Historic Elizabeth is home to two major hospitals, North Carolina’s largest community college and the city’s oldest park, Independence Park. Elizabeth has a mix of housing, from brick mansions to quaint bungalows to new townhomes. The neighborhood was home to department store magnate William Henry Belk, and the city’s first neighborhood movie theater, The Visulite on Elizabeth Avenue, now a nightclub featuring live music. New shops, up-scale restaurants and revitalization along Elizabeth Avenue has created a trendy hot spot, and several more new developments are in-the-works.
The Elizabeth Avenue redevelopment plan is a $240 million collaborative effort between Grubb Properties, Novant Healthcare (Presbyterian Hospital) and Central Piedmont Community College, encompassing a six-block area along historic Elizabeth Avenue between the two institutions. When completed, the project is envisioned to include 340,000 square feet of Class A office space, 800+ residential addresses in a range of market types, and more than 250,000 square feet of unique, upscale retail including Whole Foods Market, specialty boutiques and services, a 150+ room hotel, a multiplex movie theatre, and scores of restaurants and live entertainment venues including Carpe Diem, NOFO on Liz, Volare Italiano Ristorante and more.
Don’t miss: the rose gardens at Independence Park, a New Orleans rooftop dinner at The Cajun Queen (order the gumbo!) or a luxurious night out at Carpe Diem followed by a rooftop drink with skyline views at Loft 1523.
The main office for Helen Adams Realty is located in Elizabeth at 2301 Randolph Road.