The Elizabeth neighborhood is a very fine, leafy old section of Charlotte , just bridled with charm (and ghosts).
It is, by far, the most haunted neighborhood in Charlotte; even the main green space -- Independence Park -- is deemed to be haunted. It also has the distinction of being Charlotte's first public park (1904).
'Halloween Week', they have a lighting of the pumpkins...all are welcome to set their pumpkins up on the stands and marvel at one another's creations. Why not? Elizabeth can be spooky!
Elizabeth was developed in the early 20th century. Her mature trees create a gorgeous canopy over the streets; large camellia bushes show off beautiful blooms; homes and businesses mingle, woven tightly together by rooty sidewalks and its haunted tales of those that have gone before us.
The Elizabeth neighborhood is tucked in amongst the following: Randolph Road/4th Street to the Southwest; Independence Boulevard to the West and North; and a creek on its East. Two main avenues within this area are Elizabeth Avenue and 7th Street.
Along 7th Street there are numerous old houses that have been converted into shops, offices, and restaurants and small apartment buildings. Classics like Hawthorne's NY Pizza and Bar, Loft 1523 (a cool Martini Bar), Philospher's Stone Tavern and Carpe Diem are all lined up just waiting to take your order!
Then there's The Cajun Queen, she's supposedly haunted-either by the old owner's maid or a lush (depending on who you talk to). It serves up an authentic taste of New Orleans food and Dixieland jazz and beer.
The Elizabeth neighborhood offers a rich selection of beautiful Victorian homes, bungalows and historical houses. Here, single family residential prices can reach over a million dollars, whereas a condo can be purchased for around $175,000 or so.
To be sure, this is an easy walking section of town. Close to the hustle and bustle of uptown Charlotte for nightlife, yet filled with it's own neighborhood pubs, for those evenings when you'd rather hang out 'where everybody knows your name'.
Centrally located, Elizabeth's Independence Park is hidden a little below street level. It offers great walking paths, beautiful gardens, benches and statues. The true neighborhood side of the park can be found on it's southern end. It offers peace, tranquility...and a beautiful rose garden.
And, then, there's the northern end...the northern end offers plenty of activity! There are ball fields, courts, play ground equipment, and a track..it is also on this end, that Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School is located. The northern end of Independence Park is a fantastic spot to see a spectacular view of the city...especially good for watching Uptown's firework displays on the Fourth of July!
Back in 1897, Elizabeth College, a small Lutheran women's college , was here. It is how the area came to be known as Elizabeth. The college has since been replaced by Charlotte's main Presbyterian Hospital.
Elizabeth's speedy development occurred just five years later, in 1902, when the trolley line was completed...and then she was promptly annexed into Charlotte in 1907.
The neighborhoods population hovers around 4,000 today........ghosts not included.
Claude Cross is Broker/Owner of Homes By Cross. Specializing in Charlotte NC Real Estate and Relocation since 1994.