Living in Charlotte's North Davidson Arts District Neighborhood

This former mill-community-turned-arts-district screams bohemian chic. The North Davidson Arts District, known by locals as NODA is just north of Center City and is home to a funky collection of galleries, independent bookstores, performance venues, boutique casual dining, live music and craft beer. Highland Park Mill and the surrounding mill village was erected in the early 1900’s and now house craft beer venues. The onset of  trolley service connected Uptown to North Charlotte, which brought commuting residents and millworkers to the area. During The Great Depression, Trolley service ceased and the neighborhood fell into decay. In 1986, The Historic North Charlotte Neighborhood Association was established to redevelop the mills and improve the neighborhood.  In 1989, two of Charlotte’s most visionary creatives, Ruth Ava Lyons and Paul Sires opened Center of the Earth Gallery and became actively involved in the organic growth of NODA as an arts district.  Other galleries sprung up and Charlottte’s first gallery crawl began, replete with capoeira dancers, fire spinners and street artists.  NODA is home to Charlotte’s most beloved French Bakery, Amelie’s, which is now open 24 hours and expanding to south Charlotte and uptown. A number of Charlotte’s more unusual dining venues are located here and many young creative professionals have chosen to call NODA home. The lavender and plum painted gingerbread and bungalow homes gives a sense of energy and vibrancy. NODA is poised for continued growth as the light-rail extension, which will run from uptown through the NoDa and University areas to UNC Charlotte gets underway.  The city recently approved rezoning for the construction of of a 250-unit mixed use development, as NODA begins to mirror the explosive growth seen in the more established SouthEnd neighborhood.  RETURN TO NODA CHARLOTTE NEIGHBORHOOD HOMES FOR SALE SEARCH