Includes areas south of Woodlawn to the South Carolina line. There is Matthews to the south east area and Steele Creek to the South west quadrant with several other areas in between including SouthPark, Foxcroft, Ballantyne, Blakeney, Providence/Arboretum, Piper Glen, Pineville, as well as Weddington, Marvin Ridge and Waxhaw in Union County.
Ballantyne/Blakeney – located at the southern tip of Mecklenburg county bordering the SC line and Union County line to the east. It is a suburban community developed during the 1990’s from over 2000 acres. It has experienced tremendous growth with a variety of shopping, dining, and hotels. The housing ranges from condos and townhomes to single family residences. It is also home to the Ballantyne Country Club and the 5 star Ballantyne Hotel and Spa. Tremendous growth has occurred due to the addition of multiple corporate office parks and award winning schools. The area is convenient to the interstate for easy access to Uptown and South Carolina.
Pineville– This town has kept its small town feel with its historic downtown featuring antique shops and restaurants and an estimated 7000 residents. Yet it is located in the very convenient area of south Charlotte close to the SC line as well as the interstate for easy commutes to just about anywhere in Charlotte. Its home to Carolina Place Mall as well as multiple strip malls.
SouthPark – This upscale area was once a 3000 acre farm and now incorporates one of the largest business districts in Charlotte. The Southpark mall is one of the largest malls in NC and has the most high end retailers in one place for shopping including Hermes, Louis Vitton, Burberry, Tiffany’s, among many others. The American Doll store is also very popular with the young generation! There are also great restaurants including the Cheesecake Factory (always packed), Maggiano’s, and Reid’s as well as Cowfish in the shops adjoining the parking lot. There is other great shopping and restaurants in the area as well including Phillips Place (also has a movie theater) to Piedmont Row, a mixed use development.
Infill developments are planned to further expand the area with mixed use development at the corner of Sharon Rd and Colony as well as Morrison and Sharon Rd. Another area just down the road at Providence and Fairview has been torn down to build another mixed use development.
Providence/Arboretum-located in the Southern corrider of Providence Rd north of Union County is a heavily developed area with many single family neighborhoods and golf course communities including Raintree Country Club and Providence Country Club. The area has great shopping , restaurants and entertainment scattered throughout for easy family convenience. Much of the area was developed in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The Arboretum shopping center is located at Providence and Hwy 51 and features over 80 shops, restaurants, and service shops.
Matthews-this town started as a tiny 1 mile town that has since grown to 14 square miles with a population of over 26000 residents. It is located in the eastern boundary of south Charlotte with a diverse mix of housing to fit all economic brackets. It has grown to include the corporate headquarters for Harris Teeter, Family Dollar Store, and Intelicoat. Central Piedmont’s Levine Campus as wells as Wingate University Matthews Branch are located here and offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees. It has great shopping with lots of retail and restaurants located on Independence as well as Hwy 51.
Weddington-this is one of the closest towns to Charlotte that is located in Union County. Many people moved to this area for lower property taxes and 1 acre or larger homesites. This town was incorporated in 1983 to ensure it wasn’t annexed by the city of Charlotte. It has 11000 acres and only 27 acres are zoned for commercial use. The only shopping center is Weddington Corners Shopping Center(the town center). Most residents love the small town quiet feel and because of the close proximity to Wesley Chapel and Charlotte, feel that they have convenient amenities nearby.
Waxhaw– one of the oldest towns dating back to the 1700’s. Waxhaw derives its name from the Waxhaw Indians who once inhabited the area. Due to the historical significance of the area, they take pride in preserving historic landmarks such as the pedestrian bridge that crosses the railroad tracks. It used to be driven on with cars but now is only used by pedestrians who like to stand on it and watch for trains to pass under it. The area has grown rapidly the past several years with builders building new homes and developments for the many families relocating to the Charlotte area or who’ve moved out from Charlotte looking for a bigger home at an affordable price for their growing family. The area has a quaint old time feel downtown yet is growing quickly with new commercial development including big box stores like Lowe’s and Walmart. YMCA is expected to be built soon as well. Homes consist only of townhomes and single family.