Streetcar Neighborhoods: Charlotte's First Suburbs & Most Charming Neighborhoods

The late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century saw the rise of the streetcar. This new form of transportation caused a huge expansion in Charlotte as the streetcar network started to expand. New suburbs started to become popular and they became known as streetcar suburbs or streetcar neighborhoods.

Charlotte is home to several of these incredible suburbs, which were once made popular due to the streetcar. Today, the streetcar doesn't make them popular, but it's still a unique part of each of these neighborhoods.

Here's a closer look at some of the streetcar neighborhoods found throughout Charlotte.

Dilworth

The very first streetcar suburb of Charlotte, Dilworth remains as a popular place to call home today. It was built around the streetcar system in the 1890s and would have never been developed in the same way without the streetcar.

Dilworth provides a very historical area to call home. Edward Dilworth Latta developed the area and many of the homes are Bungalow style. However, you will find some Colonial Revival homes, along with a few Queen Anne homes throughout the neighborhood.

Today, Dilworth is one of the most popular places to call home for those working in Charlotte. It's a great place to start a family and provides a variety of homes to fit just about any type of buyer.

Eastover

Another neighborhood that may have never been developed without the streetcar revolution, Eastover was home to some of the wealthiest families when it was first developed. Many migrated from the business district when the streetcar was created to provide transportation from Eastover into the city.

Most of the homes found throughout Eastover are Georgian revival, but a few Tudor revival homes can also be found here. Eastover is home to The Mint Museum (Randolph) and it's still a very popular place to call home in Charlotte today.

Elizabeth

While the streetcar helped to establish Elizabeth and it's certainly a Charlotte streetcar neighborhood, it was also developed due to the booming medical community in Charlotte. Two general hospitals are still found here and it's home some of the most picturesque streets in the city.

Elizabeth offers a very beautiful place to call home and it used to be home to retail giant William Henry Belk. His home is still found on Hawthorne Lane, along with plenty of other very historic homes throughout the neighborhood.

A large portion of the neighborhood is found on the National Register of Historic Places with 887 total buildings found on the register.

Wesley Heights

Another historic district coming out of the invention of the streetcar, Wesley Heights offers plenty of unique and original character. It was one of the later developed streetcar neighborhoods with most of the development happening in the 1920s.

It hasn't changed much over the years and still holds many of the original features as it did when the streetcar system served the area. Many of the homes in Wesley Heights are Bungalow style and it's common to find tree canopied streets throughout the area.

Along with these three very popular streetcar neighborhoods in Charlotte, the advent of the streetcar led to a few other neighborhoods, such as Washington Heights and Wilmore. Without the streetcar system, many of these neighborhoods may not be the historic districts they have become today.

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