Welcome To The Southeast Corner!
The southeast corner of Lake Norman is closest to Charlotte and shares the same county, Mecklenburg. Between the massive development, growing population and its close proximity to the hustle-and-bustle Charlotte, this area definitely has the most buzz of activity. Here you'll find a flatter terrain, less of the tall Carolina pines and more of the coastal architectural features which, in our opinion, creates more of a beachy vibe. Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson are all located within this corner and are probably the three most popular towns touching the water. In fact, WalletHub ranked both Cornelius and Davidson in their list of “Top 10 Best Lake Towns in America.”
Huntersville, Cornelius, & Davidson - Mecklenburg County
Most people moving to Lake Norman typically want to live in one of these towns at first, but soon realize they’re pretty crowded and somewhat more expensive than the other three corners of the lake. But even though it is more expensive, there’s a lot to be said for all the amenities and walkability these towns offer.
Within the towns of Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson you'll find several iconic landmarks. There's Birkdale Village (a multi-award-winning mixed-use community) in Huntersville, Davidson College (ranked among America's strongest and most selective liberal arts colleges) in Davidson, and Cornelius’s arts district anchored by the new Cain Center for the Arts. There are also more restaurants, bars, and breweries in these towns than anywhere else on the lake, even though that’s slowly changing. Compared to the three other corners, property taxes are higher here with much of the money going down south to Charlotte which has caused strife between this northern segment of Mecklenburg County and the rest of Charlotte over how tax money is divided amongst the local public schools and public transportation.
So Why Choose the Southeast Corner?
The SE corner of Lake Norman offers a ton of housing opportunities, amenities, restaurants, bars, breweries, grocery stores, public parks, and larger medical facilities. Basically, anything you want or need can be found here. If you’re unable to find waterfront housing, you can still access Lake Norman through the public boat launches, parks, and a sandy beach (check out Blythe Landing, Jetton Park, and Ramsey Creek Park).
Many communities in this corner also offer private lake access to their off-water residents, making Lake Norman accessible to most everyone living in these neighborhoods. The most well-known waterfront community within this quadrant is probably “The Peninsula,” which boasts many multi-million-dollar luxury homes, a private golf course, and yacht club. The Southeast corner is also located within 25-35 minutes of Uptown Charlotte and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, making it a great place to live and work.