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As you get closer to Charlotte’s downtown and pass through Plaza-Midwood on one side and Elizabeth on the other, you will come upon one of Charlotte’s quaint, cottage neighborhoods: Chantilly. These post-war dollhouses were built when two bedrooms and one bathroom could accommodate a family of four or more. Solidly constructed with hardwood floors, plaster walls and adorable curb appeal, these homes are ideal for people who want a great home in an established area. With its beautiful oak-lined streets, many renovators and home owners are discovering they can’t beat this terrific in-town Charlotte location. You will see many of the homes are now being bumped up or out, meaning with attic conversions and room additions, houses are going from 1,000 square feet to 2,000 square feet. Perhaps the best thing about Chantilly is its location. You can walk to Elizabeth and Midwoods shopping districts. Penguin, a popular local eatery known for fried pickles, Commonwealth Animal Hospital and Nova Bakery are nearby, while Starbucks, restaurant Ethan’s of Elizabeth, and Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find comic book store are a few blocks in the opposite direction. A recent addition to the neighborhood, Art Design Cakes and Bakery, has just opened in a tiny building on Pecan Street. Stop by and sample their fancy iced cupcakes. With so much to see and do, Chantilly is a great place to call home!

Average price: $325,327
Average square feet: 1,593
Average price/sqft: $204.17