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:

286 Properties
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$1,050,000
Subdivision: Chantilly
4
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
3,051
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
1
Day on Site
3736290
MLS
Beautiful new construction home in the popular tree lined streets of Chantilly. This craftsman style home features custom design with exposed wood beams, covered front and back porches, a large 2...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,518
Sq.Ft.
1938
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3732003
MLS
What an amazing full remodel of this beautiful and well cared for all Brick 3 bedroom, 2 full bath Ranch Home. Hardwoods refinished, All new Modern Kitchen with Granite Countertops and Tile...
Open 5/8
15441 Topanga Dr Charlotte, NC 28278
$474,579
Subdivision: The Palisades
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,984
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3735756
MLS
Amazing opportunity to own in the resort like community of the Palisades located on the shores of Lake Wylie, complete with sports complex, outdoor pool, and private golf course! This corner lot home...
Open 5/8
2230 Sharon Rd Charlotte, NC 28207
$975,000
Subdivision: Myers Park
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,747
Sq.Ft.
1935
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3735541
MLS
Charming cottage in the heart of Myers Park. This home was wonderfully renovated in 2015 by B. Whittington Construction and Emily Bourgeois. Main level offers 10ft ceilings and plenty of living and...
$535,000
Subdivision: Creeks Edge
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,964
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3720758
MLS
Beautiful Full Brick Home w/3 Car Garage! 2 Story Great Room w/Gas Log Fireplace, Coffered Ceiling, TV Niche, Remote Control Fan, Elegant Dining Area w/Arched Window & Extensive Molding, Gourmet...
Coming Soon
7015 Oakview Ln Charlotte, NC 28226
$775,000
Subdivision: Cedarcroft
5
Beds
2F21/2
Baths
3,803
Sq.Ft.
1995
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3735875
MLS
If you are seeking a special and unique place to call home, look no further! This custom designed/custom built home is truly one of a kind! Located near city conveniences, yet tucked away in wooded...
Coming Soon
1793 Hickorywood Ct Fort Mill, SC 29715
$439,000
Subdivision: Olde Williamsburg
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,330
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3736594
MLS
Welcome home to this serene and private home located on a large wooded lot in Fort Mill!! This property sits on over 2.5 acres with beautiful mature trees providing natural privacy. Two outbuildings...
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,874
Sq.Ft.
1954
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3734560
MLS
Looking for multi-generational living or perhaps a home that can also produce extra income? This is it! Updated home on large corner lot minutes from Downtown Kannapolis. Plenty of room with 3 bdrms...
Coming Soon
1124 Bellemeade Ln Charlotte, NC 28270
$850,000
Subdivision: Bellemeade
4
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,581
Sq.Ft.
1993
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3736556
MLS
This is IT! Fabulous full brick basement home in Bellemeade! Inside features pretty moldings, tray/vaulted ceilings, skylights, plantation shutters, Butler's pantry, new carpet (2021) & THREE newly...
Coming Soon
409 Wake St Charlotte, NC 28216
$1,300,000
Subdivision: Western Heights
4
Beds
4
Baths
3,474
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3728308
MLS
Stunning 4 level custom home in the heart of uptown with skyline views. Urban chateau style with slanting roof line, stone fa ade and smart siding. Elegant floorplan on the main level perfect for...
Coming Soon
2209 Charlotte Dr Charlotte, NC 28203
$1,175,000
Subdivision: Dilworth
4
Beds
4F21/2
Baths
3,225
Sq.Ft.
1941
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3735692
MLS
Don't miss this stunning home in Historic Dilworth! This home features 4 bedrooms plus bonus with 4 full baths and 2 half baths. Updated Kitchen offers gas cook top, granite and marble counter tops,...
Coming Soon
311 Wingrave Dr Charlotte, NC 28270
$765,000
Subdivision: Lansdowne
6
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,602
Sq.Ft.
1964
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3735079
MLS
Location! Spacious, updated brick ranch in highly sought-after, tree-lined Lansdowne with full, finished basement that just keeps going!! Beautiful hardwoods throughout open concept main floor boasts...
Based on information submitted to the MLS GRID as of May 6, 2021 9:45 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.

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