Top 5 Reasons to Live in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood Neighborhood

Plaza Midwood Charlotte NCJust outside of Uptown Charlotte, you’ll find one of the city’s most diverse and eclectic neighborhoods, Plaza Midwood. Originally a streetcar suburb, Plaza Midwood was revived in the 1990’s and is now home to lots of funky stores, art galleries, restaurants, and bars. Part of the neighborhood is also designated as a historic district. Residential real estate in Plaza Midwood ranges from small bungalows to large, stately homes. If you are looking for a rental property, there are many apartments, townhomes and single family homes in the area, and you can also look into leasing condos. Realtors and Property Managers in Plaza Midwood will be more than happy to help you find a place that is just right for you. So why should you live in Plaza Midwood? Here are just a few reasons:

 

Kickstand Burgers & Bar (1101 Central Ave.)

This isn’t your typical burger joint. Their gourmet burgers feature unique toppings like brie and cranberry chutney, and one of their signature burgers is sandwiched between two grilled cheeses. Customers can also create their own burgers  from Kickstand’s extensive list of toppings. The sweet potato tots with brown sugar syrup are a must-have! There’s an awesome patio outside, and if you want to watch the game, there are plenty of TVs inside, including a few right in the booth tables. The staff is welcoming and friendly, and PBR is always just $1. What more could you want? Visit http://kickstandcharlotte.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/KickstandCharlotte.

Buffalo Exchange (1521 Central Ave.)

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Buffalo Exchange is a socially-conscious and fashion-minded consignment store. What makes this one stand out, though, is the fact that you can get cash or trade for other items as soon as you bring in your donation, no waiting until it’s sold. On the shopping side, they always have a large variety of fun, cute clothes, shoes and accessories and they recently decided to discontinue the use of plastic bags to be more eco-friendly. And their “Coats for Cubs” program each year takes donated fur coats and recycles them for use by wildlife rehabilitators as bedding for injured animals. Shopping here is a win-win situation for everyone. Visit http://www.buffaloexchange.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/buffaloexchange.

 

The Wine Palette (1308-C The Plaza)

If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at painting but have been a little nervous, this is the perfect place for you! The Wine Palette provides an easel, canvas, paint, apron, brushes, and corkscrew, and all you need to bring is yourself and your favorite wine or beverage. You can bring snacks or appetizers to enjoy while you paint, and there’s no experience required. The teacher will walk you through the painting step by step, and all of the instructors are very friendly and eager to help you. If you check out their calendar ahead of time, you can pick which painting you’d like to do, from flowers to sunsets to a portrait of your pet. Visit http://www.thewinepalettenc.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/thewinepalette.

FuManChu Cupcakes (826 Lamar Ave.)

This will be the craziest and best cupcake experience you’ve ever had, guaranteed. If you love cupcakes but are tired of the same old sickly-sweet flavors, you will love the cakes at FuManChu. With unique flavors like French toast (with sausage baked in!) and Sriracha, you’ll never get bored. They even have several flavors with alcohol, like one that’s made with Jr. Johnson’s blueberry moonshine. FuManChu buys their products locally, and they use fresh ingredients so their cupcakes never taste artificial. Check them out at http://fumanchucupcakes.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/fumanchucupcakes.

Lunchbox Records (1419 Central Ave., Suite A)

Remember the days when we used to listen to music on round things called records and compact discs? Well those days are still alive and well at Lunchbox Records. With a ton of new and used CD’s, records and DVD’s packed into their little space, you are sure to find what you’ve been searching for. If you need a recommendation, just ask the staff to make a suggestion. They’re very friendly and always up for helping you locate something. And just like those good ol’ days, you can try before you buy with the record player and headphones in the back. Visit http://www.lunchboxrecords.com/  or https://www.facebook.com/lunchboxrecords

With its culture, music scene, and–let’s face it–cupcakes, it’s no small wonder the Plaza Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte is a sought-after spot to live, work and play. If you’re looking to rent or buy in Plaza Midwood, you won’t want to stay in any old place, or try and strike a deal without representation. Helping you find the perfect spot at the best rate is what we’re all about. Contact us today!

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Jennifer Baxter is a freelance writer who lives in the Lake Norman area. Have a story idea or project you need help with? Contact her at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jennifer-baxter/22/74a/520

Top 5 Reasons to Live in Charlotte’s Elizabeth Neighborhood

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The pedestrian-friendly neighborhood of Elizabeth is sandwiched between Randolph Road and Independence Boulevard near Midtown Charlotte. Elizabeth was first developed in the early 1900’s, and was originally named for historic Elizabeth College. Although the college site has since been replaced by Presbyterian Hospital, the area is still home to many mature trees and beautiful old houses converted from homes into shops, restaurants and offices. Because of the numerous tree-lined sidewalks, Elizabeth has one of the highest walk scores in the Queen City, and it claims fame for Charlotte’s first public park, Independence Park.

Charlotte residential real estate in Elizabeth ranges from older townhomes, bungalows, and single family homes to newer buildings that offer leasing condos and newly constructed townhomes. Real estate agents in Elizabeth can help you find and purchase the best home for you. If you’re looking for a  rental property, just contact one of the many property managers in Elizabeth.

Elizabeth is full of great things to do and see, but we’ve compiled a few of our own favorites:

Bean (3001 E. Independence Blvd.)

Although Bean is a vegan restaurant, carnivores consistently appreciate its good food and friendly staff. The establishment looks humble both inside and out, but you can tell the owners really believe in what they serve. After your first visit, you will too! The menu includes sandwiches, salads, and dinner plates with simple entrees like tacos and meatloaf. The jackfruit is an amazing substitute for meat in the tacos and you’ll love the “Good Burger,” Bean’s version of a Big Mac. Bean’s small staff may be a little slower when they’re busy, but the food is always worth the wait. Check out http://www.eatatbean.com or https://www.facebook.com/beanvegancuisine.

Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill (366 N. Caswell St.)

Kennedy’s is the perfect place to go to relax and have a beer while you watch the game or catch up with friends. The awesome outdoor patio/deck area has plenty of seating, heaters for the winter, and a mister for the summer. It even has flat screen TVs if it’s too nice to watch inside. The menu features typical (and satisfying) bar food, and the staff makes visiting a great experience. Plus, it’s dog-friendly and they have some fun events like trivia night on Wednesdays and “Kegs and Legs” on Mondays featuring all you can eat crab legs with salad and hush puppies for $24.95. Be prepared to park nearby and walk, because their lot is very small. Check them out at http://www.kennedyscharlotte.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/KennedysPremiumBarandGrill.

The Regal Manor Twin (607 Providence Rd.)

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An “old school” movie theater that will make you wistful for the simpler days. There are only 2 screens here, but the upside of that is no crowds. They often show indie and foreign films, so the Regal Manor is a nice escape from the mainstream. The décor is cozy and nostalgic, and although the concession stand is small, they do sell coffee and Godiva chocolate! It is a Regal Theater though, so be prepared to pay the usual price for your ticket. But at least you can use your rewards card! Visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Regal-Manor-Twin/188549251176461?fref=ts.

Jeffre Scott Apothecary (609 Providence Rd.)

Right next to the Regal Theater is Jeffre Scott Apothecary. If you don’t know what that word means, it’s just a fancy name for a beauty and skin care store. But this isn’t just for the ladies. Jeffre carries products for men and women and his staff will be more than happy to help you figure out which ones work for you. Unlike some other retail spots, they will give you samples to try out at home and not pressure you into a rushed purchase. They also do facials, make-up lessons, and eyebrow shaping on-site. Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/jeffrescott.

The Visulite Theatre (1615 Elizabeth Ave.)

The Visulite is a great intimate venue for listening to live music. Although the place isn’t huge, there isn’t really a bad spot in the house. There’s a lower level “pit” in front of the stage for those who want to stand and dance and an elevated section behind it with seating. The drinks are cheap, and there is plenty of free parking across the street from the entrance. Check it out at http://www.visulite.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/visulitetheatre.

Truly a gem of Charlotte, Elizabeth offers convenience, unique culture, and walkable storefronts. If you’re interesting in living in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood, we’re here to help you find the perfect home. So if you’re looking to rent, buy, or sell, we’re here to help. Contact us today!

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Jennifer Baxter is a freelance writer who lives in the Lake Norman area. Have a story idea or project you need help with? Contact her at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jennifer-baxter/22/74a/520

Top 5 Reasons to Live in Charlotte’s South End Neighborhood

The neighborhood known as Historic South End lies just a couple miles south of uptown Charlotte. Originally home to Charlotte’s first railroad line and a successful textile industry, South End underwent a major renovation in the 1990’s and now features an eclectic mix of restaurants, retail shops, bars, and more. Many of the original warehouse buildings have now been converted into upscale leasing condos. With newly constructed condos and townhomes also available, South End  has a rental property for everyone.

If you’re interested in calling this unique, historical neighborhood your home, contact one of the many realtors or property managers in South End. You definitely don’t want to wait—here’s just a bit of what you’re missing:

Amos’ Southend (1423 S. Tryon St.)

One of the best “small” live music venues in Charlotte, Amos’ is where you want to be if you enjoy listening to good music in an intimate atmosphere. It is standing room only and all shows are general admission, so you should get there early to grab yourself a good spot. But with a very large, open first floor and a second floor with a wrap-around balcony overlooking the lower level, there are plenty of places to stand for a view of the stage. There are a few tables and chairs, but again, get there early if you want to try to grab one of them. There are also two huge bars on the first level, so you can usually get a drink pretty quickly. Parking is free but the lot is small, so… get there early. Do you sense a theme here? Visit http://www.amossouthend.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amos-Southend/87594625721?fref=ts.

Canine Café (125 Remount Road)

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Dog lovers flock to this shop, which is packed with all things canine. The on-site bakery serves up an array of treats that look yummy enough for people to eat, like cupcakes, cannolis, even doggie birthday cakes. The Café also sells natural treats and dog food, leashes, dog collars, toys, and more. There’s a “doggie spa” in the back with convenient do-it-yourself doggie bath areas, too. Of course all of the employees love dogs, and your best buddy is free to shop the store on-leash, so go ahead and bring ‘em in with you! Visit http://www.caninecafe.net or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Canine-Caf%C3%A9-Charlotte/136342178568.

South End Exchange (1616 Camden Road)

If you enjoy unique, artistic, and creative interiors, South End Exchange has everything you could ever need. Lamps, furniture, artwork, mirrors, knick-knacks, and sculptures are just some of the treasures you’ll find. Most of South End Exchange’s offerings are antique, so customers have a wide variety of décor to choose from. The store is huge and every free space is stocked, so be sure to stop by when you have time to leisurely browse. The staff is super friendly, and if you have a piece that you want to sell, they’ll be happy to discuss their consignment procedure with you. They even offer full estate liquidation services and silver shining. Visit http://www.southendexchange.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/pages/South-End-Exchange/283064270573.

Price’s Chicken Coop (1614 Camden Road)

Right next to South End Exchange is the best fried chicken in the Queen City. It may not look like much from outside, but once you try their chicken, you’ll understand what all the hype’s about. It’s crispy but not greasy, with just the right amount of seasoning. Don’t even get me started on the hushpuppies and sweet tea. Price’s is carry-out only, so plan on having a picnic outside or in your car and bring cash because they don’t take cards. The staff is friendly and they keep things moving quickly, which is good because they always stay busy! Visit http://www.priceschickencoop.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prices-Chicken-Coop/114197088604890?fref=ts.

Atherton Market (2104 South Blvd.)

This farmer’s market features everything from meat and veggies to bath soaps and cookware. You’ll love the variety of local vendors, all of whom are friendly and enthusiastic about their goods. Like any farmer’s market, you’ll want to bring a bag from home to carry your purchases and plenty of cash since some vendors don’t take credit cards. Try to get there early too because the most popular items will go fast. Did I mention this market is indoors? So they’re there every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, rain or shine. Visit https://www.facebook.com/athertonmillandmarket.

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Top 5 Reasons to Live in Charlotte’s Dilworth Neighborhood

Dilworth, Charlotte’s first streetcar suburb, is located just outside of Uptown and is home to the largest hospital in the area, CarolinasDilworth Neighborhood Charlotte
Medical Center. There are lines of mature oak trees and sidewalks that give the neighborhood a friendly, homey feel but there are plenty of conveniences too. Located along the corridor of East Blvd. are many shops, restaurants and offices.

Living options in Dilworth are plentiful. Most prominent in this area are the adorable bungalow homes with front porches, some of the most beautiful Charlotte residential real estate you will find. In addition, there are numerous buildings leasing condos of varying sizes and townhome rental properties as well.

The best way to find a great rental property in this area is to work with a real estate agent in Dilworth or a property manager in Dilworth. From older homes with tons of character to the Atherton Lofts with incredible high ceilings, there is a perfect rental property for everyone.

Want to know what there is to do and see in Dilworth, and why it’s a great place to live? We could go on and on but here are our top five reasons to live in Dilworth:

Paper Skyscraper (330 East Blvd.)Dilworth Charlotte NC Paper Skyscraper

Voted Charlotte’s “Best Gift Store” by the Charlotte Observer , this store has a little bit of everything, including candles and bath products, toys and games, home décor, cards and stationery and an extensive collection of books. The staff is friendly and always willing to make suggestions or help you find that perfect gift and they’ll even ship your gift for your friends and family that are out of town. Visit http://www.paperskyscraper.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paper-Skyscraper/62063430238?fref=ts.

Toast of Dilworth (2400 Park Rd.)

This is the kind of restaurant that will keep you coming back time and again. The food is fresh and unique and unlike a lot of places these days, that makes it easy to eat healthy. For breakfast, try the Sunrise Burrito with egg whites, brie and avocado. Or if you’re feeling more decadent, try the banana and peanut butter stuffed French toast. They’re open for lunch and dinner too or you can just stop in for a martini or glass of wine. You won’t soon forget the service either because all the waiters work every table and their service is super-fast. Check them out at http://toastcafeonline.com/dilworth or https://www.facebook.com/ToastCafeDilworth.

 

Wine & Design (1419 East Blvd., Suite J)

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If you’re looking for something unique and fun for your next date or girls’ night out, you definitely want to try Wine & Design. Check out the various classes on their website, sign up and then bring your own favorite beverage with you the night of the class. They provide the apron, paint, easel, brushes, canvas and even a corkscrew and cups for your wine. Even if you’ve never done something artistic in your life, you’ll go home with a masterpiece thanks to their awesome instructors. Visit http://www.wineanddesignus.com or https://www.facebook.com/winedesignclt.

Dilworth Billiards (300 E. Tremont Ave.)

Everything at Dilworth Billiard’s is old, but in a good way. The atmosphere gives you that “good ol’ local pub” feeling with the wood floors, antique pool tables and walls of antique memorabilia. They don’t serve food but there is a bar and you are allowed to bring in your own food. The best part though is the beautiful outdoor patio/garden area, complete with fountains and a koi pond. It is a membership club so you will have to fork up $20 to join but it is well worth it. Visit http://www.dilworthbilliards.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/DilworthBilliards.

Dowd YMCA (400 E. Morehead St.)

You may have been to a YMCA before but this one has got everything. Tons of workout equipment, several racquetball courts, two indoor pools, three gyms, group exercise classes and men’s and women’s locker rooms that have saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzis and even separate workout areas. But that’s not all, there’s also a dry cleaner, a barber, a pro shop and a restaurant on-site. The staff is very friendly and are always willing to help or even offer an impromptu tour and there’s free Wi-Fi and towel service too. Of course, being a Christian organization, there is a chapel on-site, but they also have baskets of inspirational bible verses by the doors, a nice touch. Check them out at http://www.ymcacharlotte.org/branches/dowd or https://www.facebook.com/DowdYMCA.

Arguably one of Charlotte’s most sought-after neighborhoods, Dilworth offers convenience, suburban amenities, and neighborhood storefronts. If you’re interesting in living in Charlotte’s Dilworth neighborhood, we don’t blame you. We know the ins and outs of the neighborhood, and we’re on-hand and ready to help you find the best places to live. If you’re looking to rent, buy, or sell, we’re here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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Jennifer Baxter is a freelance writer who lives in the Lake Norman area. Have a story idea or project you need help with? Contact her at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jennifer-baxter/22/74a/520

Top Five Reasons to Live in Charlotte’s Fourth Ward

The downtown area of Charlotte known as “Center City” or “Uptown,” is divided into four wards by the intersection of Fourth Ward Charlotte NC Trade St. and Tryon St. Fourth Ward is the area that lies to the North of this intersection. This historic neighborhood is home to Discovery Place, as well as several historic churches, including St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and First Presbyterian Church.

Currently, homes in the Fourth Ward include high rise buildings leasing condos, and townhome rental properties that start at about $250k. There are also many beautiful and ornate Victorian residential real estate properties. If you don’t already have a realtor or a property manager in the Fourth Ward, contact us today to find your rental property in the Fourth Ward!

So why should you want to live in the Fourth Ward? Here are the top five reasons:

Discovery Place (301 N. Tryon St.)

Whether you’re a child or just a child at heart, you will love this interactive, hands-on museum. With exhibits on everything from biology to architecture and everything in between, there’s something for everyone. Project Build is a particularly cool exhibit where you can build your own buildings and of course, the aquarium and rainforest are always fun. Kids can literally get their hands dirty too in the “please touch” exhibits that allow them to touch certain sea creatures. There’s also an IMAX theatre on-site that shows beautiful nature movies, and on occasion, a mainstream new release. Tickets are pretty affordable too, with adults being $12 and children $10. IMAX does add a small extra cost but you won’t want to miss it. Visit www.discoveryplace.org or https://www.facebook.com/DiscoveryPlace.

Roxbury Nightclub (116 W. 5th St.)

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If you want to party like it’s 1999, this is the place to be. For those who are familiar with Charlotte, the Roxbury is owned by the former owners of the Breakfast Club (a 1980’s-themed nightclub that is now closed). The era of choice may have changed (it’s now 80’s and 90’s), but it is every bit as entertaining. It’s a wonderful blast from the past, not just with the music, but also with the old TV shows and commercials that play on the TV’s in the club. There’s also a room filled with old arcade games and an outdoor patio area. Even though there are two floors though, it is still a little small and can get packed quickly, so be sure to get there early and avoid the line. Visit http://www.roxburynightclub.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/Roxburync.

Miss Brow (A Spa Studio) (127 N. Tryon St.)

No guys, this one isn’t just for us girls. Anyone with unruly eyebrows will want to see the ladies at Miss Brow. They work quickly and their work is crazy accurate, resulting in eyebrows that look literally perfect. Although they offer waxing and threading, chances are once you try threading, you’ll be hooked. Pooja, the owner, is very friendly and excellent at what she does. The studio is only open during the week though, so make an appointment on your lunch break or pop in after work since they’re open until 6pm. Visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-Brow-A-Spa-Studio/172610152811141?fref=ts.

Alexander Michael’s Restaurant & Tavern(401 W. 9th St.)

This pub/restaurant is truly a hidden gem. Located in a residential area, it looks like a quaint house on the outside and is just as cozy on the inside. Although it’s a little small, the dim lighting and wood interior give it a homey feel. The menu includes sandwiches, entrees and salads but make sure you try the fried pickles, they’re delicious! The staff is friendly and although they are often crowded, they don’t take long to bring you your food. Try stopping in after a carriage ride or walking tour of the Fourth Ward for a perfect Saturday! Visit http://almikestavern.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/AlMikesTavern.

McColl Center for the Visual Art (721 N. Tryon St.)

If you didn’t take a second look, you would think this was a church. The center, which is located in a neo-gothic church building, has a ton of gallery space featuring art from all types of media. Artists can also complete residencies here with the nine studios available on-site, which makes for a cool bonus during your visit if you can catch one of them in person. The volunteers that work here are always very pleasant and well-educated about the exhibits and admission is free so it’s great for those on a budget! Visit http://www.mccollcenter.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/McCollCenterNC.

 

It’s no surprise with gems like those that Charlotte’s Fourth Ward is sought after for buyers and renters alike. Fourth Ward is one of the premiere neighborhoods in Charlotte, and it’s where we work and play every day. If you’re interested in learning more about renting, buying or even selling in Fourth Ward, please let us know!

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Jennifer Baxter is a freelance writer who lives in the Lake Norman area. Have a story idea or project you need help with?  Contact her at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jennifer-baxter/22/74a/520

Top 5 Reasons to Live in Charlotte’s Third Ward

The downtown area of Charlotte known as “Center City” or “Uptown,” is divided into four wards by the intersection of Trade St. and Third Ward Charlotte NCTryon St. Third Ward is the area that lies to the West of this intersection. This diverse neighborhood is home to the Bank of America Stadium and the Knight Theatre, as well as the expansive mixed-use neighborhood, Gateway Village. The neighborhood features offices, shops, restaurants and over 500 residential real estate properties.

Currently, there are many hi-rise buildings leasing condos, as well as a variety of unique rental properties such as the urban-feeling Gallery Lofts. There are also future plans for more residential real estate developments and a major transportation hub called Gateway Station that will house a Greyhound bus stop, Amtrak train station, Lynx stops and a CATS bus stop. If you don’t already have a realtor or a property manager in Third Ward, contact us today to find your rental property in the Third Ward!

Wondering if you should live here? Here our top five reasons to live in Charlotte’s Third Ward:

VBGB Beer Garden (920 Hamilton St.)

Located in the NC Music Factory, this cool little bar is a secret treasure. Not only is there a large selection of craft and local beers, but there’s also plenty of seats, both indoors and out, and plenty of parking outside as well. You won’t find a gourmet menu here, but you will find delicious pretzels (make sure to dip them in the beer cheese!), hot dogs, burgers and nachos that will satisfy your beer food cravings. There are even some healthier options like quinoa salad and edamame if you’re not feelin the grease. There’s no formal wait service either; you order your drinks at the bar and your food at a walk-up window, but I think that’s what gives this place its charm. There are plenty of board games to play at your table or if you’re feeling “larger than life,” try the life-size Jenga or Connect Four on the patio. But the best surprise of them all? The ice rail going down the bar that keeps your beer nice and frosty. Now that’s smart. Visit http://vbgbuptown.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/VBGBUptown.

The Fillmore (1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.)

Also located in the NC Music Factory, The Fillmore is a great place to see your favorite bands and performers play in a setting that is more intimate than an arena or outdoor amphitheater. The ambiance inside has a cool vibe with the wooden floors and crystal chandeliers above, that makes you almost feel like you’re listening to an impromptu concert at someone’s house. Someone’s very large house, that is. The bathrooms are big so there’s usually no wait (important for us ladies) and there’s plenty of free parking nearby. Most importantly, the sound is amazing and because the levels progressively go up, you can pretty much have a good view of the stage from anywhere in the room. Your feet may get tired of standing though, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a wad of cash if you want to drink as they are pretty pricey. Visit http://fillmorecharlottenc.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/FillmoreNC.

Ray’s Splash Planet (215 N. Sycamore St.)

More than just a fitness center, Ray’s Splash Planet is a complete waterpark that is indoors. Want a giant twisty waterslide? They’ve got that. Prefer to lounge and bob around in an inner tube? You can do that too. In fact, they’ve got four other slides and several pools including a current pool and lap lanes. And if you like really getting soaked, be sure to watch for the “meteor showers,” also known as buckets of water that dump over your head when they fill up. There are also numerous fitness classes for adults and special events throughout the year. You don’t want to miss swimming with Santa! It’s an affordable day of fun too, for only $6 for kids and $8 for adults (who are county residents). Visit https://www.facebook.com/rayssplashplanet.

Crave Dessert Bar (500 West 5th St. Suite 120)

Have you ever been out late after a show or a night on the town and thought “I could go for something sweet and decadent”? Or maybe you want just one more drink. Why not both? Crave Dessert Bar is the ultimate late-night stop with enchanting desserts, “small bites” that are perfect for sharing and yummy cocktails. They have gluten-free options and all their beef is organic and grass-fed so you can feel good about indulging. You can even order a hookah at your table with a choice of 15 flavors. Try to get there early though because it can get crowded and you’ll want to grab one of the cozy couches to settle up on. Visit http://www.cravedessertbar.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/cravedessertbar.

Harvest Moon Grille (235 N. Tryon St.)Third Ward Charlote Harvest Moon

The Harvest Moon Grille is the kind of restaurant we could use more of. Using food from the local area (within 100 miles of Charlotte), they support farmers and keep things natural and simple. But don’t think that means boring… everything at the Harvest Moon is kicked up a notch, from the fried chicken to the ribs. They make a lot of ingredients in-house like the gnocchi, cheese and some pasta, and cure their own meats as well. The décor inside matches the simple and natural theme, but the dishes themselves come out of the kitchen so colorful and elegant, you barely want to disturb them to eat. Be sure to check out their cool cooking classes too that happen once a month. Visit http://www.harvestmoongrillecharlotte.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/HarvestMoonGrilleCharlotte.

 

With so much happening so close together, Charlotte’s Third Ward is in-demand. Our local real estate team is here on the ground, ready to make sure you find your dream home. If you’re interested in renting in Charlotte’s Third Ward, or are thinking about buying or selling a home here, or nearby, we’re here to help. Please let us know what we can do for you by contacting us today!

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Top 5 Reasons to Live in Charlotte’s Second Ward

The downtown area of Charlotte known as “Center City” or “Uptown” is divided into four wards by the intersection of Trade St. and Tryon St. Second Ward is the area that lies to the South of this intersection. This neighborhood is home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Charlotte Convention Center and the government district, as well as St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the oldest Catholic church in Charlotte, and Grace A.M.E. Zion Church, one of Charlotte’s oldest African American congregations.

Although a great deal of the Second Ward’s residential buildings were removed during an urban renewal program in the 1960’s, there are currently several hi-rise buildings leasing condos and new residential real estate developments are planned for the future. Because there are not a lot of rental properties currently in this area, if you want to move to the Second Ward, you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled and work with a property manager in Charlotte.

So what are the Top 5 Reasons the Second Ward is an awesome place to live? We thought you’d never ask.

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The Green (400 S. Tryon St.)

This beautiful park is a little piece of nature right in the middle of uptown Charlotte. Inspired by its literary theme, there are large bronze structures of books and poems etched onto unique bronze plaques that resemble pieces of paper casually lying about. There’s plenty of lush grass to picnic on, or benches if you’re in your best business wear. And the kids will love the fountains that look like fish with water spewing from their mouths. In the summer, the park hosts the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival, as well as other free movies and plays throughout the year. Follow on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Green/114728078596020.

 

NASCAR Hall of Fame (400 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.)

It’s four levels of fun and everything a diehard race fan could ever dream of. Ever wanted to be part of a pit crew? Test your skills in the Pit Challenge exhibit. More interested in being behind the wheel? Test your speed on a qualifying lap or drive in a state-of-the-art racing simulator for just a $5 additional fee. You can also “inspect” a car, tour a transporter and of course, check out an array of historical displays and videos. With a huge gift shop and a café to boot, you can easily spend all day here and for $19.95, it’s well worth the money. Visit http://www.nascarhall.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/nascarhall.second ward charlotte nc

 

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte (650 East Stonewall St.)

This ain’t your mama’s theater and that’s exactly how they want it at the Actor’s Theatre. Known for putting on inventive productions that sometimes push boundaries, they are sure to make you laugh, cry and most importantly, thoroughly enjoy yourself. Supporting the community is important to this group too, so they employ local actors and crew members, and even feature local artists on the walls of their lobby. It’s right off the highway and parking is free, so it’s the perfect affordable night out! Visit http://actorstheatrecharlotte.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/ActorsTheatre.

 

Aquavina (435 S. Tryon St.)

If you like seafood but are tired of having it prepared the same old ways, you’ll love Aquavina. They have all the standards… salmon, shrimp, scallops, and some beef and chicken selections for the non-seafood fans. But the real treasure here is in the details. To start with, the house salad isn’t one of those disappointing piles of iceburg lettuce with a few shreds of carrot and a cherry tomato. There are nuts and cranberries and a house dressing that’s both spicy and sweet. And how do you make a couple of old favorites taste divine? Step them up a notch like the lobster mac n’ cheese and shrimp and grits. For dessert, you have to try the pumpkin cheesecake or the banana crème brulee. Get extra napkins though, you may drool a lot. Visit http://aquavina.com/.

 

Childress Klein YMCA (301 S. College St.)

If you’ve ever been to a branch of the YMCA, then you already know what to expect and the Childress Klein branch will not disappoint. There’s a fitness center packed with all the latest nautilus and cardio equipment, an extensive schedule of fitness classes, an indoor pool, two basketball courts and an indoor track. In addition to these YMCA staples, this branch has a pro shop and a fitness bar that’s open for breakfast, lunch and snacks. There are also masseuses on-site and free Wi-Fi. If you want to take your workout to the next level, check out the personal training services and nutrition counseling. And because rates are now based on income, it’s affordable for everyone. Visit http://www.ymcacharlotte.org/childressklein or https://www.facebook.com/centercityymcas.

 

With a quality of life like this, it’s no small wonder why it’s hard to find great spots to live in Charlotte’s Second Ward. Luckily, knowing the local real estate here is literally our business. If you’re interested in renting in Second Ward, or even buying or selling a home here, we’ve got you covered. Please let us know how we can help by contacting us today!

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Jennifer Baxter is a freelance writer who lives in the Lake Norman area. Have a story idea or project you need help with?  Contact her at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jennifer-baxter/22/74a/520

Top 5 Reasons to live in Charlotte’s First Ward

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The downtown area of Charlotte known as “Center City” or “Uptown,” is divided into four wards by the intersection of Trade St. and  Tryon St. First Ward is the area that lies to the East of this intersection. This neighborhood is home to the uptown campus of UNC Charlotte as well as The Epicentre, a popular hotspot loaded with great restaurants, bars, a movie theater and a bowling alley.

First Ward contains a variety of real estate including remodeled bungalows and newly constructed single family homes, as well as rental property options including leasing condos and townhomes. There are also new Charlotte residential real estate communities planned in the First Ward, including an extensive urban village that will consist of at least eight blocks of apartments, offices, restaurants and stores once completed.

If that’s not enough reasons to start looking up real estate agents in First Ward, here are our five best reasons to live in Charlotte’s First Ward:

 

Mortimer’s Café & Pub (210 E. Trade St, Suite C 148)

If you’re looking for a great neighborhood bar with awesome food, this is where you want to be. The menu will make your mouth water just reading it and includes a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, paninis, pitas and wraps. If you’re in the mood for something light, try Blaine’s Asian Chicken Wrap with cucumbers, mandarin oranges and wontons. Or if you want to go all out, order the Disco Fries, covered with brown gravy and melted provolone. There’s live music on Tuesday and Friday nights and the staff is fun and friendly. Their motto says they’re working to preserve old fashioned service, and that’s exactly what they do. Visit http://www.mortimerspub.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/MortimersPub.

 

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (130 N. Tryon St.)

The center for all things cultural, the Blumenthal has live music, comedians, dance and Broadway shows. From Wicked to Blue Man Group and everything in between, you can catch all the hottest events right where you live. There are several theaters including the largest, the Belk Theater, which holds 2,100 people and offers an excellent view from every seat in the unique horseshoe layout. Although there is a snack bar in the lobby, check out the nearby restaurants that offer specials or discounts just by showing your event tickets. Visit http://www.blumenthalarts.org or https://www.facebook.com/NCBPAC/.

 

Cosmos Café (300 N. College St.)

They have a menu of over 30 different martinis. Need we say more? Well besides the awesome martinis (like the Dreamsicle or the Sweeteani), the food menu is equally pleasing, ranging from tapas to full entrees. Particularly yummy choices are the new signature mac n’ cheese (you can add bacon or lobster) and the flank steak salad that is topped with French fries. There are two floors of spacious seating and a dance floor upstairs, so be sure to stop in on Thursday or Saturday night for some hot salsa dancing! Visit http://www.cosmoscafe.com or https://www.facebook.com/CosmosCafeCLT.

 

blis Gift Boutique (100 N. Tryon St.)

Not only do the ladies (the shop is owned by a mother and daughter) at blis offer a great selection of unique gifts, but they will make your experience individualized and pleasant. Beneath shimmering crystal chandeliers, is an array of fabulous gift items ranging from soaps and lotions to food items to stationary. They also offer monogramming for personalized gifts and will gift wrap any item for free. For those unexpected moments when you need a quick gift in a pinch, try their “Desktop Concierge” service and get your order filled ASAP! Visit https://www.blisuptown.com or https://www.facebook.com/blisgiftboutique.

 

Modern Salon & Spa (214 N. Tryon St.)

The ultimate pampering experience conveniently located close to home and work. Modern Salon & Spa is conveniently located in the lobby of the Hearst Tower and has that unmistakable, instantly-relaxing smell of an Aveda salon. Services include haircuts & color, mani/pedi’s, make-up, massages and facials, each taken to a higher level of relaxation. Seriously, the head massage will make you want to fall asleep at the shampoo bowl. And with the added amenities of a café (they even serve beer & wine) and free internet, it is the perfect spot for your next lunch break. Visit http://www.modernsalonandspa.com or https://www.facebook.com/modernsalonandspahearsttower.

 

As you can imagine, First Ward is a popular hotspot so good rentals are tough to find (particularly higher-end condos) and rents can escalate quickly without proper representation. If you’d like to live in First Ward or are thinking of buy/selling in the area, please contact us today!

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Jennifer Baxter is a freelance writer who lives in the Lake Norman area. Have a story idea or project you need help with?  Contact her at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jennifer-baxter/22/74a/520

Top 5 Reasons to Live in NoDa

“NoDa” is Charlotte’s historic arts district and one of the city’s most popular places to live. It is named after North Davidson, the street around which the neighborhood is centered. The community that was once a bustling textile mill village was revamped in the 1990’s into a community for the arts. In addition to a unique mix of original mill buildings and new construction, the area is now home to an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, shops, music venues and art galleries. Although there are a hundred different reasons to live in this exciting community, here are a few of the top ones:

 

Amelie’s French Bakery (2424 N. Davidson St.)

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This bakery is to die for, plain and simple. With a menu that includes French pastries, homemade breads, savory soups and handcrafted coffee beverages, there’s something to satisfy every palate. The salted caramel brownie is a must have (they make their own caramel in-house) and for those of you non-coffee drinkers, try the lavender lemonade. It’s as wonderfully weird as it sounds. The ambiance is equally enchanting, think Starbucks crossed with your Grandma’s living room. The blue walls are covered in French paintings and seating ranges from bistro sets to comfy couches. There are several areas to dine in, but it is always crowded, so try to get there early. And for all you night owls, it’s open 24 hours a day. Visit http://www.ameliesfrenchbakery.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/AmeliesFrenchBakery.

 

 

The Dog Bar (3307 N. Davidson St.)

Want to have a beer and watch the game but don’t want to leave your four-legged friend at home all alone? Now you don’t have to. The Dog Bar provides a fun and safe off-leash environment for your dog to run and play with his new friends, either in the climate-controlled indoor play area or outdoors on the Astroturf patio. The patio has a misting system in the summer and is enclosed and heated in the winter, so your dog will be comfy year-round. Although there’s no food served on-site, there’s plenty of take-out menus and lots of drink specials (try the spiced moonshine and the Stoli hot bloody mary’s). They’ll even throw your pooch (or you) a birthday party with all the trimmings. Memberships are only $10/year and worth every penny. Visit http://www.dogbarcharlotte.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/DogBarCharlotte.

 

Ruby’s Gift (3204 N. Davidson St.)

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Ruby’s Gift is the perfect place to find a unique gift for your loved one. In fact, that’s part of the story behind the shop’s name. Owner, Patricia Snow, wanted to fill her shop with diverse, one-of-a-kind items from local artists. But beyond that, she wanted to celebrate diversity, a lesson she says that was taught to her by her Aunt Ruby. This shop is overflowing with trinkets from jewelry to pottery, clothing to candles and everything in between. Prices are surprisingly affordable and kids even have their own area to play and draw in while you shop! Visit http://www.rubysgift.com or https://www.facebook.com/RubysGift.

 

Tasty-Yo (3116 N. Davidson St.)

This frozen yogurt shop is not only good for you, it’s good for the environment. The all natural yogurt is offered in two flavors every day; one that changes and the standard “tart” flavor (hard to describe, but it’s GOOD). Toppings are plentiful and include condensed milk, homemade granola and fresh fruit from the local farmer’s market, chopped into just the right size pieces for your sundae. The staff is super friendly and the shop, super cozy with a comfy couch, frees Wi-Fi and local art on the walls. Plus all the paper products are recycled and the spoons and cups are biodegradable, so there’s no need to feel guilty. Visit http://www.tasty-yo.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/TastyYoCLT.

 

Cabo Fish Taco (3201 N. Davidson St.)

If you love Mexican food, you’ll love Cabo Fish Taco. Located in the historic Hand Pharmacy building, they serve up a unique twist of traditional Mexican dishes mixed with fare typical of Baja style restaurants in Southern California. The result? Delicious creations like the Cabo Signature Tacos, available with 7 different fillings, including delectable beer-battered fish and shrimp. There’s a plentiful selection of cocktails, including budget-friendly $4 tequila shots and $5 margaritas. But it’s a popular spot and there’s often a line, so be prepared to wait. Visit http://www.cabofishtaco.com or https://www.facebook.com/CaboFishTacoNoda.

 

Charlotte residents love living in NoDa, but because of the vibrant nightlife, gallery crawls and myriad of things to do, rental properties and “For Sale” real estate goes fast.  If you’re considering living in NoDa, contact us today to see what may be available to buy or rent in this awesomely artistic area of Charlotte.
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Jennifer Baxter is a freelance writer who lives in the Lake Norman area. Have a story idea or project you need help with?  Contact her at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jennifer-baxter/22/74a/520

Packing Tips for a Short Term Move

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Moving isn’t rocket science but it is hard work. Any successful move (meaning reasonably stress-free with no lost or damaged possessions) always involves good planning and careful packing. The key to any move is to not pack and move anything that you don’t want in your new home. Packing and moving clutter is physically and financially exhausting. The more unwanted items you purge, the happier you will be in your new home.

Clean everything before packing. After being sealed in a box, dirty clothes, a sticky high chair tray or a crusted dog dish will be even dirtier, sticker or crustier!

A short term or intermediate move brings added challenges and your packing strategy will be different than for a long-term move. Adding children and pets into the equation increases the need for careful planning.

Simplicity Organizers offers these tips to make your short term move as smooth as possible.

Understand what is provided in the temporary quarters. If you don’t need window treatments, don’t bring them. Do the showers have doors or do you need a shower curtain? Is wireless internet provided or do you need your own router?

Anything you bring to your temporary location that you don’t need is simply clutter. If you’re moving to Hawaii, you won’t need your winter clothes. If you’re moving to an urban setting with no private outdoor space, you won’t need the kiddy pool.

If you allow adequate time to sort, purge and pack, you’ll make good decisions about what to take. It’s when the movers are showing up in a few days and you’ve not packed a single box that panic overcomes reason. Allow plenty of time to assess what you really need for the next phase and plan to purge or store the rest.

Children and Pets

If your children are old enough to understand and cooperate, give them each a small moving box or a lidded plastic container and permission to fill it with whatever they desire. Give them several days to make their decisions. Be prepared to augment their selections when you know they’ve omitted things they’ll not only want, but need.

Clearly mark boxes of children’s special things so they can be unpacked first.

Children’s clothing is quickly outgrown or worn out so don’t feel compelled to pack a huge amount. You can replenish as needed in person or online.
Pets are often unnerved by a move so be certain their collar tags and/or microchip information is updated. Have their beds, crates, bowls and toys marked for priority unpacking. Consider boarding your pet for a day or two upon arrival in your new location. You’ll need to establish a relationship with a new vet or kennel and this might be a good time to do it.

On Technology

Scan all important documents and back up your computer to a thumbdrive or external harddrive. There is never a good time for your computer to crash, but in the midst of a move is a particularly bad one. Searching in boxes for paper documents will be frustrating.

Consider renter’s insurance. Your temporary quarters may require it but even if they don’t, it can provide affordable peace of mind. You might decide it’s not necessary but at least make an informed decision.

With careful planning, your temporary move can go smoothly. But a temporary move means another move is in the not-to-distant future. Make note of what worked and what didn’t and use that knowledge to your advantage next time around.