Greater Charlotte is a beautiful region positioned between the mountains and the Atlantic Coast, centering on the bustling city of Charlotte. The Charlotte Metropolitan Area extends across the state line to include a number of cities, communities and townships in South Carolina. The area includes a diverse selection of primarily residential towns, each with their own unique characteristics and features.
The Greater Charlotte and South Carolina region has a diverse real estate landscape, ranging from rural properties to luxury lakefront homes. Overall, homes for sale in Greater Charlotte are more affordable than the national average. You’ll find an abundance of historic homes in York, lakefront homes in Tega Cay and Lake Wylie, new construction and large lots in Steele Creek, luxury estates in Fort Mill, and a diverse array of options in Rock Hill and Lancaster.
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Greater Charlotte encompasses the metropolitan region of North and South Carolina within and surrounding the city of Charlotte. The Charlotte Metropolitan Statistical Area is the largest in the Carolinas and the fourth-largest in the Southeastern region, behind Miami, Atlanta and Tampa.
Greater Charlotte includes seven counties in North Carolina and three counties in South Carolina; these counties include Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, and Union counties in North Carolina, and Chester, Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina. Major communities in the South Carolina region of Greater Charlotte include Clover, Fort Mill, Indian Land, Lake Wylie, Lancaster, Rock Hill, Steele Creek, Tega Cay, and York.
The cities and communities in region are served primarily by the York County School District, Clover School District, Lancaster County School District, Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System, and Fort Mill School District. Residents have a variety of both public and private schooling options to choose from, depending on the community in which they reside. Nearby colleges and universities include Queens University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Clinton College, the University of South Carolina Upstate, Winthrop University, Johnson & Wales University, and more.
In 1755, the area was originally settled at the intersection of a major Native American path and the European settlers’ Great Wagon Road, both of which were trade routes. A trading post was erected to enable the transport of goods between travelers; the Native American path was called Trade Street and the Great Wagon Road became Tryon Street, named after royal governor William Tryon. By 1772, traders and settlers had built a number of log cabins in what was then called “Charlotte Town,” named after the queen of Great Britain.
In 1775, local leaders exerted their will as citizens of a free country and drafted the “Mecklenburg County Declaration of Independence”, the first declaration of this nature amongst the Colonies. The British objected to the document with force and “Charlotte Town” was later described as “a hornets’ nest of rebellion”. Locals proudly called themselves “hornets” and fought fiercely in the wars of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Today, financial, healthcare and energy companies have replaced the trading post, and the city and its surrounding communities are growing year after year.
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