From the SouthPark mall area to Ballantyne, from Matthews to Pineville, this is Charlotte’s “fertile crescent.” It’s where to find the city’s fancy shopping and golf resorts. Homes range from 1960s brick ranches to neighborhoods filled with new brick and stucco mansionettes.
When the city started expanding rapidly during the 1960’s and 70’s, most of the development headed south. Over the past 35 years, SouthPark has emerged as an employment hub of 42,000 office workers, rivaling uptown’s workforce. The area also boasts many shady subdivisions, SouthPark mall (home of upscale retailers Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus), plus hotels and the Harris YMCA.
Covering 2,000 acres at the county’s southern edge, Ballantyne sprung up from a hunting preserve in the early 1990’s, and it continues to grow. The area includes the five‐star Ballantyne Golf Resort and Spa, an 18‐hole golf course, a corporate park, a growing number of restaurants and shops and dozens of new subdivisions. There’s a YMCA in Ballantyne’s town center, and the Ballantyne Village movie theater building looks like a spaceship.
Located just outside Ballantyne is a new development off Audrey Kells Rd. with upscale retail, dining, office parks and residential subdivisions in a fast‐growing South Charlotte area.
Many of this town’s 25,000 residents moved here in the past decade, attracted by affordable subdivisions, strong schools and the historic, pedestrian‐friendly downtown. Matthews also has anactive park and recreation department and satellite campuses for Central Piedmont Community College and Wingate University.
Where Providence Road meets N.C. 51 stands the Arboretum, a large shopping center that’s home to restaurants, movie theaters, a grocery store and much more. It’s the hub of a residential community that has also become a center for service oriented businesses including medical offices, banks and insurance companies.
This small town is known best as a shopping hub. Home to Carolina Place Mall, major big‐box retailers and dozens of other shops, it has 6 million square feet of retail space‐ or about 1,000square feet for each of the town’s roughly 6,500 residents. Longtime Pineville residents also point out their links to history. Antique shops fill the brick storefronts that make up the town’s original business district.