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Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent Julie Coffey could easily be crowned the queen of packing and unpacking. Up until her move to Charlotte in 2004, she lived in 11 states, as well as internationally. Once (finally) settled (again), she called several neighborhoods home before deciding to put down her roots in Gaston County.
“Gaston County has the perfect marriage of modern conveniences, great schools, friendly neighborhoods, and abundant cultural and natural recreation that were essential to me and my family,” says Coffey.
Sealing the deal was a lifestyle allowing for great life balance!
C5 caught up with Julie to talk more about Gaston County and why buyers should take a first (or second) look at this wonderful place to call home.
C5: What do you love about Gaston County?
JC: With more than 200,000 residents, Gaston County has 13 distinct municipalities, each with its own personality and energy. Whether you prefer quaint small towns, big city amenities for shopping, dining and entertainment, or just to enjoy the great outdoors, there’s plenty to see, do and LOVE about Gaston County.
C5: What makes Gaston County special?
JC: Maybe it’s the affordable home prices, the slightly slower pace, the wider smiles or the friendly waves as you drive down the canopied streets. Life in Gaston is a breath of fresh air. If you’re craving life away from the constant rush of traffic and hectic pace, but still want an easy commute, there’s no better place.
C5: What advice do you have for house hunters looking in Gaston County?
JC: Whether you’re looking for affordable family housing, a trendy, low-maintenance loft in the center of town, or a luxury home on the river —there’s something for everyone. Many buyers are attracted to the well-maintained historic homes just waiting for a buyer to add their special touch.
C5: Let’s get to the good stuff. Where do you like to eat?
JC: Living close to downtown Gastonia means you have amazing options like Webb Custom Kitchen or Barristers in the historic Esquire hotel. I like bringing family and friends to the Social Vineyard, Gaston Pour House, Freeman’s Pub or Cavendish Brewery. Pop over to Belmont and check out Nellie’s Southern Kitchen or the funky fare at The String Bean. Gaston County has a great mix of independently owned and national chain eateries — and even a few “famous” food trucks!
C5: What are some other gems in Gaston County?
JC: That’s a fun list. Here are a few of my faves! The U.S. National Whitewater Center offers world class hiking, biking, and of course, water fun, including rapids, and stand up paddle boarding, zip line tours and more! Crowders Mountain State Park means a day of scenic hiking trails with some of the best views around. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a garden for ALL seasons — even winter! The holidays aren’t complete without a trip through Christmas Town USA and the Schiele Museum of Natural History offers regional wildlife exhibits, natural areas, a planetarium and a nature trail. Whew! And that’s just the beginning.
C5: What’s next for Gaston County?
JC: There are HUGE developments underway, such as the new Franklin Urban Sports and Entertainment (FUSE) area, building developments, neighborhood growth and upcoming initiatives to increase access to Gaston County. There’s a lot going on you need to see.
Contact Julie Coffey to find out more about Gaston County. Whether you are looking here or Charlotte or somewhere in between, Julie can help make your buying and selling dreams a reality.
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