Lake Norman was constructed by Duke Energy from 1959 to 1964, originally to provide fresh water and hydroelectric power to the surrounding communities. With a surface area of more than 50 square miles, it is the largest manmade lake in the Carolinas. It spans four counties – Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln, and Mecklenburg – and its 520-mile shoreline is shared by 11 municipalities.
Over the years, Lake Norman has dramatically redefined the area, changing not only its physical make-up but also its lifestyle, economy, infrastructure, and population.
It has become a premier destination in the region, offering plenty of opportunities for the much-desired waterfront living and numerous activities both on water and on land. And with the City of Charlotte located less than 35 miles away, Lake Norman residents also have great access to The Queen City’s urban attractions and conveniences.
All this has led to the area’s unprecedented growth, especially in the last 20 years or so. New residents have been coming in the thousands, bringing new businesses along with them and transforming the once largely rural communities into bustling regional hubs.
Amid rapid expansion, the communities around Lake Norman have retained their small-town, semi-rural charm, which the residents themselves painstakingly try to preserve. The result is a collection of vibrant communities with lively downtowns, but with a laidback lifestyle that makes them ideal for young families, retirees, and everyone in-between.
Real estate in Lake Norman
Single-family homes make up a large majority of the housing stock in Lake Norman. You’ll find stunning estates as well as regular-size homes in family-friendly neighborhoods. New subdivisions with superb community amenities offer charming tract homes in customizable floor plans.
Waterfront properties in Lake Norman are in high demand. There are beautiful estates with private lake access, contemporary homes with overlooking views of the water, and luxurious condos. Vacant lots are also available.
Golf community homes are also gaining popularity in communities such as Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson. Along with their proximity to Lake Norman, these communities’ amenities and facilities offer the perfect resort lifestyle.
If you’re looking for something priced on the lower end of the scale, search in older, more established neighborhoods with mature but excellently preserved homes. The rising number of condos, townhomes, and mixed-use properties in the area also provide more affordable options.
Attractions and activities in Lake Norman
- Water sports and activities
Lake Norman offers a plethora of fun water activities, including sailing, kayaking, fishing, wakeboarding, and so much more. There are plenty of boating facilities and services around the lake, including boat storage, repairs, rentals, boat launches, and refueling stations.
The Lake Norman area is home to a dazzling array of antique shops, specialty stores, premier national retailers, and so much more. Visit this site to see some of the top shopping destinations in the area.
- Dining and nightlife
Lake Norman boasts numerous restaurants and nightlife venues. Whether you’re looking to enjoy an evening by the lake or live performances from some of the top local bands, you’ll be able to find a great spot. The restaurants in the area serve some of the best in Southern dining, as well various international and regional cuisines.
Are you ready to start your search for Lake Norman NC real estate? Find out what your residential and investment options are. Call me, Laura Bowman-Messick, at (704) 200-4015, or send an email to laura(at)lbmhomes(dotted)com.