Neighborhood Spotlight: Handsmill on Lake Wylie

Handsmill on Lake Wylie is a beautiful gated community that combines natural beauty with resort-style amenities. Homes are right on the lake offering exclusive access to all the activities Lake Wylie has to offer. These activities range from fishing to boating to hiking. The neighborhood even has two private marinas and boat ramp solely for residential use.

Hndsmill also offers many amenities within the neighborhood. For nature-lovers, there are many walking trails and green space to spend time in. But the centerpiece of the neighborhood is the luxurious Handsmill Club complete with a state of the art kitchen, two gathering areas, and a large outdoor patio perfect for entertaining. There are also amenities like a junior olympic swimming pool and fitness center only available to residents. For children, there is a separate playground. But while Handsmill offers seclusion and natural beauty, it also has the advantage of being within half an hour of all the activities Charlotte has to offer.

There are currently 3 homes on the market in Handsmill which represents 6 months of inventory. This means that right now there is a balanced market in the area, which is comparable York County as a whole, which also leans towards a balanced market.

In the last year the average price per square foot has slightly decreased while the average sales price of homes has stayed roughly the same.

With so many wonderful natural and community amenities, Handsmill at Lake Wylie is definitely worth checking out!

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.

Market spotlight: Lake Wylie’s Autumn Cove

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-9-18-55-pmAutumn Cove at Lake Wylie might just have everything you have been searching for in a community. With competitively priced homes in a beautiful neighborhood and plenty of waterfront options, Autumn Cove also offers an easy commute to Charlotte, Gastonia or Rock Hill. The neighborhood features relatively new construction homes generously sized with an average price point of approximately $228,000.

Because Autumn Cove is located in the charming town of Clover in York County, residents can take advantage of South Carolina’s low taxes as well as the  fantastic and desirable Clover school district, making this neighborhood great for families.

We are looking at a seller’s market in Autumn Cove, with six homes currently on the market representing 3.1 months of inventory. This is lower than the inventory in Lake Wylie and York County overall, which have 5.1 months of inventory and 5.3 months of inventory respectively.lw

The market here is stable with very little fluctuation in the number of homes sold per month, in the average sales price of homes, or in the average price per square foot. The average price per square foot has hovered around $94 for the past year, with an average sales price not straying far from $224,000, and approximately two homes selling per month.lw1

Autumn Cove at Lake Wylie is a great neighborhood with plenty to offer and perhaps has everything you’ve been looking for. Plus, Clover offers a small town feel with big city conveniences and easy access to fantastic shopping, dining and entertainment.

Check it out!

 

Major development is happening in York County

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Exciting things are happening in and around the Lake Wylie area, and if you have been thinking about moving to the area, now may be the best time yet.

Development plans are in full swing in York County, with major residential projects on the horizon in Lake Wylie, and plenty of commercial construction happening in Fort Mill, as well. There are currently several hundred acres of land up for review for new construction plans across the region.

The southwest corner of US 21 and Gold Hill Road occupying almost 25 acres is tentatively planned for four commercial 30,000-square-foot buildings, plus another 20,000 square-foot building, as well as plenty of parking.  The property is currently zoned for residential use but rezoning efforts are in the works. This will be big!

There is also a residential subdivision in the planning stages in Lake Wylie on a piece of property owned by Crescent Communities, a very prominent developer. The proposed site is located at SC 49 and Daimler Boulevard, and plans include the development of single family homes.

There are also plans for an apartment complex at the corner of SC 49 and Senator Road, just east on Mill Pond Road. Furthermore, another car wash could also be moving into the Lake Wylie area on a 15 acre lot on SC 49.

So much growth and development throughout York County shows signs of a strong economy here as well as it being a desirable place to live. As the community grows and more residential options become available, the business community will also continue to thrive. For more details on the projects currently underway in Lake Wylie and Fort Mill, read the full article at heraldonline.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.

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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.

Sellers Market Appears to Stay Strong in Lake Wylie

Toronto-Real-Estate-Stock-MarketYear over year, homes in Lake Wylie are selling in less time, 117 days down from 153 days. This is 23.5% faster than a year ago per the May monthly report released by the Carolina Regional Realtor Association.

Inventory is smaller by 20.2% over the same time last year, down to 376 homes from 471. This appears to bear out the trend we have been following showing the seller’s market staying strong at the current time.

The average sales price in Lake Wylie is $368,003 with the median sales price at $329,172. However, new listings are up by 9.3% year over year with 153 new listings in May. Year-to-date 376 homes have already sold in Lake Wylie up 14% from last year when only 347 homes had been sold by the end of May.

The number of new listings was up again this month from 140 to 153, an increase of 9.3%, as more sellers are listing their homes. The number of homes sold was also up from 91 last year to 109 this year. This represents a 19.8% increase. The continuing trend is significant for both buyers and sellers.

In the City of Charlotte, the trend is still dramatic. Year over year, homes are selling in 86 days down from 97 days last year. Homes within the City are selling for an average of 97.8% of list price up from 96.5% in 2015. There are 1.9 months of inventory down from 3.1 months. There has been a 4.8% increase in new listings as more sellers are taking advantage of the seller’s market. This means there is more demand for less supply driving prices higher.

The entire Carolina MLS Region, which includes parts of South Carolina, the trend is less dramatic, but is showing the same pattern. Year over year, the inventory supply is down while sales price is up, days to close are down and new listings are up. We will have to wait and see how the market changes as the hotter months usually lead to a slow down in the cooler months. Will the sellers continue to have a great market or will the buyers begin to have the advantage? We will have to see what next month’s report has to tell us.

Gaston County launches Gaston Outside

Wednesday June 1st marked the launch of  Gaston Outside, a three year marketing initiative and image campaign designed to increase the speed of the Gaston county’s growth. The mission is to “inspire the people of Gaston to share with the world Gaston’s incredible stories and all that it has to offer as a terrific place to live, work and play.”

The hope for the South Carolina marketing agency that coined the phrase — and the Gaston County business and political leaders footing the bill — is that the two words will tell people that Gaston offers not just outdoor recreation, but a quality of life unattainable in Charlotte.

Billboards to be placed along Interstates 85 and 74 and an almost 4-minute video were unveiled at the Gastonia Conference Center on Wednesday.

Gaston Outside launch event at the Gastonia Conference Center

Gaston Outside launch event at the Gastonia Conference Center

The cost for the three year campaign is $900,000 of which almost $1 million has been raised and promised including $225,000 from private investors. The rest comes from a mix including Gaston County Travel and Tourism, as well as Gastonia, Belmont, Mount Holly and other cities.

The initiative was launched in response to a 2015 survey commissioned by the Greater Gaston Development Corp. The survey showed that people in the Charlotte region had little or no thoughts about Gaston. Developers and investors saw the county negatively.

Gaston Outside wants to celebrate all of the people, places, businesses and natural beauty in Gaston County. If it is successful, the hope is to draw more businesses and residents to the area to help bolster the local economy, tax base, and help the area flourish.

Gaston County does have some pretty great things going for it including great outdoor living, charming towns and municipalities, strong educational programs, business friendly policies, and proximity to Charlotte. This campaign hopes to make more people aware of them. This could be a boon to existing homeowners as more people moving into the area could boost home values. It could also mean more options as developers try and build to keep up with increased demand.

As Gaston Outside says “No matter what your idea of a good time looks like, you’re bound to find it in Gaston County.” From hiking, paddling and cycling to vibrant local culture and arts, Gaston county’s opportunities for fun are endless. Hopefully it won’t be long before the campaign reaps rewards and there will be an influx of new people, energy, and opportunities in real estate.

A look at Belmont’s secluded Lakewood neighborhood

The Lakewood neighborhood of Belmont is a great enclave of smaller homes located west of historic Belmont near Goat Island Park.

Lakewood is a quiet, mature community on the heavily-wooded peninsula formed by the South Fork Catawba River.

The neighborhood is a mix of small, older homes built in the 1940s through the 1980s with styles that range from traditional brick ranches and two-story homes to more contemporary homes. Many of the homes need updating or a little TLC, but the majority has been well maintained. lakewood

Lakewood is ideally located south of Wilkinson Boulevard and I-85 in close proximity to Cramerton and historic downtown Belmont. Its prime location makes it easy to shop for everyday necessities or grab a meal out. Downtown Belmont is less than 3 miles away. A trip to Charlotte Douglas airport is about 15 minutes, and an Uptown commute is less than 30 minutes without traffic.

Unlike newer planned communities, Lakewood does not have any amenities for residents. However, its proximity to Charlotte, Belmont and Gastonia give residents plenty of options for shopping, dining, fitness and getting outside to enjoy nature.

Kings and Crowders Mountain state parks are to the west on I-85, both about 30 minutes away. For running or biking trails or riding the rapids, the U.S. National Whitewater Center is only a 20-minute drive from Lakewood.

If you want to head out on Lake Wylie for the day, public boat ramp access is 8 miles south on Southpoint Road.

Homes in Lakewood are priced in the $100,000s to mid-$200,000s. There are a wide variety of home sizes, though few homes are larger than 3,000 square feet and most are less than 2,200 square feet.

A total of 11 homes sold in Lakewood during the last 12 months, and there are currently no homes listed on the market.

The highest price of a home sold in Lakewood during the last year was $242,400. The lowest price was $115,000.

The average price of homes sold is $163,629 and approximately $90 per square foot. Sales averaged about 96% of list price.

Homes in Lakewood are zoned for Gaston County’s Belmont Central Elementary, Belmont Middle School and Stuart Cramer High School, which is a short walk from any home in Lakewood.

There are truly some great older homes in Lakewood in an area that is protected from further development due to the river around it and the park space to the south.  If you want a quiet, mature place to make a home and raise a family, then Lakewood is definitely worth a look!

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.

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.