Waxhaw, North Carolina

Waxhaw is no secret when it comes to those on the hunt for a pretty home located in an area with top ranking schools. Waxhaw has easy access to retail shopping, medical care, and reasonable commute times to the interstate system and airport. Waxhaw fits the bill, and throws in a bonus of lower taxes then Charlotte.

This vibrant town is full of unique character and history. Founded originally by Native American’s called ‘Wysacky’ or ‘The Waxhaws.’

The downtown area of Waxhaw was once surrounded by large tracts of farm land and pastures. Today, the landscape takes on a new look, as those farmlands have turned into substantial subdivisions. The rapidly growing town of Waxhaw is located about 23 miles southeast of downtown Charlotte.

 

Explore what life’s like in Waxhaw, NC:

1. History

2. Location 

3. Lifestyle

4. Things To Do in Waxhaw

5. Real Estate Statistics 

6. Waxhaw NC Real Estate

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1. History

Waxhaw began as a Native American settlement called Wisacky by a group within the Catawba tribe known as the Waxhaws. Due to its location along a trading path from Virginia to Georgia, Europeans, mostly Scots-Irish, began settling in the area. This eventually culminated in the incorporation of the community in 1889, making it the third-oldest town in Union County. President Andrew Jackson grew up in the Waxhaw region and is believed by some to have been born not far outside of the present-day town limits.

The town’s first boom came with the creation of a textile mill on the east side of town in the late 1800s. The mill remained the primary industry in Waxhaw until its decline in the 1940s. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the community experienced a rebirth with the establishment of several antique shops. Though the town remained relatively small and rural, Waxhaw became known as a “hidden” shopping destination. Due to growth pressures from the Charlotte region and the rise of the banking industry, the community experienced another boom in development and population beginning in the early 2000s.

In 1991, the town of Waxhaw was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its downtown historic district is on track to become a local historic district as well. Waxhaw is a North Carolina Main Street Community, and is working to blend its historic downtown core with the new development occurring on the outskirts of town.

 

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2. Location

Just down Providence Road over the Union County border is a once-sleepy town that’s experienced exponential growth in the past few years. Waxhaw, NC has seen its population spike 93% since 2010.

The rapidly-growing town of Waxhaw, NC is located about 23 miles southeast of downtown Charlotte. Waxhaw is in Union County and bordered by Mineral Springs, Marvin, Wesley Chapel, Monroe, Fort Mill, Indian Trail, Matthews, Stallings, and Weddington.

 

 

3. Waxhaw Lifestyle

Waxhaw has a small-town, casual, laid-back vibe. One of the best things about living in Waxhaw is how rural it feels with some farmland remaining, but still so close to life’s conveniences.

Resident's daily commute usually includes a pleasant drive past horse farms, produce stands & large estates

With hundreds of locally owned businesses, Downtown Waxhaw has exactly what you're looking for! From breweries and restaurants to boAutiques and gift shops, you'll love spending the day exploring the historic heart of our town.

The town of Waxhaw is known for its history as a destination for antique collectors. Sarah Lynn Byrum opened the area’s first antique shop back in the 1960s and began a trend for many other companies and merchants who ended up doing the same.

The Overhead Bridge, located downtown, is one of the most iconic images of the Waxhaw community. The bridge was built in 1888 when the railroad company built a rail line to Atlanta. Until 1940, it served as a main fairway for automobiles through town. Today, the newly renovated bridge has been designated for pedestrian use only.

The public schools in Waxhaw are highly rated, and the town is close to the Ballantyne area, which has great shopping and restaurants.

Waxhaw celebrates many festivals such as the Art Kaleidoscope Festival -where the arts "Kaleid" with food, music, and crafts. Alongside the Kaleidoscope Festival is the "Art is Beer" Craft Beer Fest. Both, putting a new spin on historic downtown.

4. Things to do in Waxhaw

 

Waxhaw’s Farmers Market – If you love fresh produce then you must check out Waxhaw’s Farmer’s Market. They have tons of great produce including vegetables, local honey, baked goods, fresh eggs & more!  They are open most Saturday’s from 9am -1pm.

Cane Creek Park – If you want to reset in nature for the day, a trip to Cane Creek Park is the perfect location for you. There are walking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, a disc golf course, & you can even fish from the bank of the pond.  It’s the perfect place to kick back and relax.

The DreamChasers Brewery  – Union County’s First and Waxhaw’s only Brewery. This brewery is known for its transformed space, once served as a fire station and now hosts music bingo on Tuesday nights from 7-9 p.m, trivia on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m, and the occasional build your own mimosa bar on Sunday.

Waxhaw Antique Mart  – Check out Waxhaw Antique Mart, a local favorite in Waxhaw NC. Located in downtown Waxhaw on the first floor of a beautiful historic building from the 1800’s, you will find some wonderful treasures.

Waxhaw Escape  They offer various escape rooms and virtual reality experiences that immerse players in a theme that blends both fiction and non fiction.

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5. Real Estate Statistics

Average Price: $674,668
Highest Price: $3.85M
Avg.Price/Sqft: $203.90
Lowest Price: $120,000
Total Sold Listings (past Year): 1211
Total Single Family Homes Sold: 1176
Total Condo / Townhomes Sold: 35

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6. Waxhaw NC Real Estate

 The downtown area of Waxhaw was once surrounded by large tracts of farm land and pastures. Today, the landscape takes on a new look, as those farmlands have turned into substantial subdivisions. Waxhaw has grown significantly over the years, with the development of various residential neighborhoods, retail, and commercial complexes.The major areas for real estate developers has been concentrated along the northern borders of Union County – at the edge of Ballantyne and Providence Road, as it makes its way South out of Charlotte.

The Waxhaw subdivisions provide you with a great selection of amenity-rich neighborhoods, featuring community pools, clubhouses, walking trails and tennis courts. Waxhaw homes for sale come in a variety of price ranges, development styles and locations. Some of the communities are within minutes of the Charlotte border, where others can be as much as 15 miles out. Note: the closer you are to Charlotte, the higher the sticker price. Waxhaw also has more than it’s fair share of luxury communities with Charlotte’s fine builders designing some of the most beautiful custom homes in the region. Here are a few of our favorite communities: 

 

The small town charm of Waxhaw NC is carried through out the community of Millbridge. The Iconic bridge frames your entrance to this neighborhood. MillBridge is a bridge to something bigger, bolder and deeper. Sitting on over 900 acres, once complete this community will consist of over 2000 homes.  Residents love living in Millbridge for the active lifestyle it lends them. One of Millbridge’s biggest draws is its award winning amenity package. Millbridge offers a 9,000 square foot clubhouse complete with a fully staffed coffee bar, a junior olympic sized family fun pool, lazy rivers, tennis courts, basketball courts, and over 60 acres of nature trails, walking trails and parks. Milbridge offers homes built from 2007 to some new construction options as well. 

 

Providence Downs South is one of the most premier neighborhoods, not only in Waxhaw NC, but in all of Charlotte NC. Providence Downs South is a gated luxury community known for its amenities that exudes old world charm. Beautifully crafted luxury homes line your entry into this community.  All of the lots are beautifully dotted with trees, creating a peaceful and private feel that makes you feel right at home. The communities generous amenity package includes a luxurious clubhouse with a fireplace and pool table, a junior olympic sized pool, a children’s indoor activity room, a fitness center, an outdoor pavilion with grill, three tennis courts, a basketball court, and a volley ball court.  Providence Downs South’s ambiance is enhanced with ponds, walking trails, and abundant green space.  Homesites range from half an acre to an acre and these luxury custom homes range from 4,000 square feet up to 10,000 square feet. 

 

The Club at Longview is regarded as one of the most exclusive luxury neighborhoods in the Charlotte area. Located in Waxhaw, NC, this gated golf community is just south of the Charlotte city limits and the booming south Charlotte and Ballantyne Areas. 

The Club at Longview is truly life at its best. Longview represents a unique alternative to other country clubs in North Carolina, featuring a distinctive sense of community and unmatched amenities including a spacious clubhouse, 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, 4 well-maintained tennis courts, a large pool, indoor and outdoor dining, and so much more! With an unwavering commitment to quality facilities and service, you will feel right at home when you to visit the Club and experience the Longview lifestyle.

 

One of Waxhaw, North Carolina’s most desired and perennially favorite communities since 2006, Lawson is an idyllic neighborhood set on 558 picturesque acres with tree-lined streets and miles of scenic nature/walking trails.

Community amenities include the Millhouse/Clubhouse, swim complex, tennis courts, kids’ playground, fitness center. All the fun of a country club lifestyle without the country club lifestyle cost.

 

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