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This iconic archway marks the entrance of Ballantyne Village and the community of Ballantyne, a suburb of Charlotte NC located near the South Carolina border. The 2,000-acre mixed-use development was created by land developer Howard C. Smokey Bissell.

Ballantyne in South Charlotte is one of the most coveted locations for homebuyers.

Great neighborhoods, schools, restaurants, shopping and movie theaters, all within a ten-mile radius, are causing builders in this gorgeous part of Charlotte scrambling to fulfill housing demand.

Home seekers looking for safe, beautiful neighborhoods with upscale homes and apartments will find their wishes fulfilled with several new in-fill communities being built within the Ballantyne area.

Meritage Homes continues to build out Olde Blakeney on Blakeney Heath Road. These single- family homes are priced $469,990 to $594,00. This luxury new home construction has many Energy Star features. There are five home plan options to choose from and one home available for move-in. A new model is open for viewing.Just around the corner, a half-mile away on Bryant Farm Road, Meritage Homes is also building The Enclave at Olde Blakeney. Meritage Homes representatives state that this coming-soon community will be selling at the end of 2015.

Ryland Homes is a busy builder in the Ballantyne area. The Manor at Oakhaven is located on Old Ardrey Kell Road. This charming community will have 38 home sites with range in square feet from 2,800 to over 4,000. Ryland Homes is also offering two new neighborhoods of single- family homes on Providence Road West. Coming in the fall of 2015, Oakhaven will be offering just 18 home sites of elegant home designs with 4 sides brick. Prices will range from t $470,00 to $518,000. Also on Providence Road West, The Estates at Oakhaven is under construction and actively selling. 47 home sites will offer homes with a minimum of 4 bedrooms, three sides cementious siding with Brick or Stone fronts.

David Weekley Homes will be offering award-winning homes in the community of Waverly. Located at the intersection of Providence Road and Ardrey Kell Road, the 90-acre community will offer town homes and single family homes. The neighborhood will include a combination of European, traditional and craftsman architecture.

Upscale apartments in Ballantyne are also in high demand. Builders are filling the need with fill-in communities of high-end rentals. Element South’s 281 units will be completed in early 2016. Located on Marvin Road, these one, two and three bedroom apartments will start at $895.00 for studios. Legacy 521 offers new one, two and three bedroom apartments on Lancaster Highway just 5 minutes from Ballantyne. Roof top patios, fitness center and clubhouse will enhance your social and active lifestyle. Prices range from $1,050-$1,775. A few apartments are move-in ready in the first completed building. Reserve your new home by July 31st and receive half off your first month’s rent! Leasing offers are 10-Month, 11-Month and 12-Month.

Solis Ballantyne is a planned mixed-use community on the corner of North Community House and Bryant Farms Road. The community plan includes 194 units of upscale apartments and retail space.

Ballantyne is a much-desired beautiful South Charlotte Community. Builders are fulfilling the demand for homes with thoughtful in-fill communities nestled in this choice area of the Queen City.



women lunch

The holidays are over and it is time to get caught up with friends! The quintessential girlfriend lunch is a wonderful tradition upheld daily in the Queen City. On any given day in Charlotte, you can witness the girlfriend lunch being enjoyed by lovely Charlotteans. The girlfriend lunch takes many forms and Charlotte’s fine repertoire of restaurants can accommodate them all!

The business-woman-girlfriend-lunch is best commenced in a quiet atmosphere. Lulu’s on Central Avenue is just the place for business appointments.  The atmosphere in the 20’s style bungalow house in the trendy Plaza Midwood area, on the border of Uptown, is soft and charming.  The menu features decadent Pommes Frites (hand cut every day) and the Croque Madame Sandwich, to the more delicate Salad Composée.  Business deals will be graciously contracted and deliciously pursued at Lulu’s.  If girlfriends and business lead you to South Charlotte, the Gallery Restaurant at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge has an upscale, quiet atmosphere to engage in negotiations or just happy chit chat!   The menu features a delicious roasted cauliflower soup that can be quietly sipped while contemplating a presentation and a “Express Lunch” tapas style meal that includes a truly picture-perfect plate of a bite-sized sandwich, side dish, a small cup of soup and cute little dessert.   Wooing a business partner or catching up with friends can also be effectively conducted over a shared Grilled Artichoke Appetizer, followed by the light, but amazing Crab Cake Salad at 131 Main in South Charlotte at Blakeney, or one of the fabulous Mediterranean dishes at Ilios Noches at the intersection Providence and Ardrey Kell.  Business women in the Southpark area will appreciate the calm atmosphere and individualized attention at Cafe Monte, a great Southpark area French bistro tucked in the upscale Phillips Place boutique area near the corner of Sharon and Fairview Roads.

The BFF-girlfriend-lunch requires a fun, buzzing atmosphere to allow for gut giggles and relaxation.  BFF lunches do not usually include calorie counting or “just water to drink”.  The Mimosa Grill on Tryon Street is a great gathering place for the BFF friends.  Try the low-country shrimp and grits, and, of course, a mimosa!   Blackthorne Restaurant on North Community House Road in South Charlotte is also a suitable BFF lunch destination.  The Duck Confit French Dip with one Bubbly Pear Martini is a delicious indulgence with best friends.  Brixx restaurant in Blakeney off Rea Road has a fun atmosphere with a very dainty Gorgonzola Pear Pizza that seems girly, but packs a punch to your palate.  City Tavern at Stonecrest, in Ballantyne offers a lively atmosphere and extensive menu: try sharing the City Sampler with your BFF.

Book Club gal pals need a large table, lots of room for the kindles and books, and a relaxed atmosphere.  The Terrace Café In Ballantyne Village is a South Side favorite and a great book club meeting sight.   Firebirds, located at Stonecrest in Ballantyne has a cheerful atmosphere and large booths and tables for all your book club friends.

All the pleasantries and serious intellectual conversations are in need of bright lighting with a cheery atmosphere!  Amélies French Bakery and Café in the popular art district of North Davidson (NoDa) also has a well-lit, eclectic, Parisian, shabby-chic atmosphere perfect for you and your book club gal pals to sink into a comfy couch and enjoy your book critiques.  Try the tomato fennel soup and a croquet-en bouche (think lots of cream and caramel) for dessert from the endless options on the bakery menu.

Charlotte is a city of women working and supporting each other professionally and personally.  Take a girlfriend lunch and appreciate girl power in the Queen City!




new years




Charlotte offers a plethora of New Year’s venues that will be sure to satisfy even the most particular New Year’s Eve party connoisseur!

 A city known for its family friendly atmosphere, Charlotte offers New Year’s celebrations for the entire clan.

First Night Charlotte – New Year’s Celebration in Uptown Charlotte! First Night Charlotte takes place on New Year’s Eve from 12 p.m. to midnight with First Night Kids from 12 to 5 p.m. First Night Charlotte has grown into one of the biggest and best known events in the Southeast to visit for New Year’s Eve. First Night is alcohol-free but attendees are encouraged to enjoy the local dining before the Queen Charlotte crown is raised to ring in 2013! 12pm-5pm – Kids Countdown.

John Tosco’s 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Variety Show on Monday, Dec 31, 2012 8:00p at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Host John Tosco (founder of Tosco Music Party) returns to the McGlohon Theater with another family-friendly variety show in the spirit of The Ed Sullivan Show. Scheduled to run from 8 pm to 10 pm, this New Year’s Eve celebration will be filled with comedy, dance, music and much more.

Snowball at Great Wolf Lodge on Monday, Dec 31, 2012 6:00p to Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at the Great Wolf Lodge Concord, NC.  Howl in the New Year at Great Wolf Lodge! With activities for the entire family to enjoy, Great Wolf Lodge in Charlotte/Concord, NC provides a night of entertainment and celebrations!  


For those Cosmopolitan Charlotteans looking forward to welcoming the New Year in a fashionably adult atmosphere, Charlotte has many offerings for New Year’s Eve rendezvous locales.

Music seekers can enjoy sounds at Howl at the Moon. Charlotte’s dueling piano bar will be rockin’ on New Year’s Eve. Enjoy a variety of packages, including the Champagne supernova with a gourmet dinner by Maggiano’s, two drinks, your Champagne toast and reserve seating in the main section.

Amos’ New Year’s Eve Party at Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St.
The concert features performances by Appetite For Destruction (Guns N Roses tribute band), Red White and Crue (Motley Crue tribute band) and Poison’D (a Poison/Bret Michaels tribute band). Special V.I.P. package includes an all-you-can-drink bar from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., party favors, and V.I.P. seating upstairs.


Widespread Panic New Years Eve 2013 on Monday, Dec 31, 2012 9:00p at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Widespread Panic is a rock band which formed in Athens, Georgia, United States in 1986. Buy tickets at

The Stranger and Natural Wonder at Fanz Sports Grill Monday, Dec 31, 2012 9:00. The best Billy Joel & Stevie Wonder Tribute Bands featuring Mike Santoro and Gabriel Bello! This is an all night show featuring both bands, all for one low ticket price. Champaign toast at midnight and party favors.


For those seeking a more upscale celebration, New Year’s Eve Celebration is being offered at The Westin Charlotte. “A Midnight Kiss In Charlotte” offers acelebration of the 2013 Countdown and a ringing in The New Year with style. 601 S. College Street Charlotte.

The Grand New Year’s Eve 2013 at 5Church is a lavish 4-Course Menu by Executive Chef Jamie Lynch. The evening includes a glass of champagne and post-dinner dancing with DJ Edward Shouse. Live Countdown of the Ball Drop.  127 N. Tryon St., Suite 8 (Corner of 5th and Church St)

South Charlotte’s lovely Southpark area offers a NYE Roaring Twenties Party at the Renaissance Hotel. Featuring dinner, drinks and dancing, you’re sure to start the New Year off right! Cocktail hour featuring passed hors d’oeuvres. Four course dinner. 5501 Carnegie Blvd.

The Ballantyne Resort offers an elegant NYE dinner package that includes reservations for an overnight stay in one of their stately rooms and  a prix fixe dinner in their award winning Gallery restaurant. 1-800-325-3559


More causal celebrations will be offered at many local restaurants and bars. The more laid back party- goers may want to visit New Year’s Eve Happy Endings 9 p.m. at Re:Public. 314 N. College St.
Party featuring Ciroc Boyz’s DJ Quicksilva (DMV) with DJ Shaun Nyce.

Back To The Future Bash, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Roxbury, 115 W. 5th St.
The party features beer, wine, liquor and champagne, hand-passes appetizers, a balloon drop, party favors, multiple DJs, and three-levels of space.

New Years Eve at RiRa’s Irish Pub at 208 N. Tryon St.
The New Years Eve party at the Irish Pub features live music by Crashbox.

NYE at Town Tavern, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Town Tavern, 200 N. Tryon St.
The private party package includes a breakfast buffet, top shelf liquor, beer, wine, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and a DJ.

New York City Style New Year’s at Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St. Countdown to 2013 with the Whisky’s live ball drop, appetizers, a barbecue buffet, party favors and a champagne toast.

Amos’ New Year’s Eve Party at Amos’ Southend,  1423 S. Tryon St.
The concert features performances by Appetite For Destruction (Guns N Roses tribute band), Red White and Crue (Motley Crue tribute band) and Poison’D (a Poison/Bret Michaels tribute band).

The Queen City accommodates her eclectic population with New Year’s celebration venues to satisfy all tastes!

For a wonderful New Year’s Eve, please be safe and call a cab (during the month of December, the uptown Epicenter will partner with the local ABC Board and three cab companies to provide complimentary rides within the 1-277 corridors through the “I’m Not Driving Impaired” initiative.); ride the bus or train(On New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2012, the Charlotte Area Transit System will operate extra LYNX Blue Line service in support of First Night activities. Buses and trains will operate according to their weekday service on that day, with the last departures from the Charlotte Transportation Center at 1:30 a.m. for select bus routes only, and for the LYNX Blue Line. On New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2012, the Charlotte Area Transit System will operate buses and trains according to its Sunday schedule); or designate a driver.

Happy New Year Queen City!