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It’s one of the most desirable places to call home in the Queen City, offering beautiful suburban living with established family neighborhoods and the ease of a quick city commute. It is where busy professionals, young families, and retirees find common ground. Welcome to South Charlotte.

Many people consider South Charlotte to be anything north of HWY 51 and south of Fairview/Sardis corridor, which means you will find a wide variety of established neighborhoods, people, and homes in the community. While it is still inside the city limits, many consider South Charlotte to be the laid-back answer to the hustle and bustle of Uptown despite its rapid growth. People have discovered the award-winning schools, the short commute times to work at Charlotte’s multiple Fortune 500 companies, and the wonderful weather.

History

The Charlotte neighborhood of Elizabeth played a key role in the city of Charlotte’s settlement. In 1755, Thomas Spratt’s family moved there, as did Thomas Polk, who married Sprat’s daughter. After Polk built a home north of the area, others begin to follow, and in 1768, “Charlotte Town” was incorporated. By 1775, community leaders signed the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, and many believe that helped to prompt the American Revolution. After the Civil War, the city began to grow in great numbers, thanks to the railroad and cotton processing plants. Some might say that it hasn’t stopped growing since — especially in South Charlotte.



Quick Facts

  • Charlotte Population: 793,000
  • If you ever hear someone mention the Queen City, they are referring to Charlotte. It was named for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the queen consort of Great Britain at the time the city was founded.
  • Many publications choose Charlotte and its surrounding suburbs, particularly in and around South Charlotte, as one of the best places to live in the country. Low crime rates, lower cost of living, and affordable homes all play a role in this.
  • AT&T, Bank of America, Family Dollar, NASCAR, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Wells Fargo, and Chiquita Banana all have headquarters or corporate offices in Charlotte, making it a great place to work. In 2013, Forbes named it one of the “Best Places for Business and Careers.”
  • Many people move from New England and New York to South Charlotte, just to get away from the cold winters. While Charlotte does see some cold weather and occasional snow, winters are usually mild and cool, while summers are warm and ideal for a day out on one of the many lakes in the area, such as Lake Norman, North Carolina’s largest manmade lake.

Local Attractions

When you live in South Charlotte, you will not run out of things to do. The area has it all: Sports, culture, history, shopping, world-class restaurants, and family-friendly adventures. The area is also known for its numerous golf courses and country clubs.

Dining

  • The Lodge: A Sportsman GrillLive music, cheap wine, sports on TV, and some of the best burgers in South Charlotte. What more do you need? The Lodge: A Sportsman Grill is located on Colony Road, and is the perfect to place to catch a Panthers game.
  • Cajun Yard Dog –  If you have a hankering for Louisiana-style cooking, but you are stuck in North Carolina,  all you have to do is visit Cajun Yard Dog on Providence in the Arboretum Shopping Center. You can’t beat its crab cakes and po’boys.
  • Rusty’s Deli & Grille – If you want food in a hurry, visit Rusty’s Deli & Grille on Park Road. It’s been serving up quick meals since 1983. You can order sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups, and even vegetarian options. There is even a “South Charlotte Cheesesteak.”
  • 131 Main – 131 Main is a Charlotte area staple with four locations, including one in Dilworth. It offers modern Southern cooking made from fresh ingredients. Go ahead and try the shrimp and grits with a side of deviled eggs or a grilled pork chop with cast iron cornbread.

Transportation

  • Charlotte Area Transit SystemResidents in South Charlotte can take advantage of the Charlotte Area Transit System. It provides buses, trolleys, light rail transit, and express shuttles for most of the city.
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport – The sixth busiest airport in the United States is Charlotte Douglass International Airport. It offers nonstop flights to most places in North and South America, and is the biggest US Airways hub in the world.
  • Amtrak – Charlotte has its own Amtrak station that sees three daily routes. Commuters can take the train to cities like Atlanta, New York, Washington, DC, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and more.

Shopping

  • Phillips Place – Phillips Place is a nearby outdoor mall with boutique stores like Paper Source, Orvis, Luna, Coplons, and K-la. It also offers several dining options like Palm and Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar, as well as a theater for an after-dinner movie.
  • Stonecrest at Piper Glen – You will recognize many of the stores at Stonecrest at Piper Glen, like ULTA, Starbucks, Target, Michael’s, and Harris Teeter. The complex also features several restaurants and specialty shops, as well as a theater and a popular concert series
  • SouthPark Mall – SouthPark Mall just happens to be the oldest mall in the city, and one of the largest, too.  It provides a luxury shopping experience at stores like Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, and Burberry. It is also home to Macy’s, Belk, Dillard’s, and Neiman Marcus. Stick around throughout the season to catch summer movies or Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performances.
  • Arboretum Shopping Center -With over 80 shops, salons and restaurants, The Arboretum features a mix of national and local retailers ideally situated at the corner of two prominent Charlotte thoroughfares, Providence Road and Highway 51. Includes: Barnes & Noble, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Regal Cinema 12, Gap & Gap Kids, Harris Teeter, Michaels Arts & Crafts and Wal-Mart
  • Foxcroft Shopping Center -Right in the heart of the neighborhood is the Foxcroft shopping center which boasts something for all ages including a mix of family dining & shopping options

Entertainment, Nightlife & Things To Do

  • Country Clubs – Golf enthusiasts love the number of courses and clubs located in South Charlotte. Myers Park Country Club has been around since 1921, while Quail Hollow hosts the PGA Tour each year. Other clubs in the area include Providence, Raintree, Ballantyne, Cedarwood, and TPC Piper Glen.
  • Carowinds – You will not find an amusement park more fun than Carowinds in the entire state of North Carolina. Ride the “Intimidator,” one of the fastest roller coasters in the country, as well as the water slides and other thrilling rides.
  • Discovery Place – Located a short distance away from South Charlotte in Uptown, If you move to Charlotte with young children, you must visit Discovery Place. The science museum is fun and educational with its hands-on exhibits, I-MAX Theater, and exciting displays and experiments.
  • Bank of America Stadium – Also conveniently located in nearby Uptown, this is where Football fans will love to spend a Sunday afternoon in October at Bank of America Stadium. The air is crisp, the fans are pumped, and the atmosphere is thrilling. The stadium also hosts the ACC Championship and Belk Bowl, and recently, it announced that it would start hosting soccer games. Behind-the-scenes tours are also available.
  • EpiCentre – Just a 15 minute drive from South Charlotte is the EpiCentre. For a night out on the town, you can’t wrong with EpiCentre. It has restaurants, bars, bowling, nightclubs, and even a theater. Don’t forget the live music. Enso, Whiskey River, Vault Charlotte, and Blackfin are some local favorite destinations at EpiCentre.

Real Estate Information

When it comes to real estate in South Charlotte, it all comes down to your taste and budget. One neighborhood may feature sprawling, multi-million dollar homes in a country club-like setting, while the next has smaller, brick two-story and ranch homes situated on spacious lots on quiet streets. There are established neighborhoods with winding, tree-lined roads, and new construction in upscale communities which offer countless amenities.

Popular Neighborhoods

  • Foxcroft
  • Piper Glen
  • Pellyn Wood
  • Old Georgetown
  • Olde Providence
  • Beverly Woods
  • Summerlake
  • Stonecroft
  • Montibello
  • Town & Country
  • Carmel Country Club

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