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The Center City is one of Charlotte’s most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods made up of individual residential areas (First, Second, Third and Fourth Wards Uptown and Historic South End). Each has its own distinct history, character and uniqueness. Residents of these neighborhoods work to preserve their distinctiveness and enhance their community through their own neighborhood associations. The Center City residential population is approaching 20,000

Garden District – First Ward

Wander through First Ward neighborhood in the early morning hours and you will see a steady stream of office workers trekking to the Center City office towers or to the 7th Street Public Market for their morning cup of coffee and then to catch the LYNX light rail train. Students of all ages are on foot as well as they head to the neighborhood First Ward elementary school, Trinity Episcopal School and the new UNCC uptown campus. Hear the hum of construction activity as Levine Properties embarks on a premier mixed use development, which includes the new First Ward Park and UNCC.

Residents of this award winning neighborhood, where edgy urban condos and apartments befriend beautiful town homes and craftsman houses, enjoy easy access to growing vibrant cultural, arts and entertainment amenities. The First Ward neighborhood is bordered by bustling E. Trade Street, Tryon Street business and entertainment district, and I-277 urban loop highway, but it’s the beautiful garden district and parks that anchor this truly mixed income community of more than 1,000 residents.

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Second Ward

Second Ward is located in the southeast quadrant of uptown, bordered by lively East Trade Street, the Tryon Street business and entertainment district and the I-277 urban highway loop. The Second Ward neighborhood consists of elite condominium mid-rises, the Trust, 230 South Tryon and the Radcliffe (anchored by The Green, an enchanting park that brings out the kid in everyone), with future planned towers at the EpiCenter and The Park.

The Second Ward residential environment on the verge significant diversification, however, with the proposed 2nd Ward/Brooklyn Village plan which will create a new neighborhood with different types of housing, restaurants, shops, a state of the art high school, and a remarkable neighborhood park. Currently, Second Ward is primarily a sophisticated business center and the essence the Second Ward neighborhood today reflects this. In the next decade, the Second Ward neighborhood will develop into a vibrant and diverse residential community with unique retail shops and restaurants frequented by visitors, office workers, and residents alike.

Third Ward


Nestled in a canopy of Sycamore trees is the most diverse neighborhood in Center City. The Third Ward Neighborhood is home to long time residents, young families, empty nesters, retirees and aspiring professionals who have put down roots in restored mill houses, charming town homes and gleaming high rises. This eclectic neighborhood is bordered by lively W. Trade Street, I-77 and the Tryon Street business district and is bookended by parks and greenways. Boasting Center City’s only dog park, a successful community garden and the soon to be constructed Romare Bearden Park, Third Ward is blossoming with beauty and charisma.

The Third Ward Neighborhood is a community in motion. Johnson & Wales University students in white chef uniforms race to and from classes passing technology professionals immersed in the cyber world. The flurry of activity provides an animated setting for business professionals meeting in the park and promenade that link the Gateway business centers.

With Bank of America Stadium in their backyard, streets and spaces are filled with tailgate parties during Panther season. The tailgate season will soon be extended with the much anticipated Knight’s AAA baseball stadium in Third Ward. But it’s not all about sports in this community—the Wells Fargo Cultural Campus has changed the landscape and will bring the Mint Museum, Knight Theater, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Harvey Gantt African American Culture Center.

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Fourth Ward

The historic Fourth Ward neighborhood artfully blends restored 100-plus-year-old Victorian homes, with luxury condominiums, urban apartments, parks and businesses. This collection of quaint and charming meets urban contemporary offers a residential experience that has made Fourth Ward a premier uptown community.

Approximately 30 city blocks, this stately neighborhood is bordered by the Tryon Street business and entertainment district, the historical Elmwood Cemetery, and lively Trade Street. It is anchored by the beautiful Fourth Ward Park. Wandering through narrow tree-lined streets, visitors delight in seeing the grand old Victorians with gingerbread millwork, charming front porches and courtyard gardens.

The neighborhood is dedicated to preserving and celebrating its history. Every December, the Friends of Fourth Ward neighborhood association organizes the Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour. This wildly popular holiday tradition in Center City welcomes thousands to explore and enjoy the grand homes in their holiday splendor.

South End Living


Historic South End began to flourish in the 1850’s when the first railroad line came to Charlotte, connecting the Queen City to Columbia and Charleston, SC. Over the years a thriving manufacturing community sprang up along the tracks, centered on the burgeoning textile industry.

The area declined during the 1970s and 80s, only to be revived in the 1990s as restaurants, shops, and design-related industries discovered the beauty and versatility of the old mills and warehouses. Today, Historic South End has earned a reputation as an area that once again is a corridor for creativity, innovation and unmatched design talent in the Charlotte-Metro Region.

South End is a true mixed-use urban neighborhood, with a variety of retail, businesses, and housing. In fact, South End is welcoming new residents to the 28203 zip code almost daily as over 1,400 new housing units are available for lease or sale. The catalyst for the redevelopment and renaissance of South End is the LYNX Blue Line. The LYNX runs directly through the heart of South End and the district has 4 walk-up transit stops. Also,

South End values its core business sector and the valuable jobs they provide. These jobs attract a creative, urban, well-educated type of employee that values the transit infrastructure, as well as the restaurants, bars and specialty retail shops found in the neighborhood.


Learn more about South End and Uptown Real Estate .....

Call, text or email your Uptown Realtor Carol King at 704 953-6128