Myers Park and Dilworth

Myers Park & Dilworth

Nestled between Uptown’s high-rises and Charlotte’s southside suburbs are what many consider the jewels of the Queen City’s residential crown – its original streetcar suburbs. As you travel the broad, tree-lined, leaf-canopied streets you’ll see the Charlotte of the turn of the last century and pre-World War II.

Start in the oldest suburb, Dilworth. The vision of Edward Dilworth Latta, this neighborhood was developed in the 1890s thanks to the advent of the streetcar and was the first place for Charlotteans to live outside the city. The streets of Dilworth feature house after house with front porches. The homes are primarily bungalows – with the occasional Queen Anne thrown in – and some larger, two-story Colonial Revival homes that line Dilworth Road East and West.

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East Boulevard divides the residential areas. The road is lined with restaurants, offices and shops, many located in renovated homes. New developments like Latta Pavilion – named after Dilworth’s original entertainment center – offer condominiums, office and retail space, landscaped courtyards and walkways. You also will find the city’s only Greek Orthodox Cathedral, which draws thousands to its annual Yiasou Greek Festival in September. At the other end of the boulevard is the entrance to Freedom Park, well known for its annual arts festival, athletic fields, walking paths and amphitheater.

South End

South End, one of Charlotte’s hottest communities, is on Dilworth’s western edge. Just 15 years ago, the area was an eyesore of run-down mills. Today, the mills have been renovated into shops, restaurants and lofts, making it a trendy locale.Charlotte’s largest hospital, Carolinas Medical Center, is in Dilworth. This 861-bed teaching hospital is the region’s only Level 1 trauma center and is the centerpiece of the ever-expanding Carolinas Healthcare System.

Sign for Dilwirth Walk - Condos in the distanceWhile the rebirth initially generated commercial development, new residential options are cropping up, including Summit Grandview and The Arlington, a 25-story condominium high-rise with a pink hue.

South End is also home to the Charlotte Trolley as it runs from Atherton Mill to Ninth Street Uptown. The trolley line will also serve Charlotte’s new light rail system, expected to begin operations in 2006. Residential and commercial development has boomed near the tracks, and property values along the route have skyrocketed in anticipation.

If you’re more traditional than trendy, Myers Park may be right for you – if you can handle the price tag. Myers Park was developed in the early 1900s by a real estate tycoon who wanted to create a neighborhood in the country. Today his countryside is a mere five minutes from Uptown, but you can’t help feeling miles away as you travel the curving boulevards and lanes with their towering willow oaks that dwarf even the grandest Myers Park homes.

Homes in Myers Park

While most of the homes in Myers Park are older, traditional houses, a few infill projects offer new options. These projects, primarily townhouses and condominiums come at a hefty price due to skyrocketing land values. In fact, Myers Park features two of only a handful of developments with units exceeding $1 million. Among them is 2400 Roswell, with 21 luxury condos and nearby St. Serrant, offering two balconies for each of its 11 units. Both developments provide lavish décor and amenities to appeal to the most prestigious clientele.

The Queens University campus is on Selwyn Avenue, in the heart of Myers Park. This liberal arts school was founded in 1857 and moved to its Myers Park campus in 1914. In addition to undergraduate studies, the university offers several graduate degrees, courses for working professionals and continuing education classes.

The shops and restaurants along and just off Providence Road on Myers Park’s eastern edge – including Laurel Market, the shops in the Villa and the old Manor Theater (rumored to be haunted!) are neighborhood favorites.