Founded in 1886 with four houses in a farming community, Grier Heights has grown into an inner-city neighborhood near the center of Charlotte. It is one of Charlotte’s oldest African-American neighborhoods, and it still is populated with some dedicated longtime residents intent on making sure Grier Heights is a great place to live.
Grier Heights was developed by African Americans realizing the dream of home ownership, building small homes and apartments into a 458-acre neighborhood. It grew into a thriving middle-class area and is still being improved, including recent efforts to build more than 40 new houses there.
Encompassing ZIP codes 28205 and 28211, Grier Heights is bordered by Randolph Road on the west and North Wendover Road on the south. It stretches almost to Monroe Road on the east. The neighborhood is home to an elementary school and several churches.
Surrounded by wealthy, gentrified neighborhoods, Grier Heights offers a short commute to uptown Charlotte via personal vehicle or city bus and quick access to hip areas such as NoDa, Elizabeth and Plaza-Midwood. Trendy art galleries, restaurants, bars and boutiques are just minutes away.
Grier Heights is within walking distance or a short drive of several of Charlotte’s parks, including Grier Heights Park with its basketball court, baseball fields, playground and picnic shelters. Randolph Road park has a batting cage, baseball fields and a soccer field. Chantilly Park has a disc-golf putting green, walking trails, a volleyball court and a playground. Independence Park, Charlotte’s oldest public park, is home to a lovely rose garden, walking path, playground, picnic area and athletic facilities.