Neighborhood Spotlight: Handsmill on Lake Wylie

Handsmill on Lake Wylie is a beautiful gated community that combines natural beauty with resort-style amenities. Homes are right on the lake offering exclusive access to all the activities Lake Wylie has to offer. These activities range from fishing to boating to hiking. The neighborhood even has two private marinas and boat ramp solely for residential use.

Hndsmill also offers many amenities within the neighborhood. For nature-lovers, there are many walking trails and green space to spend time in. But the centerpiece of the neighborhood is the luxurious Handsmill Club complete with a state of the art kitchen, two gathering areas, and a large outdoor patio perfect for entertaining. There are also amenities like a junior olympic swimming pool and fitness center only available to residents. For children, there is a separate playground. But while Handsmill offers seclusion and natural beauty, it also has the advantage of being within half an hour of all the activities Charlotte has to offer.

There are currently 3 homes on the market in Handsmill which represents 6 months of inventory. This means that right now there is a balanced market in the area, which is comparable York County as a whole, which also leans towards a balanced market.

In the last year the average price per square foot has slightly decreased while the average sales price of homes has stayed roughly the same.

With so many wonderful natural and community amenities, Handsmill at Lake Wylie is definitely worth checking out!

Company given stop order for home project in Lake Wylie

Mattamy Homes has been working on a project in Y0rk County, by Lake Wylie. Lake Crest, the site of the project was originally zoned for 175 homes on 85 acres of land and is one of many ongoing residential developments in Lake Wylie under the company. However, a stop order has just been issued for the project, halting any construction.

Stop orders are issued to halt construction until certain environmental standards are met but the exact cause of this order has not been released. This is not the first time this has happened in Lake Crest. Back in 2015, a notice of violations was issued to the site citing that the company disturbed land outside the delineated zone. A notice of violations is issued before further actions are taken in the form of a stop order.

This 2015 incident was when Allison Love first decided to run for York County Council. Her campaign cited runoff and over development as causes for concern for the health of the lake. Now, as a current member of council, Love has the same goals. She has participated in ongoing committee work to keep sediment out of Lake Wylie in an effort to protect it. She also plans on meeting with environmentalists and state legislators later in the week to further discuss these issues.

For more on Love’s position and goals as well as the status of the Lake Crest development, be sure to check out the full article at www.charlotteobserver.com

Neighborhood Spotlight: Heron Cove

Heron Cove is a beautiful neighborhood on a quiet peninsula of Lake Wylie, offering all the peacefulness of the lake along with many neighborhood amenities and local activities. The neighborhood has large plots of land to fully take advantage of the surrounding woodland and lake.

One of the best amenities of Heron Cove is its Waterfront Park. There, residents can swim in the lake or fish from the shore. There is even a storage rack for residents’ canoes. In addition to activities on the water, the park is the perfect place for picnics or barbecues and even has a fire pit. For children, there is a separate park filled with many family friendly options for kids. The Heron Park Swim Club is also a popular option for residents to socialize and swim.

Heron Cove is in Clover School District, one of the best districts in South Carolina which is also a big plus for families. Residents are able to enjoy the lower taxes of South Carolina while the city life of Charlotte is just minutes away.

Currently there are 7 homes on the market in Heron Cove which represents 7 months of inventory. This means that Heron Cove is leaning towards a buyer’s market compared to the more balanced market of Lake Wylie as a whole.

In the last year, the average sales price of homes and average price per square foot has slightly increased.

With so many local and neighborhood amenities, Heron Cove is definitely worth checking out for your next family home!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Patrick Place

Patrick Place is a beautiful private community made up of large, brick, single family homes. Residents in this neighborhood enjoy privacy by being in a quiet wooded area while still being close to local activities and amenities. Each home in the neighborhood is custom built on lots ranging from half an acre to one acre.

Amenities in Patrick Place include wooded paths, picnic pavilions, ball fields, and a basketball court. Patrick Place residents also have access to “The Cabin”, a historic building that hosts monthly activities and events. The Cabin is also available for private use by residents.

Besides the many amenities within the neighborhood, Patrick Place is also only minutes from places like Lake Wylie and Charlotte. Lake Wylie is a hub for boaters, kayakers, and swimmers in South Carolina and is only five minutes from Patrick Place. Meanwhile, downtown Charlotte is just half an hour away and offers nightlife, theaters, museums, and many other activities.

Patrick Place currently has around 2.4 months of inventory which means it leans more towards a sellers market. This is comparable to York County as a whole which is also currently a seller’s market.

While the average price per square foot of homes in this neighborhood has increased slightly over the last year, sales prices have actually decreased. Homes in Patrick Place tend to be priced between $300,000 and $400,000.

With all the neighborhood amenities plus the wide range of things to do nearby, Patrick Place is definitely worth checking out!

Riverbend Development discusses plans for Belmont neighborhood

For nearly 10 years, Riverbend Development has owned nearly 6 acres of land within walking distance of downtown Belmont. With this prime location, there has been much discussion over what to do with the land. The developers are open to discussion from neighboring parcels of land over what kind of homes or businesses they want but the current plan is to build a mixed-use development including apartments and businesses.

The way the neighborhood is zoned means that Riverbend has a lot of flexibility with what they choose to build on the land. The company is proposing a mix of one and two bedroom apartments and over 10,000 feet of commercial space. They are looking into getting a permit for higher density but that has not been completed yet.

One thing that many residents have become concerned about is a plan to construct two roads within the development. No traffic solution to this has been proposed, which is what is concerning residents. They say that the streets in the town are narrow and increasing traffic on them could inconvenience many commuters. Riverbend has addressed traffic as a problem they are actively working to solve.

Another thing neighborhood leaders are adamant about is that Belmont retains is historical aesthetic. The historical nature of Belmont is very important to residents and leaders and while they welcome change and development, it is important that the neighborhood maintains this aspect.

Riverbend continues to work on this development and talk to surrounding areas about future plans. To learn more about what Riverbend intends to do and potential concerns for citizens, be sure to check out the full article at cvilletomorrow.org

Neighborhood Spotlight: Mill Creek Falls

Mill Creek Falls is a beautiful neighborhood located just a short distance from Lake Wylie. The neighborhood is just south of the North Carolina line which puts it in a perfect location, allowing residents to receive the benefits of lower South Carolina taxes while still being close to Charlotte’s city life. Being close to Lake Wylie allows for many outdoor activities like boating, fishing, hiking, and many other water sports. Mill Creek Falls is also within half an hour of the international airport and a new outlet mall.

The neighborhood itself also comes with many amenities. It includes a swimming pool, two tennis courts, and a six acre community lake with gazeboes, picnic tables, and grills. There are also walking trails that have all been recently updated. In addition to these amenities, Mill Creek Falls hosts a variety of family friendly events and activities throughout the year including an annual egg hunt, a carnival, and a drive in movie, making the neighborhood the perfect environment for families.

There are currently 9 homes on the market in Mill Creek Falls, which represents almost 3 months of inventory. This means the neighborhood is more of a seller’s market right now, consistent with the markets of York County as a whole.

In the last year, the average price per square foot has remained the same while the average sales price of homes has slightly decreased. Homes are listed from $280,000 up to $415,000.

With so many neighborhood amenities and nearby activities, Mill Creek Falls is the perfect family neighborhood and is definitely worth checking out!

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!