Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 22 SOUTH CHARLOTTE Tens of thousands of Charlotteans will tell you they live, work, play and, of course, eat in South Charlotte. But ask more than one of them to outline the area on a map and you're pretty much guaranteed to start a squabble. Neither the city nor the Chamber of Commerce defines the area – and those who live there don't seem to agree. Truth is, this vibrant and ever- growing part of the Queen City is as a much a feeling as an address. Cotswold, just south of Uptown, was among the first developed areas back in the 1960s when the city started expanding. Still a popular community with newly renovated homes surrounded by mature trees, some will debate whether it remains a part of South Charlotte but none will argue its charm. With the ciabatta French toast at Eddie's Place and unique finds at Cotswold Village's Toys & Co., you can easily spend a day or a lifetime. SouthPark Mall, built in 1970, attracted an array of retail, business and residential development. Today, the SouthPark area is filled with everything from urban- feeling lofts to new neighborhoods full of brick ranches to both old and newly-built mansions with expansive yards. It's still known for upscale shopping, restaurants, and mixed-use developments including Phillips Place, Piedmont Town Center and Morrison. Further south, the Arboretum at NC 51 and Providence Road has everything you need. This massive shopping South Charlotte expanding, walkable, still Charlotte center has a movie theater, grocery store, bookstore, Wal- Mart, and great specialty shops like Omega Sports, think perfectly fitted running shoes, and Penzeys Spices, a foodie paradise. You can also grab a bite at some local favorites like Cajun Yard Dog (seafood jambalaya) and Portifinos (the lasagna is so good). Although at the intersection of two very busy roads, the Arboretum is within walking distance of several well-established single family neighborhoods and apartment homes. To the east, you'll find Matthews. While it is its own town, it's really a part of South Charlotte, too. This rapidly grow- ing community has a busy and inviting downtown with 10 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Matthews is home to charming shops, antique stores and restaurants, but also boasts an active fine arts commu- nity through the Matthews Playhouse. (Be sure to visit Your Mom's Donuts before the show.) The newly opened Windsor Run retirement community has made Matthews a popular area for seniors. To the southwest, you've got Pineville, Steele Creek and Lake Wylie. Pineville, a suburb in southernmost Mecklen- burg County, is home to Carolina Place Mall, major big-box retailers and an interesting, if tiny, downtown. Don't miss Pintville Craft Beer! Catch a game at Jack Hughes Park, which includes a beautiful collegiate-size baseball stadium, rent a shelter for a picnic or take a stroll along the trail. And don't miss the epic OktoberFest celebration at Wald- horn Restaurant for German food and beer at its best. Steele Creek (home to the Charlotte Premium Outlets) is a fast-growing area of business parks, shopping centers and lots of new-construction neighborhoods. While in this up-and-coming area, be sure to check out A Piece of Havana with its Cuban cuisine and live music on weekends or Mac's Speed Shop for barbecue with creamy mac' and cheese. Lake Wylie, a man-made lake whose 325 miles of shore- line includes addresses in both Carolinas, attracts those looking to escape the fast-paced city after work hours. From the banks of Lake Wylie, you'll find fisherman, boat- ers and homebuyers looking for an incredible view. It's unlikely a couple sipping wine on their dock tucked into a cove at The Vineyard at Lake Wylie would tell you they live in South Charlotte. But they are just 20 minutes southwest of Uptown. As the city has grown and development has moved south, so has area that many consider South Charlotte. Given that Charlotte has one of the highest migration rates in the nation and has seen tremendous growth south of its center city over the last decade, it's no surprise the lines of South Charlotte have gotten blurred. [] MELISSA TREADAWAY

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