Christmas at Stowe Botanical Gardens

In addition to its wide variety of lifestyles in Charlotte communities, the Charlotte, NC area also boasts of many Museums, Parks and Historical Sites. Stowe Botanical Gardens has a Holiday display you and your family won’t want to miss.

Stowe Tree

The Christmas-themed Orchid Tree is just one of many unexpected and lavish displays welcoming guests. Outside, the Visitor Center and grounds are glowing with lights. My favorite was the stand of tall oaks and pines decorated with bright lights they call “dripping icicles,” but looked to me like falling stars. Another must-see is the walkway decorated with green and blue lights creating the effect of grapes on the vine hanging over your head.

Nestled in the heart of the lush Stowe grounds is the Lost Hollow for children. Families can gather around an open fire pit and roast mashmallows to make s’mores. Food trucks take turns each night offering a variety of fresh-cooked options. And did I mention the two wine and beer bars for harried adults?

While the architecture of the Visitor’s Center is modern, and many of the lighting displays are high-tech, there’s no slighting of the traditional. A quartet of barbershop singers, all decked out in Dickensian costumes, performs old favorites as well as a some newer holiday songs. And if you’re really in the mood for an old-fashioned holiday treat, there are horse-drawn carriage tours of the spacious grounds.

Whether Christmas or any other time of the year, you’ll see that with so much to see and do in and around Charlotte, it’s little wonder it’s such a desirable destination.

Collinswood Homes

Collinswood Homes – Affordable Ranchers Just Minutes from the Light Rail Attractions

Collinswood homes comprise a sweet little enclave of one-story brick ranch homes about 6 miles south of Uptown. It is perfectly situated along the Lynx light rail for quick access to the restaurants and cultural offerings in Historic South End and Uptown — try Food Truck Friday on Camden Road. And don’t miss the Olde Mecklenberg Brewery with its German-style brews and beer garden.

In the other direction is the ‘50s-era Park Road Shopping Center. This recently updated neighborhood classic is a one-stop shop for dining, movies, coffee shops plus you can take care of your practical needs at Blackhawk Hardware and Harris Teeter. From there you are steps from the Little Sugar Creek Greenway and Freedom Park.

In Collinswood you will meet your neighbors on their daily walks to Collins Park where you’ll enjoy the tennis court, a playground, picnic tables and a playing field. And while you’re there visit the Little Free Library, pictured below. Collinswood Homes

Collinswood & Collins Park Homes For Sale

Listings 1 - 3 of 3

4405 Garris Road -- 2 BR, 2.1 BA
Price: $319,000 (1890 sqft)
Subdivision: Collins Park
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HM Properties | MLS # 3232888 | Active
820 Lochridge Road -- 3 BR, 2.1 BA
Price: $299,900 (1393 sqft)
Subdivision: Collins Park
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Costello R.E. and | MLS # 3252948 | Active
454 Scaleybark Road -- 3 BR, 2 BA
Price: $299,900 (1456 sqft)
Subdivision: Collins Park
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Keller Williams South | MLS # 3262866 | Active

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Woodbridge Homes

Like Trees? You’ll love Woodbridge Homes!”

Built in the 1970s, many Woodbridge homes have been remodeled, so a variety of homes are available from the $200s to $400s. A short drive from upscale South Park Mall and bordered by Providence and Carmel roads, Woodbridge offers easy access to Uptown Charlotte via Providence or Randolph roads.

Woodbridge Homes

Woodbridge Homes Appear Amongst the Trees

Woodbridge homes are nestled among quiet, tree-lined sidewalks and wide streets. Throughout the year, kids will bike on the streets, and the retired will take their evening stroll. Nearby Carmel Road Park is a popular destination, with tennis courts, a soccer field, picnic facilities, and playground equipment. There are restaurants, a coffee shop, and a wine bar within walking distance as well.

The Homeowner’s Association is voluntary, and in addition to maintaining its flower-lined entrance at Carmel Road, also sponsors community yard sales, a Halloween parade for the kids, and an annual cookout. You can read more on the Woodbridge Homeowners Association Facebook page. Find the Woodbridge homes for sale below.

Woodbridge Homes For Sale

Listings 1 - 7 of 7

158 Quail Hollow Drive -- 2 BR, 3.1 BA
Price: $529,900 (3524 sqft)
Subdivision: Woodbridge
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Keller Williams South | MLS # 3229019 | Active
132 Quail Hollow Drive -- 4 BR, 6.2 BA
Price: $499,000 (5768 sqft)
Subdivision: Woodbridge
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Allen Tate Shelby | MLS # 3175534 | Active
4911 Pine Ridge Road -- 3 BR, 2.1 BA
Price: $420,000 (2304 sqft)
Subdivision: Woodbridge
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Allen Tate SouthPark | MLS # 3262719 | Active
137 Waterwood Drive -- 3 BR, 2 BA
Price: $309,000 (2032 sqft)
Subdivision: Woodbridge
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Carolina Realty | MLS # 3264309 | Active
108 Three Oaks Lane -- 3 BR, 2 BA
Price: $285,000 (1657 sqft)
Subdivision: Woodbridge
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RE/MAX Select | MLS # 3229729 | Active
138 Muirfield Drive -- 3 BR, 3 BA
Price: $224,500 (2917 sqft)
Subdivision: Woodbridge
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RE/MAX Foothills | MLS # 3217295 | Active
718 Woodbridge Drive -- 3 BR, 2 BA
Price: $139,900 (1569 sqft)
Subdivision: Woodbridge
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Carrington Real | MLS # 3247799 | Active

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