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Exploring the Mount Pleasant Historic District

Exploring the Mount Pleasant Historic District

Exploring the Mount Pleasant Historic District

Mount Pleasant, NC is a town steeped in history. Located between the bustling cities of Charlotte and Raleigh – two of the most economically significant cities in the region – Mount Pleasant is an important point along NC Highway 49, which passes through most of the state’s burgeoning Piedmont Region.

Despite being right in the middle of the state’s economic boom, Mount Pleasant has maintained its timeless small-town charm that makes it a great place to live. There are two historic districts in the town – the Mount Pleasant Historic District and the Mount Pleasant Collegiate Historic District, both holding timeless reminders of the region’s long and storied past.

If you’re new to area, a visit to Mount Pleasant Historic District is a must. Here are some things you ought to know about this notable destination.

A brief history of Mount Pleasant

In the 1700s, Mount Pleasant was known as “Mount Comfort”, a stopping place for travelers, which was really nothing more than a campsite. As the years progressed, this stop grew in popularity and before long, a small village emerged. Because of its picturesque location, the village was named Mount Pleasant in the 1830s. German settlers slowly drifted in, and by 1859, the population had increased enough for incorporation as a town.

In the years prior to the Civil War, a few roads were added to Mount Pleasant. But unlike its neighbors, and despite efforts by the town’s residents, it never had a railroad connection. When cotton production was introduced to the area, Mount Pleasant was transformed into a trading community. The textile industry was born, followed by the lumber industry and grist mills.

Mount Pleasant Historic District

Entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, the Mount Pleasant Historic District holds precious remnants of the town’s earliest days. It is made up of 184 properties along a tree-lined two-mile stretch of Main and Franklin Streets. These properties include a collection of homes in the Gothic Revival, Greek Revival, Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, and Bungalow styles. They represent the evolution of Mount Pleasant through various eras, from its agricultural origins to its efforts in industrialization.

A few of the most interesting buildings and structures here are:

  • Dr. J.L. Henderson’s home
    Located at 124 North Main Street, this is the oldest house in the district. It was built in 1840 in the Greek Revival style and was the home of the town physician until after 1900. Its rich Greek temple-like details make it particularly notable.
  • The Rev. John D. Scheck home
    Found at 406 North Main Street, the home was built in 1844 also in the Greek Revival style and was the residence of a Lutheran pastor. The property features a beautiful octagonal gazebo built in 1898.
  • The Kindley Cotton Mill
    Located on West Franklin Street, the Kindley Cotton Mill welcomes visitors to the historic district. It was the first textile mill built in Mount Pleasant from 1896 to 1897.
  • The Tuscarora Cotton Mill
    Situated on East Franklin and Barringer Streets, the mill was the second in Mount Pleasant, and was built in 1901.
  • The Mount Pleasant Milling Company
    Located at 143 East Franklin Street, the Mount Pleasant Milling Company consolidated a number of smaller grist mills into one complex It was one of the most significant non-textile businesses in the town when it was built in 1890.

Want to learn more about living in Mount Pleasant and your real estate options in this historic town? We will be happy to help. Get in touch with us, The Gallagher Group at Southern Homes, at 704.960.0009, or leave us a note here.

Does It Pay to Have Your Home Staged?

Does It Pay to Have Your Home Staged?

Does It Pay to Have Your Home Staged?

Should you have your home staged? Staging your home before putting it on the market can mean investing on the services of a professional home stager. If you do decide to stage your home on your own, you may still need to spend on such things as storage, professional cleaning, the right décor, and perhaps, even a few furniture pieces.

However, you can also benefit greatly from home staging. Here are some of the advantages you get:

Staging can help boost your home’s desirability

Whether it’s a buyer market or a seller’s market, home staging has become more important than ever. First of all, your competitors are likely doing it. Second, because of the popularity of home staging and interior design shows on TV, many buyers expect something that looks straight out of these shows when they go home shopping.

Several studies have shown that home staging can help you sell your property faster and at a better price.

  • The Real Estate Staging Association reported that staged homes can sell in as fast as 18 to 25 days, compared to non-staged homes that sell at an average of 107 days. This translates to savings of around $13,600 from mortgage payments and other homeownership expenses.
  • The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that a majority of agents thinks home staging has a positive impact on sellers
  • According to the NAR report, around half of the surveyed agents reported an increase in the dollar value of staged homes from 1% to more than 20%, with most cases of increased values coming in the 1% to 10% range.

Staging can make your home look good in photos

According to the NAR, 95% of buyers start their home search online. This highlights the importance of using outstanding photos in your listing. Home staging can make your home look like those properties featured in design magazines and interior design shows. When done well, it can enhance your home’s best features while downplaying the not-so-good ones. A professional photographer can then use right angles and lighting to showcase your home in the best possible light.

Staging makes it easier for buyers to see themselves living in the home

The ultimate goal of home staging is to make buyers fall in love with your home and want it to be their own. This means making it easier for them to imagine living in the space and seeing its potential. An empty house can make it difficult – most people need a model to see a space’s design possibilities. Conversely, a cluttered room with your personal photos, knick-knacks, and memorabilia can distract buyers from imagining living in the space. This is why decluttering and depersonalizing are two of the most important elements of home staging.

Staging can make a space look bigger and brighter

It’s not a secret that a bright, airy, and spacious home is far more appealing than a dark and cramped one. Home staging can help you achieve the desired effect in your home – even when you do have some size or lighting limitations. Using furniture with the right proportion to the room, minimizing clutter, adding mirrors and glass décor – these and more home staging tricks can work in making your home feel more spacious and inviting.

At The Gallagher Group at Southern Homes, we can help you stage your home as part of your listing services. We work with a professional stager and our broker Kris Gallagher has formal training in interior design. If you want to learn more, get in touch with us at 704.960.0009, or leave us a note here.

Why Downsizing Your Home is a Good Idea

Why Downsizing Your Home is a Good Idea

Why Downsizing Your Home is a Good Idea

Back in the 1950s to the 1970s, when families were bigger, homes in the United States were much smaller, averaging only around 1,000 square feet to 1,600 square feet. Today, the average home size in the country is around 2,600 square feet.

If you’re looking for a new home, one of the things to ask yourself is, do you really need all that space? This is important to ask, particularly if the children have grown and left the nest.

Downsizing may seem counterintuitive, but if you look at the bigger picture, you’ll find it makes plenty of sense.

Here’s a look at some of the benefits you can get from downsizing:

  • It can boost your retirement fund
    A smaller, less expensive home means lower mortgage payments, which means extra money that you can put toward retirement. For example, instead of paying $1,900 a month in mortgage, you can downsize and pay $1,400 a month, instead. You can then invest the $500 monthly savings into an IRA or another retirement account, which can potentially grow to over $1 million in 30 years. The longer you can put off retirement, the more money you’ll have saved.
  • It can free you from debt
    Selling your current home might just earn enough to purchase a smaller home with cash, if you have enough equity. That means no more mortgage payments to make. Think about what you could do with no mortgage! That said, you do need to think about tax implications, especially if you make a substantial profit from the sale of your home. Be sure to talk to a tax professional first.

    Alternatively, if you move into a home with a smaller mortgage, you can use the savings to pay off your student loan, or any other long-term debt that you may still be paying. Or, you can put the money into other investments that can pay big in the long term.

  • Smaller homes mean less cleaning
    This means you’ll have more time and energy to enjoy hobbies, exercising, socializing, or any activity you find enjoyable.
  • Smaller homes have lower utility bills and other regular expenses
    The cost of heating and cooling a smaller home can be considerably less than a larger home. It will also require less maintenance. Additionally, smaller homes will most likely cost less in insurance and property taxes.
  • A smaller home can mean less clutter
    Moving to a smaller home forces you to finally sort out your belongings and find what items you need and love and which you don’t. The things you no longer want can be given away, sold, or donated. Living in a smaller home also means you probably won’t collect as much unnecessary “stuff.”

Downsizing the right way

If the above sounds like good reasons to you, then it’s probably time to move to a smaller home. To have a smooth, successful transition, work with an experienced Realtor who can give you a good idea about the current value of your home and how much it can possibly fetch on the market. The Realtor can also help you find the right smaller home that meets all your needs and preferences, while providing significant cost savings.

Whether you’re moving across town or into the Concord or Charlotte, NC areas, we at The Gallagher Group at Southern Homes are the Realtors to call. Get in touch with us today here or call 704.960.0009.

Buying a Historic Home? Here’s What You Need to Know

Buying a Historic Home? Here’s What You Need to Know

Buying a Historic Home? Here’s What You Need to Know

Many towns and cities in North Carolina have long histories that you can relive to this day through their historic districts, buildings, and homes. Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of purchasing and restoring a historic home, and now you’re ready to make the investment. Before taking that big step, there are a few things you need to know about what to expect.

  • Historic homes hold their intrinsic values longer

    If the home is registered with the National Register of Historic Places, or even a local historic register or board, it means it is a prime example of a specific architectural style or it represents the spirit of an era. It could also be that a famous person once lived there. Because of their prestige and significance to the community, historic homes tend to hold their value better than other properties.

  • Upgrading and renovating historic homes may be challenging

    A historic designation typically comes with certain restrictions and may limit your options when making changes to the exterior of the home. This could include the paint color, windows, doors, shutters, and other exterior features.

    It’s a good idea to visit the planning and zoning office where the property is located to learn about these requirements and guidelines.

    The North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office carries out the state’s preservation programs and offers grants to qualified homeowners. In addition, most municipalities also have an appointed board or commission that regulates the preservation of historic homes in their community.

    In Charlotte, for example, property owners in designated Local Historic Districts must get permission from the city’s Historic District Commission before carrying out any home renovation project. This is to ensure that each home in the district remains consistent with the character of the neighborhood. Check out this page for the guidelines concerning the preservation of historic homes in the city.

  • There are contractors that specialize in historic homes

    At some point, you’ll most likely need to hire a contractor. There are plenty listed in the telephone book but it’s important to hire a contractor who specializes in historic homes because they’ll know what can be repaired and what should be removed and replaced. These contractors are familiar with the preservation codes in your area and will know what to do to ensure compliance with these codes. This website is a good place to start your search for the right contractor.

  • Renovations and repairs may cost more than in standard homes

    Be prepared for your renovation project to cost more and take longer than anticipated. This is principally because you don’t know what you’ll find behind the walls of an old house. There might be water damage, electrical problems, termites – just about anything. That’s why it’s important to have the home thoroughly inspected by a professional before buying it.

    Additionally, the suitable materials may take longer to find and may cost more. You also need to be aware that some “modern” features, such as a fully equipped gourmet kitchen or a master bath in the bedroom, may not be feasible.

    To help you with repair and renovation expenses, learn about grants and incentives offered to owners of historic homes in your area.

Despite the challenges you may encounter, the prestige and pride that come with owning a historic property are often worth all these. We at The Gallagher Group at Southern Homes can help you find the perfect historic home in Charlotte, Concord, and their surrounding communities, and guide you through the process of buying and owning one. Get in touch with us today here or call 704.960.0009.

Why Choose a New Construction Home

Why Choose a New Construction Home

Why Choose a New Construction Home

When looking for a new home, whether as your residence or as an investment property, it’s important to look at all available options, including new construction. An older home has its own advantages, but one typically comes with hidden costs in the form of needed repairs. And some of those repairs can be quite expensive. Brand new homes in Harrisburg, NC, may cost a little more upfront, but they also offer many benefits that could save you money in the long term.

Here’s what you can expect from a new construction home:

  • Everything is sparkling new. The water heater won’t quit working, the roof won’t leak, all the windows fit properly, the furnace is brand new, and so on. There should be no expensive repairs for a long time – not in the first five years, at least.
  • New homes often come with guarantees or warranties. If something malfunctions or breaks down, it’s not your problem. It’s up to the builder to fix it, and at no cost to you. Some features like windows and doors may come with longer warranties. The new appliances that come with a recent construction are also covered by warranties. Make sure you know what is covered and for how long.
  • They come with the latest features
    There have been numerous breakthroughs in home technology in recent years, including energy-efficient appliances, smart home systems, and water efficient fixtures. Many new homes are built with these upgraded features, along with the latest and most sought-after design trends, such as high ceilings, open floor layouts, granite countertops, and others.

    Most new developments also provide buyers with customization options. If you want to save on costs, you can choose simpler and less expensive finishes. Depending on the builder’s available options, you can also do some modifications on the layout.

  • They conform with the latest safety codes and standards.

    Because newly-built homes follow the latest government codes and regulations, you’re assured of better safety and health conditions for you and your family, including better indoor air quality, fire protection, water quality, and so on.

  • New construction neighborhoods often come with many perks. They tend to have good roads, nice sidewalks, new parks, and better security. Plus, depending on the development, they can also feature exclusive amenities, such as swimming pools, clubhouses, hiking trails, and more. Most of these neighborhoods are also developed in convenient locations, close to schools, groceries, or downtown areas.

Why work with a Realtor in buying a new construction home

You’ll find a number of new homes in Concord, NC and nearby areas, within fantastic new neighborhoods with everything you can ask for. If you’re interested in one, work with a Realtor who can represent you. While you can transact with the builder’s agent, remember that these agents will always have the builder’s interests in mind, first and foremost.

On the other hand, your real estate agent will always look after what’s best for you. They can guide you through the entire process, including:

  • Finding the right property
  • Negotiating. An experienced Realtor will be aware of points for negotiation that you may not know about.
  • Finding a lender
  • Helping you with the paperwork
  • Keep track of the progress of the construction, making sure everything is as agreed with the builder.

It’s also important to keep in mind that just because you’re purchasing a new property doesn’t mean you can skip property inspection. Your real estate agent will help to make this happen, as well.

Interested in a new construction home in Concord, Harrisburg, or nearby NC communities? We at The Gallagher Group at Southern Homes will be happy to help. Call us today at 704.960.0009, or leave us a note here.

Where To Go & What To Do in Concord, NC

Where To Go & What To Do in Concord, NC

Where To Go & What To Do in Concord, NC

Concord, NC real estate is highly in-demand among homebuyers and investors for many good reasons. In 2017, the city ranked number 38 in Money Magazine’s “Top 100 Best Places to Live” list. An important point considered in the rankings was the number and types of amenities and entertainment options available in each location, and Concord has a plethora of options to offer, including museums, breweries, and parks.

Here are a few you shouldn’t miss:

  • Frank Liske Park
    4001 Stough Rd

    When you want to spend some time outdoors, this park offers just about everything you could ask for. Frank Liske Park was once part of a working farm operated by the Stonewall Jackson Training School. It consists of 238 acres, including a 10-acre pond for paddle boating or fishing. The refurbished dairy barn is often used for various gatherings and is home to a summer day camp program. In addition, there are walking and fitness trails, picnic sites, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, volleyball courts, a soccer complex, tennis courts, a softball complex, and 18-holes of mini golf – and more!

  • Rocky River Golf Club
    6900 Bruton Smith Blvd

    When you’re ready for a round of golf, head to this premier public course designed by Dan Maples. The golf course is owned by the City of Concord and managed by Embassy Suites. Rocky River is a beautiful setting and is appropriate for all skill levels, from beginner to expert. There are four tee boxes on every hole, which includes PGA Junior tees on the first nine holes.

  • Great Wolf Lodge
    10175 Weddington Rd.

    This is exactly what a lodge should be–a comfortable, cozy place to stay while on vacation or travelling for business. And while Great Wolf Lodge is all that, it’s also so much more. Inside, you’ll find an 80,000 square foot indoor water park, mini golf, a ropes course, arcade games, and more fun things for the entire family to enjoy. All this is included in the cost of a room. For those not staying at the lodge, a limited number of day passes are available each day.

  • Historic Cabarrus Association, Inc.
    Historic Courthouse, 65 Union Street South, First Floor

    The association was founded in 1973 to preserve and restore the Cabarrus County Courthouse, which was slated to be demolished for a parking lot. It has since merged with the Concord Museum, which was started in 1939 as a place to keep documents, books, and artifacts of historical importance to the community. They have also opened the Cabarrus County Veterans Museum. The Historic Association also hosts guest speakers, special programs, and walking tours.

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway
    5555 Concord Parkway S.

    North Carolinians love NASCAR, and Charlotte Motor Speedway is certainly a source of pride and joy to the locals. With many NASCAR teams based in neighboring Charlotte, this motorsports complex is considered the home track for the hugely popular sporting event. Many of NASCAR’s most prestigious races are held here, including the NASCAR All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600, and the Bank of America Roval 400. Visitors can explore the speedway in regular daily tours, or themed special tours, like the STEM Tour and the Trackside Tour.

These are only a sampling of the things you can see and do at Concord, NC. Find out more about the city, and explore your real estate options with us at The Gallagher Group at Southern Homes. Call us today at 704.960.0009, or leave us a note here.

10 Best restaurants in Concord, NC

Food rules in Concord, this city with the most vibrant culinary scene in Cabarrus County. And these following restaurants do a spectacular job upholding this reputation. When you find yourself in Concord, make sure to check out these crowd favorites.

  1. The Smoke Pit
    706 Concord Pkwy N

    If you are a BBQ lover, then this is one spot you don’t want to miss. Their extensive menu of ribs, pulled pork, wings, brisket (all dripping in their house-made sauce) and other Southern favorites helped The Smoke Pit earn its place as one of the best restaurants in Concord.

  2. The Speedway Club
    Charlotte Motor Speedway
    5555 Concord Pkwy S

    No dining experience in Concord is complete without a trip to the Speedway Club. Dig into your brisket or house special as you enjoy the incredible view of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Drop by for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

    Note: The Speedway Club is usually open for members, but non-members who are also first-timers are welcome to dine.

  3. Gianni’s Trattoria
    16 Union Street S

    Located in the heart of Downtown Concord, Chef Heather Stadler prides Gianni’s Trattoria for serving simple, honest-to-goodness, authentic Italian cuisine using the best ingredients sourced locally.

  4. Havana-Carolina
    11 Union Street S Suite 108

    Havana-Carolina will take you all the way south through the magic of food. It’s the best place in Concord to sample authentic Cuban flavors, with all dishes made with love. Try their Carolina Cuban Sampler to start your journey.

  5. Biryani Pot
    8455 Pit Stop Ct NW #150

    Formerly known as Aroma, Biryani Pot was recently renovated to give more people a taste of their renowned Hyderabadi Chicken dum Biryani and other Indian specialties.

  6. Mochica Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken
    Village Shopping Center
    280 Concord Pkwy S Suite 125

    If you think you already went south with Havana-Carolina, Mochica takes you as far as Peru with their Peruvian specialties. These include lomo saltado, a traditional dish, featuring sirloin, tomatoes, and onions all stir-fried together.

  7. 44 Mills Kitchen & Tap
    6189 Bayfield Pkwy

    A wide selection of craft beer and an impressive menu of what they call New American “inspired eats” are available at 44 Mills, helmed at the kitchen by Executive Chef Mike Watson. All dishes are made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients as well.

  8. The Gateway to Athens
    360 Exchange St NW Ste 107

    This time around, travel to the Aegean by dining at the Gateway to Athens, offering the best local take on authentic Greek food. Locals feast on their array of high-quality gyro, dubbed as the best in Concord.

  9. Alino Pizzeria
    Concord Mills
    8111 Concord Mills Blvd #129B

    For the best pizza in Concord, there is only one place to go: Alino Pizzeria, a beloved local institution. If you’re looking for a slice of real Italian pizza in North America, Alino won’t fail you. Bestsellers include their margherita and sorrento pizza.

  10. 2 Gals Kitchen
    80 Union St S

    Capping off our list of best restaurants in Concord is 2 Gals Kitchen, a locally owned café well-known in the city for their delicious array of baked goods, homemade sandwiches, and healthy food options.

Learn more about Concord, NC

Browse our blog to find out why people love to live in Concord, NC. You can also get in touch with me if you wish to learn more about Concord, NC real estate and homes for sale. I look forward to hearing from you!

Top attractions near the Charlotte/Concord area

Looking to escape the usual routine in the Charlotte/Concord area? I get you. Once in a while, I like to go out of the bustling metro for a change of scenery. Lucky for us, some of North Carolina’s best natural attractions are a relatively short drive from Charlotte and Concord.

If you’re planning on going on a little outing outside the city, here are some of my top recommendations.

  1. Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail

    For our first stop, you need not go far. Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail is located in Mt. Pleasant, winding through approximately 393 acres of pristine, spectacular scenery. You can go for a relaxed hike, feel the adrenaline rush on a mountain bike, or test your endurance by running the whole length of the trail (and back).

    The trail meanders through a restored oak savanna, past active farmland, through a forest, and up a bluff perched above Adams Creek. Part of “Butterfly Highway”, you might encounter some local wildlife, most noticeably birds, bees, and butterflies.

  2. Uwharrie National Forest

    If you love visiting forests, then the Uwharrie National Forest will be a treat! Just an hour’s drive away from Charlotte, Uwharrie covers about 51,000 acres, carpeting the land with tall pines and other hardwood trees. If you like bouldering, Uwharrie has a collection of rock formations and boulders, some reaching a height of 15 feet.

    Small it may be according to national forest standards, there are plenty of things to do in Uwharrie. You can go for a picnic or camping trip, explore one of the trails on horseback, go boating or swimming at the Badin Lake Recreation Area, and hunt both deer and game birds.

  3. Chimney Rock State Park

    Located about 2 hours west of Downtown Charlotte, Chimney Rock State Park will take you deep within the serene North Carolina Mountains. It is filled to the brim with hidden gems that keep thousands of visitors coming in year after year.

    The incredible views, plus the sounds of the relaxing Rocky Broad River, will make you forget all about the stresses of city life. Here, you can connect with nature on another level through many ways. Take the short but challenging Four Seasons Trail to burn some calories. Climb one of the rock faces in the park. Visit the Animal Discovery Den, or simply relax by the river and enjoy the peace and quiet.

  4. Pisgah National Forest

    Uwharrie National Forest is easily dwarfed by Pisgah National Forest, about an hour and a half’s drive away from Downtown Charlotte. It is a sprawling outdoor destination, covering more than 500,000 acres of land. Here, you’ll find towering peaks that offer the most breathtaking scenery, majestic waterfalls, and rushing whitewater rivers.

    At Pisgah National Forest, the fun never stops. You can go mountain biking, hiking, camping, rock climbing, and horseback riding. On the water, you can go fishing, tubing, boating, and swimming. And if you prefer not to be in the thick of it, you can go for a scenic drive instead via the Blue Ridge Parkway.

These destinations make it worthwhile to live in Cabarrus County

Explore your housing opportunities in Cabarrus County real estate with us. Start by browsing property listings in the area. And when you’re ready to begin your home search, get in touch with me. I look forward to helping you find your dream home here.

Must-see spots for your Cabarrus County crawl

With its motorsport heritage, incredible musical culture, and a wide selection of good food, Cabarrus County sure has a ton of unique experiences to offer. If you’re going on a county-wide tour, I suggest you add these stops to your itinerary.

  1. Mustang Owner’s Museum
    21 Carpenter Ct NW, Concord, NC

    The Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic cars in the United States, embodying the all-American muscle that has come to be the pride of the South. So, if you love Mustangs, this is the place to go.

    Recently opened last May, Mustang Owner’s Museum has over 50 Mustangs on display, ranging from classics to one-of-a-kind, modified versions. And if you want to learn more about the Mustang’s history, the on-site library is the perfect place to get started.

  2. Cabarrus County Courthouse
    Union Street S, Concord, NC

    North Carolina has a fine collection of 19th century public buildings. This includes the Cabarrus County Courthouse, an amalgam of several classical architectural styles. It was built in 1876 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, making this a must-see if history is your cup of tea.

    Inside the courthouse, you’ll find The Galleries, which hosts a number of exhibits throughout the year. You can even purchase local art at the Gallery Shop.

  3. Reed Gold Mine
    9621 Reed Mine Road, Midland, NC

    If the gold rush piques your interest, include Reed Gold Mine in your itinerary. Noted in history as one of the first places were Americans struck gold, Reed Gold Mine pays homage to North Carolina’s former status as the leading gold producer in the country. It was dethroned by California in 1848, but you can still try your luck at gold panning here. Who knows? Your efforts might be rewarded!

  4. Charlotte Motor Speedway
    5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, NC

    Motorsports is one of Cabarrus County’s biggest attractions, so make sure to drop by the legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway. It hosts a variety of racing events throughout the year, including the Bank of America ROVAL 400 in September, the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend, and the NASCAR All-Star Race, where the best of the best race to the finish line.

    If you want to take your love of motorsports to the next level, you can also sign up with one of the racing schools based in Charlotte Motor Speedway. Maybe you’re the next NASCAR superstar.

  5. Southern Grace Distilleries
    130 Dutch Road, Mt. Pleasant, NC

    End your Cabarrus County crawl at Southern Grace Distilleries, the best place to be if you love southern whiskey. Opened in 1929 and housed in a former prison, it’s the only one of its kind in the entire country.

    Southern Grace Distilleries is best known for their small-batch bourbon, distilled and aged on site. To make the most out of your visit, join the tour and learn about the entire distillery process. Don’t forget to take home a bottle of their award-winning ConvictionTM, described to be complex with hints of honey, oak, cherries, and cinnamon.

While you’re here, why not look at homes for sale?

You might find the home of your dreams in Cabarrus County real estate. Browse our latest property listings, then get in touch with me to learn more about your real estate opportunities here in Cabarrus County.

Top attractions in Kannapolis, NC

Over the years, Kannapolis has emerged as one of the best cities to live in Northern Carolina. It has so much going on!

You like motorsports? A part of Kannapolis’ history is intertwined with that. Love music? There’s something here for you, too. Craving for a glass of good wine? There’s a nearby vineyard to satiate your thirst. And all these are just the tip of the iceberg.

I want you to know and experience this city I’ve come to love. So, here are some of my favorite attractions in Kannapolis, NC.

  1. The Dale Trail

    Lovers of NASCAR know all about Kannapolis and hold the town in very high regard. That’s because it’s the home of Dale Earnhardt, one of the country’s racing legends. In his honor, a memorial was built to immortalize his life and times.

    To follow Dale Earnhardt’s rise to motorsports stardom, go on a self-guided tour of the Dale Trail and see some of the city’s sights in the process.

  2. Curb Museum for Motorsports and Music

    Another treat for NASCAR lovers is the Curb Museum of Motorsports and Music. Established and owned by Mike Curb, a music and motorsports enthusiast, this 20,000-square foot museum houses an array of exhibits that will take you on a trip down music and NASCAR history.

    The piece de resistance of Curb Museum, however, are the race cars on display: Dale Earnhardt’s #2 that helped him win his first-ever Winston Cup and Richard Petty’s #43, which took him to his 199th Winston Cup championship.

  3. Village Park

    One of the best ways to spend a beautiful sunny day in Kannapolis is to hang out at the 16-acre Village Park. There are a variety of recreational amenities here, such as the splash pad, the amphitheater, and the walking trail.

    Village Park is especially happening every summer, with an array of activities scheduled throughout the season. The main attraction, however, is the “Concerts in the Park” series, a string of free community events featuring great local acts.

  4. Douglas Vineyards

    Take a break from the city scenery and enjoy a glass of good wine at Douglas Vineyards, a family-owned winery that specializes in muscadine and sweet fruit wines. Some of their bestsellers include Wicked Watermelon, Pomegranate Punch, and Apple Sauce.

    I recommend joining one of their wine tastings, especially if you’re unfamiliar with sweet fruit wines. If you’re more of a traditionalist, Douglas Vineyards also offers an array of dry wines.

  5. North Carolina Music Hall of Fame

    Did you know that North Carolina is also home to a great number of celebrated music acts? You can find homegrown music legends like Nina Simone, Donna Fargo, and Thelonious Monk at North Carolina’s Music Hall of Fame. Free to the public, the facility offers a fully interactive and immersive experience through a number of state-of-the-art exhibits showcasing North Carolina’s rich musical heritage.

    Check out the latest inductees to the Music Hall of Fame, which include Chris Daughtry of American Idol fame, here.

Kannapolis, NC is a fine place to live

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