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Submarket Spotlight: Live, Work and Play in Historic South End

By: Charlotte Blog Editor

Historic South End is Charlotte’s urban oasis for young professionals. Historically dominated by mills and factories, South End was reborn in the 1990s as one Charlotte’s most unique, thrilling neighborhoods to live, shop, dine, work, create, and relax. The neighborhood offers industrial charm with abundant housing options, flourishing retail amenities, and a vibrant arts scene. With convenient access to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, interstates and major highways, LYNX Blue Line, and the Rail Trail, getting to and around South End is effortless.

South End’s early success in the 1990s was spurred by the re-introduction of the Charlotte Trolley and subsequent opening of the LYNX Blue Line Light Rail in 2007. The neighborhood offers a burgeoning craft brewery scene, trendy restaurants and bars, and countless community events year-round to satisfy residents, visitors, and office users. South End continues to thrive as one of Charlotte’s most lively neighborhoods. New development continues to emerge, and South End was recently named the nation’s busiest submarket for construction boasting an inventory growth rate since 2012 of 108%.





South End has experienced explosive growth over the past two decades as young, educated professionals flock to the area for its vibrant, walkable lifestyle. As a hub for young professionals, South End offers luxury apartments, condos, townhomes, and single family homes.


Multi-Family Market Stats:

  • Average unit size of 864 SF
  • Average current asking rental rate of $1,414 per unit ($1.64 PSF)
  • 27% increase in asking rates since Q1 2012



Class A office tenants choose South End over other locations for its vibrancy, robust amenity offerings, and its ability to attract the millennial workforce. From creative office to corporate office users, South End is loved by all.


Office Market Stats:

  • Average current asking rental rate of $26.23 FS
  • 11% increase in asking rates since Q4 2015
  • 46% increase in asking rates since Q1 2012
  • Tightest office submarket with a vacancy rate of 3.5%




A strong employment base of millennials means a high demand for amenities. South End delivers. You’ll find an abundance of attractions just steps away and hundreds more within one mile.



Recreational Stats:

  • More than 200 retailers
  • 11 craft breweries
  • 13 gourmet food shops
  • 13 places for fitness
  • 5 mile Rail Trail offering 4 bike share stations and walking access to Uptown Charlotte
  • 53 food trucks
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