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.

Hawthorne: Beautiful homes in historic Belmont

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Lovely Hawthorne Park is the unofficial town center of Belmont’s Hawthorne neighborhood.

Just a quick walk from historic downtown Belmont is Hawthorne, which bills itself as Gaston County’s first traditional home development.

The land, located between South Main Street and Keener Boulevard, is the original location of the mill homes for employees who worked at Pharr Yarns’ Imperial Mill.

In 1999, the owners of Pharr Yarns began developing Hawthorne with the idea of keeping the close-knit community feeling of the old mill village. With their builder, they created a neighborhood of 26 luxury town homes and 72 single-family homes. The project was completed in 2007.

All the residences include private courtyards, rear-facing garages with access from alleyways, brick construction and porches. Hawthorne Park with its walkings trails also serves as the centerpiece of the community.

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This gorgeous brick home sold in 2015.

Single-family homes originally sold for $250,000 to $600,000. Townhomes ranged from $245,000 to $350,000.

Currently, there are 2 single-family homes listed for sale in Hawthorne. Both homes were built in 2006 and are similar in size at about 2,400 square feet.

In the last 12 months, 7 single-family homes have sold in the Hawthorne neighborhood or an average of 0.6 homes per month. Current inventory for the neighborhood is 3.4 months.
The average for all of Belmont is 4.3 months. Gaston County is at 5.5 months inventory.

The average sales price of a Hawthorne home is $417,200 and nearly $135 per square foot.

Hawthorne is just 20 minutes from the Charlotte Douglas airport and a little more than 30 minutes from downtown Charlotte. Just north on Keener Boulevard is Wilkinson Boulevard and I-85. Both provide convenient access to the city.

Just a quick walk outside Hawthorne is the quaint downtown Belmont area. It is home to local boutiques and restaurants as well as several parks within walking distance. The U.S. National Whitewater Center is just 9 miles to the northeast. Belmont is home to Belmont Abbey College and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, among other wonderful recreational options and destinations.

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

Eagle Park: Small town, big quality of life

If you think small-town living means sacrificing conveniences and modern touches then you need to take a look at beautiful Eagle Park near downtown Belmont.

Begun in 2006, Eagle Park is in the heart of Belmont and within walking distance of Main Street’s charming local shops and restaurants.

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A quaint cottage home in Eagle Park.

Nearby destinations include the Carolina Thread Trail, which is a regional network of greenways and trails; Belmont Abbey College; the U.S. National Whitewater Center; Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and Crowders Mountain State Park.

However, you do not have to go far to find things to keep active. Neighborhood amenities include a playground, dog park, pool, clubhouse and fitness center. Additionally, the community  is bordered by Belmont Central Elementary and Stuart Cramer High School, so residents have access to those surrounding trails and fields.

Eagle Park homes were built by some of the area’s finest builders – David Weekley Homes, Brookline Homes, Westwood General Contractors and Simonini Group.

Together, these builders contributed more than 12 floor plans from which to choose and customize. The neighborhood blends single-family homes, cottage-style homes and townhomes. The townhomes were built by Westwood General Contractors.

The homes in Eagle Park vary in size from about 1,700 square feet to the high 2,000s in size.

There are resale homes and new construction single-family homes and townhomes available for sale in Eagle Park.

Only seven homes sold in the neighborhood in the last year, averaging a sales price of just over $240,000. The average price per square foot is approximately $130.

There are currently 15 Eagle Park properties listed for sale, which is about 6 months of inventory (not including townhomes) for the community. Five of the residences are under contract as of Feb. 26. Nine properties listed for sale are townhomes, which range from 1,280 square feet to about 1,700 square feet.

Eagle Park is zoned for Page Primary for prekindergarten to 1st grade; Belmont Central Elementary for 2nd to 5th grade and located adjacent to Eagle Park; Belmont Middle School, serving 6th grade to 8th grade; and Stuart Cramer High School, also adjacent to Eagle Park.

Metro Charlotte is about 20 minutes away, but on a clear day you can enjoy a skyline view of the city without the traffic!

Spotlight: Peninsula on Bayshore

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LiveWell’s full-brick model home in The Peninsula on Bayshore

If you are looking for lakeside new construction in Belmont then look no further than The Peninsula on Bayshore. There are floor plans and price points to suit most families.

The neighborhood is located off South New Hope Road just north and across from Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

When you are ready to move into your new lakeside home, you will find the location is convenient to many nearby amenities. Downtown Belmont is convenient across the Armstrong Road bridge, and from there the Charlotte metro area is just about 25 minutes away.

If you happen to live and work in Belmont or the area then the beautiful, historic downtown area has plenty of local shops and businesses to keep you busy.

In the summer, the lake will be calling and you will be steps away from its shores. Based on the information from builder LiveWell Homes, there are water view lots but no waterfront lots. There are established homes not part of The Peninsula neighborhood that occupy the shoreline lots.

LiveWell did not provide information regarding community boat storage plans or water access/docks. Should there be no neighborhood access, the nearest public boat ramp is just down the road across the Armstrong Road bridge at the Allen Fishing access area.

Only new homes and lots are currently available in The Peninsula on Bayshore.

There are 14 home styles to choose from and customize on one-acre partially wooded lots. The builder offers 4 levels of homes – Cafe, Classic, Cottage and Estate series. Sizes range from 2,288 square feet to more than 3,700 square feet. Prices start in the $290,000s and go up to the high $300,000s.

One completed home sale has closed in the last 12 months. According to LiveWell’s web site, there are 13 other lots also sold as of Feb. 21.

The neighborhood is zoned for New Hope Elementary, Cramerton Middle and South Point High School.

LiveWell is one of the builders in Lake Wylie’s Palm Tree Cove II and The Retreat at Sunset Ridge. This is the company’s first community in Belmont.

The Landing: Lake life & the pursuit of happiness

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Great Clover schools, great location and York County taxes are just three reasons to consider moving into one of the beautiful homes in The Landing on Lake Wylie.

Located at Highway 49 near the intersection of Highway 274, the community is convenient to Charlotte, Rock Hill and Gastonia. Nearby Shoppes at the Landing offers retail, dining and business offices close to home. Walmart and Lowe’s Home Improvement are just up the road, and more dining and shopping options are further east on 49 toward the Buster Boyd Bridge.

For Landing residents there is a covered picnic area, a pool and clubhouse and a playground. There are also 2 miles of paved walking trails throughout the wooded neighborhood.

Developed by Crescent Communities and built by some of the country’s finest builders, such as Saussy Burbank, Shea Homes and David Weekly, The Landing has waterview, waterfront and interior homes available. There are also 4 sites for sale – 2 half-acre parcels and 2 three-quarter-acre sites still available ranging from $45,000 to $65,000. Home size requirements are minimum of 2,400 for a one-story ranch home or 2,600 for a two-story home.

Currently, there are 8 homes for sale in The Landing, two of which are under contract. None of the homes listed are on waterfront lots. They range in size from 2,800 square feet to 4,700 square feet. An average of 1.1 homes sell per month in The Landing, which puts the current inventory at just under 7.5 months. This is more than the average for Lake Wylie and York County, which each has 6.9 months of inventory.

The average price of a home in The Landing is $436,686 for the last 12 months. Expect to pay an average price per square foot of about $126 for a home in The Landing, which is the average during the last 12 months.

Twelve homes sold during the last year in The Landing for an average of 98% of list price. The highest price of a home sold was $744,000 for a waterfront home and lowest was $323,000.

You simply cannot go wrong living near the water, and The Landing is a fantastic, family-friendly choice!

There’s no place like home…on Allison Creek Peninsula

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Allison Creek Peninsula is surrounded by Big and Little Allison Creek inlets, two recreational hot spots on beautiful Lake Wylie. Palm Cove and Palm Cove II are just 2 of the 4 adjacent communities on the peninsula worth considering if moving to the lake is on your to-do list!

The communities offer a mix of custom homes and production homes. Palm Tree Cove II is still being built out and has only new construction homes for sale, while there are a mix of new construction and resale in Palm Tree Cove.

Palm Tree Cove II homes start in the $200,000s, and Palm Tree Cove homes are a bit pricier, averaging closer to $300,000 on the low end and upper $400,000s on the high end.

Currently, there are 4 homes on the market in Palm Tree Cove, 2 new construction and 2 resale. One of the new construction homes is under contract, as of Jan. 19. The prices range from $576,000-plus to $385,000.

In Palm Tree Cove II, there are 7 new construction homes on the market. The highest list price is nearly $400,000 and lowest is in the $270,000s. None is under contract.

The location of the communities cannot be beat! Access is easy from Highway 274 onto Allison Creek Road. There is a public access point with a boat launch and day dock that many of the peninsula homeowners use. Shaded sidewalks connect all the communities along Allison Creek Road.

The peninsula offers a diversity of homes from custom homes in Mariner’s Bluff or Mariner’s Watch Cove – the other two neighborhoods that share the peninsula – and homes outside the 4 subdivisions that could be a small cabin or a waterfront mansion.

Winter is the perfect time to dream about summer fun on the lake. If you’re thinking of moving then you can’t go wrong with a home on beautiful Allison Creek Peninsula!

Palisades brings nature home

Just south of the Buster Boyd Bridge on the North Carolina side of Lake Wylie is the awe-inspiring 1,500 acre master-planned community of The Palisades, where Mother Nature and modern lifestyle peacefully coexist.

The Palisades actually comprises 15 different named neighborhoods built by one of the community’s 5 builders. Outside your front door is all Lake Wylie has to offer in the way of water sports and fantastic views. In addition, there is a residents club, country club and golf course and recreational facilities.

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 9.08.51 PMThe effort to preserve nature, green spaces and watersheds earned the community an Audubon International Certification. Residents can enjoy that nature on the community’s numerous trails.

Home prices range from the low $200,000 area to well over $1 million. There are new homes and lots on the market as well as previously occupied homes. The Palisades offers a limited number of waterfront homes sites.

As of Jan. 7, there are 74 homes on the market in The Palisades, 23 of which are under contract. Many of the homes listed are new construction.

During the last 12 months, an average of 7.1 homes sold per month in The Palisades. Given the number of homes currently for on the market, that is more than 10 months inventory. Nearby Riverpointe has about the same amount of inventory. Charlotte and Mecklenburg County each as 3.8 months inventory.

The average sales price in The Palisades during the last 12 months is just over $463,000, with an average price per square foot of $113.12.

The highest price of a home sold during the last year is $950,000; the lowest sold for $268,700.

Lake Wylie Music Fest

Everyone had a great time at the Music Fest this year the weather was gorgeous, we had a big crowd, it could not have been any better. Be sure to contact us for all you Lake Wylie Real Estate needs as we are the only true Waterfront Realtors. Our Office is conveniently located at the River Hills red light.

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Lake Wylie Real Estate, Charlotte Observer 11/15/14

By Allen Norwood: Special to the Charlotte Observer 11/15/14

Realtor Don Stephens of Lake Wylie Realty admits that the boom in Lake Wylie home sales last month caught him a bit by surprise. Sales up more than 64 percent? In October, when the summer lake season should be winding down?

He has been selling homes on the lake for more than three decades, and has never seen anything quite like it.

“I don’t think it through too much, though. I just try to stay by the phone.”

Lake Norman and Lake Wylie saw strong sales in October, according to this week’s report from Carolina Multiple Listing Services. Sales, or closings, at Norman were up more than 50 percent from the same month last year. Impressive, but Wylie did better, with sales up 64.3 percent, tops in the entire regional report.

To add a bit of perspective, sales in Charlotte rose by 9.8 percent and sales for the full MLS were up 13.3 percent.

Why Lake Wylie, and why now?

Stephens, who’s with Lake Wylie Realty, points to several factors: Interest rates, especially on large loans, remain a bargain. New roads and shopping centers provide access to the airport and to upscale stores and restaurants.

Wealthy retirees, for instance, can choose the lakefront lifestyle without giving up other things that are important to them. “We’re not way out in the country like we used to be,” Stephens said.

They can choose the lakefront lifestyle and still be just minutes away from their grandchildren in Charlotte. “Probably 50 percent of the business I do has a grandkid component,” he said.

Most of those retirees are relocating from other parts of the country, he said, and most find him online.

It has been years since Wylie was “the river” flanked by the simple “cabins” that longtime Charlotteans remember so fondly. Large homes have gone up, just as they have on Norman.

“Lake Norman has dominated the market for $1-million-plus homes for a long time,” he said. “We see that starting to change here pretty quickly. Nobody builds anything little anymore.”

As waterfront lot prices go up, homes get bigger. Lots of buyers – and some lenders – follow a rule of thumb that the lot price ought to account for about a quarter of the total value, Stephens said. So if the lot sells for $250,000, the new house ought to cost $750,000 – and there’s another $1 million place on the lake.

Low interest rates on jumbo loans make that even more attainable.

Add one more crucial factor – “There’s a new sense of optimism in the market that was absent,” Stephens said – and you see sales climb 64.3 percent.