Southside Park – Charlotte, NC

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 and townhouses 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.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Located within walking distance of the Marriott, Southside Park offers scores of eateries, covering the gamut, ranging from Italian restaurants, Southern cooking, hamburgers, Sushi bars, pizza and more. The Roasting Company focuses on Southern cooking, giving its patrons high-quality service, reasonable prices and favorable food made from fresh ingredients. Yama Asian Fusion has a trendy interior and may have some of the best sushi in town. Patrons particularly like the rainbow roll, crunchy roll, and the extensive regional wine list which includes saki. Growlers Pourhouse has a long list of all-American crafted beers and serves what the owners call "beer food." Think homemade chow that tastes great with beer. The menu includes chips/dips, hot dogs and sausages, and peel-and-eat shrimp. When you enter Jeff's Bucket Shop, it may conjure up memories of walking down a narrow staircase leading into the basement of your best friend's home – probably some of the best times you ever had. Packed on the weekends, karaoke lovers with beer in hand try their best to nail their favorite tune. It has nice drinks at good prices and a friendly staff.

History & Culture

The South Park community sprouted up from what had once been a 3,000-acre farm and the 14,000-square-foot home of Cameron Morrison, the 55th governor of North Carolina from 1921 to 1925. The 14,000-square-foot Tudor Revival home has since been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The birth of the South Place Mall in February 1970 spurred the development of the community, which has a reputation of being a desirable place to live, work and play. Since its original opening, the shopping complex has undergone several renovation and improvements designed to ensure that the complex remains a focal point and evolves along with the rest of the community. Each year, and for a nominal entry fee, patrons can enjoy a series of concerts during the month of June and on Independence Day performed by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at the amphitheater.


Personal vehicles are the best ways to travel in South Park and throughout Charlotte; getting to Interstate 77 and Interstate 485 can be a challenge for those not close by these expressways. The Charlotte Area Transit System operates the number 18 and number 20 bus lines in the community. The LYNX Blue Line Light Rail system connects South Charlotte to Uptown and top destinations, such as the Discovery Place and the 7th Street Public Market. South Park residents can access the light rail line at the Tyvola station located long Old Pineville Road at Grover Road to the south of the business district. For cab service, it’s best to call and schedule a pickup as opposed to attempting to hail one on the street. The fare starts at $2.50, plus an additional $0.50 per one-fifth of a mile. Many residents use Uber as a source of transportation to get around the community and the city. The quality of living in South Park more than compensates for the community’s lack of bike lanes and low walk score.


The cost of living in the community ranks 37 percent higher than the average in Charlotte. A one-bedroom apartment in South Park prices out to an average of $1,283.48 per month. Gas prices average two percent less than the national average. A domestic beer costs about $3 and import brands $4.


In addition to the South Park Mall -- the largest shopping complex in Charlotte -- Phillips Place provides another option for upscale shopping, with its outstanding line up of specialty shops, well-known retailers, boutiques, and home furniture stores. The neighborhood has plenty of independent stores and boutiques, too. Whether it’s jeans or a cocktail dress, the laid-back Scout and Molly’s has a helpful staff ready to assist you as well as an appealing selection of clothing and accessories for any occasion. Earth Fare is a well-organized store popular with residents -- especially for its hot bar and prepared food selection, ideal for busy week nights.


Symphony Park, adjacent to one of the large parking lots at South Park Mall, provides a pleasant place to walk your dog, have a picnic or simply sit on one of the benches to take in some fresh air. Ample parking, long grassy areas, and the Symphony dome suspended over the water make the park an amazing setting for a number of community events and activities. For the active at heart, Freedom Park has just about everything you could expect: multiple playground areas for the kids, tennis courts, jogging trails, and baseball, football and soccer fields. The Harris YMCA also has activities geared toward the young and old, and families. Sign the kids up for sports leagues, cool off in the indoor and outdoor pool, or participate in one of the many exercise classes hosted at the facility. For your dog, check out Rays Fetching Meadow and Davie Dog Park in the south district.
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