Leave the brightness and bustle of Southpark Mall and drive a stone’s throw down Sharonview Road, and suddenly you feel like you’ve been teleported to the Smokies. Due to a convergence of ancient stream beds, the landscape in this area is much hillier than the rest of Charlotte, with sweeping wooded hillside views, cozy valleys and trickling streams. When you reach the entrance to Mountainbrook, you know you’ve come to a special place. With its curving, meandering streets, the neighborhood is designed in harmony with the unusual geography. And the setting obviously inspired local architects, because around every bend is a one-of-a-kind home, including a number of mid-century modern gems.
Five miles south of uptown Charlotte, Mountainbrook is bordered by Sharonview Road to the north and Carmel Road to the east, with its two main entrances off of Sharonview. The streets are quaintly named to reflect the hilly geography: Johnny Cake Ln, Mill Pond Rd, School House Rd and Knob Hill Ct to name a few. The majority of homes were built between the mid-1950’s and the early 1980’s, with peak construction in the 60’s and 70’s. Most homes were custom-built for families in the days when a family usually had way more than two kids and tend to have at least 4 bedrooms. Currently there are 13 homes listed for sale In Mountainbrook, with asking prices ranging from $199,900 to $450,000. Since August 1, 2012, 32 homes have sold within a mile of Mountainbrook’s center, with an average sales price of $552,943.84.
Mountainbrook’s lots are large and wooded, tending to be about a half acre. And many have steep slopes; traditional flat, grassy yards are rare in the neighborhood. But the trade-off for the lack of level yard space are the beautiful wooded views seen from almost every home. And you won’t hear any Mountainbrook families complaining about their hilly yards, because for outdoor fun they head to the Mountainbrook Club, a true old-fashioned neighborhood club with a large pool, tennis courts and other amenities.
And when they’re not hanging out at the pool, many Mountainbrook residents can be seen strolling and jogging the quiet, meandering streets and enjoying the interesting architecture that pops up around every bend. Mountainbrook houses tend to be sited at angles to the street and in other non-traditional ways, sometimes even perched on pole-and-beams. And they reveal themselves gradually, through naturally landscaped yards chock full of azaleas and rhododendrons.
But as we all know, nature is nice, but a big dose of location, location, location is what truly makes a perfect neighborhood. Southpark Mall, Phillips Place, Piedmont Row, Whole Foods plus the whole smorgasbord of Charlotte’s best shopping and dining are just blocks away from Mountainbrook’s entrance gates. A world of convenient and exciting destinations awaits Mountainbrook residents when they emerge from their “mountain” retreats.
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