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Reasons to Love Fall in The Queen City

Charlotte is a great place to be all year round, but fall is a particularly fabulous season to frolic in this part of NC.

 

From the chill in the morning air to the smell of Pumpkin Spice lattes, fall is just around the corner. Here are a few of On the Move Charlotte’s favorite things about autumn in the Queen City!

 

 

festival in the parkFestivals About Town

Charlotte has a ton of wonderful festivals to attend in fall:

Festival in the Park: September 20-22nd, Freedom Park
Charlotte Oktoberfest: September 28, NC Music Factory
Blues and Jazz Festival: October 3rd, Rock Hill, SC

Concerts This Fall

Lots of places in town hold fall concert series and special one-time concerts:

RiverJam Concert Series Fall Finale: October 12th, US National Whitewater Center
UNC Charlotte Fall Concert Series: Beginning September 28th

haunted millHalloween!

Halloween in Charlotte is a big occasion. Here are a few of the biggest events!

The Haunted Mill: This terrifying haunted house is open now through early November
Queen City Ghost Tours: October 20-31st in Uptown
Scarowinds: Carowinds theme park’s annual Halloween extravaganza runs through the end of October

maize mazeFamily Activities

There are lots of ways Charlotte encourages family time in fall…

Maize Maze: This massive corn maze is open now through November 2nd
Fall Butterflies at the Charlotte Nature Museum: Now through the end of fall
Pumpkin Patches: There are many patches in CLT open until early November

Races and Runs

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People in Charlotte are all about healthy outdoor activities. Here are a few of the largest runs and races in town:

Dirty Dozen Trail Race: October 12th, US National White Water Center
Rocktoberfest Half-Marathon: October 12th, Uptown
Pajama Run: November 2nd, Promenade at Providence
Thunder Road Marathon: November 16th, all over town

 

Fall is also a great time to check out open houses and make an appointment to see homes you’re interested in.

Call On the Move Charlotte today to talk about your options for buying or selling a home this fall!

 

Featured Charlotte Neighborhood: Providence Plantation

Providence Plantation is one of South Charlotte’s most desirable neighborhoods.

Providence Plantation was originally founded in the 1970s as a commuter suburb for those working in metro Charlotte. Development was forward thinking and Providence Plantation’s large lots and tree-lined streets are still one of the area’s biggest draws. Few neighborhoods in Charlotte offer such a convenient location to raise a family!

Providence Plantation is more of a community than a neighborhood with tons of activities geared towards residents. Not only does the area have an award-winning swim and tennis club, the public schools that serve the neighborhood are among the highest-ranked in the state. On the Move Charlotte has noticed a sharp uptick in buyers looking specifically in Providence Plantation, so if you have questions about the area give us a call today.

A few of the best features of Charlotte’s Providence Plantation neighborhood include…

 

Providence High

Amazing Schools:

Providence Plantation sits at the apex of some of Charlotte’s best schools. Providence Springs Elementary is recognized as one of the best elementary schools in North Carolina, and Providence High School consistently scores well above-average in state rankings. There are a number of private schools and charter schools in the area as well providing parents with lots of options.

Social Clubs:

The social scene in Providence Plantation is incredibly active! Resident-organized groups are sprouting up like weeds including a Bunco group, a Supper Club, a Book Club, a Bridge Club, and several Playgroups for parents. There are groups for every age-bracket and family status with meetings as regularly as once a week or as infrequently as once every couple of months.

Carmel Country ClubDining, Shopping, and Recreation:

It’s hard to beat the location of Providence Plantation. Nestled between several large parks like the Colonel Francis Beatty Park and the Arthur Goodman Memorial Park, there’s no shortage of outdoor space near the neighborhood. There are several swim and golf clubs nearby, too, including Carmel Country Club and Cedarwood Country Club to the west. Charming downtown Matthews is less than 10 minutes drive, bustling with restaurants and shops, and Pineville is also a hop-skip-and-a-jump away. The Arboretum shopping center has just about every store and eatery a southerner could need, and SouthPark Mall is less than 15 minutes from the Plantation.

Active HOA:

Providence Plantation residents are governed by an extremely active, productive home owners association. Dues are very low (currently less than $80 for the year) and cover everything from neighborhood security patrol to maintaining the heavily-landscaped entrances to the community.

5051 carillionBeautiful Homes and Lots:

The homes in Providence Plantation are graciously sized, many with large lots and extensive landscaping. There are new construction projects as well as established homes with charm – many of the houses are built in the brick traditional style. The median home price in Providence Plantation is currently around $440,000 but prices are rising as the area’s value increases. If you’re considering a long-term home for your family, now is the time to buy in Providence Plantation.

Easy Commute:

The neighborhood is situated just far enough outside the hustle and bustle of Charlotte’s busiest areas but close enough to make commuting into Uptown or Ballantyne a breeze. Most parts of the neighborhood are less than 5 minutes drive to the I-485 entrance and three miles from Providence Plantation lies the entrance to Independence Highway/74. Providence Road leads many residents straight from the neighborhood into Uptown many mornings.

 

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On the Move Charlotte is your Providence Plantation real estate team.
Still have questions about one of Charlotte’s best and fastest-growing communities? Contact Leigh Bryant, Michelle Duyck, and John Elliott at 704.516.3318 today to talk about your move to Providence Plantation.

 

Video Tour Of Charlotte, NC

Charlotte is a growing, vibrant city! Check out this informational video tour to find out what the Queen City has to offer…

Charlotte’s Best Spring and Summer Festivals

“Charlotte’s Got a Lot,” that much is for certain. One of the reasons residents and visitors from all over North Carolina love spring in Charlotte is the plethora of fun, family-friendly festivals the city has to offer this time of year. Between May and September, Charlotte, NC comes alive with events.

Check out On the Move Charlotte’s list of the city’s best spring and summer festivals and get them on your calendar today!

 

Charlotte Fair
May 3rd-12th  various times
Metrolina Expo Center

Charlotte’s Fair rivals any state fair in the nation (well, almost) and comes complete with games, rides, and all the funnel cakes you can eat! This classic American fair is a perfect family spot and ticket prices vary depending on the activities you choose. Between all the stuffed animals you can win and the 5th time on the merry-go-round, you’re going to fall in love with Charlotte here.

 

Charlotte Dragon Boat Race and Asian Festival
May 4th   all day
Ramsey Creek Park

Charlotte’s biggest Asian festival also includes a dragon boat race…how neat is that? Ramsey Creek is the perfect place to bring the family and take in some Asian culture. From music to food to historical dragon boat racing, the Asian festival is fun for all ages.

 

Carolina Claymatters Pottery Festival
May 11th  10;00am-4:00pm
McAlpine Creek Park (Dairy Barn)

Over 45 claymakers and potters will be in attendance at this year’s claymatters festival. It’s the perfect place to find some totally unique Carolina crafts you can’t get anywhere else.

 

Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival
May 11th  two sessions
Symphony Park, Southpark

If pottery isn’t what you had in mind, head over to gorgeous Symphony Park to try some of the area’s best beer, bourbon and of course, barbecue. Expect to wait in line a bit but know you’ll get to sample some of Charlotte’s most unique culinary offerings – washed down by stout bourbon, of course.

 

Family Festival at Historic Rosedale Plantation
May 18th   11:00am-6:00pm
Rosedale Plantation

Rosedale is one of Charlotte’s best kept antebellum homes and offers historical lessons complete with character dress all throughout the year! The spring is when the plantation really puts on a show, however, offering arts festivals and their big event, the Family Festival. Crafts, music and food will all be available to families with kids.

 

Food Lion Speed Street
May 23-25th  12:00pm-11:00pm
Uptown Charlotte

Speed Street is a Charlotte tradition! Uptown closes off many of its busiest streets for an urban festival – food trucks, vendors, and of course, live music. Speed Street leads up to the Coca Cola 600, the largest NASCAR race in Charlotte, and this year’s headliners include 90’s favorite Sister Hazel.

 

Taste of Charlotte
June 7-9th  various times
Uptown Charlotte

Taste of Charlotte has become one of the area’s preiminent food festivals. It’s a great place to sample some of Charlotte’s best restaurants and take in some music and games as well. Kids are welcome and the event goes on all weekend so it’s a perfect pit stop for lunch or dinner. Price is determined by coins purchased.

 

Summer Love Music Festival
August 10th   1:00pm-10:00pm
Area Fifteen

Summer Love Music Fest is a locally-sponsored music gathering featuring a host of local artists. Live music as well as art will be on display. Admission is $15 and goes to support local arts and musicians.

 

Yiasou Greek Festival
September 13-16th  various times
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Charlotte’s biggest and best Greek festival is held the second week of September each year. Expect delicious Greek food (Spanakopita! Feta!) along with traditional Greek dancing and crafts. This festival is 100% family friendly.

 

Festival in the Park
September 20-22nd  various times
Freedom Park

One of Charlotte’s oldest events, Festival in the Park is the biggest event held in Freedom Park each year. Dilworth’s crowning jewel comes alive with music, craft vendors, artists, and all kinds of food. Bring the dogs and the kids and check out this year’s offerings.

 

Which of Charlotte’s spring festivals are you most looking forward to?

 

 

Featured Charlotte Neighborhood – Chantilly

Chantilly is one of Charlotte’s fastest-growing neighborhoods. 

Affectionately known as “little Elizabeth,” Chantilly has a flavor all its own. Located between Plaza Midwood and the Elizabeth neighborhoods in Midtown Charlotte, Chantilly was originally developed in the 1940s. Now its streets are lined with mature trees and beautifully restored craftsman-style homes, bustling with families and young professionals.

Many of Chantilly’s homes are in the craftsman style, some of which have been lovingly restored to their former glory. There’s also a lot of new construction in Chantilly but the neighborhood is growing gracefully – even the newest homes fit the streets’ aesthetics. Bordered by Independence Boulevard and Briar Creek, Chantilly is incredibly convenient to Uptown Charlotte as well as entrances to I-77 and I-277.

A few of the best features of Charlotte’s Chantilly neighborhood include…

Chantilly Park:

Chantilly Park is easily accessed by foot from most parts of the neighborhood. It’s 7 full acres of green space and includes a volleyball court, multi-purpose field, and even a playground. On weekends, the park teems with activity and the entire neighborhood is very dog friendly.

Independence Park:

Independence Park is one of the best parks in the city. Home to numerous festivals throughout the year (including Petpalooza!), the park has over 19 acres of picnic areas, playgrounds, and soccer fields. It’s an easy walk from Chantilly and there are plenty of dining options nearby, too.

Proximity to Shopping:

Chantilly Shopping Center has many retail offerings and 7th Avenue is an easy walk from most parts of Chantilly. Seventh is the beginning of the Elizabeth district and hosts tons of shops, convenience stores, and salons.

Dining Options:

Between Elizabeth and Independence, dining options abound just outside the residential streets of Chantilly. Kennedy’s Irish Pub, Crisp, Starbucks, and even fine dining at The Fig Tree are all within striking distance. Independence has dozens of fantastic ethnic restaurants, fast food options, and even a farmer’s stand.

Community:

The quiet, tree-lined streets of Chantilly are the perfect setting to raise a family. There’s a flourishing neighborhood association and the neighborhood’s on its way to commissioning signs to mark its borders. Chantilly is also close to several houses of worship as well as Novant Health (formerly Presbyterian Hospital.)

Charming Homes:

The average home for sale in Chantilly is listed around $350,000 and home values continue to rise. As development resumes in and around the neighborhood, homes in Chantilly aren’t staying on the market for long, particularly the pristine crafstmans that populate the neighborhood. Many of the homes in Chantilly must stick to historical guidelines when being redone, so homes here retain a lot of character.

 

On the Move Charlotte is your Chantilly real estate team.
If you’d like to know more about the homes for sale in one of Charlotte’s most desirable communities, call the On the Move Charlotte team at 704-516-3318 today.

Explore all the homes for sale in Chantilly here.

Featured Neighborhood – Stonehaven

 

Stonehaven is one of Charlotte’s oldest and most well-established neighborhoods.

Located just east of the intersection of Rama Road and Sardis Road, close to Cotswold, Stonehaven is a family-friendly community with everything to offer a growing family in Charlotte!

Houses in Stonehaven are predominantly brick or wood siding, and many are sprawling ranches or two-stories – perfect for family living. The neighborhood is extremely active on weekends and lined with beautiful, mature pines and sidewalks just made for walking. Residents of Stonehaven just can’t say enough good things about their community!  You’ll find Bunco groups, “First Friday gatherings, bootcamp workout groups, bookclubs, Preschool groups, etc. etc.

There are 2 active swim clubs in the neighborhood too.  You’ll find information about Sardis Swim and Racquet at www.sardis-sharks.com and information about Rama Swim Club at www.ramaclub.com.  Both are currently accepting new members!

A few of the features people find most attractive about the Stonehaven suburb in Charlotte, NC include…

 

McAlpine Creek Greenway

McAlpine Creek Greenway:

The 4-mile Greenway is ideal for runners and bikers and runs alongside scenic McAlpine Creek. Built in 1978, it’s Charlotte’s first designated greenway!

James Boyce Park:

A 73-acre recreational park equipped with a playground, two softball fields, and a picnic shelter within the Stonehaven neighborhood limits. Several other parks are within 3 miles of the neighborhood.

Proximity to Metro Charlotte:

Stonehaven is just a few miles from the nearest 485 on ramp and less than 10-miles from the I-77 loop. Independence Road (Highway 74) is just two-miles from the neighborhood and provides easy access to Uptown and North Charlotte.

Cotswold Shopping Center (photo credit: skycity2.blogspot.com)

Shopping and Dining:

Cotswold shopping center is just blocks away from Stonehaven and boasts a grocery store, over a dozen restaurants, and various shops. The Independence Shopping Center and Galleria Shopping Centers are also nearby.

Community:

Stonehaven is tight-knit and the neighborhood association often organizes community-wide events! Upcoming events include a paper shredding “party” on March 23rd and a multi-home yard sale on April 20th.

Quality Construction:

The average home value in Stonehaven is around $275,000 and the neighborhood boasts a good mix of old and new renovations and additions. Almost any family or young professional or empty nester can find a perfect fit in Stonehaven.  From a ranch starter home to a multi-level “lifetime” house – there are options for just about every home budget in this neighborhood.

Leigh Bryant and the On The Move Charlotte team

Leigh Bryant is your Stonehaven real estate broker.
Not only does Leigh love working in this neighborhood, she lives here, too! If you’d like to know more about one of Charlotte’s most desirable communities, call Leigh and the On the Move Charlotte team at 70-516-3318 today.

Explore all the homes available for sale in the Stonehaven  Neighborhood.