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What makes Lake Norman so special?
Lake Norman real estate offers attractive homes, condos and lots in one of the best areas in the country. If you want to live in a great climate with all benefits of the lake lifestyle, Lake Norman is the place for you.
Lake Norman is located just minutes from Charlotte, NC. The 535-miles of shoreline that incorporates Lake Norman includes everything you will need for work and pleasure. The lake borders four counties, each with their own public school system, charter schools and private schools. Lake Norman offers all the traditional lake recreational activities like boating, water-skiing, fishing and golfing as well as a wide assortment of shopping and dining establishments.
The Lake Norman and Charlotte NC area have a strong financial environment, natural beauty as well as several of the best communities in the country. Lake Norman is extraordinary in that it is located just minutes from a leading metro area and is easily accessible from I-77 running North and South, I-40 running east and west at the north end of the lake, and I-85 running directly south of the lake area.
The mountains of North Carolina in winter season offer winter sports that are merely a 1.5 hour drive away and both NC and SC beaches are just a 3.5 hour trip. The region enjoys reduced energy costs and lower taxes than many other states. Medical facilities are conveniently accessible.
When searching for Lake Norman homes for sale you will find numerous quaint and unique communities that dot the landscape of Lake Norman. You will also find Lake Norman Luxury Homes in the towns of Davidson, Denver, Cornelius, Huntersville and Mooresville. Real estate around Lake Norman ranges from starter homes to executive estates. Homes, Condos, Lots as well as acreage are located both on and off the lake.
In addition to the towns that immediately surround the lake, Lake Norman is also convenient to Charlotte, Hickory, Statesville, Troutman, Concord, Kannapolis, Gastonia, and Lincolnton all in NC. There are a variety of styles and price ranges to explore in all these vibrant communities.
Lake Norman offers a perfect setting for anyone looking to find a picturesque condominium, build a new home, or just find the right house for the family.
Lake Norman Real Estate Provides a Perfect Escape
Discover the treasures of the Lake Norman as well as its many neighboring communities. NorthView Harbor and The Point homes on the north end of the lake feature communal tennis courts, a swim club, docks, boat ramps and boat storage.Or, perhaps "The Peninsula", with both a yacht club and country club, might be a better fit.
Sailview homes located off the peaceful west shore offer easy access to the main channel, as well as swim and tennis clubs with a lakeside view. Neighbors around the lake have a selection of elaborate existing homes and a supply of both waterfront and interior plots available. Find your dream home in one of the many fabulous communities, or find a plot and make one for yourself.
Executive homes appear at nearly every bend of Lake Norman's 520-mile shoreline. Simply put, they demonstrate the finest lake shore living in North Carolina. These estates complement the communities they inhabit with a true splash of sophistication.
Lake Norman Executive Homes Are a True Marvel of Form and Function!
The Lake Norman executive homes range from $1 million plus and come as inland or lakeside lots depending upon individual taste. Designs gain influence from almost every major style of architecture. Homes may appear as 1700-century Mediterranean villas or as a modern art living space.
More than a home, executive estates are symbolic landmarks for comfort and luxury. Depending upon preference, owners of these spaces may find themselves in any community around Lake Norman. Perhaps you wish to live in a French country house overlooking the 18th green. Or you might wish to make your guests comfortable in their own intimate Spanish bungalow overlooking the lake.
When sweeping lake views meet fabulous design, little can go wrong. Amazing homes already line the many alcoves and inlets of Lake Norman waiting for you to settle into the luxury you deserve. Search Lake Norman Luxury Homes
Lake Norman Waterfront Homes
Lake Norman waterfront homes put you right on the waters of the 3.4 trillion gallon lake. Communities like Peninsula, Trump National Golf Club Charlotte (The Point), Sailview, and Northview Harbor show off the lake from an assortment of modern angles. Homes incorporate everything from brick to cedar complimenting the radiance of the blue lake and surrounding woods.
Various communities put forward a mixture of lake living. Some will treat their homeowners to membership in the local yacht club's marina while others may choose to focus on the neighborhood clubhouse as a fulcrum for the community. Boat slips and docks in nearly every Lake Norman lakefront homes community show that no matter the preferred style of living, all homes in the area focus their attention on the lake.
Communities have sprung up on every side of the lake. Eastside lakefront properties buzz with the incoming traffic from Charlotte and present all the luxuries of a large city without overcrowding and pollution. These communities blend a connection to Charlotte effortlessly into a different pace of life on the lake.
On the Westside, lakefront homes enjoy a simple view of the lake lacking any noise from the city. Designers in this area put the lake first and allow residents the option to drive or boat to the busier side of the lake. The lakefront homes to the west enjoy early morning sunrises and quiet peaceful living.
Building Your Dream Home on Lake Norman
Lake Norman lakefront lots adorn many shores of this fresh water body. Communities around the lake contain empty lots for development by future homeowners. Lots range from the $100s to $700s for homes on the water. Money is a secondary concern to those interested in opening the back door to their personal dock-access to Lake Norman.
The waterfront communities around the lake offer so much, and as a result are in quite high demand. Lakefront lots go quickly when up for sale and builders work all day constructing intricate homes. Duke Power controls the areas around Lake Norman closely and development of the lake community. Lots are limited in number and community planning is meticulous down to the smallest detail.
Water lovers find lakefront life hard to resist in the many luxurious communities surrounding the lake. Swimming, tennis, boating and golf draw residents to Lake Norman lakefront lots and the view from lakeside makes every trip worth the effort. The lakeside lots boast multi-acre estates with Lake Norman executive and luxury homes nestled into the surrounding woodland.
Lake Norman Luxury Homes
The Lake Norman luxury homes radiate design and splendor. Layouts include French villas, Spanish manors, and Colonial plantations. Homes edge to the waterfront at nearly every border, while large sprawling estates line the many professional golf-courses surrounding the lake.
Landscape and surroundings make up the foundation for the Lake Norman luxury homes. Often crafted near the many country and yacht clubs, these homes not only exude luxury, they encapsulate it. From design to location, everything receives first-class attention.
Many styles arise in Lake Norman luxury homes. Designs in the Lake Norman shorelines reflect the taste of each individual. Imagine a multi-gabled stucco estate made of stone and cedar with a side exit to the sixth hole and a back deck overlooking the lake. Picture doorways and windows elegantly enclosed by French arches and window frames.
Get together with one of the area's many premier builders to make a home from scratch to fit your dreams. Design a back deck for your boat to anchor before sailing to an evening at the yacht club. Feel like a merchant sailing the streets of Venice as you visit friends and neighbors in this miraculous community.
History of Lake Norman
Cowan Ford Dam, at the southern end of Lake Norman, was completed in 1963. It backed up the Catawba River, creating the largest man made lake in North Carolina. The creation of this lake breathed new life into a handful of sleepy towns that now sport lakeside luxury and exciting living and recreation options within a few minutes of Charlotte, NC.
The total length of the Cowan's Dam facility is 7,387 feet, including more than a mile of earthen dam. The concrete portion of the dam is 1,279 feet long and 130 feet high.
Lake Norman is an "inland sea" with 520 miles of shoreline and a surface area of more than 32,475 acres. Named after former Duke Power president Norman Cocke, Lake Norman is nearly as large as the other ten lakes on the Catawba combined.
Full pond elevation at Lake Norman is 760 feet. The water of Lake Norman is used in two ways to provide electricity to the Piedmont Carolinas. It is used to power the generators at Cowans Ford Hydroelectric Station and by Marshall Steam Station and McGuire Nuclear Station to cool the steam that drives the turbines. This steam is condensed back to water so it can be pumped back through the plants and used again.
The lake provides a dependable supply of water to Lincoln County, Davidson, Mooresville, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Huntersville, North Carolina.
Duke Power partnered with the state in the establishment of the Lake Norman State Park. In addition, Duke Power has built two bank fishing areas and eight public boating access areas along the shoreline. One site is leased to Mecklenburg County and one to Iredell County.
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LAKE NORMAN LAKE STATISTICS
Year Built: 1959-1964
Area: 32,510 acres at full pond
Length: 33.6 miles
Width: 9 miles
Shore line length: 520 miles
Maximum Depth: 110 feet
Average Depth: 33.5 feet
Maximum Drawdown: 15 feet
Capacity: 3.4 trillion gallons of water
Volume: 1,093,600 acre-feet
Elevation at full pond: 760 feet above MSL
Retention Time: 207 days (average)
Drainage Area: 1,790 square miles
Average River Flow @ Cowans Ford Dam: 1,726 MGD
Named for: Norman Atwater Cocke (former Duke Power President)
Source of the Catawba River: McDowell County ( Mount Mitchell)
Lake Norman Vertical Bridge Heights
The Catawba River Channel that winds through Lake Norman is spanned by five major bridges. One of which is a picturesque railroad bridge that passes over the river near the town of Catawba, NC. Sixteen additional bridges cross creeks or connect exclusive island properties to the mainland. Listed below are the approximate vertical bridge clearances when the lake is at full pond (760 feet above sea level). Wave height must be factored in when boat clearances are tight. The bridge clearances shown have been gathered from lake observations and information provided by the Lake Norman Marine Commission.
I-40 Bridge - Catawba River - over 10' 0
Highway 70 Bridge - Catawba River - over 10' 0
Railroad Bridge - Catawba River - over 10' 0
Railroad Bridge - Buffalo Creek - 3' 0
Buffalo Shoals Rd. Bridge - Catawba River - over 10' 0
State Rd. 1832 - Balls Creek - 5' 6
Windermere Island Bridge - Catawba River - over 10' 0
Mollys Backbone Rd. Bridge - Terrapin Creek - 2' 0
State Park Rd. Bridge - Hicks Creek - 3' 0
Perth Rd. Bridge - Rocky Creek - 3' 0
Perth Rd. Bridge - Cornelius Creek - 5' 3
Cornelius Rd. Bridge -Cornelius Creek - 4' 0
Highway 150 Bridge - Catawba River - 8' 5 & 11' 1
Highway 150 Bridge - Mountain Creek - 5' 9
Highway 150 Bridge - Reed Creek (LKN Marina) - 5' 9
Mount Pleasant Rd. Bridge - Mountain Creek - 5' 5
Railroad Bridge - Mountain Creek - 6' 3
Slanting Bridge Rd. - Mountain Creek - over 10' 0
Governors Island Rd. Bridge - East of Burton Creek - 7' 10
Williamson Rd. Bridge - Reeds Creek - 6' 0
I -77 Bridge - Reeds Creek - 10' 3