Charlotte is the largest city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is the seat of Mecklenburg County and the second largest city in the Southeastern United States.
Most people break Charlotte Down into sections. These are some parts of Charlotte that you will hear about during your visit to Charlotte and during your 704 Dream Home Search.
University City (sometimes University Area or U-City) is an edge city mostly within the city limits of Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, surrounding the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus. It is found in northeastern Mecklenburg County, southeast of Interstate 85 and predominantly along University City Boulevard (NC 49) and W.T. Harris Boulevard (NC 24). Interstate 485 and US 29 (N. Tryon Street) also pass through the area. It is neighbored by the town of Harrisburg to the east and the city of Concord to the northeast. Attractions along University City’s outskirts include Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Mills Mall.
University City is home to the University Research Park (located on the other side of I-85), one of the largest research parks in the state, and the PNC Music Pavilion. IKEA opened a store in University City on February 18, 2009. This is the first and only IKEA in the Carolinas.
The University City area of Charlotte contains large companies such as TIAA-CREF which help contribute to the city’s prowess in the financial industry.
University City is also one of three Municipal Service Districts in Charlotte.
University City has an estimated population of more than 155,000 within its unofficial borders, which includes parts of Charlotte, Concord and Harrisburg. Were it to be separated from the rest of Charlotte as its own city, University City would be North Carolina’s tenth largest city.
East Charlotte consist of the communities below.
- Belmont is a former mill village located east of Uptown, bordered by N. Davidson St., Parkwood Ave, 10th Ave, and Hawthorne St.
- Easthaven is bounded by W.T. Harris Blvd, Easthaven Dr., Meadowdale Lane and Dawnwood Dr.
- Eastland is a large portion of eastern Charlotte.
- Grier Heights is an area bounded by N. Wendover Rd, Monroe Rd. and Randolph Rd.
- Grove Park is a spacious park-like neighborhood with tree-lined streets, lakes, and friendly neighbors. It is bordered by W.T. Harris Blvd., Robinson Church Road, and the Ravenwood Community.
- Plaza-Midwood is an area east of Uptown and along The Plaza and along Central Ave.
- Sherwood Forest is a neighborhood bounded by North Sharon Amity Road, Randolph Rd. and Sardis Road.
- Hickory Grove is an area of East Charlotte along East W.T. Harris Blvd and Hickory Grove Road.
- Hickory Ridge is an area approximately bordered by East W.T. Harris Blvd, Albemarle Road, and Pence/Parkton/Hickory Grove Road.
- Idlewild is a neighborhood bordering Eastland along East W.T. Harris Blvd and Idlewild road.
- Oakhurst is the area surrounding Monroe Rd between Wendover and Sharon Amity Rd.
- Ravenwood is a well maintained neighborhood with large mature trees that borders the Grove Park neighborhood, Plott Road and Robinson Church Road.
- Reedy Creek is an area of the far north of Mecklenburg County on The Plaza near Cabarrus County
- Shamrock is a neighborhood along Shamrock Road near Plaza-Midwood.
- Sardis Woods is an area of East Charlotte bounded by Sardis Rd, Sardis Rd North and the Crown Point Business Park.
- Sheffield Park is a neighborhood full of history bounded by North Sharon Amity Road, Albermarle Rd. and Central Avenue.
- Stonehaven is an area of East Charlotte bounded by Rama Rd., Sardis Rd. and the McAlpine Greenway.
- Windsor Park is a neighborhood full of history bounded by North Sharon Amity Road, Kilborne Rd. and Central Avenue.
Ballantyne is an upscale neighborhood in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, occupying a 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) area of land adjacent to the South Carolina border.
Ballantyne offers shopping and dining conveniences at Ballantyne Village, Ballantyne Commons East, Ballantyne Quad and Ballantyne Corners
The 535 acre Ballantyne Corporate Park has over 4,000,000 sq feet of Class A office space and includes the headquarters of Babcock & Wilcox, Tree.com Inc, Snyder’s-Lance Inc, Premier Inc, Extended Stay America, Inc, Fortune 500 company SPX and ESPN regional television.
In April 2013, MetLife announced that it was establishing its U.S. Retail Business Headquarters in Ballantyne
Dilworth is a neighborhood of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA. The neighborhood was Charlotte’s first streetcar suburb and was established by Edward Dilworth Latta in the 1890s on 250 acres (1 km²) southwest of the original city limits. It included the Joseph Forsyth Johnson designed Latta Park. Planned largely with a grid pattern similar to the city’s original four wards, Dilworth was initially designated the Eighth Ward.
Sedgefield Park serves as a Pedestrian connection to bordering Sedgefield. The streets of Dilworth feature stately, mature oak trees, sidewalks, and houses with front porches. The homes are primarily bungalows — with the occasional Queen Anne — and some larger, two-story Colonial Revivals lining Dilworth Road East and West. East Boulevard serves as the main thoroughfare through the neighborhood. East Boulevard is lined with restaurants,
offices and shops, many located in renovated homes. Charlotte’s largest hospital, Carolinas
Medical Center, is in Dilworth. This 861-bed teaching hospital is the region’s only Level 1 trauma center.
Much of the neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Dilworth Historic District.
Elizabeth takes its name from Elizabeth College, a small Lutheran women’s college founded in 1897 on the present-day site of Presbyterian Hospital. Elizabeth began to develop rapidly after 1902, when a trolley line was completed, and was annexed in 1907. Home of Independence Park, the first public park in the city, Elizabeth became one of the most fashionable residential areas in Charlotte in its early days. In 2006 Elizabeth had a population of 3,908.
Because much of the neighborhood was developed in the early 20th century, Elizabeth’s trees have had time to mature. They now form a canopy over most of Elizabeth’s residential streets. In addition, Elizabeth is more pedestrian-friendly than most Charlotte neighborhoods, businesses and residences are in close proximity, and most roads have sidewalks. The Walk Score of Elizabeth is 72, one of the highest in Charlotte (average Walk Score of 34).
The current boundaries of the Elizabeth neighborhood are, roughly, Randolph Road/4th Street to the Southwest; Independence Boulevard to the West and North; and a creek to the East. Major avenues include Elizabeth Avenue and 7th Street.
A substantial portion of the neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Elizabeth Historic District. The district encompasses 887 contributing buildings, 1 contributing site, 4 contributing structures, and 1 contributing object. The district was listed in 1989. Notable buildings include the William Henry Belk House, James L. Staten House, Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church, St.John’s Baptist Church, the W. Reynolds Cuthbertson House, the handsome shingled houses of John B. Alexander and his nephew Walter L. Alexander, the Jennie Alexander Duplex, Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church, and the Rutzler Apartments.
Elizabeth contains two major hospitals (Presbyterian Hospital and Mercy Hospital), and a number of medical offices line Randolph Road. Along 7th Street there are numerous old houses that have been converted into shops, offices, and restaurants. At the western end of the neighborhood lie Independence Park and American Legion Memorial Stadium. A development project is underway to revitalize Elizabeth Avenue.
The Elizabeth neighborhood sponsors an annual Elizabeth Recycles Day, which was most recently held on May 11, 2013 in Independence Park. Neighbors collect household hazardous waste for recycling and/or appropriate disposal.
Elizabeth is bordered by Belmont, Chantilly, Crescent Heights, Eastover, First Ward, Grier Heights, and Myers Park.
Though its boundaries originally coincided with the boundaries of the 1,220-acre (4.9 km2) John Spring Myers farm, the neighborhood, by 2008, comprised 2,200 acres (8.9 km2) and had a population of 9,809. Myers Park is bounded by Queens Road to the north; Providence Road to the east; Sharon Road to the south; and Park Road to the west.
Neighborhoods that border Myers Park include Dilworth and Sedgefield to the west, Eastover to the east, Charlotte center city to the north, and South Park and Foxcroft to the south.
Myers Park is widely considered to be the most affluent and reputable neighborhood in the city of Charlotte.
Of the 9,809 people living in Myers Park in 2008, 2,249 were under 18 years of age; approx.
1,511 were over 64 years of age. There were 4,643 housing units in Myers Park. The median household income was $109,772. The average house value in Myers Park was $778,762.
Providence Road, Kings Drive, and Queens Road are major thoroughfares in Myers Park. The highly confusing intersection of “Queens and Queens and Providence and Providence” in front of the Myers Park Library is legendary, as when traveling toward Uptown Charlotte on Providence Road, one must actually turn right at the intersection to stay on Providence, not go straight.
Residents of Myers Park attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, including Myers Park High
School, Alexander Graham Middle School, Myers Park Traditional Elementary School, and Selwyn Elementary School.
Charlotte Center City (also known as Uptown) is the central area of Charlotte, North Carolina within the bounds of I-277. The area is split into four neighborhoods (Wards) by the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets.
Several Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters here, including Bank of America, Duke Energy, and the East Coast operations of Wells Fargo. Athletic and event facilities located in Center City include Bank of America Stadium – home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, Time Warner Cable Arena – home of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, BB&T Ballpark – home of the International League’s Charlotte Knights, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Museums, theaters, hotels, high-density residential developments, restaurants, and bars are heavily concentrated in the Center City, with over 214 restaurants and 50 nightspots.
Charlotte’s Center City (including South End) employs more than 100,000 people and hosts more than 25 million visitors a year.
Center City Charlotte is divided into four neighborhoods, or “Wards”, by the intersection of
Trade and Tryon Streets
First Ward lies directly to the east of the intersection of Trade and Tryon. It is that quadrant bounded by North Tryon on the northwest and East Trade on the southwest.
First Ward was recently[when?] one of the most dangerous areas in Charlotte, but because of recent revitalization under a HUD HOPE VI grant, it has become one of the more desirable. Many new developments are planned and under construction. The award winning Center City Building which houses the uptown campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is in the first ward. The recently completed Center City Building is part of an urban village project being developed by Levine Properties. The current plans for the urban village include a 4-acre (16,000 m2) park, 450,000 sq ft (42,000 m2) of office space, 2,700 residential units, 250 hotel rooms, 250,000 sq ft (23,000 m2) of retail space, and 450,000 sq ft (42,000 m2) of civic space.
Current attractions include: The Main Library, the Spirit Square portion of the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, ImaginOn Children’s Learning Center, Levine Museum of the New South, the Time Warner Cable Arena, and is the home of the Charlotte Hornets. On Tryon at Sixth Street, one of Charlotte’s historic gems is being preserved and connected to a new condo project called Encore.
Second Ward lies directly to the south of the intersection of Trade and Tryon. It is the quadrant bounded by South Tryon on the northwest and East Trade on the northeast.
Second Ward is the location of Charlotte’s “Government District” and is the site of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Second Ward used to be the location of the predominantly black neighborhood Brooklyn before an urban renewal project took place. Today, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art+Culture stands in Second Ward. Here we also find EpiCentre, a mixed-use entertainment and retail complex, the Charlotte Convention Center, The Victorian Gothic style St. Peter’s Catholic Church, and The Green, a downtown mini-park.
Donald Trump proposed a 72-story project called Trump Charlotte in the Second Ward which would have been the tallest building in Charlotte. The project was subsequently cancelled
Third Ward lies directly to the west of the intersection of Trade and Tryon. It is the quadrant
bounded by South Tryon on the southeast and West Trade on the northeast. Third Ward is the location of the Knight Theatre, the Mint Museum, and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.
Center City’s Third Ward is a diverse, quaint, start of the 20th century streetcar neighborhood home to the Carolina Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium and Gateway Village which is one of the state’s largest mixed-use developments with 1,500,000 sq ft (140,000 m2) of office, shops, restaurants, and over 500 housing units. The most exciting new project is Wachovia’s First Street Project, comprising cultural, office, residential, and open space. Johnson & Wales University is expanding its campus in the Center City while the Mecklenburg County’s Parks and Recreation
Department has unveiled plans for an urban park in the district. Multiple condominium high rise towers have begun or are ready to begin construction. Plans are also underway to construct a $200 million transportation hub along the Norfolk Southern Railway called the Gateway Station.
The Gateway Station will house the Greyhound bus stop, the Amtrak station, the LYNX Purple Line and LYNX Silver Line, and a CATS bus hub.
BB&T Ballpark opened in 2014 as the home of the Charlotte Knights. Directly across the street is the new Romare Bearden Park, which opened in September 2013.
Fourth Ward lies directly to the north of the intersection of Trade and Tryon. It is that quadrant bounded by North Tryon on the southeast and West Trade on the southwest.
Fourth Ward is mostly residential and has many beautiful Victorian homes. It is an official historic district and is the location of Old Settlers’ Cemetery as well as the three acre Fourth
Residents of Charlotte Center City attend the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Elementary schools include First Ward Elementary and Irwin Avenue Open Elementary School
NoDa (short for “North Davidson”) is a popular arts district in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
It is located in the North Charlotte neighborhood on and around North Davidson Street and 36th Street, approximately one mile northeast of Uptown. Formerly an area of textile manufacturing and mill workers’ residences, the area has also served as a center for the arts. NoDa shares the same geography as Historic North Charlotte which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The name “NoDa” was coined by architect Russell Pound. In addition to historic mill houses, NoDa has seen a boom in residential construction in multifamily housing in recent years.
The neighborhood has become an entertainment district focused on bimonthly gallery crawls. In addition to the art galleries, there are several music venues and restaurants in the neighborhood.
Often, NoDa will be used when referring to issues of the arts and entertainment community; and North Charlotte will be used when referencing historic buildings or organizations. Several individual buildings in NoDa are on the National Historic Places register, but are recognized by the location of (Historic) North Charlotte Residents of NoDa have carried on the tight-knit traditions of the original mill villagers and continue to find new ways to interact with their neighbors. Gallery Crawls are popular on the first and third Fridays of every month, but most weekend nights offer similar events (especially in the warm months). Recently larger events featuring dubstep have become popular in the neighborhood, shutting out many of the actual local artists. Neighbors offer and promote other grassroots NoDa-centric events such as NoDa 16″ Softball (Monday nights at North Charlotte Park), NoDa Outdoor Movie Night (first Wednesday of the month; backyard movies), NoDa Cornholio Tournament, NoDa Scavenger Hunt, NoDa Pumpkin Carving, Charles Avenue Block Party, Pickles Farmers Market, NoDa All Arts Market, Trivia Night at Revolution and/or Solstice, and other arts-related activities. The McGill Rose Garden, a popular city park, lies at the south end of the Noda District
SouthPark is a large neighborhood and edge city in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Its name is derived from the upscale SouthPark Mall, which opened on February 12, 1970. At nearly 1.8 million square feet, SouthPark Mall is the largest shopping mall in Charlotte and all of North Carolina.
The area is geographically centered at the intersection of Fairview Road and Sharon Road in the south central sector of the city, about six miles south of Uptown Charlotte. In addition to being home to the mall, SouthPark is also a residential area and one of the largest business districts in Charlotte and the state of North Carolina, with an estimated 40,000 employees. Some place SouthPark akin to Atlanta’s Perimeter Center district. Seventeen photographs of the area around South Park and Phillips Place, taken in the year 2000, are displayed as part of an exhibit on the Charlotte Mecklenburg Story website.
Within the limits of SouthPark, the upscale SouthPark Mall features many high-end designers and boutiques such as Kate Spade, Burberry, Tiffany & Co, Hermès, Kenneth Cole, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Juicy Couture, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Cole Haan, and many others. SouthPark Mall is also anchored by Dillard’s (formerly Ivey’s), the flagship store for Belk, North Carolina’s second Nordstrom, the state’s only Neiman Marcus, and Macy’s (formerly Hecht’s). Dick’s Sporting Goods and The Container Store serve as additional anchors at the mall. The Village at SouthPark recently opened adjacent to the Dillard’s store. The Village at South Park features Crate & Barrel, Design within Reach, and popular restaurants. Other shopping complexes such as Phillips Place are within a close radius to SouthPark Mall and feature a diverse mix of tenants including Taylor Richards & Conger, Allen Edmonds, Brooks Brothers, Orvis, Restoration Hardware, and Dean and Deluca.
SouthPark is the most congested shopping area in the United States during Black Friday weekend
Residents of SouthPark attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, including South Mecklenburg High School and Myers Park High School.
Historic South End, often referred to as The South End, is a neighborhood immediately south of Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. It is also one of three Municipal Service Districts in Charlotte.
The South End has its beginning in the 1850s with Charlotte’s first railroad line, connecting the Queen City to Columbia and Charleston, SC. As time passed a thriving manufacturing community sprang up along the tracks, centered on the booming textile industry. The industrial area declined during the 1970s and 1980s, only to be revived in the early 1990s as restaurants, shops, and design-related industries discovered the old mills and warehouses. The area is notable for the number of renovated factories and eclectic mix of retail, commercial and high end residential construction.
Consist of the communities listed below. It’s also home of Charlotte International Airport (CLT)
- Ashley Park is the area between Ashley Rd and Freedom Dr
- Dixie/Berryhill is a neighborhood located in the extreme west bordering Gaston County near the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
- Biddleville, in west Charlotte along Beatties Ford Rd, is a historically African-American neighborhood surrounding Johnson C. Smith University
- Clanton Park is located near the intersection of Clanton Rd and West Blvd and takes its name from the park named Clanton Park
- Reid Park is located where Tryon St and West Blvd meet. Neighborhood is home to Reid Park Elementary School
- Coulwood is an area bounded by Brookshire Blvd. and Mount Holly Rd.
- Enderly Park is located in west Charlotte along Tuckaseegee Road between I-85 and Berryhill Rd
- Lincoln Heights is the area surrounding La Salle St between Statesville Ave and Beaties Ford Rd
- Oakview Terrace is the neighborhood surrounding the Brookshire freeway between Tennessee Ave and Rozelles Ferry Rd
- Paw Creek is a “Tank town”, located in western Mecklenburg County bordering Gaston County
- Revolution Park is the area surrounding the intersection of West Blvd and Remount Rd west of Center City
- Shopton is the corridor of Shopton Rd near I-485 and Gaston County south of the airport
- Shuffletown area surrounds Bellhaven Rd and Mt. Holly-Huntersville Rd
- Thomasboro/Hoskins is a former mill town in west Charlotte, between Freedom Drive and N Hoskins Rd north of I-85
- Todd Park is located along Toddville Rd
- Washington Heights is a historic streetcar suburb north of Biddleville
- Wesley Heights is a historically registered neighborhood adjacent to uptown Charlotte Wilmore is a historically registered neighborhood adjacent to SouthEnd Westerly Hills is the neighborhood surrounding Alleghany St Mountain Island Village is located in the extreme northwest along Brookshire Rd, I-485,
and Mt. Holly-Huntersville Rd near Mountain Island Lake
Yorkmount Park is the area surrounding the intersection of Tyvola Rd and Nations Ford
Northlake area is considered the area closest to north lake mall.
Steele Creek is primarily considered to be a community and neighborhood in the southwestern part of Mecklenburg County in North Carolina. It is generally defined geographically by the original boundaries of Steele Creek Township. Most of Steele Creek is within the city limits of Charlotte but the areas that have not yet been annexed are also recognized as a Township of North Carolina.
Yorkshire is located in the Steele Creek area of Southwest Charlotte, near Carowinds and SC border, between Choate Circle and South Tryon Street
The first school in Steele Creek was founded in the 1780s. Today Steele Creek is served by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. CMS schools in Steele Creek include Olympic Community of Schools (5), Kennedy Middle, Southwest Middle, Lake Wylie Elementary, Steele Creek
Elementary, Winget Park Elementary, River Gate Elementary, Berewick Elementary and
Palisade Park Elementry.
Refers to the general area of Charlotte which surrounds the eponymous mixed-use shopping center, apartment community, office complex and medical park which opened in 1989. The shopping center is home to Charlotte’s first Wal-Mart store, and the area’s name comes from the abundance of trees in the area. The center of the neighborhood is at Route 16 and 51, and the community is bordered by the SouthPark neighborhood to the northwest, the Ballantyne area to the southwest and the town of Matthews and Providence High to the east.
The Arboretum area is schooled by Elizabeth Lane Elementary, Providence Spring Elementary, South Charlotte Middle, and Providence High. United Faith Christian Academy and Carmel Christian Schools are local private schools in the area. In 2009, Fire Station 39 was constructed for the area.
The area is home to the wealthy subdivisions of Providence Plantation, Hembstead, Beverly Crest, Raintree and the communities at Piper Glen. Since the early 1990s, as with many other areas of Charlotte, The Arboretum has seen explosive growth.
The Arboretum shopping center includes stores such as Barnes & Noble, Rite Aid (formerly Eckerd), Bed Bath & Beyond, and Harris Teeter, the Southeastern supermarket based in Matthews, NC only about 10 minutes east of the Arboretum.
Pineville is a suburban town in the southernmost portion of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina situated in the Waxhaws district between Charlotte, North Carolina and Rock Hill, South Carolina.
As of the 2010 census, the town’s population is 7,479.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,449 people, 1,632 households, and 744 families residing in the town. The population density was 965.8 people per square mile (373.0/km²). There were 1,760 housing units at an average density of 492.8 per square mile (190.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 80.05% White, 10.00% African American, 0.20% Native American, 3.31% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 4.00% from other races, and 2.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.16% of the population.
There were 1,632 households, out of which 19.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.1% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 54.4% were non-families. 42.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.80.
The age range of Pineville’s population is 17.5% under the age of 18, 13.0% from 18 to 24, 42.2% from 25 to 44, 16.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $38,261, and the median income for a family was $45,500. Males had a median income of $30,833 versus $29,508 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,958. About 3.6% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.7% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.
Nestled between Charlotte and Monroe, the area now known as Matthews was unspoiled rolling woodlands with large stands of trees. Matthews has been named one of the Most Exciting Suburbs in the U.S., one of the Top Ten Suburban Cities in America; one of the Top Ten Places to Retire in N.C., and one of the Top Ten Best Cities in N.C. While we are excited to be recognized for who we are now – we have a rich history.
Today, Matthews’s population has grown to over 29,000 citizens. Keeping pace with development in the area, Matthews’s city limits now encompass 17 square miles. There are hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, recreational facilities and a hospital. In 1996, the National Register of Historic Places listed 10 downtown buildings in Matthews.
Known as Matthews Commercial District, they comprise a small, but remarkably intact, collection of structures dating from the
In Matthews there are shops, restaurants, cultural activities, and historical downtown districtlate 19th to the early 20th century.
Mint Hill is a suburban town in southeastern Mecklenburg and northwestern Union counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina, it is a major suburb on the outskirts of Charlotte and near the Cabarrus County line. The population was 23,341 at the 2010 census.
The children of Mint Hill, NC attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Elementary schools include Clear Creek Elementary, Bain Elementary, Crown Point Elementary, and Lebanon Road Elementary. Middle schools include Northeast Middle, and Mint Hill Middle. High school students attend either Independence High School or Butler High School. Mint Hill is also home to the Queens Grant Charter schools.