Not quite 30 years ago, this area south of the Park Road Shopping
Center was mostly farmland. But the arrival of South Park mall
changed all that, bringing with it shopping and residential dollars.
Newcomers who sought more land than available in the older Charlotte
neighborhoods were able to build larger houses at lower cost.
Today, building still is brisk, expanding farther south, with
houses topping out at several thousand square feet. Traffic can
get heavy, especially during rush hour. Residents enjoy the area,
however, with its high-end retail and restaurants, especially
at the chi-chi Phillips Place and Stone Crest shopping centers.
Also in the mix you will find SouthPark Mall expanding to become
the one of the largest malls in North Carolina. SouthPark proudly
welcomes the second Nordstrom in the Carolinas and Neiman Marcus
in the Fall of 2006! More high-end development is wrapped up in
the enormous Ballantyne development, which includes a country
club, apartments, shopping centers, office buildings and sizeable
homes. Construction surrounding interchanges along the relatively
new Interstate 485 "outer loop" promises to bring even