Welcome to Davidson

Charming lakeside college town with calm neighborhoods and quaint locally-owned businesses

Davidson is the epitome of a charming Southern small town. With its quiet neighborhoods and beautiful homes, locally-owned restaurants, coffee shops, and businesses, parks, and walkable streets and trails, living in Davidson can feel like you’ve stepped into the textbook example of a perfect historic small town. With close proximity to Charlotte and Lake Norman, life in Davidson allows you access to outdoor activities and the lake as well as the vibrant city life without having to compromise on comfort and relaxation in your own town.

The Davidson Real Estate Market

Spacious homes, large properties, and serene neighborhoods are all quintessential Davidson. Choose between living close to the college for more liveliness or away from the hustle and bustle in your own tranquil retreat. 

Prime Neighborhoods in Davidson

  • River Run
  • Runneymede
  • Bailey Springs
  • Annison
  • The Farm at Riverpointe

What To Love About Davidson

  • 20 minutes from Uptown Charlotte and close proximity to Lake Norman
  • Small college town historic charm
  • Walkable and bikable streets and trails
  • Award-winning restaurants and dining options 
  • Plenty of outdoor activities on the lake, golf, tennis, and more

Dining & Shopping

For a small town, Davidson’s dining options are impressive. It’d be impossible to talk about restaurants in Davidson without mentioning Kindred, an award-winning family-owned restaurant with small plates, great crafted drinks, and delicious milk bread. Speaking of sweet pastries, if you enjoy donuts, Milk Bread is the place to go. The Pickled Peach is an adorable favorite for weekend brunch with outdoor seating on a nice day. Alternatively, on the weekend, head to the Davidson Farmer’s Market on Saturday to get your fresh produce and other goods — and don’t forget to stop by the cinnamon roll stand to try mouth-watering fresh cinnamon rolls. For your casual dining needs, Brickhouse Tavern has you covered with a huge bar, half-off beer on Thursdays, and pizza. Il Bosco satisfies your Italian cravings with pizza, pasta, and more. And of course, what would a Southern town be without barbeque? The Crazy Pig is the place to go for barbeque, live music, and a relaxed atmosphere. 

While you’ll have to drive the 20 minutes to Charlotte for your designer shopping needs, Davidson is filled with quaint locally-owned businesses and shops. From bookstores to boutiques to craft shops, you can find clothes, unique gifts, and knickknacks alike all by walking around the town.

Things to Do

While it is a small town, there’s still lots to do in Davidson. Walk around the downtown area or Davidson College for adorable small shops and to enjoy the energy of the students living near campus. When downtown, swing by the historic Davidson Soda Shop for a treat with your family. During the holidays, there are different events to enjoy with your community and family, such as lighting the Christmas tree. You can watch or play baseball and other sports, or just enjoy the community sporting atmosphere. Dogs are very welcome in Davidson and there are plenty of backwoods and trails for dogs and humans alike. Of course, there are endless outdoor activities – hiking, biking, walking, golfing, tennis, boating, canoeing, and more. And if this is not enough, Davidson is a mere 20 minute drive from Uptown Charlotte, where you can find any and every type of entertainment and offering you could imagine. 

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