Due to its proximity to Lake Norman, Cornelius has a laid back feel. The lake was created in 1963 by damming the Catawba River, with 520 miles of shoreline, Cornelius has approximately 17 miles of shoreline, the largest of all the municipalities on the lake.
The population doubled from 2000 to 2010 experiencing tremendous growth, and now more than 27,000 people call this 15 mile lake community home.
It’s a popular place for families looking for world class waterfront living – located just 25 minutes north of Charlotte.
Love of the Outdoors
Residents love being outside and are busy biking, hiking, boating, fishing and more. They can take advantage of several beautiful local parks, like Jetton Park and Ramsey Creek Park, both with water access.
Incredible Clubs and Amenities
Cornelius is home to both The Peninsula Club, and The Peninsula Yacht Club, they feature world class sailing, golf, tennis, and outdoor amenities.
Charming Planned Communities
The community also sports numerous smaller enclaves along its scenic shoreline, while just inland are situated great planned communities like Robbins Park, Heron Harbor, and its charming historic district along Catawba Avenue and Main Street, which dates back to the 1800’s.
Both the job market and housing stats regularly draw media attention. One week, reports show that hiring is up and salaries are on the rise, and that home prices are increasing and inventory is on the rise. Then you might catch a story about a layoff or lack of homes for sale and flat prices.
While there will always be markets in the country that aren’t as fast-tracked as others, it doesn’t mean they will finish last in the race.
Recovery is still evident, as trends show stability to steady improvement.
In the Charlotte region, for the week ending April 11:
New Listings decreased 6.4% to 1,232
Pending Sales increased 39.5% to 1,014
Inventory decreased 18.7% to 13,119
For the month of March:
Median Sales Price increased 9.9% to $189,000
List to Close decreased 2.2% to 133
Percent of Original List Price Received increased 1.5% to 94.6%
By: Eric Zientek – Realtor Ivester Jackson Christie’s Int’l
Looking out the glass doors of his chalet-style home as the sun filters through trees onto holes #10 and #11, it’s not difficult to understand why Mark Stephens heads to the mountains at least every other summer weekend to High Meadows Golf and Country Club in Roaring Gap, N.C.
Stephens, the president of the club, takes us upstairs to the main level where timbered ceilings tower over the open floor plan, gas flames flicker in the fireplace, and jazz music simmers in the air. He stands beside the rough-hewn cedar dining table built by a local craftsman as he tells us about the club.
Stephens has been a member for 16 years, and like a third of the club’s 300 members, he lives and works in Charlotte and travels the hour and a half up I-77 to High Meadows for his weekend escapes.
That short distance from Charlotte is one of the major draws for Stephens. It’s close enough to get up early on a Saturday for the drive to Roaring Gap, enjoy a round of golf, have lunch with friends, and return for dinner in the city that evening, he said.
Throughout the 18-hole course, golfers are treated to gorgeous views of mountains and a lake near the clubhouse. Touches of history dot the course that was once hunting ground for Cherokee tribes. The remains of the chimney of the first settlers linger by hole #12, and near the #9 and #7 tee boxes lay the remnants of demolished moonshine stills.
The renowned George Cobb designed the High Meadows course in 1963, and it was opened in 1964. Over his lifetime, Cobb designed more than 100 golf courses worldwide, including Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte in 1961 and Cabarrus Country Club in Concord in 1966.
The course was designed with “playability” for the average player in mind: There are no blind holes, and despite its location in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the course itself has a “player friendly” elevation.
Stephens said the club has been approached by the North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championships, and while they won’t know until later this year if they have been selected for the championship game, being under consideration “is an affirmation that we’ve got a great place here,” Stephens said.
While many clubs can tend toward the male-centric, High Meadows boasts active and successful men’s and women’s associations.
“Our LGA is amazing,” Stephens said.
The club also has a full-service golf shop with equipment, apparel, and PGA professionals on hand for club customization and repair, as well as private, semi-private, and group lessons.
The place where everybody knows your name
History lives on in the smile of Bobby Davis, son of club founder Robert Glenn (Redbird) Davis. As we passed through the clubhouse, Bobby leaned over the counter of the Side Door Lounge, chatting with food service staff, cheeks red from the wind for which the town is named. Bobby, who was nine years old when the club opened, helped his family with operations in the early years.
“He was our first bus boy, our first hamburger flipper,” said Mark Updike, the general manager of the property. Now, Bobby drives his father’s original silver gray 1963 Cadillac over for a cup of coffee and a round of golf.
That small town, family feel extends across the membership, and is never more apparent than during meals in the member dining room. With the network of rustic trails, members often ride their golf carts in for dinner and mingle during happy hour. Updike calls this “hug and kiss” time.
“It’s pulling teeth to get everyone into the dining room!” he said.
The camaraderie and fellowship is what draws new members in and keeps current members coming.
“As a member in the club, you pretty much know everybody. The bartender knows what drink you like. It’s a lot of fun,” Stephens said.
Floor to ceiling windows in the dining room look out on the first hole, and in warmer months, members eat dinner outside on the deck extending out from the dining room.
At 3,200 feet above sea level, High Meadows is in a humidity/temperature sweet spot. Temperatures hover 10 to 15 degrees lower than those in Charlotte all through the humid months of summer. Having a lower elevation than other mountain-area clubs also means that it has a longer golf season, running April through October, and sometimes even into November.
The community consists of between 250-300 mountain-style homes connected by nine miles of private roads that are kept up year round by members. Homes range in price from the $200,000s up to more than $1 million. Around the curve of the narrow road and tucked in groves of trees are a range of styles from simple and elegant mountain chalet homes, to French Country, modern designs, old build and new build and multi-million-dollar homes that perch on ledges looking out over 180-degree views of Stone Mountain State Park. On a clear day, the view extends 75 miles to Grandfather Mountain, Stephens said.
The grounds include tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and a pool house that will likely be renovated into a fitness center. Visitors enter the clubhouse through its timbered post-and-beam A-frame entrance. The new stone floor leads to a stone fireplace that stretches across the room. Golfers head downstairs to the men’s and women’s locker rooms and the golf shop.
With Stone Mountain State Park five miles away and the New River just 25 minutes away, guests and members can enjoy canoeing and rafting, fly fishing, hiking, camping, and picnicking. Roaring Gap is also situated near Yadkin Valley wine country, including the Jones Von Drehle winery just down the hill. The club’s wine list, in addition to high-end international vintages, features four local wines.
For those looking to get away from the hustle of city life, this is certainly the place. The nearest towns where one might find groceries and gas are Sparta, 11 miles to the north, and Elkin, 18 miles to the south. Alleghany County has made an agreement not to allow box stores, so guests and residents can be assured that the local vibe will remain maintained without any colossal red bull’s eyes rising up to blot the mountain view.
The club enjoys a warm bond with surrounding communities. The mayor of Sparta is a member, and over the past two years, the club has raised more than $24,000 through tournaments for non-profit organizations in Alleghany County.
“We want them to be as successful as we are,” Updike said.
Camp Cheerios, a YMCA camp, neighbors the community’s property, and many members send their children to the camp during the summer, Stephens said.
Membership profile and stats
The club boasts 300 members who come from all walks of life and all over the country. There are an additional 70 people in the dining-only club with a one-year waiting list.
About a third of the members live there year round, including several local business owners, while another third live in another state part of the year and summer at High Meadows. The final third is a growing percentage of club members who, like Stephens, are weekenders from nearby cities, including Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and Greensboro. About 50 percent of members also hold a membership in another club.
About 80 percent of the members are older than 50, with the demographics split, 40 percent are 70 years or older, and 50 percent are between 50 and 70 years old.
For more information on the course and club at High Meadows, contact Mark Updike, General Manager/COO at (336)363-2622 or Mark@highmeadowscountryclub.com. To learn more about real estate at High Meadows, contact Eric A. Zientek with Ivester Jackson, Christie’s International Real Estate: (704)840-4785 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The luxury market in the Charlotte region is evolving,” explains Reed Jackson, managing partner of Ivester Jackson Distinctive Properties, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate.
Click on image above to read full article “For the Love of Luxury” in the most recent issue of Urban Home Magazine.
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By Alison Smith – NC and SC Broker/Realtor, Ivester Jackson Christie’s Int’l
Lake Norman Real Estate is Heating Up
Things are heating up around Lake Norman…buyers are busy purchasing their dream homes in the popular sought after communities of Davidson, Huntersville, Cornelius and the West and North Shores of the lake.
Lake Norman”s total Inventory had modest gains of about 5% across all price ranges, getting a boost from the $500k+ price points.
Total Pendings were up by 11% in the $250k-$400k range and up 30% over $500k.
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Most significant is The Peninsula doubling pendings in both the $500-$1mill and $1mill-$2mill price ranges.
Mooresville and The Point also saw a nice uptick in pendings and closings.
Davidson was up only slightly on the higher end, but up a healthy 47% in the $250k-$400k range.
Showings were also up in The Peninsula with a nice bump in the $1mill-$2mill.
Buyers are out there and looking, so now is a great time to sell at the lake.
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A quick search on Pinterest and we found”Family Photo Walls” like this one, with the description “A way to get all the people you love into one room at the same time…keep them near and dear.”