Elizabeth: Old Fashioned Elegance in the Queen City
You won’t find the campus of Elizabeth College—a small, Lutheran school for women, founded in 1897—standing in the same spot it used to, right in the heart of historic Charlotte, North Carolina, but its legacy lives on. Elizabeth College gave its name to Elizabeth, the neighborhood that sprung up around it and remains vital to this day. Indeed, for residents of the Queen City, Elizabeth comes with plenty of historic associations—namely, connotations of a certain kind of quaint, old-fashioned elegance and a sense of sophistication that makes it one of the city’s most enduringly fashionable and affluent neighborhoods.
Elizabeth’s Queen City history is nothing if not rich. It was one of the first areas of Charlotte to receive a trolley line (in 1902), and is also the home of Charlotte’s first public park, Independence Park, a favorite local hangout to this day. But even apart from these developments, it is simply a neighborhood awash with historic elegance. Its roots go back so far, by Queen City standards, that its trees are fully developed. Much of Charlotte’s reputation as a "green" city comes from the rich canopy that covers its residential areas. Further, Elizabeth is among the city’s most pedestrian-friendly, its homes and businesses packed relatively close together and its sidewalks well-maintained and highly useable.
Elizabeth is clearly a charming place to live, then, and it is unsurprising to find that many Queen City natives esteem it as one of the finest parts of town. It is a significant locale for other reason, as well, however, as it is home to a couple of the area’s major hospitals; Presbyterian Hospital, in particular, is noteworthy for being built on the very spot that once housed Elizabeth College, the school that gave the neighborhood its name!
Elizabeth occupies a place that might be called close to the very heart of Charlotte; it is surrounded by Belmont, Chantilly, Crescent Heights, Eastover, First Ward, Grier Heights, and Myers Park, all historic areas themselves. Still, the neighborhood isn’t esteemed simply for its great location; rather, it is cherished for its old-timey romance, for the deep historical roots it brings to the Queen City, and for its sense of elegance and close-knit community. Residents of Elizabeth relish the experience of living there, and out-of-towners frequently place it atop their list of must-see Charlotte neighborhoods.