Gastonia plans to expand Greenway system

Gastonia is in process of trying to get state support to expand the Greenway system. The system is a network of walking and biking trails that connect parts of the city. The growing network is in process of expansion at this time and will soon have the long-awaited connection to Rankin Lake Park. The next step is a bridge over Long Creek that will connect to Gaston College and more points further North.

The bridge is an essential part of the Greenway if the city wants the Greenway to connect to the North. The first step is to secure a grant through the Recreational Trails Program. This would infuse the project with federal money that is then divided throughout the counties through the Division of Parks and Recreation. There is a first round application now, with a second round application in June. The hope is to get the grant which could fund between 50 to 100 percent of the cost of the bridge which is estimated at between $150,000 and $200,000.

Other expansions in progress will connect the Highland Rail Trail to the Northern boundary of Rankin Lake Park. This is all part of the redevelopment of the I-85 U.S. 321 interchange.

Further expansions could include linking Gaston College and the Gastonia Technology Park with Dallas Park off of Dallas-Cherryville Highway. This will give 10 miles of trails, greenways, and enhanced sidewalks for pedestrians and cyclists. This will be a much safer alternative for those cyclists and pedestrians as they will not have to navigate automobile traffic on these routes.

For more information and to read the entire article, click on the link to the Gaston Gazette.

Waterfront Property: 7044 Brookview Drive

Here’s your chance to start your dream home on Lake Wylie literally from the ground up. This amazing property at 7044 Brookview Drive is a blank canvas at the moment, with no structure other than a floating dock on 0.8 of an acre. Take an opportunity to sit on the dock and dream up your perfect home and in a short time it can be a reality. It’s one of the last opportunities to own a dockable waterfront homesite in the heart of Lake Wylie.

This wooded property slopes down to the lake and makes a perfect opportunity to build a home with a terrific view. Imagine looking out from your kitchen and watching boats idle by, or water birds wading by your dock. Other homes on this prestigious street range in price from $700,000 to $3 million so the sky’s the limit for the scope of the home you can build here. You can build a true custom home here, just bring your own builder.

The property lies just inside the South Carolina border, which offers you lower York County taxes. The property is also already connected to city water and sewer. Brookview Drive is located on a small inlet just behind the Lake Wylie public library branch. From the road, it is right off highway 49 near the intersection of Blucher Circle, right by Lake Wylie Marina  and the Lake Wylie YMCA. The property location is also walkable to many small businesses, but has the serenity of the lake for a true retreat.

If you have school age children, this property is currently zoned for top rated Oakridge Elementary, Oakridge Middle, and Clover High Schools in York County. Please verify school assignments as boundaries can change.

For more information and additional photos, check out our full listing here.

Main Channel Waterfront View: 18326 Hideaway Road

Views like this don’t come up for sale often. This rare property has over 200’ of water frontage with expansive views of the main channel of Lake Wylie. Imagine watching the sunset every day from your large screened in porch. You can keep track of all of the boat traffic or watch the wildlife as you relax.

Hideaway Road is truly hidden away from the worries of the city. This home is located at the end of the road off of Grand Palisades Parkway, just past the Palisades Country Club and Palisades Episcopal School. A quick drive will have you at Rivergate for shopping, dining, entertainment and more. McDowell Nature Preserve is close as is Carowinds Amusement Park. Nearby highway access to I-77 will have you at Charlotte Douglas International Airport or Uptown Charlotte in no time at all.

When you approach the home, you enter from a large parking area with a small front porch. There is also a 2 car carport for sheltered parking. Walk around the back and you will see a pier walkway down to the floating dock. Step out to the end for an even better view of the main channel.

Inside the home is a huge living room with vaulted ceiling and an oversized fireplace. This leads you towards three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The kitchen and dining areas and the full size laundry room round out the main living space.

Don’t miss out on this property as it has tons of potential. With just over an acre of land, there is an opportunity to add to this 1,784 square foot home to truly make the space grand. For more information and additional photos, please see the full listing here.

Neighborhood Spotlight: The Peninsula at Bayshore

The Peninsula at Bayshore is a new home community from builder LiveWell, located off S. New Hope Road in on the banks of the Catawba River right around the corner from Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Just across the river sits Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and directly North is downtown Belmont, North Carolina.

Residents in The Peninsula at Bayshore have easy access to The Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium, The US National Whitewater Center, and everything Uptown Charlotte has to offer. Lake Wylie is also easy to get to from the neighborhood as are great options for dining, shopping and more. You can also use the nearby highway access to get to Crowder’s Mountain or South Fork Park.

Homes in The Peninsula at Bayshore have large wooded lots, many over an acre. Exteriors are full brick and have sunrooms or screened in porches for outdoor living space. Homes have two or three car garages and courtyard style garages are included on some plans.

High ceilings in the lower floors are common as are open floor plans and hardwoods throughout. Large chef’s kitchens with stainless appliances, gas ranges, granite counters, and ample storage are standard. Homes have between 4 and 5 bedrooms and 3 or more bathrooms. Square footages are typically around 3,000 and can include flex spaces, fireplaces, game rooms, bonus rooms, home offices and more.

Children in the community currently attend award winning Belmont Schools including New Hope Elementary, Cramerton Middle, and South Point High Schools. Please verify school assignments as they can change.

In the past year, homes in The Peninsula at Bayshore have sold for between $350,000 and $437,000 with an average sale price of $390,000. There are currently 3 homes on the market representing 7.2 months of inventory. Eventually there should be future development in the middle of the neighborhood, giving even more options for new homes.

New Mediterranean Restaurant Coming to Belmont

The buzz is that a new mediterranean restaurant is coming to Belmont. The owners, Gus and Vicki Georgoulias have been in the business for a long time. They used to own Cosmos Cafe in Uptown Charlotte which opened in 1997 and Mythos which was a nightclub opened in 1993. They bring their years of experience to this new venture.

The restaurant will be called “Estia’s Kouzina” and is located at 609 N. Main Street. Named after Estia, the Greek goddess of hearth and home, and Kouzina is Greek for “kitchen”. The new restaurant will be Greek-influenced, but have emphasis on healthy, tasty, and unique flavors.

The site is the former home of a catering company and a Chinese buffet and steakhouse. This new revitalization will be a vital part of downtown Belmont and will be a truly family restaurant. Gus and Vicki’s children are already helping and will continue to be a presence. Belmont is a family community and Estia’s Kouzina will fit right in.

The menu should bring the owner’s experience with Greek and Mediterranean-inspired homemade meals to the table. They will be recipes that have been passed down, but will be paired with local ingredients and locally sourced products. Staples such as gyros, souvlaki, moussaka and more will most likely grace the menu as well as tapas for quick bites.

Seating for around 240 people in the main dining room will pair with several private rooms, a bar, and outdoor patio. Local beer will be on draft and there will be a few television screens.

Estia’s Kouzina will be open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner service. Sunday they will be open for brunch. Outside catering will also be available. The build out of the space is still in progress and the owner’s expect an opening sometime in the middle of the year.

For more information, be sure to check out the full article in the GastonGazette.

Amazing Lake Frontage: 9418 Windy Gap Road

Open House tomorrow, March 3rd, 1-4 PM

Don’t miss out on this amazing home with 221 feet of lake frontage in sought after Brown’s Cove. Picture yourself enjoying the fantastic views of the lake from the gourmet kitchen, living room, screened-in porch, and many of the bedrooms. Sit around your fire-pit and watch the sunset every night.

This tranquil home sits on almost an acre and includes a dock, boathouse and the boat lift stays with the property. The lake was dredged so the home has deep water at the dock to accommodate larger boats and is great for swimming.

The home was built in 2008 and has 4011 square feet of living space. Due to septic permits, the home is listed with 3 bedrooms, but it actually has 5. There are three full bathrooms to serve your family and any guests you invite to your private retreat. The home is completely updated and even comes equipped with an elevator.

There is a circular driveway that leads you to a side-load two-car garage. There is additional parking for at least 4 other cars. The extra parking can come in handy as this home can serve as a partial investment property. There is a basement rental unit which is a unique opportunity that comes with this home. You could also keep the rental unit as a separate guest suite.

Currently the home is zoned for Berewick Elementary, Kennedy Middle, and Olympic High Schools. Please verify schools as assignments can change.

If you can’t make the open house, give us a call and we will arrange a private showing for this or any other property. This one is priced at $799,000 and is too good to miss.


Free Wifi in Downtown Belmont

Downtown Belmont has launched free wifi to the public in the Main Street area. The internet is provided by North Carolina based service provider Open Broadband, which provides ultra-high-speed wifi. People visiting the downtown area are now able to access the 1 gigabit wireless network with no password required through any device with internet capabilities. Belmont City Manager, Adrian Miller, has commented that this new service is a logical extension of the high-tech, connected world we live in today.

Open Broadband was able to set up this wifi through antennas that are mounted throughout the downtown area. In addition, the wifi network is actually helping promote the area’s local business and restaurants. When visitors select the “Open Belmont” option, an internet browser window will appear directing them to connect. This browser window will also serve as an advertising board for local shops or restaurants.

This internet provider is a favorite of Belmont, having already installed wireless antennas in several other Belmont business and residential locations. Prices for this service range from $30 to $350 monthly and the plans offered range from 25 megabits to 1 gigabit. Open Broadband is a unique and appealing option because its upload and download speeds are the same, an advantage that is not offered by every service provider.

Open Broadband is already in talks with several other areas to expand this public internet service. To learn more about how this wifi works and where else it is offered, be sure to check out the full article at 

Neighborhood Spotlight: Handsmill on Lake Wylie

Handsmill on Lake Wylie is a secluded, gated community located right on the shores of scenic Lake Wylie. The neighborhood is close to the state line, making it only a 30 minute drive to the city amenities of Charlotte. There are 20 square miles of lake for residents to enjoy, where they can reach the water from one of two private marinas and boat ramps. There are also many amenities away from the shore including walking trails perfect for spotting local wildlife. There is also a clubhouse with a Jr. Olympic sized swimming pool, fitness center, kids pool and play area, and an outdoor patio with fireplaces.

Just a 30 minute drive away, is the busy city of Charlotte which offers shopping, dining, and cultural options. For those that don’t want to go all the way to Charlotte, York County itself has plenty of options to explore, including one of several properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is also a new children’s museum in the area as well as additional opportunities to see local wildlife in Kings Mountain State Park.

Currently there is 1 home on the market so the neighborhood is in high demand. This represents 1.7 months of inventory, making the neighborhood a seller’s market. This is comparable to York County as a whole, which is also more of a seller’s market.

In the last year the average price of homes have increased substantially but the average price per square foot has only increased slightly. Homes are currently on the market for around $575,000 and all homes are designed with modern finishes.

With its secluded feel and proximity to so many local and city amenities, Handsmill on Lake Wylie is the perfect place for a family home.

Neighborhood Spotlight: The Retreat at Sunset Ridge

Conveniently located in the Clover area, The Retreat at Sunset Ridge is a beautiful neighborhood filled with new, move in ready homes. The neighborhood is located just minutes from Lake Wylie, which offers plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts including fishing, boating and kayaking. There are also a number of parks nearby including Cherry Park which offers picnic tables, walking trails, and five baseball diamonds. There are also multiple shopping centers close to The Retreat which offer plenty of shopping and dining options.

Residents of The Retreat at Sunset Ridge get to take advantage of the lower York County taxes as well as the renowned Clover school district. These schools are Bethel Elementary, Crowders Creek Middle, and Clover High School. The homes in the neighborhood are new, large, brick homes and the neighborhood offers a community pool in addition to all the nearby amenities.

Currently, there are 5 homes on the market in The Retreat at Sunset Ridge which represents 10 months of inventory. This makes the neighborhood a buyers market compared to York County as a whole, which is a seller’s market. This makes the neighborhood the perfect place to buy in York County.

In the last year, the average sales price has decreased while the average price per square foot has slightly increased. Homes are currently listed from $430,000 to $550,000 with the average seller’s discount remaining roughly the same in the last year.

With the current market and all the amenities available nearby, The Retreat at Sunset Ridge is definitely worth checking out!

New Housing Development: The Vista

A new housing development called The Vista at Lake Wylie is planned for the intersection of S.C. 274 and Pole Branch Road. There are 169 homes planned. Because this development is planned for such a busy intersection, the developers are hosting a meeting for residents. Instead of the typical presentation, this meeting is an open-mic, question and answer meeting to hear resident’s concerns.

The money for this development came from the 2003 and 2011 Pennies for Progress votes. In this project, county residents decided whether or not to charge a cent sales tax for improvements to roads. Because the money came from this project, residents have had concerns that the development will affect conditions of the roads.

In addition to the 169 planned homes, the development is planned to include an amenity area on the lakefront property with two separate entrances and a new intersection. However, in order for this development to happen, a rezoning still needs to take place. This proposal has been submitted but has not gone through yet due to the currant lack of traffic impact studies.

Assuming the approval of the rezoning, construction should be starting April and wrapping up in 2020. Construction bids for the $35 million development should open in February. To read more about the project and its details, be sure to check out the full article at