Neighborhood Spotlight: Austen Lakes

Austen Lakes is a neighborhood that provides a small town feel while still being close enough to the city. This community has a lot to offer including the lower South Carolina taxes and the premiere school district of York County.

Along with the neighborhood amenities, it is also close to Lake Wylie which offers swimming, boating, fishing, and hiking, as well as many ore outdoor activities perfect for the whole family. Austen Lakes is also only a short drive from the city which offers antique shopping, historical attractions, and many parks and trails for people who prefer the outdoors. These include Lincoln Park and Magnolia Street Park which have things like playgrounds, trails, picnic tables, and more.

Currently there are 2 homes on the market in Austen Lakes which represents 2.2 months of inventory. This means that Austen Lakes is a seller’s market which matches York County as a whole.

In the last year the average sales price has increased while the average price per square foot has slightly decreased. The homes range in square feet from 1200-3600 square feet and from 2-5 bedrooms. Homes are currently listed from $205,000 to $225,000.

With so many neighborhood amenities as well as things to do in the city, Austen Lakes provides the perfect small town feel for your next family home!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Clover Meadows

Clover Meadows is a beautiful neighborhood that offers a small town feel while still being close to big city amenities. Residents of Clover meadows get to enjoy the lower South Carolina taxes while still being close to city attractions in North Carolina. It is also in the premiere Clover school district.

Clover Meadows is close by to many dining options as well as antique shopping and historic attractions. In addition, it is only minutes from Lake Wylie which offers activities like fishing, sailing, hiking, and picnic shelters. the neighborhood is also close to Clover community park which offers walking trails, a playground, baseball fields, and a disc golf course.

Currently there are 14 homes on the market in Clover which represents 4.2 months of inventory. This makes Clover Meadows a seller’s market. This is very similar to the markets of Clover and York County as a whole.

In the last year, average price and average price per square foot have both decreased. Homes in this area range from 1200-3200 square feet and from $160,000 to $200,00 a month.

Homes in this area are selling fast so be sure to check out Clover Meadows for your next family home!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Bethelfields

Bethelfields is a beautiful neighborhood located right on Lake Wylie that offers the benefits of small town living while still being close to city life. This neighborhood is a family-friendly community with many amenities and events aimed at bringing the community together.

Residents get to take advantage of the lower South Carolina taxes while still enjoying all the amenities on Lake Wylie. The neighborhood even offers a large storage lot for boats, trailers, and RVs giving residents easy access to lake activities. Other amenities of this neighborhood include swimming pools, picnic tables, playgrounds, and walking trails. Bethelfields is also very dog friendly with many doggie-waste stations along the numerous walking trails.

Bethelfields also enjoys being located in renowned Clover school district, making it the perfect place to buy a family home.

Currently there are 5 homes on the market which represents 2.5 months of inventory. This makes Bethelfields a sellers market compared to the more balanced market of York County as a whole which has about 5 months of inventory.

In the last year the average price per square foot of homes in this neighborhood have decreased but the overall average sales price has slightly increased. Right now prices range from $215,000 to $280,000.

With so many amenities in such a great location, Bethelfields is definitely worth checking out for your next family home!

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!

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

Lake Wylie eyes Rock Hill’s electric bus plan

There is a new trend in public transportation that is happening just across the Catawba River from Lake Wylie, Fort Mill and Tega Cay, that will hopefully be making its way all around the region. Electric buses are soon going to hit the scene in the city of Rock Hill. These buses not only limit environmental pollution, but they feature Wi-Fi and charging stations in addition to seamlessly connecting residents around the city with downtown stops. Plus, this will be a free service for riders.

With so much development happening in the Lake Wylie area, the options for entertainment, dining and shopping continue to grow while transportation to and from these locations gets more and more difficult. Traffic on the major local highways and thoroughfares  as well as the lack of available parking, is certainly a deterrent.

Public transportation would cut down on traffic, eliminate the frustration of trying to find parking, and would greatly reduce environmental emissions. More so, the public transportation is great for businesses and would be a tremendous boost to the local economy.

There are many details that would need to be worked out among the three municipalities of Fort Mill, Tega Cay and York County. Hopefully, what’s about to get underway in Rock Hill can also become a reality on the opposite side of the river. For more details and information on this project, check out the article at Heraldonline.com.

Charlotte’s River District is its biggest new development in decades

screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-3-51-33-pmJust east of Belmont, between Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the Catawba River, lies Charlotte’s River District, the newest, massive, mixed-use master-planned development to hit Charlotte in decades. The potential for such a project, conveniently located right near the airport and only eight miles from Uptown Charlotte, is huge.

This new development aims to create a walkable, urban environment that showcases a variety of housing in a community that really connects with nature. Developers plan to take advantage of the unique topography, woodlands, streams and creeks that the area is home to. While developers plan to build housing, retail space, office space and more, the plan for development also calls for preserving approximately 500 acres of land and using that land for mountain biking, walking and hiking trails with a walkable community laid out around them.

Approximately 10,000 people will occupy the new homes here, which will range from very moderately priced homes all the way up to luxurious estate homes. With the hopes of having some of the trails open to the public possibly as early as the summer of 2017, as well as completing construction on the first stage of the residences in the next two years, final completion of the entire project, which is slated to be as big as Ballantyne occupying approximate 1,400 acres, is not expected for about 30 years. The project will be completed in stages, but given its size and scope, it will certainly take quite a bit of time.

Stay tuned for the ongoing development of the River District. And, for more details and information on the project, check out the article at WCNC.com.

Fort Mill’s development plans continue to…develop

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-5-43-38-pmscreen-shot-2016-10-16-at-5-37-54-pmIn local development news for Fort Mill, the town’s plans continue to push forward, but Council approvals and re-zonings are still in the works.

Fort Mill Parkway will potentially be the site of 75 new homes at Whites Road across the street from what will be the future location of the new Fort Mill district high school. What will most likely be 75 new homes was potentially going to be 670 new apartments, but town planners agreed that less construction and less density would be more ideal, given the proximity to the new school location.

Also, Fort Mill Town Council recently passed a rezoning and development agreement on Fort Mill Parkway occupying almost 45 acres, as well as an agreement to annex 208 existing homes at Huntington Place that are situated on approximately 49 acres.

Moreover, as part of a Main Street revamp, the Town Council accepted $5,000 to renovate or restore new facades there. A grant program was also recently approved by the town for facade improvements with $15,000 set aside for the first year and matching grants dedicated primarily to businesses on Main Street, with the hopes of reinvigorating but maintaining the historical integrity of the area.

In a separate project, a recent pushback from the Town Council on the annexation and development agreement dates, The Carolinas Healthcare System property at Fort Mill Parkway and Tom Hall Street still needs further approvals before It can move forward with its plans to put a multistory medical building there.

For more details on the town plans for Fort Mill, be sure to read the full article at Heraldonline.com.

 

Steele Creek gets a new apartment community

screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-4-28-27-pmSteele Creek’s lovely community of Berewick is getting a new apartment complex that will be located right next to the Berewick Town Center’s village green near the community’s retail center.

The shopping center will be anchored by the new Harris Teeter that is scheduled to open in October.  The 53,000 square-foot grocery store will be a big addition to the community and will certainly help to accommodate the new residents that will be moving in once the new apartment community of Solis Berewick  is completed.

The site of Solis Berwick is 13.8 acres and was purchased for $4.7 million this summer by Terwilliger Pappas, and the apartment development company has finally broken ground on the new Steele Creek 275-unit community.

Residents here will be able to take advantage of fantastic amenities, including a clubhouse, a poolside pavilion with a fire pit, a fitness center, a pet park, and more. Initial apartment homes and amenities are slated to be completed by the middle of 2017, with the entire community finished by early 2018.

Steele Creek is a charming town that borders Lake Wylie and is conveniently located close to interstate 485  and not far from the airport, and offers one of the quickest commutes to uptown Charlotte.  Steele Creek also offers plenty of great shopping and dining, and the new Solis Berewick apartment community will make a wonderful residential addition. For more details, be sure to read the full article at bizjournals.com.

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