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The Best Areas of Charlotte to Live In

Charlotte is a wonderfully diverse city known for our greenery and big tree lined streets. You’ll love our streetcar suburbs, smaller eclectic neighborhoods, artistic style, and entrepreneurial spirit. The many unique residential areas give you all the choice you need to find your spot to call home. If you’re looking for the best area of Charlotte to live in, we’ve got some great ideas!

South Park

Myers Park

Home to the 98-acre “Central Park” of Charlotte, Freedom Park offers a plethora of recreational facilities and walking trails. Myers Park is one of Charlotte’s oldest and most prestigious neighborhoods with its tree-lined streets and historic mansions.


Cotswold is home to Charlotte’s first suburban mall. It is one of the more desirable areas to live and shop with close proximity to Uptown Charlotte. If you love shopping, enjoy the Cotswold Village Shops, a hybrid enclosed and open-air shopping center. This area also offers plenty of quiet streets perfect for jogging or riding a bike.


Located off Fairview Road and I-16, Foxcroft offers uniquely large lots, mature trees, and stunning landscaping. Magnificent Crepe Myrtle trees canopy driveways and old oaks give the area its charm. Residents in this area cherish the unique style of homes, from Georgian to Traditional and French Provincial.

Olde Providence

Olde Providence is a unique community with beautiful mature trees, large yards, and winding topography. Residents enjoy a mix of privacy with a sense of community. Nearby Colony Place is one of Charlotte’s newest upscale shopping centers offering restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping in a pedestrian-friendly setting.


Located just south of South Park mall, Carmel is a quiet neighborhood with plenty of green space. This community offers great walkability to local amenities such as grocery and shopping including the popular Harris YMCA. If you’re looking for a peaceful community in which to unwind, Carmel could be your ideal new neighborhood.

East Charlotte


Belmont is a small community with a big personality. The Little Sugar Creek Greenway offers walking and biking opportunities. The Belmont Community Garden provides local residents a place to socialize and garden together. And with plenty of restaurants, retail, and entertainment nearby, you’ll enjoy living near everything you need.


A community named after the main street, North Davidson, NoDa offers the best in Charlotte’s art scene. What were once factory buildings have been converted into art galleries and inspiring murals. Microbreweries and restaurants dot the area, along with live performance spaces. A young and vibrant community ideal for young and vibrant residents.

Optimist Park

Millennials are paying attention to this small patch of real estate nestled among Uptown, NoDa, Belmont, and Villa Heights. It’s brimming with food, arts, culture, and business development. A unique community that is balancing fast development with preserving historical value and character.

Lake Norman


This popular community sits just off the shores of beautiful Lake Norman, Charlotte’s largest lake. Located just 15 miles north of Charlotte, enjoy rural-style living with urban amenities. From parks, gyms, multi-purpose facilities to trails and lake access, there is no shortage of outdoor experiences here. Enjoy the proximity to lake life without losing access to the city.


A lakeside town located along Lake Norman, Cornelius boasts ten public parks, vibrant retail and office centers, and a championship golf course. If you love the lake life, you’ll love the beach and water activities available, as well as the vibrant restaurant scene.


The charm of this community lies in its bustling restaurants and social venues. Davidson offers a local farmer’s market, the South Prong Rocky River Greenway, live performances at Davidson College, and plenty of shopping.


Mooresville offers a variety of restaurants, breweries, and wineries. Mooresville is also home to many Nascar teams and is known as Race City. And with access to Lake Norman, there is no shortage of activity here. If you love animals, also nearby is Zootastic Park.


Located at the corner of Highway 16 Business and Campground Road, Denver is a unique community with a variety of festivals. Events such as Denver Days and the annual Strawberry Festival are held here, as well as a local farmer’s market.It’s growing in popularity for its proximity to Lake Norman and quick commute to the city and airport.

Central Charlotte


Chantilly has undergone significant renovations and upgrades over the past 20 years, lending to major property value growth and residential demand. An ideal neighborhood for young families and professionals, Chantilly is a charming postwar gem nestled between 7th Street and Independence Blvd.


Elizabeth offers a unique living experience. With its unique restaurant scene and live performance venues, residents enjoy a balance between the hustle-and-bustle of local college students with a low-key, relaxed energy. Elizabeth is all things vintage, historic, and fresh.


One of Charlotte’s most historic districts, Eastover was the first suburb to offer homes with driveways. Here you will find elegantly shaded lots, beautiful parks, proximity to great schools, local shops and restaurants, and the luxury of quick commute times. Enjoy the business and entertainment of Uptown Charlotte just minutes away.


Aptly named after the massive, hundred-year-old trees in the neighborhood, Oakhurst is as charming as it is active. Monroe Road is constantly evolving, with new retailers and services generating fresh growth in the area. It is a melting pot of artists, entrepreneurs, and invites creativity. And with a local community garden, you’ll have every opportunity to socialize with neighbors while tending to your own vegetables.


Charlotte’s oldest streetcar suburb, Dilworth dates back to the late 1800s. Its history and character are the charms that bring residents to this area. If you’re looking for a walkable area to locally-owned shops, restaurants, and parks, Dilworth is an ideal community.

West Charlotte

Wesley Heights

New coffee shops, restaurants, and breweries are popping up regularly in Wesley Heights. Walk to Panthers games at the Bank of America Stadium, or Charlotte Knights games at Truist Field. The skyline views are also a major attraction to the area.

South Charlotte


Ballantyne is one of Charlotte’s newest upscale master planned town centers with over 2,000 acres of land adjacent to the South Carolina border. This stunning community offers its own country club, a PGA-ranked golf course, and is home to Fortune 500 headquarters.

Enjoy local shopping, dining, and recreation without having to leave the area. However, Uptown Charlotte is only 20 miles north of the area should you wish to venture out.


The small, historic community of Weddington is known for having some of the best schools in the country. Union Co.’s schools are consistently ranked in the top one or two spots in North Carolina and make national lists of excellence every year. Combine this with its close proximity to over 1,000 acres of hiking and fishing on the lakefront, Weddington makes a great community for families to flourish.


A town proud of its heritage, Waxhaw is a location for those who love hiking, biking, horseback riding, and all things arts and culture. A quiet escape from the bustle of city life, this community is ideal for those who want to live a more rural lifestyle with access to urban amenities.

Mountain Island Lake Area

Named after the mountain that appears as an island in the lake, Mountain Island Lake follows the Catawba River. It’s the smallest of the three man-made lakes bordering Mecklenburg County. It is also home to the Carolina Raptor Center and Historic Latta Plantation.

Charlotte is a hugely diverse city with vastly historic and unique communities. Whether you’re a young professional looking for a bustling area with music, food, and culture, or a couple seeking the quiet lake lifestyle, Charlotte has an extensive choice of neighborhoods to fit your needs.

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