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Living in Charlotte's Plaza Midwood

Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood is a little edgy, a little quirky, and a lot of fun. This neighborhood embodies the best of Charlotte’s diversity, personality and urban character.

Today brand new high-rise apartments encircle a classic dive bar, and hipsters sip coffee while a vibrant cycling community commutes to town. Every fall, the Charlotte Marathon makes its way right down The Plaza in front of cheering fans who crowd their front porches.

Central Avenue demarcates the neighborhood’s southern border and captures a lot of its essence. You’ll find yourself admiring the elaborate graffiti on the retail strip’s brick facades — and elaborate tattoos from its multiple parlors.

Right outside of Plaza Midwood’s boundaries, you’ll find a host of up-and-coming neighborhoods benefiting from the area’s popularity, including Belmont, Plaza Shamrock, and Commonwealth Park.


Population: 6,875

Commute distance to Uptown: 5 minutes

Median age: 33

Median household income: $62,730

Median home sales price: $305,685

Average rent: $979

Things to do in Plaza Midwood

Midwood Smokehouse. If you’re looking for a taste of wood-smoked North Carolina barbecue, this is the place to go. This homegrown barbecue restaurant has played host to presidents and dignitaries — and for good reason: They cook their meat the right way, low and slow. Don’t forget to try the bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers. Details.

Legion Brewing. Launched in 2015, this brewery has quickly become a neighborhood institution. On nice days, Legion Brewing offers the perfect combination of indoor and outdoor space. Go for the Juicy Jay, the brewery’s signature IPA. Details.

Workman’s Friend. This Irish pub and restaurant is cozy and warm — quite literally. Pull up in front of the fire and unwind. Details.

Central Coffee. This neighborhood coffee shop has grown up with the community. Hang out and get some work done or grab and go. Details.

Book Buyers. Don’t let the outside fool you: This used bookstore is the real deal. There’s even a resident cat. Details.

Plaza Midwood real estate

The quiet, tree-lined streets of Plaza Midwood are characterized by Craftsman-styled bungalows, with newly renovated homes blending seamlessly with historic properties. As you drive through, you’ll be amazed at the creatively and immaculately manicured lawns and gardens.

Cover image by James Willamor via Flickr (Creative Commons).