Living in Charlotte
Get all the perks of a big city with a small town feel. Welcome to Charlotte. As the second-largest financial center in the U.S., Charlotte offers the finest restaurants, shopping, schools, cultural attractions and a major international airport along with treelined streets, close-knit neighborhoods and plenty of Southern charm. Here are just a few reasons we love living in Charlotte, and why you might, too, if you choose to work for Red Ventures.
Vibrant Arts and Music Scene
Want to take in an outdoor concert, a Broadway show or a symphony performance? You can see all your favorite shows, artists and bands here. With great venues like Time Warner Cable Arena, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, and Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, your biggest challenge will be choosing which events to attend. If you need an art escape, you'll love the Mint Museum Uptown and the gallery crawls in Southend and NoDa.
Beach or Mountain Weekend? You Decide.
Whether your hobby is scuba diving or skiing, it's less than three hours away. Head to Asheville for a fun fall getaway or take a last-minute beach trip to Charleston, SC. If you're looking for adventure closer to home, the U.S. National Whitewater Center offers 400 acres of mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing and of course, whitewater rafting. Or enjoy a day of boating and swimming on Lake Norman or Lake Wylie. Finally, don't forget to check out the nearly 18,000 acres of parks and greenways and 40 public golf courses throughout the region.
If shopping is your guilty pleasure, you're in luck. From the high-end shops at SouthPark Mall to the endless boutiques and furniture stores, shopping in Charlotte will keep you happy. In fact, Forbes ranked Charlotte No. 11 on its list of Best Cities for Metro Shopping.
From Lowes Motor Speedway to the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Bobcats, Charlotte is home to plenty of exciting sports action. Baseball and hockey fans will enjoy getting to know the Charlotte Knights and Checkers. Golf fans look forward to the Quail Hollow Championship, one of the highlights of the PGA tour. And who can forget the Queens Cup Steeplechase, where you can sip a mint julep dressed in your springtime finest and cheer on your favorite jockey?
With a major culinary institution calling Charlotte home, it's no surprise that the city has an exciting, diverse and creative restaurant scene. From the Uptown prime steakhouses where dealmaking is done, to hole-in-the-wall fried chicken joints and New York-style pizzerias, to a dazzling array of ethnic delights, Charlotte offers something for every palate.
Great Regional Destinations
If you prefer to stay closer to home, the Carolinas have so much to offer. The Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail with their breathtaking mountain vistas are less than two hours west of Charlotte. In Asheville, you can spend a weekend exploring Biltmore Estate, a French Renaissance style chateau that is America's largest private home, along with its 75 acres of gardens, winery and AAA four-diamond hotel. From the unspoiled, white-sand beaches and iconic lighthouses of the Outer Banks to the summit of Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak in eastern North America, the Carolinas are an exciting place to live and visit.
Whether your dream home is a high-rise penthouse, an artsy bungalow or a spacious suburban mini-mansion in a resort-style community, you can find it in Charlotte. And with the city's median home value at $170,000, you can afford it, too.
Excellent Educational Opportunities
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools have received many accolades in recent years for the quality of education provided. Forbes ranked the Charlotte public school system seventh among the 100 largest school districts in the U.S. in 2004. For those who are interested in private education, the city offers hundreds of options. These range from elite, non-sectarian college preparatory academies like Charlotte Latin School and Charlotte Country Day School to the large Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools system to smaller independent classical, Christian and Montessori schools. For those interested in pursuing higher education, the area has many well-regarded colleges and universities, including Davidson College, UNC Charlotte, Queens University of Charlotte and Winthrop University, among others. The MBA program offered at Wake Forest University's Charlotte campus is a favorite among working executives in town.
Major International Airport
Do you love to travel? Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is the nation's eighth largest and a major hub for US Airways, which means it's easy to get wherever you want to go. With nonstop flights to hundreds of exciting locations in the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean, it's easy to get away for a long weekend of shopping in New York, sightseeing in Paris or sand and sun in Aruba.
Charlotte is a paradise for children. There are the thrill-rides on the roller coasters and water slides at Carowinds. And then there is nationally-renowned hands-on science museum Discovery Place, with its IMAX Dome Theater and Charlotte Nature Museum. And you can't miss ImaginOn, with its library for youth, professional children's theater, and so much more.
Want to learn more about Charlotte? Visit www.charlottesgotalot.com to fully explore the neighborhoods, attractions, dining and nightlife that make the Queen City such a pleasant place to call home.