Neighborhood Spotlight: Heron Cove

Heron Cove is a serene neighborhood located near Lake Wylie. The neighborhood offers large homesites in order to best preserve the beauty of the land around it. Residents of Heron Cove get to enjoy South Carolina’s lower taxes as well as the benefit of being in one of the best school districts in the state (Clover school district).

Heron Cove offers many amenities, the largest one being its Waterfront Park. This puts all the amenities of Lake Wylie at your fingertips, providing the perfect place for swimming or fishing. There are even storage racks for resident’s kayaks and canoes. In addition to water based activities, the Waterfront Park also provides the perfect setting for picnics and fire pits.

Throughout Heron Cove there are many winding walking trails, perfect for enjoying the natural environment of the area. There is also a children’s park to offer a safe place for kids to play.

Currently there are 3 homes on the market in Heron Cove which represents 2.6 months of inventory. This makes the neighborhood a seller’s market similar to that of York County as a whole.

In the past year, the average sales price of homes as well as the average price per square foot have both decreased. Homes are priced anywhere from $450,000 to $650,000 and land sites are priced from the $60s.

Heron Cove is a peaceful neighborhood that offers small town comforts while still being close to big city amenities. It is the perfect place for nature-lovers to check out for their next 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.

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.

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.

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!

 

Charming waterfront home: 8728 Island Point Road on Lake Wylie

LW1If you are looking for a charming waterfront home in The Sanctuary, this home is not to be missed! Located in the Steele Creek neighborhood, the lot alone, with such gorgeous water views, is worth more than the asking price. You have the flexibility to live on the property as is or to build your dream home.

This 1,000 square foot home with two bedrooms and one and a half baths offers tons of storage plus a detached three car garage, which could be converted to a studio apartment for guests.

Situated on 170 feet of waterfront on Lake Wylie, the home includes a dock, boat lift and generously-sized covered porch. You can launch your boat from your own back yard! In addition to being a waterfront property, the home is situated on over an acre of land.LW2

The kitchen offers a breakfast nook in addition to fantastic bar seating and opens up to the family room, making it a very functional living space.LW3

The Sanctuary, a lakeside community on Lake Wylie in Charlotte, is conveniently located to everything you need while offering an idyllic setting. Within five miles of the community, you will find the popular RiverGate shopping center, which offers groceries, big box stores such as SuperTarget and Best Buy, and plenty of eateries and more. Plus, the conveniences and diversity of all the Charlotte neighborhoods are close by.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get into The Sanctuary at a steal.  There are no HOA dues in the community and you will not want to miss these views!

For more information on this property and others like it, call 803-831-8588.

 

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!

803-831-8588

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!

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.

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.