South Park epitomizes the American “edge city” with its dense concentration of business, shopping, and entertainment effectively blended with a diverse housing inventory. Characterized by wide streets and mature oak trees, the neighborhood derives its name from the 1.8-million-square-foot upscale South Park Mall, the hub of the community.
The housing stock ranges from modest 1950s ranch-style dwellings, most of it built in the 1970s and 1980s, to new multimillion dollar homes
in gated communities. The area also has mix-use developments, such as Piedmont Center and Phillips Place, that provide contemporary condominiums
intertwined with office and business spaces.
These characteristics combined with South Park’s entertainment culture enable the neighborhood to accommodate a wide variety of lifestyles, particularly the singles, professionals and young families who desire the quality of living that exemplifies Charlotte’s Uptown community. South Park has the second-largest business district in Charlotte
and ranks among the top five business district in North Carolina. An estimated 40,000 people earn their living from the various entities that have set up shop in the community, including Nucor, National Gypsum, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Consolidated, Maersk, Bank of America Mortgage and J.A. Jones Construction Company.
Located six miles to the south of Uptown in the south district of Charlotte, the neighborhood has somewhat vague boundaries. The intersection of Sharon Road and Fairview Road -- the location of the South Park Mall -- marks its geographical center. The community extends to Park Road to the west, Route 51 to the south, Providence Road to the east, and Meyers Park to the north.