Neighborhood Spotlight: Carolina Orchards

There has been a big trend recently of active communities for adults age 55 and over. Carolina Orchards is a prime example of just such a place done right. It has luxurious homes and resort style amenities in a maintenance-free setting all in Fort Mill, SC, just minutes away from Lake Wylie.

Carolina Orchards is brought to you by Del Webb-Pulte homes and is located on the west side of Fort Mill, SC just off SC highway 460 across from Springfield Elementary School. This great location is close to shopping, dining, and entertainment in Fort Mill, as well as being less than 10 miles to Tega Cay. It will take around 25 minutes to get to Charlotte Douglas International Airport and 25 minutes to get to Uptown Charlotte.

Homes in Carolina Orchards range from 2-4 bedrooms with 2-4.5 bathrooms in 1,263 to almost 3,000 square feet of living space. These homes are new construction and can be customized to meet your needs. Most of the plans are ranch style, though there are some plans with two stories. Homes have open floor plans with space inside and outside for entertaining.

Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, hobby rooms, game rooms, indoor pool, outdoor pool, and sports facilities for pickleball, bocce, tennis, and a dog park. There are indoor and outdoor gathering spaces as well as great walking throughout the neighborhood.

In the last year, 40 homes sold in Carolina Orchards for between $275,000 and $617,015 with an average sale price of $439,207. There are currently 10 homes on the market representing 2.9 months of inventory. The wider Fort Mill area has a 4 month supply of homes for sale at the moment.

If you are 55 or older and are interested in this amazing neighborhood, give us a call at 803-831-8588 and we will schedule a tour of available homes. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Holiday Events Calendar

If you’re like us, you love the holiday season and everything that goes along with it. The parties, the music, the food, the celebrations, and events are all great reasons for the community to gather. Even if you just like driving around neighborhoods looking at lights, that’s a great opportunity to meander down streets and potentially spot a perfect home for sale.

Here are some of our favorite community events:

  • Lake Wylie’s annual boat parade December 14th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Located at the Buster Boyd Access Area, near Papa Doc’s. The boats will circle in front of Riverpointe and pass the Lake Wylie boat landing so both are great viewing points.
  • Rock Hill’s annual Christmasville festival is Dec. 5-8 and will include events for children and adults. Events include gingerbread contests, crafts, rides, live shows, chances to meet Santa, a petting zoo, food, carriage rides and carnival. The lighting of Winthrop University’s magnolia tree is 6 p.m. Dec. 6, followed by the city of Rock Hill Christmas Parade at 6:30.
  • Historic Brattonsville is open for candlelight tours. This historic site helps you learn how the holidays were celebrated in the 18th and 19th centuries. Tours are $10 or are free if you are a Culture and Heritage Museum member. Make your reservation online. Tours are from 3 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 at 1444 Brattonsville Road in McConnells.
  • Tega Cay’s Christmas tree lighting and candy cane hunt is 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Glennon Center, 15083 Molokai Drive. The Fort Mill High School and Tega Cay Elementary chorus will sing Christmas carols as guests enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and a visit with Santa.
  • If you love the circus, visit the city of York’s 80th annual tree lighting and Christmas parade is from 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 at 43 N. Congress St. where the circus is the theme. Enjoy bands, circus performers, animals, and floats. Santa will be in attendance for photos and there will be activities for all as well as food available.
  • Winterfest at Carowinds theme park transforms the park into a holiday wonderland. Open weekend nights Nov. 24th until Dec. 31st. There are performances, parades, and much more. Tickets are required and can be purchased online.

And if you spot that perfect home while you are out and about this holiday season, give us a call at 803-831-8588. We can schedule a private tour and help you navigate the process of purchasing your next home. You can view current listings on our website here and plan out your private tour of homes.

Check out Masons Bend

Just to the south of the southern tip of Lake Wylie is a new construction neighborhood that is worth a good hard look. Masons Bend was named Community of the Year by the Homebuilders Association of Greater Charlotte in 2017, and it’s easy to see why. Masons Bend has been thoughtfully planned with fantastic homes, amazing amenities, and great schools all bordered by the Catawba River.

Masons Bend is located just off South Sutton Road near Riverview just off I-77. The close proximity to the highway makes a trip to Uptown Charlotte or Charlotte Douglas International Airport a breeze. Carowinds Amusement Park is nearby and if you need a scare, Scarowinds is now open, the haunted version of the amusement park.

There are many options nearby for shopping, dining, entertainment and more. Fort Mill is just down the road, as is Ballantyne and Rock Hill. You can zip up to Charlotte for a pro-sports event, or see Baseball just down the road in Rock Hill.

Homes in Masons Bend have a variety of floor plans and architectural styles which appeal to many different families. There are one and two story homes with 2 to 4 garage bays. There are three builders to choose from in the neighborhood giving a range of styles, details, and upgrades. Saussy Burbank, The Cunnane Group Inc, and Fielding homes are all providing homes ranging from the $300’s to the $800’s. These homes have open floor plans, gourmet kitchens, flex spaces, home offices and much more. You will be impressed with the attention to detail. There are still new construction homes available, though there are some quick-move in homes, and occasionally an existing home will come on the market.

Amenities include a pool, clubhouse, and children’s park. There is community access to the Catawba River and miles of trails for residents to explore the natural landscape. The homeowners association puts on social events throughout the year which help bind the community together.

Children in Masons Bend currently attend top rated Riverview Elementary School, Banks Trail Middle School, and Fort Mill High School. Please verify school assignments as they are subject to change. There is a parcel in the neighborhood slated for a future school to support the growing community.

Check out Meadowview in Tega Cay

If you are looking for all of the benefits of living on the lake, without the lakefront price tag, Meadowview in Tega Cay is the place for you. This amazing community is close to the lake with nearby public boat ramps. There are also fantastic schools, and miles of hiking and biking trails.

Meadowview is located off Tega Cay Drive, walking distance to Tega Cay City Hall and Trailhead Park. There are restaurants and shops that residents can walk to as well as many other options just a short drive away. I-77 is close by for a quick trip to Uptown Charlotte or Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Just past the highway, residents will arrive in Fort Mill for many more options for dining, shopping, and entertainment.

Homes in Meadowview have 3 or 4 bedrooms and 2 or 2.5 bathrooms. Homes have two car garages and partial brick facades and many are on cul-de-sac streets. Square footages range from 1,600 to 2,200. Many of the homes have open floorplans, home offices, private owner’s suites, and much more. Homes were built in the early 2000’s and many have been upgraded since they were built. Many of the homes have had remodeling done to update kitchens, bathrooms, or open floor plans further.

Meadowview is currently zoned for coveted Tega Cay schools. Children attend Tega Cay Elementary School, Gold Hill Middle School, and Fort Mill High School. All schools are top rated and award winning. Please verify school assignments as they can change from one school year to the next.

In the past year, homes in Meadowview have sold for between $245,000 and $283,000. There is currently one home for sale in the neighborhood listed at $275,000. This represents a 1.5 month supply of inventory which compares to the 4.3 month supply in the rest of Tega Cay and the 4.3 month supply for all of York County.

Tega Cay and Fort Mill are safest cities in South Carolina

There is good news for residents of Tega Cay and Fort Mill, as well as for those looking to move to these cites. Both of the cities topped the list among the top 50 safest cities in South Carolina, coming in first and second, respectively, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

Tega Cay and Fort Mill consistently rank among the safest cities to live in, with a very strong police department and fire department, both of which maintain great community relations.

The National Council of Home Safety and Security bases it’s rankings on “federal crime reports, population data and in-house research.” On average, there are seven violent crimes per 1,000 people in South Carolina, and Tega Cay hardly registered a percentage with only one violent crime against its entire population of over 9,500 people. And, Fort Mill has less than two crimes per 1,000 residents. Furthermore, the total number of property crimes in Tega Cay and Fort Mill fell well below the state average. These stats truly exemplify just how safe these areas are to live in.

For more details and information on the safety honors for  both of these great cities and what it means for the residents there, be sure to read the full article at Heraldonline.com.

Plenty in the pipeline for Fort Mill

Plenty of potential new development is in the pipeline for Fort Mill, with a variety of proposals recently submitted to York County planners. One major proposal includes a 4-acre residential community located off of Sutton Road at 1879 Camber Woods in unincorporated Fort Mill between existing sections of Baxter.

Furthermore, an additional 147 townhomes may be built at Regent Park on a property that totals approximately 46 acres. Another residential development that may come to fruition is a single-family subdivision off of Kennel Road in Fort Mill between Springfield and Foxwood totaling approximately 29 acres.

As far as commercial development goes, there is a warehouse distribution center totaling 370,000 square feet that could potentially be moving to Lakemont Business Park on the 60-acre site near Carowinds. Also in the works is a convenience center at 2093 Fort Mill Parkway that will include a permanent trash and recycling center. There is also a plot of land on the corner of US 21 and Garrison Farm Road in the Fort Mill area that was an auto sales site and is up for redevelopment.

There are discussions of a new school located at 1894 Zoar Rosd near Tega Cay on a near two-acre plot of land, among many, many more potential projects. All of these projects have submitted preliminary proposals to the county and are waiting on approval.

For more details and information on what could be to come in Fort Mill and the surrounding area, be sure to read the full article at Heraldonline.com.

New high school opening in Fort Mill

Fort Mill’s growing community and thriving Saint Anne Catholic School mean big changes for the local school.
A new high school will be opening in Fort Mill this fall, as Saint Anne High School will be moving from its Rock Hill campus to Saint Philip Neri Catholic Church in Fort Mill.  Only the high school will be held at the Fort Mill church, while pre-K through middle school classes will still be held at Saint Anne Catholic School in Rock Hill.

In 2012, Saint Anne was accredited, and in 2014, it expanded to include pre-kindergarten all the way through grade 12. The high school originally began with only six students and is now up to 50. They have been looking for more space for over a year and have finally found it at the Saint Philip Neri Catholic Church. The school as a whole is up to approximately 350 total students.

The school’s move fills a practical need, as it clearly needed more space, and it is also representative of the growing Fort Mill population and community. Feedback from the community has been extremely positive and parents of the Saint Anne students have supported the move. Saint Anne has students from Charlotte, Chester, Fort Mill, Indian Land, Lake Wylie and York, as well as Rock Hill.

For more details and information on this new school’s move and expansion and what it means for the Fort Mill community, be sure to read the full article at Heraldonline.com.

Fort Mill’s Strawberry Festival is coming to town

With Spring in the air and summer on the way, berry season is getting under way, and there is no better way to ring it in than a local and delicious strawberry festival.
Fort Mill residents are getting ready to gear up for what will be the eighth annual South Carolina Strawberry Festival this weekend. Springs Farm strawberries will be the star of the show, and they will be available for picking from the fields and will also be showcased throughout the festival events. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to come out for a great day of yummy entertainment.

Attendees of the festival can come out and not only pick their own strawberries, but they can also participate in and watch plenty of fun, including the strawberry cake eating contest, appearances by Berry Be Good, the strawberry mascot, and a  pig race that will end with a kiss from the Strawberry Queen.

The annual strawberry pageant already took place as a way to raise money for a local cause. The winner of the pageant was crowned Miss Strawberry Festival Queen 2017.

While the strawberries are of course the main focus of the event, the festival will also showcase more than 100 local businesses and art vendors from the Fort Mill community.

For more details and information on this family friendly event happening in Fort Mill, be sure to read the full article at WCNC.com.

Market Update: March

Home prices in the entire Carolina MLS area just continue to rise, with housing inventory in the Charlotte region at a low, and a growing demand for property in this super hot real estate market. Home sales increased 11.5% in March 2017 as compared with the same month of 2016. This increase is a whopping 54% jump compared to February 2017. Plus, the average list price was up 9.4% in March as compared with the same month in 2016.
Inventory in Lake Wylie was also down 28.6% in year over year numbers for March, however there was a 9.1% drop in the average sales price of homes. New listings, though, were up 35.8% in March 2017 versus March 2016.
In Fort Mill, inventory is also down, but the average sales price is up 14.5% in year over year numbers, and new listings are surprisingly down 3.5%.

With the low months supply of inventory and few new homes being listed on the market, a rise in sales price is fairly predictable. Across the nation, there has been a steady and constant increase in home sale prices. They are rising the quickest they have in approximately three years, and Charlotte as a whole still has these nationwide numbers beat.

Mortgage rates are also higher now than compared with those of a year ago, and this, coupled with higher home prices, may eventually temper the heightened demand for housing in Charlotte. Currently, homes seem to sell almost as soon as they are listed, so buyers will want to act quickly when they find a home they are interested in.

Charlotte definitely has a seller’s market on its hands, with low inventory, rising home prices, and a surge in home sales. For more details and info on what this means for home buyers and sellers alike, be sure to take a look at the full article at CharlotteObserver.com.

New eateries and more at Kingsley in Fort Mill

The new Kingsley Village Town Center in Fort Mill is in a prime location for restaurants, and plenty of chain eateries have taken notice and are getting ready to move in. Located just off of exit 85 from Interstate 77, the shopping center is now home to one of its largest anticipated restaurants, Carolina Ale House, which can seat up to 350 guests inside as well as an additional 150 guests outside. It is a convenient location for families with kids to eat at and then walk around a bit, and there are patrons who frequent the restaurant for drinks after playing golf nearby. Furthermore, Carolina Ale House is perhaps the largest restaurant employer in Fort Mill. With 70 TV screens and a diverse menu, the restaurant has a little something for everyone.

In addition to the newest 7,000 square-foot Carolina Ale House, additional upcoming restaurant tenants include a Starbucks coffee shop, a Smashburger, a Panera Bread, a Clean Juice bar, A Brixx pizza place, and a Corkscrew Winery, for now.

Kingsley Village is a mixed-use development occupying 626 acres and a recently opened new Courtyard Marriott hotel with 125 guest rooms. Additionally, 200 apartments are also planned for the development, and 48 of which will be located above retail shops in the town center. Kingsley Village is also home to Lash Group, which plans to employ 2,400 people at its facility, as well as LPL Financial, which expects 3,000 employees at its Kingsley facility.

Kingsley is a rapidly developing area, and for more details and information on what is to come, be sure to check out the full article at Heraldonline.com.