Some of the most famous neighborhoods in Charlotte are the “streetcar suburbs” and the neighborhoods built around them that form a rung around uptown. Built to accommodate trolley commuting, many have front porches and traditional sidewalks that lead to eclectic shops and restaurants.
There is no better introduction to Charlotte than a drive down Queens Road in Myers Park, where some of the city’s grandest homes are framed by a canopy of willow oaks. Myers Park emerged from a cotton farm in south Charlotte in 1911, when landscape architect John Nolen was hired to create a “garden suburb.” Nolen opted for curving streets that followed the landscape.
Don’t miss Festival in the Park at Freedom Park each year at the end of September or getting lost at the baffling intersection of Queens Road, Queens Road, Providence Road and Providence Road.
Developed on two dairy farms southeast of center city, Eastover was the first Charlotte suburb with driveways for “motorcars.” The neighborhood’s stately homes have long attracted the leaders who helped shape Charlotte’s growth, including banker Hugh McColl Jr. and department store icon John Belk. One major landmark is the Mint Museum of Art. Don’t miss a stay at the luxurious Duke Mansion or a visit to The Manor, an old‐time movie theater that shows art‐house films.
Dilworth, Charlotte’s oldest streetcar suburb, is known for its renovated bungalows, churches and leafy streets. East Boulevard forms the neighborhood’s spine, offering restaurants, shops and office space within easy walking distance of nearby homes. The city is encouraging more dense development. Don’t miss the Yiasou Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Church off
East Boulevard each year the first week in September.
Historic SouthEnd has its beginning in the 1850s when the first railroad line came to Charlotte, connecting the Queen City to Columbia and Charleston, SC. Over the years a thriving manufacturing community sprang up along the tracks, centered on the burgeoning textile industry. The area experienced a revival in the 1990s as restaurants, shops, and design related industries discovered the beauty and versatility of the old mills and warehouses. SouthEnd today is a popular spot for shops and restaurants.
Don’t miss a trip to the SouthEnd Trolley Museum and a ride on Charlotte’s oldest surviving, fully restored streetcar, car #85.
It is home to two major hospitals, North Carolina’s largest community college and the city’s oldest park. Elizabeth has a mix of housing, from brick mansions to quaint bungalows to new townhomes. The neighborhood was home to department store magnate William Henry Belk, and the city’s first neighborhood movie theater, the Visulite on Elizabeth Avenue, now a nightclub featuring live music. New shops, up‐scale restaurants and revitalization along Elizabeth Avenue has created a trendy hot spot, and several more new developments are in‐the‐works. Don’t miss the rose gardens at Independence Park.
Just east of the center city, Plaza‐Midwood is a hip neighborhood of restored bungalows, funky shops and places to eat. On Central Avenue, you’ll find tattoo parlors, antique shops, pawn shops, clothing boutiques and a bookstore. Try a burger and fried pickles at the Penguin or pizza by the slice at Fuel Pizza Café, in a restored 1936 filling station. Don’t miss the homemade bread at Nova’s Bakery or ping pong at Thomas Street Tavern.
Developed around 1920, this neighborhood on Charlotte’s northwest side is a designated historic district in the shadow of the city’s skyline. It’s one of the few places in town to get a Dilworth‐style bungalow for less than $200,000, but some renovated homes are selling for more than $300,000. New home developments and restoration projects of older homes are also sprouting up throughout the area. Don’t miss The George Wadsworth house at 400 South Summit Avenue, dating to 1910.
NODA ‐NORTH DAVIDSON ARTS DISTRICT
The North Davidson Arts District, affectionately known as NoDa, is a former mill neighborhood that has been transformed into a funky arts district with galleries, eateries and performance halls. Just three miles northeast of uptown, the neighborhood once known as North Charlotte is made up of mostly small Craftsman style bungalows built at the turn of the century to house workers at textile mills. The district also has an increasing number of condos, including some in converted mills. Don’t miss Friday Gallery Crawl, on the first and third Fridays of the month.