So it’s finally open. After a few years of watching our subdivision fill up with new houses and being surrounded by lots of trees and fields our area hit its first milestone of growth. The 100 store Charlotte Premium Outlets opened on July 31st. This is potentially step one of a large expansion in Southwest Charlotte and this expansion is one of the reason why we bought where we did (my work being the main factor). Here’s our pro’s and con’s list of our new neighbors. We’ll start with the cons because you always gotta end on a high note (kind of like why you always have to make your last shot in basketball practice):
- Traffic: Obviously more to do is going to bring more traffic. We live on a street that is currently a main way out of the larger community of Berewick (there are 4 entrances\exits). We are also located about 1/4 to 1/2 mile away from thepeople started parking on our street because it was all they could find. Thank you CMPD for cleaning that up quickly and blocking off our street. In the future we do expect more cars on our street until they finish the main road leading into the neighborhood. stores. What this means is that the first weekend the stores were open
- Riff-Raff: Being in a more undeveloped area usually means the people and cars coming through are residents or have some sort of connection. With a few thousands shoppers coming in on the weekends that’s a lot of people with no connection to the neighborhood. Luckily we have a pretty involved community (there was an HOA meeting before the mall opened and a few hundred people showed up) which will help in keeping our neighborhood nice.
- My Daughter: I now live a 10 minute walk away from a mall with all the stores one could want and I have an extremely cute daughter who loves going there (see Pros section). It’s only a matter of time before she figures out we can buy things for her.
- Bojangles: One just opened up about 1 mile from our house. That’s bad news for the wallet since I basically drive right by it on the way into work every day.
- Bojangles: One just opened up about 1 mile from our house. That’s great news for my stomach since I basically drive right by it on the way into work every day.
- Stuff To Do: I should add “FOR FREE” here. We’ve been to the outlets a few times since it’s opened and Nella absolutely loves it. She loves watching people, walking on the benches, and playing around the fountains. The great think about all of those activities is that they are free and a 10 minute walk from the house and…most importantly it wears her out. By the time we get back she is exhausted and ready for her nap or bedtime routine.
- It means more is on the way: From what I’ve heard the outlets is the first step of the area in growing up. It’s not surprising since we are 15-20 minutes from up town, 5-10 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from all the major interstates. The planned Berewick Town Center has started to clear ground so more restaurants and some local shops are on the way soon. Here is what Pappas (the developer) has released recently regarding the town center.
- Home Value (hopefully): Maybe most importantly I do believe this will help our home value. With more stuff do within walking distance of the home I think our home price will go up. It also helps that it’s around the corner but cannot be seen from our house. We’ll see if this is true in the end and what they build.
Overall we’re happy to have the outlets open and have a little more around us. There are cons as any area grows up but I think that’s to be expected as more people visit and drop in. Hopefully the developers and city council continue to do what they can to keep people on the main roads and out of neighborhood to minimize the cons as much as possible. Also, if you want to go to the outlet mall on the weekend…give us a call before you leave. Parking is still crazy and you can probably park in our driveway and walk over. Easy in-easy out and we get to see you!!