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.

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: Lauren Pines

Lauren Pines is a beautiful secluded neighborhood that offers all the benefits of small town life while still being close to larger cities. Located in York County, Lauren Pines offers homes on large lots surrounded by nature, providing residents with a tranquil and relaxed setting. Residents also receive the lower taxes that come with South Carolina while still being close to cities like Charlotte.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Lauren Pines offers plenty of recreational options such as walking, hiking, or mountain biking on its many trails There is also plenty of wildlife in the area to observe and enjoy. Even though this neighborhood is outside of the city, it has easy access to I-85 giving it a direct route to cities like Charlotte and Spartanburg. Gastonia is also only 20 minutes away for those looking for more shopping and dining options.

Currently there are 6 homes on the market in Lauren Pines. This represents 10.3 months of inventory, making this are a buyers market compared to York County as a whole which is more of a sellers market.

In the last year the average price per square foot as well as the average total sales price of housers has slightly increased. Currently homes are listed from just over $300,000 to $375,000

If you’re looking for a family home in an area that offers a small town feel as well as being close to big city living, Lauren Pines is definitely worth checking out.

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.

Market Update: March

Home prices in the entire Carolina MLS area just continue to rise, with housing inventory in the Charlotte region at a low, and a growing demand for property in this super hot real estate market. Home sales increased 11.5% in March 2017 as compared with the same month of 2016. This increase is a whopping 54% jump compared to February 2017. Plus, the average list price was up 9.4% in March as compared with the same month in 2016.
Inventory in Lake Wylie was also down 28.6% in year over year numbers for March, however there was a 9.1% drop in the average sales price of homes. New listings, though, were up 35.8% in March 2017 versus March 2016.
In Fort Mill, inventory is also down, but the average sales price is up 14.5% in year over year numbers, and new listings are surprisingly down 3.5%.

With the low months supply of inventory and few new homes being listed on the market, a rise in sales price is fairly predictable. Across the nation, there has been a steady and constant increase in home sale prices. They are rising the quickest they have in approximately three years, and Charlotte as a whole still has these nationwide numbers beat.

Mortgage rates are also higher now than compared with those of a year ago, and this, coupled with higher home prices, may eventually temper the heightened demand for housing in Charlotte. Currently, homes seem to sell almost as soon as they are listed, so buyers will want to act quickly when they find a home they are interested in.

Charlotte definitely has a seller’s market on its hands, with low inventory, rising home prices, and a surge in home sales. For more details and info on what this means for home buyers and sellers alike, be sure to take a look at the full article at CharlotteObserver.com.

Lakefront Living: 721 Anchors Bend Cove

Take a look at this beautiful custom waterfront home on Lake Wylie that features resort-style living at its best. This 3,400 square-foot home features four bedrooms, three bathrooms and is situated on over five acres of land.

Not only does this property feature a tremendous amount of curb appeal and beautiful outside features, but inside the home is equally detail-oriented with coffered and barrel ceilings, a huge master suite and bathroom with separate vanities and a gorgeous soaking tub, stainless steel appliances in the spacious kitchen, plenty of space for indoor entertaining and recreation throughout the home, and beautiful windows that let in lots of natural light.

Outside, you will find a saltwater pool and hot tub, outdoor cooking areas by the pool as well as the by the dock, and two dock options for access to the lake.
The views from the backyard space are simply stunning, and this location cannot be beat. The property offers privacy and peacefulness but is only minutes away from the dining, retail, entertainment and endless recreation of Lake Wylie.Furthermore, the home is on the South Carolina side of Lake Wylie, so residents can take advantage of the lower taxes there. For more information on this stunning waterfront property at 721 Anchors Bend Cove listed at $1,299,000, be sure to visit LKWRealty.com.

Monthly Market Update: February

Let’s take a look at the real estate market stats for February for the entire CarolinaMLS Area, according to the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association.

Inventory for the Charlotte region is still incredibly low, and was down 28.1% last month as compared with February 2016. However, it is worth noting that even though closed sales were only up .5% in year-over-year numbers, pending sales are up 18.4%, indicating that closed sales are going to pick, as well.

Lake Wylie’s inventory numbers are fairly similar, with a 20.6% drop in year-over-year  numbers for the months supply of inventory available. However, closed sales are down 25.4% for the area, and pending sales are only up 7.5%.

There is better news for Fort Mill and York County as a whole, though, in terms of pending sales and market activity, where February saw an increase by 44.4% and 43.3% respectively, as compared with pending sales from February 2016.

Even though sales have been slow, the notable number of pending contracts may mean there are many future sales on the horizon and more potential sellers are listing their homes. The 15% increase in listing activity this month  as compared with January is a strong indicator that sellers are gaining confidence in listing their homes.
Stay tuned for next month’s real estate stats, as the market across the entire Charlotte region continues to thrive.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Bethelfields

Lake Wylie’s community of Bethelfields features a small town atmosphere in a family friendly community that allows residents to not only take advantage of the beautiful Lake Wylie and all of its conveniences and recreational activities, but also of big city amenities. It is ideally situated between Charlotte, Rock Hill and Gastonia and sits in the Clover school district, which boasts some of the best schools in the entire state.

The neighborhood features a swimming pool, playground, picnic tables and sidewalks, as well as storage for boats, trailers and RVs. There are also regular community events for residents to take advantage of throughout the year.

There are currently three homes on the market representing 2.1 months of inventory, making this neighborhood a clear seller’s market. Inventory is much lower here than in York County as a whole, which features 4.3 months of inventory.

There has been almost no change in the average price per square foot or the average sales price of homes in Bethelfields over the last year, indicating that the market here is very stable and steady.

The average list price is currently approximately $218,000 and homes range in size from 1,983 square feet to 2,348 square feet and feature three or four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms.

This is a great neighborhood on the desirable South Carolina side of Lake Wylie, which features lower taxes and plenty of conveniences. If you are looking for newer construction homes in a neighborhood that offers a great sense of community, you will not want to miss Bethelfields.

Lake Wylie boasts strong real estate market

While Lake Norman is the largest lakefront market in the Carolinas, accounting for $592 million worth of homes and land as well as claiming more than 1,000 current listings, Lake Wylie still holds its own.

Lake Wylie’s real estate market boasts $222 million worth of property with an average list price of homes at $628,755.  Approximately 40% of homes on Lake Wylie on the North Carolina side have a list price between $350,000 and $700,000. 31% of homes cost less than $350,000, 20% of homes range from $700,000 to $1 million,  and only 9% cost more than $1 million.

In comparison, almost 60% of North Carolina’s million dollar homes are located in the Lake Norman region. Lake Norman is also home to North Carolina’s third and fourth most expensive ZIP Codes in the state.

The 28216 ZIP Code in Lake Wylie ranks number nine among North Carolina’s most expensive ZIP Codes. Here, homes average approximately $781,000. There are four ZIP Codes on the South Carolina side of Lake Wylie that rank among the most expensive in the state, including 29745 at number three, 29732 at number four, 29710 at number seven, and 29708 at number eight.

For more details and information on the real estate markets in both Lake Norman and Lake Wylie, be sure to take a look at the full article at bizjournals.com.