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Cornelius, NC

  • Population of about 26,898 people
  • Males: 12,818 (47.7%)
  • Females: 14,080 (52.3%)
  • Median resident age: 38.0 years
  • Estimated median household income in 2013: $79,000 (it was $71,259 in 2000)
  • 15 square miles in size
  • Represented by Zip Code 28031, 28036


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Cornelius, North Carolina

Cornelius, North Carolina is a lakeside town located along the east side of Lake Norman and North of Charlotte. Cornelius was established in 1905, originating as a cotton mill and farm community. Upon the creation of Lake Norman in 1963, Cornelius has approximately 70 miles of shoreline on Lake Norman and offers superb dining options to include a couple great waterfront restaurants as well. 

Homes in Cornelius, NC

The number 1 draw for people looking to buy homes in Cornelius, NC is the close proximity to uptown Charlotte, the international airport, hospitals, shopping and the many cultural events it has to offer. Because Cornelius is close to Charlotte, it is also the most expensive community on Lake Norman. A small 1960’s 3 bedroom rambler will set you back a pretty penny. The small waterfront homes are becoming fewer and fewer in Cornelius as people buy them up, knock them down, and build their dream home.

Cornelius is A Growing Community

As Cornelius expands so does the vision for the city. Say hello to the new kid in town. It goes by Northern Regional Recreation Center ( Northern Recreation Center (mecknc.gov). This fantastic facility opened in 2022. You really need to check this place out. It offers so many things for the young and old alike.

Today, Cornelius is a charming, easy-going town with lots to offer. Walking through the pedestrian-friendly downtown, you will find an array of shopping opportunities from locally owned gift and antique shops to various consignment stores. While you browse, stopping by one of their delectable dessert shops is a real treat!

Speaking of downtown Corneilus in 2023, the beautiful Cain Center for the Arts will open. Here you will be able to catch performances, different exhibits, (please bring Chihuly to the Cain Center), or take in one of the many classes available to children and adults. It appears Cornelius will be the cultural hub of Lake Norman… Cheers!     

Waterfront Homes in Cornelius

Cornelius, NC is also home to some of the most amazing waterfront homes that sit on the shores of Lake Norman.  One of the most sought after communities is The Peninsula, which includes its own Country Club.  The Peninsula Country Club is located within the Peninsula Community and is a beautiful retreat that offers superb dining, a stunning golf course, clay tennis courts, a  fitness center and year-round activities for the entire family.  And yes, we even have the addition of pickleball courts coming soon.

Things to do in Cornelius, NC

In addition to the Peninsula Club, you also have the Peninsula Yacht Club, offering an ideal location for water lovers and boaters alike. Members enjoy socializing, entertaining and dining, all overlooking the lake. An array of year-round activities for the kids are provided by the Peninsula Yacht Club’s Kid’s Club from summer camps, movie nights and sailing lessons to paddle boating, kayaking and canoeing 

Driving Directions

Lake Norman Mike :: Lake Norman Real Estate Agent is located on 19901 W Catawba Ave #104 Cornelius.

From Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) head south on Josh Birmingham Pkwy and keep right to continue on Old Dowd Rd.

Then at the traffic circle, take the 1st exit and stay on Old Dowd Rd and turn right onto Marshall Dr. Next, turn left at the 1st cross street onto US-29 S/US-74 W/Wilkinson Blvd and turn left onto the ramp to Interstate 485 Inner N/Spartanburg.

After that use the middle lane to keep left at the fork and follow signs for I-85 S S/Gastonia/Spartanburg/I-485 N Inner N/Statesville.

At this point keep right at the fork, follow signs for Interstate 485 Inner N/Statesville and merge onto I-485 Inner.

Merge onto I-485 Inner and head straight for 11 miles. Then use the right 2 lanes to take exit 23A-B toward Statesville and merge onto I-77 N. Next, take exit 28 to merge onto US-21 S/Catawba Ave and merge onto US-21 S/Catawba Ave.

Finally, turn right onto Knox Rd and turn left onto Nautique Blvd. Turn left onto Knox Road Extension and Lake Norman Mike :: Lake Norman Real Estate Agent will be on your left.