Archives for February 2016

Eagle Park: Small town, big quality of life

If you think small-town living means sacrificing conveniences and modern touches then you need to take a look at beautiful Eagle Park near downtown Belmont.

Begun in 2006, Eagle Park is in the heart of Belmont and within walking distance of Main Street’s charming local shops and restaurants.

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A quaint cottage home in Eagle Park.

Nearby destinations include the Carolina Thread Trail, which is a regional network of greenways and trails; Belmont Abbey College; the U.S. National Whitewater Center; Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and Crowders Mountain State Park.

However, you do not have to go far to find things to keep active. Neighborhood amenities include a playground, dog park, pool, clubhouse and fitness center. Additionally, the community  is bordered by Belmont Central Elementary and Stuart Cramer High School, so residents have access to those surrounding trails and fields.

Eagle Park homes were built by some of the area’s finest builders – David Weekley Homes, Brookline Homes, Westwood General Contractors and Simonini Group.

Together, these builders contributed more than 12 floor plans from which to choose and customize. The neighborhood blends single-family homes, cottage-style homes and townhomes. The townhomes were built by Westwood General Contractors.

The homes in Eagle Park vary in size from about 1,700 square feet to the high 2,000s in size.

There are resale homes and new construction single-family homes and townhomes available for sale in Eagle Park.

Only seven homes sold in the neighborhood in the last year, averaging a sales price of just over $240,000. The average price per square foot is approximately $130.

There are currently 15 Eagle Park properties listed for sale, which is about 6 months of inventory (not including townhomes) for the community. Five of the residences are under contract as of Feb. 26. Nine properties listed for sale are townhomes, which range from 1,280 square feet to about 1,700 square feet.

Eagle Park is zoned for Page Primary for prekindergarten to 1st grade; Belmont Central Elementary for 2nd to 5th grade and located adjacent to Eagle Park; Belmont Middle School, serving 6th grade to 8th grade; and Stuart Cramer High School, also adjacent to Eagle Park.

Metro Charlotte is about 20 minutes away, but on a clear day you can enjoy a skyline view of the city without the traffic!

Seclusion & security in gorgeous River Hills

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A gorgeous waterfront estate in River Hills.

River Hills on Lake Wylie is one of the area’s premier lakeside communities with nearly 1,100 single-family homes and condominiums.

Built in the the 1970s by Hilton Head’s Sea Pines Group, the gated community is built around the championship golf course of River Hills Country Club.

The neighborhood has tennis courts, a fitness center, swimming pools, community gardens and walking trails for residents to enjoy. Homeowners also have lake access via a private, full-service marina and boat slips for owners without waterfront access at their home.

River Hills is on the South Carolina side of Buster Boyd Bridge on Hwy 49 and is only 30 minutes from Rock Hill, Uptown Charlotte, Gastonia or Charlotte-Douglas Airport.

The award-winning Clover School District serves the neighborhood.

For more complete neighborhood details,  see this neighborhood profile.

An average of 5.3 homes sold each month in River Hills during the last 12 months for an average sales price of $324,532.

There are currently 27 homes for sale in River Hills, ranging in price from $200,000 to $830,000. Nine of the homes are already under contract as of Feb. 24.

Six waterfront properties are listed for sale, including this beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home that is behind River Hills gates but technically not part of the property and therefore not in the HOA. This is a fantastic way to live on the water  in a secure location without HOA fees! This seller is motivated, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to live on the water!

Twenty-seven homes listed represents approximately 5 months of inventory for the neighborhood, which is less than the 7 months inventory currently for both Lake Wylie and York County.

The highest price of a home sold in the past year was $610,000 for a 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom 5,400-square-foot home on the golf course. The lowest price was a townhome that sold for $137,400. On average, River Hills’ properties sell for 97% of list price.

River Hills is a fantastic property in a prime lakeside location. Its diverse home styles and activities attract all types of people and families. There is something for everyone in River Hills!

Spotlight: Peninsula on Bayshore

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LiveWell’s full-brick model home in The Peninsula on Bayshore

If you are looking for lakeside new construction in Belmont then look no further than The Peninsula on Bayshore. There are floor plans and price points to suit most families.

The neighborhood is located off South New Hope Road just north and across from Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

When you are ready to move into your new lakeside home, you will find the location is convenient to many nearby amenities. Downtown Belmont is convenient across the Armstrong Road bridge, and from there the Charlotte metro area is just about 25 minutes away.

If you happen to live and work in Belmont or the area then the beautiful, historic downtown area has plenty of local shops and businesses to keep you busy.

In the summer, the lake will be calling and you will be steps away from its shores. Based on the information from builder LiveWell Homes, there are water view lots but no waterfront lots. There are established homes not part of The Peninsula neighborhood that occupy the shoreline lots.

LiveWell did not provide information regarding community boat storage plans or water access/docks. Should there be no neighborhood access, the nearest public boat ramp is just down the road across the Armstrong Road bridge at the Allen Fishing access area.

Only new homes and lots are currently available in The Peninsula on Bayshore.

There are 14 home styles to choose from and customize on one-acre partially wooded lots. The builder offers 4 levels of homes – Cafe, Classic, Cottage and Estate series. Sizes range from 2,288 square feet to more than 3,700 square feet. Prices start in the $290,000s and go up to the high $300,000s.

One completed home sale has closed in the last 12 months. According to LiveWell’s web site, there are 13 other lots also sold as of Feb. 21.

The neighborhood is zoned for New Hope Elementary, Cramerton Middle and South Point High School.

LiveWell is one of the builders in Lake Wylie’s Palm Tree Cove II and The Retreat at Sunset Ridge. This is the company’s first community in Belmont.

York Co. proposes housing freeze

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A new proposed ordinance would not allow any further building permits to be issued in York Co. communities where there is a concern of the impact of rapid growth, such as the Lake Wylie area.

The York County Council is moving to enforce this is in unincorporated areas of Fort Mill and Bethel townships, according to a Rock Hill Herald report.

In addition to the Lake Wylie area, the land between the Catawba River and North Carolina line would also be impacted by the proposed freeze.

Concern came from residents currently living in the high-growth areas that the areas were being overbuilt and that roadways were not meant to handle the increased traffic more building would bring.

All new construction of single-family and multi-family homes would be stopped until an impact study can be completed.

A detailed outline of the proposed ordinance is expected to be ready for a council vote April 4.

Concern over the construction boom is not a new issue for the Lake Wylie area. A little more than a year ago there were 20 subdivisions planned or under way. Those projects alone would cover 2,000 acres.

While the increased population helps the local economy, it also puts strain on public services, like roads and the school system.

York County Councilman Bruce Henderson last year called for a building moratorium and tighter restrictions on future construction. His effort failed, though the county has made an ongoing effort to change county codes.

It appears the county will revisit this issue again April 18. Population density is definitely a concern for an area and community that prides itself on living a laid-back, lakeside lifestyle.

 

At home in historic downtown Belmont

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Though there are many wonderful neighborhoods with Belmont addresses, none can quite match living in downtown historic Belmont right off bustling Main Street.

The small-town charm of the area attracts families, young professionals and retirees to the area. Its proximity to Charlotte makes it the perfect place to come home to after a long day in the “big city, ” which, by the way, is a mere 25 minutes away.

In 2013, Belmont joined the Main Street Program, a state and national program that helps historical areas boost economic development. There are many local restaurants and shops in the downtown area, including Rivermen Brewing Co., which is moving to downtown from its 1500 River Drive location. Downtown is also home to Stowe and Davis parks.

In addition to the shops and restaurants, there are a myriad of community activities like the concert series, Friday Night Live and the spring GaribaldiFest. These family-friendly events bring residents and visitors to the downtown area and support the local businesses.

The town’s historic district has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1996. According to the town Web site, it contains “roughly 264 buildings and 2 structures that were built between 1850 and 1949.”

The average sales price of a home in downtown over the last 12 months is $249,900, with an average price per square foot of just under $130.

A home sells once every 3 months in the downtown area. Currently, there are 2 homes for sale in downtown Belmont, which is about 6 months of inventory.

One of the homes listed is a beautiful, renovated brick home built in 1928 on Central Avenue. The other is a wood-sided home built in 1915 that is located on Main Street. Both reflect the charm of the downtown area.

The homes listed for sale are in the mid-$400,000s. The highest price of a home sold in the downtown area in the last year is $392,600 for a Main Street home that was completely renovated and built in 1948. The lowest sales price was $128,000 for a 2001-built, 1,000-square-foot home on Main Street.

Just like the people this small town attracts, there is a lot of diversity in the homes in Belmont’s Main Street area. Whether you want a home built in the 2000s or early 1900s, Belmont has a home for you.

The thriving town of a Belmont is a great place to call home!

Builder buys hundreds of acres on Lake Wylie

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Bonterra Builders has purchased a large tract of land near Lake Wylie in southwest Mecklenburg County, according to a report in the Charlotte Observer.

Bonterra, whose homes are also in Lake Wylie’s Heron Cove and Belmont’s Morgan Branch, purchased a 213-acre tract off York Road for approximately 6 million, the report said.

The land is southwest of McDowell Nature Preserve just before the bridge. The southern border of the land purchased abuts the waterfront homes on the north side of Boyd’s Cove.

The report did not give a timeline or a plan from Bonterra for the land.

Bonterra lists 29 communities in and around the Charlotte region it has planned or completed.

It builds homes in all price points from the $100,000s to near $900,000. The homes in Lake Wylie’s Heron Cove are large in size and are priced in the $400,000s.

With Bonterra’s development likely coming to the Boyd’s Cove area, now is the time to get in on a beautiful waterfront home there.

This gorgeous ranch built in 2000 has expansive waterfront views throughout and nearly 5,000 square feet of living space. Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 9.38.44 AM

The home has been fastidiously maintained and is ready for summer fun and watching sunsets from the porch!

Sunset Point: Affordable lakeside living

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Sunset Point on the shores of Lake Wylie is a beautiful community tucked away on the southeastern corner of the lake near Westminster Park.

Built in 2002, the neighborhood includes single-family detached homes and townhomes. It is one of the more affordable communities on the lake with waterfront homes. boatslip

Sunset Point is 20 miles south of Charlotte with convenient access to I-77. It is minutes from Fort Mill and Tega Cay.

Founded in 2002, Sunset Point has many amenities, such as a pool and cabana, grills and picnic area, private beach area with a picnic pavilion and a lakeside boardwalk.

The neighborhood also has a 64-space community boat storage area. Most waterfront homes in the community also have either private backyard docks or private community slips. Public access boat ramps for residents who do not have a boat slip or dock is available at nearby Ebenezer Park.

Interior homes usually range in the $200,000 to $300,000 range, while waterfront homes in Sunset Point can approach high $400,000s.

Currently, there are 2 homes listed in Sunset Point, both waterfront and listed at $450,000. Both homes are around 2,500 square feet.

The average sales price for a home in Sunset Point over the last 12 months was $234,050.  There were no waterfront homes sold in the last year. The price per square foot for the homes sold averaged approximately $90.

The highest and lowest price of homes sold in the last year was $277,000 and $189,500, respectively.

Life on the lake attracts all kinds of buyers and Sunset Point is no different. The community is a diverse mix of young, single professionals, couples, families, retirees and empty-nesters.

If you thought waterfront or even water view living would bust your budget, think again. Keep an eye on homes available in Sunset Point!

Sportsplex one step closer to reality

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The York County Council on Monday approved a preliminary step to bring an athletic complex to the Lake Wylie area, according to a Rock Hill Herald report.

The council OK’d plans to set up a special tax district to help pay for the nearly $7 million complex that would be adjacent to Crowders Creek Elementary School.

The 50 acres adjacent to the school is owned by York County, however, the council members were split on who would ultimately run the complex, as the country does not want the responsibility.

Lake Wylie Sports Commission is the group behind the drive for the complex, but the commission does not want to run the complex. It is possible the special tax district, once established, would be the entity responsible for the complex, according to the report.

The hope is the complex, with 3 multipurpose and 3 baseball/softball diamonds, would drive more tourism by bringing sports tournaments to the Lake Wylie area. The hope is that local restaurants and lodging would also benefit from the proposed complex.

Signatures and fund-raising are the next step in bringing the facility to fruition.

In December, York City Council approved $2.45 million from its hospitality fund toward construction costs.

Ballots are to be circulated in 11 districts, and 2,751 signatures are needed in order for the sports complex special tax district proposal to be added to the November ballot.

Neighborhoods closest to the proposed complex are Autumn Cove at Lake Wylie and Tullamore, which is still being built out.

For the full story, see The Rock Hill Herald.

See our listing in Autumn Cove, a beautiful 3-bedroom, 2 bath home with numerous upgrades!