Homes for Sale and Real Estate
Established in the 1850s, the thriving community of South End was a product of Charlotte’s first railroad. The area soon became a sea of mills and warehouses, which would come to produce everything from women’s hosiery to crackers in the many decades to follow. South End was a perfect snapshot of blue-collar America, and for more than a century the area was a symbol of progress for the young Queen City. However, in the 1970s and 1980s, the area experienced a swift decline, as most of the mills shut down and South End was largely deserted. But in the late 1990s, design-related industries discovered the beauty and versatility of South End’s abandoned mills and warehouses, turning them into showrooms and retail spaces. Restaurants, shops and apartments followed after and, pretty soon, South End was making its comeback. Today, Charlotte’s historic South End is one of Charlotte’s fastest-growing communities. “I’ve been here 19 years and it just keeps getting better and better,” says Nancy Braun, owner of Showcase Realty. “It’s very alive.”
Right in the heart of South End sits Atherton Mill. Once an industrial plant, Atherton Mill is now a hub filled with local businesses and restaurants. It even hosts a farmer’s market located in the former Charlotte Trolley Car Barn.
A variety of price points for condos and townhouses, as well as many rentals in the historic area.
Young professionals and transplants make up much of this fast-growing urban neighborhood with its fast access to Uptown.
South End is also home to the infamous Food Truck Friday. Located every Friday on the corner of Camden Road and Park Avenue, Food Truck Friday offers a corral of local food trucks serving everything from gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to mouthwatering fish tacos.
Dining and Entertainment
For a good beer, South End residents don’t have to venture far. The area is home to Triple C Brewing Co. and newly added Sycamore Brewing. Depending on the night, you might be able to catch live music and grab a bite at a local food truck parked outside.
Around the Area
Nestled barely a stone’s throw from Uptown, Dilworth harkens to a simpler era. Characterized by its winding sidewalks, mature trees and sprawling front porches, it’s one of Charlotte’s darlings. Its infrastructure exudes walkability, says Debe Maxwell of Savvy + Co. Real estate. Cars are almost obsolete. Residents walk to the light rail, to the restaurants lining East Boulevard, to Freedom Park and the grocery store. On any given day, people are walking and jogging, kids are playing outside. “It’s very neighborly,” says Maxwell. People who grew up in large homes in the suburbs are trending back into neighborhoods like Dilworth. “At a recent open house, I had one woman say, ‘I just want to be able to walk to get my cup of coffee’” she recalls.
One catalyst for South End’s rapid growth has been the LYNX Blue Line, a city passenger train that runs from Interstate 485 right through the heart of South End and into Uptown. “The light rail has made a huge impact,” notes Braun. The area along the light rail, referred to as Charlotte’s Rail Trail, is now flanked with businesses, restaurants and a bevy of brand new condo and apartment complexes. “Buyers love being able to walk to the light rail stations,” says Andy Vernon, realtor with Allen Tate. Vernon says young professionals are the typical South End buyer: “They like the convenience that this area gives them.” When it comes to housing, apartments, condos and townhomes occupy much of South End.
Aside from its easy access to center city, Dilworth’s modest-sized bungalows and friendly residents capture the essence of the historic district’s character and charm. “That’s what drives people here,” says Elizabeth Phares of Allen Tate Realtors. People often travel into the community during festival weekends or for the annual Dilworth Home Tour, and find themselves glued to the sidewalk, marveling at the historic architecture. “All the houses are different,” says Phares. “They’re special, not cookie-cutter.” Rocking chairs sway to the rhythms of laughter as residents watch young children play tag in the front yard. Neighbors engage in spontaneous conversations as they saunter by — and strangers don’t stay strangers for long. “I love that about Dilworth,” says Phares.