A traditionally African-American neighborhood, Cherry is now a mix of long-time residents and new neighbors renovating houses and gentrifying the neighborhood. Cherry originally was built in the early 1900s as a servant community for people who worked in Myers Park, a nearby wealthy neighborhood.
Cherry residents are attached to their area’s rich history. Several local organizations are working with landowners to build affordable housing units in Cherry so that longtime residents can stay as property values soar. Meanwhile, people looking to snap up houses close to uptown Charlotte are renovating and expanding the neighborhood’s small mill houses.
Cherry boasts one of the most ideal urban-residential locations in the city. The neighborhood is a short walk, drive or bus ride from uptown Charlotte and its many corporate centers, restaurants, bars, shops and museums. It also is convenient to hip enclaves such as Southend, NoDa and Elizabeth that are filled with boutiques, art galleries and trendy restaurants.
Several hospitals, including Carolinas Medical Center–Mercy and Presbyterian Hospital are nearby, and Central Piedmont Community College is within walking distance. Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers professional football team, and Charlotte’s main bus terminal are easily accessible from Cherry.
Residents enjoy a number of nearby parks, including the gorgeous Latta Park with its extensive playground, picnic pavilion and sprayfield. Marshall Park is an uptown oasis with a large fountain, pond and open space. Freedom Park, a short drive from Cherry, is called “the Central Park of Charlotte” and has a sprawling playground, rolling hills, a large pond and tennis courts.