I’m still in the Piedmont NC Best Places to live of Charlotte Metropolitan area. And I still have some of the Piedmont NC best places to live small cities, towns and communities to share with you for relocation or retirement.
So….welcome to this week’s edition of …The Carolina Report!
Last week we ended up on the west side of Charlotte and south of Lake Norman.
Today we’re going to look at a trio of small towns in the vicinity of our last Piedmont NC Best Places to live of Gastonia.
I’m sure you can see by now there are some truly wonderful smaller towns and cities in the Charlotte area.
Piedmont NC best places to live that offer you everything. From affordability to high quality of living. And just maybe one of the Piedmont NC Best Places to live we visit may be your best place to call home in North Carolina.
Oh, and don’t forget the beauty of it all – is that the big city of Charlotte NC. And all it has to offer is just down the road. You don’t have to live in Charlotte but its convenient to visit anytime you like!
Speaking of visiting we might as well get moving to first on our list this week of Piedmont NC Best Places to live.
A small town nicknamed the “Front Porch of the Blue Ridge Mountains.” The Piedmont NC Best Places to live small city of Shelby NC population 20,429.
Located at the point where the Blue Ridge foothills and South Mountains meet. About 20 miles west of Gastonia NC and 40 minutes from Charlotte NC.
Shelby NC is the kind of pedestrian friendly small cities I want to hang out in.
Walk along the tree-lined streets leading you through the business and historic districts. Past a classic courthouse square to a beautiful renovated old post office.
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Now a wonderful little Art Center and you’ll be impressed by this small cities very genuine civic pride.
It’s no wonder that Shelby NC was one of the first North Carolina Main Street communities. It’s friendly, warm and embracing small town atmosphere(it’s really a small city) and ample local natural beauty really puts you at ease.
There is a small arts and craft scene surrounding the Art Center. A wonderful county historical museum. And people in Shelby like to take in the many local seasonal festivals as well.
Beautiful green recreational spaces like City Park and being close enough to the mountains to enjoy a pleasant climate and all sorts of outdoor recreation. Including numerous golf courses.
Fishing and boating on nearby H. Moss Lake make Shelby NC quite a find.
And much like Gastonia last week, another great thing about this NC Best Places to live small city is a median home value of $112,800!!!
Second on our list of Piedmont NC Best Places to live today bills itself as “Playful City USA.” Nice right?
Mt. Holly NC population 13,756.
Seriously with a nickname like that how could you not want to check this out?
Mt. Holly NC sits almost halfway between Charlotte and Gastonia NC just north of Interstate 85.
If you’re wondering what makes Mt. Holly “Playful City USA” it was actually an award from a nonprofit that actively promotes more play opportunities for children.
So, that tells me something.
The residents of this North Carolina small city care about the quality of life for their family. Their planning for it and putting their money where their mouth is.
Once an old mill town and railway stop, Mt. Holly NC has done much to revitalize its historic downtown. Which has turned it into one of the Piedmont NC best places to live small cities. Yet it stills pays homage to the past. While finding new uses for old spaces like an old textile mill that is now an impressive city hall building.
In addition to the quaint small shops, salons, coffee shops and restaurants you’ll find downtown, the city has also taken advantage of its location near Charlotte to attract new businesses as well.
Throw in some wonderful parks and a pretty extensive new greenway system. A calming small town atmosphere, good climate and outdoor recreational activities.
And last on our list today of NC Best Places to live…
We’ll head about 30 minutes northwest of Mt. Holly just off US 321 to the city of Lincolnton NC, population 10,683.
Lincolntonmay sit in the shadow of Charlotte and Gastonia but it is called “North Carolina’s Best Kept Secret” for a good reason.
Lincolnton’s great civic pride and rich history shows itself. In its classic downtown centered on a stately courthouse and tree lined streets.
To the four main roads that spread out from Lincolnton to cut the city and its various old neighborhoods into four distinct sections.
Residents in Lincolnton are friendly and love the old flavor of the city. In Lincolnton NC there is a genuine sense of community and connectedness.
Here again is another small city in the Charlotte area with a very strong arts and culture scene. In Lincolnton it is centered on the Lincoln Cultural Center.
The Cultural Center is home to a theater guild, arts council, historic association, choral guild and on and on.
Last time I was in Lincolnton NC they sponsored everything from pottery workshops and Open Air Shakespeare performances to popular movies. Even a Beatles tribute band performance so you can see there’s a lot to see and do in Lincolnton.
I’d also have to put in a word for how much natural beauty you’ll find around Lincolnton. From the green rolling hills and fertile farmland on the west side of town all the way over to the waters of Lake Norman on its east side.
And of course, outdoor recreation is also an important outlet around here as well.
Great location, safe and an active small city. Wonderful arts community, natural beauty and a low median home value of $131,500 make Lincolnton NC a very special best place to live.
Come back again next week and see where we end up “around” Piedmont NC Best Places To Live small cities and towns in Charlotte!
Have a great weekend.
Post Updated January 2014
Robert Bencivenga is a professional site locator and location analyst for major corporations. Robert researches the growth of NC and SC to find the Best Places to Retire or Relocate that are still affordable.
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