Charlotte is growing by leaps and bounds: its population has increased by more than 10% in the last five years. Why? While Charlotte was once known as a “hornet’s nest of rebellion” during the days of the Revolutionary War, today it is better known as Banktown (home of Bank of America and Wells Fargo’s East Coast HQ, among others), NASCAR Central, and even “The Energy Capital.”
If your preferred form of rebellion consists of avoiding high rent ($892 is the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Charlotte, according to Yardi Matrix) while staying close to your job in the city, you’ll want to take a look at these cities close to Charlotte:
Commute time to downtown Charlotte: 20 minutes (14.4 mi)
Best find: Huntersville Apartments, starting at $595 for a studio to $725 for a 2-bed, 1-bath unit (check availability)
Perks: furnished units available; washer/dryer; minutes from shopping and from nearby Lake Norman
Huntersville is north of Charlotte, on the edge of Mecklenburg County, and is a popular place to call home for many who work in the city. Lake Norman draws many to the area for boating and swimming, while the Carolina Raptor Center lets you get up close and personal with wildlife.
But, if you need a taste of the city life, Huntersville Apartments are just minutes from I-77 and a short 20-minute drive into the heart of Charlotte.
Commute time to downtown Charlotte: 34 minutes (26.8 mi)
Best find: Stonewood, from $595 for a 1-bed, 1-bath to $705 for a 2-bed, 1-bath apartment (check availability)
Perks: picnic area with grill; swimming pool and playground; convenient location near Lake Norman
Also north of Charlotte, on the southern end of Iredell County, Mooresville is an attractive town that provides residents with the beauty of nature and the convenience of proximity to big city life. Look around the town and you’ll see what its citizens really love: racing! TripAdvisor lists racing-related activities among the favorite things to do in Mooresville, from JR Motorsports to the NC Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
While the apartments at Stonewood are slightly more than a 30-minute commute to Charlotte, their location and amenities make it worth the trip.
Commute time to downtown Charlotte: 30 minutes (24.3 miles)
Best find: Davidson Apartment Homes, from $510 for a 1-bed to $800 for a 3-bed apartment (check availability)
Perks: gym and basketball court; pool; close to I-85 and shopping
Located northeast of the city, in the greater Charlotte area, Concord offers a pedestrian-friendly downtown with shopping, dining, museums and more. If you’re looking for something a little faster, check out the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
At just 30 minutes from the heart of Charlotte, Davidson Apartment Homes are a great choice for those who want plenty of space for a reasonable price.
Commute time to downtown Charlotte: 36 minutes (20.2 mi)
Best find: Woodbrook, with studio units starting at $615, up to $695 for a 2-bed, 1-bath apartment (check availability)
Perks: short-term leases available; high-speed internet; basketball court, workout facility, and pool; convenient location near Hwy 74
If escaping to the country after a fast-paced day at work in the city sounds like your idea of heaven, the apartments at Woodbrook are definitely worth considering.