Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood is an eclectic mix of housing, restaurants and night life. Located in north Charlotte, the heart of NoDa is at E 36th St and North Davidson St. While today it is known as Charlotte’s Arts District, it hasn’t always been that way.
At the turn of the 20th century NoDa was a mill village with street car service added in the 20’s, Fire Station #7 opens in 1935 with 2 jail cells in the basement, and in the 1945 the Astor Theatre opens (two years ahead of the Manor Twin in Eastover). This was the home of the Mecklenburg, Johnston, and Highland Mills, which is the nearby rail depot. When the mills closed in the late 60’s, the neighborhood fell into disrepair but was reborn in the 80’s (and continuing through today) as the Arts District of Charlotte.
The Astor Theatre is now the Neighborhood Theatre, a destination for music in the region. Some of the mill buildings remain, converted now to residences, the Johnston YMCA, and even a brewery. Along North Davidson St are a collection of very popular restaurants, live music spots, patios, and bars. Since NoDa was a mill village created before the time of the automobile, it is very walkable. And while a street car no longer runs down 36th street, the Lynx Blue Line Light Rail is being constructed and will have stations at 25th St, 36th St, and Scaleybark Road. When completed in 2017, the Blue Line will link NoDa to Uptown, UNC Charlotte, South End and Pineville by light rail service.
Many of the original mill homes remain in NoDa and thankfully, they now have indoor plumbing and air conditioning. Additionally, there are apartments, condominiums, and townhomes in neighborhoods like Steel Gardens and The Renaissance. Prices start in the $200,000’s and go up.