Fort Mill has a new huge development project on the horizon

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 8.10.08 PMFort Mill is undergoing quite a bit of development as 2,900 more homes and apartments are planned along Spratt Street and Fort Mill Parkway. John Spratt, who owns more than 700 acres at the site, presented a plan with partners on Wednesday night to the Fort Mill Town Council to add residential, commercial and recreational space in a new mixed use development there.

The hope is that such land development will be part of the solution to continue to develop and improve Fort Mill, and it will contribute to securing its future. The plan would take over approximately 688 acres along the bypass. The land there would be rezoned from light industrial to mixed use in the town. Another 23 acres currently zoned for residential use would be rezoned to mixed use. Then a development agreement would allow for up to 1,700 single-family homes, up to 1,200 “other residential” units, between 250,000 and 500,000 square feet of commercial space, more than 60 acres of park and recreation space, more than 60 acres of open space and approximately three acres to expand the nearby wastewater treatment plant.

The plan would not happen overnight, as a 20-year buildout is anticipated with the hopes of selling the land to a developer in early 2017. This huge and record-breaking development project could potentially bring about 900 more new residences than is currently provided by the Massey and Waterside subdivisions combined.

As a means for controlling traffic and a need for more schools with so many new residences, the planning commission is recommending to require at least 15% of the residences be age restricted to seniors.

Town Council will have the final say on the annexation of the land, the rezoning and development agreement at a public hearing expected to take place on June 13.

Previously proposed large residential projects met with opposition because rezoning without  annexation would impact the town without providing tax revenue. This proposal, however, is different, as the largest part of the project is zoned light industrial, therefore not allowing for residential use. However, there is still some proposed zoning for residential development, which many are happy to see. Residents in particular are looking forward to more athletic field space as well as the opportunity for property owners to develop land how they see fit.

The plan still needs a little bit of tweaking, as well as approvals from Town Council and the public hearing. But all in all, it is looking good for Fort Mill.

For more details on the project, read the full article at heraldonline.com.

 

Town Spotlight: Clover

The Clover area of Lake Wylie is a special one, lying just south of the Carolina border with all of the beauty that Lake Wylie has to offer, as well as countless local conveniences and a great location. Located in the Northwestern part of York County, legend holds that the town got its start in the late 1800s when a small cluster of homes was built round a 5,000 gallon water tank. Large clover patches grew where excess water spilled, and thus, the name “Clover” stuck. Clover offers great schools, lower taxes and tons of waterfront properties.

Clover and the surrounding area offer a small town feeling, however it allows for easy access to big city perks with its close proximity to Charlotte and Gastonia, North Carolina, as well as Rock Hill, South Carolina. These rapidly growing urban areas offer exceptional dining, great shopping and endless entertainment, as well as a diverse job market.clover1

The housing market in Clover is balanced, with 5.2 months of inventory currently available, indicating neither a buyer’s nor seller’s market. There are also plenty of waterfront properties consistently available in and around Clover. Over the last five years, there has never been less than 23 active listings for waterfront property in any given month, and as many as 49 listings have been available at once.clover2clover3clover4

 

While the majority of waterfront listings in Clover in 2015, both closed and new, had sales prices of $500,000 or greater, there were still many listings at lower price points. However, the first half of 2016 has yet to see a listing for less than $400,000, possibly indicating an appreciation in the market value of homes here.

Take a look at all of the waterfront properties that are currently available in the Clover area, and find your dream home!

 

Fantastic waterfront property: 7215 Buckland Road in Charlotte!

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Rear of home takes full advantage of the water views with large deck spaces, terraced back yard and lots of windows!

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Front of home, which blends beautifully with its surroundings and wooded land

This waterfront home has everything you need for a fantastic Lake Wylie lifestyle and is convenient to the Steele Creek area of Charlotte and major thoroughfares to keep you connected to the outside world.

Tucked away in Brown’s Cove on the Catawba River, this beautiful 1990 cedar-sided home is priced at $635,000 and offers more than 240 feet of cove shoreline with deck, docks and boat lifts for making the most of a waterfront lifestyle.

 

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Fish or launch your boat or Jet Ski from your own back yard!

Inside, the home is chock full of beautiful woodwork, hardwood floors, wood paneled ceilings and exposed beams. Oversized windows bring nature inside and flood the main living areas with natural light.

 

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Big, beautiful windows and natural wood tones bring warmth to the large living area that overlooks the water.

This home has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and more than 3,300 square feet of living space, including a 3rd story loft area. The property also has a detached 2-car garage with plenty of storage space!

The master suite with its sunken hot tub is located off the main level living area, which is wide open with expansive hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings. A beautiful stacked stone fireplace creates a beautiful focal point and gathering area for friends and family.

The well-appointed, open kitchen includes a peninsula bar with seating and lots of prep space.

The lower level walk up has a wood-burning stove and plenty of space for a game room, rec room or just extra living space or home office.

This lovely home is situated on nearly an acre of land west of I-485 near the Dixie-Berryhill area of Charlotte. It is not in a subdivision so there is no HOA or deed restrictions.

From this home at 7215 Buckland Road, I-485 is less than 3 miles away at Steele Creek Road. There you will also find great shopping at Charlotte Premium Outlets.

The entire Charlotte area is close at hand:

  • Charlotte Douglas airport is approximately 9 miles away
  • Uptown is less than 12 miles away
  • SouthPark is 10.5 miles
  • Ballantyne is 14 miles via I-485
  • Carowinds is 11 miles

For nearby and everyday shopping, WhiteHall Commons Shopping Center, which has Publix, Lowe’s and WalMart, is less than 6 miles from home.

This spectacular home is a chance to own waterfront property at a great price and is definitely worth a look!

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Luxury waterfront in Belmont’s Reflection Pointe

The Belmont community of Reflection Pointe is an upscale, gated neighborhood on the tip of the peninsula formed by the Catawba and South Fork rivers.

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This beautiful waterfront property sold in 2015.

The waterfront community is just 10 minutes south of historic downtown Belmont via Southpoint Road and has 362 home sites for your perfect custom home. You can bring in your own builder or choose from the community’s list of approved builders. There are many homes already built but also many lots available.

Reflection Pointe’s location is fantastic with only a 30 minute commute into Center City and about 25 minutes to Charlotte Douglas airport. Both Wilkinson Boulevard and I-85 can bring you to I-485 loop.

Community amenities include a freeform, lagoon-style swimming pool, clubhouse, lighted tennis courts, paved walking trails, recreation field, playground and a marina with deeded boat slips and a sandy beach.

Some of the builders that have built custom homes in the neighborhood are McSpadden Custom Homes, Rouse Builders and Yeary Homes.

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The view from one of the waterfront homes in Reflection Pointe.

Interior homes start in the $400,000s, and waterfront homes are $900,000 and up. Lots are priced from $150,000 to $450,000 for dockable waterfront and $50,000 to $100,000 for interior lots.

Three resale homes sold during the last 12 months in Reflection Pointe for an average sales price of $845,000 and $162 per square foot. Two of the homes sold were waterfront properties; one sold for $1.3 million and the other $870,000. The interior home sold for $365,000.

There are currently 8 homes listed for sale in Reflection Pointe.

Four of the properties are waterfront – 3 resale homes and 1 pre-construction home. The waterfront home list prices range from $839,000 to $1 million. Two are under contract as of April 7.

One beautiful water view resale home is listed for $850,000.

The remaining 3 homes for sale are interior resale homes and range in list price from $499,900 to $630,000.

For information regarding building lots, see the Reflection Pointe HOA web site.

Homes in the neighborhood are zoned for Gaston County’s Belmont Central Elementary, Belmont Middle School and South Point (N.C.) High School.

Spotlight: The Vineyards on Lake Wylie

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A beautiful manicured lawn surrounds the lighted entrance to The Vineyards.

The Vineyards on Lake Wylie is a single-home and condominium community that offers waterfront living while still being minutes from Charlotte Douglas airport, Uptown and historic downtown Belmont.

Located west of the airport on the peninsula adjacent to Belmont, The Vineyards is just south of Wilkinson Boulevard and west of I-485.

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Waterfront home sites with docks awaiting building!

Have no fear of airport noise! With flight paths traveling parallel to the neighborhood, there are no low-flying aircraft over The Vineyards to disturb your peace and quiet!

Including a great location on the water and near the city, the neighborhood offers waterfront homes and a 50-slip marina for boat storage.

Neighborhood amenities include a dog park, walking trails, boat slips and docks, playgrounds, pool with water slide and clubhouse with community room.

The D.R. Horton community, which started going up in 2009 with the condominium construction, is geared toward both families and empty-nesters with two distinct neighborhoods.. Though not age restricted, one section features ranch homes or master bedroom down plans for active adults. Lawn care is included in the HOA fees for those homes.

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A walking trail meanders past the resident boat slips.

The Napa Cottages, Kenwood Villas and Salinas Estates. The homes range in size from 1,356 square feet to 2,755 square feet and start in the $230,000s. Kenwood Villas are attached residences, with 4 homes per building and 2-car garages. There are 6 ranch plans for single-family, detached residences.

In its family-oriented neighborhood, The Vineyards has 8 2-story home plans ranging in size from 2,500 square feet to 3,205 square feet. Prices start in the $250,000s.

Calistoga is the neighborhood’s larger family floor plans that start at 2,560 square feet and $249,000. All the plans have 4 bedrooms and attached 2-car garages. Most plans include a large first-floor family room and 2nd floor bonus space. The Cambridge plan offers a third level and expands the home to 6 bedrooms and 2 bonus spaces.

Waterfront properties currently listed on The Vineyards’ site are priced from just under $451,000 to $536,000.

There is no sales data available on the single-family home portion of The Vineyards yet, however, the townhomes are selling at an average of 1.7 per month during the last 12 months for an average price of $277,245 and $124 per square foot.

There are currently 46 townhomes listed for sale in The Vineyards, both new construction and resale residences. Nineteen are under contract as of April 5.

There are many nearby destinations outside The Vineyards. Metro Charlotte is a 20-minute commute. Downtown Belmont and the U.S. National Whitewater Center are both about 15 minutes away. Toward the west are Kings Mountain and Crowders Mountain state parks.

If you love the idea of staying near the city and not making a move further south to the Tega Cay area then The Vineyards on Lake Wylie is a perfect compromise of seclusion and convenience for nearby shopping, dining and activities. With active adults in mind, there is surely a home to fit every family!

Neighborhood spotlight: Clover’s Tullamore

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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.

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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.

Spotlight: Lennar’s Southern Trace neighborhood

Located just around the corner from The Palisades on Youngblood Road is  Southern Trace being built by Lennar Homes.

In addition to being convenient to the interstates, restaurants and retail, Southern Trace is convenient to McDowell Nature Preserve, Lake Wylie and Carowinds. Lake access is really close at the Copperhead Island public boat launch next to McDowell Nature Preserve.

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This is a 5-bedroom hardboard-sided home that sold in Southern Trace.

Access to I-485 is approximately 20 minutes away. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is 12 miles from Southern Trace via Steele Creek Road, and Uptown is just under 40 minutes away depending on traffic. If works take you to the Ballantyne area then that is only 15 miles away. The closest everyday shopping is less than 3 miles away at Rivergate just east of McDowell.

Southern Trace has a pool and cabana for resident use.

The community offers several floor plans for 2- and 3-story homes on average size lots of a half acre or smaller.

Lennar is offering plans from two of its different home collections – Traditions and The Hall. Many of the homes feature brick and stone veneer with hardboard siding and large front porches.

Traditions homes are priced from $276,990s to $346,490s and are sized from 2,642 square feet to 4,734 square feet. Homes in The Hall collection start at $355,490s up to $429,990s. They are considerably larger starting at 3,567 square feet to more than 6,000 square feet. These plans include 3-car garages and 3-story homes.

There are 25 homes currently listed for sale in Southern Trace and all are new construction. Fourteen of the homes are under contract as of March 30.

Lennar sold 34 homes in the community during the last 12 months. Because it is a new home community, the sales data is not very useful for analyzing the market for Southern Trace homes, but the homes that have sold are averaging $100 per square foot.

The neighborhood is zoned for Palisades Park Elementary School, Southwest Middle School and Olympic High School.

There are many great Lake Wylie-area communities to choose from and Southern Trace is a great choice, especially if you want to be near Lake Wylie and also convenient to the Steele Creek area or South Charlotte.

Lake life in Belmont’s Misty Waters

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Misty Waters is a gated, waterfront community located along Lower Armstrong Road just before the bridge leading to South New Hope Road and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

The neighborhood, developed in the early 2000s, gives residents the best of both worlds being located along the waterfront of beautiful Lake Wylie and still officially in Belmont and part of Belmont’s great school system as well as Gaston County’s lower taxes.

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This Doug McSpadden custom home in Misty Waters is reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and combines natural stone and water in its design.

The serene, natural surroundings of the neighborhood were preserved as much as possible in developing lots for building. Additionally, the neighborhood has strict architectural guidelines for construction in keeping with the style and aesthetic of the neighborhood.

It is a short drive from Misty Waters to I-85, I-485 and Highway 74/Wilkerson Boulevard, which makes for a relatively easy commute to Uptown Charlotte for work or play. Charlotte Douglas airport is only about 30 minutes away. For everyday activities, quaint downtown Belmont is less 6 miles to the north.

Homes in Misty Waters must be at least 2,200 square feet and most are on lots of an acre.

Misty Waters has a lakefront clubhouse, swimming pool, walking trails and community boat dock/marina for residents living on interior lots. Waterfront homes have private docks and/or lifts.

Interior homes range in price from the $450,000s to $600,000, while waterfront homes are typically upward of $1 million.

Only 4 homes have sold in Misty Waters in the last 2 years. The average sales price and size of those properties was $716,875 and 4,721 square feet.

Currently, there are 4 properties listed for sale in Misty Waters. None of the properties is under contract as of March 27.

Two of the homes listed are beautiful waterfront properties.

The highest-priced home is listed for nearly $2 million and includes a guest house, dock and boat lift, and more than 6,800 square feet of living space. The other waterfront property is just under $1 million and has an indoor, heated pool, boat lift and is smaller at just under 4,600 square feet. Both are phenomenal properties!

There are also 2 interior homes listed in the $600,000s.

The neighborhood is zoned for Belmont Central Elementary, Belmont Middle School and South Point (N.C.) High School.

Misty Waters is a spectacular waterfront community that gives all residents access to the lake and the beautiful natural setting that surrounds it.

Spring means it is almost time to get on the water and enjoy lake life!!

Find tranquil, waterfront living in Handsmill

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water. ~Loren Eiseley

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Water and nature are the driving forces behind Handsmill on Lake Wylie.

No matter how hectic your day or the amount of traffic in your commute, coming home should be the most calming part of your day. Add to it living lakeside in beautiful Handsmill, and your day just got a lot better!

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An outdoor meeting area in a rustic lodge setting.

Handsmill is located on Hands Mill Highway and Highway 49. The community is 15 miles from I-485 and easily accessible to medical facilities, great shopping, dining and Charlotte Douglas airport, which is about 30 minutes away. Nearby recreation destinations include the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Daniel Stow Botanical Garden, McDowell Nature Preserve and historic downtown Belmont.

The nearly 400-acre master-planned community is located in York County on Lake Wylie’s western shore. When completed, it will have approximately 500 homes, as well as plenty of green space and walking trails.

Amenities, some of which are not yet completed, will include two marinas with 60 boat slips, boat launch ramp and boat storage area; common areas and parks; junior Olympic pool; fitness center; gathering rooms with fireplaces; catering kitchen; outdoor fireplace; and children’s playground.

The community is being built in 7 phases and has separate sub-neighborhoods – The Manors, The Abbey and The Pinnacle – that include single-family homes and duplex homees built by Handsmill’s approved team of builders.

Nearest the gated entrance, the Pinnacle at Handsmill is being built by Lennar Homes. It offers single-family homes on smaller, interior lots.

The Abbey is all about lakeside living! The custom homes and wooded home sites are nearest the water. Many of the home sites have dockable waterfront lots. There is a list of lots currently available in The Abbey. They range in size from just under 0.4 of an acre to almost 1 acre. Some are interior, but there are some dockable waterfront lots available.

Homes in Handsmill are priced from the $440,000s and waterfront lots start in the $300,000s. Homes currently listed for sale range from $478,350 for a nearly 4,200-square-foot, 5-bedroom home to $564,900 for a 5,800-square-foot, 6-bedroom home. None listed is waterfront.

There are 7 new construction homes listed in MLS for sale. Only 1 is under contract as of March 23. There are also homes listed on the Handsmill site that are available and not listed in MLS.

A list of neighborhood architectural guidelines are available on the neighborhood’s web site. According to the information provided on the Handsmill site, homes range in size from mid-2,000s to nearly 6,000 square feet. No information was provided regarding future phases in the neighborhood.

Handsmill is zoned for the Clover, S.C., school system, including Bethel Elementary, Oakridge Middle School and Clover High School.

Market spotlight: Masons Crossing on Lake Wylie

Masons Crossing is a waterfront community located in Lake Wylie, South Carolina.   Homes range in size from 2500-5000 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms to 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms.

In Masons Crossing, you don’t have to sacrifice proximity to get waterfront living.  Both I-77 and I-485 are only about 15 miles away, and the subdivision also is convenient to Carowinds, Fort Mill/Rock Hill, and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.  Masons Crossing is currently zoned for Crowders Creek Elementary School, Oakridge Middle School, and Clover High School.

Over the past year, homes sold in Masons Crossing for an average of about $600,00 and $150/square foot.

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Today, there are 3 homes on the market in Masons Crossing which means there is about 6 months supply in the subdivision.  This puts it in line with the area as a whole and means the market in the area is balanced – neither a strong buyer’s market nor a strong seller’s market.

Housing supply in Masons Crossing

While most of the region is a seller’s market right now, Masons Crossing & Lake Wylie is a great place to look for a waterfront retreat, away from the hustle & bustle of Charlotte but close enough to commute.