Charlotte’s Top 5 Most Walkable Neighborhoods

Charlotte, NC has so many beautiful neighborhoods to choose from, each with their own characteristics. We have the list for Charlotte’s top 5 most walkable neighborhoods for you as you search for your new home in the Queen City. As always, contact one of our neighborhood specialists any time to help you navigate the home buying experience.

Uptown Charlotte

Uptown Charlotte walkable neighborhood

Romare Bearden Park in Uptown Charlotte

Charlotte’s city center is known as “Uptown“(don’t be caught saying downtown!). It is divided into four wards, with the most walkable areas being First & Fourth Ward. The Fourth Ward area is the most popular for uptown living as you can walk to dining, entertainment and shopping areas. This area follows Graham and Poplar streets and boasts Discovery Place as well as Fourth Ward Park. You can find high-rise condos and Victorian homes dating back over 100 years. Take the historic walking tour to get a feel for this area.

First Ward is the center of sports and entertainment in Uptown! You will find The Spectrum Center(home to the Charlotte Hornets Basketball, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and Spirit Square. You will find high-rise condos and townhouses in this area. The Lynx light rail runs through all of uptown to make traveling to other neighborhoods south of town convenient.(North routes to UNC Charlotte coming in the future).

South End

southend charlotte walkable neighborhood

Atherton Mill in Southend *photo courtesy of WFAE Charlotte

The Historic SouthEnd district is known as a live/work/play community and is very popular amongst hipsters, professionals and young families. The craft beer scene in Charlotte has really exploded in the area as well converting old warehouse spaces and factories into breweries. Numerous art galleries and boutiques feature the work of local artists and can be seen on the monthly Gallery Crawls. You can find apartment living, condos and single family homes in this Historic district as well as 4 light rail stops to make traveling through the area even easier.

Plaza Midwood

Plaza Midwood is situated approximately 1 mile northeast of Uptown. The neighborhood has seen revitalization in the past decade and is now one of the “hippest” addresses to have in Charlotte. You can choose from great dining options as well as eclectic shops and antique stores. Young professionals as well as families can be seen out and about on any of the pedestrian friendly sidewalks which make this neighborhood very walkable. Choose from condos, bungalows, craftsman houses and ranch style homes in this neighborhood.


NoDa Charlotte walkable neighborhood

Art gallery crawl event in Charlotte’s NoDa Historic Art District community. Photo is part of a series of images taken during a July 2012 gallery crawl.

NoDa was once known as a tiny mill village but as artists started to move in the neighborhood it has become known as the Arts District in Charlotte. The area is situated along North Davidson street(hence the NoDa nickname). You can find live/work condos, restored mill homes, historical homes as well as new modern homes. You can find many places to eat, shop and listen to live music. The community is tight-knit and you can always count on the annual pumpkin carving event, movie nights, scavenger hunts and so much more. Many investors are buying in this area, as it has continued to boom with the craft beer scene and the Lynx line extension which will include a stop at 36th Street.


dilworth neighborhood

Dilworth is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Charlotte dating back to the 1800’s. Located south of uptown, the area is truly one of Charlotte’s most sought after neighborhoods. You will stroll down tree-lined streets while waving to neighbors on their sprawling front porches on your way to dinner. You can also find some of Charlotte’s top-rated schools in this area. Walk to your favorite eatery, coffee shop, parks and nightlife. The housing is an assortment of bungalows, Craftsman-style homes, Queen Anne homes, Victorians, and Colonial Revivals and some condos. Most of the homes were built during the late 1800s and early 1900s through the 1930s and have since been renovated, but you may find a little newer construction scattered throughout the neighborhood.

Charlotte’s most walkable neighborhoods have something different to offer everyone from hipsters & young professionals to families with children. Whether you are relocating to Charlotte from another state or trying to find your niche in the Queen City, let us help you start on your home buying journey.