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5 Reasons Why We Love McLean @ Belmont

Categories: Belmont, McLean, New Homes in Charlotte | Posted: January 26, 2019 | Comments Off on 5 Reasons Why We Love McLean @ Belmont

Having grown up in the Charlotte area, I have to admit I usually blew by Belmont on my way to Crowders Mountain or Asheville. To me it was two exits on I-85 and Belmont Abbey College. That is all I knew about Belmont, NC and I thought that was enough. While I was ignoring Belmont, they were quietly becoming one cool place to live.  Now I know better.

Here are the top five reasons I love McLean  @ Belmont:

1)  Downtown Belmont – Some towns around Charlotte have put themselves on a fast track to grow up, get some national chain retailers, several Starbucks and claim a better quality of life. All the while loosing their heritage and history. Belmont embraces who  they are and  continues to hold onto their small town roots. Downtown Belmont is a collection of local shops and restaurants centered around a well-maintained public park (Stowe Park). The parking is free. There is a brewery (Rivermen Brewing), Cherubs Cafe –  a unique cafe that trains and employs those with challenges,  a museum with many photos of Belmont’s prosperity during  they heyday of textiles (Millican Pictorial History Museum) and more you can discover. You won’t find everything you need here but you will find something you are missing – a friendly, slower paced, gracious way of living.

2) Carolina Thread Trail – I try to hike a lot of trails around here so I get excited about the Carolina Thread Trail. Many years from now, this trail could potentially connect many points in Charlotte through a web of trails and greenways. For now, the trail is a series of independent trails along and through parks, along creeks and sidewalks. Seven Oak Preserve Trail is a part of the Carolina Thread Trail. The trail head for the 5 mile loop is next door to McLean @ Belmont. The trail meanders along the shore of Lake Wylie and connects into more trails at Stowe Botanical Gardens. Usually not very many people are on the this trail. Isn’t that what you really want?

3) Seven Oaks Cafe – This place is interesting and quaint. The Seven Oaks Cafe is in the heart of the McLean community but it really got here first (sort of). The cafe is in the original John Davidson McLean house. Dr. McLean practiced medicine and served his neighbors over 150 years ago at this same location. Today, it is a cute, popular cafe with occasional live music. My favorite is the Bacon Pimento Cheesini – an amazing housemade pimento cheese, bacon and tomato sandwich.

4) Right Side of the Airport – I don’t  really fly too often but do appreciate all the connectivity our airport gives via the air. But the connectivity to the airport via the roads is challenging unless you live on the right side of the airport – the west side. It is much quicker, easier and almost enjoyable when you are  catching a plane and you  are not starting in Ballantyne. Leave McLean @ Belmont, make two left turns and two right turns and you are there. This won’t help much with airport parking but at least you will not be as frazzled from traffic when you get there.

5)  Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens – I have to admit I know little about plants and flowers. But,   I can appreciate when someone is so on top of their game.  It is like watching  well choreographed dance. That is Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden to me. Wonderfully executed and presented, the gardens are beautiful, relaxing and inspiring. To make it fun and exciting, the DSBG team host outdoor concerts, oyster roasts,  guest speakers (not just on flowers!) and community events. That is where the gardens come to life and your new friends probably are.  DSBG is right beside Overlake at McLean. (It might be easier to walk than drive there.)

You can live in McLean Overlake in Belmont and should really come see it for yourself.  Directions are here. Some of our new homes are here. Call Paul Stanger for more info @ 704.899.4995.

October’s Featured Home Plan: The McDowell in McLean

Categories: McLean | Posted: October 16, 2018 | Comments Off on October’s Featured Home Plan: The McDowell in McLean

In the Overlake neighborhood of McLean in Belmont, where the beauty of the natural world is graciously preserved, every cup of iced tea tastes as sweet as home. Enjoy the simple things in life in the McDowell home plan, where open, airy, and light-filled space makes every day as cozy and comfortable as can be.

With 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 1 half-bathroom, and 2193 square feet, this 1-story, ranch-style haven gives you all the room you need to entertain family and friends, as well as maintain your personal space. Whether you’re spending time with others or by yourself, your home accommodates every need.

As the autumn colors of North Carolina become brighter, head outside to your covered back porch to marvel at the nature in front of you. Living in McLean is all about soaking up the one-of-a-kind access to our natural world, and your McDowell backyard is your entryway to the magic.

A few home features you’ll love include a spectacular master bedroom, a spacious main gathering room, and an optional 4th bedroom and home office. When you’re here, you get to live the gracious and peaceful life that you’ve always wanted. Perfect for families ready to make a wonderful change, you can choose to build from the ground up, or move into a McDowell home that’s available now.

Nestled into the natural greenery of beloved Belmont, the McDowell plan inspires thoughtful living. If values of family, a happy home, and nature preservation are special to you, you’ll find that the Overlake neighborhood of McLean is the perfect fit. For more information on the McDowell plan in McLean, please contact Kendell Burruss at 704-889-4995. We can’t wait to join you on this new home journey!

McLean McDowell Floorplan

Evans Coghill Homes is a Charlotte, NC new home builder, building new homes in Cheval Mint Hill, NC, McLean-Overlake Belmont, NC, and Nims Village Ft Mill, SC. For information on these new home communities and our available homes, visit www.EvansCoghill.com.

New Homeowners Will Love McLean’s Seven Oaks Cafe

Categories: McLean, Neighborhoods | Posted: July 17, 2018 | Comments Off on New Homeowners Will Love McLean’s Seven Oaks Cafe


As beloved chef Julia Child once said, “People who love to eat are always the best people.” In North Carolina, we know that a good meal is much more than just food; it brings people together and gives us another reason to be grateful.

Our Evans Coghill Homes team is excited about a new culinary experience just a minute away from McLean in Belmont, where we’re building new homes from the $340s in the community’s Overlake section! Having just recently opened, Seven Oaks Cafe is already making a splash in Belmont as a true hometown, history-rich spot to share a meal.

Located in the McLean House, Seven Oaks Cafe truly takes you back in time while offering modern options for brunch, lunch, and dinner. This stunning, newly-restored 1850’s home belonged to John Davidson McLean and his father, William McLean, who were the first doctors in Gaston County.

The beautiful land that encompasses McLean was acquired by Daniel Stowe during World War II, who farmed the land, and used it for celebratory events with family and friends. Today, Seven Oaks Cafe secures its spot within the traditions and history of this incredible, rich land.

Just like its sister restaurant, The String Bean, Seven Oaks Cafe provides families with a warm and comforting spot to enjoy a Southern meal. Adjacent to the gorgeous Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont’s newest restaurant is a scenic food experience that makes you feel right at home.

If you love a good meal shared with family and friends in a welcoming and friendly environment, you’ll love this new cafe in one of Belmont’s most desired neighborhoods, McLean. Here, history and traditions are forever a part of our lives, and we graciously honor the legacy of our town by coming together as a community — which is easy with amazing food!

For more information on the brand new Seven Oaks Cafe, visit their website. For more information on becoming a new homeowner at McLean, contact our New Home Specialist, Kendell Burruss, at 704-899-4995. We have a variety of new home plans for millennials to families to those looking to downsize!

Evans Coghill Homes is a Charlotte, NC new home builder, building new homes in Cheval, McLean, Belmont, NC and Nims Village, Ft Mill, SC. For information on these new home communities and our available homes, visit www.EvansCoghill.com.

 

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