Saturday, October 10, 2009



Charlotte is a huge city, the largest city in the Carolinas with a population of almost 700 thousand residents just within the city limits. Charlotte is the center of finance, industry, technology, and entertainment for the region and one of the unique and beautiful things about Charlotte, North Carolina is its many charming and divergent districts.

Today, we thought we’d do a little tour of our favorite districts & neighborhoods – and give those of you thinking of moving to Charlotte some local flavor.

Uptown. The literal "center of things". Uptown is our "downtown" (but for most of us it is "up") and boasts a pretty significant and beautiful skyline. "Uptown" refers to anything inside the I-277 loop, the heart of Charlotte's government and the home to several Fortune 500 headquarters, museums, nightclubs, restaurants, parks, & theaters. The light-rail goes right from Pineville to Uptown and is not only a great place to work and live, but just a nice place to visit and explore some great restaurants!

NoDa. NoDa, short for North Davidson Street, is also known as the Historic Arts District and is about two miles north of the center city. NoDa was home to large textile mill that closed in the 1970s, sending the district into a sad period of decline. But we didn't let that get us down for long! Artists moved into the neighborhood in the ‘80s, revitalizing and preserving the unique brick mill houses. Now, street level art galleries, restaurants and other shops offer eclectic and marvelous options to visitors and residents. NoDa is a fun place to walk on one of our many and mostly super sunny days in Charlotte!

South End. Previously South End was a mill district located along the railroad tracks, but now the neighborhood is a hip, upscale entertainment/cultural district. The addition of trolley tracks and light rail connecting it to Uptown has helped pull in major development, and future plans are bright for this area. South End is also the most kid friendly place in Charlotte, since the neighborhood features ice cream shops, a trolley museum and plenty of kids-oriented stores.

Myers Park. Its reputation as an "old money" neighborhood is probably much deserved, as Myers Park is famous for its cathedral-esque tree canopy and meandering streets--let me tell you-it is an amazing site to see those BIG old trees! Myers Park features Charlotte's oldest country estates and most expensive homes, making any driving tour of the neighborhood a popular way for tourists to lose a few hours- (and sometimes the roads get tricky around there, which doesn't help if you are trying to get anywhere fast--but it is totally worth all the detouring!)

An affluent and ritzy district in south-central Charlotte, SouthPark is home to the city's second-largest business district and a FABULOUS mall. SouthPark is also a newer suburb, with most buildings only dating back 40 years. You get the feeling in SouthPark that everything is new--and it is! SouthPark is a clean and quiet mix of office buildings, high-rise condos, hotels and entertainment venues.

University City. A huge 1970s-style suburban enclave that has blossomed around the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University City is an area in transition. Formerly rural or affluent suburbs; today's University City reflects reflect an influx of minority groups and young families. The area is also home to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, a bunch of hotels and retail centers, and many square miles of sprawling shopping centers. The campus area is especially beautiful and if you get a chance to get out and walk--this is a great place to do it!

East Charlotte. East Charlotte is a little ambiguous yet distinctive. It is located at the city's eastern end, and has the largest concentration of immigrants living in a dynamic middle-class area. East Charlotte features plenty of fixer-uppers, incredible investment property, and is a neighborhood gentrifying beautifully. Foodies flock to East Charlotte for the multitude of traditional ethnic food that is plentiful at inexpensive and charming locales.

Now these are just a handful of the many districts in Charlotte. Contact us for more information, or a unique tour of the city. We can find not only the right property, but the right neighborhood for you!
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