Known as Race City USA, Mooresville is home to more than 60 NASCAR teams and their garage shops. Plus, many NASCAR drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle make their home in Mooresville. Read Guide >
Moorseville, NC houses the headquarters of the Lowe's home improvement stores. Mooresville attracts families and relocating business executives because of its stable housing market, pleasant sunny weather and breadth of recreational amenities in town. I-77 runs north and south through the town while I-40 runs east and west. To make it even easier for commuters, I-85 is only 15 miles away. This puts more than half of the U.S. population within a day's drive of Mooresville. While Mooresville's population does skew slightly younger, thanks in large part to the many colleges and universities nearby, it's primarily a community of families. The small city is quickly growing, and sometimes those growing pains can erupt into full-blown traffic jams. Steer clear of major roads -- Plaza Dr/150 and Charlotte Hwy/21 are the main culprits -- during typical rush hour times and you should be fine.
When Should I Look for Rental Homes?
You'll find that looking for an apartment or rental home is easiest at the beginning of summer when students have moved out and just after Thanksgiving when the NASCAR season is over. Conversely, if you have to search in the fall when school is about to begin or in January when the NASCAR teams are hiring new pit crews, you'll need to move super-fast to not lose a great space. Be prepared to plop down a deposit the day you view an apartment because it might not be there the next day, or even a few hours later.
What Paperwork Should I Bring?
Proof of income (about two times the rent) in the form of pay stubs or a letter of employment stating your salary is definitely required when you're apartment hunting. If you're bringing a pet, have Rover's vet records up to date and in hand. Be prepared to pay a security deposit and a pet deposit if applicable, with each possibly running a few hundred dollars.
Mayhew: Jutting out into Lake Norman in southwestern Mooresville, this area is a mixture of medium to small houses and smaller apartments. Commuting from this spot isn't the most convenient, but you're moving here for the view anyway.$$$
Mount Mourne: With I-77 cutting through the center, you can easily get to Charlotte or Statesville in no time. Lots of stores and banks are convenient to Mount Mourne as well. You'll pay through the nose for the convenience, however. Larger rental homes and apartment complexes will eat up a large portion of your take-home pay, even with roommates.$$$$$
Lake Norman/McCrary: On the east shore of Lake Norman and the west side of Mooresville, the area around the McCrary access area is more owner-occupied. But if you stick close to River Hwy (150), you can find apartment complexes, although they tend to be a little outdated. Prices here are almost as expensive as Mount Mourne, but you're getting a lot less convenient location due to the massive traffic backups that occur frequently on 150.$$$$$
Coddle Creek: The eastern portion of Mooresville is rural to the extreme. You can score a rental home -- large or small -- or even a mobile home, but apartments aren't common here. Neither are there many grocery stores, drug stores or really anything else except land and more land. The area is starting to become more developed, however, so if you can hang in there, you might want to pick your spot now before prices go up. The further away from Mooresville you get, the closer you are to Concord and its massive Concord Mills mall, and the prices start to creep higher.$-$$$$
Not sure how to fill your free time once you make the move to Mooresville? Lake Norman is always a safe choice. Launch a boat, fish, walk trails that wind along the lake's shore or even head to one of the beach areas. Churches outnumber pretty much everything else, and gourmet dining is not in demand. Chain restaurants and fast food places dot the landscape, so definitely plan on regularly hitting a walking path, golf course or park.
When you need to get a major retail therapy fix, head to Birkdale Village just south of Mooresville, Concord Mills to the east, or drive about 20 minutes south into Charlotte. See a Panthers game, visit a museum or dine at a world-class restaurant, then drive home to your vast acreage in Mooresville.