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Tuesday, March 1, 2016
A Close In Primer of Historic Dilworth
Our real estate columnist offers her run-down of key in-town neighborhoods,including new and coming attractionsBy Karen R. MartinReprinted by permission from the January 2003 issue of Charlotte magazine.for our website athomecharlotte.com
Profile: Charlotte’s first suburb, Dilworth sprang up in the 1890s as the
new electric streetcar stretched away from the center city. About
seventy-five years later, homeowners departed the neighborhood, seeking
newer construction and greater acreage in Charlotte’s expanding suburbs.
The pendulum swung back in the late 1980s when buyers became interested in
living close in. They brought their architects and contractors, and have
renovated the houses into gracious homes and office spaces—and prices
reflect the renaissance.
• Style of home: Typically turn-of-the-century bungalow-style houses, each
different from the next, and most expanded with historically appropriate
additions, because Dilworth is one of Charlotte’s historic districts.
• Shopping: Several shopping centers are along East Boulevard, with shops
boasting everything from high-end consignment clothing to ski accessories
to natural remedies to fine women’s lingerie.
• Other highlights: Latta Park is a popular gathering place, thanks to its
stately trees and kid-friendly playground. At the far east end of East
Boulevard, Freedom Park is a destination for those who engage in soccer,
tennis, in-line skating, and, on a small scale, fishing.
• New or coming additions: The most visible is the brand new Latta Pavilion
office/restaurant/condo project at the corner of Kenilworth Avenue and East
Boulevard. People began taking residence late last year, in condos that
range from $160,000 to $400,000.
• Defining characteristic: Aside from the wonderful sidewalk system that
encourages everyone to walk to stores and restaurants, Dilworth is known
for its astounding home values. A home bought for $200,000 in 1994 now may
be appraised for nearly twice that amount.