Lake Wylie Plans more Outdoor Living

Crowders Creek Park Plan

Crowders Creek Park Plan

A Crowders Creek park plan will be voted on by Lake Wylie residents later this year. June 20th, the York County Council received and finalized a petition to allow a special district vote on the proposed sports complex in Lake Wylie. The special tax district vote will occur with the general election ballot on November 8th. If the plan is approved by the voters, it will result in paying for half of an $8 million sports complex on land owned by York County. The land is along Crowders Creek.

The cost is estimated by park supporters to come in at $16/year on $100,000 home value, or $24/year for $100,000 of commercial property value.

The park would include baseball/softball fields and multi-purpose fields for hosting outside tournaments. It would also include trails and more.

LakeWylieBikeTrailLindsayAdditionally, a community workshop will be held June 27th to come up with a plan to improve bicycle and pedestrian connections throughout the Lake Wylie area. The workshop is hosted by the Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study. It will be a drop-in meeting hosted at the Lake Wylie Public Library.

RFATS hopes the meeting will help identify gaps that could connect existing bicycle or pedestrian paths to encourage people to reduce vehicular traffic on roadways.

These projects could potentially help support current businesses and residents and draw more into the area. Lake Wylie is all about outdoor living and these projects line up with those goals.

It remains to be seen if residents are willing to help fund the park. It will also be interesting to see what the community would like to see out of the bicycle and pedestrian plan. It would be nice if Lake Wylie could be connected by trails to the larger community like is happening in many other cities around the country.

Read more about Crowers Creek Park here.

Read more about Bike Trails here.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Chapel Cove

The New York Times ran a story today stating that houses keep getting bigger even as families get smaller. New construction homes have more square footage, more bedrooms, and more bathrooms than they did in 1980. However, the average size of a household has shrunk to 2.58 people.

Chapel Cove Entrance Sign

Chapel Cove Entrance Sign

Chapel Cove in Lake Wylie is a fantastic master planned new construction community where you can get a larger home you desire with all of the features you want.

Homes in Chapel Cove start in the $200’s and range all the way up to the $800’s or more with custom features. Arranged by developer Crescent Communities, Builders include Pulte Homes, CalAtlantic Homes (formerly Standard Pacific Homes) and taylor morrison.

Homes range in size from 2509 square feet to over 4000 square feet. Features of the home depend on the builder but can include gourmet kitchens, outdoor living spaces, luxury bathrooms, private lake access and more.

A recently sold home in Chapel Cove

A recently sold home in Chapel Cove

Amenities include a multi-use club room with kitchen for community events, cardio and strength fitness room with after-hours access, swimming pool with children’s splash area and adult gathering area, tennis, basketball and pickleball courts, multiple gathering and lounge areas around the pool deck, hard and soft surface trails around the amenity center, canoe and kayak launch and an activity lawn.

Located close to Steele Creek just off Shopton Road West, Chapel Cove has Lake Wylie to the North and west. Thomas McAlister Winget Park is to the east with a playground, soccer fields, basketball courts and a disc golf course. A short drive to the South is the 1100+ acre McDowell Nature Preserve with a Nature Center, campground, hiking trails, play areas, fishing and boating access.

Chapel Cove has convenient access to a myriad of outside attractions. Multiple routes give you easy access to I-485, which means that uptown Charlotte, the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Carolina Place Mall, Ballantyne, and The Charlotte Douglas International Airport, to name a few, are just minutes away.

Chapel Cove pool with children's splash area

Chapel Cove pool with children’s splash area

Currently there are 33 homes on the market in Chapel Cove with 8 under contract. They are listed in price ranging from $296,990 to $$825,000. In the last year homes have sold for between $369,850 to $599,900.

Read the full New York Times story here.

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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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!!

Neighborhood spotlight: York’s Bethelfields

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This 4-bedroom home in Bethelfields sold for $264,000 in 2015.

The mature neighborhood of Bethelfields located in York has great amenities, location and school zoning.

Homes in Bethelfields were built in the early 2000s by a variety of builders such as Lennar Homes, Don Galloway and K. Hovnanian Homes.

The neighborhood is on the western shore of Lake Wylie near the intersection of highways 55E and 274 (Hands Mill Highway). A small farm separates the neighborhood from the roadway and gives the majority of the homes in Bethelfields some setback from road noise.

It is about 45 minutes to both the airport and Uptown depending on the route and traffic and is convenient to both Rock Hill and Gastonia. Just north of Bethelfields at Highway 557 are many dining and shopping options, a Wal-Mart Super Center and Lowe’s. The local coffee shops, Crowders Creek Coffee Co., is just a 1.5 miles down the road for a cup of fresh-roasted fair trade coffee.

Inside Bethelfields, the amenities include a pool, 3 playgrounds, picnic tables and sidewalks throughout. There is also storage available to residents for boats, trailers and RVs. Lake access is conveniently located 5 miles south at the Allison Creek ramp.

Homes are reasonably priced in the high $100,000s to mid- to high-$200,000s. Most of the homes are size from 2,100 to 3,100 square feet.

The average sales price of a Bethelfields home during the last 12 months is $227,512 and about $86 per square foot.

Approximately 1.4 homes sold each month in the neighborhood during the last year. Currently, there are 4 homes listed for sale in Bethelfields, which given market data for the last year, is 2.8 months inventory.

York has nearly 11 months of inventory, and York County has nearly 7 months of inventory. Bethfields is still very much a seller’s market at its current inventory.

Home sales average just over 97% of list price in the neighborhood.

Bethelfields is zoned in the desirable Clover School District for Bethel Elementary, Oak Ridge Middle School and Clover High School.

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.

Builder buys hundreds of acres on Lake Wylie

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Bonterra Builders has purchased a large tract of land near Lake Wylie in southwest Mecklenburg County, according to a report in the Charlotte Observer.

Bonterra, whose homes are also in Lake Wylie’s Heron Cove and Belmont’s Morgan Branch, purchased a 213-acre tract off York Road for approximately 6 million, the report said.

The land is southwest of McDowell Nature Preserve just before the bridge. The southern border of the land purchased abuts the waterfront homes on the north side of Boyd’s Cove.

The report did not give a timeline or a plan from Bonterra for the land.

Bonterra lists 29 communities in and around the Charlotte region it has planned or completed.

It builds homes in all price points from the $100,000s to near $900,000. The homes in Lake Wylie’s Heron Cove are large in size and are priced in the $400,000s.

With Bonterra’s development likely coming to the Boyd’s Cove area, now is the time to get in on a beautiful waterfront home there.

This gorgeous ranch built in 2000 has expansive waterfront views throughout and nearly 5,000 square feet of living space. Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 9.38.44 AM

The home has been fastidiously maintained and is ready for summer fun and watching sunsets from the porch!

Spotlight on Forest Bay

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Six miles south of downtown Belmont on a peninsula of land between the Catawba River and the northernmost finger of Lake Wylie lies Forest Bay subdivision. The enclave of luxury homes offers lakeside living without giving up proximity to metro Charlotte.

Forest Bay is easily accessible from downtown Belmont via Highway 273 and a short drive from the beautiful Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

The majority of established homes were built in the early 2000s, however, there are  2 lots available for sale in the subdivision as of Dec. 26.

Screen Shot 2015-12-27 at 6.23.17 PMThe average number of homes sold per month during the last 12 months is less than 1. No homes have sold in Forest Bay during the last 3 months. The highest sales price in the last 12 months was $1.045 million and lowest sales price was just shy of $450,000.

The average sales price for the last 12 months is $739,500 and average price per square foot at just over $157. Because so few homes are sold in the neighborhood annually, the average sales price and average price per square foot data for the last 12 months is not enough to draw conclusions about overall trends for the neighborhood. The data appear to show a downward trend, however, it represents only 3 home sales.

Screen Shot 2015-12-27 at 6.23.29 PMCurrently, there are 2 homes on the market in Forest Bay, one of which is under contract. The subdivision has 8 months of inventory, slightly higher than the 6.2 and 5.8 months inventory for Belmont and all of Gaston County, respectively.

The real estate market tends to cool with the weather and pick up in the spring.  Forest Bay has fantastic options for finding a dream home near the lake or building it from the ground up on one of its available lots.

Lake Wylie Waterfront Homes and Properties

It has been a great year for properties on Lake Wylie and surrounding areas of the greater Lake Wylie area, Waterfront Homes are having the best year since the start of the great recession. Home sales in the Lake Wylie area have increased year over year since that time. Properties and their values have continued to increase in value and the Real Estate Market.