Best Neighborhoods in Charlotte NC
If you’re considering a move to Charlotte, NC, your greatest challenge may simply be choosing among the many great neighborhoods in which to live! The Queen City offers no shortage of desirable locales to plant roots – whether you seek the very best in outdoor leisure activities, shopping, brewery-hopping or to focus on your fitness, there’s a neighborhood in Charlotte that will feel custom-designed to suit your interests. Join us as we explore three of the city’s very best neighborhoods and highlight some of the places in each that make them great.
Renowned for both its stunning 1920’s architecture and its plethora of high-end shopping, dining and leisure activities, Myers Park is easily ranked amongst the very best neighborhoods in Charlotte. For the avid golfer, Myers Park Country Club is a sought-after destination, renowned for its award-winning golf course. For those keen on shopping and dining, the area is also home to Selwyn Corners, an upscale shopping destination that offers an array of well-curated boutique shops and restaurants. Favorite stops at Selwyn Corners include clothing boutique Monkee’s, featuring an assortment of contemporary clothing, designer shoes and bags, and brand-new culinary gem, The Jimmy, serving up Mediterranean fare inspired by flavors found along the coasts of Italy and France. Opened by esteemed Charlotte chef, Jim Noble (the owner of numerous top-notch restaurants throughout the city), The Jimmy has already established itself as a Myers Park must-do.
We also recommend checking out in Myers Park:
- Ried’s Fine Foods for superior meats, wines, regional provisions, locally grown produce, and seasonally fresh meals & gift baskets.
- Little Sugar Creek Greenway (Connects to Freedom Park and Uptown)
- Proximity to some of the best schools (Myers Park High School, Alexander Graham Middle School, Selwyn Elementary)
- Queens University
- SouthPark Mall
- Park Road Shopping Center
LOSO (LOWER SOUTH END)
A newer addition to the Queen City’s list of places to find entertainment, Charlotte’s Lower South End neighborhood (or LoSo) is a craft beer connoisseur’s dream. Home to an almost overwhelming number of taprooms, LoSo is the hot spot for those who appreciate a good locally brewed beer – although there are also a generous number of restaurants, shops and fitness facilities in the neighborhood, as well. Easily accessible via Charlotte’s Lynx Light Rail transportation system, residents of LoSo can spend an afternoon embarking on their very own brewery tour – some of our favorite stops include Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (Charlotte’s oldest and largest craft brewery and beer garden, known for offering its house brews in a lively setting), GoodRoad Ciderworks (a “rustic-chic” locale offering a rotating selection of artisanal house-brewed ciders & meads) and Sugar Creek Brewing Company (offering live music and tasty food alongside their selection of local craft beer and cocktails). And if you find you’ve been over-indulging in the best of Charlotte’s craft beer, head over to Hive Fitness, LoSo’s boutique fitness club offering barre, yoga, personal training and more – just be sure you’ve allowed ample time for the spirits to leave your system before mounting that NEXTcycle bike.
We also recommend checking out in LoSo:
- LoSo Station mixed use development (Coming Soon)
- Queen Park Social
- Red Clay Cider Works
- Thirsty Nomad Brewery
- Brewers at Yancey
- Protagonist Southend
- Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen
A short 20-minute drive north of the city of Charlotte, Davidson is a small town with big amenities, offering residents a close-knit community with proximity to a bustling metropolis. Founded in 1837 at the same time as Davidson College, the town of Davidson will naturally appeal to scholars and historians – but don’t count out foodies, art-lovers and anyone that enjoys the small-town charms of a historic college town. Davidson’s quintessential downtown area offers an array of restaurants that will become instant favorites, including Davidson Wine Co (an urban winery and bistro with globally sourced, locally crafted wines paired with delectable bites), Kindred Restaurant (a foodie favorite with seasonal-inspired small dishes featuring contemporary cuisine of the new South) and Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse (offering fresh, local and house-made dishes that deliver a big-city culinary experience in a small-town neighborhood). The Davidson Farmer’s Market is a must-do every Saturday from 9-noon for locals to pick up their fresh fruits, veggies, meat, dairy and baked goods, in addition to specialty beverages, culinary items – and even health and beauty products! And lastly, Davidson’s adjacency to picturesque Lake Norman means there are endless opportunities for fun on the water, whether enjoyed during a quick day trip or a full-blown weekend getaway.
We also recommend checking out in Davidson:
- Roosevelt Wilson Park
- Shops in Downtown Davidson
- Summit Coffee
- Harbor Club
If you’re interested in moving to any of these amazing neighborhoods, please contact us here to learn how we can help you find your dream home in Charlotte, NC.
Top Picks for Dining and Entertainment
Join us for a quick, virtual tour of our favorite spots to munch, mingle and meander in
STONECREST AT PIPER GLEN
At the risk of sounding trite, the StoneCrest shopping center, located in the heart of the Ballantyne neighborhood in Charlotte, is your one-stop-shop for … well, basically everything. This spectacular, outdoor retail destination offers visitors an almost overwhelming variety of options for shopping, dining and entertainment, all in a picturesque, pedestrian-friendly, open-air setting. With dozens of stores and venues, including basics like Target, Harris Teeter and Starbucks, in addition to specialty shops like Flying Biscuit Cafe (their award-winning Shrimp & Grits are a must), Crumbl Cookies (dubbed “the world’s best cookies”for good reason), and an IMAX movie theatre that offers pop-up drive-in movies, your options for things to see, do and eat are virtually endless.
Just minutes from Ballantyne at the intersection of Rea and Ardrey Kell Road, Blakeney is a vibrant neighborhood shopping, dining and entertainment district. Anchored by an expansive outdoor Village Green and stage used for community events and socializing, Blakeney serves as a true shopping and dining mecca, featuring retail favorites like Target, Harris Teeter, and Home Goods/Marshalls, as well as culinary treats such as Hazelnuts Creperie (order the Banana Berry Cinnamon Crepe and thank us later) and Brixx Wood Fired Pizza. An extensive calendar of events, including a Summer Concert Series, Wine Walks and Community Outdoor Yoga, make this lush neighborhood gem a top-notch destination throughout the year.
THE VILLAGE AT ROBINSON FARM
Just off Rea Road in South Charlotte, The Village at Robinson Farm is home to more than a dozen dining venues and retail shops, in addition to hosting a popular, weekly farmer’s market. The Butcher’s Market, a favorite neighborhood butcher shop and specialty grocer, offers butcher-cut meat, a variety of locally sourced products and wines, several marinades and seasonings, as well as groceries. The friendly staff is happy to offer shoppers tips for preparing their meats, so don’t be afraid to ask! The famed Hawthorne’s New York Pizza and Bar combines authentic New York slices with southern hospitality, delighting Queen City diners with freshly made pizzas, pastas and salads, plus craft cocktails and craft beer. And a barre studio, salon and med spa are just a few of the health and wellness establishments located in this well-rounded, Ballantyne shopping destination.
FOUR MILE CREEK GREENWAY
And now something for the outdoor enthusiasts – or those simply seeking a brief retreat from city life. Not far from the StoneCrest shopping center is Four Mile Creek Greenway, a picturesque, 5.8-mile, horseshoe-shaped greenway in South Charlotte. Comprised of both a boardwalk and paved trail that pass through natural forest and wetlands, Four Mile Creek Greenway is a coveted destination for local hikers, cyclists and nature lovers. Children and pets, alike, enjoy frolicking near the Greenway’s rock feature with bubbling water and a playground, restrooms and picnic shelters in Squirrel Lake Park make it a favorite locale for families. Weekend foot (and bike) traffic tends to be heavier than on weekdays, so plan your trip accordingly if you want to avoid crowds.
ENJOY EASY ACCESS TO THE BEST OF BALLANTYNE AS A SOUTH CHARLOTTE RESIDENT
South Charlotte/Ballantyne is chockfull of terrific options for first-rate dining, upscale shopping and endless entertainment – and the only thing better than enjoying them as a visitor is the added convenience of enjoying them as a local. As a resident of Elm Terraces, a brand-new, craftsman-style townhome community, ideally located just below StoneCrest, you’ll never be far from your next excursion. Featuring modern interiors, luxury finishes, balconies and optional rooftop terraces on select homes, Elm Terraces provides an elevated living experience just steps from all there is to do and see in the beautiful South Charlotte area.