Light Rail Could be Coming to Belmont

If you have been looking for another reason to invest in Belmont, pending light rail should be on your list. There was a meeting at the end of August where over 200 community members met at Gaston College in Belmont with Jason Lawrence, Senior Transportation Planner with Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) to discuss the plans and hear input from residents.

The light rail extension is still in the preliminary planning stage. The reason for the meeting was to discuss extending the LYNX light rail system across the Catawba River into Belmont and possibly Gastonia. This planning phase is important to gather public comments. Next will come the planning, design, funding, and other considerations, then finally building.

Funding has already been secured to replace the Wilkinson Boulevard bridge. This should happen in the next few years. This makes the timing of the meeting appropriate so future light rail plans can be incorporated into the design for the bridge.

The western line for the light rail will also eventually connect to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. This is great for residents of Belmont as they will be able to get to the airport or an uptown commute, or get up to the University with ease.

When the light rail first came to Charlotte, properties along the first line increased dramatically in value. Many more homes, condos, and businesses were built to serve commuters. The same is likely to happen in Belmont and Gastonia. That means that now is a great time to invest in these areas.

The light rail could take a few years before they begin construction, and then a few more years until completion of the western line, but it could be a real boon to the area and could spur growth for years to come.

To read more, check out the article in the Banner News.

Secret Retreat in Forest Cove

The best kept secret on Lake Wylie has to be Forest Cove. This enclave of homes has the perfect location, on the Lake, secluded, but close to everything you need. These homes don’t come on the market often so you have to be ready to snap one up.

Forest Cove is located just off Armstrong Road within walking distance to Harbortowne Marina & Ship Store and Seven Oaks Cafe. Just around the corner is Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Popular neighborhood McLean is just across Armstrong Road as well. This location is 30 minutes from Uptown Charlotte and 15 minutes to the Airport. Belmont is just a few minutes away for community events, shopping, dining, and more. The Carolina Thread Trails are nearby as well which will eventually network over 1,600 miles of trails and greenway.

Homes in Forest Cover were mainly built in the 1980’s, though many of the homes have been fully remodeled and modernized. Most of the homes have 3 or 4 bedrooms and 2.5 to 4 bathrooms. Some homes have fully wooded lots, and some have water frontage with private docks and boathouses. Many of the homes have basements for additional living space.

As for amenities, Forest Cove offers lake access, community boat slips & ramp, a beach in addition to volleyball court and picnic area. There is a playground for the kids and streetlights through the neighborhood.

Forest Cove is currently zoned for fantastic schools. Zoning has children attending New Hope Elementary School, Cramerton Middle School, and South Point High School. Please verify school assignments as zoning boundaries can run through neighborhoods.

If you look at sales for the past 12 months in Forest Cove, homes have been selling for an average price of $470,375 and typically sell in less than two months. Two of the homes sold in less than 10 days. This means that you have to be prepared to act fast to get in on this retreat of a neighborhood.

Neighborhood Spotlight: South Point Village

If you are looking for newer construction in Belmont, NC, check out South Point Village. These homes were built between 2011 and 2015 so you get newer construction without living through the construction phase.

South Point Village is located just off South Point Road around the corner from South Point High School. This means residents can walk to school, the grocery store, or to get a bite to eat. Additional shopping and dining are on their way as well with the under construction South Point Village shopping center expected to be completed early in 2019.

Due North of South Point Village is Belmont which is a great place for community events, shopping, dining, and entertainment. A little bit further North you will find highway 74 and I-85, both of which will take you quickly to Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Uptown Charlotte.

Homes in South Point Village range between 3 and 6 bedrooms and 2 to 4 bathrooms. Some of the homes are smaller, just under 2,000 square feet, and some are larger at just over 3,400 square feet. Homes have open floor plans with granite counters, eat-in kitchen islands, bonus rooms, large bedrooms, and spacious master suites.

Children in South Point Village currently attend Belmont Central Elementary School, Belmont Middle School, and South Point High School. Please verify school assignments with the school system because boundary lines are occasionally redrawn.

In the last year, homes in South Point Village sold for an average of $308,250 with a high price of $333,000 and a low price of $275,000. Homes typically sell in just over 35 days at or above the list price. There are currently 3 homes on the market in South Point Village which represents a 9 month supply of inventory. This means these homes don’t come on the market often so you need to be ready to go when they do come up for sale.

Check Out Belmont’s Catawba Heights

If you are looking for an entry home, or looking to downsize, do yourself a favor and check out Catawba Heights. These homes are small and easy to care for, but have large lots giving privacy and room for outdoor living. The location is close to everything and yet still feels like a retreat.

Catawba Heights is located just down the street from the U.S. National Whitewater Center just to the Northeast of Belmont, North Carolina. This location is close to I-85 which is a straight line to Uptown Charlotte or a quick trip to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. To the west, you can easily get to downtown Belmont and Belmont Abbey and College. There is great shopping, dining, and entertainment not to mention community events.

Homes in Catawba Heights can be as small as 800 square feet or as large as 2,600 square feet. Some have been fully remodeled, but others are in original condition. Homes were mostly built between the 1930’s and the 1980’s, but occasionally there is a new construction home. Typically homes have between 2 and 4 bedrooms and between 1 and 2.5 bathrooms.

In the past year, homes in Catawba Heights sold for an average of $137,366. The range of prices was between $52,500 and $319,000. This makes homes here approachable for most families and can be a great place to start home ownership. The smaller size is ideal for anyone wanting to downsize or retire to a great neighborhood with beautiful scenery and old growth trees.

There are currently seven homes on the market in Catawba Heights which represents a 6 month supply of homes. This is a little bit more than the 5.25 month supply of all of Belmont. An average of 1.2 homes sell per month here.

Catawba Heights is currently zoned for Catawba Heights Elementary School, Mount Holly Middle School, and South Point High School. Please verify school assignments as they can change from one school year to the next and boundaries sometimes cut through neighborhoods.


Check out Belmont’s South Point Ridge

Many families have already discovered South Point Ridge, and there are many reasons why. This neighborhood is walking distance to great schools, close to the lake, a quick trip away from downtown Belmont, and an easy commute to Uptown Charlotte. There is a great community feel as well as a community pool to bind the neighborhood together.

South Point Ridge is located off of South Point Road tucked behind South Point High School. Seven minutes North is downtown Belmont with great shopping, dining, entertainment, and more. You can explore charming Belmont Abbey and College, window shop, or catch a concert.

The neighborhood is completely surrounded by wooded area making it seem like a retreat. Many of the homes back to the wooded area making the yards seem much larger and more secluded. Lots are generally around a fifth of an acre and many have established lush landscaping.

Homes in South Point Ridge were mostly built between 2005 and 2008, though there is the occasional new construction home. Homes range from 1,900 to well over 4,000 square feet of living space. Homes have between 3 and 5 bedrooms and 2.5-5 bathrooms.

In the last year homes in South Point Ridge have sold for an average of just over $281,000. The range of sale prices goes from a low of $238,000 to a high of $336,000. Currently there are six homes on the market representing a 4.5 month supply of inventory. This is in comparison to the 5.2 month supply for all of Belmont making South Point Ridge one of the most desirable destinations in Belmont. 16 homes sold in South Point Ridge in the last 12 months so if you don’t see the home you want now, they come on the market with regularity.


Neighborhood Spotlight: Lake Ridge at Pinsto Forest

Lake Ridge at Pinsto Forest is the premier location in Pinsto Forest. This grouping of 40 homes have waterfront and views of the main channel of Lake Wylie. These homes are in Belmont School District so have award winning schools. Some of the homes have private marina access to enjoy all the beauty of Lake Wylie from the water.

Located off South Point Road at Stowe Road, Lake Ridge at Pinsto Forest is tucked away from everything lending privacy and escape. Many options for shopping, dining, and entertainment are close by if you can tear yourself away from the Lake. A quick trip will take residents to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Uptown Charlotte, Downtown Belmont and many more destinations.

Homes in Lake Ridge at Pinsto Forest are grand ranging from over 3,000 square feet to over 4,000 square feet of living space. These homes include luxury features such as libraries, sunrooms, decks, stonework patios, verandas, pools, and wine cellars.

In the past year, homes in Lake Ridge at Pinsto Forest sold for between $430,000 and $1,350,000. Homes have between 4 and 6 bedrooms and 3.5 and 4.5 bathrooms. Lots are range from just over half of an acre to 1.25 acres. These homes were built between 1996 and 1998 so many of them have been remodeled and updated since they were built. This only makes these amazing homes more desirable. Most of the homes have the master suite on the main floor. Gourmet kitchens and open floor plans are common in these homes as are home offices, fully finished basements and much more.

Children in Lake Ridge at Pinsto Forest currently attend Belmont Central Elementary School, Belmont Middle School, and South Point High School. Please verify school assignments as boundaries can change from one school year to the next.

Amazing Options in McLean

Last week we highlighted a specific section of McLean at Lake Wylie called the Conservancy. But there is so much more to offer in McLean. There are many other exciting sections ranging from waterfront to inland lots with great amenities and a fabulous location near Belmont, North Carolina on Lake Wylie.

South Shore is a section of McLean that has custom homes and estate homes. Many of the homes have water frontage. The custom homes adhere to the architectural styles of the community, but they are truly unique. There are seven custom home builders available to help you design and build your dream home.

The estate homes are on home sites overlooking natural areas and quiet ponds. These homes are brought to you by John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods and Peachtree Residential. These homes are large and filled with natural light and details you would think would only be found in custom homes. There is exquisite attention to detail including millwork, built-ins, cabinetry, and much more. Each builder has a model home available to tour showing possible choices and details.

The Overlake section of McLean is the newest neighborhood. There are a variety of single-family homes constructed by Evans Coghill Homes and Shea Homes. Homes have craftsman style exteriors, but totally modern interiors.

All of these amazing homes are just 30 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. There are a total of 5 miles of shoreline McLean residents enjoy amenities within their own neighborhood and within all of McLean. The Developers of McLean have reserved 130 acres of green space woven through the community. There are also clubhouses, playgrounds, pools, mountain biking trails, pavilions, and much more.

There truly are homes for everyone in McLean. Prices range from the $300,000’s to well over $1 million. Homes can range from around 2,000 square feet to well over 4,000 square feet. Lots can be small and manageable, or quite large to accommodate large homes and outdoor living spaces and plenty of privacy. There is also room for more homes in future phases.


Spotlight: The Conservancy at McLean

If you are 55 or older, there is a great opportunity for you to own a home near Lake Wylie in Belmont, North Carolina. The Conservancy at McLean is a new construction neighborhood brought to you by Essex Homes and M/I Homes. This highly desirable location is surrounded by Lake Wylie and right next to Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. These homes are perfect for anyone downsizing, but have amazing amenities so you don’t feel like you have downsized.

The Conservancy at McLean is located just off South New Hope Road. It is part of the wider neighborhood of McLean which includes many different custom homes and sections by renowned builders with price tags going up into the millions of dollars. The town of Belmont is just up the road. There is also easy access to the airport and Uptown Charlotte.

The amenities for the community include clubhouse with serving kitchen, pool, dog park, lakeside park, fishing pond and walking trails. The walking trails include the Carolina Thread Trail and Seven Oaks Preserve Trail which connect to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.

There are many homes already built in the community as well as many opportunities for new construction homes. Additional phases will be opened up when the current phase is completed. Homes range from 1,652 to almost 3,000 square feet of heated living space and prices start in the $260’s. There are some cul-de-sac lots as well as wooded lots available. Homes have 2-4 bedrooms, 2-3 bathrooms and 2-car garages. The homes plans are all single story with optional second floor living spaces and include lawn maintenance for homeowners. Homes are energy efficient and have a long list of included features.

The McLean community is currently zoned for New Hope Elementary School, Cramerton Middle School, and South Point High School. Please verify school assignments as they can change from one school year to the next.

Come explore The Conservancy at McLean and join the many families that have already made it their home. Enjoy five miles of shoreline of Lake Wylie, charming historic Belmont, and close proximity with major sporting events and concerts.

Amazing Homes in Pinsto Forest

If you are looking for an amazing Belmont neighborhood with large brick homes and great Belmont schools, look no further than Pinsto Forest. You’ll love the homes on the large lots with all the convenience of being close to the city, yet with the feel of privacy and peacefulness with room to unwind.

This established development was originally built in the 1980’s and homes continued to be built into the early 2000’s. The earlier homes are a little bit smaller than the newer homes. The 1980’s homes are usually around 2,400-2,700 square feet and have 3 or 4 bedrooms and 2.5-3 bathrooms. The newer homes typically have well over 3,000-4,000 square feet and have 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

Most of the homes in Pinsto Forest have two car garages, some of them rear loading. Some of the homes have fully finished basements which can be used for second living quarters or for offices or game rooms. Many of the homes also have cul-de-sac lots.

Lots in Pinsto Forest are around three quarters of an acre which leaves plenty of room for outdoor living spaces. Homes have mature landscaping and mature trees providing shade and privacy.

Children in Pinsto Forest currently attend Belmont Central Elementary School, Belmont Middle School, and South Point High School. Please verify school assignments as boundaries occasionally change.

Pinsto Forest is located near the banks of the Catawba River off South Point Road walking distance to South Point High School. This great location is very close to downtown Belmont with shops, restaurants, and Belmont Abbey and College. There is easy highway access for a quick trip to Uptown Charlotte or Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

In the past year, homes in Pinsto Forest sold for an average of $403,208. Four homes sold in the past year so they don’t come up often so when you see one you need to jump on it because they are very desirable.


Neighborhood Spotlight: Hall Park

It’s hard to find an affordable home in the Charlotte area as prices continue to rise. There are some great opportunities to own affordable homes when you go a little further out from the city center. One place that is great for is in Belmont.

Belmont is just 25 minutes away from the city, and 13 minutes to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. There are amazing shops, restaurants, entertainment, outdoor recreation and more close by. In Belmont proper you will find Belmont Abbey, and just outside of town in Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.

For affordable housing in Belmont, there is no better place than Hall Park. Located just North of Riverside Drive near the intersection with Belmont Mount Holly Road, Hall Park is convenient to I-85. Residents are walking distance to Belmont Abbey College and can also walk to restaurants and local businesses.

These quaint homes were built in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Many homes have been fully updated, but there are opportunities to update these homes and make them work for your family. Lots are large and have mature trees and manicured landscaping.

Homes have 2 or 3 bedrooms, and 1-2.5 bathrooms. Square footage ranges between 1,100 and 2,600. Many of these homes have original features that you just can’t find today such as aged hardwood floors, hall stands for telephones, arched doorways and more.

In the past year, homes in Hall Park have sold for between $118,500 and $242,500 with an average sale price of $184,467. These affordable homes don’t stay on the market long and there are currently no homes on the market in Hall Park. You need to be ready when the next one comes up for sale.