SouthPark was established in the 1950s initially as a residential suburb of south central Charlotte. The region was once part of a 3,000-acre farm owned by a former governor of North Carolina. The main house of that farm, known as the Morrocroft Mansion, is one of the region's most stunning registered historic places – a 14,000 square foot home in the Tudor Revival style. Although ownership of the mansion changed hands in the 1980s, it is still used as a private residence today.
SouthPark's modern identity is usually defined in terms of its economic and retail activity. With the second largest business district in the state and one of the most popular malls around, SouthPark has grown into a maturity of its own. There is one additional feature however, that makes SouthPark so attractive to homebuyers: the depth of recreational opportunities available. The nearby greenways, McMullen and Lower McAlpine Creek, have almost five miles of walking/biking trails which are maintained by the Charlotte Park and Recreation Department. Nearby, Park Road Park is a popular destination for outdoor gatherings; the site features courts for basketball and tennis, baseball/softball fields and a five-acre lake. A fitness center, more playing fields and a water park are also available at the Harris YMCA.
Education for school-age children is mainly provided by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Throughout the county, the district manages almost 140 campuses serving about 115,000 students. Despite the district's size, the student-to-teacher ratio as last measured was moderate at 15:5. About 10 schools in particular cater to SouthPark residents: four elementary schools, four middle schools and two high schools.