The city of Concord is pictureperfect. Less than 20 minutes north of Charlotte, it extends over 63 square miles across the rolling hills of the southern Piedmont and boasts an idyllic atmosphere that attracts growing families and single professionals alike. The historic downtown, with its beautifully preserved buildings and tree-lined streets, has a distinct charm.
But what truly sets Concord apart is its strong sense of community, something that’s enhanced by the local government’s efforts to encourage a high level of participation among citizens.
A fast-growing city, Concord has an estimated population of over 85,000. It serves as the seat of Cabarrus County and lies directly south of Kannapolis. Lake Norman is just around half an hour’s drive to the west.
Real estate in Concord
Concord’s housing stock consists of single-family homes, townhomes, and condos. There’s a good mix of historic and new construction homes. Lots and vacant land are also available, many in new developments.
Concord has three historic districts where many of its older homes can be found – Edgewood, North Union, and South Union. Bungalow, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Italianate are prevalent architectural styles.
A number of condos can be found in downtown Concord, and quite a few of the city’s newer subdivisions offer custom-built homes, including:
- Afton Village
- Bedford Farms
- Laurel Park
- The Mills at Rocky River
- Skybrook North Villages
Luxury homes can have as many as five bedrooms and several garage bays. These properties can be found in gated communities and often boast high-end features like private pools, whirlpools, and poolside lounges. Arbor Oaks and Christenbury Hall are two of Concord’s best-known luxury home communities.
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Attractions and amenities in Concord
- Charlotte Motor Speedway – This renowned motorsports complex hosts three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events and two of the country’s largest swap meets and car shows. Holiday events like the highly anticipated Speedway Christmas – a spectacular light show that stretches for three miles across the speedway’s infield, concourse, and grandstands – take place here throughout the year.
- Concord Mills – With over 200 stores, Concord Mills is North Carolina’s second largest shopping mall.A premier shopping destination,it offers plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Hunt for bargains or book a table at any of the trendy restaurants that can be found here. Drop by The Speedpark at Concord Mills for fun activities like go-karting, bungee jumping, and more.
Historic downtown Concord has beautifully preserved architecture and a fine selection of cafés and restaurants such as:
- Chocolatier Barrucand – Enjoy an assortment of handmade confections and plated desserts at Chocolatier Barrucand. Owned and operated by Jean Luc and Ann Marie Barrucand, the shop’s chocolates are purchased as gifts for special occasions.
- Carm’s Café – Dig into some vegan chili, shrimp and grits, and red beans and rice at this cozy café. Carm’s serves breakfast, and there’s free Wi-Fi for those who need a reliable Internet connection. So drop by early and get some work done on your laptop.
- The Grill at 11 Union – Feast on pork tips pita, Italian subs, sriracha fries, and broccoli cheese soup at The Grill. This neighborhood eatery is open Monday to Saturday for lunch. Grab a bite during your break or bring the family for a casual meal.
- Lil’ Robert’s Place – Lil’ Robert’s offers an extensive selection of tap, craft, and imported beer. The brewery also showcases a wonderful collection of art from local artists. Come here for open mic night on Wednesdays and live music on Saturdays.
For more shopping and dining options, visit the Historic Downtown Concord website.