View the 2019 Parade of Homes

The annual Parade of Homes has already started, but there is still plenty of time to tour these amazing homes. This yearly event is brought to you by The Homebuilders Association of Greater Charlotte. It’s like the largest open house where you can tour a variety of different homes in different price points, areas, and styles. This event is free to the public, but it may just help you purchase your next home.

Homes on the tour are presented by local and national homebuilders and are in some of the most desirable neighborhoods. There are many neighborhoods in the Lake Wylie area that made the tour. The rest of the tour is spread over the entire Charlotte region.

The tour runs for three weekends with only the first already done. The next dates are October 11-13 and October 18-20. Homes are open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sundays. Homes in neighborhoods closest to Lake Wylie are:

  • Paddlers Cove by Dan Ryan Builders
  • Arden Mill by Classica
  • Timberwood by Essex Homes
  • Harper’s Pointe by Taylor Morrison
  • The Meridians by Meritage Homes
  • Regency at Palisades by Toll Brothers (3 homes on the tour)
  • North Reach by Taylor Morrison
  • McLean by Essex Homes
  • Morgan’s Branch by Taylor Morrison

For more information on the most updated dates and times for the tour, you can like and follow on Facebook or you can check out the interactive Parade of Homes website ParadeCharlotte.com. They do have online maps or you can pick up a printed tour book at any of the homes.

Always remember that agents in those homes will work for the builder, so if you want fair representation in a transaction, bring your Realtor with you to help you negotiate. The seller pays for the buyers agent so there is no cost to you. If you are interested in purchasing a home in the Lake Wylie area, bring us along on the tour, or schedule a private tour without the crowds by calling 803-831-8588. You can view all current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Investment Opportunity in Hamiltons Bay

Are you interested in second, mostly passive income stream? Rental property could be the right choice for you. There are not many opportunities in the Lake Wylie area to get in on a starter income property, but Hamilton’s Bay Condominiums are a great place to start. There are also opportunities to own and live in one of these units. They are a great price, a great location, and are zoned for award winning schools and have lower South Carolina taxes.

Hamiltons Bay was built in 1990 and has 216 units in 3-story buildings with condos and townhome options. There are one, two, and three bedroom units with one to two bathrooms. Many of the units have been completely remodeled, and some have opportunities to update them. Some of the units are fully furnished corporate units available for short term leases.

Amenities for Hamiltons Bay include fitness center, playground, laundry center, outdoor swimming pool with kiddie pool, patio area with grills, picnic area, tennis court, and complimentary boat and RV parking. There is also on-site management with 24-hour emergency maintenance.

To find Hamiltons Bay, go across the Buster Boyd Bridge to the South Carolina side of Lake Wylie. In the heart of Lake Wylie, Hamiltons Bay is on the right hand side just off Highway 49. There are many options for shopping, dining, and entertainment within just a few minutes. Going a little bit further away, you’ll find additional choices as well as outlet malls. A trip to Uptown Charlotte for work or pleasure is only 20 miles. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is just under 20 miles, perfect for a weekend retreat or a business trip.

There are currently no homes on the market in Hamiltons Bay and they do sell quickly when they do hit the market. In the past year 10 homes sold for between $87,500 and $127,000. Most of them sold the first week they were on the market and sold for between 94% and 103% of list price.

If you are interested in a home in Hamiltons Bay, call us at 803-831-8588 and we will contact you as soon as one hits the market. You can view all current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Great Value in Lake Wylie Woods

There are just a few private condominium communities on the shores of Lake Wylie, and Lake Wylie Woods may just be the best of them. This wonderful peaceful spot is located on 15 acres of lakefront property with amazing views and the serenity of lake living. Lake Wylie Woods is zoned for top rated Clover Public Schools as well. Why pay exorbitant rent when you can own your home in Lake Wylie Woods?

Lake Wylie Woods is conveniently located just 17 miles from Uptown Charlotte. The neighborhood is right in the heart of Lake Wylie township off Highway 49 near the Buster Boyd Bridge and just across the highway from YMCA Camp Thunderbird. Nearby you will find shopping, dining, recreation, sporting events, public boat launches,

The cedar sided buildings of Lake Wylie Woods make you feel like you are in a treehouse as there are old growth trees surrounding the community. Imagine entering this retreat and all of your cares fall away. There are just 84 units that rarely come up for sale and they sell quickly once they hit the market.

The homes in Lake Wylie Woods are 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and all have either just under or just over 1,000 square feet of living space. Many of the homes have been completely updated since there were built in the mid-1980’s. Each home also has a balcony and/or patio for outdoor seating to enjoy the lake. The community amenities in addition to the lake include an outdoor pool and a dock and pier.

In the past year homes in Lake Wylie Woods have sold for between $120,500 and $202,000. The reasonable prices mean that homes don’t stay on the market long and there are currently no homes for sale. If you are interested in a home in Lake Wylie Woods, call us at 803-831-8588 and we will contact you as soon as one hits the market. You can view all current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Neighborhood Spotlight: The Sanctuary

There are still chances to own a home in the amazingly tranquil custom neighborhood The Sanctuary. Located on the shores of Lake Wylie, but with a Charlotte address, The Sanctuary lives up to its name. There are resale homes and lots available in this exclusive tight-knit community.

Comprised of 1,350-acres of wooded land, The Sanctuary is unique as it has 22 miles of trails for residents to enjoy while cycling, hiking, or walking. There are many other amenities in the community including community Jr. Olympic pool, splash pad, tennis courts, and pickle ball courts. Inside the lodge, you’ll find a 24/7 fitness center, kids room, and gathering spaces available for rent for private events. Lake access is available to residents as well, with boating, kayaking, camping, and canoeing. Dock slips are available for lease for residents without direct water access.

The amenities aren’t the only great thing about The Sanctuary, the homes are pretty impressive as well. Homes sit on lots that are between 2 and 13+ acres providing plenty of privacy and room for outdoor living. There is also room on larger lots for additional structures such as boat storage, guest houses, studios, tree houses, home offices and more. Homes are estate sized with many over 5,000 square feet of living space. This means there is room for families of any size and private amenities like chef’s kitchens, bedroom suites, custom closets, home theaters, wine cellars, saunas, steam rooms, home gyms, and more.

There are 187 lots in the community, 90 of which currently have homes. There are 33 lots currently for sale through the MLS and they are all perfect for using one of the 15 approved custom builders.

The Sanctuary is located about 20 minutes from Uptown Charlotte and is close to highway access perfect for a commute or just a trip into town for a game, concert, or museum. There is convenient shopping close by in Steele Creek.

If you would like to schedule a private tour of available homes or land in The Sanctuary, call us at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Visit RiverPointe

There are just as many amazing neighborhoods on the North Carolina side of Lake Wylie as on the South Carolina side. One of the best examples is RiverPointe. This heavily wooded neighborhood has two artfully landscaped entrances leading you to rolling hills with stately custom homes, and expansive views of Lake Wylie.

RiverPointe was built between 1989 and 2009 by a variety of custom builders. There are almost 200 homes most with full brick or stucco exteriors. Most streets end in cul-de-sacs so you see children playing, residents walking, biking, and skating regularly. In addition, there are great amenities enjoyed by all homeowners and their guests. You’ll spot them at the pool and clubhouse, tennis courts, playground, gazebo, or heading out on the lake from the Marina.

RiverPointe is located just to the east of the Buster Boyd Bridge on the North Carolina side of the lake. This can make a morning commute into Uptown Charlotte go quickly as highway access is convenient. It is also quick to get to Rock Hill, Gastonia, or Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Also close by are plenty or places for hiking, boating, camping and more. McDowell Nature Preserve, Kings Mountain, Nanny’s Mountain and Copperhead Island are all nearby.

Homes in RiverPointe were custom built, and many of them have been extensively updated since they were built. There is not much turnover of these homes, especially the waterfront homes, so when they do appear on the market, they don’t last long. Just some of the amazing features of these homes include soaring ceilings, extensive trim work, gourmet kitchens, custom closets, sunrooms, decks, and terracing. Waterfront homes can include deep water docks, boat houses, floating docks, and boat lifts to more fully enjoy the lake. Interior homes can take advantage of the neighborhood marina so they can equally enjoy lake living.

In the last year, interior homes have sold for upwards of $300,000. Lakefront homes typically sell for near to over $1 million. If you would like to schedule a private tour of listings in RiverPointe, call us at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

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.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Ivy Ridge

There is a general trend among younger home buyers to go for smaller homes so you can spend more time on experiences outdoors. Among more mature buyers, downsizing is a trend, especially if there are amenities. If this is you, check out D.R. Horton’s newest townhome project in Lake Wylie called Ivy Ridge. You’ll be close to the Lake so you can fully enjoy the outdoors, but you will have a smaller home with low maintenance, wonderful amenities, and a great price point.

Ivy Ridge is under construction now, so you can help make this home fit your family and your unique needs. Ivy Ridge is located at Cypress Point, another new construction neighborhood just across the Buster Boyd Bridge in South Carolina. This is right in the heart of Lake Wylie, but is surrounded by shopping, restaurants, and has easy access to I-485 and I-77.

D.R. Horton is offering three unique floor plans for Ivy Ridge. Each 2-story home features 2 or 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a one car garage. These open floor plans have between 1674 and 1774 square feet and some plans feature a home office/den. Homes have energy efficient features, home warranties, and thoughtfully planned layouts. Prices start at $222,000 and can go higher depending on the plan and options.

Amenities for the neighborhood include Clubhouse, Pool, Bocce courts and Pickle Ball Courts. Ivy Ridge is currently zoned for award winning Clover Schools, an area of high demand. Just down the road you will find Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens and McDowell Nature Preserve. The area abounds with golf courses, country clubs, marinas, and even restaurants with boat docks.

Residents of Ivy Ridge are close enough for a commute to Uptown Charlotte, or just a night out to see a concert, catch a game, or visit a museum.

If you want to schedule a private tour of homes in Ivy Ridge, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Liberty Hill

After a beautiful Labor Day weekend, many of us are ready to sell out homes and move to the Lake. That relaxed lifestyle is even more tempting so you can keep that laid-back feeling all year round. If that’s your goal, Liberty Hill is the place for you.

Located off of Handsmill Highway south of Highway 49, Liberty Hill is close to the heart of Lake Wylie, but far enough away to seem secluded. To the North, near the Buster Boyd Bridge you will find shopping, dining, and entertainment. There are restaurants on the water to enjoy the view, or you can drive your boat up and dock. Just across the Bridge, you’ll find additional options at Rivergate. You can tour Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens or McDowell Nature Preserve just a few minutes away. For the commuting folks, Uptown Charlotte isn’t far, and for work or pleasure, Charlotte Douglas International Airport is close as well.

Liberty Hill is popular because it has no HOA, is zoned for desirable and award winning Clover schools, and has lower South Carolina taxes. In fact, homes in Liberty Hill don’t come on the market often at all. In the last year, only two homes sold in the entire neighborhood. Currently there are three homes on the market with one of them already under contract. Waterfront homes command a premium, but non-waterfront homes still have large lots and many have water views.

Many of the homes in Liberty Hill were custom built around 2007. They have large lots, all over an acre, but some over 3 acres in size. This affords plenty of privacy as well as space for outdoor living. Many homes have pools, decks, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, sports courts, and more. Homes are grand in scale with most homes over 3,000 square feet. The three current listings are all over 6,000 square feet of living space.

If you are interested in a private tour of homes in Liberty Hill, call us at 803-831-8588 to schedule with us. To view current listings and create custom searches, click here to view our website.

Explore Oakton

If you’re looking for an exclusive spot in Lake Wylie, homes in Oakton don’t come on the market often and they don’t last long when they do. In fact, in the last year, only one home sold in Oakton after only 5 days on the market. These estate sized homes have wooded large lots, side-entry garages, brick or stone facades, lower SC taxes, and are zoned for award winning Clover public schools.

Oakton is located just off Highway 49 near the Buster Boyd Bridge. This amazing spot has residents close to retail, dining, and entertainment. You are also close to marinas, public boat launches, and restaurants on the water so you can soak in the lake lifestyle. Just across the bridge is Rivergate for additional shopping and dining options. Proximity to I-77 and I-485 means that Uptown Charlotte is convenient, as is Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Homes in Oakton are grand in scale with many homes over 4,000 square feet of living space. This means that there is room for all of the amenities plus extras. These well appointed homes have gourmet kitchens, studies, open living areas, formal dining, fireplaces, and home offices. Most have at least 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

Many homes in Oakton have outdoor living areas as well to take advantage of the serene setting. This includes decks, patios, in-ground pools, outdoor kitchens, screened-in porches, and sports courts. The neighborhood includes private boat storage for residents.

Homes in Oakton typically sell in the mid-$300’s to the mid-$400’s. These homes were built around 2008-2010 and many of them show like brand new. If you are interested in a home in the heart of Lake Wylie, give us a call at 803-8731-8588 and we will set up a private tour of homes in Oakton or any other Lake Wylie neighborhood. To view current listings and create custom searches, visit our website by clicking here.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Harpers Green

If you are looking for an elegant townhome in walking distance to shopping, dining, and close to Lake Wylie, check out Harpers Green. This amazing gated community was built between 2010 and 2014 and is zoned for award winning Clover schools.

Harpers Green is located just west of the intersection of Highway 49 and Highway 557 and close to the Buster Boyd Bridge. This means that residents can quickly get to Uptown Charlotte, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, or public boat launches to ignore the world and be at peace with the lake. Just down the road is McDowell Nature Preserve and additional shopping and dining in The Palisades.

Homes in Harpers Green range in size from 2,000 to 2,200 square feet and have 3 or 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. These homes have open floor plans, drop zones just inside the oversized one car garages, and lots of storage. Kitchens have oversized islands and many have stainless appliances.

The exteriors are varied, some with stone accents, some have shed dormers, shingles, or brick accents. Homes have patio areas, some with ceiling fans, yards, and firepits. The homeowners association is responsible for lawn maintenance, exterior maintenance, and trash service.

In the past year, 8 homes in Harpers Green have sold for between $205,000 and $265,000. Homes went under contract after an average of just 23 days on the market. Currently there are seven homes on the market here with four already under contract. List prices range from $215,000 to $252,900.

If you are interested in touring homes in Harpers Green, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create your own custom searches on our website here.