Living in Burning Tree
Newcomers to Burning Tree will be surprised to learn that our neighborhood is situated close to many amenities. Located directly across the street, is a wonderful plaza, Colony Place Shopping Center. This beautiful plaza was developed in 2003 around the same time our Burning Tree community was built. The shopping center is quite lovely and very well maintained. The grounds are mowed regularly and flower planters are displayed year-round. A coffee shop, drug store, dry cleaner, insurance agency, grocery store, gift shop, pizza, tavern with outdoor seating and live music, ice cream and a fitness studio are among the many tenants. A nail salon, hair salon, martial arts studio and a UPS store are located here as well. There are also several small restaurants available to choose from for dining in or take out. It is not unusual to see neighbors walk across the street only to return a bit later with pizza or coffee and donuts in hand.
Adjacent to that plaza is another small business park. This plaza is also a convenient walking destination which includes a physical therapist’s office, eye care center, a dentist’s office and a wealth management company.
A few more steps down on Rea Road is a wonderfully stocked nursery and garden center. They sell seasonal plants, flowers and bushes and many types of garden containers. During the winter holidays, many neighbors at Burning Tree select Christmas trees and have them delivered right to their doors. The nursery staff are friendly and the business is family- owned – we are lucky to have them located so close by.
Our neighbors located beside us on Rea Road (to the south) are the Peace Moravian Church, who recently sold their property and facility to the Hope Community Church. The congregants often prepare BBQ’s, which they sell to the public in the summer months on their front lawn. In addition, a pre-school is located at the church.
Homes along the west side of Wakehurst Road look out over the Carmel Country Club golf course, providing a nice buffer and beautiful views for residents living in those units.
Burning Tree is only ten miles from the Charlotte city center also known as “Uptown”. If you put an Uptown address into your GPS you will get a myriad of routes to take you there. I have yet to find one that is faster than another, so trust that the GPS will give you the best route based on the current traffic.
Burning Tree is also only ten miles from the South Carolina border. To reach the border, head south on HWY 521 (Johnston Road); you’ll find cheaper gas prices and a really good liquor store just over the border.
We are also lucky to have the South County Branch of the Regional Library conveniently located just past the intersection of Rea Road and Pineville Matthews Road (Hwy 51), only 1.5 miles from Burning Tree. This 34,000 square foot building is the county’s largest regional library, and also currently serves as the polling place for many of our elections. With plenty of parking and a really beautiful setting, the library is used by many Burning Tree residents.
Neighbors in Burning Tree always remark that one of the best things about our neighborhood is its location!