Charlotte, North Carolina, boasts many vibrant neighborhoods, but one to get to know is Elizabeth. To help you get to know your Charlotte neighborhoods, this article shares some of Elizabeth’s history as well as what you can expect of this charming area today.
Founded in 1891, Elizabeth is the city’s second-oldest streetcar suburb. Just outside of 277 and bordering Uptown’s First Ward, this neighborhood developed around the Elizabeth Avenue-Hawthorne Lane-Seventh Street trolley line. This Charlotte neighborhood is named for the Elizabeth college that was founded in 1897 where you’ll now find Presbyterian Hospital.
Today, Elizabeth is recognized as “a really charming mostly residential area that is very walkable and just a short drive to pretty much everything Charlotte has to offer,” according to Saussy Burbank agent Kim Claxton. She’s responsible for our two upcoming properties going on sale soon in the neighborhood. But more on those later.
Charlotte’s Got A Lot describes Elizabeth as “warm and welcoming, striking just the right balance between hustle-and-bustle and a low-key, relaxed energy.” It’s also “an inviting enclave known for its distinct character.” The proximity to Uptown on one side and Plaza Midwood on another helps this “quaint and historic neighborhood” feel even more vibrant.
Independence Park is a sprawling 24-acre park in the neighborhood and the city’s oldest municipal park. The park was actually the idea of Charlotte Observer founder D.A. Tompkins. Elizabeth itself is also very pedestrian-friendly, but you’ll also find a lot of biking paths through this Charlotte neighborhood.
That means there are many ways for kids to get to school at Elizabeth Traditional or Piedmont International Baccalaureate Middle School or the nearby Eastover Elementary, Chantilly Montessori, or Randolph Middle.
Residents also enjoy close proximity to the main campus of Central Piedmont Community College. Any fans of comic books and graphic novels will certainly be happy to be able to walk down Pecan Avenue to Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find which has been in business since 1980.
Let’s start with your stomach. If you want to get out to enjoy good eats, you’ll want to visit some of these Elizabeth favorites:
Regrettably, the beloved Earl’s Grocery recently closed its doors, but it’s due to be replaced by People’s Market. Just down the road now you can find the new location for the English Pub, Big Ben’s. Another option? Claxton’s fine dining favorite in Elizabeth is The Fig Tree; she recommends the grouper.
For nightlife, you’ll want to check out the Visulite Theatre’s calendar of events. This live music venue hosts a wide range of bands throughout the year.
The neighborhood boasts a number of fun annual events too. These include:
Yet, Elizabeth is best known in Charlotte for its Halloween tradition. The Great Pumpkin Wall draws visitors from throughout the city to see all of the pumpkins carved by neighborhood residents.
Saussy Burbank has been building in desirable neighborhoods throughout the Carolinas since 1989. So, of course, we have properties in Elizabeth too.
Our Vail Towns project is already under construction and the homes in the two duet buildings will be released for sale in early 2022. These nicely appointed townhomes will each have three bedrooms and three baths. On the upper level of one set of these three-story townhomes, we’re also building a loft space along with the homeowner’s suite, a laundry room, and a second bedroom.
The Seventh Street townhomes will be a bit smaller, but they are also three-bedroom and three-bath plans. Construction of the 10 townhomes in this project is due to start at the beginning of 2022. The three-story townhomes with covered porches and two-car garages will go on for sale in 2022 too.