As soon as planning for the Lynx light rail began the voices of historic preservation converged with a strong civic drive to create a lively, sustainable live/work/play community. The result is the Historic SouthEnd district, a retro, trendy blend that attracts hipsters, professionals and families to one of Charlotte’s top destination neighborhoods.
Located just south of Uptown along the South Blvd./Light rail corridor, many SouthEnders leave their cars at home. Housing is clustered around four light rail stations that provide five-minute access to Uptown’s office buildings, sports stadiums and art museums. Running alongside the Lynx line is the Rail Trail, 2.5 miles of walkable, bikable access to Uptown.
But why leave the district? The old brick mills and factories have been repurposed into enough bars, clubs and restaurants to keep you busy throughout the year. A devoted craft brew scene includes several breweries (Triple C Brewery, Lenny Boy Brewery and The Old Mecklenburg Brewery) and many other pubs and taverns. Pub crawls and brew tours are popular events and nightspots such as Tremont Music Hall, Dharma Lounge and Apostrophe are hopping every night of the week. Numerous art galleries and boutiques feature the work of local artists while SouthEnd Fine Arts Academy offers instruction in music and dance.
The brick walls and wood plank floors of the old Atherton Mill make for a trendy dining/shopping experience characterized mainly by one-of-a-kind local businesses. The farmer’s market is open five days a week and Luna’s Living Garden is a popular spot for vegan dining. Along the light rail tracks Big Ben British Pub pulls a great pint of Guinness, while Vin Master hosts wine tastings and events. Savory Spice Shop mills its own spices, herbs, seasonings and extracts.
Running only a few short blocks through SouthEnd, Camden Road packs a big punch. Neighborhood eateries that predate Lynx-related development include Price’s Chicken Coop (fried shrimp and chicken), and Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop.
SouthEnd’s much sought-after housing is an urban mix of mid-rise condos, lofts, row homes and townhomes in such developments as Atherton Heights, 3030 South, Factory South, The Village of SouthEnd and Tremont Place. SouthEnd has seen a 52% increase in housing between 2012 and 2014 with more to come. As housing options expand, new projects underway along South Boulevard will bring a Harris Teeter complex with a roof-top deck and a Publix market surrounded by a live/work community.
Yes, SouthEnd has arrived…but it’s going to get even better.
Price Points: If you are looking for that amazing new loft with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the beautiful buildings of Uptown, you have found your answer with Southend. Condos range from $180,000 for a small starter to more than $2 million for a high-rise penthouse.
Here are some useful links on Southend:
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Charlotte City/Mecklenburg County Government
Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County
Lynx Light Rail
SouthEnd Fine Arts Academy
Charlotte Rail Trail
SouthEnd Neighborhood Association