Plaza Midwood-NoDa Homes for Sale and Real Estate

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Located a short bike ride from Uptown, Plaza Midwood is a thriving urban pocket of Charlotte that fuses the best of historic and modern. Tucked beneath a canopy of lush, mature trees, Plaza Midwood is peppered with homes — some historic, some not — that exude charm. It’s not unusual to see couples strolling hand-in-hand to grab ice cream at the historic Dairy Queen on Central Avenue, or moms and dads chatting on benches at Midwood Park as children scurry around the playground or perform spontaneous shows in the amphitheater.  Plaza Midwood is a strong, supportive community with its own unique, retro vibe. First developed in the 1920s, it has a history of innovation, says Phillip Gussmann, president of the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association. The first Harris Teeter was built there, the first Family Dollar and the first Fuel Pizza. The popular Midwood Smokehouse is now opening its second Charlotte location in Ballantyne. “I’m very proud to point out that the only chains in Midwood are Dairy Queen — a historic landmark — and Fuel Pizza, which was started here.”

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Families led efforts to get both Charlotte Choice Charter School and Shamrock Gardens Elementary, a magnet school, added to the area.

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From tiny apartments to the VanLandingham Estate, from fresh-faced college graduates to empty nesters, Midwood has a reputation for being welcoming and accepting.

Lifestyle

“In 2012 we raised money and worked with local businesses to put in 10 artistic bike stands that revitalized biking in the area,” Phillip Gussmann says. Nowadays, you can see clusters of cyclists riding around the city for the Tuesday night ride. “It has 100 riders or so when the weather is good.”

Recreation

Plaza Midwood hosts two popular festivals every year — Midwood Mania and the Fall Crawl. They also throw a winter oyster roast to raise money for the community garden.

Dining and Entertainment

From the trendy Soul Gastrolounge to the laid back Diner, the neighborhood has one of the best dining and nightlife scenes in the city.

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Residents have renovated many of Plaza Midwood’s bungalows to maximize interior space and functionality. “It’s unexpected” says Miller. “You see a bungalow, traditional on the outside. But inside, there’s all this open space. It’s very livable and relevant to today."

When Miller’s clients settle on a Plaza Midwood property, she says it’s usually the old school originality and quality of life that sold it for them. “It’s so close to the city, and then look at what’s all around them — the parks, the amenities, the character of the houses. People love this community. It’s hard to find.”

“I’ve never met anyone who wanted to leave Midwood,” says Jeff King with Savvy + Co. Real Estate. When they do, it’s usually because they’re relocating for work. “Everyone falls in love with it.”

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