Here’s what I told a friend about each of the neighborhoods in Charlotte

Here’s what I told a friend about each of the neighborhoods in Charlotte
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Last week, I got a text from a college friend asking if I knew of any apartments she should look at before she moves to town this May. She knew she was interested in South End, Midtown and SouthPark and I knew that if she limited herself to those three, she’d miss out.

So I told her that and proceeded gave her an unsolicited rundown of the neighborhoods.

(Note: the average rent comes from rentjungle.com and was updated in December 2015.)

Ballantyne

The vibe in three words: Too far away
Things to do:
Ballantyne Corporate Park, The Golf Club at Ballantyne, Ballantyne Village
Social scene: Okay. “A few decent bars,” but people tend to come in to Charlotte. 
The most-liked Instagram from the neighborhood:

 

The cost: Around $1,300/month


Barclay Downs

The vibe in three words: Houses and families.
Things to do:
I don’t know. After Googling this, I’ve come up with joyriding on a Sunday afternoon to look at houses.
Social scene:
I don’t know. Ted looked at me like I had three heads when I asked him and said, “Nothing. There’s nothing to do in Barclay Downs. It’s just houses.”
The most-liked Instagram from the neighborhood:
Ummm…
Barclay Downs Instagram

The cost: Around $1,500/month


Cotswold

The vibe in three words: Family, shopping center
Things to do: Mint Museum, eat at spots like Improper Pig, Wolfman Pizza and Koishi Fine Chinese & Sushi
Social scene: Good for families, not so great for people in their twenties. Leroy Fox, Block & Grinder and Eddie’s Place are all here.
The most-liked Instagram from the neighborhood:

 

The cost: Around $1,000/month, but apartments aren’t really a thing here.


Dilworth

The vibe in three words: High end, quaint
Things to do:
Greek Festival in the fall, Latta Park, get a box of Duck Donuts
Social scene: Good. Ed’s Tavern, Lebowski’s, The Summit Room and a handful of wine bars are all here.
The most-liked Instagram from the neighborhood:

Swiped my Price’s Chicken Coop V-Card today. @eatdrinkclt made me do it. I regret nothing.

A photo posted by Kate (@puppiesandbrunch) on

 

The cost: Around $1,450/month, but apartments are closer to the South End side of things.


Elizabeth

The vibe in three words: Charming and old
Things to do: Ride the trolley, Independence Park, watch burlesque at Visulite Theater and watch lacrosse and soccer games at American Legion Stadium.
Social scene: Good. East 7th Street is apparently considered Elizabeth (I always considered it Plaza Midwood), which adds a lot, like Jackalope Jack’s (while you can), Cajun Queen, Sabor Latin Street Grill and Kennedy’s.
The most-liked Instagram from the neighborhood:

Look at @earlsgrocery with the salted caramel BLONDIE.

A photo posted by Charlotte Agenda (@charlotteagenda) on

 

Cost: Around $1,350


Midtown

The vibe in three words: People live here?
Things to do:
Target, Metropolitan, eat at OHOP and walk Little Sugar Creek Greenway
Social scene: Okay. It’s not a destination, but it’s got spots like Hickory Tavern and Pisces.
The most-liked Instagram:

Today’s flower run 💐

A photo posted by Jenna Tropea (@lillyandgrant) on

 

The cost: $1,897 – but the only apartment building here hasn’t opened yet. And no, the spaces above West Elm and Pisces aren’t apartments. They’re condos.


Montford

I made sure to explain that Montford isn’t considered a neighborhood, but that nobody’s truly sure what to call it.

The vibe in three words: Young, fun, late-night.
Things to do:
Park Road Shopping Center, Little Sugar Creek Greenway, Ten Park Lanes, Park Terrace Stadium 6
Social scene: Excellent. Montford isn’t known as Montford for nothing – and it’s one of the best spots for a Saturday brunch to turn into a Saturday night (hello Brazwell’s, Angry Ale’s, Good Food on Montford, Jeff’s Bucket Shop).
The most-liked Instagram from the neighborhood:

Jeffs Bucket Shop. #charlotte #OG #hiddengem karaoke with @cfagency

A photo posted by lnk Floyd, Inc. (@inkfloyd) on

 

Cost: Around $1,076/month


Myers Park

The vibe in three words: Well off families
Things to do:
Freedom Park, Charlotte Nature Museum, Festival in the Park, Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary and Manor Theatre
Social scene: Good for dinner and drinks, questionable for a night out. Selwyn Avenue Pub is here (and so is Michael Jordan sometimes).
The most-liked Instagram from the neighborhood:

Charlotte’s our city #ByeBelmont

A photo posted by Bryce Carter (@bryce__carter) on

 

The cost: Around $1,500/month. 


NoDa

The vibe in three words: Its own world
Things to do:
Neighborhood Theatre, Cabo Fish Taco, Smelly Cat Coffee, The Evening Muse, Red@28th, Acting Out Studio and Upstage NoDa. 
Social scene:
Good. There’s even a bar crawl the first and third Fridays of every month.
The most-liked Instagram from the neighborhood:

I mean… Captain America baby skeleton sweatsuit. Who wanted anything more?

A photo posted by Misha Vaagen Lazzara (@boom.misha.boom) on

 

The cost: Around $1,300/month


Plaza Midwood

The vibe in three words: Rebellious, proud, different
Things to do:
Community Garden, Book Buyers, Buffalo Exchange, Plaza Midwood Tuesday Night Ride
Social scene:
Excellent. Think spots like Common Market, Central Coffee, Midwood Country Club, 22, Whiskey Warehouse (with a roof that’s great on an afternoon), Elizabeth Billiards and Snug Harbor.
The most-liked Instagram from the neighborhood:

I’m pretty proud to be the lady who accompanies these handsome guys. Also, their matching shoes 😍 #swoon

A photo posted by Amber 🌻 (@amberdenae) on

 

The cost: Around $1,350/month


South End

The vibe in three words: Young and up-and-coming
Things to do:
Food Truck Friday, Atherton Mill, The Common Market, Rail Trail, Before I Die Wall
Social scene: Excellent. Bottle Cap Group owns the block on East Bland Street and spots like All-American, Oak Room and Slate are there. There’s also a handful of breweries: Wooden Robot Brewery, Sycamore Brewing, Triple C and The Unknown Brewing Co. Just to name a few.
The most-liked Instagram from the neighborhood:

Back in the day when I only dreamed of Instagram fame #throwbackthursday

A photo posted by Gary the Goldendoodle (@queencitygary) on

 

The cost: Around $1,300/month


SouthPark

The vibe in three words: Shopping, fine dining
Things to do:
SouthPark mall, Phillips Place
Social scene: Okay. It’s better for dinner and drinks than going out and having to Uber home. Places like Cowfish, Rooster’s and Brio are here and definitely worth mentioning.
The most-liked Instagram from the neighborhood:

 

The cost: Around $1,300/month


Uptown

The vibe in three words: Important and expensive
Things to do:
Romare Bearden Park, Discovery Place, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 7th Street Public Market, Levine Museum of the New South, B-Cycles
Social scene: Excellent. You’ve got the EpiCentre, Latta Arcade, bars on every corner, late-night pizza spots. The list is endless.
The most-liked Instagram from the neighborhood:

 

The cost: Around $1,700/month

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