Located only 2 minutes from Uptown Charlotte, Plaza-Midwood is one Charlotte’s more unique streetcar neighborhoods. Established in 1903, Plaza Midwood was designed as a street car neighborhood however the lack of a railway bridge at the rail crossing on what is now Central Avenue near Hawthorne Lane, and the opposition of Edward Latta Dilworth to run his 4C street car, limited the growth of the neighborhood until the 1930’s. W.T. Harris’s first grocery store, Harris Tetter, started in Plaza-Midwood as well as a discount general store that became Family Dollar. Plaza-Midwood is also the home of Charlotte’s first golf club, The Charlotte Country Club, as well as the first location of WBT radio, only the third licensed radio station in the United States.
Plaza Midwood and Club Acres was filled with the who’s-who of early 20th century Charlotte as a result of the country club. Two such notable properties are the Bishop John C. Kilgo House, located at 2100 The Plaza and the VanLandingham Estate at 2010 The Plaza. J.C. Kilgo was president of Trinity College from 1894-1910. Trinity College is now known as Duke University. Ralph VanLandingham was a successful cotton broker and his 4-acre craftsman-style estate can be leased for weddings and special events.
Today, Plaza-Midwood features a mix of housing, ranging in price from $200,000 to well over $1,000,000 (the homes close to Charlotte Country Club was known as Club Acres). Residents love its proximity to Uptown Charlotte, it’s walkable streets, diverse architecture, markets, and a plethora of great restaurants and bars. Notable restaurants include The Diamond (opened in 1945), Midwood Smokehouse, and Peculiar Rabbit.