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A touch of the suburbs in the midst of the city. A quiet, affluent neighborhood with established homes on beautiful winding roads, that is just minutes from some of Charlotte’s top shopping and entertainment venues, the airport, and Uptown. Welcome to Royden.

Turn off Carmel Road into the Royden neighborhood, and you are instantly transformed out of the city and into the suburbs. Stylish homes built throughout the 1980s and 1990s sit on large, well-maintained lots with mature trees that offer a touch of privacy not often found in the heart of a major city. You would never know that you are just a few miles away from destinations like the SouthPark Mall area, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and some of the city’s top golf courses, restaurants, churches, and public and private schools. Uptown is less than 10 miles from Royden.

Royden even has its own active homeowner’s association which provides a directory, information about local resources, local crime information, and social information. If you have ever dreamed of living in a place where neighbors become lifelong friends, Royden is waiting.


Charlotte’s rich history dates back to its founding in 1768 when settlers named it for Queen Charlotte of England. A few decades later, a young boy discovered that a rock he had been using for a doorstop was actually gold. Word spread, and the city became the site of the first gold rush in the country. Dreams of getting rich were short-lived, however. Those in search of gold headed to California a few years later, and Charlotte returned to its roots as a farming community.

After the Civil War, railroads began moving into the city, turning it from a cotton farming hub into one of the top textiles processing centers in the world. This was the first sign of Charlotte’s potential as a leading business center. Over the last few decades, the city has transformed into one of the largest banking centers in the United States, rivaling only New York City. The Royden neighborhood was built shortly after the banking boom began, in the 1980s, on the old Moore family farm.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 508
  • Students who live in Royden will attend schools in the Charlotte Mecklenburg school district, including Carmel Middle School, which is practically within walking distance of the neighborhood, and South Mecklenburg High School, which is the largest high school in North Carolina.
  • Students also have access to the many private schools in the area, including the prestigious Charlotte Country Day School which is just minutes from the Royden community.
  • Royden commuters have access to some of Charlotte’s top employers which range from Fortune 500 companies to small startups. Some of the largest employers in the Charlotte area include Wells Fargo, Walmart, Bank of America, Lowe’s, Carolinas Healthcare System, Duke Energy, Harris Teeter, and American Airlines.
  • Royden is just 7 miles from Carolinas Medical Center, one of the top hospitals in the state of North Carolina.
  • The community is also just a couple of miles from the Morrison Regional branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system. The gorgeous 24,000 square foot building offers events throughout the year such as regular children’s story times for various ages and a fall festival.

Local Attractions

Royden is a purely residential neighborhood, but it is just 2 or 3 miles from some of the city’s top attractions and about 10 miles from attractions like Discovery Place, Time Warner Cable Arena, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and Bank of America Stadium. A couple of small shopping centers where residents can grab groceries or takeout are practically within walking distance, and the prestigious SouthPark Mall and surrounding restaurants and shops are just a quick drive away. Royden is also in close proximity to some of Charlotte’s top county clubs and most popular parks


  • Hawthorne’s New York Pizza & Bar– Hawthorne’s has been a Charlotte staple for over 10 years, and it has a few locations in the city, including one on Carmel Road, just up the street from Royden. The restaurant serves up delicious pies and slices, wings, pasta, salads, wraps, heroes, sandwiches, and other entrees, including gluten-free options.
  • Maria Bonita’s Cantina & Grill – If it is Mexican food you crave, stop by Maria Bonita’s Cantina & Grill, which is just south of Royden. Enjoy delicious versions of classic dishes like quesadillas, enchiladas, tacos, and nachos.
  • Upstream – The Phillips Place/SouthPark Mall area is just a quick drive away and offers some of the finest restaurants in the entire state, including Upstream. Enjoy fresh seafood from the eatery’s award-winning Pacific Rim menu. When it opened, Esquire named it one of the best new restaurants in the United States.
  • Zebra – Another popular spot in the SouthPark Mall area is Zebra. Owned by a couple with European roots, the restaurant mixes local dishes and ingredients with international flavors. Be sure to check out the extensive wine menu, as well.
  • Lotus Chinese Cuisine II – For those days when you just do not feel like cooking, Lotus Chinese Cuisine II is just up the road from Royden and even offers delivery services. On the menu, you will find typical Chinese dishes and appetizes.


  • Airports – Royden is approximately 15 miles from one of the busiest airports in the United States, Charlotte Douglas International Airport. It serves over 45 million passengers per year.
  • Public Transportation – Bus service is available from the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) via the bus stations along Carmel Road.
  • Major Roads and Interstates – Royden is a quick drive from Interstates 77 and 485. Carmel and Colony Roads are the main roads in the Royden area.


  • Olde Towne Village Center – Olde Towne Village Center is a small shopping center that is just up the road from Royden. It is home to a Harris Teeter grocery store, as well as several restaurants and small businesses.
  • SouthPark Mall – Royden is just a quick drive from North Carolina’s most upscale shopping destination: SouthPark Mall. The area is a shopping and dining mecca. It is home to stores and brands such as Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Macy’s.
  • Phillips Place – Just across from SouthPark Mall is another favorite upscale shopping destination: Phillips Place. The area is home to several stores and restaurants, including Brooks Brothers, Orvis, Restoration Hardware, Eileen Fisher, Coplon’s, Dean & Deluca, Palm Restaurant, and Wolfgang Puck’s Pizza Bar. It also features a theater and sits next to Whole Foods.

Entertainment, Nightlife & Things To Do

  • Regal Cinemas Phillips Place 10 – When Royden residents want to see one of the latest films out of Hollywood, they head to the nearby Regal Cinemas at Phillips Place. The theater boats 10 screens, comfortable seating, and concessions.
  • Country Clubs and Golf Courses – South Charlotte has a reputation for its many golf courses and country clubs, and Royden sits just a few minutes from many of them, including Quail Hollow, Carmel, and Cedarwood Country Clubs. Each one offers immaculate golf courses, as well as top amenities like pools, fitness centers, and tennis courts.
  • Parks – While there are no parks within walking distance of Royden, there are some in the surrounding neighborhoods. The nearby 39-acre Olde Providence Park features 8 baseball fields, a soccer field, a playground, and walking trails. Carmel Road Neighborhood Park has 2 multi-purpose fields, 2 tennis courts, a basketball court, a softball field, a playground, and a picnic shelter.
  • Levine Jewish Community Center – The Levine Jewish Community Center is another nearby destination that has something for the entire family. There is a large fitness and wellness center with state-of-the-art equipment, group fitness rooms, a Pilates studio, a gym, a lounge, an aerobics studio, racquetball courts, a childcare room, an indoor pool, a cushioned indoor running track, a teen lounge, and a seasonal café.
  • Carowinds – Royden is just about 10 miles from Carowinds, North Carolina’s top amusement park. Here you will find thrill rides, family-oriented rides, a water park, Planet Snoopy, live entertainment, a Dinosaurs Alive exhibit, restaurants, and more.

Real Estate Information

There are only 142 homes in the Royden neighborhood, and they typically range in size from 1,500 to 4,000 square feet. The average selling price is around $910,000. All of homes in Royden were built during four phases that took place during the 1980s and 1990s. They sit on large, lush lots with beautifully manicured lawns, along winding roads lined with trees and sidewalks. You will find a variety of home styles here, including Greek revival, traditional two-story, Tudor, and French provincial.

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