A.G. Reed Realty Charlotte, NC Area Information

Queen City

One would often wonder why Charlotte, NC has been dubbed the Queen City. Where did Queen’s University get its name and why do we have so much reference to a royal heritage. The obvious answer is that Charlotte, NC has a royal heritage. Charlotte was founded in 1768; it was named after the wife of England’s King George III, hence the nicknamed the Queen City. A second nickname derives from later in the 18th century. During the American Revolutionary War, British commander General Cornwallis occupied the city but was driven out afterwards by hostile residents, prompting him to write that Charlotte was “a hornet’s nest of rebellion,” leading to another city nickname: The Hornet’s Nest.

Charlotte has become the largest city in North Carolina. Its grown is mostly attributed to its history as a textile and banking center hub. To this day many large banks like Bank of America and Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) call Charlotte home. In 2007, the Charlotte metropolitan area had an estimated population of 1,701,799. According to the Wikipedia.com “The Charlotte area is part of a wider thirteen-county labor market region that has an estimated population of 2,338,289. Forbes named Charlotte as the third most undervalued real estate markets in the U.S. in 2007. In 2008, Charlotte was chosen the “Best Place to Live in America” by relocate-America.com in its annual ranking, based on factors including employment opportunities, crime rates, and housing affordability.

Charlotte was also named #8 of the 100 “Best Places to Live and Launch” by CNNMoney.com – cities picked for their vibrant lifestyles and opportunities for new businesses. Lifestyle was also noted when Prevention Magazine rated the Queen City 4th in the nation and the best “Walking City” in North Carolina in 2007and Self Magazine named Charlotte one of “Five Cities with Big Outdoor Appeal” for features like its Public Art Walking Tour, accessible museums such as the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, and nearby outdoor excursions like the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

Recreation

Carowinds Theme Park- http://www.carowinds.com/#actions
Carolina Panthers – http://www.panthers.com/
Charlotte Bobcats – http://www.nba.com/bobcats/
Charlotte Checkers – http://gocheckers.com/
Carolina Hurricanes http://hurricanes.nhl.com/
Lowes Motor Speedway – http://www.lowesmotorspeedway.com/
National Whitewater Center – http://www.usnwc.org/

The Arts

Discovery Place – http://www.discoveryplace.org/
Mint Museum of Charlotte – http://www.mintmuseum.org/
Levine Museum of the New South – http://www.museumofthenewsouth.org/
Charlotte Museum of History http://www.charlottemuseum.org/
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center – http://www.blumenthalcenter.org/
Charlotte Symphony – http://www.charlottesymphony.org/
Children’s Theater of Charlotte http://www.ctcharlotte.org/

Medical

Medical System- There are two main medical systems in Charlotte.
Presbyterian Health Care System – http://www.presbyterian.org/site/home/
Carolinas Health Care System- http://www.carolinasmedicalcenter.org/

Schools