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.


A Dream Home for Father’s Day

A Recently Sold Home in Eagle Park

A Recently Sold Home in Eagle Park

This Father’s Day, make his dreams come true by investing in a home of his dreams. What could be better than a home that is close to golfing, tennis, water sports, has a great yard to putter around in and has all of his favorite features? Where can you find all of these things? Eagle Park in Belmont has all of this and more, all within walking distance to downtown Belmont.

The U.S. National Whitewater Center, the Catawba River and just to the South, Lake Wylie are all of the water sports places Dad will need to keep himself in shape and get the vitamin D he needs. He can also mountain bike on the 8.3 mile loop of trails around the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

Dad can choose between Green Meadows Golf Course, or he can play a much more fun round at Purple Planet 3D Mini Golf. He can head to Davis Park for some tennis, or join CrossFit Belmont for some intense circuit training.

He’ll also love going out to the many restaurants, antique shops, pubs and art galleries all just a quick walk away.

Eagle Park is a new neighborhood of traditional single-family homes, cottage style homes and townhomes. The project features parks, trails and green space that both Dad and Mom will love. Builders include David Weekley Homes, Westwood General Contractors and Brookline Homes, LLC.

Pool at Eagle Park

Pool at Eagle Park

The amenities of Eagle Park include a playground, competition pool, clubhouse, fitness center, pocket parks and a bark park for dogs. The community is already strong hosting many weekly events in the clubhouse. The pool includes a splash area for kids as well as relaxation areas for the adults.

In the past year, homes have sold in Eagle Park for between $201,000 and $340,000. As of June 18th there are currently 8 homes on the market in Eagle Park with one under contract. List prices range from $270,000 to $359,900. There are also still opportunities to customize and build a home. So this Father’s Day, give Dad what he really wants, a lifestyle upgrade.

Neighborhood spotlight: Clover’s Tullamore


Great Clover schools, lower taxes and nearby Lake Wylie are just a few of the reason to take a look at the Essex Homes community of Tullamore in Clover!

Tullamore is just south of Autumn Cove and Crowders Creek Elementary School off SC 49/274.

Just 5 miles from the state border, Tullamore is convenient to all the lake-area amenities as well as 25 minutes from I-485/I-77 interchange near Westinghouse Boulevard. Nearby recreational destinations include Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, McDowell Nature Preserve and Crowders and Kings mountain state parks.

Shopping and dining is very close just north of Tullamore at the intersection of Highway 557. There is a Lowe’s, WalMart as well as restaurants, banks and a grocery store. Further east on 49 there are even more dining options before crossing the Buster Boyd Bridge toward McDowell Nature Preserve.

For boaters, there is access near the Buster Boyd Bridge and Lake Wylie Marina.


An Essex Home in Tullamore

Neighborhood amenities include a picnic area and playgrounds.

Essex Homes is in the process of building out the 101 home sites in Tullamore, and only new construction is available.

The homes in Tullamore range from 2,100 square feet to 4,096 square feet and are priced starting in the $300,000s. Both ranch and 2-story homes are available in Tullamore on generously-sized lots. Essex is offering 10 home plans with a range of customizable options.

There are currently 11 homes listed for sale in Tullamore. Only 2 homes are under contract as of March 3.

A total of 7 homes have sold in the last 12 months in Tullamore. The average sales price for the homes that have sold in Tullamore is $308,409 and less than $96 per square foot.

The neighborhood is zoned for Crowders Creek Elementary School, Oak Ridge Middle School and Clover High School.

Essex Homes is also building homes in The Bluffs and Handsmill on Lake Wylie.

The Sanctuary lives up to its name

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Grand estate homes on large lots in a heavily wooded setting is the trademark of Lake Wylie’s The Sanctuary, an exclusive community with just 187 home sites planned on its more than 1,350 acres.

The idyllic Charlotte setting offers both waterfront and interior acreage, with lots ranging from 2 acres to 13 acres. In addition to main homes, the larger lot sizes allow for building additional structures like guest homes and studios.


This gorgeous, 5,000-square-foot Tudor home sold this month in The Sanctuary.

Amenities include The Camp & John James Audubon Lodge, a 17-acre waterfront area with swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness center and a boating center. The Sanctuary employs a full-time staff to bring neighborhood residents together in social and recreational activities.

The neighborhood is adjacent to Thomas McAlister Winget Park and the North Carolina State Wildlife Landing. It is approximately 5 miles to I-485 at Steele Creek Road. Charlotte-Douglas airport is about 20 minutes away, and a commute to Uptown will take approximately 35 minutes. For everyday shopping, the Steele Creek area is the most convenient from the neighborhood.

There are 15 approved builders for creating custom homes in The Sanctuary. Twenty percent of the land space will remain undeveloped and allows for nearly 20 miles of walking trails, 300 acres of open common space and 7 miles of shoreline on the property.

Currently, there are 9 properties listed for sale in The Sanctuary, one of which is under contract. Seven of the properties are resale homes, and two are pre-construction home plans that can be purchased as land only.

Only six homes sold in The Sanctuary during the last 12 months. Five of the homes were resale and 1 was a new construction home. None was waterfront property.

The average sales price of those 6 homes sold was $811,125 and $168.20 per square foot. The sales averaged 96.6% of list price.

Additionally, there is a unique opportunity to own a waterfront home inside The Sanctuary property that is not governed by Sanctuary deed restrictions. 

Built in 1953, the 1,000-square-foot home is in a prime location that includes a boat lift and dock. It is listed at $450,000 and could be occupied as is or torn down and rebuilt. The lot is nearly 1.2 acres. It is a fantastic chance to live within the beauty of The Sanctuary without the steep price or restrictions.

The family-friendly neighborhood is zoned for Charlotte’s Winget Park Elementary School, Southwest Middle School and Olympic High School.