Huntersville is the first Lake Norman town in Mecklenburg County, north of Charlotte, North Carolina. According to the 2015 census the population was 52,704 making the town the 17th largest municipality in North Carolina. Even before Huntersville was established as a municipality, steam engines carried passengers on rails that still run parallel to N.C. 115. Farmers grew cotton on large plantations and prominent schools attracted families from near and far. As the town grew larger, so did the business community. It is the sense of Huntersville past that has brought many new residents to the town. The remaining farmland, the commute to Charlotte and the proximity of Lake Norman are some of what entices people to live here.
Huntersville is home to national and internationally known companies such as SABIC Innovative Plastics, Rubbermaid, Pactiv Corporation, GM Financial and Ensemble Health Partners to name a few.
Things to do
Huntersville offers something for everyone, whether it’s shopping, hiking, water sports, tennis or golf. Parks and Recreation offer year-round activities for all ages such as outdoor movies, festivals, a seasonal market and athletic programming.
Discovery Place in Huntersville is a great place to bring young children to discover and use their imagination.
For the history lover, check out Latta Plantation a historic 52-acre living history site nestled in the midst of the 1,343 acre Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Mountain Island Lake surrounds the site to the north, south, and west. There are eleven outbuildings beside the plantation home with a glimpse of life in North Carolina from 1800 to 1865. The site is now used for educational purposes as well as entertainment featuring farm animals, guided house tours, workshops, camps, re-enactments, and special events. While at the Nature Preserve families can go hiking, fishing, and have a picnic for a nice relaxing day.
Carolina Raptor Center is also located on the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. As a charitable 501(c)(3)non-profit organization, CRC relies on public financial support to fulfill its mission goals that include environmental education, the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors. The Jim Arthur Raptor Medical Center treats 900-1,000 birds a year, releasing almost 70% back into the wild.
A highlight is the Renaissance Festival that welcomes thousands each year to Huntersville every Saturday and Sunday from October to November. Experience life in that era with food, games, and shows for the whole family.
Parks and Recreation
North Mecklenburg Park is on 98 acres with baseball/softball fields, 2 outdoor shelters, mountain biking/walking trails, 2 playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts and picnic tables.
Blythe Landing, on Lake Norman, has a boat launch, snack bar, playground, picnic tables, and sand volleyball courts.
Stevens Road Nature Preserve a nice place to walk/jog and enjoy nature.
Several other parks nearby in Cornelius such as Jetton, and Ramsey Creek both with views of Lake Norman.
Birkdale Golf Club, Huntersville, located on 200 acres, this 18-hole Arnold Palmer designed Championship golf course is made up of Bermuda fairways and Crenshaw Bent grass greens. The golf course has been voted one of the top five golf courses in the state. Skybrook, the lovely residential community, also features a golf course and clubhouse for everyone to enjoy. For information on these and other golf courses click on the link: https://www.lakerealty.com/b/lake-norman-golf-course-communities/
Morningstar Marina, Kings Point, Cornelius is more than a place to store your boat, it’s a boating experience you’ll never forget with clubhouse facilities, picnic areas, bathhouse facilities, restaurants, fuel, fish cleaning stations and ship’s stores.
The Peninsula Club encompasses 11 miles of Lake Norman shoreline and is a premiere, multi-generational, private, member-owned club. Some amenities include a clubhouse overlooking Lake Norman, multiple dining venues and meeting spaces, gold pro shop, Tennis and golf pro shop, eight boat slips – arrive for golf game or dinner by boat.
Holiday Marina, Cornelius, offers service shop, gas docks, golf cart valet, restaurant, bathhouse, and jet ski slips to name a few.
Investing in a home is a big decision and with children, it is even more important to find the right school district. Check out Huntersville Elementary, or Grand Oak Elementary, a rating of 9 on greatschool.org. Torrence Elementary is rated 8. Lake Norman Charter grades 5-12, Southlake Christian pk-12 are great prospects to check out before making that final decision.
Birkdale Village offers several choices from fun family friendly like Big Daddy’s Burger to fine dining such as Red Rocks Cafe, and Dressler’s. The Melting Pot is a great experience for special occasions or group. Cafe 100 a nice relaxed cafe that offers vegan and gluten-free choices, or try Pinky’s Westside Grill featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Whatever the craving, the choices are endless in Huntersville.
Birkdale Village is a complete one-stop shopping experience on a main street setting. The perfect combination of retail, office, and residential units. Over 60 retail shops, restaurants, movie theater and a one-of-a-kind interactive fountain. The village has an excellent merchant mix from national tenants such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Barnes & Noble, Talbots, and Joseph A. Banks to others.
Concord Mills in Concord is about 30 minutes away with 1.4 million square feet of shopping.
Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, a new era in healthcare. A full-service hospital with 91 beds, a wide range of services include maternity, surgery, cardiovascular and cancer care.
Novant Health Lakeside Family Physicians has several places to serve your family’s medical needs, one being in Huntersville. Services include management of acute and chronic medical problems, pediatric well visits, women’s health, on-site diagnostic services, orthopedics and minor surgery.
Carolinas HealthCare System, a facility of Carolinas HealthCare System University, provides 24-hour emergency medical services to the Lake Norman area. It is also home to several physician groups, including specialists in internal medicine, rehabilitation, gynecology and obstetrics. Not only conveniently located, but connected to the region’s top specialists through the Carolinas HealthCare System
Birkdale Animal Hospital is registered, licensed, educated, and trained technicians. Family owned and operated and one location to serve. They offer what your pet needs, not what is available.
Lake Cross Veterinary has been operating since 1998 and has delivered care to pets and clients in the Lake Norman and Charlotte area. Committed to creating a positive, welcoming environment where animals can feel safe, and owners can feel confident in the level of care.
Huntersville Animal Care Hospital, a well-established, full-service, small animal hospital providing comprehensive medical, surgical and dental care. Providing a broad spectrum of diagnostic procedures, in-house testing and the use of laboratories.
Besides the major supermarket chains such as Harris Teeter and Publix, Huntersville also offers Earth Fare and WholeFoods. Earth Fare is a supermarket chain dedicated to organic foods. WholeFoods seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintaining the strictest quality standards and commitment to sustainable agriculture.
Moving and Storage Companies
All Around Movers Charlotte is based in Huntersville and a full-service moving company helping home and business owners for more than 15 years. Services include moving, storage, residential and commercial services for all your moving needs.
Two Strong Dudes Moving is licensed and insured movers specializing in residential moves offering labor only moving, long distance moving, and move out cleaning services.
Town and Country Storage offers self storage units and space at three locations around Lake Norman area. They have been serving customers in Lake Norman for over fourteen years.
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