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14 Best Neighborhoods in Charlotte

By: Susan Finch and Justin Chaplin
April 1, 2021

You’ll find world-class museums, independent boutiques, lush green space, and lively entertainment in Charlotte's diverse mix of neighborhoods.

One of the best parts about living in Charlotte is the relatively affordable cost of living. The costs will also depend on the neighborhood you choose to call home.

Want to know where to move next? Here's what to know about some of the best neighborhoods in Charlotte.

1. Prosperity Church Road

Prosperity Church Road attracts families and young professionals looking for a diverse and growing community. With easy access to I-485 and UNC Charlotte, Property Church Road features parks, shopping, and playgrounds for a pleasant way of life. Locals from nearby neighborhoods enjoy outdoor concerts, festivals, and big-name acts attracting locals to gather on a warm summer night.

2. Ballantyne West

Ballantyne West is close to great restaurants and shops for convenient urban living. It’s a family-friendly environment with good schools.

Locals walk, jog, or bike on sunny days in neighborhood parks like Cullman Park. Fish off the dock for bluegill fish. You can also watch for Kid Pond's turtles for a break from Charlotte's bustle.

3. East Forest

For a quick drive into Uptown, locals choose East Forest for its convenience and growing amenities. East Forest is known for its relatively quiet atmosphere, wooded areas, and green space. It attracts a mix of families, professionals, and retirees.

Soak up the fresh air at the 114-acre McAlpine Creek Park. Walk the dog, go on a 5k run, enjoy a bike ride, and feed the local ducks in the pond.

4. University City North

Nestled on the city limits of Charlotte, University City is home to University Research Park. The popular neighborhood is also home to the esteemed University of North Carolina at Charlotte and multiple Fortune 500 company offices.

Students and young professionals call the neighborhood home for its abundance of job opportunities. University City North also quickly connects to Uptown via a convenient LYNX Blue Line connection.

5. Eastover

Look to Eastover for a home in a historic, upscale neighborhood just two miles from the bustle of Charlotte. Locals walk to restaurants and shops and stroll along sidewalks with sprawling lawns lined with Georgian and Tudor-style architecture.

The neighborhood is just a stone's throw away from excellent attractions. Swing by the Bojangles Coliseum for concerts and stand-up comedy. Or, practice your short game at the 18-hole golf course at Myers Park Country Club.

6. Barclay Downs

Once part of a 3,000-acre farm, Barclay Downs features one of the city's most popular live/work communities. Some locals refer to much of the area as SouthPark. It encompasses the SouthPark mall, Piedmont Row, Colony, and other businesses.

The neighborhood is a popular choice for walkers looking to stroll their kids to school, head to retail destinations, and enjoy the restaurants and nightlife. The area is also home to the city's first open-air shopping center in Charlotte, Park Road Shopping Center.

7. Plaza Midwood

Plaza Midwood and its Central Avenue thoroughfare bring together a quirky

neighborhood that's big on nightlife. Known for its music venues and dive bars, locals head to Plaza Midwood to sample their way through barbecue joints and gastropubs.

Take a walk through the neighborhood on the weekend and admire the graffiti-clad buildings and a melting pot of lifestyles in this inclusive LGBTQ+ friendly neighborhood.

8. South End

The historic neighborhood of South End is known for its revitalized trend-setting nightlife, community, and retail. There's no shortage of things to do from hitting the craft breweries like Wooden Robot Brewery.

On weekends, visit the only linear park in Charlotte at the Rail Trail. You'll find art installations in public plazas. It’s also a gathering space for fitness enthusiasts and Instagram shutterbugs.

9. Steele Creek

Steele Creek is growing in popularity. Luxury apartment developers are eyeing the southwest corner of Charlotte for revitalization.

The neighborhood went from a rural to a remote location before businesses and retail started setting up shop around 2011. Hundreds of apartments are planned in the area, along with mixed-use development space.

10. Dilworth

Dilworth's tree-lined streets are a laid-back neighborhood with a global dining scene. Locals head to Kenilworth Commons and Park Square for afternoons of shopping at boutiques and interior design shops. For a green reprieve, Freedom Park offers lakeside winding trails.

11. Myers Park

Charlotte's upper-crust neighborhood of Myers Park is known as a posh, residential neighborhood. It still retains a laid-back vibe.

Strolls are welcome along tree-lined sidewalks. Most renters live near the retail and dining where complexes are more common.

12. Elizabeth

The walkable neighborhood of Elizabeth is a refuge for foodies looking for trendy dining options. The community is situated south of Uptown Charlotte. It attracts young professionals, families, and retirees looking to take advantage of city living and urban amenities in this popular enclave.

13. Uptown

As the heart of Charlotte, Uptown features skyscrapers, businesses, and restaurants with endless entertainment options. Uptown features many of the amenities you would expect from a world-class city, with shopping, restaurants, and attractions like the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Young professionals and urban enthusiasts who love a diverse city center flock to Uptown to live in the center of the city's heartbeat.

14. NoDa (North Davidson)

NoDa is Charlotte's vibrant art district. It features quirky boutiques, galleries, and lively bars.

Once a textile mill town, NoDa transformed its abandoned warehouses into galleries and music venues. It attracts, attracting a mix of creative spirits and young professionals.

Final Thoughts

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AUTHOR
Susan Finch is a freelance writer and content manager focusing on local experiences, travel, and anything relating to really good food and craft brews. Her work has appeared in travel guidebooks and national magazines and newspapers. Read More
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Justin is a Content Manager and contributing author at Apartment List, helping people navigate the world of renting. Justin previously spent his time earning his BBA in Marketing from Boise State University. Read More
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