Posted by: Roby Robertson | March 12, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate: Davidson is a Great Little Town

Lake Norman and Davidson, Enough Said!

Davidson may be best known for the way it has managed growth. Strict rules have helped preserve a small, college-town atmosphere. In Davidson, new neighborhoods must incorporate a variety of lot sizes and housing types, including making 12.5 percent of the housing affordable. Davidson College is an independent liberal arts school with an enrollment of about 1,700 students. Davidson is minutes from Lake Norman and it’s vast array of fun things to do. Besides the college, Davidson is home to River Run Country Club, one of the finest golf course communites in the area.

HISTORY: The town was incorporated in 1879 as Davidson College and renamed Davidson in 1891. The area was surrounded by farms and remained rural into the 20th century. The annexation of River Run in 1991 changed the town’s dynamics and shifted priority from Main Street.

LANDMARKS: The quaint buildings on the campus of Davidson College, which was founded in 1837.

WHAT THE LOCALS KNOW: The Soda Shop on Main Street is the place to go for a great black and white milkshake, regardless of the temperature outside. There’s good fishing off the Griffith Street bridge at Roosevelt Wilson Park.

ON THE JOB: Local businesses, such as Raeford’s Barbershop, line Main Street. But with 1,400 employees and 177 acres, Ingersoll-Rand’s corporate and manufacturing campus is the largest employer. Davidson College employs 750 people.

CHOW: For gourmet with a Southern flair, try Kudzu on the Green at 101 N. Main St. Restaurant X at 408 S. Main St. has an eclectic menu that in part reflects where owners Christopher and Christina Phillips are from: London, England and Belfast, Northern Ireland, respectively.

SEE THE SIGHTS: Davidson’s quaint Main Street is perfect for warm weather strolls up to the historic Davidson College campus.

DON’T MISS: Concerts on the Green during spring and summer months. And live music on Thursdays at Summit Coffeehouse.

Some Davidson Activities

CHRISTMAS IN DAVIDSON:Charming, see everyone you’ve ever known. Love the doggie fashion show where everyone’s a winner.

DAVIDSON COMMUNITY PLAYERS: Every performance is a delight and you see everyone you know on stage or in the audience. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org

SHOPS ON MAIN STREET: Strolling down the street is relaxing and so productive — there’s ice cream, coffee, music, books, newspapers, presents, clothes and food. www.downtowndavidson.org

DAVIDSON COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAMES: These games are so exciting, clean and safe and a delightful place to see a cross-section of all the parts of Davidson. www.davidson.edu

GREEN ACTIVITIES: The lawn in front of the library on Main Street is a hub of activity. Davidson kids hang out after school, there are weekend free concerts, Veteran’s Day events and often someone juggling.

Davidson Quick Facts

FOUNDED: 1879

POPULATION: 11,112

AVERAGE HOME VALUE: $369,758

AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $115,516

LOCAL TAX RATE: $0.345 per $100

Check out these other posts to assist you.

Davidson Homes For Sale

Huntersville, Lake Norman’s Progressive Family Town  

On the West Side of Lake Norman, Denver NC

Cornelius is a Lake Norman Town Gone from Mills to Upscale Shops  

Lake Norman’s Best Kept Secret, Sherrills Ford 

Source of Information; Charlotte Observer.

Contact Information

Roby Robertson

704 451 7051

Lake Norman is a wonderful place to live and raise a family!

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