Shining Star of the New South
Charlotte is a shining star of the “New South”…
A dynamic city on the move that has not forgotten its rich roots and traditions.
The Scotch-Irish settled Charlotte in the 1740’s, many moving down from central Pennsylvania. A large influx of German colonists came South about the same time. In fact, Charlottegot its name from German born Queen Charlotte, the wife of England’s King George III. That’s also why Charlotte is referred to as the “Queen City”.
With the discovery of gold in 1799, Charlotte was put on the map as the gold mining capital of the country. This was the city’s first step toward becoming a financial center. By 1903 the region was leading the textile industry as the cotton business had moved down from New England. With the arrival of the railroad, Charlotte was on the way to becoming the center of one of the nation’s largest urban regions.
Charlotte’s population is just over a half million people, but there are nearly 6.4 million people living within a 100 mile radius of the city. Despite those statistics Charlotte and the towns that surround it have a friendly “hometown” feel. Yet, no matter if you are in the college town of Davidson or the quickly growing Pineville, you are only minutes from all the benefits a big city has to offer.
Charlotte Douglas /International Airport is ranked as the 14th most active airport in the nation. You can get a direct flight to London, Los Angeles or Myrtle Beach. But why go all that way when you can see an opera, watch a ballet or visit a museum right here in town. Professional sports – we’re teaming with it. The Hornets, the Panthers, NASCAR and the Knights all call Charlotte home. Professional golf tours also make stops here at our championship courses. Shopping – we’ve got shopping, fancy shops to outlet malls – whatever you’re looking for. We are an international city without the international flight.
Charlotte has been ranked as one of the hottest and most affordable housing markets by U.S. News & World Report. The average price of a new home is $200,000, the average of an existing home is around $170,000. Yet Charlotte offers a wide range of choices, from a starter condo for around $70,000, to luxury estates in Eastover at over a million dollars.First time buyers can find the choices mind-boggling, a new home with two-car garage or a brick ranch on a sidewalk lined street, both for around the $180,000. Families may prefer a home on a golf course or in a planned community with recreational facilities and nearby shopping. Many retirees find Charlotte’s lake communities appealing: boating, fishing, water sports, golf & tennis all within minutes of our city – what’s not to love? Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it in Charlotte or the surrounding towns.
Thirty years ago when I first moved to Charlotte, it was a small town with a big city feel. Now it’s a big city with a small town feel. Our unprecedented growth has brought a certain sophistication to this town. And yet, the waitress at the lunch counter still knows your name and greets you with a friendly smile. Walk down almost any street or the aisles of the local hardware store and you’re sure to run into someone you know. That’s what makes Charlotte feel like home… my hometown and yours.