Olympic swimmer Lochte becomes an official Charlottean

    Boasting beautiful weather year-round and endless opportunities for an active lifestyle, the Queen City has long been a hub for athletes. And in recent months, an increasing number of people have been deciding to buy a house in Charlotte.

    One of the most notable individuals who recently became a new resident is 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, the Charlotte Observer reported. The swimmer recently moved into his own unit in an upscale residential complex in one of the city's best neighborhoods and plans to reside in the area until 2016 when he will head to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and compete in the Games of the XXXI Olympiad.

    This isn't the first time Lochte has been to Charlotte, however. He told the local news source he has been an yearly visitor, having competed in consecutive annual competitions. 

    "They host the UltraSwim here and I've been coming to this meet for eight, nine years straight, and I mean I love this city," Lochte reportedly said. "I wanted to move to a city, but I didn't want to go to like L.A. or New York where it was really big and just chaos. This is perfect."

    Star training with professional coach
    During his time in Charlotte, Lochte will be preparing for the upcoming global event by training under SwimMAC Carolina head coach David Marsh, according to the Observer. The pair have already completed a number of sessions in the new pool at Queens University. The swimmer said he is interested in honing his sprinting capability, hoping to get faster and stronger during his workouts with the acclaimed local coach.

    Lochte comes amid wave of new residents
    As national mortgage rate averages remain below historical norms, and the Queen City's housing market continues to see substantial gains, more prospective home buyers are eyeing Charlotte as a suitable location to settle down. This year, the city's population was recorded as 796,921 by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. The figure represented a sizable increase from 2012's total of 774,462.

    Last year, the metropolitan area was named as the fastest growing city in the U.S. by CNNMoney. In addition to its favorable living conditions and scenic surroundings, Charlotte is considered to be one of the largest financial centers in the nation. 

    For those looking to buy or even sell a house in Charlotte, there may be no better time than the present. Current conditions favor both parties, but may see significant appreciation in the coming months. The experienced staff at Lodestone Real Estate has the knowledge and expertise necessary for finding clients the properties that best suit their lifestyles, and the firm has grown into an area authority in recent years. 

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