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In the mid-1990’s, Johnny Harris, grandson of former North Carolina governor Cameron Morrison, had a vision for the vast hunting preserve he and his siblings had inherited. After acquiring more acreage, Johnny and his brother Cameron Harris sold their shares of the land to their brother-in-law Smoky Bissell, who dreamt of creating the ultimate corporate park. Thanks to Bissell’s shrewd eye for development, what was once a secluded section of South Charlotte just outside Interstate 485 (the Weddington area runs to the east, and Pineville runs to the west) has blossomed into a suburban metropolis-all within about two decades. In Ballantyne, which I also like to refer as “new money” perfectly manicured lawns, beautiful modern homes and stately retail complexes have proven magnets for residents who crave big time amenities without the city’s constant hustle and bustle.

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