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.

New Development Needs More Time

County planners for York County, SC met on August 1 to review new housing developments. One of the most exciting projects is for a proposed 224 acres that spans from Bethel School Road all the way to Crowders Creek. This is right behind existing homes in Paddlers Cove and the new sports park which is underway. This plan would be on the south side of the creek. This development is in the initial stages of the process and is under review for the preliminary plat and permitting at this point. As we find out more details we will publish them.

The second major development that was discussed was Meriway Pointe with developer Walton Development. They have asked for another extension for their plan for 449 homes on just about 213 acres on the North of Crowders Creek. These extensions are not uncommon and property owners can request up to 5 each year while in the process. This would be the third extension this year on this particular project.

It looks like getting connected to utilities, specifically water and sewer is the holdup at this point. There are some capacity issues that need to be ironed out that are causing delays. They should be resolved soon and the development schedule will be going once again.

Keep in mind that these projects are proposed and could run into substantial hurdles in the days ahead. Additional issues can always crop up as part of any project, large or small. Some or all of the plans could be altered or eliminated as part of the process.

To read more about these neighborhoods and the planning stages, see the full story in The Herald Online here. To schedule a tour of homes in the Lake Wylie area, call 803-831-8588. To view all current listings and create custom searches, click here.

July Market Report

The monthly market report has been published by the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association. They compile data about the entire region as well as parsing the data by city, town, and subregion from the Multiple Listing Services, Inc. This month it shows that we are once again seeing a shortage of homes which is driving prices higher yet. When homes do come on the market, they aren’t sitting long before they go under contract.

This trend has been going on for a while, but this month there was a steep rise in home prices from last year at this time. This deepens the crisis for buyers even as mortgage interest rates are now sitting below 4%.

The median home price rose 10.4% from $240,000 up to $260,000. Homes are spending an average of 38 days on the market before a sale meaning homes are on the market 85 days from listing to closing. There are currently 9,416 homes on the market, down 15.3% from the 11,123 at this time last year.

When we look just at Lake Wylie, the numbers can be skewed because of smaller sample size, but they don’t look as dire as the entire Charlotte region. Median home price actually decreased slightly from $345,750 down to $341,500, a decrease of 1.2%. There are fourteen more homes on the market now than last year at this time, an increase of 3.4%. There are also 42 more new listings this year at this time vs. last year at this time, an increase of 28.6%.

This is hopeful for the Lake Wylie area where pending sales and closed sales were also up from last year. This means that buyers may be starting to be more equal to sellers in home purchase negotiations. Experts say a balanced market has around 6 months of inventory and Lake Wylie currently has a 3.8 month supply. This is substantially better than the 2.3 month supply for the entire Charlotte region.

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

Neighborhood Spotlight: Mill Creek Falls

If the last bit of summer has you thinking you’d like to live closer to the Lake, Mill Creek Falls could be the place for you. This master-planned community has great amenities, award winning schools, lower South Carolina taxes, and is still close enough to the city for commuting.

Mill Creek Falls was named after Mill Creek, a nearby tributary to Lake Wylie. The neighborhood was initially built between 2005 and 2006, and was completed over the next ten years. There is an active homeowners association which organizes events and activities throughout the year. These range from an annual chili cook-off to an Easter egg hunt. Many of the events are held at the Junior Olympic sized pool, and many at the Clubhouse. In addition, amenities include a children’s pool, tennis courts, gazebo, picnic area with barbecue grill, walking trails, and a six-acre lake for the community to enjoy.

Located off of Highway 274, Mill Creek Falls is just south of the North Carolina state line. This great spot means that you are close to the Lake and public lake access, as well as outlet malls, restaurants, grocery stores, entertainment, and the town of Clover.

Homes in Mill Creek Falls are single-family and semi-custom homes ranging between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet. Most of the homes have 3 to 5 bedrooms and 2.5-4 bathrooms. Average list price of homes is just under $300,000, though there is a pretty wide range depending on features and size of the home.

Currently there are 10 homes for sale in Mill Creek Falls which represents a 4 month supply of inventory. The entire Lake Wylie region now has a 6.1 month supply of inventory. This community has a very stable market with an average of 2.5 homes selling each month. To schedule a private tour of available homes in Mill Creek Falls, call us at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Tega Cay Named Best City to Live in SC

Residents of Tega Cay already know, but recently a financial news and opinion company called 24/7 Wall St. chose Tega Cay as the best city to call home in South Carolina. 24/7 Wall St. is a widely published company based in Delaware.

Some of the methodology to determine the winning city included affordability, safe streets, a strong economy and a variety of options for entertainment. They also used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the FBI to rank cities, towns, villages, and boroughs with at least 8,000 residents. Overall, 26 different factors were weighed in four categories: quality of life, affordability, economy and community.

Tega Cay ranked the highest in part because of population size (9,026), median home value ($301,200) and % of residents that live in poverty (less than 1%).  Median household income of $120,346, access to water for swimming, boating, and fishing also help Tega Cay top the list. Proximity to Charlotte helped push Tega Cay up to the top as well with access to high paying jobs.

Access to bars and restaurants make Tega Cay stand out. Education level of the population, access to libraries, museums, and movie theaters were factored in as well. Travel time to work, violent crime rate, property crime rate, unemployment, transit methods, and employment growth were used to rank cities as well.

When all was said and done, Tega Cay topped the list. Locals may not be terribly happy that this list is out because it could cause many more people to know about this amazing spot. If you would like to jump on a chance to own a home in Tega Cay, schedule a personal tour of homes with us by calling 803-831-8588. If you would like to view current listings and create custom searches, click here.

To read more about the ranking, click the link to the article in the Herald here.

Neighborhood Spotlight: The Cottages at The Landing

If you love The Landing, but don’t quite have the means to get into one of the amazing custom homes here, The Cottages at The Landing may be just the place for you. These homes have all yard work taken care of by the Homeowners Association, so they are perfect for anyone without the time or the green thumb to care for a yard. This means they are perfect for young professionals, empty-nesters, young families or really anyone.

The Cottages at The Landing backs right up to The Landing neighborhood. This location just off Highway 49 near the intersection of Highway 274 means that residents are just 30 minutes from Rock Hill, Uptown Charlotte, Gastonia, or Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. You are also steps away from Lake Wylie and the whole lake lifestyle.

Residents also enjoy the Shoppes at The Landing with retail, restaurants, banking and more. There are also many other options within walking distance for dining, shopping, groceries, and all of your other necessities. Children in The Cottages at The Landing are zoned for award winning Clover schools. Also nearby are Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Kings Mountain State Park, and McDowell Nature Preserve.

Homes in The Cottages at The Landing are mostly 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom with between 1,600 to just over 2,100 square feet of living space. These cottage style homes have open floor plans, perfect for entertaining. These homes have amazing details with trey ceilings, wainscotting, mouldings, hardwood flooring, front and rear porches, and two car garages. Some of the homes have guest suites, home offices, walk-in-closets and much more.

Homes in The Cottages at The Landing don’t come on the market often and they don’t stay on the market long before they go under contract. Prices are typically in the $300,000’s and are a great value. If you would like to schedule a personal tour of homes in this or any other Lake Wylie neighborhood, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can also view current listings on our website here.

June Market Report

Home prices are still on the rise in the Charlotte area. This is in contrast with the rest of the nation where there has been a cool down in prices. This information was published by Case-Shiller from their S&P CoreLogic Report. It’s hard to know how long prices can go up, but they don’t appear to be stopping yet. This can be a boon to sellers, but can spell trouble for buyers who can get priced out of the market.

The Carolina Regional Realtor Association published numbers for June based on data from the Multiple Listing Services, Inc. Based on their data, average sales prices in the Charlotte region were up 7.1% year over year from $302,011 to $323,316. When you look at year to date number, they are also up 4.3% from $287,358 up to $299,703.

The Charlotte region also had a dip in sales, decline in inventory, and a slight decline in new listings. Pending listings were up 16.3% so there is hope that there will be strong sales numbers next month as many of the pending listings head to the closing table.

When you look at the numbers for Lake Wylie, average sales prices were up 3.9% from $382,553 to $397,428. Pending sales and new listings were both up, 25.9% and 14.5% respectively. This indicates that Lake Wylie sales are still strong despite lower inventory, down to just a 3.5 month supply.

Closed sales for homes in Lake Wylie were just about level with last year at the same time. Homes are selling more quickly than last year at this time. In June of 2018, homes were on the market for an average of 113 days from listing to closing. In June of 2019, homes were on the market for an average of 108 days from listing to closing, a decline of 4.4%. These homes spend an average of 58 days on the market before they were under contract.

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Lake Wylie area, give us a call at 803-831-8588. If you would like to view current listings and create custom searches, click here.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Patriots Crossing

Patriots Crossing is a tiny little spot that should loom large on your radar. Just three streets comprise this neighborhood, but they are full of amazing homes that rarely come on the market.

Homes in Patriots Crossing have large estate sized lots with each lot coming in at or over 1 acre. Homes were built in the early 2000’s and many of them show as brand new. They have large floor plans with plenty of storage as well as flex spaces, home offices, gourmet kitchens, and outdoor living areas.

Another major draw for the neighborhood is the public schools. Homes in Patriots Crossing are currently zoned for highly desirable and award winning Clover Schools. This coupled with lower South Carolina taxes make this a great location for families.

Patriots Crossing is located just north on Highway 274 from Highway 49. This great spot is close to Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens as well as great spots for shopping and dining. Public boat ramps are close by so you can enjoy the full Lake lifestyle as well. A trip to Uptown Charlotte is a breeze as is one to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Just one home sold in the last year in Patriots Crossing. It was only on the market for less than 60 days before going under contract. That home has 4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, and over 3,000 square feet of living space. This stunning home has the flexibility to have either a first floor office, or guest suite with full bathroom, and sold for $365,000.

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

Explore Harpers Mill

If you are interested in a townhome in the Lake Wylie area, Harpers Mill is a great place to explore. There are great amenities, lake proximity, nearby options for shopping, dining, and entertainment. All of this within commuting distance to Uptown Charlotte, yet with lower South Carolina taxes and extraordinary Clover schools. No wonder these homes don’t stay on the market long.

Located right off Highway 49, Harpers Mill is just a few minutes away from the Buster Boyd Bridge. This great location is just down the road from public boat ramps for access to the Lake. Residents can walk to shopping and dining options and are also close to River Hills Country Club.

From Harpers Mill, a trip to Uptown Charlotte is just over 20 miles. A trip to Charlotte Douglas International Airport is just over 17 miles. Fort Mill, SC is just over 12 miles, and McDowell Nature Preserve is just across the bridge.

Homes in Harpers Mill come in groupings of four and six homes. End units typically command a premium as they only have one shared wall. Homes have 2-3 bedrooms and 2-2.5 bathrooms and around 1100 to 2000 square feet of living space.

In the past year, 17 homes sold in Harpers Mill with prices ranging from $135,000 to $215,000. This affordable price point is perfect for a starter home or for downsizing from a larger home. There are currently 6 homes for sale in Harpers Mill ranging in price from $147,000 to $219,900.

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

Neighborhood Spotlight: Sunset Ridge

Rarely does a home in Sunset Ridge come on the market. These homes are truly remarkable and they don’t stay on the market long. They are located right along Lake Wylie Road near Highway 49 in close proximity to shopping, dining, and entertainment. Public boat ramps are just a few miles away. Children attend highly rated Clover Schools and parents pay lower South Carolina taxes.

Homes in Sunset Ridge are custom made and sit on large lots, some approaching two acres. This gives plenty of space for outdoor living including outdoor kitchens, sports courts, pools, firepits, lawn games and much more. Homes are grand in scale with most well over 3,000 square feet of living area. This means plenty of storage, great custom features, and flex spaces sure to please any family.

These homes are right around the corner from the new construction community called The Retreat at Sunset Ridge which is in close-out mode. There is currently only one new construction home left on the market.

In the last year, just two homes sold in Sunset Ridge. They had between 3 and 4 bedrooms and each had 3.5 bathrooms. Both had well over 3,000 square feet of living space and three car garages. One home sold for full list price at $565,000, the other home sold for 99% of the list price of $495,000.

If you are interested in learning more about Sunset Ridge or any other Lake Wylie community, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can view all current listings and create custom searches on our website here.