SouthPark is located at the corners of Sharon and Fairview roads about six miles south of center city Charlotte. SouthPark was once part of a 3,000-acre farm owned by N.C. Gov. Cameron Morrison. The original farm reached all the way from Cotswold to Quail Hollow. The farm’s main residence, the Historic Morrocroft Mansion, built between 1924 and 1927 still remains on its original site. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the overwhelming 14,000-square-foot Tudor Revival home stayed in the Morrison/Harris family until 1981. It remains a private and beautifully restored residence today.
SouthPark is a prestigious address that offers a variety of housing styles, ranging from 1950's ranch homes in Beverly Woods and Barclay Downs to newer multi-million-dollar homes in neighborhoods like Quail Hollow, Foxcroft, Deering Oaks and the exclusive gated communities of Morrocroft and nearby Seven Eagles. The Harris YMCA (family oriented Y) at the corner of Sharon and Quail Hollow Roads is also a legacy from the Morrison/Harris family.
Additionally, SouthPark is the second-largest business district in the state (developed primarily by the Bissell and Harris families), with over 40,000 workers. Impressive office buildings are spread throughout the area, including the alluring Rotunda with its dramatic fountains. SouthPark is the home to the Fortune 500 company Nucor, as well as National Gypsum, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Piedmont Natural Gas and J.A. Jones Construction Company. Maersk, Bank of America Mortgage, First Citizens Bank, and CSX have major divisional operations located in SouthPark.Several hotels are also located in SouthPark. Some compare SouthPark to Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood, as they are very similar.
Top-rated Charlotte public schools in the immediate SouthPark area include Sharon Elementary, Alexander Graham Middle, and Myers Park High.
SouthPark Mall is known as the best shopping experience in the city, with 150+ stores. SouthPark features Apple, Burberry, Lilly Pulitzer, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co. just to name a few. The mall includes a very popular food court in addition to its fine-dining options like Cheesecake Factory. According to the Charlotte Business Journal, the first American Girl store in Charlotte will be added to the Macy's wing of the mall in a 12,000 square foot space to be opened in the fall of 2014. The main entrance to SouthPark Mall on Sharon Road is marked by a Crate & Barrel store. The Village shops near that entrance offers even more choices for shoppers, including such stores as Eye Candy Boutique, Paul Simon, Paul Simon for Women, Tara Grinna Swimwear and great dining at Cowfish plus.
SouthPark is also the home of the Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops concerts, which are performed at the new amphitheater at SouthPark. These evening concerts are free to all. The other signature event is the annual Christmas tree lighting, which takes place on Thanksgiving Day early evening and features caroling and a visit from Santa.
Only one-half mile west of the SouthPark Mall, is another upscale development called Phillips Place which exudes old world charm with its gardens, benches and bubbling fountains. The 35-acre complex is a pedestrian-friendly mix of retail and residences which includes a hotel and 402 multi-family housing units. Outstanding specialty retail, apparel, and fine home furnishings are available.Take in a movie at the ten-plex surround sound Phillips Place Regal Cinema or enjoy fine dining at P.F. Chang's, Dean & Deluca, Upstream seafood, or Palm Restaurant.
CMC-Morrocroft, located on Cameron Valley Parkway, is leading the way in providing state of the art healthcare to SouthPark area residents. Starting in 2014, they will have a free-standing emergency department in addition to the lab, mammography, diagnostic imaging, urgent care and physician services that they already provide.
Several exclusive apartment and condo complexes above retail spaces have been added in the SouthPark area in recent years. Governor Morrison Condos, Piedmont Row, The Residence, Louisburg Square, Post Park at Phillips Place, and Solis Sharon Square at Ashley Park are among the most prominent.