Sunday, April 28 is going to be a big day for Charlotte and anyone who is ready to trade in four-wheeled, motored transportation in favor of walking, running, biking, dancing and connecting with neighbors.
Sunday afternoon is Open Streets 704 when roads, avenues, lanes and boulevards will close to cars and open to people and their traveling feet from 1-5 p.m. The route is roughly four miles between Plaza Midwood and NoDa and touches some of the area’s most picturesque neighborhoods, including Villa Heights, Belmont, Plaza Midwood and NoDa.
You and your peeps can spend the afternoon taking in the scenery, stretching your legs and participating in activity zones including Arts and Science, Family, Green/Nature and Wellness. Along the way catch musical performances, artist demonstrations, dance ensembles, a pop up dog park, cooking classes, Zumba and a place to learn about the plants and trees that decorate the Queen City’s crown.
C5 caught up with some of Savvy + Co. Real Estate top neighborhood experts to find out what make these Open Streets 704 neighborhoods a great place to visit, work, play and live, and how they plan on making the most of Open Streets 704.
Savvy + Co. Real Estate Agent: Jennifer Monroe
What makes Villa Heights special: We love the access to Amelie’s and Free Range Brewing – and we’re excited for Rhino Market to open next month. Villa Heights is still very walkable and with the soft rolling hills and wide streets, it’s common to see runners and strollers meandering through the amazing century-old tree canopy.
Plan for Open Streets 704: I’ll be hanging with my neighbors on Kennon up at ’The Farm’ where Freshlist grows produce for local restaurants. There will be food vendors, music and I’ll have my bubble machine going in full force. I’ll definitely find my way to the Trees Charlotte venue on Davidson to get a free tree. Our tree canopy is a special interest of mine. I’m often heard preaching the value of sustaining and protecting our trees – especially with my builder clients. I’m proud to say they’ve jumped onboard and we work hard to save trees on all our projects.
Savvy + Co. Real Estate Agent: Josh Starnes
What makes Belmont special: Belmont is one of the best places for relaxing walks under large, mature trees in this established and historic neighborhood. The bungalow architecture and wrap around porches beckon for friendly hellos and spark face-to-face conversations! The streets lend themselves to slowing down instead of speeding up.
Plan for Open Streets 704: Open Streets 704 highlights the many walkable options for food, fun and entertainment in Belmont, including Optimist Hall which boasts a 22,000-square-foot food hall. I will be enjoying the afternoon with a nice stroll through the Wellness section, followed by a well deserved cocktail bag at Billy Sunday. I hope you will come join in the fun.
Savvy + Co. Real Estate Agent: Jeff King
What makes Plaza Midwood special: Having Open Streets come to Historic Plaza Midwood is wonderful. I say “Historic” Plaza Midwood because the route goes right through Thomas Avenue, which is the center of the original historic district and one of only six historic districts in Charlotte. Also, BOOM festival, Charlotte’s annual showcase of contemporary and experimental art created on the fringes of popular culture, will be going on and participants in Open Streets can see the art and different exhibitions.
Plan for Open Streets 704: I live just one house off of Thomas Avenue, so I’ll be there exploring with my nine-year-old son Finn, and four-year-old daughter, Meiomi.
Savvy + Co. Real Estate Agent: Dana Burleson
What makes NoDa special: Davidson Street in Noda is the heart of the neighborhood – with shops, restaurants, music venues and beverage shops – walkable from all corners of the neighborhood. I am thrilled that NoDa is the family zone for Open Streets 704! We are well known for our nightlife, so it is fun to show off our family-friendly side. The YMCA will have lots of things for kids including a bike rodeo, life-size jenga and a pop-up dog park for the four-legged members of the family.
Plans for Open Streets 704: My neighbors and I plan to walk the three blocks to 36thand Davidson Streets to partake in the music, food and activities with kids and dogs in tow.
If all the walking, fresh air and connecting with neighbors gets you thinking you’d like to never leave, contact a Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent. They know Charlotte, its neighborhoods and how to show you the way home.
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