If you are looking for an eclectic, progressive and pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, look no further than Charlotte’s Historic South End.
South End is a unique urban neighborhood that hasn’t forgotten its historical past. It’s this combination of history and sophistication that creates a place filled with
contrasting combinations that work so well together.
The South End has its beginning in the 1850s with Charlotte’s first railroad line, connecting the Queen City to Columbia and Charleston, S.C. During that time, a thriving manufacturing community sprang up along the tracks, centered on the booming textile industry. The industrial area declined during the 1970s and 1980s, but then saw a revival in the early 1990s as restaurants, shops, and design-related industries moved into the old mills and warehouses.
The area is known for the number of renovated factories and its eclectic mix of retail, commercial and high-end residential construction. Some notable businesses include the Design Center of the Carolinas, Price’s Chicken Coop and the national headquarters of Concentric Marketing.
South End is a relatively new residential neighborhood, experiencing a revival in just the past five to six years. Its excellent historic appeal is further reinforced by the trolley system that runs right through the heart of the neighborhood. Just a short commute on the LYNX light rail into Charlotte’s center city, South End gives the city life its true essence.
South End’s diverse residents come from all walks of life — you’ll find artists, students, retirees, small-business owners, business and law professionals, and everyone in between living in this creative area.
South End has been infused with a new burst of energy as its old textile mills have been converted into high-end furniture and home accessory boutiques like Atherton Mill. Residents can live in a piece of history in a beautifully renovated loft or condo with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the buildings of Uptown. Condos range from $180,000 for a small starter to more than $2 million for a high-rise penthouse
Residents enjoy a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood that is home to national chain retails stores as well as local boutiques and shops, restaurants and cafes, art galleries and pubs. The local neighborhood association hosts regular events including gallery crawls, pub crawls, an annual arts festival, outdoor cinema and more.