If you’re moving to Charlotte, NC and not from the South, here’s the good news: most people aren’t. The area has become a melting pot of people from all around the country, making it easy to get acquainted in no time.
From its charming bungalows and vibrant nightlife to commercial hubs and family friendly communities, it’s no wonder Charlotte made Forbes’ list of 10 places people are moving to right now. But where exactly are they moving?
Since choosing a home will be one of the most important decisions you make while living in Charlotte, we put together a guide to help you get acquainted with Queen City.
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Best Neighborhoods in Charlotte, NC
Whether you’re looking for a quick commute to work, waterfront property or activities for your kids, there are hundreds of different neighborhood options when it comes to life in Charlotte.
Location: Southeast Charlotte
Known for: Historic homes and estates, beautiful scenery and peaceful neighborhoods
If you’d like some distance from the hustle and bustle of the city but still enjoy the convenience of a short drive to town, the Eastover neighborhood is for you. Eastover is considered one of the most historic districts in all of Charlotte (and it was even the first suburb where homes were built with driveways)!
This residential community features beautiful homes, large shaded lots and some of the friendliest neighbors in all of Charlotte. While Eastover has a rich history dating all the way back to 1927, its familiar faces welcome newcomers with open arms. You’ll soon come to find why this neighborhood is one of the most sought-after areas in North Carolina.
Eastover also offers local shops and restaurants, beautiful parks and close proximity to schools. Not to mention the business and entertainment opportunities in Uptown Charlotte are just minutes away. Eastover residents love that they can count on a quick commute time and spend their evenings kicking back and relaxing.
In the Eastover area, you’ll find Armstrong Elementary, Eastover-Central and Eastover Elementary. Built in 1953, Eastover Elementary School was the first elementary school in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) district to successfully implement a uniform policy. After elementary school, students enter Alexander Graham Middle School followed by Myers Park High School.
Location: Central Charlotte
Known for: Thriving business and entertainment center, four wards, heart of Queen City
Uptown Charlotte—otherwise known as Charlotte City Center—is the heartbeat of the Queen City. First things first, why in the world is downtown called Uptown?
“Uptown was originally the highest point of elevation, and the city grew around it,” notes Charlotte historian Tom Hanchett. “When people came to this area, they were actually going up.”
The area is split into four neighborhoods, or “wards,” by the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets. The streets originally divided Uptown into four quadrants for political purposes so each area had its own representative, but the names for the quadrants stuck. Since then, Uptown has come to be one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States.
Living in Uptown Charlotte
While it’s home to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, you certainly don’t need to be a NASCAR aficionado to enjoy Charlotte’s top attractions. The Uptown district hosts the U.S. National Whitewater Center, the city’s most popular museums including Mint Museum and Discovery Place, along with 7th Street Public Market and some of the area’s best restaurants.
From small tech startups to Fortune 500 companies, Uptown offers endless creative and entrepreneurial opportunities in addition to a booming banking scene. Charlotte has created endless jobs at Bank of America, Wells Fargo, PNC and Fifth Third. Tens of thousands of people travel there to work and play each day, but Uptown also offers phenomenal places to live. From high-rise condos to revitalized Victorian homes, residents enjoy the fast-paced vibe and friendly community.
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Charlotte has 168 primary and secondary schools. Children can attend their neighborhood schools or charter schools. Low-income students are also eligible for scholarship funding to attend private schools. Notable schools in the Uptown district include Johnson & Wales University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Location: South Charlotte
Known for: Upscale suburban homes, thriving business community, family recreation and leisure
Nestled on 2,000 acres of land adjacent to the South Carolina border, Ballantyne is one of Charlotte’s newest upscale communities. In a city of newcomers, Ballantyne is the ultimate newcomer hub. Though the area is part of Charlotte, most locals view Ballantyne as a city within itself—with its own country club, a PGA-ranked golf course and plenty of opportunities to live, work and play without leaving the area.
Home to Fortune 500 headquarters and more than 35 Fortune 500 companies, Ballantyne is a highly desirable place to work. Ballantyne Corporate Park is a nationally recognized business community offering endless amenities, community events, wellness benefits like biking trails and a state-of-the-art YMCA, and more than six million square feet of office space.
While this mini-city tends to do its own thing, most residents appreciate the fact that Uptown is just 20 miles north. Sidewalks and bike paths offer easy trips to dining, shopping and recreation without long commutes.
If you’re planning on raising a family in Charlotte, you have several options for schools near the Ballantyne area. Ballantyne Elementary, Ballantyne School of Music and Hawk Ridge Elementary all have excellent reviews. <a href="http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/ardreykellHS/Pages/Default.aspx" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px