Move-in ready: 305 Hydrangea Drive

Don’t miss out on a fabulous opportunity to get in on a great home in desirable Somerset at Autumn Cove. 305 Hydrangea Drive is a perfect as the flower for which it is named. This move-in ready home is simply exquisite.

Somerset at Autumn Cove is a recent neighborhood in Lake Wylie. The address is in Clover, SC which means that residents enjoy lower South Carolina taxes but are zoned for amazing Clover schools. Builder Eastwood Homes is still working on some projects within the neighborhood, but this home is ready to go with no waiting. This is one of the most reasonably priced neighborhoods at the lake, perfect for starting out in the area.

Located off of highway 49, Somerset at Autumn Cove has easy access to Clover, Lake Wylie, McDowell Nature Preserve, and is an easy trip to Uptown Charlotte.

When you first come up to the property, you see that it sits high on the hilltop with a great view of the oversized lot. There is a completely fenced backyard with amazing trees, deck and a hot tub that conveys! The side-load garage is at the top of the driveway with level space for additional parking.

Picture yourself entering your new front door to reveal beautiful hand-scraped hardwood flooring. These floors invite you into the rest of the first floor with a vaulted sunroom with loads of natural light. There is also an upgraded large kitchen with tons of counter space, stainless steel appliances, and a great pantry. The kitchen is open to the family room and the sunroom for a truly grand space.

Upstairs you find three large bedrooms and two full bathrooms. There is also a huge bonus room that could be used as a 4th bedroom, or converted into a home theater, game room, it is truly a flex space. The large master has trey ceiling and a brand new shower and huge garden tub.

This is a rare opportunity, not to be missed. 305 Hydrangea Drive is waiting for you.

 

Amazing Value in Misty Waters: 9105 Shorewood Place

The time to act is now if you want an amazing home at a great value in Misty Waters. This property was just reduced by $15,000 today. The sellers are motivated and the home is priced $100,000 below appraised value. Current offering price is $534,900.

Misty Waters is a gated community in Belmont on the shores of Lake Wylie. This upscale neighborhood is located off NC Highway 273 in Gaston County, NC just minutes from Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Tranquility abounds in Misty Waters as it is situated on one of the most unspoiled areas of Lake Wylie.

There is easy access to the highway via I-85, I-485 or Highway 74 which can all take you to Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Uptown Charlotte. Many options for shopping, restaurants, and major employers are within easy reach, yet homes in Misty Waters seem remote and peaceful. Historic Belmont is a quick drive away as are Belmont Abbey College and Monastery. There are also options close by for golfing and country clubs.

Neighborhood amenities include clubhouse and pool that overlook the lake, community marina with boat docks and deeded boat slips and boat storage, recreation area and walking trails.

Picture yourself living in this amazing community in a home with 4,278 square feet of living space custom built in 2003. The home contains 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Each bedroom has access to a full bathroom. There is a large three car side-load garage with huge bonus room or 5th bedroom upstairs. Closets are ample for great storage.

The gourmet kitchen has a huge island, wine fridge, trash compactor, stainless steel appliances, ice machine, two sinks, and instant hot water. Granite counters compliment the wooden cabinets and tile flooring.

The exterior has brick on all sides for easy maintenance and there is a wrap around porch with beautiful views of the homes 1.34 acres. The backyard is a true oasis with saltwater pool with its own slide. Though this is an interior lot, there is a private boat slip deeded to this property at the community marina.

This home is currently zoned for amazing Belmont city schools. Current zoning is for Belmont Central Elementary, Belmont Middle, and South Point High Schools. Please verify zoning as boundaries can change.

You won’t get a better deal than this in Misty Waters. Act now.

 

Neighborhood Spotlight: Berewick

Berewick is a large community of homes on the southwest side of Charlotte near Lake Wylie. The center of the community is a 5,200 square foot manor house with space for gathering, a catering kitchen, activities director, fitness center, and children’s activity center. There is a large event lawn as well as a Junior Olympic swimming pool, splash pool, and lounge areas. Other amenities that round out the public space are a pond, 300 acres of green space, and hiking trails.

Public access to Lake Wylie is about 10 minutes from Berewick. You can enjoy watersports, fishing, or just relaxing on the water from this access. There is also Berewick Park in the community with playground, picnic shelter, and baseball fields. Berewick is also close to golf courses, Renaissance park for hiking and mountain biking, and Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.

Berewick is located just south of the interchange between I-485 and highway 160 near Charlotte Premium Outlets. Within walking distance are grocery stores, shopping, and dining options in Berewick Town Center. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a short drive away as well as a commute to Uptown Charlotte which should take around 20 minutes.

Children in Berewick attend the newly built Berewick Elementary School, Kennedy Middle School and Olympic High School. Olympic is home to many different specialized schools including Renaissance School, Math, Engineering, Technology and Science School, International Business and Communication Studies School, International Studies and Global Economics School and Biotechnology, Health and Public Administration School. Please verify school assignments as they can change from time to time.

Homes in Berewick were built by four main builders, DR Horton, Essex Homes, Lennar Homes, and Ryan Homes. These homes are within 8 distinct villages, each with a Scottish name. There are one and two story plans and prices tend to be in the $200’s to the $400’s. There are currently 38 homes on the market in Berewick, representing a 2.1 month supply of inventory.

Amazing Custom Home: 13525 Grand Palisades Parkway

Imagine entering a gated enclave of 7 homes, you turn into your new driveway and see your amazing Kingswood Custom Home. As you enter, you drive over the custom cobblestone driveway and pull into your side-load garage. The stone and stucco exterior are beautiful and low maintenance.

Located on Grand Palisades Parkway, this home is walking distance to the Palisades Clubhouse and golf course. Walking the other direction will take you to the Palisades Sports Complex. As part of the Palisades neighborhood, residents have access to the clubhouse, fitness center, golf course, playground, pool, and walking trails. Lake Wylie is a short drive as is McDowell Nature Preserve and Carowinds Amusement Park. A trip to Uptown Charlotte or Charlotte Douglas International Airport won’t take long with easy access to highway 49 and I-77.

Inside the home you enter a grand stair hall with warm hardwood floors and large arched doorways. Straight ahead is the living room with high coffered ceilings and stone fireplace. You will also find a formal dining area with wainscotting and designer lighting. To your left is your custom kitchen with eat-in area. There is a large island and custom cabinetry and lighting. This leads you outside to a truly astonishing screened in space with outdoor fireplace, beadboard ceiling and stone flooring. Follow outside to a custom firepit and outdoor lounge area.

Rounding out the downstairs is the spacious master bedroom with custom closets and spa-like bathroom. You will also find a wine cellar, central vacuum, and security system.

The remaining bedrooms are upstairs as is a bonus room/lounge area. Each bedroom has crown moulding, access to a full bathroom, and large windows for plenty of natural light.

This home has a total of 4,111 square feet in a thoughtfully designed floor plan. There is ample storage, and a full laundry room with utility sink.

Children in the neighborhood attend top rated Palisades Park Elementary School. They then feed to Southwest Middle School and on to Olympic High School. Please verify school assignments.

This property is listed at $799,000. For more information please check out our full listing page here.

 

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.

 

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.

Steele Creek and Lake Wylie Housing Market Report 2017-2018

The Steele Creek Real Estate market continues to be one of the top markets in the Country and is estimated to be one of the top 5 in the entire Country by the end of 2018.

On the National scene existing Home sales will finish at a pace not seen since the bubble bursting run up to 2006 clocking in at about 5.5 Million but amazingly still approximately 1.1 Million less than that all time high.

According to forecasts by the National Association of Realtors the steadily improving US economy, sustained job growth and rising confidence that now is the time to buy a Home should pave the way for an increase in Homes sales in 2018.

Back to Steele Creek, the availability of land, proximity to Charlotte’s 485 outer loop, Downtown and the Airport along with a widely diverse Housing Market are driving increases in prices and sales. A new master planned Development is in the final planning stages for the large mainly undeveloped area west and south of the Airport which will include the proposed River District slated to be larger than the Ballantyne area in South Charlotte. The area is expected to increase in population by 20-25% over the next 5 years.

Sales of new and existing Homes in the Steele Creek area over the past 12 Months for the zip codes of 28278 and 28273 were at a staggering pace of close to 2000 sold, leading the way the Community of Berewick with sales up 33% to 356, the Palisades with 131 sales was a distant second.

Another large Master planned Community is rising in Gaston County near Lake Wylie and Belmont called McLean, while just getting started sales were up to 40 in 2017.

Over on the South Carolina side of the Lake new Developments are popping up like spring flowers, national production Home Builders like Mattamy Homes and DR Horton along with local Builders, Fielding and Bonterra Homes are building a potpourri of styles and myriad of prices. New Home sales in the Lake Wylie SC area have increased from 75 in 2014 to around 200 per year at the end of 2017.

Sales of existing Homes in the Clover-Lake Wylie-York area zip codes of 29710 and 29745 although not quite as strong as its counterpart Steele Creek were close to 1300 over the past year. The top seller in that area is the well-seasoned “Jewell” of them all, the magnificently well planned Community of River Hills with close to 80 closings and an average sales price up 15% to $354,000.

WATERFONT MARKET UPDATE

Median prices continue to rise in the waterfront market due to low inventory and high demand, as of this writing there were just 57 active listings in both Carolinas down from the 120-140 we experienced for a few years with only 6 priced below $500,000. The 1 Million plus market was very active with 16- 1 Million Dollar plus Homes closed in 2017 and currently 12 were on the market. A total of 169 waterfront Homes sold down slightly from the year before with a median price pushing close to $700.000 up from the low $600,000’s that were steady for some time.

As urbanized Charlotte continues to gobble up large tracks of land for high density development the demand from those looking for the serenity and peace of Lake living along the shores of Lake Wylie will find it more and more difficult to afford.

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!

Lake Wylie and and US Real Estate Market Report

The steadily improving US economy, sustained job growth and rising confidence that now is a good time to buy a Home should pave the way for an increase in existing Homes sales in 2018 according to forecasts by the National Association of Realtors.

Nationally existing Home sales will finish at a pace of 5.47 million the best since 2006 but still about 1.1 million less than that all-time best mark.

The lack of inventory has pushed prices up 48% from the low point of 2011, locally the Steele Creek area remains one of the hottest markets in the Country, the population is expected to jump 20-25% over the next 5 years, and for most of us originally from the area this is both a blessing and a curse.

Closings in the past 6 months are at 834 with 211 under contract and currently 221 listed for sale.

Prices on Waterfront Homes have steadily gone up and finding anything under $600,000 is tough sailing. Homes for sale are at an all-time low at this writing of only 78.  Median price is over $750,000 all record breakers.

Enough of the boring stats, if you’re planning to buy a Home or Condo now should be it, sitting on the fence so to speak is going to price you out of that dream Home. Quarterly prices have been increasing in some areas by 8% in the Charlotte area.

Buyers in the region are flocking to areas closer to Uptown Charlotte and prices are skyrocketing. Commute times and just being closer to the action seem to be the driving force. As traffic worsens that trend will surely continue and speaking of traffic it seems that it increases daily.

As a former member of the York County Planning Commission I always said the reason people left their former Cities and Towns and moved to this area will be the same reason they leave this area, Taxes, traffic, crime and poor planning.

David has been a Real Estate Broker, Developer and Contractor in the Charlotte area for 40 years and is currently Principle Broker and Partner of Lake Wylie Realty, David and his wife Karen live on Lake Wylie and are both Charlotte natives.

Copyright 2017 David McCorkle

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!