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!

York County Council Asking to Vote on Concrete Plant

In mid-August, county planners met and discussed plans for a concrete plant on Bethel School Road. Although this plan has not yet been approved, city council members are worried about its effects on citizens and how much they would be able to interfere to help. This issue has sparked a conversation about what the county should allow without a council vote.

As it stands, if land uses are listed in zoning and the project meets density, building, and traffic requirements, there is little a city council can do to stop something from being built. In the case that a special exception is made, the proposals can go to vote on the council, which is what leaders are trying to do in the case of the concrete plant.

People have argued both for and against building this new plant. Many people do not want the plant so close to family homes and rural areas. But many others supported the economic development that new business would bring to the area. It has also been compared to a plant at another site that has been causing traffic problems. The county’s main concerns are what the plant would do to the property value of homes in the area as well as potential traffic problems it could cause on a small road headed to a school.

If the county decides to make concrete and quarry plans an exception, the council would be allowed to vote on each issue and look at each one individually in terms of how it would affect the community rather than companies just being able to build whenever zoning allows it.

Council members say that zoning in the area is outdated and are working hard to change that. It is unclear how quickly these changes can come but to read more about what council members are doing to progress and what potential affects of a concrete plant would be, be sure to check out the full article at www.heraldonline.com

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!

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!

More potential development for Lake Wylie, Fort Mill and more

Plenty of residential and commercial development is on the horizon in Lake Wylie, Fort Mill and all over York County. Many projects are still in the planning phases, but locals  could expect some big changes around town.

Lake Wiley’s Mill Creek Commons could be the potential new site for a new apartment community right across from the Harpers Green subdivision. This will be a significant residential addition as Mill Creek Commons is already home to many commercial retailers, including Walmart, Lowe’s, McDonald’s, Bank of America, Wachovia, Walgreens and Zaxby’s.

Furthermore, the 13-acre Public Storage site at the corner of Bonum Road and SC 49 could be home to even more new mini warehouses.

Fort Mill may be getting a new vet clinic at the North Carolina state line just off of Hamilton Place. Also in Fort Mill, a 5,000 square-foot space at 3004 US could undergoing a change from retail space to restaurant space.

There are also talks of building a 157-lot subdivision in the Rock Hill area just east of Hands Mill Highway. County planners are also discussing expanding another home subdivision at Shadow Lane and Brush Creek Road, and expanding a single-family subdivision west of SC 901.

These are just a few of the projects that county and city planners are deliberating over. For more details on these potential developments and others in the area, be sure to read the full article at heraldonline.com.

 

Shiloh Farms beauty: 1490 Canter Lane

An absolutely beautiful new listing is available in Shiloh Farms that features 3,200 square feet with four bedrooms and three bathrooms on a massive 10.8-acre lot. The property is also home to a guest house with detached eight-car garage. Horses are welcome on the property that features a fishing hole and beautiful view of the 32-acre community lake just over the dam. This is a perfect place to live for horse owners or horse lovers, and the neighborhood offers plenty of outdoor recreational options.


This desirable home was built in 2008 and has solid wood floors, crown molding, and tray ceilings. The large kitchen features granite countertops, a double wall oven, a large island and plenty of cabinet space. The master bathroom features a tile shower, whirlpool tub and double vanity, and there is tons of walk-in storage space throughout the entire home, including the attic and crawl space. This home also features a generously-sized front porch as well as a bonus heated sunroom.

Shiloh Farms is a lovely community of stately homes situated on expansive lots in York, South Carolina. It is conveniently located between the I-77 and I-85 corridors. York offers a strong sense of community and a slower pace than the big city metropolis of Charlotte. Furthermore, Shiloh Farms is located just 25 minutes from Lake Wylie, which offers plenty of outdoor recreation and charm. Plus, residents can take advantage of South Carolina’s lower taxes.

This property in Shiloh Farms just hit the market and it is listed at $714,900, and for more information on this home and others like it, 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.

Featured Listing: York’s 1775 Canebrook Glen

Your beautiful new home could be awaiting you in the desirable neighborhood of Bethelfields. This four bedroom, two and a half bathroom home totals 2,348 square feet on nearly a quarter acre lot. The open floor pant plan features a kitchen and breakfast bar adjacent to the great room, which includes a charming fireplace for chilly nights.

There are numerous upgrades throughout the house including hardwood floors throughout the downstairs level, as well as upgraded tile in the kitchen. The master bedroom features double walk-in closets, a spacious bathroom with a garden tub and a large double vanity. In addition to the four bedrooms, the second story of the home also features a loft/bonus space, which is perfect for a kid’s play area or home office.

Bethelfields is a lovely community conveniently located in Lake Wylie and sits in the Clover school district, which features some of the best schools in the state. This family-friendly neighborhood boasts a swimming pool, playground, picnic tables and more. Residents can also take advantage of a community storage lot for boats, trailers and RVs.

Living in Bethelfields offers a small town vibe with the convenience of living between several metropolitan areas, including Charlotte, Rock Hill and Gastonia for all of the big city amenities you could dream of.

You won’t want to miss this gem of a home, and for more information on this home or other properties like it, be sure to visit LKWRealty.com.

New infrastructure projects are happening in Lake Wylie

Many new developments are on the horizon for Lake Wylie, particularly infrastructure projects, which are great for the city, its residents, and the local economy. Most recently, a $1.75 million construction contract was awarded by York County Council for an intersection realignment at SC 557, Griggs Road and Bate Harvey Road, right beside Griggs Road Elementary School. The project should help with the traffic and safety of the area, and it is slated for completion by the end of 2017.

A lane-widening project is also underway at SC 274 and 279, and the $25.7 million  project is expected to be completed in 2020. Another multi-lane widening project of SC 557 that only totals about $4.3 million will also be completed in the same year. As far as this year is concerned, residents can expect a shoulder-widening on Paraham Road, with completion anticipated for this fall.

These infrastructure projects are part of the Pennies program, which has been very successful overall but has faced cost estimate issues. Many projects have turned out to be more expensive than anticipated, and there are discussions on how to fix this. There is a new staff in place overseeing the program, which could assist in making better cost estimates, as well as utilities assessments.

Overall, there is plenty of positive change in the pipeline for the infrastructure of Lake Wylie, and the Pennies project has been widely successful in helping to implement this change. For more details on these infrastructure projects and others and what it means for Lake Wylie as well as York County as a whole, be sure to read the full article at heraldonline.com.

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.