You do not need to give up life on the water in order to make a living Monday through Friday in a seemingly landlocked city like Charlotte. Just 15 miles north of center city is one of the area’s fastest-growing suburbs.

The town of Huntersville is the southernmost of the Lake Norman-area towns and is only a short commuting distance from Charlotte.

The region’s rich soil and access to rail lines drew settlers and cotton farmers to the region. The town of Huntersville was incorporated in 1873, but it was not until 1963 that Duke Energy dammed the Catawba River and created Lake Norman and its 520 miles of spectacular shoreline.

Today, it is still the allure of the land and water that brings people to Huntersville. From water sports and waterfront homes to historical sites and championship golf courses, the Huntersville area has a bit of everything.

In 2015, according to U.S. Census figures, nearly 55,000 people called Huntersville home. The influx of people to the area has been a boon for the town’s housing market and economy. Once a sleepier suburb of metro Charlotte, Huntersville is a community with thriving businesses, recreational activities and countless new and established neighborhoods.

Huntersville is convenient to I-77 and Statesville Road. Depending on where you live in town, Lake Norman can be in your back yard or a short drive away. The major East-West corridors through town are Sam Furr Road, near Birkdale Village, and Gilead Road. Huntersville’s southern boundary is near the I-77/I-485 interchange just north of Charlotte’s Northlake Mall.

For the history buffs, Huntersville has 18 historical sites, such as the Hugh Torance House and Store, which dates back to the 1770s; and Hopewell Presbyterian Church, circa the 1740s.

There are 15 parks with a myriad amenities, such as athletic fields, picnic areas, playgrounds and walking trails. The town also has 10 indoor recreational facilities.

Whether you crave proximity to people and fantastic shopping and dining near mixed-use Birkdale Village or want to live a little more removed from the hustle and bustle, you can find a place that feels like home in Huntersville.

In addition to the Arnold Palmer-designed Birkdale course, there are two country club communities in Huntersville – Northstone Country Club northeast of downtown Huntersville and Skybrook Golf Club to the southeast.

If you plan on boating, Huntersville has communities offering both waterfront properties and water access properties. There are several neighborhoods with dedicated boat storage areas for homes without direct water access.

For people living inland but wanting lake access, Blythe Landing Park along Highway 73 (Sam Furr Road) has a public boat ramp. Several marinas on the lake offer on-water and dry dock storage. There are also several more public boat ramps outside of Huntersville that offer access to Lake Norman.

Huntersville is part of the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. There are six elementary schools serving Huntersville: Grand Oak, Huntersville, Torrence Creek, Barnette, Legette Blythe and Long Creek. The middle schools serving Huntersville are Francis Bradley and J.M. Alexander middle schools. The two high schools are North Mecklenburg and Hopewell high schools. Bailey Middle School and William Amos Hough High School are located in Cornelius but also serve Huntersville students.

There are also many private school options to serve children of all ages in the Huntersville area.

The Lake Norman area is a great place to live, work and spend free time. For theater, professional sports and entertainment, downtown Charlotte is only 25-30 minutes (with light traffic).

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