If you ask Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent Amanda Wommack about a particular Charlotte neighborhood, she’s probably lived there. “I moved into Belmont in 2004. I got married in 2008 and moved to Villa Heights and when my child started school at Highland Mill Montessori in 2014, I moved to NoDa,” says Amanda. Whew, we are tired already. We asked this expert packer upper to share more about these historic and popular Charlotte neighborhoods.
Belmont, Villa Heights and NoDa all started as working-class suburban neighborhoods for textile mill workers. This certainly adds to the charm of the homes and it is easy to see why people enjoy living here. “I love that I can walk through all these neighborhoods and experience the history of the city’s past with old mill homes and textile mills from the early 1900s,” says Amanda. See? History isn’t boring, it makes a great place to live.
Neighborhoods of today
Who knew these small mill town communities would become so popular? “Buyers are attracted to the old mill homes, bungalows, sidewalks, amazing views of Uptown, wraparound porches, coffee shops, restaurants, breweries, music venues and so much more,” says Amanda. Of course, all this walkability and the excellent location are pushing up home prices. In March 2017, the average sales price of a single family home in Noda and Villa Heights was close to $365,000, says Amanda. In the same month, the average sales price of a single-family home in the Belmont neighborhood was $249,000 compared to $130,000 in March 2015. That doesn’t mean you can’t get in these neighborhoods, but working with an agent who knows the area can make all the difference.
Looking toward the future
With the Blue Line extension planning to open in March 2018, more development is coming to these areas. Over 2,000 new apartments have been approved between Uptown and 36th Street Station in NoDa including 344 apartments at 36th St. (with a second phase of 23,000-square feet of retail and a mixed use) and Crescent Noda with 200 apartments and 5,000-square feet of retail.
Importance of preservation
With constant development comes the importance of preservation. “One thing I am most excited about in all of this new development is how these neighborhoods are preserving and honoring the history of the mills and mill houses,” says Amanda. She points to renovated mill homes and small businesses along N. Davidson now housed in mill facilities. “Innovative architects are turning these small mill houses into modern masterpieces,” she adds.
Want to keep the conversation going with Amanda? Contact her today. She is always ready to share what she loves about each of these unique neighborhoods in Charlotte and why you might be ready to call one home. We are guessing she can also give you some packing tips.