Charlotte is now one of the largest cities in America in terms of physical geography (due to its history of annexing so much of the land around it). It’s now an extremely diverse city in terms of areas and neighborhoods – it even has a few smaller cities within it, such as Ballantyne and South Park.
We have streetcar-era communities where buildings range from vintage factories to grand Southern estates. There are historic neighborhoods, and modern sections, working-class, and upper class.
Here are the top 10 most “livable” neighborhoods throughout Charlotte (according to AreaVibes.com);
#1 Sharon Woods
Located in the heart of the SouthPark area, Sharon Woods is primarily residential, with a sprinkling of churches and small schools.
Sharon Wood’s livability score is 86 – ranked #1 in Charlotte and #1 in North Carolina. It currently has a 98% high school graduation rate. The average home price is $302,250 and the 4,427 residents make an average household income of $88,238.
#2 Oxford Hunt
The neighborhood of Oxford Hunt contains the prestigious Beverly Crest Swim & Racquet Club and Providence High School.
Oxford Hunt’s livability score is 84 – ranked #2 in Charlotte and #2 in North Carolina. It currently has a 97% high school graduation rate. It’s average home price is about twice Charlotte’s average at $382,667, and its 4,753 residents bring in an average household income of $104,645 per year.
#3 Providence Park
Providence Park sits on the border between the rapidly expanding Cotswold area and SouthPark with a mix of old historic estates and new mcmansions. The border the Cotswold Village shopping center and they also claim one of Charlotte’s only Fresh Markets.
Providence Park’s livability score is 83 – ranked #3 in Charlotte and #3 in North Carolina. It currently has a 91% high school graduation rate. Average home prices are just above Charlotte’s average at around $188,550, and median household income is also slightly higher at $61,546.
#4 Providence Crossing
Providence Crossing is now one of South Charlotte’s favorite neighborhoods, with an extremely low crime rate, wide sidewalks, and sizable yards.
It contains the Providence Crossing shopping center with a Hickory Tavern location and one of Charlotte’s best European restaurants, Ilios Noche. They also recently built Charlotte’s newest nature preserve – Flat Branch.
The area’s livability score is 83 and it currently has a 97% high school graduation rate. Average home prices now sit around $399,225. The neighborhood’s 8,310’s residents make an average annual household income of $134,049.
#5 Ballantyne West
Ballantyne was nothing more than farmland 25 years ago. When the Bissell/Harris family saw the potential of the new highway 485, they decided to build a new city in the southern tip of Charlotte. Through several partnerships, they built the Ballantyne Country Club, the five-star Ballantyne Golf Resort and Spa, a sprawling corporate office park (now home to some of Charlotte’s Fortune 500 companies), dozens of high end restaurants and shops, and many desirable new subdivisions.
Ballantyne East and Ballantyne West are nearly identical in terms of ‘livability score’, but the western half is slightly better with a livability score is 83. It currently has a 99% high school graduation rate. Average home prices in Ballantyne West are now hovering at $296,475, and its 11,318 residents currently make an average of $106,620 per year.
Chantilly is sandwiched between 7th Street and Independence Blvd., on the eastern border of Elizabeth. The homes have undergone drastic renovations over the past 20 years and on many streets, the prices have doubled and sometimes tripled.
Chantilly’s livability score is 83 and has a 98% high school graduation rate. Average home prices are much closer to Charlotte’s average at $322,700, but the 1,503 residents make considerably more than Charlotte’s average household income at $92,311 per year.
Like Barclay Downs, Foxcroft is another neighborhood within the SouthPark area. For at least 50 years, the Foxcroft neighborhood has been one of Charlotte’s most desirable, featuring uniquely large lots, mature trees, and stunning landscaping. The Crepe Myrtle trees canopy the driveways and streets throughout the neighborhood in the summer and the old oaks just seem to envelope you as you drive through the lush, green community. Homes prices in Foxcroft range from $500,000 to over $2.5 million with homes built in the 30’s next door to renovated or re-built homes just completed in 2009.
Foxcroft’s livability score is 82. It currently has a 96% high school graduation rate, and a median household income of $120,148. Average home prices in Foxcroft are $724,175.
Mountainbrook is a small pocket neighborhood in the larger SouthPark area. Besides the communities large homes, its biggest draw is the Mountainbrook Swim & Racquet Club.
Mountainbrook’s livability score is 82. It currently has a 99% high school graduation rate. Average home prices in the neighborhood are $533,850, and its 2,538 residents make an average income of $106,958 per year.
The McAlpine neighborhood hugs the southern most tip of Carmel Road just south of Pineville-Matthews road. It’s mostly residential with 2 commercial strips on highway 51 and on either side of Johnston Road. The neighborhood contains South Charlotte’s Amelies location, the McAlpine Creek Greenway, The Fresh Market, and a handful of fast-food eateries, health centers, and banks.
McAlpine has a livability score of 82, a high school graduation rate of 94%, and a median home value of $141,775. It’s 6,173 residents earn an average of $59,753 per year.
#10 Beverly Woods
Beverly Woods sits in the heart of what many people consider “SouthPark”. It’s located between the Quail Hollow Country Club (home of the 2017 PGA Championship), and the SouthPark Mall.
Beverly Woods has a livability score of 81. It’s high school graduation rate now sits at 98%, and the community’s 6,482 residents have a median household income of $88,673 per year. Average home prices in Beverly Woods are now sitting at $480,920.