No- don't feel that Mooresville is super touristy. We see quite a few out of state registration plates, but then there are still quite a lot of people relocating here from elsewhere.
Mooresville has a lot of Nascar race team shops and there are tours available, but the speedway is in Concord about 30 miles away and that's where it gets VERY congested when there's racing on.
The bigger "tourist" attraction is Lake Norman, but still there are limited number of hotels (centered around I77-non in downtown or ON the lake) and maybe 70 or so vacation rental homes. Bear in mind the LakeNorman area covers 4 or 5 counties, including Iredell/Catawba/Meck and Lincoln and is about 30 miles long with around 500 miles of shoreline-so kind of spread out.
If you have an idea of your budget then I may be able to help there. There are several lake access subdivisions ie they have a boat ramp and maybe a beachy area with picnic tables/grill area etc and some homes have a deeded boat dock situated in the community area. These homes may be in your budget. Several public boat ramps,some of which are very close to affordable homes- only for launching boats. Also various Marinas. Unfortunately if you want to swim you need to have access in your community specifically for swimming, be on the water or go to Lake Norman state park.
Our home is across from the water but we have a deeded lake access lot across the street with a boat dock for swimming etc which we share with 1 neighbor. Great arrangement as we have an acre and our house is valued at about $280K (smaller 1980s kind of ranch!)A similar house on the lake would be around twice as much on a smaller lot.
Homes in lake access communities can start as low as the mid 100s, but they will be older,smaller homes in non-cookie cutter SDs .Personally I like some of them, but not to everyones taste. Cool round house for sale in lake access community with a beach area for $160K
217 Shoreline Loop, Mooresville, NC 28117 MLS# 2100186 - Zillow
Stutts Marina is literally around the corner.
Waterfron home for sale on our street for $300k. Needs work as older and has been empty for around 2 yrs, but if modernised etc could easily be worth $500k plus.
CMC nORTH EAST is an advanced level 3 trauma center.