Friday, January 30, 2015

Homebuilder betting on Blue Line, Belmont area

Modern homebuilder Dialect Design is betting that the light rail extension will spur interest in Charlotte's Belmont neighborhood with a plan to build custom houses in the area.

Dialect's design
Belmont, wedged between uptown, NoDa and Plaza Midwood, has remained largely immune to gentrification, even as the neighborhoods around it are taking off. Dialect has five lots in the neighborhood ready to build on, said Toby Witte, the company's co-founder. One has been sold and is ready to start construction.

"It's light rail, to put it bluntly," said Witte, asked why he's pursuing this market now. "Our office is in NoDa. We've been driving through Belmont, not trying to linger so long...It will be a desirable neighborhood in no time."

The neighborhood's Parkwood stop is the first Lynx Blue Line extension stop north of uptown.

Witte said the houses his company plans to build will appeal to a "hip, urban" set, people who want to live near the city's center.

The "S-series" houses will:

  • Be 2,030 to 2,450 square feet
  • Feature an open floor plan, with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a "second floor roof terrace with skyline views of uptown for selected sites." 
  • Start at $305,000

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! About time for Charlotte to start building modern houses for those of us who like them! I can't wait, and then I can take the train to my job uptown! This is exciting!

Anonymous said...

I like the design but there's no way I'd pay that much for that neighborhood.

Rboggs81 said...

That will seem like a bargain once the line is complete and area has gentrified. Great investment if you can afford it.

Shauna said...

Birdsong is also coming to the neighborhood. It's beginning to turn...slowly but surely : )

Anonymous said...

The modern style homes look nice but I would miss a larger style window and all the natural light.

James Edgar said...

"Belmont, wedged between uptown, NoDa and Plaza Midwood, has remained largely immune to gentrification, even as the neighborhoods around it are taking off."

Oh, don't worry, it will come soon enough. The developers remain committed to creating their special county where only millionaires can live. It's just taking a lot of time to get all the non-millionaire scum out of the county.

James Harrison said...

I agree..its about time a modern builder is taking on Charlotte. It will be welcomed and much appreciated.

Ashley Pender said...

It's not that big of a bet...I would have to agree that the developer is onto something and it will most likely pay huge dividends by looking at the surrounding neighborhoods.

Dee Blackburn said...

There are actually several contractors and architectural firms that practice Modern House design in Charlotte.

Liquid Design
studio 1 architects
Liz Grillo - realtor. Google Modern, Charlotte
Dialect
Perry Poole