What is Life Like in Charlotte, North Carolina?

Are you just beginning your search for the perfect retirement area? Or maybe you’ve been looking for some time now but haven’t found a city or community that ticks all the boxes? Either way, finding a great location to spend your retirement is no small task. With your kids grown up and having children of their own, your home may seem far too big. And if you have specific medical needs, making the move to a continuing care retirement community may be in your best interest. Additionally, making the move to a warmer climate and an area with a great cultural center is always a plus.

At The Cypress of Charlotte, we couldn’t be happier to call the cultural and commercial hub of North Carolina home! If you’ve been looking for a great area that has plenty to offer – including a modern city center, access to a variety of outdoor spaces and a rich cultural history – Charlotte may be the ideal location for retirement.

What is Life Like in Charlotte, NC?

Like a well-balanced cocktail, Charlotte is equal parts old-fashioned southern charm and modern cosmopolitan. While residents here are very proud and aware of North Carolina’s rich history, Charlotte is also a metro area on the rise with its own unique feel and culture. All of these wonderful features make the city a destination for people – young and old – from all over the world. Don’t worry about finding your stride if you’re not from around here, because most residents aren’t!

A Growing City

In the city center, you’ll find a lively atmosphere of culinary sophistication that is open to all. There are a wide variety of different restaurants to try and regular events that attract people from all over the state and beyond. Once thought to be in the shadow of larger cities like Atlanta or Charleston, Charlotte is now a vacation destination as well. While the city has undergone a bit of a transformation over the past decade or so, many changes are still in the works and it is not uncommon to find a number of construction cranes dotted along the city skyline.

Whether you are used to living in a smaller town or you’re from a larger urban area, Charlotte has something to offer. The population in Charlotte sits around 800,000 residents. This means it’s a big enough city for you to find plenty of activities to enjoy but it’s not so big that you’ll feel overwhelmed upon arrival. In addition to a great food scene, Charlotte is also home to major festivals and lots of great shopping options in both standard malls and boutiques.

If you are a fan of sports, then look no farther than Queen City. Charlotte has a team for every sports lover and their line up continues to grow with the city’s population.  With the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Knights and Charlotte Hornets all located within the confines of Uptown, the Charlotte Checkers are just a short drive from the city center.

The Carolina Panthers are a franchise of the NFL. The team was founded in 1995 by Jerry Richardson, who is the only owner to have also played in the NFL himself. The Panthers played their first season in Death Valley, the home of the Clemson Tigers, while the Carolina Panthers were building their stadium in Uptown Charlotte. In 1996, the stadium opened as Ericsson Stadium and is now called Bank of America Stadium. Since that time, the Panthers have played in two Super Bowls and are a regular playoff team. Charlotte has a strong sense of camaraderie as the two states, North and South Carolina, come together to support their favorite football team.

Charlotte is also home to the Charlotte Hornets who compete in the NBA. Their stadium, called the Spectrum Center, is only a few blocks from Bank of America Stadium. Located across the street from the Epicenter, fans can access the home of the Hornets with ease. This team is a few years older than the Panthers; however, they did leave the city for a short time. They left for New Orleans briefly and, during that time, Charlotte founded an expansion franchise called the Bobcats. After a few years, the team welcomed the Hornets home. The team, owned by Michael Jordan, is extremely popular and games are typically affordable. Charlotte was recently home to the NBA All Star Game in 2019, bringing waves of celebrities, fans and festivities to Buzz City.

Just a stone’s toss from Bank of America Stadium is BB&T Ballpark, home of the Charlotte Knights since 1976. The Knights are Triple-A Minor League Baseball team and affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Similarly, the Charlotte Checkers are a minor league professional hockey team and affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes that came to Charlotte in 2010. The Checkers battle it out at Bojangles Coliseum, which is just minutes from Uptown. Both teams offer great deals, affordable tickets and fun, themed games to look forward to throughout the season.

As the city continues to grow, there are talks that Charlotte may be adding a Major League Baseball team in the near future.

A Welcoming and Manageable City

If you ask around about the weather in Charlotte, you may hear the word “manageable” used quite a bit. That’s because most people would agree that the climate here is much more manageable than you’ll find in Florida. In fact, even the housing prices and living expenses are much more affordable here than in larger cities across the US like New York, Los Angeles and Miami. If you’re looking to entertain family or you simply want to enjoy a day out on the town, you can find plenty to do without spending a fortune on food and entertainment.

For those who have children or families, one of the high points is certainly Carowinds. If the weather is nice outside, this popular amusement park straddles the NC, SC state line. The amusement park is regularly welcoming new rides and has attractions for kids of all ages. For those who do not enjoy roller coasters, there are also exhibits and plays at Carowinds that people might enjoy checking out. On those blistering hot days, it is a great idea to check out the water slides and the wave pools. Carowinds has a large water park section that is always popular.

A Healthy Community

Charlotte is an active city with lots of fitness offerings for people of all skill levels. You’ll find a very active running community here with a number of group runs, races and other fitness events taking place in Charlotte each year. While we have plenty of health and fitness options available here at our continuing care retirement community, you can also choose to get out and explore the city as well.

Access to the Great Outdoors

Charlotte is also nicely situated so that residents have easy access to the beach and mountains. If you like to get out and explore nature, you’re just an easy two-hour drive to the mountains and about three to three and a half hours from the beach. Planning a day trip or weekend getaway is easy when you live in such a desirable and conveniently located metro area.

There are numerous parks scattered throughout Charlotte that people of all ages enjoy. There is even a park in Uptown Charlotte called Romare Bearden Park. There are festivals and celebrations that regularly take place at this park, nestled right across the street from Bank of America Stadium. Those who are in the mood for trails and hiking should swing by Latta Plantation. There are plentiful hiking paths and diverse wildlife at this nearby park.

Discover Why Charlotte is an Ideal Retirement Destination

Are you interested in learning more about life here in Charlotte? If you’ve been looking for a continuing care retirement community that is situated in a welcoming and lively area, then The Cypress of Charlotte may be right for you. We offer our residents a new approach to retirement living that gives you access to luxurious senior living amenities, countless activities and healthcare options that work to meet your individual needs. For more information on life in Charlotte or to learn more about the amenities we offer, be sure to contact us online today.

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