Steele Creek and Lake Wylie Housing Market Report 2017-2018

The Steele Creek Real Estate market continues to be one of the top markets in the Country and is estimated to be one of the top 5 in the entire Country by the end of 2018.

On the National scene existing Home sales will finish at a pace not seen since the bubble bursting run up to 2006 clocking in at about 5.5 Million but amazingly still approximately 1.1 Million less than that all time high.

According to forecasts by the National Association of Realtors the steadily improving US economy, sustained job growth and rising confidence that now is the time to buy a Home should pave the way for an increase in Homes sales in 2018.

Back to Steele Creek, the availability of land, proximity to Charlotte’s 485 outer loop, Downtown and the Airport along with a widely diverse Housing Market are driving increases in prices and sales. A new master planned Development is in the final planning stages for the large mainly undeveloped area west and south of the Airport which will include the proposed River District slated to be larger than the Ballantyne area in South Charlotte. The area is expected to increase in population by 20-25% over the next 5 years.

Sales of new and existing Homes in the Steele Creek area over the past 12 Months for the zip codes of 28278 and 28273 were at a staggering pace of close to 2000 sold, leading the way the Community of Berewick with sales up 33% to 356, the Palisades with 131 sales was a distant second.

Another large Master planned Community is rising in Gaston County near Lake Wylie and Belmont called McLean, while just getting started sales were up to 40 in 2017.

Over on the South Carolina side of the Lake new Developments are popping up like spring flowers, national production Home Builders like Mattamy Homes and DR Horton along with local Builders, Fielding and Bonterra Homes are building a potpourri of styles and myriad of prices. New Home sales in the Lake Wylie SC area have increased from 75 in 2014 to around 200 per year at the end of 2017.

Sales of existing Homes in the Clover-Lake Wylie-York area zip codes of 29710 and 29745 although not quite as strong as its counterpart Steele Creek were close to 1300 over the past year. The top seller in that area is the well-seasoned “Jewell” of them all, the magnificently well planned Community of River Hills with close to 80 closings and an average sales price up 15% to $354,000.

WATERFONT MARKET UPDATE

Median prices continue to rise in the waterfront market due to low inventory and high demand, as of this writing there were just 57 active listings in both Carolinas down from the 120-140 we experienced for a few years with only 6 priced below $500,000. The 1 Million plus market was very active with 16- 1 Million Dollar plus Homes closed in 2017 and currently 12 were on the market. A total of 169 waterfront Homes sold down slightly from the year before with a median price pushing close to $700.000 up from the low $600,000’s that were steady for some time.

As urbanized Charlotte continues to gobble up large tracks of land for high density development the demand from those looking for the serenity and peace of Lake living along the shores of Lake Wylie will find it more and more difficult to afford.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Kings Grove

Kings Grove is a beautiful neighborhood filled with distinctive new homes with easy access to everything Charlotte has to offer. In addition to being able to take advantage of the lower South Carolina taxes, the neighborhood is in a renowned school district, making it perfect for a family home. King’sGrove is also just minutes away from Lake Wylie, which offers a range of fun activities from fishing, to swimming, to hiking. The neighborhood itself includes amenities like walking trails, sidewalks, a swimming pool, and cabanas.

Shopping, dining, and entertainment options are also located just minutes away from the Lake Wylie area. Some popular nearby attractions include the famous Carowinds Amusement Park as well as the McDowell Nature Preserve. This nature preserve has playgrounds, campgrounds, walking trails, and lake of its own.

Currently there are 5 homes on the market in King’s Grove which represents 6.7 months of inventory. This makes the neighborhood a balanced market compared to York County as a whole which has more of a seller’s market.

In the last year the average sales price and average price per square foot have both slightly increased. Homes in King’s Grove range from 2100-3900 square feet and are listed between $299,000 and $346,000. Most homes built have 3-4 bedrooms.

With so many fun amenities both within the neighborhood and nearby, King’s Grove could be perfect for your next family home!

 

Neighborhood Spotlight: Heron Cove

Heron Cove is a beautiful neighborhood on a quiet peninsula of Lake Wylie, offering all the peacefulness of the lake along with many neighborhood amenities and local activities. The neighborhood has large plots of land to fully take advantage of the surrounding woodland and lake.

One of the best amenities of Heron Cove is its Waterfront Park. There, residents can swim in the lake or fish from the shore. There is even a storage rack for residents’ canoes. In addition to activities on the water, the park is the perfect place for picnics or barbecues and even has a fire pit. For children, there is a separate park filled with many family friendly options for kids. The Heron Park Swim Club is also a popular option for residents to socialize and swim.

Heron Cove is in Clover School District, one of the best districts in South Carolina which is also a big plus for families. Residents are able to enjoy the lower taxes of South Carolina while the city life of Charlotte is just minutes away.

Currently there are 7 homes on the market in Heron Cove which represents 7 months of inventory. This means that Heron Cove is leaning towards a buyer’s market compared to the more balanced market of Lake Wylie as a whole.

In the last year, the average sales price of homes and average price per square foot has slightly increased.

With so many local and neighborhood amenities, Heron Cove is definitely worth checking out for your next family home!

Lakefront Living: 721 Anchors Bend Cove

Take a look at this beautiful custom waterfront home on Lake Wylie that features resort-style living at its best. This 3,400 square-foot home features four bedrooms, three bathrooms and is situated on over five acres of land.

Not only does this property feature a tremendous amount of curb appeal and beautiful outside features, but inside the home is equally detail-oriented with coffered and barrel ceilings, a huge master suite and bathroom with separate vanities and a gorgeous soaking tub, stainless steel appliances in the spacious kitchen, plenty of space for indoor entertaining and recreation throughout the home, and beautiful windows that let in lots of natural light.

Outside, you will find a saltwater pool and hot tub, outdoor cooking areas by the pool as well as the by the dock, and two dock options for access to the lake.
The views from the backyard space are simply stunning, and this location cannot be beat. The property offers privacy and peacefulness but is only minutes away from the dining, retail, entertainment and endless recreation of Lake Wylie.Furthermore, the home is on the South Carolina side of Lake Wylie, so residents can take advantage of the lower taxes there. For more information on this stunning waterfront property at 721 Anchors Bend Cove listed at $1,299,000, be sure to visit LKWRealty.com.

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.

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.

 

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.

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!

 

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.

Masons Crossing market report

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.