South End had its beginning in the 1850s with Charlotte's first railroad line, connecting the Queen City to Columbia and Charleston, SC. As time passed, a thriving manufacturing community sprang up along the tracks, centered on the booming textile industry. Today, the edge city immediately southwest of Uptown Charlotte has evolved into a high-density commercial and residential neighborhood and
Upon the opening of the Lynx Blue Line, the area has undergone billions of dollars for its transition from abandoned factories and derelict buildings to an eclectic mix of office, retail, commercial and high end residential construction. Notable developments include the Design District, Atherton Mill and the newly constructed LoSo Station and LoSo Village in Lower South End—comprising offices, retail, housing, and a hotel.
In 2018, South End was named the fastest-growing submarket in the United States for apartment growth. There has been a significant increase in apartment construction in the neighborhood, translating to nearly 10,000 new apartments. The zip code in which South End is located is the second most-expensive zip code in North Carolina for apartment renters.
A historically registered neighborhood adjacent to South End, Wilmore is located in Mecklenburg County and is considered one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Wilmore offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. There are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks to enjoy in the borough and many young professionals are now calling Wilmore home.