This New England style town is located just 20 miles from Charlotte and is known for its college town feel and great neighbors. This small community is setting the standard for creating healthy and vibrant neighborhoods in a historic setting. Founded by cotton planters, Davidson consisted of small farms and plantations and the area remained very rural into the 20th century when residents founded a Presbyterian college. Davidson College is one of the nation’s top private universities, ‘the Harvard of the South.’ Davidson has an especially strong sense of community due to the central main street and village green next to campus. Its strong civic leadership are active, engaged citizens.
The high quality of life is attracting development, which the town accommodates partly by revitalizing its existing buildings. Its new neighborhoods incorporate a variety of lot sizes and housing types, including affordable housing and neighborhood parks within a five-minute walk. To preserve and enhance Davidson’s character, the town adopted the Davidson Land Plan in 1995 and an innovative Planning Ordinance in 2001. The ordinance seeks significant public involvement, a critical component for any community that wants to plan where and how it will grow. The town requires pedestrian, bicycle, and street circulation plans for all new development. Streets are designed to discourage cars from speeding, making it easier for Davidson’s 7,800 residents to walk and bicycle around town. To further encourage walking, the town requires narrow, tree-lined streets with on-street parking and sidewalks on both sides of the street.
On any given weekend you’ll find families, children and students on the town green enjoying pick-up football games, play dates, festivals, jugglers, croquet matches and outdoor concerts, including Charlotte Symphony performances as part of the Summer Pops series. Davidson’s Main Street street has shops, wide sidewalks, a community library and is clearly built for pedestrians and bike riders.
In the last few years, the town has acquired almost 500 acres of open space. Residents will find miles of greenways and walking trails that connect neighborhoods and provide residents with alternate ways to get around town and to access nature up close. Davidson has been facing explosive growth with young families and families with school-aged children moving in. Yet the community continues to maintain its small-town character and values that make it so unique. RETURN TO DAVIDSON CHARLOTTE NEIGHBORHOOD HOMES FOR SALE SEARCH