WELCOME TO HUNTERSVILLE
At a crossroads between urban and rural areas, Huntersville, North Carolina is currently the 46th fastest growing suburb in the United States - and for good reason. With countless amenities and citizens that welcome you with small-town friendliness, Huntersville is a great place to live and work.
Ten miles from Charlotte, North Carolina, a short drive to Charlotte Motor Speedway and a few hours to either the mountains or beaches, Huntersville is located along the shores of Lake Norman. The lake atmosphere, with 520 miles of shoreline, enhances the open spaces and rural vistas Huntersville works so diligently to maintain.
Money magazine recognized the town as the 76th Best Place to Live in America in 2005 and as one of the top 20 places in North Carolina to retire, both of which came on the heels of the town’s identification as one of America’s Top-Rated Smaller Cities for 2004-2005 by Grey House Publishing.
Whether you are a current citizen or prospective industry or visitor considering locating here, let us know what we can do for you. Town of Huntersville citizens value the past, while working hard to prepare for the future.
Golfing, Upscale Shopping and Family Entertainment
Huntersville offers a variety of fun leisure activities on water and land. Birkdale, a master-planned golf community with an award-winning Arnold Palmer golf course and Residents Club with swimming pool and clubhouse, tennis courts and wellness facility, is a popular destination for many Huntersville residents and visitors. Across the street from the golf course and clubhouse is Birkdale Village, an urban village neighborhood of luxurious apartments overlooking cafes shops, restaurants, and entertainment, including a movie theatre. Birkdale Village is a great place to take a stroll, join friends for drinks, shop for the afternoon, or see a movie.
Discovery Place KIDS opened in the Huntersville Town Center in October 2010 and had over 100,000 visitors through July 2011. It's the first step in Huntersville's downtown revitaliziation. Locally known as DPK, the museum represents an innovative model in children’s museums developed by Discovery Place, Inc. Discovery Place KIDS offers unique opportunities for interactive learning for children from birth through second grade (ages 7-8). At Discovery Place KIDS, children and their caregivers are provided with opportunities to create a masterpiece, imagine they are a community helper, experiment with movement, construct a building, and much more. Visit www.discoveryplacekids.org to take a virtual tour.
Business Casual (and Sophisticated)
In Huntersville, business is definitely more casual with the beautiful lake surroundings, but it’s also sophisticated. A variety of business parks like The Park-Huntersville and Commerce Station Business Park, offer prospective manufacturers, distributors and office tenants options just minutes from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Uptown Charlotte and Lake Norman in a region with a highly skilled workforce and incredible quality of life.
Joe Gibbs Racing Inc., located at Exit 23 from I-77, is one of many successful businesses in Huntersville with over 400 employees at their 250,000 square-foot facility and offers visitors the opportunity to visit their race shop weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Joe Gibbs, NASCAR team owner and hall of fame retired coach of the Washington Redskins, also lives in the area. With Tony Stewart’s NASCAR Cup Series championships in 2005 and 2002 and Bobby Labonte’s title run in 2000, Joe Gibbs has three NASCAR championship rings. He also took the Redskins to the Super Bowl four times and earned three Super Bowl rings. Gibbs started his career as a NASCAR team owner in 1991.
Like Joe Gibbs Racing, companies like Daetwyler Corp USA and Forbo Siegling LLC make the local economy even stronger. Daetwyler Corp USA, headquartered in Huntersville, provides sales, installation and service for North American printing companies. Founded in 1944, Daetwyler Corp USA is a market leader in the printing industry with its U.S. headquarters in Huntersville, where it provides sales, installation and service for North American printing companies. Daetwyer Clean Energy, a solar project, is another extension of the company. The company partners with five other businesses to offer an apprenticeship program for students to work as paid employees while they attend college. Daetwyler offers an array of services including prototyping, assembly, precision CNC million, welding and fabrication, surface gridning, CAD design, reverse and full engineering and Micro Waterjet machining. Forbo Siegling LLC is a worldwide leader in technology, quality and service in the conveyor and processing, timing, power transmission, folder and carrier belts industries. The company’s high-efficiency flat belts and conveyor belts are used by a variety of industries, including the food, tobacco, textile, printing, sports and leisure, and logistics/airports industries.
Huntersville's list of national and international businesses include: Newell Rubbermaid, Irwin Industrial Tools, Microban International, Metrolina Greenhouses, Pactic Corporation, SAERTEX USA, SABIC Innovative Plastics, American Tire Distributors, and ABB. ABB plans to open its high-voltage transmission cable manufacturing plant in Huntersville by late 2012.
With several industrial and office park options, Huntersville offers multiple sites ranging in available acreage for future development. Huntersville Town Center, a new 48,000 square foot mixed-use office, retail and residential development planned for downtown Huntersville, is also the home of Discovery Place KIDS museum.
Situated just to the south of Commerce Station Business Park and right off I-485, Bryton, a 450-acre mixed-use community, will be a transit-oriented development incorporating industrial (up to one million square feet), office (up to one million square feet), retail and residential (up to 3,000 single-family and multifamily units) development in a master planned environment. Its estimated buildout is 15-20 years. At the center of the development will be a rail transit station on the north line of the commuter rail, which will provide passenger rail service between Uptown Charlotte and the towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville. Site development at Bryton is underway.
Other notes of Huntersville's rich cultural and historical heritage:
- Battle of Cowan's Ford fought on February 1, 1781 - This was the last battle of the American Revolution to be fought in Mecklenburg County.
- General William Lee Davidson - Revolutionary War officer who was killed at the Battle of Cowan's Ford. He is buried at Hopewell Presbyterian Church.
- Rural Hill Farm settled in 1760 - It is the oldest and largest publicly owned historic site in Mecklenburg County and home to many local events that has drawn visitors from across the United States and Canada.
- Torrance Store is the oldest store in the state of North Carolina dating back to1805.
A Growing Town
In 1990, 3,014 people called Huntersville home. Proximity between the Queen City and the lake, lower home prices, less traffic and quiet communities catapulted Huntersville's population in 2000 to 24,960, an amazing 728 percent. Today, approximately 60,773 people call Huntersville home based on figures from the 2010 Census.
This tremendous population growth has fueled a booming real estate and homebuilding industry. Newcomers can choose from a broad range of home styles and prices, family-friendly neighborhoods with sidewalks and bike trails, plus an array of waterfront homes on Lake Norman.
Huntersville has a strong commitment to recreation as evidenced by their 18 parks and recreational facilities, including 21 baseball/softball fields, 17 soccer fields, ten playgrounds, 13 tennis courts, sevent outdoor basketball courts, seven covered shelters, 10 restroom facilities, five gymnasiums, two civic buildings, and the town center. The department is responsible for 230 acres of developed parkland and over 410 acres of undeveloped parkland. Over 983,000 patrons visited Huntersville parks in 2010, with another 128,000 patrons visiting Huntersville's indoor facilities. The department organizes classes, special events and athletics for all ages.
Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics is a town-owned 88,000 square-foot facility that includes full aquatic and fitness components. With a 50-meter pool, a 25-yad warm water pool, an outdoor family fun pool, full-court gymnasium, complete fitness center and group exercise studio, it was designed with the entire family in mind. HFFA boasts an Olympic-sized, 50-meter coompetition pool and 10-meter dive tower, and hosts aquatics events with up to 2,000 spectators for regional, national and world-class swim and dive competitions. HFFA operated a family fitness center and outdoor fun park complete with slide-through tubes, spray water cannons and sprinkler-filled jungle gyms.
Although much of the retail and residential areas in Huntersville are new, the town also has 18 historic sites within a five-mile drive of Beatties Ford Road. Hopewell Presbyterian Church, for instance, dates to the 1740s and features 200 year-old stone walls around its cemetery. The Hugh Torance House and Store, started in the 1770s, is the oldest surviving store in Mecklenburg County. Latta Plantation Park and Nature Preserve is the county's largest green space with hiking trails, a nature center, an equestrian center, boating and fishing on Mountain Island Lake, and Carolina Raptor Center that rehabilitates and releases injured birds of prey.
The town also boasts of world-class retail stores. Birkdale Village on Sam Furr Road includes apartments and offices above boutiques, restaurants and national retailers such as Williams Sonoma, Gap, Dick's Sporting Goods, Barnes & Noble, Banana Republic, and Ann Taylor Loft. Live bands play on warm-weather weekend evenings, and parents from around the lake bring children to splash and play in the village square fountain.
Aside from great neighborhoods, countless amenities and its friendly small town atmosphere, Huntersville also provides access to Lake Norman. This breathtaking 32,500-acre man-made lake with 520 miles of shoreline provides scenic vistas, recreation and wildlife for all to enjoy.
Huntersville is also just ten minutes from Charlotte and only hours from mountain and beach resorts. Interstate 77 runs through the middle of the town's 62 square-mile jurisdiction and NC Highway 73 connects motorists to I-85. Huntersville also sits just north of Charlotte's outer loop (I-485).