Welcome to Cornelius

Charming lakeside town with luxury homes, boutique shopping, and locally-owned restaurants.

The perfect mix of peaceful and vibrant Cornelius offers residents a balanced mix of enjoying nature and the lake while being able to easily access Uptown Charlotte, Birkdale Village, and everything downtown Cornelius has to offer. Those looking to live on the lake without giving up modern luxuries will find that Cornelius provides an incredible balance of the best of both worlds that is truly hard to find.

The Cornelius Real Estate Market

Cornelius boasts 54 miles of shoreline, meaning there is no shortage of lakefront properties. Expect beautiful luxury homes, modern townhouses, and smaller condos in Cornelius, all in close proximity or on the lake. The Peninsula Club and The Peninsula Yacht Club are favorites among boaters, golfers, tennis players, and pickleball lovers.

Prime Neighborhoods in Cornelius

  • The Peninsula
  • 100 Norman Place
  • Captains Point
  • Crown Harbor
  • Blue Stone Harbor
  • Weatherstone
  • Oakhurst
  • Jetton Cove
  • Robbins Park (The Park)

What To Love About Cornelius

  • Residents love outdoor activities – hiking, biking, boating, golf, tennis
  • It is only 20 minutes from Uptown Charlotte, South Park, and neighbors two other small towns
  • Unique and delicious locally-owned restaurants and shopping
  • Smaller historic downtown area that’s perfect for walking around
  • Freedom Boat Club has three locations around Cornelius making lake life a reality

Dining & Shopping

Though Cornelius residents love to spend time outdoors during the day, there are plenty of incredible restaurants to explore at night! 131 MAIN Restaurant is phenomenal, with delicious steak, fish, and cornbread to die for; it’s one of those restaurants where you will never have a bad meal. Another steak and fish favorite is Choplin’s Restaurant. At the New York Butcher Shoppe & Wine Bar, you can purchase your meat and wine and take it home to cook…or you can ask them to cook it for you, order some sides, and enjoy it right there in the store. Barrel & Fork is another classic that is my go-to place for dinner with amazing crafted cocktails (their charcuterie board is superb). If you want to feel like you’re in France for breakfast or lunch, head to the French Market Cafe & Gourmet Shop (and don’t forget to make a reservation!). There are several smaller boutique stores to explore, but for your bigger shopping needs, you’re never too far from nearby towns or Uptown Charlotte. 

Things to Do

Cornelius is arguably the best place for those who love water sports. Whether kayaking, jetskiing, or even just swimming, Cornelius is filled with a community of residents who love to be on the water. While the downtown area is smaller than surrounding towns, you can still enjoy a wide variety of incredible restaurants. Many of the buildings around the town are old converted homes, making it a haven for lovers of architecture and small-town charm. When you’re walking around downtown, it almost feels like you’re living in a magazine! Cornelius is a great location for commuters and those who want to be close to a city without living in it, as it is only a short 20-minute drive from Charlotte. With plenty of parks, breweries, restaurants, and, of course, outdoor activities, there’s a reason people truly love to live in Cornelius.  

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