Why Don't More Charlotte Homes Have Basements?

Basement Updated

Well, that's a pretty good question, actually.

According to the US Census Bureau around 795,000 new homes were built in the U.S. in 2017 and of those, about 204,000 had partial or full basements. That's a lot! If you've spent any time in the Charlotte area (or anywhere in the South) you've probably noticed that not many homes have basements. Why is that?

There are a couple of reasons. 
The first and most overarching is the frost line. The frost line, or the depth to which the ground freezes during a hard frost, is important for home builders to know because a foundation built above the frost line can move, break, and become unstable as the ground expands and contracts. Local regulations always require footings of a new home to be built below the frost line for a specific area: In Mecklenburg County, the frost line is 6" and footings must extend 4" below that. So what does that have to do with basements?

In the north, the frost line is much deeper, sometimes up to 6 or 8 feet, not inches! Since builders already have to dig to these depths to legally put down footers it makes sense to go a few feet deeper and build out a basement which ads livable square footage to a home. In the South, basements simply cost more to build than they do in colder climates.

Another factor for basement builders is the water table. Adding a basement to a home within an area with a low water table sets it up for constant flooding and moisture problems. It makes much more sense to build a basement into dry, solid soil. Southern cities like Charlotte generally lie lower than many other areas although of course, underground water issues vary from house to house.

Lastly, if a house sits on bedrock rather than soil or clay it becomes prohibitively expensive to add a basement. At that point not only does a dig have to occur, but the operation also becomes an excavation. And bedrock is one of the most stable foundations you could hope to build a home on to boot! 

All that being said, there are plenty of Charlotte homes with basements for sale. They're certainly not impossible here, they're just less common than in some other parts of the country. If you've got questions about basements, crawlspaces, or any other new home feature simply give us a call!

In the meantime, browse the following list of basement homes for sale in Charlotte:

291 Properties
Page 1 of 25
$579,000
Neighborhood: Stonehaven
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,747
Sq.Ft.
1982
Year Built
1
Day on Site
3858471
MLS
Stately brick colonial on one of Stonehaven's most beautiful streets. Meticulously maintained by one family for 30 years, this home offers some unique features such as a home office/den on the main...
Coming Soon on 06/01
8712 Holly Creek Ct Charlotte, NC 28216
$415,000
Neighborhood: Pence Grove
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,100
Sq.Ft.
1948
Year Built
1
Day on Site
3862840
MLS
No description available...
$300,000
Neighborhood: Mecklenburg Acres
3
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,234
Sq.Ft.
1963
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3861828
MLS
Full Brick, New Roof, New HVAC, New Hot Water Heater, New Laundry Connections, Full Basement (with Fireplace) which can be converted into living space or 1/2 living/garage.
Coming Soon on 05/20
21610 Rio Oro Dr Cornelius, NC 28031
$1,089,000
Neighborhood: Bahia Bay
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,808
Sq.Ft.
2020
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3859974
MLS
Welcome to fun lake living & beautiful sunsets in this beautiful waterfront home on Lake Norman! This newer built waterfront home is just what you've been looking for. Enter the inviting front...
Open 5/21
591 Mirawood Trl Concord, NC 28025
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,083
Sq.Ft.
1978
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3858504
MLS
Remarkable home located in a cul-de-sac only minutes from Beverly Hills Park, offers charm, large windows allowing natural light, cathedral ceilings, refinished hardwood floors and lots of room!...
$446,000
Neighborhood: Water Oak
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
1,742
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3862308
MLS
Water Oak neighborhood in Mooresville! Step into this open floor plan home living room has a fireplace, open kitchen with white cabinetry w/granite and main floor laundry. Upper level primary bedroom...
$450,000
Neighborhood: Wiltshire Manor
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,961
Sq.Ft.
1994
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3861799
MLS
Basement home on great cul-de-sac lot! Fresh, neutral paint and new carpet on upper level. Brazilian wood floor on main level. Home boasts granite, stone backsplash and stainless appliances....
Open 5/21
1600 8th St Charlotte, NC 28204
$1,350,000
Neighborhood: Elizabeth
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,318
Sq.Ft.
1911
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3856953
MLS
Welcome to this charming Elizabeth bungalow! Located walking distance to restaurants and shops as well as the Gold Linx line streetcar, this home has many original architectural details such as...
Open 5/21
2631 Highworth Ln Charlotte, NC 28214
$920,000
Neighborhood: Preservation Pointe
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
6,198
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3859211
MLS
Stunning All Brick Home in Preservation Pointe. Gorgeous waterfront community that is minutes from 485, Uptown, and the airport. Custom built basement home that is loaded with upgrades. Gourmet...
$620,000
Neighborhood: Providence Commons
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,610
Sq.Ft.
1995
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3860307
MLS
Don't miss your opportunity to own this amazing basement home in the Providence Commons Community. This 4 bed, 3 1/2 bath home is quietly situated on a 1/3 acre cul-de-sac lot in the heart of the...
Open 5/21
450 Greenbay Rd Mooresville, NC 28117
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,504
Sq.Ft.
1990
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3861827
MLS
OPEN HOUSE Saturday, May 21st, 10-2
Welcome home to your private waterfront retreat in the highly sought-after Lake Norman area.
This three-bedroom, 3 1/2 bathroom home features a whole house...
$1,650,000
Neighborhood: Myers Park
5
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,105
Sq.Ft.
2012
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3858603
MLS
Beautiful custom home in Myers Park built by Banister Homes. Located walking distance to Freedom Park and conveniently situated for easy access to East Blvd/Dilworth, Park Rd Shopping Center and...
Based on information submitted to the MLS GRID as of May 19, 2022 9:00 AM EST. All data is obtained from various sources and may not have been verified by broker or MLS GRID. Supplied Open House Information is subject to change without notice. All information should be independently reviewed and verified for accuracy. Properties may or may not be listed by the office/agent presenting the information.

Want to speak with us about buying a basement home in Charlotte?

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Post a Comment