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The Queen City: An urban oasis with something for everyone
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Known as the Queen City, Charlotte is North Carolina’s busiest city with over 800,000 residents. Tagged as “Charlotte’s got a lot” by the community, this bustling urban oasis offers diversity, cultural experiences, and endless adventures. From artistic performances to family-friendly events, local eateries, and a vibrant nightlife, Charlotte truly has something for everyone. With access to major highways, public transportation, and proximity to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte is a commuter’s paradise.
Charlotte has earned its spot on countless “Best Places to Live” lists with seemingly endless entertainment options. Enjoy live concerts at the Fillmore Charlotte, explore the NASCAR Hall of Fame, catch a game at NBA’s Spectrum Center, take the family to Discovery Place Science, or ride thrilling rollercoasters at Carowinds.
This major economic hub houses numerous corporate headquarters, including nine Fortune 500 companies. Beyond the high-rises of the central business district and lively entertainment venues, Charlotte’s landscape features a mix of picturesque homes, historic buildings, luxury apartments, and lush greenery. History, southern charm, and urban living await you in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Explore the City
Charlotte's city skyline
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is a popular destination for race fans
The Carowinds Intimidator is one of the country's tallest steel roller coasters
The Duke Energy Center is one of the nation's tallest buildings
As of October 2018, the average apartment rent in Charlotte, NC is $1,128 for a studio, $1,048 for one bedroom, $1,213 for two bedrooms, and $1,428 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Charlotte has increased by 2.6% in the past year.
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Top 10 Apartments in Charlotte
- Solis Ballantyne, Studio - 3 Bed, $1,011 - 2,601
- Horizons at Steele Creek, 1-3 Bed, $1,120 - 1,470
- Aurea Station, 1-3 Bed, $895 - 1,235
- HillRock Estates, 1-2 Bed, $801 - 1,088
- Addison Park, 1-3 Bed, $935 - 2,200
- Tindall Park, 2-3 Bed, $2,650 - 3,875
- 511 Queens, 2-3 Bed, $1,975 - 4,500
- Sycamore at Tyvola, 1-2 Bed, $1,256 - 1,774
- Three30Five, Studio - 3 Bed, $1,215 - 2,795
- Parkland Commons, 1-3 Bed, $920 - 1,644
Living in Charlotte
Thanks to its spread-out layout, Charlotte is more of a driving city than one that relies on public transportation. Still, the city does offer options for those who need to get from their Charlotte apartment to work or to head Uptown to see the latest show at Ovens Auditorium or watch the Panthers play at Bank of America Stadium. The CATS bus system provides convenient routes and schedules for most areas around Uptown. The LYNX Light Rail System offers a quick way to get to Uptown and back without having to worry about dealing with traffic and finding a parking spot in the heart of the city. There are plenty of parking spaces available at each of the light rail’s stations. If you have to get to and from the more outlying areas of the city, you might have a harder time finding public transportation. Cabs are also available, although this mode of transportation isn't the cheapest.
The Queen City offers several shopping centers, including malls and retail plazas, and it isn't hard to find apartments in Charlotte that are close to at least one of them. Malls in the area include the upscale SouthPark Mall and the more affordable Carolina Place Mall in south Charlotte and the Northlake Mall in northwestern Charlotte. Large shopping plazas featuring a mix of big-name department stores and restaurants and smaller, independently owned shops and eateries include RiverGate in southwestern Charlotte, the Arboretum in south Charlotte and the more centrally located Park Road Shopping Center, Carolina Pavilion and Cotswold Village Shops. The SouthPark area also features upscale boutiques and high-end restaurants, while NoDa, or the North Davidson area near Uptown, has several trendy shops that sell clothing, art, home decor and handmade jewelry.
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Charlotte, NC Average Rent by Neighborhood
Apartments in Charlotte rent, on average, for $990 per month for a one-bedroom and $1,120 for a two-bedroom unit. While rent varies, you can expect to pay $1,450 per month for a one-bedroom apartment in a higher-end neighborhood like Myers Park and Uptown Charlotte. In more affordable areas such as Hidden Valley and Windsor Park, average rent is $590 - $680 per month for a one-bedroom apartment.
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