Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business of the Week: Blip Lake Norman.com

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

BlipLake Norman.com

 How would you like to save money AND support our local Lake Norman businesses?  Well, thanks to Tim Ready, a local Lake Norman resident, it has never been so easy!

It all started when the Mooresville South Iredell Chamber of Commerce announced their “Buy Local” campaign in an effort to gain support for all of our locally owned and operated businesses during these challenging financial times.  When Tim learned about this campaign he told me “a light bulb went off”.  He did some research and launched BlipLakeNorman.com.

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The premise of BlipLakeNorman is simple:  Local businesses sign on to be a member, consumers like ourselves get a BLIP keytag (Like a grocery store tag) which are available at any of the businesses that are members.  Every time you go into a business that is a member of BlipLakeNorman you get a specific discount.  For Example (This is from their website as of today, November 2, 2009 and will most likely change so please go to BlipLakeNorman.com for the latest discounts!):

  •  Custom Creations By Tina
  • 30% OFF Arrangements
  • Primal Force
    Get the Gear You Need At A Great Price!
  • The Wine Loft
    $1 off any vodka drink , $5 House Wine – Menage a Trois, red & white, Wine Tastings, 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine, $5 Special Martinis
  • Barista Bob’s
    FREE Small Latte, 20% OFF Custom Gift Baskets, 10% OFF Coffee, Save on Party Packs, 15% OFF Fall and Signature Drinks
  • Clipper’s Flowers
    10% Discount
  • R. J. Gator’s
    2 For $20 Dinner Entrees, $8.99 All You Can Eat Wings, $19.99 All You Can Eat Crablegs
  • Pomodoro’s Italian American Cafe
    FREE Small Cheese Pizza
All businesses that participate in this program must be locally owned with less than 8 locations and at least one location in the Lake Norman “Blip Town” area.  (See their website for more details and requirements).

Why buy Local?  Here is a great list of reasons provided by BlipLakeNorman:

  • Keep money in our community
  • Support community groups
  • Keep our community unique
  • Reduce environmental impact
  • Create more good jobs
  • Get better service
  • Invest in our community
  • Put your taxes to good use
  • Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy
  • Encourage local prosperity

A list of participating businesses is also available on their website.  So, go out and get that free dinner at R. J. Gators, that small latte at Barista Bobs or find out what Fishing with Gus has to offer!

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s October Calendar is Here!

 Lake Norman Real Estate's Oct 09 WallpaperCalendar

October is truly one of my favorite months on Lake Norman.  The skies are crisp and clear, the temperatures mild (today’s high is 75) and the Lake Norman shoreline becomes ablaze with color.  Our trees are just beginning to change but over the next four weeks the Dogwoods will turn a deep red, then the Maples and other trees follow, each with their own spectacular series of colors.

To make this your desktop calendar, go to the round button at the top of this site’s home page entitled: “Lake Norman Calendar”.  Click on this button and up will come an image of my Lake Norman photo wallpaper calender for September 2009.  All you have to do is right click and select “set as background”.  Enjoy!

While I have great fun taking pictures of Lake Norman, I would love to use one of your favorite photos depicting life here in Lake Norman!. If you’d like to submit a photo for a future calendar, please send it to…

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Lake Norman’s World Record Breaking Raft Up Party is July 25!

Lake Norman-Like Raft Up Party

Lake Norman is poised to set a new world record at the mega “Raft Up” party tomorrow, July 25th! And, this in not the first time as Lake Norman has long held the record for a Raft-Up until local officials thought it was too dangerous and stopped them in 2005.

If you are new to Lake Norman and/or aren’t settled here yet, you may be wondering exactly what is a  “Raft-Up”?.  Well, according to one Lake Norman local on the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron website a raft-up is:

Lots of fun with your boat sitting still in one place on the water!  Members bring their boats together at a selected location on the lake and tie together with an anchor boat. Then a really a great “cocktail party and dinner” on the water begins. We all share stories, food and beverages while enjoying the gentle rocking of the boats and possibly even some swimming.

This year’s “Lake Norman 2009 AquaPalooza” is free for all and runs from 10:00am – 4:00pm.  While the main attraction is the world record setting tying up of boats that will stretch from Lake Norman’s Midway Marina just south of  the NC 150 bridge south, there is a full day of fun planned including an on-the-water concert from 1-3pm by the Sponge Tones of Charlotte.  And, there will games for kids as well.

If you are brave enough to want to join the actual Raft Up, you can register your boat at the Aquapalooza website. I believe the current record is well over 1000 boats!  For more information you can also call Tom Riemann at 704.892.9676.  For some great photos, check out the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron website.  The event headquarters is Midway Marina at the 150 bridge.

So, if you love to party and love boating on Lake Norman, you simply can’t miss this day of fun and craziness.  Have fun but be safe!

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A Sneak Preview of The Club at Westport in Denver, Lake Norman!

The new Junior Olympic Swimming Pool at Westport

 Picture one facility where you can play competitive tennis on 8 lighted clay tennis courts, watch your children in a Junior Olympic pool swim meet or sliding down their 42 foot slide, working out in a state-of–art fitness center or relaxing on an expansive patio sipping a cold beer or glass of wine.

Starting this Friday, May 15th, you will be able to do just that at Denver Lake Norman’s exciting, new hot spot:  The Club at Westport.

Developers T.G Daniel, his son Tom Daniel and their new builder Brian Robinett invited a group of us to the Westport Golf  Club to learn more about the new direction of their  housing community Westport Club  and the Westport Golf Club.  But, the highlight of  the tour was getting a sneak preview of  The Club at Westport.

The Club at Westport Lake Norman

Owned and operated by Robbie and Pattie Smith, who also own and manage the popular Charlotte Racket Club North, Pattie told us that this spectacular new club is the result of everything they have learned from their other club.

The 6000 square foot Club House is home to their fitness center, a mult-purpose room for such things as aerobics, pilates and yoga, a pro shop, locker rooms, snack bar, meeting room and a member lounge with a big screen TV.

The  wrap around porch overlooks the tennis courts, pool and views of Westport.

8 New clay tennis courts at The Club at West Port Lake Norman

The beautiful 8 lighted clay courts have a special underground watering system so the courts are always perfect and never in need of overhead watering.

Those that know Robbie Smith will remember that he is a former world-ranked tennis player and nationally recognized teaching pro.  This new Tennis Facility will offer year-round programs, league play, club tournaments and lessons for all  ages.

Fitness Center at Westport

The spacious Fitness Center has brand new PRECOR equipment, free weights, and numerous cardio machines from tread mills to stairmasters.    And, they will be open 24/7 to accomodate all of their members’ lifestyles.

Precision Fitness will be staffing the center and will oversee all of the classes and personal training.

42-foot-slide

The swim club actually offers two pools.  For the serious swimmer, there is is an 8-lane wake-free pool designed for top level competitive swimming.

But, the obvious highlight is the 42′ “double flume” water slide!  For the younger children there is a splash pool as well.

From competitive swim teams to water aerobic classes, there truly is something for everyone, even full-time lifeguards.

The Club at Westport, with the Westport Golf Club just a golf-cart ride away, a variety of  housing opportunities and even plans for a commercial area all combine to make Westport THE community in Denver and even the entire west side of Lake Norman!

Learn More About Life in Lake Norman:

10 Things Lake Norman Waterfront Home Buyers Should Know BEFORE buying

Lake Norman Relocation Resources

Relocating to Lake Norman

60 Things You Should Know About Life in Lake Norman, Part 1

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60 Things About Life in Lake Norman That You Should Know: Part 1

Lake Norman Waterview

 If you are contemplating a move to our Lake Norman area you most likely have gone to the Chamber of Commerce websites and already know about our great weather, proximity to Charlotte, the Blue Ridge Mountains and the beaches.  But what is it REALLY like living here?  Here is my list of things that I found most interesting after I moved here from California in 2005:

  • Trees, Trees and More Trees:  There are so many beautiful, tall trees, even along the Interstate that it is easy to loose your sense of direction.  From hardwood trees like Maples to towering Oaks and Pines to numerous varieties of blossoming fruit trees (like the Dogwoods above), we are surrounded by trees.  It is incredibly beautiful but you might want to have a compass handy as it is easy to get disoriented at first!
  • Wave!  Everyone waves at you here.  If you are driving in neighborhoods people in their yards or walking their dogs will wave at you.  Smiles and waves are a part of daily life.  It didn’t take long for it to become a habit for me too!
  • Imagine getting ready to get in the checkout line at a grocery store and having no lines or better yet have the sales clerk walk out to you to grab your cart!  Friendly customer service is a priority and a part of life here.  This is especially evident to me at grocery stores, banks and when I go to our local Lowe’s Home Improvement.  There are always plenty of knowledgeable sales people who go out of their way to help.
  • Stars at night:  If you live out on the lake and away from the center of town, you will be treated each clear night with myriad stars sparkling in the sky.

  • Peace and Quiet:  No matter where you are, you are never very far from almost complete serenity.  Even though I live off of Brawley School Road, once I am home I rarely ever hear a car go by.
  • Sounds of the lake:  Unless you live on the main channel, in the boating months you most likely will have just the occasional sounds of a boat going by or the screams of delight of children water skiing or riding in one of the amazing variety of tubes and clever things pulled by boats.
  • Birds:  If you put out a bird feeder or two you will be treated with a constant variety of visitors from bright red Cardinals (our state bird), to Blue Birds, Golden Finches, Wrens, Chickadees, Woodpeckers and many more who come and go all year round. Don’t forget to put sugar water out for the hummingbirds as well. I highly recommend you get a Southeastern US guide to birds!  (Also, visit Wildbirds Unlimited in Huntersville).
  • Sounds of nature:  If you are lucky enough to have tall trees, the sounds of birds singing and chirping will be in the background most of the day.  On a windy day the pine trees and other tall tree make a wonderful rustling sound.  During the summer we add in the crickets, cicada’s and the cute little tree frogs croaking as well.
  • Chances are you will pass a farm, produce stands, goats and beautiful glimpses of the lake on your way to the market or the Interstate.  We still have many wonderful reminders of the days before Lake Norman was created and became so popular.  You don’t have to go very far to find the beautiful farming country in addition to the few still lingering around the lake area.
  • Polite Drivers:  Now some people may not fit in this category, but I can tell you that the majority of drivers will let cars merge in front of them and even stop to let a car from a side street get on to the main road.  I rarely hear horns.  When in doubt, be polite.  I left my road rage in Los Angeles!

  • Parks and natural areas are a priority.  Many housing communities are designed to maintain what we call “natural areas” where the native, mature trees that were once part of a forest still remain.  We have lots of green space and many parks from small neighborhood parks to the 1300 acre Lake Norman State Park.  
  • Sports are an important part of life here in Lake Norman just as they are in the entire Charlotte area.  You will find that our local TV stations and newspapers will cover high school football and basketball on their prime-time news.  Our schools have highly competitive sports teams of just about every type you would find anywhere.  Of course, during the Sweet 16 basketball tournaments most everyone keeps track or watches the games.  UNC (Charlotte) was crowned the US Champions again this year but there are always a number of North Carolina Colleges in the competition including our small town favorite of Davidson College who made it to the final 8 last year. And, you can’t forget we are the auto racing center of the country as well!  See my Lake Norman Sports Resource Guide for a comprehensive list.
  • Recreation is an important part of daily life here from boating on the lake to walking, cycling, hiking and mountain biking. Lake Norman is large enough to accommodate the fastest “cigarette boats” and large sail boats but also has many small coves that are perfect for canoes, rowing, paddle boarding and kayaking. Water skiing, wakeboarding, wind surfing,…you name the water sport and we probably have it!

  • Vegetable gardens are a common site, especially in neighborhoods outside of the major subdivisions.  The neighborly thing to do is share when you harvest.  My neighbors even offer bulbs and plants when they are dividing them up.  A little sign of the country and the old ways which I love.
  • Variety of people:  About 70% of those of us lucky enough to live around Lake Norman are “transplants” from other states.  Everywhere you go you will hear a great variety of accents.  Even the Southern accents vary tremendously depending on where they are from originally and how long they have lived here.
  • Yellow pine pollen in April. One day in April you will suddenly notice what first looks like a layer of dust on cars and outdoor furniture. Pretty soon it will be apparent that there is a light layer of sticky, yellow pine pollen everywhere!  It doesn’t last but a month or so but I highly recommend you close your windows during this time.

  • Japanese Beetles.  Usually towards the end of May you will start to see an iridescent flying bug sitting on your rose bushes, crepe myrtles and other tender flowering plant.  Within a week they will become a force to reckoned with, particularly if you have young plants.  They eat the plants and flowers leaving just the lacy veins.  Do not get the bags that are meant to capture them as they actually attract more to your garden.  Several bug sprays are popular but we find hand picking them off of our plants to be more environmentally friendly along with an application of a systemic on the vulnerable plants in March.
  • Casual life style and clothing is the way of Lake Norman.  While you can find occasions to dress up, generally life is pretty casual and we all dress accordingly.  Shorts and sandals are fine just about everywhere in the warmer months.  It’s a bit like living at the beach or on vacation.
  • Tanning salons seem to be in every strip mall.  Having spent too much time on the sunny beaches of California I am now a regular at my dermatologist due to minor skin cancer so while many here still believe in having a deep tan, some of us use SPF 45!
  • No matter what type of shopping you are looking for, we probably have it nearby.  We have upscale boutiques and malls, all of the major Big Box stores and chains as well as Outlet Malls,  the Metrolina swap meets and antique events.  Our grocery stores range from Harris Teeter, Fresh Foods, Whole Foods (New!), and Trader Joe’s to the mega stores like Wal-Mart, Super Target, Sam’s Club and B.J.’s.
  • As I have written about before, those of us from other states have brought our favorite foods with us!  From New York style Italian to Five Guys awesome hamburgers and fries to upscale restaurants featuring a huge variety of foods, there is little you won’t find here in the way of food.  Having fresh produce stands so nearby as well as farmers markets means we have wonderful, locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as baked goods, honey, pickled green tomatoes and seasonal plants.

  • Porches:  For those lucky enough to have a “rocking chair front porch” as they are called here, there is nothing more relaxing then soaking up the peace and quiet, enjoying your morning coffee or evening glass of wine and greeting those who happen to walk by.  Screened porches are GREAT for the back side of your home too.
  • Take time to talk to workers…fence installers, pest control, tree trimmers, plumbers.  Whether you are having a fence installed, trees trimmed or a plumbing leak fixed, especially if the service person  has a Southern accent, you will find a friendly conversation to be an important part of the service.  Things are more personal here.  Enjoy slowing down a bit and chatting with folks!
  • People are nice, polite, talk while waiting in line, friendly.  I think we all adopt the Southern hospitality and culture a bit after moving here.  People are more likely to chat with you while waiting in line at Starbucks or just about anywhere if you welcome them.
  • Stop for pedestrians at the market:  If you even put one step towards your car after leaving the market most cars will stop and wave you on.  Just as when driving, there is a politeness that extends way beyond what is experienced in many areas of our country!
  • 4 seasons:  Yes, we do have 4 distinct seasons but all are mild.  Trees have usually finished loosing their leaves by Thanksgiving and by mid April everything is almost completely leafed back out.  Our hottest months are July and August.  We get about one real snowfall (snow sticks to the ground) each winter and a few hail or ice storms mixed in here and there.  We have afternoon thunder and lightning during the warmer months but they are very sporadic. You can be driving along and run into a heavy rain and be back out in the sunshine 10 miles later.  Because we are so far inland, hurricanes generally bring tropical rains but little else.

So, these are the first 26…Look for Part 2 soon!

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s March Calendar is Here!

Lake Norman Sailboat Photograph

A huge thank you to Lake Norman professional photographer Wesley Sterns of Artist Eye Photography for sharing the gorgeous photo as seen above for Lake Norman Real Estate’s March Calendar!

To make this calendar your computer wallpaper,  simply click on the calendar image at the top right on this home page.  A larger version of the calendar will come up.  Then, right click and select “set as background”.

If you’d like to submit a photo for a future calendar, please send it to…

 Enjoy!

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Lake Norman Real Estate: Davidson’s Harbour Place Urban Village

Davidson's Harbor Place Development

 

If you have taken Exit 30 off of I-77 lately you will know what an incredible transformation has taken place just off of the exit towards Davidson’s Main Street!  All of a sudden a whole other community has cropped up including the new Harris Teeter Shopping Center, town homes, condos, offices, Davidson Day School and even an hotel. Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business of the Week: Smoothie King!

Smoothie King in Mooresville Lake Norman

If you are active, health conscious, care about nutrition, an avid cyclist or runner, love to work out at the Lowe’s YMCA or just someone who loves fruit smoothies, there is a new shop in the new Mooresville Crossing (on NC 150 with the Bed Bath and Beyond, Best Buy etc.)  that is a must a visit: Continue reading

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