Why you'd want to live in Belmont
You’ll find small-town living at its best in Belmont, a small suburban city in Gaston County, about 15 miles west of uptown Charlotte. Called “beautiful mountain” because of its view of nearby Crowders Mountain, Belmont is growing quickly but retains an aura of good friends and fun. The town is on a large peninsula of land surrounded by the Catawba River to the east, Lake Wylie to the south, and the South Fork of the Catawba River to the west. In the mid-1800s, the Stowe family operated cotton and textile mills around Belmont. Their family has continued the legacy in the local YMCA and The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Nearby are Belmont Abbey College, the U.S. National Whitewater Center and Charlotte Premium Outlets. Downtown Belmont has a renowned historic district filled with beautiful homes. The commercial heart of downtown has Belmont General Store plus antique stores, restaurants, boutiques and other merchants. Portions of the area are quickly developing, and downtown is experiencing redevelopment and revitalization. Many developments are relatively high-end, including numerous waterfront properties, providing Belmont with an interesting mix of modern subdivisions and more modest established mill-era housing.