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Now, let's go and visit uptown/downtown Charlotte, North Carolina!
So, as you probably could figure out, the beating heart of Charlotte, North Carolina is the uptown/downtown area. Essentially, uptown Charlotte is downtown Charlotte. We just call it uptown.
To start with, Charlotte is pretty walkable, it's relatively small. Can take you about an hour and a half to walk from one end to the other. It's shaped like a circle, divided into four parts or four wards. That's a starting point. Now, let's go inside and let me tell you a little bit more about Charlotte.
Charlotte is the country's United States second largest banking center, after New York City. We are the headquarters of Bank of America and Wells Fargo, as well as multiple other Fortune 500 companies and high tech startups. So, we're a small city but we've got a lot going on.
Uptown Charlotte venues. Places where you can go, having a good time, and very sports and concert related. So, number one on the list would be the Spectrum Arena. Spectrum Arena is where the Charlotte Hornets play. That's where you're going to have your major concerts, your Taylor Swifts, your Elton Johns, your Billy Joels, your Beyonces. That's where everything is going to happen is at the Spectrum Arena. Even people like Andrea Bocelli have been at the Spectrum Arena. So, that's number one on the list.
Number two is going to be the BB&T Ballpark, which is a new ballpark, about four years old, which was built for the AAA Chicago White Sox affiliate. They're called the Charlotte Knights. It's a beautiful ballpark, it's on a smaller scale from a major league baseball stadium, but it's gorgeous and it's on par with a major league baseball stadium, except it's a little bit smaller.
Right across from BB&T Field is a new park, also about four years old, called Romare Bearden Park. It's an open green space with waterfalls. It's a place where they have all kinds of events such as marathons that end over there or fundraisers, or parties in the park, or that's where they shoot off fireworks for New Year's Eve. That's a good area for you to take a look and watch the firework. So, that's Romare Bearden Park.
Next on our list is Bank of America Stadium, home to the Carolina Panthers. 80,000 seats, always sold out. There are restaurants all around these areas like the BB&T Ballpark and the Romare Bearden and the Bank of America Stadium, so it's a great place to grab a beer before the game. There are lots of breweries around there, and there are restaurants, and there's a lot of tailgating around there. So, that's the Bank of America Stadium. Good to have it uptown. LYNX Rail goes right there. Very, very convenient.
Another one of the venues that you can and have a good time is the NASCAR Hall of Fame. So, Charlotte is a NASCAR capital, I guess, of the country. Charlotte Motor Speedway is up north. But right in the center of uptown, you have NASCAR Hall of Fame. During the wintertime, they put an ice skating rink out there, so you can go ice skating when it's wintertime. But it's a really nice place to go and visit if you're into cars, really, really cool stuff.
For the performing arts, we have three major theaters uptown which are going to host your ballets, your operas, your Broadway musicals, your celebrity talks, all of those things are going to be located uptown at the Blumenthal Arts Center, the Belk Theater, or the Knight Theater. So those are you three major entertainment venues in uptown Charlotte. And they're world-class, just like any kind of Broadway theater or auditorium that you would have elsewhere in the country, and in the world, for that matter.
As far as the places to stay in uptown, the hotels, we have the Ritz-Carlton, which is five stars. We have the Ivey's, which is five stars. It's actually residential homes, condos, but the bottom two floors are five-stare hotels, the Ivey's. We have the Westin. We have the Marriott Center City. These are all beautiful hotels. There are many, many more hotels which I can't go into in a short video like this. But there are many, many beautiful hotels.
Now, museums. We do have museums. For the kids, we have Discovery Place, which is four floors of just cool stuff. There's an IMAX theater in there. It's definitely geared towards the kids, but it's a huge attraction here in Charlotte, and parking right across the street, Discovery Place, great place for the kids.
Another museum is the called the Mint Museum. The museum right next to it is called the Bechtler Museum. Now, the Mint Museum got its name because the original Mint for the United States actually was here in Charlotte because gold was first discovered here in Charlotte. The first gold rush was actually in Charlotte, North Carolina, not in California, here in Charlotte. So, that's why we had the first mint which was minting gold coins, and therefore the name for the museum, the Mint Museum. So there's the Mint, the Bechtler , and Discovery Place. There are other museums as well. They're not right in uptown. But there are a whole host of museums.
Now, I have a question for you guys. If you were living uptown, in an uptown environment like this, would you prefer an uptown condo, like a high rise, would you prefer a mid-rise, or would you prefer a home which you can actually get in uptown Charlotte? Let me know in the comments below which one you would prefer. High rise, mid-rise, or a home in uptown Charlotte.
So, let's talk about skyscrapers for a minute. Uptown Charlotte has seven of the eight largest buildings in North Carolina. The tallest building here is the Bank of America building. The Bank of America building is about the 37th largest in the United States. It's the largest building between Atlanta and Philadelphia. Really, really pretty building.
The second largest building here in Charlotte is the Duke Energy building. It's one of the most efficient buildings, fuel-efficient, that is, buildings in all of the United States. It's got a little slant on it. Also a very cool building and gives you a nice backdrop from the Bank of America Stadium when you're watching a game.
The third largest is going to be the Hearst Tower. So the Hearst Tower is number three, and number four as far as largest buildings is going to be the Wells Fargo building. So, those are four largest. The Bank of America ... now there's a host of other skyscrapers, but these are the main ones that are the ones that you're going to mostly notice when you're looking at the skyline of Charlotte.
Since 2012, there are 14 brand-new spanking high rises that have been built or will be built by 2020 in uptown Charlotte. So, since 2012, 14 new skyscrapers are under construction and will be finished by 2020. Just to let you know how fast uptown Charlotte is growing, from retail to restaurants to everything. The skyline of Charlotte is dotted with cranes.
So, restaurants, you could start with the Epicentre, which has restaurants on four levels. It's got an alleyway with restaurants. It is really, really nice. It's got nightlife there. It's got bowling, it's got a movie theater, it's got bars, Howl by the Moon. It's got hangouts, it's got cool spots, it's got places to eat, and if you just want to chill, that's the place. Great views from the Epicentre as well.
As far as restaurants are concerned, restaurants are all over. You can go to Amelie's Bakery. You can go to Hazelnuts. You can go to Chima, which is a Brazilian steak place. There's Fleming's, and a whole host of ... Eddie V's, which is a fish restaurant. Look up restaurants in Charlotte. There's no shortage of them. Definitely a lot of stuff going on there, uptown Charlotte as far as food is concerned, and it's just getting bigger every single day.
There you have uptown Charlotte in a nutshell. If you are thinking of moving to Charlotte, if you want an uptown condo, if you want a McMansion, if you want a brand new construction, give me a call. My name is Eli, I'm at (704) 620-0060. My number is below.
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