It’s no secret that finding Charlotte area natives is like searching for four-leaf clovers in the middle of the desert, but when it comes to local Union County residents who have been born and raised here it’s more like searching for those four-leaf clovers in a box of Lucky Charms. They are everywhere -- just as you would expect!
For those of us transplants who aspire to be amongst the lucky ones, Union County calls to us with a plethora of reasons that make moving to the area something we just can’t resist.
For starters, the one thing that can’t be stressed enough is how friendly the people are. A wave from a passing car is just the beginning! From neighborhood gatherings like the Union County Heritage Festival and common interest Facebook groups like Moms of Union County, to the 4th of July Parade in Indian Trail and the Waxhaw Tree Lighting, there is something for everyone to enjoy and find a reason to celebrate together.
Union County is bursting at the seams when it comes to daily entertainment as well. Whether it’s taking your beloved four-legged friend for a stroll in one of the local parks and greenways like Dogwood Park, enjoying an ice cream cone at The Waxhaw Creamery, grabbing a craft beer on the patio of a local brewery like Southern Range Brewing, or experiencing live music and dancing at Tree House Vineyards (complete with private treehouses available for private party rental), your senses will sure to be delighted with the vast options found locally. For those residents seeking out educational opportunities and the performing arts, Union County has you covered there as well with the recent addition of the Dowd Center Theatre and the Monroe Science Center.
During the search for a new home, the folks that swarm to Union County most often find themselves seeking to put down roots in a location that allows them to escape the hustle and bustle of big city life, while still being able to enjoy everything our Queen City to the north has to offer. The Panthers Stadium, the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the AvidXchange Music Factory are just a few of the many entertainment options all just a short drive away. Union County also features area Park and Ride locations allowing residents to commute to Uptown Charlotte via the Light Rail for both work and pleasure and is also not too far away from the Charlotte-Douglas Airport.
With everything from acres of farmland, to modern loft apartments, to neighborhoods with equestrian facilities or even a private runway for residents, Union County also boasts a wide variety of housing opportunities as well. If the housing market scares you (like it does for so many nowadays), let me take a moment to enlighten you as to just how good we have it here in this county. The Union County North Carolina Housing report published in October 2023 notes that the median home sold price was only $449,722. To put that into perspective, areas like San Diego County California rang in at a whopping $915,000 and Kings County New York chimed in at $799,000 according to Realtor.com.
Union County also has a lot to brag about when it comes to education. In reports published by the North Carolina State Board of Education and UCPS, the Union County Public School System outshined the rest ranking at Number 2 in the state for overall proficiency on state assessments. Public, private and charter schools alike in this area often additionally focus on areas outside of the norm with learning opportunities available for everything from agricultural technologies to the performing arts. With the support of organizations like The Union County Education Foundation (shameless plug… we know), this school system is focused on supporting students and educators to aspire to become Number 1 next year!
The list of reasons that people are flocking to Union County could go on and on, but one thing is for certain for Union County Residents -- there is no place like home!
Diana Lyash, UCEF Board Member
RealtorNC/SC BrokerEXP Realty