Charlotte’s center city, known as Uptown, is divided into four wards, spreading out from the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets. After earlier efforts stalled, a push for Uptown residential living took hold in the late 1990s and the city started blooming. With an influx of new condo buildings Uptown became a true urban oasis rather, not just a place to work.
Since then Charlotte has become a vibrant metropolitan city, known for easy navigation and a clean, crisp feeling. Filled with exciting urban nights spots, multiple museums, bustling theater and art exhibitions, this Southern Lady has come to life. Now all four Wards are coming together, flowing seamlessly from one to another with an unbelievable amount of carefree upscale residential condo towers coming online in the next few years, along with more shopping, entertainment and dining venues.
The new BB&T Ballpark— located next to the equally new Romare Bearden Park — brought the Knights baseball team to Charlotte for the 2014 season, breathing new life into the Third Ward. Not that the Panthers haven’t been bringing in the sports crowd at Bank of America Stadium for years.
Housing options including low-rise condos, townhomes and houses are readily available along the Cedar Street corridor from Bank of America Stadium at one end to Gateway Village and Johnson & Wales University at the other. This area has a true residential feel with Frazier Park bordering the east side of the Ward providing a shady greenway that is perfect for picnics and biking.
Mixed-use Gateway Village straddles the boundary between Third and Fourth Wards, where it teems with students from Johnson and Wales University and office workers by day and transforms into a dining and entertainment destination by night. Third Ward’s housing choices have grown with the recent condo boom – more new and renovated high-rises offer buyers more options in this “hot” hood.