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Living in FreeMoreWest Including historic Wesley Heights

A once forgotten link between Uptown and west Charlotte is growing into a true live-work-play hotspot that encapsulates Charlotte’s diversity and character.

FreeMoreWest takes its name from the two thoroughfares that form the crux of the neighborhood: West Morehead Street and Freedom Drive. Today, development is booming along both of them — with trendy restaurants finding space right next to dozens of new apartments. There are even a few new office buildings underway, and greenways criss-cross the neighborhood, whisking residents everywhere they need to go.

The residential neighborhoods surrounding the area are booming as well. Perhaps the best known is Wesley Heights, a historic district first developed in the 1920s. While walking its quiet, tree-lined streets, it’s hard to believe you’re just a 10-minute walk from the heart of Uptown.


Population: 3,350

Commute distance to Uptown: 5 minutes

Median age: 31

Median household income: $68,320

Median home sales price: $218,065

Average rent: $1,074

Map via FreeMoreWest Partners

Things to do in FreeMoreWest

Pinky’s Westside Grill. Featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” this funky hamburger joint is always worth the wait. Don’t forget to start with the fried pickles. Details.

Rhino Market. Linger over a cup of coffee or grab some lunch to go at this chick urban market. You’ve got to try their chicken torta. Details.

Town Brewing Co. A quartet of Charlotte attorneys followed their dreams and started a brewery, giving FreeMoreWest a homegrown hangout. Details.

Enderly Coffee. One of Charlotte’s premier roasters has opened a coffee shop that feels like a second home. Get a cup and grab a bag of beans to go. Details.

FreeMoreWest and Wesley Heights real estate

As a historic district, even newly built homes in Wesley Heights feel like they’re straight out of the early 20th century. On its quiet streets, you can find everything from fixer-upper bungalows under $200,000 to stately rebuilt homes going for $400,000 or more.

There is also a growing condo market across FreeMoreWest, and more are continually in the works.