2019 was a busy year for Charlotte real estate! With great weather, nice people, outdoor adventures, fun things to do, a happening art scene and economic opportunities, it’s no wonder Charlotte keeps attracting people from all over the country.
Luckily for natives and newcomers alike, the Queen City has fantastic neighborhoods that are as distinctly different as the people who call them home. Whether you are into historic places, a home with walkability, being close to top-ranked schools or are looking for an up and coming place to start your story here – Charlotte has it all.
Below are the top searched neighborhoods of 2019 on the Savvy + Co. Real Estate website. Did your favorite make the list?
Average List Price: $375,406
Percentage Change: Up 4.5% from last year
Ranking on Our 2018 List: #1
The Vibe: This eclectic area keeps it real with a combination of history, art, food and fun – all mixed with a funky vibe. What started as a mill village for textile workers, NoDa (short for North Davidson Street) today is teeming with restaurants, bars, shops, breweries and experiences you can’t find anywhere else in the city. With the arrival of the light rail, this area sits at the number one spot for good reason.
Explore! During the week you can eat brunch at Haberdish. Get a bartender’s choice cocktail at Idlewild, tasty yet potent sangria from NoDa Company Store, doughnuts from Reigning Doughnuts, coffee from Smelly Cat Coffee, and a delicious date night meal from Crepe Cellar. Head to NoDa Yoga to work off all your meals, and take the Lynx light rail to commute to Uptown for work.
Average List Price: $550,564
Percentage Change: Up 13.4% from last year
Ranking on Our 2018 List: #2
The Vibe: Established in the early 1900s, the Plaza Midwood neighborhood is dotted with bungalows, quaint cottages and large mansions in an enviable location right outside Uptown. Central Avenue anchors the area with restaurants, bars, boutiques and food fare from around the world. The completion of the Gold Line will make it even easier to enjoy everything this happening spot has to offer. Walkable with friendly people and strong sense of community, people love living here.
Explore! Get your Southern comfort food fix at Dish and eat your weight in BBQ at Midwood Smokehouse. Get lunch at The Common Market, craft beer at Legion Brewing, or a PBR at the Thirsty Beaver. Shop at Moxie Mercantile or CLTCH and grab dinner at Soul Gastrolounge. If you have a late night at Petra’s or Workman’s Friend, head to The Diamond for late-night bites.
Average List Price: $445,545
Percentage Change: Up 18.1% from last year
Ranking on Our 2018 List: #3
The Vibe: It didn’t take long for buyers to discover the up-and-coming neighborhood of Wilmore. What’s not to love? This neighborhood is close to the action of SouthEnd and Uptown with charming bungalows from the 20s and 30s – some with skyline views of the city. This area is accessible and convenient with great places to work and play. A sprinkling of public art and classic architecture means you can’t leave here without at least one postable pic!
Explore! Have wine and tapas with friends at Barcelona Wine Bar. Enjoy lunch or dinner at Hawkers or Superica. Customize your pizza at Blaze Pizza. Shop for the latest trends at Girl Tribe. Wait in line for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and have your photo taken in front of the confetti hearts wall.
Average List Price: $561,632
Percentage Change: Down 5.2% from last year
Ranking on Our 2018 List: #6
The Vibe: Chantilly is a post-war neighborhood that oozes charm and style, making it a top pick for newcomers and long time residents. Neighbors can enjoy the best of Elizabeth and Plaza Midwood areas with food, entertainment and shopping offerings or spend the day cruising impressive tree-lined streets that beg for a long walk, bike ride, run or stroll with your four-legged friends. This prime location offers big city amenities paired with a welcoming community.
Explore! This area is perfect for walking. You can easily walk Villani’s Bakery (our personal fave!) or to shops bars, and restaurants in Elizabeth and Plaza Midwood. Park your car at home and bike, walk, run or get a scooter.
Average List Price: $594,012
Percentage Change: Up 3.8% from last year
Ranking on Our 2018 List: #9
The Vibe: Converted from a working dairy farm to suburban neighborhood in the 1940s, Sedgefield continues to attract young professionals and families who want good schools, nearby amenities, parks and tree-lined streets. Continued redevelopment along South Boulevard, the addition of the Lynx light rail and the ever-evolving Park Road Shopping Center makes this a top choice for home buyers looking for a classic Southern neighborhood.
Explore! Enjoy the walking trails at Sedgefield Park, eat oysters at The Waterman, get your pup a special treat or cake at Canine Café, and grab a cup of coffee or a treat from Hex Coffee.
Average List Price: $587,767
Percentage Change: Up 0.5% from last year
Ranking on Our 2018 List: #4
The Vibe: If you prefer a little history with your neighborhood, Dilworth is the place for you! Established by Edward Dilworth as Charlotte’s first streetcar suburb in the 1890s, many of the homes are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Every September, the Dilworth Community Association hosts a Home Tour, offering the public a peek inside these stunning homes. As the area continues to grow, so do the dining, shopping and entertainment options located close by.
Explore! Buy your tickets to the Dilworth Home Tour before they sell out. Order a spicy pineapple margarita at Bakersfield. Enjoy a glass of wine from Dilworth Tasting Room or Foxcroft Wine Bar. Eat at 300 East, Inizio Pizza, JJ’s Red Hots, or Fran’s Filing Station. Work off your calories by walking or running around Freedom Park and Latta Park. And if you need a gift for someone, or yourself, make sure you stop by Paper Skyscraper.
Average List Price: $708,820
Percentage Change: Up 17.7% from last year
Ranking on Our 2018 List: #7
The Vibe: People who call Cotswold home say they have hit the jackpot! Developed in the 1950s and ‘60s, you can find brick ranches and split-level homes on large lots ranging from half an acre to an acre plus. The neighborhood is anchored by Cotswold Shopping Center that boasts beloved restaurants and hangouts, two large grocery chains, a clothing and pet store and more – all minutes from Center City. Plus top public and private school options, keep this neighborhood at the top of the list.
Explore! Order breakfast and don’t forget the she-crab soup at Eddie’s Place. Participate in the great Charlotte bagel debate and head to Poppy’s Bagels. Grab a pint and a pizza at The Pizza Peel & Tap Room, or fried chicken and a cocktail at Leroy Fox.
Average List Price: $341,864
Percentage Change: Up 15.5% from last year
Ranking on Our 2018 List: n/a
The Vibe: The secret is out! With close proximity to Uptown, Midwood and The Arts District at a more affordable price point, this cozy neighborhood is on the radar of buyers in Charlotte. Home styles include mid-century ranches, split levels and even a few mid-century modern abodes. Shamrock Park is the heart of Country Club Heights between Jeff and Airlie streets. Friends and neighbors gather here to tend to the community garden, attend festivals, enjoy a picnic or sweat it out on the tennis or volleyball courts.
Explore! Country Club Heights is surrounded by some of Charlotte’s best known little dining secrets, Lang Van Vietnamese and Three Amigos!
Average List Price: $593,835
Percentage Change: Up 7.4% from last year
Ranking on Our 2018 List: #5
The Vibe: Prior to the area becoming a premier shopping destination, what is now known as SouthPark was farmland owned by Governor Cameron Morrison. The mall opened in 1970 with three department stores – Sears, Belk and Ivey’s – and has continued its reach with high-end shopping experiences at Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Tiffany & Co. and more, fine dining and year round entertainment at Symphony Park. Many company headquarters can be found here too, making it a popular place to work with an easy commute.
Explore! Explore the shops and restaurants at Governor Morrison Shopping Center, including Yafo, Boem, and winestore. Venture to Phillip’s Place for more opportunities to shop and to eat. Eat at Café Monte and feel like you’re sitting at a bistro in Paris, or enjoy burgers and sushi, or burgushi!, at Cowfish. In the summer, attend one or all of the Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops concerts.
Average List Price: $398,238
Percentage Change: Up 11.4% from last year
Ranking on Our 2018 List: #8
The Vibe: As friends and neighbors started telling other friends and neighbors about Oakhurst, this formerly undiscovered gem has come into its own. With close proximity to Cotswold, Uptown and an affordable price point, this neighborhood has put itself on the map in a big way. Neighborhood growth has helped spur retail and office developments including Oakhurst on Monroe, a mixed use destination with proposed townhomes, restaurants, entertainment venues and retail.
Explore! Grab a breakfast sandwich at The Common Market, or grab lunch at the Oakhurst Grill. Workout at Iron Tribe Fitness and then get a cupcake at Swirl. Check out the Oakhurst Community Garden, but don’t forget to go to Morris Costumes for your Halloween costume.
If all this neighborhood talk has you wondering if it is time to buy or sell a home, contact a Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent. They have the inside scoop on all of Charlotte’s best neighborhoods.