Charlotte’s Top 5 Neighborhoods for Families

In the last two decades, Charlotte has become one of the most desirable cities to call home in the country. With the exponential growth and changes in this North Carolina city, what are the best locations in this metropolitan area? In this article, we go over five of the best neighborhoods in Charlotte for families.



This Charlotte neighborhood boasts old growth oaks lining its residential streets, perfect for taking family walks. Nearby, the massive Freedom Park has a seven-acre lake, tennis, volleyball, and sports fields. There is also a playground and old steam engine for the younger children to explore. Adjacent to Freedom Park is the Dicovery Place Nature Museum. Exhibits are varied and imaginative. Fort Wild is an outdoor space where kids can run free, build forts, or listen for fairies. The Butterfly Pavillion is full of free flying butterflies, where kids can learn about the different lifestages and even witness butterfly releases several times a year. Interested in raising your family here? Browse our new homes for sale in Charlotte.



Matthews has blossomed from a sleepy rail town into a cheerful family hub. Regularly rated one of the safest towns in the country, you get the small-town sense of community while still being a short drive from Charlotte’s big city amenities. The town offers regular festivals and family events that can be found on the town website and has a lot of neat spots for kids. Cutie Patootie Spa is a locally owned business that offer kid friendly spa days, with Mommy & Me or Princess meet and greet packages. Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts shows family rated performances and offers classes for young actors.



Belmont is a community in the heart of Charlotte. This neighborhood is walking distance from four parks. Alexander Street Park has beautiful views of the city sky line. Little People’s Park is a children’s playground in the heart of the neighborhood. The McGill Rose Garden has thousands of rose bushes, flowers and herbs. The garden can be booked for private events but is usually open to the public and charges no admission. Belmont also has the second oldest community garden in the city. Annual membership is only $5, and covers the cost of land, soil, tools, plants, and a t-shirt! Check out new homes for sale to call this green space home.


Steele Creek

Steele Creek is a growing suburb just outside of Charlotte. It is one of the “last frontier” areas close to Charlotte, and is quickly growing into a family-friendly, mixed-use community area like those popular within downtown Charlotte. Steele Creek still maintains it’s suburban feel, and the prices in this area are more affordable than those downtown. Schools in Steele Creek received an overall A grade by the rating website Niche, based on collected data and real resident reviews.



Located on the shores of Lake Norman, this neighborhood is perfect for families who love the outdoors. Watersports on the lake are always available, and Latta Plantation Nature Preserve has hiking and horseback riding trails. Visit the Carolina Raptor Center to learn about birds of prey. Discovery Place Kids museum is also nearby, where children learn through play. With great schools and reasonable cost of living, Huntersville is an excellent choice for your new home.


Charlotte, NC is all around a wonderful city for raising a family. It offers many urban amenities without sacrificing tight-knit community values. View all of our new homes for sale in Charlotte, and find your place to call home.



Contributed to Your Home blog by Elliott Rowzen

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Published 11.27.19

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