Archives for June 2017

Neighborhood Spotlight: The Landing on Lake Wylie

The Landing is a community built directly on the shores of Lake Wylie. The neighborhood is located conveniently to Charlotte, NC while residents still get to enjoy the benefits of South Carolina’s lower taxes. The Landing is also part of Clover School District, one of the best districts in the state.

Residents of the landing get to enjoy all the amenities of Lake Wylie. The neighborhood even has 25 boat slips for its residents. Other amenities include a neighborhood park, clubhouse, and pool. The Landing even has its own competitive swim team. The Landing also has around 2 miles of paved walking trails along with sidewalks along all streets so residents can enjoy walking, running, or biking. Most of the lots in The Landing are around half an acre and the neighborhood has placed a large emphasis on maintaining as much of the natural landscape around the lake as possible.

There are currently 10 homes on the market which represents 6.3 months of inventory. This makes The Landing a balanced market between buyers and sellers. This is comparable with the Lake Wylie area in general which also has a balanced market while York County has more of a seller’s market

In the last year, the average sale price of homes at The Landing has slightly increased as well as the average price per square foot. Homes are listed from $360,000 to almost $900,000

The Landing is a wonderful family neighborhood where residents can enjoy being close to city life while still enjoying the more peaceful setting of Lake Wylie. This neighborhood is definitely worth checking out!

New program created to keep South Carolina’s lakes clean

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is partnering with Clemson University to expand a water monitoring program that has been successful in York County for years. This program will rely on the public’s help to monitor the quality of water in streams and lakes in South Carolina.

This program is called the Adopt-a-Stream program and South Carolina program leaders hope it will meet the same level of success as a similar program in Georgia. Volunteer groups would be provided with training classes and a database for water quality information, as well as any other necessary resources. These groups will meet each month to document stream conditions and alert the state of quality problems, illegal discharge, and other potential issues.

This program is a large expansion of an Adopt-a-Stream program in York County that has been in effect for 8 years. However, that program was just a campaign to clean up trash in the rivers. The new program will expand that to monitoring actual water quality and reporting it to the proper authorities.

With a major state agency backing it, leaders are hopeful that this program will be able to make real changes in the quality of South Carolina’s water. Leaders say that one of the main problems with water quality is that not enough samples are taken. They are hoping that this program will provide more reliable, complete data to improve South Carolina’s waterways.

To learn more about what the responsibilities are for volunteers and the positive impact this program could have, be sure to check out the full article at www.heraldonline.com

New technology to prevent pool drownings

After a close call with a 2 year old girl earlier this week, Belmont’s YMCA is training with a new technology designed to prevent pool drownings. Earlier in the week, paramedics arrive at Ballantyne’s YMCA to respond to a drowning call. A lifeguard had pulled the young girl from the pool and she was alert and breathing. The girl’s father later reported that luckily she was doing fine.

In response to this incident, lifeguard’s have begun working with a new technology developed by Dr. Graham Snyder, a pediatrician from Raleigh. He had dealt with many tragic drownings in the past and developed the new “swim safe” neck bands in response to that.

The band is designed to fit around the child’s neck before they go into the pool. If the child is underwater for more than 15 seconds, the band will begin to flash and sound an alarm to alert nearby lifeguards. Dr. Snyder said that he had seen too many young children die from drowning over the years and wanted to develop something to help remedy that. If the bands are a success in Gaston County, the plan is to expand their use throughout the rest of North Carolina. This technology could be vital to saving many young children in  the future.

To read more about this new invention and how it can help North Carolina children, be sure to check out the full article at www.wsoctv.com

Neighborhood Spotlight: Glenmoor

Located in the historic town of Conway, Glenmoor is a newer neighborhood full of beautiful single family homes. Glenmoor is conveniently located near Highway 99 and Highway 22, giving it easy access to all the amenities of the city of Conway as well as Myrtle Beach. Some notable attractions around the neighborhood include Conway’s famed Riverwalk along the waters of the Waccamaw River along with the many other historic buildings and trails of the city. Residents are also nearby all the shopping and dining, as well as over 100 golf courses along the beach front at Myrtle Beach.

The homes themselves are large single family homes in traditional and craftsman styles. Most floor plans are open concept with vaulted ceilings. There is also a pool and amenity center in the neighborhood.

Currently Glenmoor has 7 homes on the market which represents 8.4 months of inventory. This makes Glenmoor a buyer’s market. In comparison, York County is more of a balanced market.

In the last year, the average sales price of the homes as well as the average price per square foot of the homes have both slightly decreased. Homes in the neighborhood have sold for as low as $238,000 and as high as $340,000. They range from around 1500 to 3000 square feet.

With all the options of homes and prices as well as proximity to local activities, Glenmoor could be the perfect family home!

Cherubs Cafe temporarily closing

Cherubs Cafe is an extremely popular breakfast and lunch restaurant on Main Street in downtown Belmont. Starting this past Monday the cafe closed for the month for renovations. The cafe has been closed in the past for shorter amounts of time to complete updates like painting and cleaning but this is the first time it will be closed for major renovations. Everything from the kitchen to the dining room to the furnishings will be receiving a complete upgrade.

The cafe has been a staple in Belmont for the last 21 years and is run by Holy Angels, a nonprofit group devoted to providing creative learning programs and living opportunities for children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The servers and wait staff at Cherub Cafe are made up of these adults.

The cost of the renovations will be covered partially by Holy Angels as well as donated grants and company discounts. A representative from Holy Angels has said that the cafe will be receiving a complete makeover that she hopes customers will enjoy when the cafe reopens in about a month. For anyone concerned about the well-loved menu at the cafe, it has been stated that the menu will remain mostly the same.

For more about this popular restaurant’s upcoming plans be sure to check out the full article at gastongazette.com

Neighborhood Spotlight: Paddlers Cove

Paddlers Cove is the perfect neighborhood to take advantage of all the activities and amenities that Lake Wylie has to offer. The neighborhood enjoys being directly on the lake, complete with many easy access boat launches, while residents still get to enjoy paying the lower South Carolina taxes. Paddler’s Cove is also part of the high rated Clover School District with the elementary school within walking distance. Just outside the neighborhood is a brand new daycare center as well as the new YMCA/Clover Aquatic Center. Amenities of the neighborhood include a recreation center, pool, and multiple parks and walking trails throughout the neighborhood. There are also three new proposed canoe launches directly on Lake Wylie

Paddler’s Cove currently has 10 homes on the market which represents 13.3 months of inventory. This makes Paddler’s Cove a buyers market. The Lake Wylie area in general is a more balanced market but this neighborhood specifically is currently a buyer’s market.

In addition, in the last year average sale price of a home in Paddlers Cove has decreased even though the average price per square foot has increased.

The average sale price of a home in this neighborhood is just under $400,000 but can have been sold from around $300,000 to $450,000. This neighborhood is home to many wonderful amenities and Lake Wylie activities and is definitely worth checking out!

300 Acres of Lake Wylie land being sold

Duke Energy has invited many residents from the Concord Road area to an open house on June 7 to discuss the upcoming plans to sell nearly 300 acres of Lake Wylie land. Currently the land is zoned as medium density residential but it was not specified what type of land use is planned. These plans have only further encouraged many resident’s desires to rein in the increased residential development around the lake.

Residents are concerned about companies like Duke Energy trying to build as many homes as possible regardless of quality or environmental impact. Allison Love, who serves on the York County Council has said she is concerned about the high density of development, especially on 274, a busy interstate. Other concerns include building density, affect of homes on waterways, and how it would affect amenities such as parks.

Duke Energy owns 88 properties in the York County area. Crescent Communities, which started as a branch of Duke Power, owns another 90 properties totaling 950 acres of land. They have already developed quite a few single family neighborhoods in the area with plans to develop more in the future. They currently have 10 properties for sale that have zoning for hundreds of new homes.

For more information on these two companies plans and land for sale, be sure to check out the full article at heraldonline.com

Neighborhood Spotlight: Carolina Coves

Carolina Coves is a picturesque neighborhood located on the South Carolina side of Lake Wylie in York County. This neighborhood is made up of single family homes and offers a small town feel while still being minutes away from the interstate and all the amenities and activities of downtown Charlotte. This neighborhood has many amenities like walking trails, common green space, large lots (between 1 and 3 acres), and proximity to places like McDowell Park and Stowe Botanical Gardens. Residents of this neighborhood can take advantage of being in the incredible Clover School District as well as the advantage of South Carolina’s lower taxes.

Right now there are 5 homes on the market in Carolina Coves. This represents 15 months of inventory and makes this a buyer’s market. Lake Wylie as a whole has a little over six months of inventory, which makes it a balanced market between buyers and sellers, but Carolina Coves specifically currently favors buyers.

In the last year the number of homes sold the per month has remained the same while both the average price per square foot and the average sales price of homes have decreased. Homes on the market right now range from $500,000 to nearly $700,000 and from around 4100 square feet to over 5000 square feet.

With all the benefits of Lake Wylie and Charlotte so close by, Carolina Coves is definitely worth checking out.