#10 Stuff to do
The same proximity to Charlotte provides the opportunity to see the Carolina Panthers play football in Bank of America stadium where they went 15 and 1 in the NFL 2015 regular season. If football isn’t your style, Rock Hill has Glencairn Gardens, where you can find flowers and trees in bloom in the spring with walking trails, sculptures, a lily pond and the new veterans memorial.
#9 Family Friendly events in Rock Hill and Fort Mill
Rock Hill and Fort Mill are known for family friendly events from Christmasville and food truck Friday in Rock Hill to the Strawberry festival in Fort Mill. Year round, something is always going on. Christmasville is a 4 day festival located in historic Downtown Rock Hill, SC. The festival celebrates the Christmas season while showcasing artwork by Vernon Grant, Rock Hill native and creator of the Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Snap!® Crackle!® Pop!® characters. Through the summer Rock Hill’s newest attraction, the multimillion dollar fountain park is host to food truck Fridays where the best food trucks in the area, local breweries and live bands give the crowds something to eat and drink while enjoying music in an outdoor setting.
#8 Climate in Rock Hill and Fort Mill
Centrally located between the Mountains and the beach, the Rock Hill / Fort Mill area offers a climate where winters are shorter than the north and summers aren’t as hot as the west.
#7 Outdoor Recreation in Rock Hill and Fort Mill
The city of Rock Hill has invested millions toward outdoor recreation. From Manchester Meadows soccer park to the state of the art BMX track, Rock Hill has something for everyone. Rock Hill takes great advantage of the Catawba river that runs through the heart of it by building parks and greenways right by the shores of the river. Miles and miles of walking trails are available to you in River Park and Riverwalk, most of which are water front.
#6 Watersports / Waterfront Dining / Waterfront Property in the greater Charlotte region
Rock Hill is in close proximity to the National Whitewater Center in Gastonia North Carolina where you can take part in everything from rock walls and canoeing to high risk activities like rapids and kayaking. If you’d rather be on the water than in the water, Rock Hill and the surrounding areas have many homes and dining selections with breathtaking waterfront views.
#5 Proximity to Charlotte
The first town you hit headed south out of Charlotte over the border in South Carolina is Fort Mill. Fort Mill is steeped in history. It was once a thriving mill town with Springs industries at its heart. Unlike other mill towns in the south, Fort Mill, because of its proximity to Charlotte and Interstate 77 has transformed itself into one of the most sought after addresses in all of the south. Communities like Baxter and Springfield are convenient to I77 and a short fifteen minute drive to Charlotte. Further down I77 you have Rock Hill from exits 82 to exit 79. Like Fort Mill, Rock Hill is a thriving former mill town with big city amenities and a small town feel.
#4 Economic Stability of the greater Charlotte region
The Charlotte Real Estate market as a whole was the last market to feel the effects of the housing crisis of 2008 and one of the first markets to come out of the downturn. Economic stability of the region came from very little speculation in the Real Estate market. When people bought Real Estate in Rock Hill and Fort Mill it was generally as a long term investment. The roots in this market run deep. This fact alone helped buoy the area during the 2008 recession. Many of the economic engines drive the region from Charlotte Douglas International airport to Rock Hill’s proximity to major interstates. East to West, Interstate 85 connects Atlanta to Raleigh and running north to south, Interstate 77 begins in Columbia SC and goes right through the heart of Charlotte, NC and beyond. These roads and international airport drive much of the economic activity in the area.
#3 Space to spread out in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, York and Clover
If you want to build a home on a large tract of land you can still do that in Rock Hill. Even in Fort Mill, that’s more densely populated, lot sizes are larger than you see in Charlotte.
#2 Taxes in York county are lower than Charlotte, NC
Property taxes in South Carolina for owner occupants are 4%, while the tax rate for investors is 6%. These low property tax rates have been a boon for the real estate market in Fort Mill.
#1 Schools in Fort Mill are known for being great!
Niche.com explores the best school districts in your area based on statistics, student and parent reviews, and expert insights. They Rank using factors including state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, student and parent reviews, and more. They rated Fort Mill schools the #1 school district in South Carolina for 2016!