Mint Hill is a close-knit, friendly town with Southern charm. Many of the original settlers were Scottish, and the pride in that heritage continues with the Mint Hill Scottish Festival and Highland Games each spring. The festival, which draws about 3,000 visitors, features Scottish music, dancers, food and representatives of Scotland's clans.
There are a wide variety of home styles and prices in Mint Hill. For example, Farmwood homes start in the $180s; Olde Sycamore in the $300s; Summercroft in the $400s; Glencroft in the $200s.Learn More
A pioneer likely supplied Harrisburg’s original name: Query's Quarter. President George Washington recorded in his diary that he passed through Query's Quarter while traveling by stagecoach through the southern states in 1791. Originally known for its agriculture, cotton gins and grist mills, Harrisburg is becoming a hub for distribution, manufacturing and retail. Major employers in the area include Saddle Creek Corp., Builders First Source, Galvan Industries, Wells Fargo and Carolinas Healthcare Systems.Learn More
Belmont, which was called “beautiful mountain” because of its view of nearby Crowders Mountain, is a small suburban city in Gaston County, about 15 miles west of uptown Charlotte. Settlement began around the colonial-era Fort at the Point, built in the 1750s near the junction of the South Fork and the Catawba River. The Stowe family started cotton and textile mills in the area, and their legacy remains today. Belmont is growing quickly but retains a small-town intimacy focused around its historic downtown. Belmont Abbey College is located here.Learn More
Matthews is a fast-growing town in Mecklenburg County, southeast of Charlotte. The first train rolled into town on Dec. 15, 1874. The railroad named the stop Matthews in honor of Edward Watson Matthews, a director in the company. Originally a large cotton growing area, it has a vibrant downtown and historic commercial district. The town's largest employers include Windstream Communications, PCA International, Conbraco, Presbyterian Hospital and Family Dollar headquarters.Learn More
Ballantyne is an upscale neighborhood of Charlotte just north of the S.C. border that was transformed in 1992 when the Harris family decided to develop almost 2,000 acres of its hunting land. Today Ballantyne has hundreds of homes, millions of square feet of office space and retail space, luxury spa and resort, and thousands of hotel-conference rooms. Corporate headquarters include MetLife, Babcock & Wilcox, Curtiss-Wright, Tree.com Inc, Snyder's-Lance, Premier, Fortune 500 company SPX and ESPN regional television.Learn More
SouthPark is a large neighborhood in Charlotte, about 6 miles south of uptown. Its name comes from the upscale SouthPark Mall, which opened in 1970. At nearly 1.8 million square feet, SouthPark Mall is the largest shopping mall in all of North Carolina. The neighborhood was once a part of a 3,000-acre farm owned by former N.C. Governor Cameron Morrison. SouthPark is the home to the Fortune 300 company Nucor, as well as Dixon Hughes Goodman, National Gypsum, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, AmWINS Group, Carolinas AGC and Piedmont Natural Gas.Learn More