Located along the southern shores of Lake Norman, Cornelius is a relatively small, upbeat town with waterfront communities and a modern feel. A variety of price points means lake living is within reach for many budgets. A proposed arts district will bring even more shops and restaurants, and recent notoriety includes a nod from MSN as “One of the Best Lake Towns in the USA.” Plus, the vantage point for sunsets in Cornelius is the best on the lake!

Key Features

Lake Norman: Spanning four counties, Lake Norman is the largest manmade body of fresh water in North Carolina. Cornelius abuts the lake’s southern shores, meaning many of the town’s neighborhoods, the local golf course, and shopping and dining options either front the lake or offer easy lake access. The Pen Cup Gala of the Peninsula Yacht Club offers residents a unique reason to gather on the lake every year.

Outdoor Paradise: Cornelius offers much more than just water sports! Explore a nature preserve, hike on a trail or greenway, or gather with friends and play sports at a public park. Of course, if the water calls, you can boat, paddle board, or spend time soaking up the sun on the beach at Ramsey Creek Park.

Nest Picks

My Aloha Paddle

Combine yoga and paddle boarding at My Aloha Paddle, a “yoga on the water” class that is both rejuvenating and a challenging.

D9 Brewing Company

D9 Brewing Company has 15 craft beers to sample, plentiful outdoor seating, food trucks, and live music. Swell Rider and Old Town Brown Ale are two perennial favorites!

Port City Club

Port City Club is a uniquely designed waterfront restaurant located on Lake Norman. The lively atmosphere is complete with a restaurant and bar, a deck, and outdoor couches. It's one of only a handful of restaurants in the area directly accessible by boat!

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