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:

321 Properties
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$1,149,000
Subdivision: Westport
4
Beds
3
Baths
3,354
Sq.Ft.
1977
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3765394
MLS
Majestic Lake Norman views can be enjoyed from almost every room of this wonderful waterfront home. Lakefront living at its best is defined by the gorgeous pool, firepit, covered /uncovered decking...
4
Beds
4
Baths
3,131
Sq.Ft.
1999
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3764653
MLS
Your little bit of paradise. Upstairs boasts a massive master suite w/separate bathrooms, one w/updated jetted tub and the other w/large stand alone shower. The kitchen has been completed updated w/...
Coming Soon
1231 Belrose Ln Charlotte, NC 28209
$595,000
Subdivision: Ashbrook
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,084
Sq.Ft.
1959
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3763627
MLS
This diamond in the rough 4 bed/3 bath ranch with basement in Ashbrook will give you all the location vibes!!! A short distance to Park Road Shopping Center and all the shops and delicious eateries...
$678,000
Subdivision: The Palisades
5
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
6,670
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3764539
MLS
Gorgeous Charleston-style home with double balcony in the front and large deck in the back overlooking the private backyard, perfect for entertaining. The double entry door welcomes you into the...
Open 7/29
8600 Riverdale Ct Waxhaw, NC 28173
$795,000
Subdivision: Hunter Oaks
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
5,164
Sq.Ft.
1997
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3759375
MLS
JUST EXTRAORDINARY! You will be impressed at every turn! Gorgeous, private, cul-de-sac lot, approx .47 acres in Marvin Ridge school zone! HUGE finished walk-out basement complete with bar area,...
Open 7/24
1088 Union St Concord, NC 28025
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,404
Sq.Ft.
1939
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3765583
MLS
AMAZING!!!! 3 Bedroom 2 Bath bungalow in a great location with an easy commute to pretty much anywhere! This home is simply adorable and impeccably maintained! All main living areas have beautiful...
$405,000
Subdivision: Catawba Heights
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,589
Sq.Ft.
1993
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3762332
MLS
SUMMER OASIS! Enjoy the summer in beautiful 33' pool with diving board(8ft deep at board). Sit on deck overlooking the pool or at bar on patio beneath! Start the grill, grab a drink and have a pool...
Coming Soon
213 Cedar St Mooresville, NC 28115
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,661
Sq.Ft.
1945
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3765418
MLS
3 bedroom 2 bath home centrally located close to all Mooresville has to offer. Main floor has Living Room with hardwood floors, kitchen, dining room, Bedroom, bathroom and an office. Second floor has...
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,824
Sq.Ft.
1989
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3766084
MLS
THIS HOME IS RARE - Custom Built Brick home on almost 6 ACRES in a Very Convenient Location - 15 minutes to Uptown & 20 to South Park)! You will be amazed by the Privacy and Immersion in Nature - the...
Open 7/24
14284 Nolen Ln Charlotte, NC 28277
$1,090,000
Subdivision: Ballantyne Country Club
5
Beds
4
Baths
4,368
Sq.Ft.
1998
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3760502
MLS
No Showings until Saturday afternoon. Please join us at the open houses Saturday and Sunday. Beautiful Ballantyne Country Club home with expansive views of the 11th fairway located on a cul-de-sac...
Open 7/25
161 Crimson Orchard Dr Mooresville, NC 28115
$725,000
Subdivision: Cherry Grove
6
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
5,684
Sq.Ft.
2005
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3766080
MLS
Move in Ready home with a beautiful outdoor area and saltwater pool! Mooresville Grades School District. Tons of upgrades with an incredible open floorplan. Gourmet kichen with custom soft close...
Coming Soon
4696 Snow Dr Harrisburg, NC 28075
$819,000
Subdivision: Bradford Park
5
Beds
4
Baths
6,055
Sq.Ft.
1994
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3764870
MLS
WANT IT ALL? LOOK NO FURTHER THEN THIS SHOWSTOPPER IN PRESTIGIOUS BRADFORD PARK! VACATION RIGHT AT HOME IN THIS ELEGANT 6000+ SF HOME WITH GORGEOUS IN-GROUND POOL WITH EXPANSIVE PATIO ENTERTAINING...
Based on information submitted to the MLS GRID as of July 24, 2021 5:00 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.

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