Question, “How did Charlotte, of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina get her name?” The answer is in this nugget. Charlotte’s charter was in 1768, and King George III thought it wise to name her after his wife, Queen Charlotte with the county of Mecklenburg named after her German birthplace.
Here, you’ll discover great small towns and neighborhoods in the South of Charlotte, Southwest, and our South Carolina suburbs of Charlotte including Fort Mill (and nearby Tega Cay as well as York), Indian Land (and neighbor Lancaster to the south), Clover, and Rock Hill (cool downtown).
South Charlotte –
South from Uptown Charlotte, you’ll first encounter some of our great prosperous neighborhoods, namely Myers Park and Foxcroft. While the charming bungalow area known as Dilworth is the city’s first “streetcar suburb”, Myers Park’s looming large oak trees are a testament to city planner James Nolen’s vision and expertise. Charlotte Historian Dr. Thomas W. Hanchett notes that from being a gold mining center (the early 1800s) to a railroad center (mid-1800s), and to then become a leader in cotton trade (late 1800s), Charlotte’s prosperity moved south from her Center City’s Four Wards. RCA Victor made Charlotte a regional distribution center for its radios, phonographs, and vinyl records and provided great live, on-air content for our own WBT AM 1110.
Southwest Charlotte –
Prosperity also grew to the southwest of Charlotte and Steele Creek looks like she’s continuing to be a great growth spot, from Ayrsley to Berewick to The Palisades and The Sanctuary at Lake Wylie.
~Palisades? How about that Nicklaus Design championship golf course, Country Club, and soccer complex? Lennar is building new homes here, as is Toll Brothers in Regency at Palisades active living village.
~The Sanctuary? 1,300 acres of luxury on lots that are several acres each, plus a lakefront Community Center and plenty of amenities at the Lake.
~Berewick? One of the great developments offering new homes since the bust. Most are now resale homes, and not that old. Following the people near Lake Wylie, great development follows, like RiverGate with a Home Depot, Target and Best Buy, great restaurants, grocery, and retail, including our Charlotte Premium Outlets.
Ayrsley boasts amazing places to eat and drink, lots of businesses, townhomes, movie theatre, and a YMCA, also known as Town Center of Southeast Charlotte. Just off Exit 1, I485. Lots of corporate relocation to south and southwest Charlotte and nearby ArrowPoint is where our local presence of Microsoft is. And who moved headquarters from Minneapolis to the birthplace of a historically excellent evangelist? Billy Graham Center for World Evangelism and the Billy Graham Library are here, with the Library a major tourist attraction. And you’ve got to love a city who names a major thoroughfare after a preacher, that being Billy Graham Parkway (near CLT airport, you’ll discover the rocking chairs). Billy is buried onsite; don’t miss this. Another wonderful tourist attraction is Carowinds, a 112-acre theme and water park, which will keep you busy and wear you out!
One of our three great lakes in the area is Lake Wylie and did you know that the North Carolina – South Carolina state line runs through a great deal of Lake Wylie? That means that all lake properties are not in SC, there are great waterfront and water view homes for sale in NC, as well. One such small enclave is Harpers Pointe from Taylor Morrison. Take the time to Search for more homes on the South and Southwest sides of Charlotte, which take you right across the Buster Boyd Bridge into South Carolina’s York County. Don’t miss Papa Doc’s Shore Club and Tiki Bar, right on the Lake. And once you do, be on the lookout for Lake Crest by Mattamy Homes.
But before you exit Charlotte and Mecklenburg County from NC-49, take a turn into The Palisades and enjoy the diversity of new construction homes and luxury custom homes. And don’t miss the YouTube video tour and listings of homes for sale in The Palisades.
Other great neighborhoods building new homes? Click through for YouTube video tours and listings.
Arden Mill ~ I am a Classica Homes lover. Love them and this Fort Mill subdivision, near Catawba Ridge High School.
Avondale ~ Remarkable location, just around the bend from Ballantyne, south Charlotte’s gem. Indian Land, baby!
Kings Grove Manor
Carolina Orchards, Millbank, Regency at Palisades, The Villas at Covington
The Conservancy at McLean, McLean Overlake, McLean at South Shore
The Overlook at Barber Rock