Ballantyne is a Crown Jewel of the Queen City
Talk about brilliant planning. Charlotte’s Ballantyne neighborhood was the brainchild of a land developer by the name of Howard Bissell, who launched the neighborhood based entirely on the conjecture that Charlotte’s sprawl would continue to expand deeper and deeper south, eventually encroaching on the South Carolina border. And boy was he right: Charlotte has reached so far south that many non-natives are not even clear on which state it truly belongs to, and the Ballantyne area—located right near the border between the two Carolinas—is thriving as a result of all the activity.
Initially, Bissell envisioned Ballantyne to be a largely commercial area, heavy on office complexes, but today it’s one of the most varied and beautiful parts of the Queen City. There is plenty of office space in Ballantyne, to be sure, but it is also the home to some of Charlotte, North Carolina’s premier residential real estate, with some of the largest and most luxurious homes in the city found in this neighborhood. For those who love to golf and enjoy the good life, Ballantyne even offers a rich country club experience.
And of course, with houses and offices there comes a good many other ventures. For shopping enthusiasts—both those from in town and out of town—Ballantyne offers some of the Queen City’s nicest, most unique shops, both franchises and boutiques. And dining, both fine and casual, is very much an important part of the Ballantyne culture.
To say that the area is active, and ever expanding, would perhaps be an understatement; indeed, just driving through Ballantyne at Rush Hour is enough to convince anyone of the area’s busyness and prosperity. Ballantyne is intersected by the Outerbelt of I-485, and is home to one of the highest traffic counts in the entire State of North Carolina!
Those who live in this lovely, well-maintained area—and even visiting tourists, eager for good shopping and dining—tend to agree that the busyness is a fair price to pay for the chance to be in such a luxurious and prosperous part of town. Indeed, like most sections of The Queen City, Ballantyne is marked, first and foremost, simply by its high grade of upkeep, by how beautiful and clean and affluent it really is. That makes it a great place to live, and, for those visiting from other parts of the country, a neighborhood well worth a visit.