North Central is one of several neighborhoods on Charleston’s upper peninsula currently undergoing a residential revival. The area is bounded to the north by Mount Pleasant Street, the south by Congress Street, the west by Rutledge Avenue, and the east by I-26. This up-and-coming, yet still diverse, community is composed mainly of early- and mid-20th century cottages and bungalows. Many of these older structures are undergoing renovations, joining new construction of high-end apartments and condo communities. For now, North Central remains one of the more affordable areas of downtown Charleston. Home and rent prices couple with proximity to Upper King Street and NoMo to make this a highly desirable and quickly-growing neighborhood.
Adding to its convenience, North Central is rated the 9th most walkable neighborhood in Charleston with a Walk Score and bike score of 74. Most errands, shopping, dining, nightlife, and even commuting can be accomplished on foot or 2 wheels. It also borders other emerging neighborhoods of Cannonborough/Elliotborough, Hampton Park, and Wagener Terrace. As a result, it’s attractive to young professionals, college and medical school students, and downtown professional workers, along with families and long-time residents.
Upcoming projects impacting the vicinity include the proposed Lowcountry Low Line park, which will travel through the area and add community green space. In addition, Historic Charleston Foundation and the City of Charleston have designated preserving the vernacular historic fabric and diversity of North Central as their top priority. Their goals of their Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative include promoting and facilitating:
- Historic preservation and revitalization
- Affordable housing
- Home ownership
- Livability and quality of life
With these longer-term initiatives in place, it’s safe to say North Central will only become a more popular and desirable destination to live.
WHERE TO EAT in NORTH CENTRAL
North Central is home to some of Charleston’s hippest restaurants and lounges. No matter what you are in the mood for, you have many delicious dining options including:
Rodney Scott’s BBQ – James Beard Award-winning pitmaster Rodney Scott serves up slow-smoked BBQ and all the fixins’.
Huriyali – Nutritious fresh cold pressed juices, smoothies, sandwiches, and salads.
The Park Cafe – Breakfast served daily along with lighter fare prepared tastefully in an understated but refined setting.
The Harbinger Cafe & Bakery – Locally-sourced and seasonal breakfast and lunch, as well as a curated selection of top-notch baked goods.
Moe’s Crosstown Tavern – A “vintage pub” with burgers, wraps, quesadillas, and sandwiches served alongside cold drinks and the latest game on TV.
Faculty Lounge – A low-key cocktail joint offering beer specials, tap wine, and bar snacks, plus dance nights.
If you are interested in learning more about making North Central Charleston your home, contact us at 843.577.4115 today.