About Uptown

Uptown is an urban neighborhood in Charlotte and is comprised of the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Wards. Charlotte’s downtown area, known as Uptown, is the heart of the city as well as its central business district. The neighborhood's towering skyscrapers are home to countless banking giants and Fortune 500 companies—however, the area offers much more than places to work. With a plethora of trendy restaurants, museums, galleries, performing arts theaters, and several of the city’s professional sports venues, Uptown is a hub of activity full of cultural amenities and exciting entertainment options.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $220,000 to $1,539,000

Closed Prices: $146,000 to $2,250,000

Median Sale Price: $345,000

Average $ per sq ft: $372

Association Fee Ranges: $200/quarter, $70 to $180, $0, $0 to $1694/mo

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1910 to 2021

Sq. Ft.: 458 to 3830 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 5 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 5 Bathrooms

Around Uptown

Uptown is largely known for its luxury high-rise condo buildings that blend in seamlessly with the other skyscrapers in the center of the city. Tucked away on the more quiet edges of Uptown in its Fourth Ward, you’ll find a few low-rise apartment complexes as well as a few single-family homes, including a number of historic Victorians. On account of the desirable location, homes and apartments in Uptown typically come with steep price tags.

Whether you’re looking for fine dining or a local hot spot, there’s no shortage of restaurants in Uptown. The McNinch House Restaurant has been a go-to for Charlotteans for more than 30 years. There, you can enjoy an intimate three-course dinner in a historic Queen Anne-style home built in 1892. Alexander Michael’s is another favorite among locals that’s known for its European pub-like feel and a wide variety of dishes that range from a hearty London Broil sandwich and blackened catfish to blackened chicken over rotini, smothered in a Cajun cream sauce. If you’re looking for dinner with a view, make reservations at a rooftop restaurant that can be found along Trade Street and Caldwell Street.

During the week the sidewalks are flooded with residents making their way around town, while locals and tourists alike take over the streets to explore the city on weekends. Among the city’s lofty skyscrapers, you’ll find historic statues located on each corner of the intersection at Trade and Tryon Streets. These prominent monuments are a nod to Charlotte’s rich history that dates back well before the American Revolution. There are also a number of greenspaces, pocket parks, and public artworks scattered throughout the city. The startling, 17-foot-tall, mirrored Firebird sculpture located outside of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is a must-see.

Friday night can start by grabbing dinner at The Wooden Vine, then catch a show at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center or Belk Theater where you can relish everything from Broadway Musicals to performances by the Charlotte Ballet. Continue the night with cocktails at The Punch Room, a 37-seat speakeasy located on the 15th floor of The Ritz-Carlton. More into sports than theater? Watch the Charlotte Hornets take on an opponent at the Spectrum Center—or, see if the Charlotte Knights are playing at Truist Field. Have post-game drinks across the street at the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel’s rooftop bar, Merchant and Trade.

Head over to 7th Street Public Market and grab a coffee and a bite to eat for breakfast at one of the market’s local eateries. From there, you can make your way to one of the city’s many museums. Visit the Levine Museum of the New South to learn more about Charlotte’s storied past or peruse vibrant works of art from all over the world at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. If it’s football season, make your way over to Graham Street Pub to have a drink before cheering on the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.

Uptown is highly walkable and easy to navigate. Daily errands don’t require a car as there are plenty of retail shops, grocery stores, and pharmacies all within walking distance. For those who prefer to have a car in Uptown, there are plenty of parking lots and decks spread throughout the city, although parking and rush hour traffic can be a pain—especially on Tryon Street, which can often become grid-locked between the hours of 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. As far as public transportation, Uptown is teeming with Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) bus stops, and The LYNX Blue Line Light Rail provides an efficient way to make it from one area of Uptown to another. The light rail stretches to a total of 18.9 miles with 26 stops that connect Uptown to several other Charlotte neighborhoods, including University and South End.

Locals Love

  • Walkable and easy to navigate
  • Access to public transportation
  • Plenty of cultural amenities & entertainment options
  • Lively restaurant & bar scene

Locals Don't Love

  • Limited street parking
  • Rush hour traffic on Tryon Street
  • Higher cost of living

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