One Word for This Year’s KW RED Day: Shoes!

samaratin's feetDo you know about Samaritan’s Feet?
You should.

For 10 years the Samaritan’s Feet organization has been one of Charlotte’s best and brightest local charities and this year, Keller Williams RED Day is working to help their cause. We couldn’t be more excited!

Samaritan’s Feet (based in southwest Charlotte) says that over two billion people are affected with parasitic diseases transmitted through the soil that could have been prevented with proper footwear. That’s why they make it their mission to help raise awareness and collect shoes for millions of children each year – a mission KW wholeheartedly supports.

As you may know, each year Keller Williams holds a national day of service called RED Day, which stands for RENEW, ENERGIZE, DONATE.

RED Day

At Keller Williams Southpark we typically choose to spend the day and weeks leading up to RED Day working towards the cause of a local charity. Our office will be collecting 300+ pairs of athletic shoes to donate to Samaritan’s Feet and on May 8th, this year’s RED Day, our entire staff will be working at their warehouse to pack and ship the shoes.

samaratin's feet giving

We’d LOVE the help of any past clients, current clients, or even generous Charlotteans! If you’d like to donate a pair or two of shoes or even some of your time to help us at the Samaritan’s Feet warehouse, we’d love to talk to you.

Contact us here – and, no matter how you choose to give back on May 8th, we encourage you to mark your calendar for a day of giving!

 

 

Charlotte’s Best Spring Events

spring cltIs there any better time to live in Charlotte than the Spring?

(Answer: Nope!)

The azaleas are blooming, the birds are chirping, and after such a bad winter we’re already starting to see people out and about in droves the second the temperature hits 60. Many of the Queen City’s best events are held in the springtime thanks to the beautiful weather and extra hours of daylight. Here are just a few of our favorite.

kings drive arts walkKings Drive Arts Walk

An offshoot of Freedom Park’s Fall Festival, the Kings Drive Art Walk will be held on April 26th at 10:00am. Attendees will find local art, food, and performances all along the Greenway, one of Charlotte’s coolest outdoor features. Other spring arts festivals will be taking place over the next few months, too, including the Spring into Arts Festival in Concord (May 3rd) and the Arts in the Garden Tour at the Mint Museum (April 26th).

fort mill strawberry festivalSouth Carolina Strawberry Festival

For years, Fort Mill’s been hosting one of the premier strawberry festivals in the country. This year’s South Carolina Strawberry Festival will be held on May 2nd and 3rd and includes all kinds of fun family-friendly events. There are always a few great musical acts and, of course, all the strawberries you can eat. The Charlotte area grows some great produce, that’s for sure!

knightsSports!

We are SO excited to take in a Knights game at the brand new BB&T Ballpark in Uptown! Opening day is April 11th but there are games scheduled all throughout the spring. Charlotte’s very own Lacrosse team, the Hounds, play in Midtown all spring, too, and their games are inexpensive and highly enjoyable. Of course, you could play sports rather than watch them at one of the city’s many public parks. Tennis, golf, and volleyball are all popular around town this time of year.

freemorewest 5kFreeMoreWest 5K on the Greenway

If you haven’t heard of FreeMoreWest yet, you will. It’s the combined neighborhood identity of Freedom/Morehead/West End and the area’s hosting it’s own FreeMoreWest 5K this year right on the Greenway on April 18th. There are tons of races going on in and around Charlotte this spring including the CPCC Skyline Run, the Memorial Day Trail Race at the USNWWC, and the ever-popular charity event Race to the Top where hundreds climb Duke Energy’s 50 first floors.

downtownOf course, there are plenty of individual things to get into here in Charlotte at any time:

  • Go for a a long walk through Dilworth, Elizabeth, or Myers Park to look at the beautiful trees in bloom
  • Head Uptown for an outdoor concert at the green
  • Drive to nearby King’s Mountain for a hike
  • Rent a boat for the afternoon at Lake Norman or Lake Wylie
  • Play a round of golf at one of Charlotte dozens of fantastic courses

There’s really nothing not to love about Charlotte this time of year. We’re sure your neighborhood’s got its own fun springtime activities…tell us what we missed in the comments below!

 

 

Where do Most Charlotte Transplants Come From?

charlotte skylineCharlotte is a city full of transplants.

Finding someone who’s “from Charlotte” seems less likely here than meeting someone from Zimbabwe, mostly because Charlotte’s job market is so transitional. Dominated by finance jobs that often require quick moves and location flexibility, Charlotte is a city where no one really originates but many call home.

So, where do all these transplants come from, anyway? We all know a seemingly-large number of folks from Columbia, for example, or from the Atlanta area. Well the folks at Spokeo people search put together cool graphics for all major cities based on incoming cell phone area codes. You may be surprised to know exactly who’s leading the migration to Charlotte…

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Did it Again! Two More Homes Under Contract After First Weekend on Market

We don’t like to boast but with news this great, it’s hard not to!

Thanks to some terrifically-collaborative clients, a couple of fantastic properties, and our network of willing buyers we’re proud to announce that not one but two more On the Move Charlotte listings went under contract this week after their very first weekend on the market!

6816 Rea Croft and 3209 Mannington Drive…both sold in less than a week!

To help put it in perspective, the median number of days a home spends on the Charlotte market is 77. These homes went under contract in less than a week! This means that now is a great time to sell your home, and also that contacting On the Move Charlotte is a smart move to make if you’re considering listing your home.

 

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Ready to sell? Call Leigh Bryant today to talk about how we can move your home quickly, too!

Where to See the Best Holiday Lights in Charlotte

A quick take on the best places to see wonderful light displays in CLT this year.

Many families (like ours) love to drive around this time of year and check out the city’s best holiday light displays. Charlotte is a fabulously festive town this season and some neighborhoods really get into the Christmas spirit!

The Cook Family Home (Ballantyne)

The Cook Family always goes above and beyond with a computer-controlled holiday light display at their home on Honeycut Drive in south Charlotte. They’ve been putting lights up since the day after Halloween! Check out the display’s website here for details.

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A Very Miller Christmas

Also located in south Charlotte (near Olde Providence South), the Miller family has over 50,000 lights and on Sherwood Forest Drive. For 14 years they’ve been putting on quite a show and donating all proceeds to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

 

Hillside Holiday Hunger Drive

The Hillside neighborhood in Myers Park bands together to hang hundreds of glowing orbs from the trees and it’s truly magical. And even better? They turn the whole thing into a canned food drive benefiting Loaves and Fishes.

 

Lake Park Lights

Located in Indian Trial, Lake Park Lights also donates thousands to various local charities while offers a terrific radio-synced light display.

Speedway Christmas


If you’re up for waiting in line and suppressing a little road rage, Speedway Christmas is worth the drive. The Charlotte Motor Speedway has over 3 million lights this year and they’re streaming Christmas movies on the Jumbotron, too.

McAdenville


No Christmas light light would be complete without a mention of Christmas Town USA, Charlotte’s very own neighbor McAdenville. Pack some hot chocolate for the car ride (and inevitable traffic jam) and enjoy knowing that an entire town has come together to create one of the most magical experiences in all of the Charlotte area.

 

A few of our favorite neighborhoods to cruise around in checking out the less over-the-top displays include Myers Park, Stonehaven, Plaza Midwood, and Dilworth. Uptown also has some pretty cool decor this time of year!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the entire On the Move Charlotte team!

 

Business Opportunities Abound in Charlotte

There’s more to Charlotte than big banks.

The Queen City has long been a banking hub but what many people don’t know is that the area’s been making lists left and right pertaining to business, industry, and innovation. In fact, Charlotte is consistently ranked one of the best cities in the country for its size in terms of livability and affordability.

Take, for example, this Forbes article from 2013 that names Charlotte as the #8 large city for jobs in the entire country. Including the Rock Hill and Gastonia areas in the sample as well, Forbes says Charlotte’s experienced an average of 3% job growth annually. Overall, Forbes names Charlotte the nineteenth-best city for business and careers in the U.S in 2013.

real estate developmentAnother area the Queen City is shining in is real estate development. Recently the Urban Land Institute named Charlotte the 16th best “market to watch” in the entire United States for all forms of real estate, from residential to commercial. One interesting stat from the study shows that Charlotte is poised to have the second-highest growth rate of the coveted 20-34 year old demographic in the country over the next 5 years.

Some sectors in Charlotte aren’t as obvious but are growing nonetheless. Logistics is actually a huge industry in CLTfrom rail to air travel to trucking – and businesses located here can reach 60% of the entire U.S. population by ground within 24-hours. Manufacturing is less visible than some of the flashier industries in Charlotte but every single major sector is here, from medical to aerospace to consumer goods. A lot of this growth is happening in the suburbs of Charlotte, too.

All in all, Charlotte is just a livable, growing city. As if its beautiful neighborhoods, prime location, and flourishing downtown weren’t enough, Charlotte is a great place for business too. Imagine that.

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Best Twitter Pics of Fall in Charlotte

Fall is a great time of year to be anywhere, but nowhere beats The Queen City in autumn. We love checking out Twitter for current real estate news and local tidbits, but lately we’ve noticed some of the coolest fall photos of Charlotte we’ve ever seen!

Check out our favorite CLT fall Tweets from the last few weeks!

thanks to @EdPiotrowski

 

thanks @mikehanson28210

 

thanks @MovingtoCLT

 

Tweet us your best fall in Charlotte pics to @OntheMoveCLT!

 

 

 

 

Costumes, Chainsaws, and Cankerworms: Charlotte’s Best Halloween Activities

halloween

Halloween is serious business in the Charlotte area.

Homes all over town have been strung with fuzzy spiderwebs, decked out with foam tombstones, and of course, overrun with pumpkins. If you or your family are looking for something fun to do this Halloween, check out one of the Queen City’s neatest and most unique Halloween events!

 

pumpkinsPumpkin Patches

There are literally dozens of pumpkin patches all around Charlotte! You can buy them in the metro area in Dilworth, at the Kings Drive Farmer’s Market, and in front of Providence United Methodist Church. If you want to make an afternoon of it, check out the patch and hayrides at Carrigan Farms in Mooresville and the family fun at 70-year old Hall Family Farm.

haunted millHaunted Houses

There are plenty of haunted attractions in the Charlotte area. The Fear Farm in Blacksburg, SC is just a hop-skip-and-jump away in Shelby and the Haunted Mill in Belmont has been terrifying Charlottians for years. If you really want something uniquely North Carolinian, check out the Woods of Terror on Church Street.

corn mazeCorn Mazes

Want something a little more family-friendly than a haunted house? Corn mazes are all around the Charlotte area! There’s one in Huntersville (the Amazing Maize Maze) and a large maze in Fairview, NC. Many of the farms offering corn mazes also have hayrides, bonfires, and all kinds of other family activities to enjoy.

NodaweenHalloween Events

Some spots in the Charlotte area are hosting full-on Halloween events. Huntersville is holding its annual Halloween Festival on Saturday, 10/26 and Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens is hosting a “Bootanical” holiday craft event that same weekend. Nodaween is a full-scale Halloween extravaganza on Friday 10/25 which includes a 5K and there’s even a costume cocktail party at the Duke Mansion!

Grave diggers ball

For Costume Lovers

Fitzgerald’s in Uptown is hosting its annual block party at 5th and Tryon and the world-renowned Grave Digger’s Ball in Saturday, October 26th in Uptown following a massive pub crawl. Looking for a great costume shop in town? Try Morris Costumes on Monroe Rd and The Magic Maze in Dilworth.

cankerworms…What About Those Cankerworms?

Right! Plaza Midwood’s annual Fall Crawl and Cankerworm Festival is Saturday, 10/26 and offers discounted tree-banding supplies to all neighborhood residents. The kids will have a costume parade and there’s even a trunk-or-treat event at Kilgo United Methodist!

There are plenty of fun activities for the whole family around the Charlotte area this year.

 

Here are a few tips for staying safe this Halloween in Charlotte…

  • SafetyAdd reflective tape or lights to costumes that will be worn after dark
  • Always use sidewalks and crosswalks when walking near the street
  • Make sure face makeup is non-toxic and avoid costume contact lenses
  • Pick up all items out of your yard so trick or treaters don’t trip
  • Never enter a home and only approach homes with lights on
  • Minors should be accompanied by a parent at all times
  • Sort through all treats before eating and ration the candy
  • Be sure to extinguish your Jack-o-lantern before bed!

 

On the Move Charlotte wishes you a fun, playful Halloween in 2013!

6 Fall Day Trips Close to Charlotte

roadtripFall is a great time to year to hop in the car and check out some of Charlotte’s neatest nearby attractions.

One thing we love about The Queen City is its proximity to other great cities, towns, and attractions. There are dozens of cool places to see that are just a short drive from the Charlotte area – here are 6 of our favorites for fall!

biltmore1. Exploring Asheville

Asheville, NC is the quintessential fall wonderland. This artists’ paradise is just a little over 2 hours from Charlotte and an easy drive at that. With dozens of restaurants, breweries, hikes, and even the famed Biltmore Estate, it would be hard to beat Asheville for a day trip. Remember it’s cooler towards the mountains, so bring a jacket!

apples2. Apple Fun in Hendersonville

Did you know that Hendersonville, NC is the apple capital of the state? Hosting a family-friendly Apple Festival in September, the Hendersonville area (about 2 hours northwest of Charlotte) has dozens of apple farms and pick-your-own orchards. If you’re looking for fall color, delicious treats like pie and cider, and a scenic drive through the mountains, think Hendersonville.

 

Greenville

3. Greenville, South Carolina

If you haven’t been to Greenville in a while, you may be surprised how much the city’s changed…for the better! Greenville has invested millions in beautifying its quaint downtown area and is an emerging food mecca to boot. It’s a short 1.5 hour interstate drive from CLT and you can spend a whole day just wandering Falls Park and crossing scenic Liberty Bridge.

 

Crowder4. Hiking at Crowder Mountain State Park

Need some nature? Crowder Mountain is less than an hour from Charlotte and this is the perfect time of year for some leaf-peeping. There are several fantastic hikes that will get you to the summit where you can enjoy the views (and even spot Uptown!) that span a wide array of skill levels.

 

 

Yadkin5. Wine Tasting in Yadkin Valley

Did you know North Carolina has a renowned wine region just a short drive from Charlotte? The Yadkin Valley is home to dozens of wineries that are open for business most days of the week. Sample some of North Carolina’s best wines, tour a working winery, and even hit up downtown Elkin to shop for souvenirs and local crafts.

 

Riverbanks Zoo6. Riverbanks Zoo

The Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina is just 1.5 hours from Charlotte and it’s a fantastic family attraction. The zoo is open daily and tickets are incredibly affordable…where else can you see over 2,000 animals at once? After you’re done at the zoo, spend some time wandering around the University of South Carolina campus and checking out the SC Capital Building.

 

What are your favorite roadtrips from Charlotte? There’s really no limit to how many fantastic locations you can get to from here whether you’ve got a day, a weekend, or more! Just one more reason we love living in the Queen City…