So you’re moving to Charlotte, North Carolina (aka The Queen City). Well, you’re not alone, and we hope Bellhops can help on your move. Charlotte is the third fastest-growing city in America. It is now home to almost 1 million people and boasts an NBA team (Hornets), NFL Team (Panthers), as well as the NASCAR Hall of Fame (Boogity Boogity Boogity!). We’ve put together a list of some of the best places to live in Charlotte as a primer to help you understand the uniqueness of the many neighborhoods comprising the Queen City.

Charlotte, much like any large city, has plenty of nightlife, entertainment, and culturally diverse food options. It’s also divided into a diverse set of neighborhoods where you can find a perfect-for-you atmosphere to settle into. It has the hustling and bustling downtown, referred to as Uptown or Center City, as well as the progressive Arts District. Or, if you’re not an urbanite, it’s got suburbs and golf courses close by. Below you’ll find 5 of our favorite neighborhoods in and around the Charlotte area.

Image of center City for our best places to live in charlotte nc blog post

Some people call it Uptown, others refer to it as Center City, but this is the hustling, bustling metro area of Charlotte. Here you’ll find over 214 restaurants and 50 nightspots. You’ll also find the Carolina Panthers stadium along with the Charlotte Hornets. This downtown is split up into 4 wards by the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets, but all are easily walkable. This is one of the best places to live in Charlotte for the young professional with hundreds of different condo options and easy access to entertainment.

  • The Arts District (NoDa):

image of a car driving the the arts district of Charlotte for our Best places to live in Charlotte NC article

The Arts District or NoDa (short for North Davidson), is located one mile northeast of Uptown. It’s the up-and-coming neighborhood where artistic individuals mix with young business folk. It has tons of little boutique shops, art galleries, and live music to keep you busy. You definitely need to stop by a Charlotte mainstay, Cabo Fish Taco if you’re ever in the neighborhood.

  • Ballantyne:

Image of the Ballantyne village sign

Ballantyne is an upscale neighborhood that is sandwiched between Charlotte and the South Carolina border. Within the neighborhood, there’s a country club, a golf course, and a corporate park that houses 4,000,000 square feet of Class-A office space. It has definitely been crafted to thrive as its own community. The people who work at the offices can go golfing on the weekends at the golf course and relax at the country club. This is one of the best places to live in Charlotte for young families.

View of the queens road in Myers park lined with old oak trees.Known as one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Charlotte, here you’ll find the stately colonial style homes surrounded by old willow oaks. You’ll also be able to enjoy the outdoors in the 98 acre Freedom Park that borders the neighborhood. To truly appreciate the neighborhood, roll down the windows and drive along the Queens Road. You’ll immerse yourself into a tunnel of giant oaks and green grass.


South Park neighborhood in Charlotte NC

Located 6 miles south of Uptown, it gets its name from the upscale mall centrally located in the neighborhood. The SouthPark mall is the largest shopping center in North Carolina. Along with the mall, the SouthPark neighborhood offers one of the largest business districts, housing close to an estimated 40,000 employees.

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