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:

350 Properties
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$1,425,000
Subdivision: Dilworth
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,450
Sq.Ft.
1925
Year Built
3
Days on Site
3798783
MLS
A stunning and remarkable renovation in Dilworth. This feels like new construction combined with the charm and character of old Dilworth. The quintessential rocking chair front porch. Hardwoods...
Open 10/24
4700 Water Oak Rd Charlotte, NC 28211
$580,000
Subdivision: Cotswold
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,176
Sq.Ft.
1968
Year Built
3
Days on Site
3797503
MLS
All-brick Cotswold ranch with basement on almost an acre inside Sharon-Amity Road! New paint throughout both levels and new carpet in basement. Beautiful original hardwood flooring on main level....
$500,000
Subdivision: Sigmon Farms
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,887
Sq.Ft.
2004
Year Built
3
Days on Site
3798781
MLS
Custom Home with year round water views. Open floor plan. Main level has hardwoods throughout. The large Primary bedroom is on upper level including jacuzzi tub, separate shower & walk-in closet...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,238
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
3
Days on Site
3799014
MLS
3 bedroom, 2 bath, ranch, with a one-car garage and unfinished partial basement situated on a corner lot across from Mooresville High School. Split bedroom floorplan with Master Suite separate from...
Coming Soon on 10/29
2113 Winter St Charlotte, NC 28205
$500,000
Subdivision: Midwood
2
Beds
1
Baths
1,246
Sq.Ft.
1940
Year Built
3
Days on Site
3798084
MLS
Enchanting Midwood Cottage. From the original hardwood floors to the rewired antique lighting and diamond pane accent windows this home is filled with charm and character inside and out. Kitchen has...
Coming Soon on 10/24
431 Gold Hill Rd Fort Mill, SC 29715
$395,000
Subdivision: Forest Lake
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,530
Sq.Ft.
1971
Year Built
3
Days on Site
3797011
MLS
Delightful all brick ranch home with a basement is perfect if you're looking for a home in Fort Mill with no HOA and LAND! This one owner home has been lovingly maintained throughout the years and...
3
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,842
Sq.Ft.
1950
Year Built
4
Days on Site
3736152
MLS
Country Charmer! Strong Curb Appeal! Located East of Mooresville! County Taxes! This "turn key" home is sure to please! Fresh Paint, Hardwood Floors, HVAC 2018, Roof 2018. Large Flat Lot with...
Open 10/23
827 Isabel Ct Charlotte, NC 28211
$749,000
Subdivision: Cotswold
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,292
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
4
Days on Site
3797537
MLS
Beautiful like new Cotswold home has desirable open floorplan, gorgeous finishes and incredible outdoor living just minutes from Uptown or Southpark! The gourmet cook's kitchen is the focal point of...
$586,900
Subdivision: Vermillion
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
3,110
Sq.Ft.
2011
Year Built
4
Days on Site
3797585
MLS
Photos coming soon. This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home in the coveted neighborhood of Vermillion is a must-see! Upon entering, you are greeted by an office, perfect for the work-from-home employee or...
Coming Soon on 10/28
2015 Barber Rock Blvd Indian Land, SC 29707
$700,000
Subdivision: Barber Rock
5
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,727
Sq.Ft.
2013
Year Built
4
Days on Site
3797775
MLS
Gorgeous 5/4.5, all brick home with a FINISHED BASEMENT in popular BARBER ROCK! The large rocking chair front porch welcomes you! This home boasts a gourmet kitchen with gas range, beautiful...
Open 10/23
8820 Keller Ct Huntersville, NC 28078
$484,900
Subdivision: Vermillion
4
Beds
4
Baths
3,258
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
4
Days on Site
3797783
MLS
Professional pictures will be up this afternoon. Please check out the virtual tour in the meantime https://my.matterport.com/show/?brand=0&m=GXRtrJiKJpf&mls=1. Open house Saturday from 1-3pm....
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,571
Sq.Ft.
1930
Year Built
4
Days on Site
3798593
MLS
Awesome Location! Car enthusiasts or hobby paradise with lots of Car, Boat or RV / work shop space. **SCHEDULE A SHOWING TODAY** Relax on Huge covered rear deck & patio overlooking 14 acre Pethel...
Based on information submitted to the MLS GRID as of October 24, 2021 10:45 PM 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.

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