Driving through the bucolic streets of the Berkeley neighborhood you’d never know you were minutes away from the high-energy lifestyle of Ballantyne. Developed in the late 1980s, some of Berkeley’s streets seem to have been here forever.

Details raise the bar in these mostly brick colonials, especially in the larger homes. Special attention is given to entrances with front doors framed in decorative stonework or craftsmen porches. You will find the occasional swing hanging from a branch of a willowy front-yard tree.

In addition to large single-family homes, housing options within the community also include an enclave of condos near the Alexa Road entrance, most of them generously sized with attached garages. Built in 2003 of solid brick construction, these luxury units feature French doors leading to private fenced flagstone patios.

Just outside the neighborhood is the Mecklenburg Aquatics Club (MAC), a training facility for competitive swimming as well as a YMCA. The neighborhood also hosts the prestigious Charlotte Latin School along with excellent public schools.

With two shopping centers straddling Ballantyne Commons Parkway at Providence Road, running errands is a breeze. Providence Common Shopping Center offers Harris Teeter, Lowe’s, and several dining options. Across the street The Promenade at Providence has your Starbucks and Yoforia fixes. Come back to dine at On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina. A CVS, Total Wine, Home Depot and more will keep your shopping trips fast and local.

When you venture into Uptown Charlotte to watch the Panthers, Checkers or Hornets play, the i485 will have you there in short order as will the Lynx Light Rail.

Useful Links:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Lynx Light Rail
Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County