South Charlotte , Matthews, Ballantyne, Weddington, Waxhaw and Pineville
SouthPark and Ballantyne are the two major destinations for living, shopping and working on the south side of town.
The area referred to as SouthPark, centered at Fairview and Sharon roads, was once part of a 3,000-acre farm owned by N.C. Gov. Cameron Morrison. The farm’s main house – the Morrocroft Mansion, built between 1924 and 1927 - still stands on its original site. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the stunning 14,000-square-foot Tudor Revival house stayed in the family until 1981. It remains a private residence today.
SouthPark is a prestigious address that offers a variety of Real Estate, ranging from 1950s ranch houses in Beverly Woods and Barclay Downs to newer million-dollar homes in Pellyn Grove and the gated Morrocroft community. In addition to being a residential center, SouthPark is the second-largest business district in the state. Tasteful office buildings are spread throughout the area, including the eye-catching Rotunda with its dancing fountains. Several hotels are also located in SouthPark, including the Hyatt, SouthPark Suite and The Park Hotel.
Shopping in SouthPark is the best in the city. The centerpiece is SouthPark Mall, Charlotte’s most upscale shopping center, which recently expanded to include Nordstrom and a number of other high-end stores. The mall also includes Tiffany, Pottery Barn, St. John and Ann Taylor, in addition to four department stores.
SouthPark is also the home of the Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops concerts, performed at a new amphitheater at SouthPark. These free evening concerts are one of the mall’s two signature community events. The other is a Christmas tradition – the annual Christmas tree lighting, which takes place on Thanksgiving Day and features caroling and a visit from Santa.
Other shopping venues include Phillips Place, Sharon Corners, Morrocroft Village and Specialty Shops on the Park. All include shopping and dining options.
Ballantyne is a newer community south of I-485 on what used to be the Morrison hunting preserve. The 2,000-acre development is practically a town unto itself. Within its borders are a 535-acre corporate park, which includes commercial real estate office buildings, a resort hotel, an 18-hole daily-fee golf course and the Dana Rader School of Golf. The golf course has been
recognized as one of the best in the state and Dana Rader’s school as one of the best in the country.
Ballantyne Country Club includes custom homes that cost on average around $640,000 and a private 18-hole golf course. Ballantyne also offers several apartment communities and a variety of new-home communities in nearly every price range.Ballantyne’s town center features shops, restaurants and a YMCA. The area has a new public elementary school, and the county plans to build a middle and high school to accommodate the Ballantyne population, which is expected to grow significantly in the next 10 years.
While SouthPark and Ballantyne are two large landmarks in south Charlotte, they are not its sum and total. Real estate listings for south Charlotte span areas 4, 5 and 6.
Aside from SouthPark, there are numerous other shopping options. The recently renovated Cotswold Village Shops has Old Navy, Storehouse Furniture and Stein Mart, among others. Park Road Shopping Center, one of the area’s oldest shopping centers, is always crowded on weekends with folks visiting local favorite Blackhawk Hardware and other shops.
Farther out Providence Road at N.C. 51 is the Arboretum, a massive shopping center with movie theaters, restaurants, a supermarket, Barnes & Noble and The Gap among its attractions. The Arboretum area has also become a center for service-oriented businesses such as banks, insurance, real estate and medical offices.
Rea Road at Ballantyne Commons treats shoppers and diners to a variety of interests at Stonecrest. This center was developed to attract area soccer moms, and many shops are child-focused.
Heading west on N.C. 51 toward Pineville, you pass a multitude of shopping centers including Carmel Commons, Tower Place and McMullen Creek. As you pass under I-485, you’ll come to the two-story Carolina Place Mall and The Centrum, a shopping center that includes Pier 1 Imports, Home Depot and Petsmart. Allow yourself plenty of time when shopping in this area on the weekends, as N.C. 51 is known for its Saturday traffic jams.
This side of town also includes a variety of recreational options. The Harris YMCA, near SouthPark, and the Siskey YMCA in Matthews are family favorites. Both feature huge fitness centers, special programs for children, playing fields and water parks. The Mecklenburg Aquatic Club on Providence Road is another option for swimming, offering excellent lessons and team competition.
Charlotte Park and Recreation Department operates two greenways in south Charlotte. The McMullen Creek Greenway is accessible off N.C. 51 and features 1.5 miles of walking and biking trails that connect with an additional 4.5 miles of the Lower McAlpine Greenway. McAlpine Creek Greenway, Charlotte’s oldest, has 8.9 miles of trails that are being upgraded and refurbished. The Park and Recreation Department is currently planning the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, which will eventually traverse 15 miles through the heart of Charlotte from Cordelia Park in north Charlotte to the N.C./S.C. state line.
In addition to the greenways, there are several county parks that south Charlotte residents enjoy. Park Road Park has several tennis courts, basketball courts, playground equipment, baseball fields and a 5-acre lake. It’s a popular place for group outings. McAlpine Creek Park on Monroe Road also has a lake, plus walking trails and a nature center. New parks include William R. Davie Park on N.C. 51 near Rea Road and Col. Francis Beatty Park on Weddington Road, which features a 20-acre lake, mountain biking trails and athletic facilities.
As is true throughout the Charlotte region, south Charlotte has something to offer for everyone when it comes to places of worship. You don’t have to live here long to hear about Calvary Church on Pineville-Matthews Road at Rea Road. Its soaring glass windows and pink stucco exterior are visible from miles away due to its hilltop setting. In contrast to this modern church is the centuries-old Providence Presbyterian Church south of I-485, whose historic cemetery has caused new roads to be rerouted.
South Charlotte is also served by branches of the city’s largest hospitals on either end of Pineville-Matthews Road. Carolinas Healthcare System’s CMC-Pineville and is surrounded by numerous satellite offices of Charlotte medical clinics. To the east is Presbyterian Hospital Matthews.
You’ll find many of Charlotte’s private schools in the southern part of town. There are a number of options, including Charlotte Country Day, Charlotte Latin, Providence Day School, Charlotte Catholic High School and Charlotte Christian.
Lucky for all those students that some of the largest branches of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg library system are in south Charlotte. The Morrocroft shopping and office complex in SouthPark features a large, Jeffersonian-style branch of the library. The new South Regional Library, the largest regional library in North Carolina, is on Rea Road.
Some Text Courtesy Charlotte Observer
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