrills Ford, an active, lake front upscale community offering heavily wooded home-sites, a swim club with competitive-size swimming pool, club house, tennis courts, play ground and boatslips is just part of Crescent Resources “ambitious plan that will continue changing the face of Catawba County.

Future plans for Sherrills Ford and Terrell include:

  • 635 acre development along Molly’s Backbone with estate-size parcels of over 6 acres
  • 800 acre development fronting Island Point, Racoon Tract and Azalea Roads
  • The Sherrills Ford Village Center along NC 150 which will include single family homes, townhomes and more than 500,000 square feet of retail and office space.
  • Terrell Village Square, an upscale retail/professional center located next to the future Village of Sherrills Ford
  • Extending a new sewer line along NC 150 from Mooresville
  • The Catawba County commissioners have applied for a grant to buy the 600-acre Mountain Creek tract at Lake Norman for a future regional park that could include hiking trails, canoe access and recreation center.

Current home prices in Sherrills Ford and Terrell range from $50,000 to $10,500,000 with an average sales price this past January 2008 of $516,250.

The local hangouts include the two gas stations that flank Sherrills Ford Rd: The Gold Mine 66 & Grocery and The General Store. With the opening of the newest Harris Teeter and numerous shops at the corner of NC 150 and Perth Rd., residents no longer have to drive all the way to Williamson Rd for large grocery stores, cleaners and Starbucks coffee!

Also located in a refurbished 1876 homestead in Sherrills Ford is the wonderful restaurant: Tim Schafer’s At Lake Norman. Mr. Schafer is considered to be the foremost authority on cooking with beer in the entire country and has appeared on the Food Network, HGTV and other food related productions sharing his passion for cooking with beer.

So, if you are looking for a Lake Norman home that is away from the hustle and bustle of the I-77 but still close enough to take advantage of all of the nearby amenities, I highly recommend that you visit Sherrills Ford and Terrell.

Important Links:


Lake Norman Real Estate: Denver is a Community to Watch!

Lake Norman’s Troutman is a Real Estate Hot Spot!

How to Predict the Next Lake Norman Hotspots

Lake Norman Relocation Resources

Relocating to Lake Norman


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