Charlotte’s luxury homes began in the first suburbs of Charlotte- Elizabeth, Myers Park and the first phase of Dilworth, and have since spread out to include favored country clubs, lake front villas, or some combination that made values soar.
Venerable Myers Park Country Club sits in the heart of Myers Park. Charlotte Country Club provided an early value anchor to the neighbood known as Plaza -Midwood. More recently, during the 1980’s and 90s, Carmel Country Club and Quail Hollow filled out the neighborhoods near Southpark, Charlotte’s destination mall for designer stores and high end retail. Today Southpark is a region unto itself, within its confines is the 4th largest GDP area in North Carolina.
Charlotte’s love affair with the outdoors and golf continues with the additions ot the TPC Piper Glen Course, Ballantyne Country Club, Providence Country Club, and more recently The Club at Longview.
The in town neighborhoods offer a wide range of pre and post war housing. Classic brick Georgians are the favorite in Myers Park, where the Arts and Crafts style of some early California architects dominate in Dilworth. The bungalow dominates the Plaza Midwood area. First designed and created by the British in colonial India, the bungalow is designed with sloping porch roofs to keep the hot sun out of the (originally) un-airconditioned homes.
All of the intown areas are knownfor their tall oak trees. Each neighborhood has wide tree-lined streets that are sensationally beautiful each April as the leaves come back in full and the canopy completes on many streets. Before Charlotte was know as the Queen City, many called it the “Tree City.”
Watch this short video, narrated by Terry McDonald, (back when he was affiliated with the luxury division at Wilkinson ERA) as he discusses Charlotte’s most distinctive homes and neighborhood