Belmont is a small but growing city with neighborhoods steeped in American history, picturesque surroundings, and diverse cultures.
Just around 15 miles west of the City of Charlotte, Belmont holds irresistible appeal for urbanites looking for quick getaways.
Dutch settlers first arrived in the area in the 1750s, setting up camp at the junction of the South Fork and Catawba River. Its peninsular geography – with the Catawba River, the South Fork of Catawba River, and Lake Wylie flanking its boundaries – kept the place mostly isolated from neighboring Gastonia and Charlotte. It was only in the 1870s when a railroad connected the area to the rest of the region.
A downtown area soon grew around the train station and in 1895 the town of Belmont was officially incorporated. Agriculture anchored the early local economy. In the early 1900s, a local textile industry emerged, which shaped Belmont’s identity for most of the century.
In recent decades, the resurgence of Belmont meant its real estate market became even more attractive to professionals wanting to take advantage of its proximity to Charlotte.
Real Estate in Belmont, NC
The local housing stock comprises a mix of historic, mill-era housing and single-family homes in modern subdivisions. Homes for sale in Belmont, NC include a generous selection of high-end options, including waterfront estates.
Architectural designs here vary from 19th Greek Revival as exhibited by the Stowe House, to more recent Cape Cods and contemporary/transitional-styled new construction.
Homes usually have 4- to 5-bedrooms with expansive lots providing plenty of outdoor space for homeowners to enjoy. Dazzling views overlooking the Catawba waterways are also a common bonus.
Outstanding places to find a Belmont home include these neighborhoods:
- Catawba Cove
- Eagle Park
- Forest Cove
- Reflection Pointe
- Woodland Bay
The Gaston County Schools administer the local public school system. It includes the following schools:
- J.B. Page Elementary School
- Belmont Central Elementary School
- North Belmont Elementary School
- Catawba Heights Elementary School
- Belmont Middle School
- South Point High School
Belmont is also home to Belmont Abbey College and Gaston College.
Attractions and Activities in Belmont, NC
- Downtown Belmont Historic District
Preserving the most iconic 1,700 acres at the heart of the city, the Belmont Historic District exhibits more than 250 buildings and 2 historic structures built between 1850 and 1949. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. The downtown area also offers residents a variety of stores and restaurants, as well as chance to stroll through streets with picturesque remnants of a time gone by.
- Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Known as “the Carolinas’ Garden for all seasons,” this spectacular attraction covers nearly 400 acres of lush, expertly groomed grounds located on the banks of Lake Wylie. The garden was founded by local textile magnate Daniel Stowe, who bequeathed it to the community in 1991 in order to “provide beauty and joy to future generations.”
- US National Whitewater Center
If you’re looking for a dose of action and adventure, this place is sure to deliver. Offering more than 30 land- and water-based activities – from whitewater rafting to summer camps – this 1,300-acre facility is Charlotte’s ultimate outdoor destination where visitors can get their fill of fun, relaxation, and learning.
If you’re looking for property for sale in Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas like Belmont, call me, Laura Bowman-Messick, at 704.200.4015. You can also send your inquiries via Laura(at)LBMHomes(dotted)com.
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