Stanley – The Friendly Place

The charming town of Stanley is located in Gaston County and governed by a Mayor-Council-Manager. Stanley is part of the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia metro Area which is made up of seven counties in North Carolina and three counties in South Carolina. Whether you enjoy outdoor activities, shopping, the arts, or dining out, you’ll love living in Stanley with its closeness to Charlotte, Lake Norman, and Mooresville.

Nestled within the Piedmont region, an area that lies between the Coastal Plains and Appalachian Mountains of Central North Carolina, Stanley offers picturesque rolling terrain, river valleys, and low mountain ridges. The region is headquarters to eight Fortune 500 and seven Fortune 1000 companies including Lowe's Home Improvement, Duke Energy, and Bank of America.

Across the Catawba River in Mecklenburg County in Charlotte, the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is less than 45-minutes from Stanley, perfect for traveling abroad or for when family and friends come to visit during the holidays. Stanley also offers the ideal location for commuting to work in Charlotte, Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Huntersville or Mooresville.


Stanley Creek was first established as Brevard Station. The founding name came from the original landowners, the Brevard Family. However, in 1893, an amendment changed the town’s name to Stanley Creek. During that time, pioneers were settling along Stanley’s Creek and purchasing land on the other side. This would eventually become the town of Stanley along Hoyle’s Creek. In 1911, another revision to the town’s charter was made which officially changed the town’s name to Stanley, as it is called today.

Points of Interest – Things to Do

Whether you want to enjoy a day of shopping, grab a bite to eat, or take in a movie, nearby Eastridge Mall and Franklin Square offer more than 80+ specialty stores, a food court, and a 14-screen theatre. There are also boutique stores and shopping plazas across Charlotte with other well-known national and local retailers. History buffs will l love visiting the nearby Hoyle House, Gaston County Museum, or The Schiele Museum of Natural History. If you’re a gardening aficionado, you’ll want to visit The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

Love being outdoors? The U.S. National Whitewater Center is nearby featuring a recreation and training facility on 300-acres along the Catawba River. The facility has a climbing center, mountain-biking trails, and running trails. Crowders Mountain State Park and its many hiking trails are just a hop, skip, and a jump away. There, you can also find campgrounds, picnic areas, rock climbing, and fishing. Stanley residents enjoy a tranquil, yet active lifestyle unrivaled by big city living.

Neighborhoods (homes)

  • The Gates (511)
  • Craig Heights (226)
  • Cowans Ford Country Club (204)
  • Jackson Park (146)
  • Lowesville (139)
  • Treetops At Cowans Ford (132)
  • Oxford Hunt (117)
  • Old Plank Road (114)
  • Forest Ridge (107)
  • Bennington Woods (95)