Nested on the shores of beautiful Lake Norman sits this historic town, where everyday life can feel like a vacation. Once named the number two place to live in the United States by Forbes Magazine, it’s the perfect place to soak in the sun and raise a family. Welcome to Huntersville.
Just 15 miles north of Charlotte is the expanding community of Huntersville. The town is considered the first Lake Norman town north of Charlotte and was officially incorporated in 1873. It was named in honor of major landowner and cotton farmer Robert Boston Hunter. The area was known for its farming, fertile land, and rail line which quickly grew the community.
This lakefront community has a population of nearly 60,000 people and continues to expand as more and more families move to the town, motived by the area’s enticing attributes. The allure of the remaining farmland, the simple commute into the city of Charlotte and its easy lake access make this neighborhood a great place to call home. Huntersville provides access to Lake Norman and its 520 miles of shoreline. Residents can find access to the lake by visiting Blythe Landing Park, just off NC Highway 73 for launching boats and other recreational activities. There is also local access to Mountain Island Lake.
Huntersville was officially incorporated in 1873. The town was renamed from Craighead to Huntersville in honor of major landowner and cotton farmer, Robert Boston Hunter. The town was known for its fertile land where farmers grew cotton on their large plantations and prominent schools attracted families from near and far. Steam engines carried passengers on rails that still run parallel to N.C. 115. Textile mills also brought more jobs and residents to the area.
- Population: 57,098
- Huntersville has 17 different parks and recreational facilities. You can find youth, adult and senior athletics and programs, family festivals and activities and has tournament-ready facilities for softball, baseball, and soccer for all age groups.
- Lake Norman Currents is the lifestyle magazine that covers the surrounding lake towns including Huntersville.
- Public school students who live in Huntersville will attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
- Public Charter Schools around Huntersville include Community School of Davidson, Lake Norman Charter (U.S News and World Report - 2017 Best High Schools) & Thunderbird Preparatory Academy.
Dressler’s: was opened in Birkdale Village in 2003 and has remained a local favorite place for dining out. The menu includes steaks and seafood, and an amazing lobster mac & cheese. Save room for Mom's Cheesecake, Mom's Carrot Cake & Mom's Apple Cake, all from the kitchen of Joan Dressler.
Mickey & Mooch: Another local favorite in the area is Mickey & Mooch. This restaurant has been serving large portions in a casually elegant dining room for years. Start off your meal with their signature Wedge salad, then feast on a pasta entree, ribs, steak or seafood, you really can't go wrong with your selection. Just be sure to leave room for the amazing Chocolate Cake available in small & large portions.
Killington's Restaurant & Pub Located at exit 23 on I-77, Killington's opened its doors in 2008. They wanted to bring American fusion to the north of the city of Charlotte. They were one of the first gastro pubs in the area. You can enjoy high-quality food in a casual atmosphere. There is something for everyone on their menu, from kids to meat-lovers to vegetarian to vegan to the gluten-free menu options. And save room for the homemade desserts!
Charlotte Douglas International Airport– Huntersville is just over 19 miles to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the country. The airport welcomes more than 46 million travelers annually. Several private transportation companies provide shuttles to and from the airport.
Huntersville is also conveniently located within five to ten minutes of major interstates I-77 and I-485.
Birkdale Village Find an assortment of popular stores and restaurants in Birkdale Village, near the southeastern corner of Lake Norman. Some of them include Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bath & Body Works, Barnes & Noble, Total Wine, American Eagle Outfitters, Starbucks, Gap, Talbots, Pier 1, and Banana Republic. There is also a movie theater.
Rosedale Shopping Center This center is located across from Huntersville Medical Center. It is anchored by Harris Teeter, CVS, and Publix. Find many local places to shop and dine like Kid to Kid, Killington's Restaurant, Sabor Latin, Duck Donuts, and TCBY. Painting with a Twist and a Tae Kwon Do studio can also be found here.
Northlake Mall Find all the favorites you would expect to see at a large shopping mall. Apple, Belk, Bath & Body Works, Dillard's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Francesca's, Guess, Lane Bryant, Macy's, Pottery Barn, White House Black Market, Yankee Candle, and more. Dine at Firebirds, Chick-fil-A, P.F. Chang's, TGI Friday's, and more.
Concord Mills Concord Mills is the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in North Carolina. There are more than 200 stores and 14 restaurants inside the mall. They are also home to an AMC movie theater, Dave & Buster's, SEA LIFE Aquarium, and The Speedpark.
Things To Do
Huntersville is home to nearly 18 parks, gyms, and multi-purpose facilities. One of the town’s most popular parks is the Historic Latta Plantation with its 1200+ acres of historic sites, nature preserve, trails for biking, hiking or horseback riding and access to Mountain Island Lake for canoeing. Latta is also home to the Carolina Raptor Center, Latta Equestrian Center, and Latta Nature Preserve.
Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics facility is a popular destination for sports enthusiasts. The facility has an Olympic size 50-meter competition pool and diving well, full-court gym, fitness center, exercise studio, and an outdoor splash park for kids in the summer.
Real Estate Information
Huntersville is a growing community just north of Charlotte. It is a great place for commuters to live as your money will go a little further for housing in this area. There are many types of homes available in established neighborhoods, to planned new construction neighborhoods. Expect prices to range from the $200,000's to upwards of $3 million.
- Birkdale Village
- Latta Springs
- The Hamptons
- The Cape
- Meadowbrook Farms
- Lake Norman Charter Elementary School
- Blythe Elementary School
- Huntersville Elementary School
- Grand Oak Elementary School
- Torrence Creek Elementary
- Barnette Elementary