Small town Main Street in Davidson.
Not only is Davidson a beautiful town along the shores of Lake Norman, but it is also home to Davidson College, one of the country’s top liberal arts colleges.
College towns have a different energy about them, and Davidson is no different, even though the school only has about 2,000 students. The influence of the college is felt throughout Davidson’s businesses and culture, which caters to the students and faculty professionals that live and work there.
Though the college has drawn students and academics to the town since its founding in 1837, it is the continued growth of metropolitan Charlotte and Lake Norman that has stimulated the population to the more than 11,000 people that call Davidson home.
The Chambers Building on Davidson’s campus is the heart of the school and primary classroom building.
Its proximity to Charlotte – just 20 miles north – draws a professional crowd that does not mind a commute into the city and proximity to the lake in downtime. Old Statesville Road (Main St. in Davidson) and I-77 both run right through town. Huntersville and Birkdale Village is just 10 minutes away. Cornelius is right next door and, at most, 10 minutes away from most places in Davidson.
The college also adds and endless calendar of events for things to do from sporting events (21 NCAA Division I teams) to arts and theater in Davidson’s 600-seat theater or the Sloan Music Center’s Tyler-Tallman Hall. Even Davidson’s beautiful campus has been designated a national arboretum and is worth a stroll!
Off campus, the town has host of eclectic eateries, galleries and parks. Fisher Farm Park offers wooded trails, but the town also has 4 miles of paved walking or biking greenways to enjoy. You can also enjoy Roosevelt Wilson Park, Beaver Dam Historic House, McEver Fields and Parham Park, among others.
If you want a country club lifestyle then you can live and play at River Run Country Club on the southeastern side of Davidson. In addition to beautiful homes, the club offers swimming, tennis and dining, as well as a busy social calendar of events.
This 1950s brick ranch within walking distance to downtown Davidson is about 2,100 square feet and sold for $570,000 in 2015.
When you run out of things to do on land, there is miles and miles of shoreline to explore from a boat on Lake Norman! If you own a boat, Ramsey Creek boat launch in Cornelius is the closest public launch. You can also wet dock your boat at 1 of the 2 marinas in Davidson – Spinnaker Point Bay Marina and Lake Norman Co. Marinas.
When you are ready to start looking for a home in Davidson, there are plenty of beautiful neighborhoods from which to choose. However, Davidson does not have much in the way of waterfront estates like you will find to the south in Cornelius. Most of the single-family neighborhoods are inland.
There is Davidson Landing, a fantastic waterfront condominium and townhome community, if you are in the market for maintenance-free living on the water. Properties in Davidson Landing are priced from the $100,000s into the $300,000s and overlook the lake.
Some other great neighborhoods in Davidson are: Anniston, Bailey Springs, The Farm at Riverpointeand Summers Walk.
Runnymede is a wonderful neighborhood for equestrian-minded people. Homes are on larger lots, and the neighborhood has full equestrian facilities.
And what’s a college town without great, eclectic eateries. Here are some of Davidson’s best: Famous Toastery, Brick House Tavern, Summit Coffee, The Pickled Peach, Kindred, Mill Stone Bake House,Flatiron Kitchen & Taphouse, and Campania Cafe & Trattoria. There are many, many more!
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools that serve the area are Davidson Elementary, Bailey Middle School (Cornelius) and William Amos Hough High School (Cornelius).
There are also many private school options, including Davidson Day School, Woodlawn School (in Mooresville), Davidson Green School and Phoenix Montessori Academy.
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