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Safe, Affordable Neighborhoods in Charlotte in 2024

Living in Charlotte? North Carolina’s biggest city offers friendly neighborhoods with affordable housing, great schools, low crime rates, and more. If you’re moving to Queen City, here are five safe and affordable neighborhoods to consider!

Ballantyne West

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  • Home Price: $296,475 median purchase price; $1,034 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 80% of Charlotte neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Families

Right up against the South Carolina border, the Charlotte neighborhood of Ballantyne West is a popular area with plenty to do! Fun community events like the monthly Ballantyne Book Club and Markets at 11 bring residents of this Charlotte neighborhood together. Most residents think of Ballantyne West as a mini-city because the neighborhood has an abundance of dining and nightlife options, as well as great employment opportunities. In fact, Ballantyne Corporate Park is a 535-acre, internationally-recognized campus that houses multiple Fortune 500 companies—including Wells Fargo, Brighthouse Financial, and Cigna—as well as other major employers like ESPN and Synchrony Financial.

Things to Do in Ballantyne West

Spend the day shopping in and around Ballantyne West at Ballantyne Village or Blakeney Town Center. Become a member at Ballantyne Country Club and spend the day golfing or relaxing in the pool. Go fishing with the family, watch the kids swing from the monkey bars, or go for a jog at Elon Park. Attend weekly fitness classes, enjoy a picnic, or bike the trails at Ballantyne’s Backyard. Get classic diner-inspired Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Biscuits & Gravy, or a Western Omelet at Big View Diner. Taste Belgian Liege Waffle breakfast favorites like The Deluxe, Slowberry Cobbler, or The Lumberjack at Cast Iron Waffles. Have date night at Gallery Restaurant in The Ballantyne Hotel and order a bottle of wine with hearty entrees such as an 8oz Cab Filet Mignon, Butternut Squash Risotto, or Lamb Loin. Or feast on Italian favorites like Calamari Fritti, Ricotta Ravioli, or Eggplant Parmigiana at Oggi Ristorante Italiano.

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Barclay Downs

  • Home Price: $531,900 median purchase price; $1,241 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 64% of Charlotte neighborhoods
  • Perfect for: Families, retirees

Once part of a 3,000-acre farm owned by a former North Carolina governor, Barclay Downs has since transformed into one of the best neighborhoods in Charlotte! With its spacious apartments and Mid-Century Modern houses, as well as its great nearby schools like Alexander Graham Middle School and Selwyn Elementary School, Barclay Downs is a popular area for families. And while the neighborhood is somewhat removed from Uptown Charlotte, there are plenty of great restaurants, trendy shops, community spots like the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, and fun things to do within the area.

Things to Do in Barclay Downs

Grab your lawn chair and listen to the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra play at Symphony Park. Spend the day shopping at major retailers and local businesses at SouthPark Mall. Treat yourself to a Deep Cleansing Facial or Lash Lift at Toska Spa. Hike, search for turtles in the creek, and explore the Isaac Newton Alexander Grist Mill Ruin along the Briar Creek Greenway. Sample Mediterranean street food like Israeli Hot Chicken, Chicken SpanikoPita, Stuffed Avocado Bowl, or make your own bowl at YAFO Kitchen. Get your fill of Tex-Mex at Paco’s Tacos & Tequila by ordering Chili Con Queso, Beef Enchiladas, or Outlaw Steak Fajitas while sipping on a Pineapple Mint Margarita. Dine on French delicacies like Steak Tartare, Maine Crab Cake, or Holland Dover Sole at Bentley’s Restaurant. Or take a seat in locally-owned Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse to enjoy Grilled Salmon, Grouper Tacos, or Baby Back Ribs.


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  • Home Price: $322,700 median purchase price; $1,426 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 91% of Charlotte neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families

Chantilly is one of the best neighborhoods in Charlotte—especially for younger residents. As a quiet residential neighborhood, Chantilly has plenty of housing options, from Contemporary apartments to quirky bungalows, and is perfect for young professionals to use as a home base. Plaza Midwood and Elizabeth are just a few blocks away for food and shopping, and Uptown Charlotte is only a ten-minute drive for fun nightlife. Plus, U.S. Route 74 runs along the northern border of the neighborhood, making it easy to get anywhere else in the city.

Things to Do in Chantilly

Walk your dog or play a game of table tennis at Chantilly Park. Attend the latest concert, comedy show, or popular musicals like Wicked and ballets like Cinderella at Bojangles’ Coliseum. Check out a local car show, wedding show, trade shows, and other unique events at The Park Expo & Conference Center. Visit the Mint Museum on nearby Randolph Road to see rotating exhibits showcasing art and design. Attend neighborhood events like the Street Clean Up or Hilly Chantilly 5K. Start your morning with a Blueberry Lemon Muffin and a Macchiato, or pick up an Orange Creamsicle Cake to go at Villani’s Bakery. Savor Southern Style Chili, Lupie’s Burger, or a Club Sandwich at Lupie’s Cafe. Dig into Mexican dishes like The Chimichanga, Taco Plate, or Southwestern Burrito at The Tipsy Burro Saloon & Cantina. Or get your acai fix with a Rainbow Bowl, Brazil Bowl, or Berry Fruity Bowl at Rico’s Acai.

Providence Crossing

  • Home Price: $399,225 median purchase price; $366 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 89% of Charlotte neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Families

Providence Crossing is a top neighborhood in Charlotte and a great place for families to settle down, thanks to its excellent safety rating! Located off I-485 in southeast Charlotte, Providence Crossing has a true suburban feel but still offers easy access to the metro and nearby towns of Matthews, Waxhaw, and Pineville. This family-friendly Charlotte area is full of gorgeous Colonial-inspired homes brimming with character, as well as great schools like Polo Ridge Elementary School, Jay M. Robinson Middle School, and Rea Farms STEAM Academy. It’s not uncommon to see kids playing outside and families walking their dogs on the winding roads of this safe, affordable Charlotte neighborhood!

Things to Do in Providence Crossing

Let the kids’ creative side shine by signing them up for art classes at Small Hands Big Art. Watch your child express themselves through dance or sign yourself up for an adult class at Steps N Motion. Attend events like Movie Night once a month or Music on the Green every Friday and Saturday during the summer at Promenade on Providence. Play 18 holes, hit the gym, or sign up for a tennis lesson when you join the Providence Country Club. Make a reservation at The Porter’s House and order Sauteed Chicken or Pan Seared Scallops paired with Mashed Potatoes or Collard Greens. Try the Loaded Tater Tots, Buffalo Chicken Roll, or Mushroom Swiss Burger at DB’s Tavern. Visit Ilios Noche for Greek and Italian favorites like a Lamb Burger, Mediterranean Grilled Striped Bass, or Chicken Parmesan. Or satisfy your sweet tooth with a Chocolate Oreo Cupcake, Strawberry Cake, or a piece of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cream Pie from Sweet Stuff By Leslie.

Sardis Woods

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  • Home Price: $187,850 median purchase price; $1,316 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 69% of Charlotte neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Sardis Woods is an affordable Charlotte neighborhood located about 20 minutes southeast of Uptown Charlotte. Nearby parks like James Boyce Park and McAlpine Creek Park offer residents fun playground and picnic areas, and even a dog park! The proximity of these parks gives plenty of opportunity for watching wildlife and walking in nature. Area schools like Charlotte Christian School and The Fletcher School are also available for families who want their kids to attend classes close to home. If you’re looking for a quiet neighborhood bordered by the fun amenities—including lots of businesses along Monroe Rd—the Sardis Woods neighborhood is a perfect fit!

Things to Do in Sardis Woods

Buy tickets for a blockbuster movie and get dining options from the kitchen and bar delivered right to your seat at Cinemark Movie Bistro Charlotte. Take the kids to swim lessons or swim team, or sign yourself up for the adult Masters training program at MSA Swim. Hike, bike, run the cross country course, or search for 188 different bird species documented along the McAlpine Creek Greenway. Drop the kids off for a Parents Night Out, check out Summer Camps, or enjoy Open Gym time at Perfect Balance. Sample an extensive selection of wing flavors like Georgia Red, Honey Gold, and Chili Rush at Chex Grill & Wings. Devour Brazilian dishes like the X-Tudo, Coxinha de Frango, or Bolinha de Carne at BR Cafe. Savor delicious Indian entrees like Chana Masala, Lamb Biryani, or Butter Chicken at Royal Biryani. Or try Nepali and Thai cuisine like Tofu Delight, Jhaneko Dal, and Gulabi Chicken at Everest Bistro.


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Mike Beutler is a writer and digital content specialist who transitioned to self storage in 2020 after several years in the airline industry. His travels cultivated a passion for exploring cities across the U.S. and abroad and inspired him to learn more about practical insights for urban living. With 14 moves under his belt, both locally and cross-country, he also has a passion for minimalism and organization, and sharing tips to help others make any space feel like home while staying organized.