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June 22nd, 2008 Listed Under: Community Reports, Things To Do Charlotte

Popular Birkdale Village- The perfect community mix of shopping, eatery and easy living homes

By Kelli Robinson

When the kids and I first visited the Lake Norman area, my husband had already been here two months, having started his job living in corporate housing in Huntersville. We were visiting a month prior to our permanent move here,it was a warm June day; thus, we discovered the water fountain at Birkdale Village. A huge fountain in the center of a bustling shopping and dining community. Kids sprinted through the fountain, some in bathing suits, others – like mine – fully clothed, fully wet, and fully loving it. As I sat on the shaded park bench watching my kids dash through the spray, I took a peek around and knew it was an area I wanted to visit again, and we have. Sometimes with the kids, and sometimes without.

BirBirkdale Villagekdale Village is a shopping, dining, entertainment, living, and working- mixed use in the real estate world, a complex located in Huntersville just off of Exit 25 of Interstate 77, in the area I call Lower Lake Norman. .

The shopping and dining venues offer a mix of chain establishments and unique boutiques and eateries. If you want to spend an afternoon browsing books, Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Birkdale Village is the closest Lake Norman bookstore to do so. On fall and winter Sunday afternoons you can catch the Carolina Panthers football games – or your hometown team’s games – on the big screens at the Fox & Hound Restaurant. When my mother came to visit, we had fun browsing the one-of-a-kind shops like Maddi’s Gallery and One Neighborhood. A few months ago my husband and I actually went on a date (parentspeak for an evening without the kids) in Birkdale. We had a wonderful dinner at Red Rocks Cafe, and enjoyed an after-dinner drink at Corkscrew Wine Shop & Bar.

What makes Birkdale Village fun is the community feel. This isn’t just a block of shops and restaurants, but rather a gathering place. During the summer months you can enjoy outdoor concerts every Friday and Saturday evening. Each December, the fountain shuts down and is replaced by a plush, velvet chair in anticipation of Santa’s arrival. In between there are fall festivals.


You know I’m always looking for summer outings with the kids, and Birkdale offers the opportunity any day, but especially on Wednesdays. We start by browsing the children’s department at Barnes and Noble, then head to the movie theater, Movies @ Birkdale. Every Wednesday throughout the summer months the theater shows free kids’ movies at 10:00 a.m. The movie is usually done by 11:30. Either that or my kids’ attention span is! We grab some lunch and, weather permitting, the kids splash in the fountain for awhile. That’s a full day, so they’re exhausted and in bed early, which always makes this mom happy!


Next time you’re in Huntersville, check out Birkdale Village. With or without the kids, you’ll find something to enjoy.

For more things to do in Charlotte, try these posts by Kelli:  her visit to the Raptor Center  or her visit to Jetton Park in Cornelius


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Terry McDonald
I'm the owner/team leader of The McDonald Group at Wilkinson and Associates ERA Powered real estate brokers here in Charlotte NC. A transplanted Washinghtonian, my family and I came from the NYC area in 1993.
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