Living in Charlotte's Elizabeth neighborhood Including Chantilly and Commonwealth Park

    Charlotte’s Elizabeth community is a fascinating mix of old and new, both historic and modern. The quaint neighborhood just east of Uptown manages to blend the best of the city’s historic character with the hustle and bustle of an urban neighborhood.

    Elizabeth boasts several of the best fine dining restaurants in all of Charlotte, and 7th Street brings commuters to the heart of Uptown in just a few minutes.

    But the Elizabeth neighborhood dates to 1907, one of Charlotte’s first streetcar suburbs. If you know where to look, you can still find signs of that history anywhere. One of the most famous: The concrete “trolley walk” footpath built in the 1910s to allow Elizabeth residents to stroll down to the streetcar line that shuttled people to the center city. Independence Park, built in 1924, also continues to offer a green focal point to the neighborhood.

    Elizabeth’s desirability has only grown with the decades. That growth has spilled into the neighboring Chantilly area. Chantilly is historic in its own right, established in 1913 and reinvigorated in the post-war boom of the late 1940s. Today, Chantilly is a bridge between Elizabeth and Plaza Midwood — and together form a link between Charlotte’s past, present and future.

    Vitals

    Population: 7,680

    Commute distance to Uptown: 10 minutes

    Median age: 33

    Median household income: $76,676

    Median home sales price: $357,838

    Average rent: $1,176

    Things to do in Elizabeth and Chantilly

    Fig Tree. Nestled in a historic home, Fig Tree is arguably Charlotte’s best fine dining establishment. Be sure to try the elk chop. Details.

    The Stanley. A newcomer to Charlotte’s dining scene, The Stanley has already become one of the hottest date night spots in the city behind a James Beard semifinalist chef. Details.

    Bang Bang Burgers. If you’re in the mood for something a little more casual, Bang Bang is considered one of the top burgers in the city. You can go traditional, or get one loaded with ghost pepper cheese or potato hash. Each one is on a handmade brioche bun. Details.

    Earl’s Grocery. This urban provision mecca is a favorite for foodies across the city. You can grab something to go, or stay and savor their soups and sandwiches. Details.

    Elizabeth and Chantilly real estate

    Elizabeth is an officially designated historic district, locking in the neighborhood’s charm for generations to come. Today, the neighborhood is known for its renovated and expanded bungalows. You can also find a wealth of urban townhomes and condos across the Elizabeth neighborhood.

    In neighboring Chantilly, part of the charm is the fact that no two homes look alike. If you look hard enough, you can likely find one of Chantilly’s unique colonial homes in your budget.

    Cover photo by the Elizabeth Community via Facebook.