If you’re looking at homes in the Central Charlotte area and trying to decide what kind of design aesthetic to focus on, making a decision might come down to which specific neighborhood you’re going to be in. 

Each neighborhood in the area is unique, even though they’re all geographically close. Here’s what to consider when you want to match your design goals to one of the three main Central Charlotte neighborhoods.

LoSo/South End/Dilworth

The LoSo/South End/Dilworth area is both historic and eclectic. There are small shops, restaurants, and cafes scattered within its borders, along with older bungalows that retain their charm. In the 1890s, the area was first developed as a suburb accessible by street car. Over time, it was absorbed into Charlotte as the city continued to expand. 

Not only is it convenient for residents, but it has held onto its relaxing and charming vibe. Mature trees and historic homes make it a calm, cool, and comfortable place to live. The bungalows in the area are the signature home type for this neighborhood, and usually around 2,300 square feet. Keeping that style in mind is a great way to fit in when you choose this location.


The Uptown neighborhood is very different from the LoSo/South End/Dilworth in that it offers high-rise condo living and a mix of both older and modern homes. You can find townhomes, detached homes, and apartments or condos all throughout this great neighborhood. 

Because it’s such a mix of options, nearly any kind of style or design you like will work if you live here. It’s a bustling area with plenty to do all year round. If you like a modern feel and a more minimalist aesthetic, this could be the neighborhood that fits all your needs and design goals.

Plaza Midwood

Trendy and quirky are just two of the adjectives that people typically use to describe Plaza Midwood. The area was first developed in the 1920s and has continued to grow and thrive ever since. It has a laid-back vibe and a lot of personality. It’s also a popular neighborhood for people who love music, whether they play or just enjoy listening. 

You can do almost anything in this neighborhood, from playing shuffleboard and checking out consignment stores to eating a lamb lollipop and getting a tattoo. There are plenty of coffee shops and local breweries in this neighborhood, as well, and nearly 15 percent of the neighborhood is in the historic district. You’ll have great design options when you choose this area.

The Design Bottom Line

The bottom line on design is that you should choose what makes you happy and comfortable, but it’s also a good idea to fit the vibe and look of the neighborhood, too. With some information about the location you’re considering, you can find ways to blend your personal style into the overarching look of the neighborhood so you can enjoy your time there for years to come.