Living in Belmont, N.C.

    Nestled right along the Catawba River, the town of Belmont offers the small-town life within minutes of the big city.

    Belmont grew up as a textile town, and that history is still apparent in its wealth of historic mills dotting the landscape. These mills are now being repurposed into the town’s new apartments, retail centers and offices.

    The town of Belmont is only expected to grow as Charlotte’s development is headed ever westward. Current plans call for the Charlotte Area Transit System to extend light rail over the river right into the heart of the town.

    One note of caution: If you’re looking at house listings, take care. The town of Belmont is easily confused with the Charlotte neighborhood of the same name. They share some history with the textile industry, but today they are on much different tracks.

    Vitals

    Population: 11,373

    Commute distance to Uptown: 20 minutes

    Median age: 38.4

    Median household income: $62,201

    Median home sales price: $180,200

    Average rent: $892

    Things to do in Belmont

    Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. This 380-acre preserve is a Charlotte-area gem, with scores of beautiful flower varieties and even some rare tropical plants. Details.

    Muddy River Distillery. North Carolina’s oldest craft rum distillery offers public tours. Details.

    Nellie’s. This Southern food restaurant is owned by the Jonas family of Disney Channel fame. Try the banana pudding. Details.

    Mugshots Coffee. This coffee shop was founded by two former law enforcement officers. Try the maple latte. Details.

    Belmont General Store. Take a trip back in time and pick up some ice cream, hardware or bagels. Details.

    Belmont real estate

    Belmont still offers a lot of house for your money, whether it’s a historic bungalow or a newly constructed home pushing 3,000 square feet. New townhome construction is also spreading into Belmont, particularly near the river.

    Cover photo by the Historic Belmont Foundation via Flickr (Creative Commons)