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Living on the Shores of Lake Norman
What’s not to love about living on Lake Norman? Lake Norman is the largest manmade lake in North Carolina. It’s 34 miles long from top to bottm, providing over 520 miles of shoreline for your own waterfront playground.
You get to enjoy a plethora of activities to choose from including sailing, boating, skiing, wakeboarding, fishing, paddle boarding and kayaking, just to name a few.
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Lake Norman Waterfront Guide (Continued)
Lake Norman is “Nascar Country” and just 20 miles north of Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina. It’s a thriving city filled with entertainment, great dining, shopping in all directions, and the best lot of sports teams in the southeast! The weather around Lake Norman is great! You’ll finally get to enjoy all four seasons without having to shovel any snow! The climate is mild and the fall colors and sunsets throughout the year on the water are beyond amazing!
The biggest challenge for those living on the water is deciding what activity to choose!
Erin and I love heading out on sunset cruises across the lake and the whole experience of enjoying waterfront dining at one of many restaurants on Lake Norman. A few of our favorites are the Blue Parrot, Rusty Rudder (which has now been closed to be reopened under a new name “Hello, Sailor”), Harbor Club and The Landing. Yes, they all have boat slips for easy access to and from. Read our complete Lake Norman guide on owning or renting a boat.
Life on Lake Norman offers very different lifestyles, depending on which side of the lake you choose to make your permanent or seasonal home. Things you do off the water, and access to them, may influence your decision. There are various waterfront subdivisions and neighborhoods offering country club, golf, and tennis memberships, gated access, green areas and parks, community boat slips, boat storage, pools, and a variety of other benefits.
Crescent communities has developed a few very popular waterfront communities such as The Peninsula in Cornelius with a full 18 hole golf course, and Yacht Club, The Point in Mooresville, home of Trump National Golf Club, SailView in Denver a friendly community with Pool & Tennis Courts overlooking Lake Norman, and NorthView Harbour in Sherrills Ford, also with a pool and tennis court . (Click the respective links to learn more).
The two sides of Lake Norman
TO THE WEST – “THE QUIET SIDE”
There is what locals refer to as the quiet side of the Lake where things tend to move a bit slower and neighborhoods are a bit more spread out. You won’t have a movie theater and your chain coffee shops around the corner, but you will have less traffic to deal with and more open spaces in the panorama. These communities include those on the west and northern side of Lake Norman: Denver, Sherrills Ford/Terrell, Troutman, and Stanley. Charlotte commutes from these areas will be via Highway 16 (called by locals as New 16) and commuting times vary by location. Traffic from the west side of the lake tends to be much quicker than its eastern counterpart. See the map at the top of this page to see layout of towns.
TO THE EAST – MORE ACTION!
If you desire multiple restaurant choices and abundant shopping, then the Cornelius, Huntersville, Mooresville or Davidson might be a better choice! You’ll also have access to walkable historic downtowns and all the charm they offer. Charlotte commutes for these areas are by way of Highway 77 which can get fairly backed up at times. Currently there is a toll lane being constructed in this area which will make a lane available to those who wish to bypass the traffic for a fee. These towns are more lively, with more tightly designed neighborhoods, more businesses, more activities, and events. And since many waterfront homes face the west, you’ll see more sunsets too.
From either side of Lake Norman, a quick trip to the famous Birkdale Village in Huntersville has numerous choices for dining out and your shopping needs will be satisfied with both boutique shops and many of the larger chain stores. Erin and I do love Dressler’s for dining and will often enjoy a glass of wine at our favorite watering hole, The Corkscrew!
Read our Lake Norman real estate guide for even more information about the region.
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Here you will find all available MLS listings for homes in the towns around Lake Norman: Denver, Sherrills Ford, Terrell, Statesville, Troutman, Mooresville, Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and Stanley. From this page you will be able to further segment your search based on price. Alternatively you can use the search by price buttons above.
Lake Norman Waterfront Lots
Here you will be able to see all available waterfront/lakefront lots on Lake Norman. Things to look carefully at when looking to purchase waterfront lots are: acreage of the lot, slope of the lot, footage of shoreline, distance to shopping/dining, boat accessibility, trees, directional view and more.
Lakefront condos have several benefits including less maintenance, proximity to shops, gorgeous views of the lake, and price. View the available condos on the market to see if they suit your needs.
Lake Norman Waterfront For Sale By Owner
Linked above is a quick search for Lake Norman waterfront for sale by owner homes using Craigslist.org
This region continues to grow as more and more people move from out of state and from across the state. One industry that has been booming, is new construction. Sales for waterfront new construction typically are quicker and are more competitively priced. Make sure to do your research when comparing these homes.