Excellent schools, greenspace preservation, and collection of new homes are just a few of the reasons most people fall in love with the village that sits right along the South Carolina border of North Carolina . Welcome to Marvin.
Marvin only takes up only 6 square miles, but don’t let the size fool you. Since its incorporation in 1994, it has become one of North Carolina’s most sought-after communities. And why not? Its crime rate is much lower than the rest of the state’s, while the graduation rate and housing value is much higher. Families flock to the area so their kids can attend some of the top-rated schools in the state, but commuters love it, too, because it is just a little over 20 miles south of Charlotte while it feels like it’s a world away. That may have a little something to do with how strongly Marvin residents feel about preserving the area’s natural beauty.
Compared to other places in North Carolina, Marvin is not very old. It was incorporated on July 1, 1994. However, Marvin is part of Union County, and it was formed way back in 1842. Before it became a county, two major political parties fought over its name. The Whigs wanted to name it for Henry Clay, while the Democrats wanted to name it for Andrew Jackson. They eventually compromised. Nearly a century later, in 1958, the county became an important part of the Civil Rights Movement. Today, it is part of the Charlotte Metropolitan Area.
- Population: 6,553
- Marvin only allows 86 homes per 100 acres, so overcrowding will never be a problem in the village.
- The high schools in Marvin are some of the best in the state. Niche ranked Weddington High School as the 10th best public school in NC and Cuthbertson High School is a North Carolina Honor School of Excellence.
- For people who dream of growing their own gardens, the Marvin Community Garden at Marvin Efird Park features 500 square feet and 24 raised beds. Residents can rent garden space each year.
Marvin is a residential village, but residents will find no shortage of things to do in nearby towns like Fort Mill, South Carolina and Waxhaw. Ample dining and shopping opportunities surround Marvin on all sides. Marvin itself is home to a beautiful 27-acre park.
- Bistro D’Antonio– Located in nearby Waxhaw, Bistro D’Antionio is as close to authentic Italian cuisine as you can find in western North Carolina, and the tavern-style food and large wine menu often turns Marvin residents into regular customers.
- Maxwell’s Tavern – For anyone who likes to watch the Carolina Panthers take on a rival on a Sunday afternoon, Maxwell’s Tavern is the place to be. The Downtown Waxhaw restaurant serves an array of burgers and sandwiches, as well as other Southern staples like pulled pork, and seafood.
- Emmet’s Social Table – Looking for a place to share small plates with your friends? Emmet’s is the place for you. Located in a turn of the 19th century former cotton mill, there is plenty of space to unwind over cocktails and an array of foods including a gluten-free menu.
- Stacks Kitchen – Stacks Kitchen is a family-friendly eatery where you can order breakfast all day. With two locations in Waxhaw and Matthews, there is no reason why you can’t fulfill your craving for pancakes, waffles, and omelets any time of the day.
- Waxhaw Creamery – Open seasonally, this ice cream shop serves homemade ice cream and Italian ice, made on-site. Don’t miss this delicious treat in downtown Waxhaw.
- Union County Transportation System – Marvin itself does not offer public transportation, but Union County, where the village is located, does provide shuttle service for senior citizens, physically and developmentally disabled adults, veterans, and Medicaid clients.
- Airports – Several small, private airports are located in the cities that surround Marvin. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is just 24 miles from the village.
- Marvin Town Centre – Anchored by Kohl’s, Marvin Town Centre is a fairly new shopping complex in Union County, along Marvin’s outskirts. Other stores located there include Mattress Firm, CVS, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Starbucks, and more.
- Blakeney – For a bigger shopping experience, Marvin residents love to visit Charlotte’s 270-acre complex, Blakeney. It is home to stores like Marshalls, Banana Republic, Target, Talbots, Harris Teeter, Bath & Body Works, and much more. After a day of shopping, stop by one of the restaurants on the property, such as Chili’s, Five Guys, Shake Shack, or Brixx Pizza.
- Stonecrest at Piper Glen– Stonecrest at Piper Glen is another great place to spend the day in Charlotte. Start out by shopping at stores like Michael’s, Gamestop, Chico's, or Apricot Lane. Have lunch or dinner at Chipotle, Basil Thai, or Kabab-Je. Head over to Marble Slab Creamery for dessert before checking out a movie at Regal 22 cinemas.
Things To Do
- Marvin Efird Park – Maintaining natural beauty is important in Marvin, and one place that residents love to visit is the 27-acre Marvin Efird Park, which opened in 2012. It offers walking trails, a horse pasture, a community garden, picnic tables, and a unique playground. It also has a barn on the property that is available for rent.
- Firethorne Country Club – Outdoor fun for the whole family is also available at Marvin’s Firethorne Country Club. Mom and dad can play 18 holes of golf or take lessons from a tennis pro while the kids enjoy the pool and waterslide. Members can also attend exciting events throughout the year, such as holiday brunches, wine tastings, and kids’ activities. This is a family-friendly private club.
- Sports Connection – Whether you are looking for a day of family fun or a place to host a birthday party, Sports Connection in nearby Ballantyne is definitely a great way to go. It features endless attractions, like bowling, laser tag, an arcade, jump-n-play, ropes courses, bumper cars, rock climbing, and so much more. It even offers programs like summer camps and kid’s night out.
Real Estate Information
Because Marvin in a relatively new area, new construction makes up the bulk of its homes. The upscale community is home to many beautiful estates that sit on heavily wooded lots in gated communities. Styles range from traditional brick and stucco two-story homes to European-style houses that look as if they were plucked from a French or English countryside. Whether you choose a smaller bungalow or a sprawling manor, in many cases, expect beautiful landscaping, mature tree growth, and in some neighborhoods, even a tranquil park-like atmosphere.
- Weddington Chase
- Hunter Oaks
- Marvin Creek
- Chimneys of Marvin
- Marvin Creek
- Preserve at Marvin
- Providence Downs
- Providence Downs South
- Marvin Elementary School
- New Town Elementary School
- Weddington Elementary School
- Rea View Elementary School
- Sandy Ridge Elementary School