Commercial Marina Coming to McLean

If you needed another reason to take a look at a home in McLean, there is a new commercial marina coming to the neighborhood. This adds yet another luxury feature to this amazing neighborhood.

The marina is being built by McLean in a partnership with Morningstar Marinas. The facility is already under construction and will have 300 dry slips, 35 wet slips, a waterfront event lawn and a ship’s store. Morningstar plans to handle day-to-day operations as they do on their three marinas on Lake Norman.

This adds to the list of amenities in McLean that is frankly, impressive. There are 130 acres of green space throughout the community. Residents have clubhouses, playgrounds, pools, mountain biking trails, pavilions, and 5 miles of shoreline on Lake Wylie.

When McLean is completed, there will be a total of around 800 homes in three distinct neighborhood sections in the 670-acre community. The land was the homestead of Daniel Stowe in Belmont.

All of these homes are located around 30 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. They are luxury homes on estate sized lots. Prices start in the $300,000’s but can go well over $1 million for custom waterfront properties. This is one of the last of the large scale neighborhoods to be developed in Lake Wylie as there are not many large tracts of undeveloped land left. If you want to get in on one of these amazing homes, now is the time to begin.

To read more about McLean, click here. If you would like to schedule a private tour of homes in McLean or any other Lake Wylie neighborhood, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Census Data Is In, Here’s What It Means

The U.S. Census Bureau data is in. They calculated population estimates between July 2017 and 2018. The data shows that the Charlotte metro area grew by 13,151 residents, representing a rise of 1.5% for a total of 872,498 residents. This puts Charlotte at #5 in the nation for growth when you look at cities with at least 50,000 residents.

When you widen out to look at the suburbs around Charlotte, there has been an even greater change to some areas, and three of the top growth areas are around Lake Wylie. Lake Wylie in York County was not included in the Census numbers as it is unincorporated, but based on new construction in the area and low housing inventory, has had tremendous growth as well.

When you compare growth from the new Census numbers to the previous Census completed in 2010, you see that Many of the areas near the Lake have gained a tremendous number of new residents. Tega Cay in York County has added 3,082 residents in that time for a 39.6% increase to 10,863 residents. Clover, also in York County has added 1,282 residents for a 25% increase to 6,397 residents. Belmont, which Apartment Therapy just named one of the Coolest Suburbs in America, had a 22.2% increase totaling 12,495 residents, an increase of 2,272 residents.

All of this growth is a good thing as it means that the Charlotte area is vibrant and attractive. What it can mean for someone moving here for the first time is that they need a good Realtor to help them find a home in the area just right for them and their family. That’s where we can help. We can show you homes around the Lake Wylie area and can help you get settled into a new life here.

To schedule a tour of housing options in the Lake Wylie area, give us a call at 803-831-8588. Be sure to visit our search page where you can view current listings and create custom searches.

To read more about the Census numbers, see The Charlotte Business Journal article.

Lake Wylie Confirmed Attractive for Retirees

Niche, a Pittsburgh-based research and review site, just released their rankings for the top spots in the Charlotte area for retirees and those soon to reach retirement. Lake Wylie and surrounding communities rank high on the list and it’s not hard to see why. The Lake lifestyle and abundance of great homes are attractive all on their own, but Niche also measured many other factors to come up with a score for each area. Some of those included share of residents 65 or older, proximity to amenities such as restaurants, golf courses, exercise facilities, and health care. The categories were weighted with percentage of residents 65 years or older getting the most at 15%.

Belmont came in at #18 in the Charlotte area and nationally in at number 3,984. The area gets an A grade for Public Schools, Housing, Good for Families, and Jobs. B grades were earned for Cost of Living, Outdoor Activities, Crime and Safety, Nightlife, Weather, Health and Fitness, and Commute.

Lake Wylie as a whole came in at #12 in the Charlotte area and nationally in at number 2,977. Lake Wylie gets A grades for Public Schools, Housing, Good for Families and Jobs. B grades were given out for Cost of Living, Outdoor Activities, Crime and Safety, Nightlife, Diversity, Weather, and Health and Fitness. The only C given here was for Commute.

Tega Cay came in at #4 in the entire Charlotte area and 1,411 nationally. This great area received A grades for Public Schools, Housing, Good for Families, and Jobs. B grades were awarded for Cost of Living, Outdoor Activities, Crime and Safety, Nightlife, Diversity, Weather, and Health and Fitness. They did however receive a C for commute.

If you are interested in purchasing a home on or near Lake Wylie, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

To read more about the Niche rankings, see the full story in the Charlotte Business Journal.

New Development One Step Closer in Southeast Gastonia

Though it has been talked about for years, a major residential project is about to be a step closer to fruition. The land in question sits at the intersection of Union Road and Union-New Hope Road, near the Carolina Speedway, and has 315 acres. There have been many different plans for the project over the last 15 years, but the recession derailed the plans.

This Thursday, the Gastonia Planning Commission will review and vote on a preliminary plat for a subdivision on the property. The plan is from Suncrest Real Estate and Land out of Phoenix, Arizona. It includes 400 single-family homes on 243 of the 314 acres. This would be phase one of the project which could be named Nolan Farm after the main street in the plan.

The zoning on the property could eventually allow for as many as 760 homes, though the expectation is that the number will be lower so there can be a mix of residential and commercial. With that many homes, there will need to be supporting businesses from gas stations and shops, to restaurants and entertainment. Within the community expected amenities include a clubhouse, pool, athletic courts, sidewalks, walking trail, pocket park and green space.

Part of the plan also includes extending utilities to accommodate the new homes. This means water and sewer upgrades which could begin as early as this summer if the plans are accepted. The next steps after utilities are grading the site and preparing roads to service the neighborhood.

If you would like to be in the loop on this development in the works, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

 

To read more about this potential development, see the full article in the Gastonia Gazette.

 

Gastonia Summer Concert Series Set to Begin

There are just a few short weeks left of the school year before the summer season is upon us. One of the most anticipated local events is the Downtown Summer Concert Series in Gastonia. There is a diverse lineup for this year sure to please a diverse audience. The first concert is Friday May 17th with a D.J. set at 6 pm and the main concert at 7 pm in downtown Gastonia.

Seven nights of concerts are planned for this year’s series being held every other week from May until August. The first six concerts will be held on Friday evenings and will follow the pattern of D.J. set at 6 pm and featured act at 7 pm. The final concert will be integrated as part of the annual Taste of Gaston festival and will be three separate concerts throughout the day and evening of Saturday August 10th.

The Gastonia Summer Concert Series is organized and overseen by the Gastonia East Rotary Club. They use a budget of $40,000 from the city to schedule shows, pay bands, coordinate vendors, and everything else needed for the events. Any remaining funds are used for public service projects in Gastonia.

Below is a list of the concerts scheduled for this year:

  • Friday, May 17 – On the Border (Eagles Tribute band)
  • Friday, May 31 – DeCarlo, featuring Tommy DeCarlo from the rock band Boston
  • Friday, June 14 – Hot Wire & Nantucket
  • Friday, June 28 – Runnin’ Down A Dream (Tom Petty tribute band)
  • Friday, July 12 – Legacy Motown Revue
  • Friday, July 26 – Randall Bramblett Band
  • Saturday, August 10 – Band of Oz from noon to 2:30 p.m., Jim Quick and Coastline from 3 to 5:30 p.m., and Trial by Fire (Journey tribute band) from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

For more information on this event, see the full article in the Gaston Gazette.

If you are interested in viewing a home in the Lake Wylie area, close to Gastonia for easy access to the Gastonia Summer Concert Series, give us a call at 803-831-8588 or click here to search through current listings.

More Infill Development Could be on the Way in Belmont

Affordable housing is hard to come by in the Charlotte Metro Area. Thanks to CoHab, an innovative developer, there will hopefully be a new option for affordable housing in Belmont. The zoning petition has been filed and we should know soon if the project gets the green light.

The new project would be located on a 0.5-acre parcel at Seigle Avenue and East 15th Street close to the Little Sugar Creek Greenway and walking distance to Little People’s Park. The current plan calls for 35 residential units and a commercial space.

CoHab is a local company that primarily works on smaller environmentally friendly residential developments. They focus on projects close to light rail with high-density. CoHab’s goal is to build “residences with moderate density, net-zero energy and sustainable materials”. The net-zero energy comes from solar panels, high-efficiency appliances, and great insulation. They use sustainably sourced materials, thoughtful and inspiring architecture, and cater to people of all income levels.

There is a “missing middle” part of the housing market that CoHab tries to address with their projects. They prefer to work on projects that will be near public transit. The next steps for the project are a public hearing before City Council, then a vote at a future meeting. We will keep an eye on this and other projects that come up.

If you are excited about this project and would like to learn more, call us at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Light Rail Plan Includes Gaston County

Looks like current and future residents of Gaston County have more hope that light rail will extend into the area easing congestion. Charlotte Area Transit System Ceo John Lewis Jr. said “We’ve heard strong support from Gaston County, so we’ve agreed to explore extending the line not just through Mecklenburg County but continue west into Gaston.”

As part of the 2030 plan, CATS has been exploring extending to include an east-west line connecting to the airport. Officials are now pitching having the line extend across the Catawba River into Belmont or possibly Gastonia. This would be a boon for residents of Belmont and would be a way for college students at Belmont Abbey College to be more connected to the city.

There are only a few major roads that cross the Catawba River so they are and will remain congestion points for traffic commuting into Charlotte. The new light rail line would ease the traffic on those congestion points by reducing the number of cars on the road during peak times.

The line would be part of the Silver line which would then extend from Matthews in the east to Belmont in the west, mainly following highway 74. The entire plan hinges on the state DOT project to widen the U.S. 74 bridge over the Catawba River. If the bridge design includes allowances for the light rail, then the project is a major step toward fruition.

What all this means is that now is the best time to get a home in Gaston County as once everything is totally official, prices will most likely rise.

Schedule a private tour of homes in the area by calling 803-831-8588. View current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

To read more about light rail, check out the full article in The Gaston Gazette.

 

Explore Rustic Trails

One of the best kept secrets in Belmont, North Carolina is the small family-friendly neighborhood of Rustic Trails. This idyllic location is secluded and private while at the same time just minutes to downtown Belmont. There is no HOA, low county taxes, and great Belmont schools. What’s not to love.

Rustic Trails is located between The South Fork Catawba River and the the Catawba River directly south of downtown Belmont. The neighborhood is just off South Point Road and has easy access to grocery stores, restaurants, churches, parks, outdoor recreation and more. There is nearby highway access taking residents to Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Uptown Charlotte. A quick trip will have you at community events in Belmont, Gastonia, or Uptown Charlotte.

Homes in Rustic Trails don’t come on the market often, so they are worth watching out for. These affordable homes were built in the 1980’s and have tons of character. There are many different styles of homes from one story to split-level to two story. Many sit on lots over an acre in size which leaves plenty of room for outdoor living spaces. Some home have pools, wooded lots, decks, detached garages and workshops and much more.

Homes here typically have 1,300 to 1,600+ square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Some of the homes have been updated since they were built, however there are opportunities to update homes yourself. In the past year, homes in Rustic Trails sold for between $171,500 and $203,000 which makes it really affordable for many families.

Children in Rustic Trails are currently zoned for great Belmont schools. Assignments are for Belmont Central Elementary School, Belmont Middle School, and South Point High School. Please verify school assignments as they can change from time to time and boundaries occasionally cut through neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Catawba Heights

Just North of Belmont Abbey College sits the amazing neighborhood of Catawba Heights. The homes come in all shapes, sizes, and ages for an eclectic mix where there is sure to be a home to suit any family.

The location is perfect for this neighborhood, close to downtown Belmont giving access to restaurants, shopping, and community events. There is nearby highway access taking residents quickly to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and Uptown Charlotte. There is possibility of light rail coming through the area in the next few years making the location even more attractive. The US Whitewater Center is nearby for watersports, biking trails, and much more. There are many options nearby for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Some of the homes are small and are perfect for students. Some of the homes are larger, perfect for families. There are new construction homes as well as older homes with character. Many of the homes have been updated, remodeled, or have additions. There are also many homes that are in original condition just waiting for you to add your personal touches.

Homes in Catawba Heights range from 672 to 2,600 square feet of living space. They range from a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom homes all the way up to a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home. There are many ranch style homes as well as two story homes for some of the larger plans. Lots range from a fifth of an acre up over half of an acre and many lots are wooded and feel really private.

In the past year, homes in Catawba Heights have sold for between $52,500 and $319,000 with an average sold price of $142,500. There are currently 6 homes on the market in Catawba Heights representing a 4.2 month supply of inventory.

Check out Amity Acres in Belmont

Just southeast of downtown Belmont you’ll find the sweet little community of Amity Acres. Featuring midsize homes, Amity Acres has reasonable prices, a variety of architecture, and great Belmont schools. These desirable homes are worth a look.

Built from the late 1950’s to the 2010’s, Amity Acres has many different styles of homes from Tudor to ranch to split-level, you can definitely find a home for your family here. Many of the homes have add-ons, or been remodeled since they were built. Some of the additions provided garages, while others provided additional living spaces. There are a few newer construction homes that blend in well with the neighborhood.

Amity Acres is located just off South Point Road, at the intersection of Stowe Road. There are many options nearby for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Highway access is nearby and connects you easily to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, or for a trip of commute into the city. Planned light rail should be coming to the Belmont area in the next few years which makes this location even more desirable.

The neighborhood is adjacent to the Catawba River and features old growth trees, sweeping lawns, lush landscaping, and large lots with plenty of privacy. Most of the homes have 3-5 bedrooms and 2-4 full bathrooms and span between 1,700 to 3,500 square feet of living space.

Children in Amity Acres currently attend Belmont Central Elementary School, Belmont Middle School, and South Point High School. Please verify school assignments as they can change from one school year to the next and boundaries occasionally cut through neighborhoods.

In the last year, homes in Amity Acres sold for between $218,000 and $312,000 with an average sale price of $250,000. There are currently two homes on the market in the neighborhood representing an 8 month supply on inventory. This is in comparison to the 4.9 month supply of inventory for all of Belmont.