South Charlotte Newcomers!

Great happenin's in Charlotte, NC!


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.


Ladies NEW to CHARLOTTE – Just for You! February 12, 2011

Maureen wants you to know…

… that there is a special program for women new to the Charlotte area that kicks off this week!  This program is affectionately known as “Moving on After Moving In” and is a several week scripturally-based study and sharing group which acts as a big Southern Welcome to Charlotte! This program was the brain child (no, heart child) of Susan Miller, whose husband’s job in the hotel industry resulted in 14 moves during the first part of their married life!  When she finally found herself moving from Grits to Guacamole (the telling name of one of the book’s early chapters!), i.e., from her beloved South to the desert of Arizona, she was inspired to write a book outlining the spiritual journey she found herself living out.  This fabulous book, After the Boxes are Unpacked, Moving On After Moving In, has touched the hearts of many who read it during the “Moving On” program.  Next Wednesday, February 16th will mark the 11th set of Moving On sessions to take place at St. Matthew Catholic Church  Our parish has ministered to over 250 newcomers since the Spring of 2006, and many in the group have found deep friendship and renewed spirituality from fellow participants and sharing in both the succinct words of Susan Miller and the comforting scriptural passages contained in each chapter.   This Moving On class is available at other places of worship in south Charlotte, including Calvary Church, Church at Charlotte, and Harrison United Methodist Church in Pineville.  For more information about Moving On class locations and descriptions, as well as incredible resources to calm the just-moved heart, please visit Susan’s website.  There you can find links to the contact information for the other program locations mentioned, “meet” and contact the Just Moved team, or just order the book (and another one of her hits, But Mom, I Don’t Want to Move!) for your own use at home. 

For additional information about the Moving On program at St. Matthew Church, feel free to give me a call (704.605.5444) or shoot me an email at

Thanks and once again, WELCOME NEWCOMERS!!


Welcome to Charlotte’s BIG CHILL! December 14, 2010

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Maureen wants you to know –

It’s really NOT usually this cold in Charlotte!! 

So many of you who are new to the area from points north were probably looking forward to a mild winter for a change – and here it is, frosty as can be in Charlotte, NC, and it’s not even WINTER  yet!

The official records say that Charlotte’s average Dec-Jan temperature range is lows in the 30’s to highs in the 50’s!  We need to send these temps in the teens packin’ back to the North Pole.  And get ready for Charlotte’s real winter time dilemma – the prospect of snow (which is apparently threatening our southern peace and tranquility for the end of this week!).  Those of you from (supposedly!) less temperate climates are about to be amazed by what the thought of snow does to our fair city.

Here are some critical do’s and don’t’s for Charlotte Winter Weather –

  • First of all, when you hear a forecast of snow, DO be one of the first ones to the grocery if you even think you may run low in the milk and bread department.  You wouldn’t want to be one of those people shown on the evening news who didn’t get the memo in time to help deplete the stores of these items. 
  • Secondly, DO rush to your favorite hardware store (Blackhawk Hardware at Park Road Shopping Center is a local favorite for a snow shovel (you probably left your snow blower in your last garage!), ice melt, and fun sledding toys for the kids.  Hurry over there, too, because southern supplies are limited!
  • Speaking of the kiddies, DO plan on having them home from school for extended periods if there is an inch or more of snow accumulation – yes, feel free to read it again, I said an INCH!  Reasons are numerous but include the fact that there are only approximately 35 snowplows available for snow removal, and get ready – they will plow only main thoroughfares in a snow event; most drivers (including school bus drivers!) are inexperienced winter-weather drivers so will likely (and thankfully) not want to be out on the roads; and even when the snow melts by day, if overnight temps dip below freezing, we have treacherous black ice conditions to deal with the next morning.
  • DO stay tuned to the local TV stations and computer/smart phone weather apps for the onslaught of weather related closings of schools, churches, and businesses.
  • DO Keep plenty of batteries in stock as we have a history of ice storms and subsequent power outages in our region.  You may even want to consider talking to your new friends at Blackhawk Hardware (or Sears, or Home Depot, Lowes, or elsewhere) about a gas-powered generator to light up your house and power your appliances in the event of a winter (or other) weather emergency.
  • So, DON’T worry, but instead, enjoy the BIG CHILL the best you can – stay cozy, grab the blankets, light the Christmas tree (or the candles and/or gas fireplace if the power goes out!), be sure to add wine to your emergency grocery supply list, gather your favorite friend(s) and family, and look forward to our Carolina blue skies and bright sunshine to come to the rescue soon!

Soon to come – how to enjoy Carolina outdoor winter activities and nearby ski resorts…