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Thinking of Moving to Gaston County? Here are Some Must-See Homes at Must-See Price Points

A drive down Gaston County’s residential streets yields lush landscapes, vibrant local arts and culture and a variety of recreational amenities, from urban parks to waterfront. Historic homes sit alongside new builds in communities that are flourishing in a bustling county ripe with opportunity, all within a housing market that is both accessible and affordable. Gaston County has mastered the balance of urban living while maintaining a small-town charm by creating neighborhoods and programs that improve the way we live, work, and play.

Gaston County is filled with unique towns and communities, with homes at a variety of price points, so we'll be taking some time to focus on each housing demographic and locale. We're going out the gate with a round-up of communities perfect for those looking for homes in the sub-$1200 monthly lease range and for homes under $200K, numbers that are hard to get beneath given the market and neighboring cities.

Downtown Mount Holly - Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

A community of housing options from apartments, lofts and condos to single-family homes, Gaston County’s desirable housing market draws in residents from varying demographics. Affordable, diverse communities are a key in becoming more affluent, and community life is ultimately more satisfying when people of various socioeconomic backgrounds come together.

Parks, greenways and lakes provide endless outdoor recreation, while cultural events, festivals, one-of-a-kind restaurants and shops as well as yoga studios and art galleries highlight an active entertainment scene. This alongside the development of the highly-anticipated FUSE Complex project, perfectly lends Gaston County and its residents—both current and future—to desirable living, with a unique identity situated just outside Charlotte.

Rankin Lake - Chandler West, Gaston Outside

Recent market data shows Gaston County’s housing market, though prices are on the rise, is one of the most attainable yet affordable in the region, with a median home price of $217 thousand, almost $100K less than the Queen City, and median monthly rent at $1,200 per month. Not by coincidence, as recent research shows, initiatives that increase access to affordable housing are the most cost-effective strategies for bolstering economic growth, to which Gaston County is no stranger.

Agencies like the Gaston County Economic Development Commission have been formed to partner alongside companies to assist with their expansion and attractiveness goals. In a national survey, 55% of companies with 100-plus employees reported a lack of affordable housing near their location, with many believing that it harms attracting and retaining qualified employees.

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By providing affordable and desirable housing opportunities and programs like The HOME Program, a homebuyers assistance program administered by the City of Gastonia, the County can design inclusive housing opportunities, create jobs for neighborhood residents, and help transition those left behind. Providing an array of housing options allows people from different economic backgrounds the opportunity to share in the Gaston experience and opportunities which help create a path for upward economic mobility.

The appeal of small-town life, alongside the culture and convenience of urban living, can be found in these affordable and desirable Gaston County communities.

Smyre Village-Gastonia

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Located on the east side of Gastonia, Smyre Village is eponymous with the historical Smyre Mill, the catalyst for the community. In the early 1900s, the mill owned a set of homes rented to the mill employees, serving as the building blocks for a livable community.

George Poston Park Pump Track - Randy River, Gaston Outside

Today, this neighborhood features a mix of new and old construction yet still remains affordable, sitting about 15% below the national average. With its quintessential streetscapes and access to a variety of school options, Smyre Village is great for families looking to relocate to a historic yet affordable district. Situated on the Green Line, residents have access to public transit within a neighborhood near local restaurants in a diverse community of varying age ranges and ethnicities. Located just minutes to George Poston Park and just off the Cox Road exit, Smyre Village allows easy access to urban and natural amenities.

Riverfront Apartment Homes-Mount Holly

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A quiet and scenic neighborhood located in charming Mount Holly, Riverfront Apartment Homes aligns perfectly with the “serene, Southern living” experience. With one and two bedroom options, starting just below $1,000 monthly (and below the countywide median rent), this community is perfect for millennials or roommate living, central to downtown and Interstate 85, with easy access to neighboring Gastonia, Belmont, and Charlotte.

Tuckaseegee Skate Park - Randy River, Gaston Outside

Nearby is Tuckaseegee Park, complete with a greenway trail, playgrounds, soccer fields and a skate park. Across the Catawba River from the USNWC and moments for J.R. Cash's Bar & Grill, these tucked-away apartments combing community access, affordability and accessibility— a perfect combination for those looking for excellent rental properties in the area.

York Chester Historic District-Gastonia

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In the heart of the city of Gastonia, a historic town lush with maple trees, boutiques, breweries, coffee shops, and farm-to-table dining makes this district charming and welcoming. Just minutes west of Charlotte, this area offers an ideal combination of local amenities with loft and condo living. With listing prices from $135K, Gastonia is accessible for millennials and empty-nesters who are looking for a great home value.

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Here you can find a historic home, circa 1919 with four bedrooms and two baths like this property on West 2nd Avenue for $230K or this York Street property for $185K with lots of special nooks and a spacious back yard.

Destination at Union Apartments-Gastonia

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Their website sums Destination at Union’s vibe: “Sit down. Relax. Enjoy the possibilities.” This glimpse into what living at Destination at Union Apartments is all about makes the move to Gastonia an easy one. With monthly rates starting as low as $766, this budget-friendly apartment community is quiet and located just off the main highway in Gastonia, placing residents near the main shopping district and other amenities, with both the Blue and Pink transit line servicing the location.

The Schiele Museum of Natural History and Science - Photo Courtesy of GarlandBurks Marketing

With the upcoming FUSE district and the additions to the downtown shopping and dining scene, Gastonia is your place to be. Nearby destinations like The Schiele Museum of Natural History and Science, Catawba Creek Golf Course and Ole Carolina Barbeque add lots of value to these well-positioned, reasonably priced apartments.

Runnymeade-Mount Holly

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Situated just west of the Catawba River and west of Charlotte, Runnymeade in Mount Holly is a hidden gem with lots of promise. This neighborhood is perfect for families looking for a peaceful community in a diverse neighborhood setting. With home prices increasing in the area, Runnymede is one of the most affordable places to live in Mount Holly, with homes selling quickly.

Mount Hollywood Vintage - Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

Those looking to work or entertain outside will enjoy the substantial lots in this area with the added bonus of being near the heart of downtown– think dining, farmers market and community garden, coffee shops and lots of little boutiques, giving Mount Holly a unique vibe with quaint hospitality just minutes from Charlotte and the USNWC.

Mount Holly Community Garden - Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

The Arbors Townhomes-Gastonia

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Conveniently located just minutes from Interstate 85, these beautiful all-brick town homes offer “convenience, comfort, and peace of mind,”. Complete with beautiful floor plans and an affordable monthly rent of $1055+, this neighborhood offers luxury amenities like a community pool and lounge cabanas without the luxury pricing. It’s not hard to see why this neighborhood is one the most sought-after in the city within a quick drive to downtown with local shopping and dining in the historic district.

Sleepy Poet Antique Mall Downtown Gastonia - Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

Walker's Ridge Apartments-Gastonia

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Walker’s Ridge, Gastonia’s only gated community, is an upscale apartment community in the heart of nature. With apartment rentals ranging from $880-1175 monthly, this location provides luxury, comfort, and affordability at every turn, giving ease in your living space and on your wallet.

There are so many housing options in Gaston County to find your “forever home”. Interested in programs to help with housing? The county works for housing equality and affordability through local organizations. To learn more about affordable housing, rentals, and more, click the links below:

The HOME Program

Gastonia Housing Authority

Belmont Housing Authority

Mount Holly Housing Authority

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