Plaza Midwood is one of Charlotte’s historic jewels.
Originally founded in 1903, Plaza Midwood grew up just outside of Uptown Charlotte as a streetcar suburb. The Plaza Midwood area originally rose to prominence in the 1920s during the heyday of Myers Park. Today, Plaza Midwood is a thriving community full of interesting shops, restaurants, and lovingly-restored craftsman homes.
There are few places in Charlotte that offer as much charm for the money as Plaza Midwood. If you’re looking for a lively, trendy neighborhood with historic appeal, Plaza Midwood may be it!
A few of the best features of the Plaza Midwood neighborhood include…
At night and particularly on the weekends, Plaza Midwood comes alive. Restaurants like Dish, Peculiar Rabbit, and Midwood Smokehouse attract tons of Charlotteans and there are a number of great bars and nightspots in PM, too, like SOUL Gastrolounge and Thomas Street Tavern. There’s truly something for everyone here, from the upscale Lulu to the earthy Zada Jane’s.
Central Avenue, in particular, has a plethora of interesting stores to peruse including several vintage shops. Between Green With Envy, City Supply Company, and one of Charlotte’s only African stores, Plaza Midwood is a paradise for window shopping. There are lots of fun hang-out spots, too, including Rita’s custard shop, Nova’s Bakery (which doubles as a coffee shop) and The Wine Palette where you can paint and sip!
The Best Harris Teeter in Town:
Plaza Midwood is home to the original Harris Teeter which was demolished a couple of years ago to make room for the brand’s new flagship store. The just-opened three story HT in Plaza Midwood is highly walkable and features all kinds of cool artistic historical details. There’s a rooftop patio (many of PM’s businesses take advantage of the area’s unbeatable skyline view) as well as a full-sized Starbucks inside.
The entire neighborhood has made a push to become more pedestrian friendly in the last few decades. Aside from the wide sidewalks and street-level entrances, pedestrians and vehicle owners alike can take advantage of Veteran’s Park, a huge 19-acre facility with everything from tennis courts to a walking trail. Nearby Independence Park is also a great place to stroll or take the kids for some games.
Plaza Midwood is nothing if not historic. Many of the area’s homes were built nearly 100 years ago and the area has seen a resurgence of late when it comes to restoration. The historical preservation society ensures all homes in Plaza Midwood stay true to the neighborhood’s original character and many feature porches, large backyards, and established greenery. There are few ‘hoods in Charlotte where you can get more home for your money if you’re looking for charm and walkability.
Proximity to Other Great Areas:
Plaza Midwood is loosely anchored by “The Plaza,” a gorgeous tree-lined street that runs from Parkwood Avenue to Central Avenue. Charlotte Country Club anchors the eastern end of PM while Hawthorne Lane marks the western boundary. Elizabeth, NoDa, Chantilly, and Uptown Charlotte are all just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from Plaza Midwood and most are even walking distance. Commuting from Plaza Midwood to most parts of Charlotte is a breeze between its proximity to 77 and close distance to Uptown.
Like so many parts of Charlotte, Plaza Midwood is slated to expand in a big way over the coming years. With the approval of the city’s streetcar extension, Plaza Midwood residents are looking forward to a new transportation option directly to-and-from Uptown, and there are currently over half a dozen apartment and condo projects going on in the area. If you’re interested in buying in a part of town that’s great and getting better, Plaza Midwood is a safe bet.
On the Move Charlotte is your Plaza Midwood real estate team.
Still have questions about one of Charlotte’s oldest and most charming communities? Contact Leigh Bryant, Michelle Duyck, and John Elliott at 704.516.3318 today to talk about your move to the Plaza Midwood area.
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