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Safe, Affordable Neighborhoods in Charlotte

Considering living in Charlotte? The biggest city in North Carolina 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

  • Home Price: $296,475 median purchase price; $1,034 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 78% of Charlotte neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Right up against the South Carolina border, the neighborhood of Ballantyne West is a popular area for all ages! Most of the residents consider Ballantyne West its own 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 recognized nationally as a 535-acre campus that headquarters over 30 Fortune 500 companies, including Wells Fargo and Brighthouse Financial, as well as other local major employers Cigna, ESPN, and Synchrony Financial.

Things to Do in Ballantyne West

Spend the day shopping in Ballantyne West at Ballantyne Village or Blakeney Shopping Center. Become a member and spend the day on the green or relax in the pool at Ballantyne Country Club. 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, go on a picnic, or bike the trails at Ballantyne’s Backyard. Read a new book and join the monthly discussions at Ballantyne Book Club. Grab a seat at the counter and enjoy classic diner-inspired Chocolate Chip Pancakes or Biscuits & Gravy at Big View Diner. Go on a date night at Gallery Restaurant in The Ballantyne Hotel and enjoy a bottle of wine with hearty entrees such as an 8oz Filet Mignon or Braised Lamb Shoulder. Or feast on Italian favorites like Calamari Fritti 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: Singles, young professionals, 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 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, a 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. Have fun solving a murder mystery while enjoying a bite to eat at The Dinner Detective. Listen to live music and authentic dishes at the Latin American Festival, North Carolina’s oldest Latin American cultural event. Sample Mediterranean street food like a Falafel Baguette Sandwich, Chicken SpanikoPita, or make your own wrap 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. Enjoy French delicacies like Steak Tartare or a Maine Crab Cake at Bentley’s Restaurant.


Quaint cottage style home in Chantilly. Photo by Instagram user @gwrealestate

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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

Chantilly is one of the most desired 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 only a few blocks away for food and shopping, and Uptown is only a ten-minute drive from fun nightlife.

Things to Do in Chantilly

Take a stroll with your dog or play a game of table tennis at Chantilly Park. Attend the latest concert, comedy show, or popular musicals like Wicked or Blippi The Musical at Bojangles’ Coliseum. Grab a friend and learn how to Contra dance at Charlotte Contra Dancers. Admire artwork on display from local and national artists at Sozo Gallery. Attend one of the several neighborhood events like the Back to School Ice Cream Social or Hilly Chantilly 5K. Start your morning with a Blueberry Lemon Cookie 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 or Southwestern Burrito at The Tipsy Burro Saloon & Cantina. Get your Acai fix with a custom Acai bowl or Berry Bowl at Rico’s Acai.

Plaza Midwood

  • Home Price: $352,425 median purchase price; $1,074 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 66% of Charlotte neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals

Singles and young professionals looking to settle down in the Charlotte area should consider living in the neighborhood of Plaza Midwood. As one of Charlotte’s most pedestrian-friendly areas, this quirky neighborhood offers a vibrant restaurant scene full of barbecue joints, gastropubs, dive bars, and music venues along Central Ave. Younger residents are also drawn to Plaza Midwood because of the affordable apartments, cozy bungalows, and quaint single-family homes dotting the neighborhood.

Things to Do in Plaza Midwood

Shop for unique gifts and vintage finds at Moxie Mercantile, a community-centered boutique. Become one with your mind, body, and soul by taking a yoga class with Okra Yoga. Play a game of tennis with friends or power walk at Veterans Park. Grow fruits, veggies, and herbs at Merry Oaks Community Garden. Get a membership at Charlotte Country Club, where you can spend the day at the pool or hitting balls on the golf course. Get a taste of Ireland at The Workman’s Friend, where you can order Shepard’s Pie or Fish & Chips. Chow down on a Chopped Brisket Sandwich, some Chicken Barbecue, or Saint Louis Style Pork Ribs at Midwood Smokehouse. Head over to Soul Gastrolounge for a night with friends sharing tapas like Fried Meatballs while listening to live music. Sip on a Juicy Jay IPA or Lulu’s Lemonade while attending trivia night with friends at Legion Brewing. Enjoy live music in honky-tonk inspired digs while drinking draft beers and mixed drinks at The Thirsty Beaver Saloon.

Providence Crossing

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

Providence Crossing is a top neighborhood in Charlotte and a great place to settle down in for families, thanks to its excellent safety rating! Located off of I-485 in southeast Charlotte, Providence Crossing has a true suburban feel but still offers easy access to the Charlotte metro and nearby towns of Matthews, Waxhaw, and Pineville. This family-friendly area is full of gorgeous Colonial-inspired homes brimming with character, as well as great schools like Polo Ridge Elementary, 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 classes at Steps ‘N Motion. Listen to live music when you attend Music on the Green every Friday and Saturday at the Promenade on Providence. Play 18 holes, hit the gym, or sign up for a tennis lesson when you join the Providence Country Club. Shop the latest trends in women’s fashion at Erma James Boutique. Have a date night at The Porter’s House, where you can order Rainbow Trout paired with Mashed Potatoes or Heirloom Collard Greens. Try the Loaded Tater Tots, Buffalo Chicken Pizza Rolls, or Mushroom Swiss Burger at DB’s Tavern. Visit Ilios Noche for Greek and Italian favorites like a Lamb Burger or Chicken Parmesan. Or, satisfy your sweet tooth with a Chocolate Oreo Cupcake or piece of Peanut Butter Pie from Sweet Stuff By Leslie.


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