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CHARLOTTE IS HOPPIN’ INTO SPRING March 20, 2016

 

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Charlotte is bursting with a spring color spectacular! Every neighborhood is a sea of pink and green. White pear trees shower every passing car with beautiful snow- white blossoms and the daffodils’ bright yellow spots of sunshine are in every yard.
Children are anxiously awaiting the Easter Bunny and families are welcoming their neighbors and friends to their homes and churches to celebrate.

The Easter bunny will be visiting Charlotte throughout the Easter weekend and families have several options of egg hunting fun venues!
In South Charlotte egg hunters and bunny seekers can hop about starting in the beautiful Ballantyne area.
Ballantyne Village will have free pictures with the Easter Bunny, crafts and more on March 26th, from 1-3pm. This busy shopping and eating area offers many restaurants, salons, shops and even a movie theatre to keep the entire family entertained!
Easter brunch will be offered in the Ballroom at The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge on March 27th, 11am-3pm. Live entertainment and a visit from the Easter Bunny will be a part of your delicious culinary experience.
An Easter Tea will celebrate the season at the Hotel and Lodge Wednesday, march 23rd through Saturday, March 2th, 1-5pm. Tea sweets and savories menu will accompany your loose leaf tea sipping selection.
Join in the hunt at the Easter Eggstravaganza in Elon Park on March 26th 9am-12pm. Hunt for eggs, play games and dance to the music!
Ballantyne Kidzart will offer special Easter activities on March 26th. Bring the whole family and explore your artistic side!
Venturing just minutes from South Charlotte will bring you more spring fun!
Carowinds Easter Eggstravaganza and Spring break on March 25th –April 3rd will have you screaming on the Fury rollercoaster, along with getting your picture taken with Eggward the Easter Bunny and Snoopy!
The quaint, historical town of Matthews is just 10 minutes from bustling South Charlotte. Stumptown Park is the place for fantastic music, fun and food. Join in the Food Truck Friday festivities on March 25th, 5-9pm.
Spring Fling at Hodges Family Farm is a country Easter minutes from the metropolitan bustle of Charlotte. Old- fashioned fun will include sack and spoon races, interacting with barn animals (especially the bunnies) and, of course, an Easter egg hunt! The country fun begins on March 26th at 10am.

Easter weekend in Charlotte will offer the grownups some much-deserved fun away from the kids, Easter bunny and egg hunts! Bunny Hop Bar Crawl on March 26th and 27th begins at Rooftop 210. Pick up your t-shirt and complete the tasks while enjoying beverages and prizes!
The Fillmore Charlotte presents PAPADOSIO on March 25th. This Indie-Rock experience unfolds as the night goes on, creating a live, earthy livetronica act. Also at the Fillmore, Trial by Fire a Tribute to Journey will have you traveling down a favorite band and memory lane. You will be happily humming “Don’t stop Believin” for days. Saturday, March 26th at 8:00pm.
Winter Jam 2016 at Time Warner Cable Arena will be a Christian musical experience for all fans of the most popular Christian bands! Enjoy the musical praise on March 26th doors open at 5pm.
Dale Earnhardt’s Whiskey River Tavern will offer a spring balloon drop on March 25th-26th at 9pm. Hundreds of balloons and cash will be dropping from the ceiling as rock and country music fans dance!

The celebration of Easter will have Charlotte’s many churches swelled with parishioners joyous at the risen Christ, families and friends enjoying the beautiful spring weather at Easter egg hunts and music filling Uptown.
Happy Easter!
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BALLANTYNE IN-FILL COMMUNITIES FULFILL HOUSING DEMAND August 3, 2015

This iconic archway marks the entrance of Ballantyne Village and the community of Ballantyne, a suburb of Charlotte NC located near the South Carolina border. The 2,000-acre mixed-use development was created by land developer Howard C. Smokey Bissell.

Ballantyne in South Charlotte is one of the most coveted locations for homebuyers.

Great neighborhoods, schools, restaurants, shopping and movie theaters, all within a ten-mile radius, are causing builders in this gorgeous part of Charlotte scrambling to fulfill housing demand.

Home seekers looking for safe, beautiful neighborhoods with upscale homes and apartments will find their wishes fulfilled with several new in-fill communities being built within the Ballantyne area.

Meritage Homes continues to build out Olde Blakeney on Blakeney Heath Road. These single- family homes are priced $469,990 to $594,00. This luxury new home construction has many Energy Star features. There are five home plan options to choose from and one home available for move-in. A new model is open for viewing.Just around the corner, a half-mile away on Bryant Farm Road, Meritage Homes is also building The Enclave at Olde Blakeney. Meritage Homes representatives state that this coming-soon community will be selling at the end of 2015.

Ryland Homes is a busy builder in the Ballantyne area. The Manor at Oakhaven is located on Old Ardrey Kell Road. This charming community will have 38 home sites with range in square feet from 2,800 to over 4,000. Ryland Homes is also offering two new neighborhoods of single- family homes on Providence Road West. Coming in the fall of 2015, Oakhaven will be offering just 18 home sites of elegant home designs with 4 sides brick. Prices will range from t $470,00 to $518,000. Also on Providence Road West, The Estates at Oakhaven is under construction and actively selling. 47 home sites will offer homes with a minimum of 4 bedrooms, three sides cementious siding with Brick or Stone fronts.

David Weekley Homes will be offering award-winning homes in the community of Waverly. Located at the intersection of Providence Road and Ardrey Kell Road, the 90-acre community will offer town homes and single family homes. The neighborhood will include a combination of European, traditional and craftsman architecture.

Upscale apartments in Ballantyne are also in high demand. Builders are filling the need with fill-in communities of high-end rentals. Element South’s 281 units will be completed in early 2016. Located on Marvin Road, these one, two and three bedroom apartments will start at $895.00 for studios. Legacy 521 offers new one, two and three bedroom apartments on Lancaster Highway just 5 minutes from Ballantyne. Roof top patios, fitness center and clubhouse will enhance your social and active lifestyle. Prices range from $1,050-$1,775. A few apartments are move-in ready in the first completed building. Reserve your new home by July 31st and receive half off your first month’s rent! Leasing offers are 10-Month, 11-Month and 12-Month.

Solis Ballantyne is a planned mixed-use community on the corner of North Community House and Bryant Farms Road. The community plan includes 194 units of upscale apartments and retail space.

Ballantyne is a much-desired beautiful South Charlotte Community. Builders are fulfilling the demand for homes with thoughtful in-fill communities nestled in this choice area of the Queen City.

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CHARLOTTE CELBRATES FREEDOM WITH FIREWORKS AND FAMILY FUN June 27, 2015

Fourth of July Fireworks burst over Charlotte, North Carolina's, Center City.

Charlotte is celebrating America’s independence in a spectacular way! Fourth of July celebrations will light up the Queen City at several locations convenient for families and friends.

WBT SkyShow will be held in Uptown at the BB&T Ballpark on July 4th. The pre-game fun begins at 2:00 at the SkyShow Street Party. Live music, rides food and fun will take over Mint Street to MLK Jr Blvd. Gates open at 5:00 pm and the crowds can enjoy a showdown between Team USA and Team Cuba. After the game Veterans and military personnel will be honored in a patriotic flag ceremony followed by fireworks.

Charlotte Symphony celebrates patriotism with a Star Spangled Celebration of America. All the patriotic favorites will be played, including “God Bless America”, “America the Beautiful” and much more! Fireworks will top off the celebration at Symphony Park in Southpark on July 3rd.

Carowinds offers an all-new Fireworks Extravaganza on July 4th.Enjoy all the amusement parks rides and swim in Boomerang Bay, then enjoy the fireworks at 10:00pm.

Indian Trail will be celebrating July 4th with a parade and celebration. Bring your blankets and picnic baskets to downtown Indian Trail and test your skills at the watermelon-eating contest!

The charming town of Waxhaw has a July 4th Beach Party with celebration, parade concessions and a 9:30 fireworks display in downtown.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway Bojangles Summer Shootout will be a roaring good time for the whole family on June 30th! Enjoy a Champ truck display and Bandero Racers from across the country battling the front stretch quarter-mile. There will be a HUGE fireworks display to end the evening.

The US White Water Center will offer extra fun at their fourth of July Celebration on July 3-4 with cornhole, music and 9:30 fireworks. Greensky Bluegrass Donovan will provide foot stomping music 90 minutes before the fireworks.

Water and fireworks will also be a great combination at the Lake Wylie Fireworks 9:15pm at Buster Boyd Bridge, N.C.-S.C. on July 4th.

Celebrate freedom throughout Charlotte with picnics, parades ball games and family fun! God Bless America!

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CHARLOTTE WELCOMES ALL GOLF ENTHUSIASTS May 3, 2013

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Charlotte is now humming  spring’s symphonic sounds, sprinkled with just a whisper of pending summer breezes!  Included in the melodies of song birds, children giggling in backyards and the outdoor concerts of The Charlotte Symphony and local bands; is the unmistakable sound of a well-hit golf ball!

Golf is very popular in Charlotte and both private and public courses are sprinkled throughout the Charlotte area.

Some favorite private courses in Charlotte include:

Quail Hollow Club has hosted the PGA Tour in Charlotte each year for the past eleven years, during the first week in May. This prestigious event will be April 29-May 5 in 2013. Quail Hollow Country Club Course and the Clubhouse are located at 3700 Gleneagles Road in Charlotte. Quail Hollow Club has what is considered by many to be one of the finest courses in the southeastern United States. The Quail Hollow layout features numerous bunkers and tree-lined fairways to provide a truly challenging round.  The course features 7,114 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 74.9 and it has a slope rating of 139.

Piper Glen Golf Course opened in 1989 and is Arnold Palmer designed.  The course features a par 72, 6,853 yard course. Located a 4300 Piper Glenn Drive in the lovely Ballantyne area, Piper Glen is a private course.

Ballantyne Golf Course   is a member only course; located at 11120 Ballantyne Crossing Ave.
Tee times can be made up to 30 days in advance online or 10 days in advance by calling the golf pro shop. Driving range and putting greens are available to the public and guests. Located just down the road is the The Ballantyne Resort Golf is a public course offering year-round play. It is a championship PGA course located at 1000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. It is an 18-hole, par 71 course.The Ballantyne Spa and Resort offers beautiful rooms, delicious meals and luxurious spa treatments as a way to end your golf experience.

Charlotte Country Club was founded in 1910 and is located four miles east of bustling uptown Charlotte, in the historic Plaza-Midwood neighborhood. The yardage is 7,335 yards with a 75.9 rating and 146 slope. Charlotte Country Club permits up to six member-sponsored Golf Outings each year.

Carmel Country Club offers members two championship 18-hole courses on 384 acres of landscape. North and South 18-hole courses offer wonderfully different golfing experiences. The club is located at 4735 Carmel Road.

Public Courses are also located throughout South Charlotte, offering a great golfing experience for all!

Some favorite public courses in Charlotte are:

Carolina Lakes Golf Course is a public course located just minutes from the South Charlotte/Ballantyne area. Carolina Lakes Golf club is considered challenging, but fair par 72m 7,024 yard course.

Springfield Golf Club is located in Fort Mill. The Clyde Johnston design is surrounded by trees and is a hilly site. It is a 6,906 yard, par 72 course.

The Golf Links is located at 11500 Providence Road and is considered great for the bargain-hunting golfer.  The course has 6.700 yards of golf, par 71. It is a 18 hole, regulation length course.

Yes, the resounding “thwack!” of golf balls well hit is a true sound of another beautiful spring and summer in Charlotte!   And if YOU would like to live in a Charlotte Golf Course community, call us – there are plenty of wonderful properties currently FOR SALE!  704-541-2500.

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CHARLOTTE ERUPTING IN SPRING BEAUTY April 13, 2013

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CHARLOTTE GARDENS ERUPTING IN SPRING BEAUTY

Charlotte is a city of beauty! The Queen City’s famous canopies of trees, well-kept parks and manicured neighborhoods are the visual feast for all visitors and locals. Charlotte’s mild climate allows it to keep it prettiness throughout the year, but Charlotte in the spring time will leave you breathless with its dazzling display!

Visitors and locals can enjoy the visual feast a Charlotte Spring brings by simply meandering through any of its many gorgeous neighborhoods in South Charlotte. Charlotte also offers a spring time choir of magnificent colors singing in gardens of loveliness.

UNC Charlotte has a charming campus, new football team, great 49er basketball, offers top-notch undergraduate and graduate programs AND is home of the UNC Botanical Gardens. The gardens and greenhouse are open to public. The mission of the garden is to “promote the knowledge and appreciation of plants for educational, environmental and aesthetic purposes.” There are plenty staff to answer questions about the best plants for the Charlotte area climate and your home. Take a relaxing stroll through the cheerful gardens and explore UNC Charlotte’s handsome campus.

The Royal Gardens is tucked away in the darling Elizabeth neighborhood. You could easily miss the Gardens center because appears to be just one of the many charming houses in Elizabeth on 7th avenue. People consider the center a place to have a wonderful conversation and peaceful stroll! The Gardens offers plants for sale and wonderful Southern hospitality. A bubbling brook, pretty  plants, statues and fountains provide a fairy like ethereal atmosphere to enjoy a beautiful spring day in Charlotte.

The McGill Rose Garden is located in First Ward’s Garden District and North Davidson’s Historic Arts District (NoDa). The garden rivals the beauty of any English garden, with the heavenly scent and magnificent colors that are unique to over 1,000 roses. The Rose Garden offers educational programs, a meditation garden for Hospice, hosts special occasions and is open to the public. The Garden has free admission and is appreciative of donations for tours.

Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary has been an important part of the beautiful Charlotte landscape since 1927. Designated as a Historic Site by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Landmarks Commission, the gardens has over three acres of formal gardens and woodland areas all created with loving care to encourage wildlife. The nursery offers favorite perennials, as well as rare and unusual plants for sale, along with an educational story about your plants needs from one of the passionate staff. Enjoy free programs offered at the garden, but be sure to allow yourself the time to enjoy the one hour walk through gorgeous gardens! Wing Haven is located in the regal Myers Park neighborhood.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens  was established in 1991 as a gift from Daniel Jonathan Stowe of nearly 400 acres designated as one of the world’s best botanical gardens. Winding paths, fountains, statues, lawns and an indoor orchid conservatory are just a few of the many delights Daniel Stowe offers. This is a great destination for visitors, families, groups and picnickers! Daniel Stowe is located in Belmont and is easily accessible from Interstate 85.

Homeowners on Charlotte’s beautiful Southside searching for their own personal gardening needs can find lawn and garden supplies at several popular locations.

Southern Styles Nursery and Garden is located at the corner of Rea and Colony roads in Charlotte’s bustling Southside. Experts are available and eager to help you with your gardening needs.

Pike Nurseries, in the  elegant Ballantyne area, gets high marks for customer service and variety. Walking through the darling front store with its garden accessories into the outdoor garden center prepares you for a terrific retail  experience. The staff is knowledgeable and quick to guide you to the specific plants you are seeking. Be sure to sign up as a member to keep track of your requests and get a speedy refund, if needed.

Growers Outlet in sweet, quiet Pineville is a plant lover’s maze of greenery! Make sure to wear your outdoor shoes for an outdoor maze of  mud and endless plant varieties. Grab a large pushcart and maneuver through the endless varieties of trees, plants, shrubs, flowers and garden supplies.

Blackhawk Garden Center in Park Road Shopping Center is a plant lover’s  paradise! The center is filled with plants, fountains, and smiling people. The teams of people available are all experts on plant care and are very happy to discuss any and all garden and lawn topics.

Charlotte is a city of pretty! New here or moving here soon? Enjoy our spectacular Queen City spring by letting one of our great agents help you navigate through our many nonpareil neighborhoods or get going in one of our glorious gardens!  704.541.2500

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QUEEN CITY WOMEN RULE THE POWER LUNCH January 7, 2013

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The holidays are over and it is time to get caught up with friends! The quintessential girlfriend lunch is a wonderful tradition upheld daily in the Queen City. On any given day in Charlotte, you can witness the girlfriend lunch being enjoyed by lovely Charlotteans. The girlfriend lunch takes many forms and Charlotte’s fine repertoire of restaurants can accommodate them all!

The business-woman-girlfriend-lunch is best commenced in a quiet atmosphere. Lulu’s on Central Avenue is just the place for business appointments.  The atmosphere in the 20’s style bungalow house in the trendy Plaza Midwood area, on the border of Uptown, is soft and charming.  The menu features decadent Pommes Frites (hand cut every day) and the Croque Madame Sandwich, to the more delicate Salad Composée.  Business deals will be graciously contracted and deliciously pursued at Lulu’s.  If girlfriends and business lead you to South Charlotte, the Gallery Restaurant at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge has an upscale, quiet atmosphere to engage in negotiations or just happy chit chat!   The menu features a delicious roasted cauliflower soup that can be quietly sipped while contemplating a presentation and a “Express Lunch” tapas style meal that includes a truly picture-perfect plate of a bite-sized sandwich, side dish, a small cup of soup and cute little dessert.   Wooing a business partner or catching up with friends can also be effectively conducted over a shared Grilled Artichoke Appetizer, followed by the light, but amazing Crab Cake Salad at 131 Main in South Charlotte at Blakeney, or one of the fabulous Mediterranean dishes at Ilios Noches at the intersection Providence and Ardrey Kell.  Business women in the Southpark area will appreciate the calm atmosphere and individualized attention at Cafe Monte, a great Southpark area French bistro tucked in the upscale Phillips Place boutique area near the corner of Sharon and Fairview Roads.

The BFF-girlfriend-lunch requires a fun, buzzing atmosphere to allow for gut giggles and relaxation.  BFF lunches do not usually include calorie counting or “just water to drink”.  The Mimosa Grill on Tryon Street is a great gathering place for the BFF friends.  Try the low-country shrimp and grits, and, of course, a mimosa!   Blackthorne Restaurant on North Community House Road in South Charlotte is also a suitable BFF lunch destination.  The Duck Confit French Dip with one Bubbly Pear Martini is a delicious indulgence with best friends.  Brixx restaurant in Blakeney off Rea Road has a fun atmosphere with a very dainty Gorgonzola Pear Pizza that seems girly, but packs a punch to your palate.  City Tavern at Stonecrest, in Ballantyne offers a lively atmosphere and extensive menu: try sharing the City Sampler with your BFF.

Book Club gal pals need a large table, lots of room for the kindles and books, and a relaxed atmosphere.  The Terrace Café In Ballantyne Village is a South Side favorite and a great book club meeting sight.   Firebirds, located at Stonecrest in Ballantyne has a cheerful atmosphere and large booths and tables for all your book club friends.

All the pleasantries and serious intellectual conversations are in need of bright lighting with a cheery atmosphere!  Amélies French Bakery and Café in the popular art district of North Davidson (NoDa) also has a well-lit, eclectic, Parisian, shabby-chic atmosphere perfect for you and your book club gal pals to sink into a comfy couch and enjoy your book critiques.  Try the tomato fennel soup and a croquet-en bouche (think lots of cream and caramel) for dessert from the endless options on the bakery menu.

Charlotte is a city of women working and supporting each other professionally and personally.  Take a girlfriend lunch and appreciate girl power in the Queen City!

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CHARLOTTE FALLS INTO BRILLIANT COLOR October 11, 2012

Autumn is a visual feast for North Carolinians! In North Carolina, you’ll find vibrant autumn color from the first weeks of October through early November. Our brilliant annual show of bright reds, vivid oranges and deep golds meanders its way down to Charlotte, starting at higher elevations such as Mount Mitchell and Grandfather Mountain and slowly ripples down through mountains, foothills and Piedmont in the weeks that follow.

 North Carolina’s earliest and most vibrant fall foliage occurs in the beautiful mountains, located in the western part of the state, with leaf admirers enjoying spectacular fall color a little later in the season in many areas of the North Carolina Piedmont, including Charlotte.

Newcomers to Charlotte are often heard saying “It is so green”! Our beautiful green trees that give us such a spectacular show in the fall are no mistake. The City of Charlotte Tree Ordinance Originally adopted in 1978, protects trees in the public right of way, and those on private property as they relate to development. The Ordinance also requires tree planting with new construction. Charlotte takes great pride in maintaining its beauty by adhering to environmental regulations and preserving aesthetic standards!

The neighborhoods in Charlotte, whether the newer Ballantyne area or in the older, more historic sections of the city, are all breathtaking in the fall! Take the time this fall to drive or take a stroll down some of Charlotte’s most beautiful tree lined streets. Just taking a quick trip to the neighborhood grocery store down Ballantyne Commons Parkway in South Charlotte can be a delightful diversion when you are surrounded by the amazing kaleidoscope of trees along the way. Myers Park neighborhood is popular for its canopy of majestic oak trees and elegant homes. Dilworth is also one of Charlotte’s most picturesque neighborhoods. Throughout Dilworth you will find families enjoying the convenience of long sidewalks and front porches to admire the wonderful view of their colorful yards.

Enjoy the feel of crisp fall weather in Charlotte! You just need to roll the car windows, take a stroll or eat outside to admire the wondrous sight of brilliant color slowly unfolding as Charlotte welcomes the fall season!

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