It sits just 25 miles north of Charlotte and right along the western shores of Lake Norman, offering its residents a perfect balance of work opportunities and water adventure. The town is known as much for its NASCAR and big business connections as its beautiful scenery. Welcome to Mooresville.
Interstate 77 runs right through Mooresville, making it convenient for commuters who work in Charlotte and other nearby cities. The number of new homes in the area is just one indication of how quickly the area is expanding, but even with the new growth, Mooresville is still something of a laid-back lake town. If you prefer something a little more fast-paced, however, you might like to know that over 60 NASCAR teams and businesses make their home in Mooresville. For this reason, the town has earned the nickname “Race City, USA.”
Mooresville’s roots date back to the mid-1700s when prominent English, Scot-Irish, and German families moved to the area from Virginia, Pennsylvania, and other parts of North Carolina. They sought fertile farmland and found it. A century later, the area was home to numerous cotton plantations, some of which still stand today. Just before the Civil War, a farmer named John Franklin Moore helped turn the area into a prosperous railroad town called Moore’s Siding. Before his death, Moore incorporated the town of Mooresville in 1873, and the area has grown ever since.
- Population: 38,431
- Some of NASCAR’s top drivers call Mooresville their home base. They include Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kyle Busch, and Jeff Gordon.
- Racing isn’t the only big business in town. Mooresville is also the corporate headquarters for Lowe’s Home Improvement stores.
- In 2014, the credit card comparison website Credit Donkey named Mooresville as the best place to live in North Carolina. Low crime rates, short commute times, income, and the number of restaurants in the area played a role in the rankings.
- Mooresville once had its own minor league baseball team. The Mooresville Moors were popular in the years leading up to World War II.
- The town sits right on Lake Norman, the state’s largest man-made lake. It takes up 32,510 acres and is 33.6 miles long and 9 miles wide.
Most people who visit Mooresville do so to experience the local racing culture, and the racing-oriented attractions do not disappoint. But it’s not all about NASCAR. Golf, shopping, history, and fun on Lake Norman are a few of the reasons why residents love this family-friendly town. For those who like to dine out, Mooresville is home to dozens of restaurants, ranging from casual, downhome barbecue joints to upscale steakhouses and international cuisine.
- Epic Chophouse – Located on South Main Street in the heart of Mooresville’s historic downtown area, Epic Chophouse is one of the area’s most popular steakhouses. Residents flock to the dining establishment to enjoy its steak, seafood, and wine menu.
- Carolina Ribs on the Run – You can’t live in North Carolina without dining on barbecue and ribs, and one of Mooresville’s favorite restaurants is Carolina Ribs on the Rub on River Street. The casual eatery offers dishes like wings, pulled pork sandwiches, and, of course, ribs.
- Caruso’s – For fine dining, locals love to have dinner at the Italian hotspot Caruso’s. As if the classy atmosphere wasn’t enough reason for residents to fall in love with the restaurant, its menu features freshly made authentic cuisine.
- Blu Star Grill – Every town needs its own burger joint, and Blu Star Grill on Marketplace Avenue is that and more. Build your own burger made from seven protein options and all-natural ingredients. Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are also available.
- Joe Fish Casual Seafood – Moorseville may be a 5-hour drive from the Outer Banks, but that doesn’t mean residents can’t experience delicious seafood any time they get a craving. The chef promises to bring his New England seafood experience to North Carolina and does not disappoint. The restaurant is located on River Highway.
- Iredell County Area Transportation System – The Iredell County Area Transportation System or ICATS, along with the town of Mooresville, provides a van shuttle that runs weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The wheelchair-accessible van makes stops at places like Mitchell Community College, the Mooresville Library, Target, Best Buy, and Walmart.
- Consumer Square – Consumer Square is a large shopping center with several recognizable stores and restaurants. Some of them include Walmart, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell. It also has its own movie theater.
- Mooresville Crossing – Mooresville Crossing is another large shopping center with the restaurants and stores people have come to expect from suburban towns. Some of these include Staples, Petco, Chili’s, Red Robin, Best Buy, Old Navy, and CVS.
- Downtown Mooresville– For shoppers who prefer independent boutiques and unique merchandise, Downtown Mooresville is a perfect place to spend an afternoon. Visit a few antique stores and art galleries before having lunch at a local favorite like The Daily Grind and Pie in the Sky Pizza, Inc.
Things To Do
- Lake Norman State Park – Lake Normal State Park provides plenty of family fun in the great outdoors. Rent a boat, catch a fish, take a swim, or simply hike the 12 miles of nature trails.
- North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame – You cannot visit or live in Mooresville without checking out the racing culture. The North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame is the place to start. It features dozens of displays, including 35 race cars, and its own theater.
- Lazy Five Ranch – Lazy 5 Ranch is a must for families. Drive through the park in your own car or rent a horse-drawn carriage, and get up close and personal with hundreds of animals, like giraffes, zebras, and rhinos. You can even pet and feed the animals.
- Mallard Head Golf Course – Imagine a relaxing round of golf while looking out at the tranquil waters of Lake Norman. Mallard Head Golf Course sits right along the shore and is 6,904 yards of world-class golf.
- GoPro Motorplex – At GoPro Motorplex, it is your turn to get behind the wheel. Kart racers of all levels can rent a kart that tops out at 55 miles per hour and race it around a world-class track that is based on the Kartdromo Parma in Italy.
Real Estate Information
While Mooresville has deep historic roots, it is home to plenty of new construction, ranging from multi-million-dollar mansions to classic one-story ranch-style homes. Because of its location on Lake Norman, waterfront homes are popular in the area. Some condos and townhomes are also available.
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