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Charlotte’s Steele Creek: From Sleepy Corner to Bustling Neighborhood

Over the last decade or so, Charlotte has seen many of its neighborhoods transformed with high-end energy — NoDa, South End, Plaza Midwood and now, Steele Creek! With developers and Charlotteans alike sensing its potential, this community has been deemed Queen City’s next hot thing for a while now. This sleepy little suburb of the city has recently turned into one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in town.

Where is Steele Creek?

Steele Creek Charlotte NCAbout 15 minutes from Uptown, Steele Creek is located in the extreme southwestern corner of Mecklenburg county, nearly jumping over in South Carolina, Steele Creek still mostly resides within Charlotte city limits. This neighborhood is outside the 485 loop, bordered by Lake Wylie and the Catawba River.

Carowinds Boulevard also runs through the neighborhood. Access to I-77 is easy, and other major thoroughfares through Steele Creek include NC 49 and NC 160.


Steele Creek Charlotte NCIt’s believed that the name “Steele” came from the original immigrants in the area back in the 17th and 18th centuries. It was a Scotch-Irish family surname which was then also given to the small creek. Eventually, the area became the Steele Creek Township — one of the original 15 in Mecklenburg County.

When NC changed their annex laws in the 1950s, a large portion of Steele Creek Township was annexed by the city. It was all uphill from there, but it was in the early 2000s that the neighborhood really saw a boom in both population and infrastructure.


Steele Creek Charlotte NCIn just a short time, the boom in population and industry took what was mostly rural farmland and turned it into a bustling pocket of Charlotte, with entertainment and housing opportunities.

What to do

Many people around the city are already familiar with the Steele Creek neighborhood due to the Charlotte Premium Outlets which popped up in 2014. This shopping destination includes more than 100 brand and designer outlet stores like Coach, Michael Kors, Nike and Converse, to name a few.

For those that want some sports entertainment, Top Golf is generally the destination of choice. This facility offers more than 100 climate-controlled bays for hitting the green. Plus, there is a full-service restaurant, several bars, hundreds of TVs for catching other games, plus a rooftop terrace complete with a firepit.


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Another popular spot in Steele Creek is The Peaceful Dragon. This martial arts center offers classes in authentic Kung Fu and Tai Chi as well as Zen meditation and yoga. They also have cultural celebrations ever so often such as on Chinese New Year.

And you can’t forget Carowinds! This amusement park attracts roughly 2 million visitors per year, and it includes more than 400 acres of coasters and water slides. Carowinds is located on the edge of Steele Creek right along the North and South Carolina state line.

Where to Eat & Drink

Steele Creek is certainly not hurting for places to eat. Residents and visitors can get their pizza fix at places like Luigi’s Pizza and Enrico’s. There are also classic American eats at Hickory Tavern. Ethnic options range from Greek food to Chinese. Plus, there is seafood at The Randazzos’ Grid Iron. Then, there is always good old-fashioned Carolina BBQ at Jim ‘N Nick’s!


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 While there isn’t much of a nightlife scene — especially if you are looking for a nightclub, you can still get a quality cocktail or grab a beer in Steele Creek. Top Golf offers a full bar including drink specials on certain days of the week. Plus, Hickory Tavern and The Randazzos’ also serve up adult beverages.

As with nearly every other part of the city, Steele Creek has two Starbucks within easy reach. Residents never have to be too far from a caffeine fix!

Moving to Steele Creek

Real Estate Snapshot

Steele Creek Charlotte NCLiving in Steele Creek offers nearly all of the amenities of other coveted parts of the city such as Ballantyne or South End, but it’s more affordable than the Charlotte average as far as rent goes. Apartments for rent in Steele Creek run around $1,247 per month. For comparison, Uptown apartments average $1,716.

Moving here might just be the best decision you make. Finding one of those competitively priced apartments doesn’t generally prove too difficult either., with several large developments running in the neighborhood, from average to luxury apartments.


Life in Steele Creek is much easier if you own a car. You might find that Steele Creek, as a whole, is not as walkable as some of the other parts in Charlotte. However, each of the housing developments and shopping plazas are fairly walkable individually. Plus, CATS offers bus service in the neighborhood with both local and express lines.

Schools & Employment

Steele Creek Charlotte NCThere are several retail jobs in the area, especially at the outlet mall. There are also corporate job options at the ArrowPoint office park, and an Amazon warehouse offering jobs to residents in the area.

The CharMeck school district has several schools in the neighborhood. Elementary options include Lake Wylie Elementary, Steele Creek Elementary and Berewick Elementary. There are also two middle schools and Olympic High serving the neighborhood.

Steele Creek has joined the greater Charlotte metro area for a while now and become a bustling corner of Queen City. It may have started out as a sleepy rural area, but it was always poised for growth.

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Alexandra Ciuntu

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