This small college town just 20 miles north of Charlotte is known for its village green atmosphere. Its main street has shops, wide sidewalks, a community library, outdoor concerts, festivals and more. There are about 12,000 people in this progressive, urbanist town. Pedestrian- and bike-friendly, Davidson has miles of greenways and walking trails connecting neighborhoods and providing citizens with alternate ways to get around town and access nature. The town was founded in 1837 with the establishment of the Presbyterian Davidson College, named for Brigadier General William Lee Davidson, a local Revolutionary War hero. The land for Davidson College came from his estate.
Davidson has many real estate options. Waterfront property can be found on Lake Davidson and in the River Run Golf and Country Club on the east side, with prices in the $800-900s, and homes in Bailey Springs can be found starting in the mid-$200s. Historic homes line downtown, and rural estates ring the area. The St. Alban’s (Old Davidson) neighborhood is a leading example of new urbanism, and many newer homes close to the town center emphasize location and walkability versus size and large lots.
ARTS & CULTURE:Many opportunities are sponsored by Davidson College, including the Davidson College Belk Visual Arts Galleries, sculpture garden, Gallery at Business Center, arts “sanctuary” and Davidson Community Players. There are concerts on the green, Music @ St. Alban’s, Our Town Cinemas, and live music at Summit Coffee.
SHOPPING & DINING:Downtown Davidson is lined with boutiques and local stores offering everything from violins to chocolates to bridal wear to books and antiques. Restaurants range from Millstone Bake House to Ming’s Bistro to the Pickled Peach, with something for every taste. Click here to find your next favorite restaurant in Davidson.
RECREATION:The Parks & Recreation Department offers a variety of sports leagues, exercise and art classes, and summer camps. Davidson College has men’s and women’s sporting events open to the public. Lake Norman, Lake Davidson and Lake Cornelius are favorite spots for canoeing, kayaking and other sports. The Davidson Famer’s Market has producers-only goods, and is open most of the year.