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.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Campbells Crossing

For the equestrian, there is no better neighborhood than Campbells Crossing in York, SC. The neighborhood is centered around horses, but has amazing single-family homes as well. This exclusive community is the best of country living and is perfect for horse lovers who don’t want to maintain a large farm. It is situated off of Charlotte Highway 49 near the intersection of south Paraham Road.

Campbells Crossing is located on the Northeast side of York, SC. Downtown York is just about 15 minutes away. Lake Wylie is just 15 minutes to the Northeast. A trip to Uptown Charlotte will take around 45 minutes and it’s just about 40 minutes for a trip to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

There are just 156 homes in the community, but each sits on a lot between 2 and 10 acres so you have room to pasture your horses. There are amazing trees in the neighborhood so you will have plenty of privacy. Miles of equestrian trails wind through connecting the property and taking best advantage of the picturesque setting.

In the past year, only 8 of these homes changed owners. Homes have between 3 and 4 bedrooms and 2 to 3.5 bathrooms. These homes have between 1,500 and 2,800 square feet of living space with plenty of room to add on if necessary. With so much acreage, many homes have swimming pools, outdoor kitchens, and other outdoor living spaces. The average sale price last year was just over $300,000. There are currently no homes for sale in Campbells Crossing.

If you are interested in purchasing a home in Campbells Crossing, call us at 803-831-8588 and we will notify you as soon as a home is listed for sale here. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Explore Braylee Brook Farms

If you’re looking for an amazing home with a large lot and plenty of privacy close to downtown York, SC, Braylee Brook Farms is the place for you. Braylee Brook Farms is located right off Chester Highway behind Celebration Place Church of the Nazarene. This means it takes only 9 minutes to get into downtown York, and about 20 minutes to the south end of Lake Wylie. A trip into Charlotte will take around an hour as will a trip to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

These newer homes in Braylee Brook Farms are spacious and some homes have vaulted ceilings that make the space feel even more grand. Homes were built between 2012 and 2016 and most of them show like brand new. They have 3 or 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and have between 1,200 and 1,900 square feet of living space.

The land is where you really get the best of the country. Homes sit on lots that are at least an acre in size with some lots well over 2 acres. Many of the homes sit on highly desirable cul-de-sac lots. There are amazing old growth trees throughout the neighborhood and there is even a private pond on a neighboring property that you can use with the owner’s permission.

In the past year, only 5 homes came up for sale in Braylee Brook Farms. They sold quickly, only staying on the market between 2 and 11 days before going under contract. This means that you have to be ready to act quickly when one of these great homes hits the market. Homes sold for between $183,000 and $256,900.

There are currently no homes for sale in Braylee Brook Farms, but there is an amazing property up for sale where you can build your own home. The property is 25.32 acres and is perfect for anyone wanting to build your own horse farm.

If you are interested in purchasing a home in Braylee Brook Farms, call us at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Get to Know English Garden Park

English Garden Park is a great spot just on the Northeast side of York, South Carolina. This small neighborhood is affordable, cute, and close to everything you need. There are currently no homes on the market in English Garden Park and only 5 homes sold there in the last year so you have to be ready to jump on one of these great homes when they come on the market.

Homes in English Garden Park were built between 1997 and 2005. They typically have three bedrooms and two bathrooms and around 1,200 square feet of living space. Many of the homes have been partially or completely updated since they were built. Lots are large, with each home having between a third of an acre to over three quarters of an acre. This leaves plenty of room for outdoor living and provides great privacy. Homes typically sell in the $160’s and $170’s.

Currently there are four lots available in the neighborhood ranging from just over half of an acre all the way up to .71 of an acre. These lots can be sold separately, or together to total just over 2 acres. The lots are listed for between $7,500 and $8,000.

English Garden Park is conveniently located just off Highway 49 and Alexander Love Highway. Just five minutes away is downtown York with many places to shop, eat, or gather as a community.

If you are interested in purchasing a home or land to build a home in English Garden Park, call us at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Project Destiny Proposed

Just south of Lake Wylie, on the Rock Hill side of the Catawba River lies Project Destiny. This 1,900 acre tract of land was purchased by York County for $21 million in 2018, and the proposal was just presented to York County Council. The plan was presented by architects and it looks like it is really going to be something. The county envisions the project to be similar to the Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, South Carolina. This means preservation of the area, as well as facilities for visitors.

The land is located off of Neely Store Road and currently has only one entrance. With just under 2,000 acres, there will likely be multiple entrances for visitors. With around six miles of water frontage, this park will be truly unique and could be a great regional draw for visitors.

The next step for York County is to acquire a conservation easement for the property. The easement would make sure that, in perpetuity, the land is not developed. After that, there will be plans for additional roads, parking lots, trailheads, emergency phone service, and restroom facilities. It is likely that the first phase would grant water access to visitors.

Future development of the site may include additional recreation options, venues, and events. It is common in projects of this sort to have 100-year vision plans so other options may be a part of that plan.

Despite this project being a little bit far from Lake Wylie, it is still part of the Catawba River, and is close enough that residents will enjoy visiting. We may be seeing the first phases of Riverbend Park in as few as 9 months, or it could be slightly longer. In any case, this is truly a worthy project and will be a gem on the waterfront.

If you are interested in owning a home in the Lake Wylie area, call us at 803-831-8588 to schedule a private tour of homes. You can view current listings and create 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.

Featured Listing: 1300 Saddle Drive

If you are looking for a home that is a true escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, but you still need to be close to town, this home is for you! The five acre homesite is private and features a hardwood canopy which lends privacy and tranquility.

Located just off highway 49 in York, 1300 Saddle Drive is conveniently close to shopping, dining, schools, churches, and much more. A trip to Uptown Charlotte is just over 30 miles away and a trip to Charlotte Douglas International Airport is just under 30 miles.

As you approach the home from highway 49, you wind up your private driveway to your own personal oasis. The hardwood canopy screens your private pool from view of neighbors. Enjoy chilly nights gathered with friends and family at the firepit. There is plenty of room for yard games, gardens, playscapes and much more.

For the collector or hobbyist, there is a 28×40 workshop with three garage doors, one of which overlooks the pool. There is also a sunroom at the rear of the home that overlooks the pool.

Inside this home you will find three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms in 2,317 square feet. The home has been tastefully updated since it was built in 1994. The updates include a true owners suite with updated bath and walk-in-closet with customized shelving.

This home is part of the Shiloh Farms neighborhood where just 5 homes sold in the last year. There are currently five listings in Shiloh Farms, which represents a full year supply. Current list price on 1300 Saddle Drive is $419,900.

If you are interested in scheduling a private tour of this home or any other listing in Shiloh Farms, call us at 803-831-8588. To view current listings and create custom searches, click here.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Mariners Watch Cove

If you’ve had your eye on the exclusive community of Mariners Watch Cove in York, SC, you’re not alone. This popular spot is part of the Allison Creek Peninsula on the shores of Lake Wylie and is truly stunning. With million dollar views, large lots, majestic trees, and stellar homes, you won’t believe you are just 45 minutes from Uptown Charlotte.

To get to Mariners Watch Cove, you have to enter from Hands Mill Highway/Highway 274. Once on the peninsula you feel your cares disappear as you enjoy the splendor of Lake Wylie between Big and Little Allison Creeks. Waterfront homes enjoy year round views of the Lake, while inland homes may have seasonal views.

Though it feels like a retreat, Mariners Watch Cove is only 20 minutes away from York and Clover, South Carolina. 30 minutes away you will find Rock Hill, South Carolina, and 45 minutes will get you to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Residents are currently zoned for award winning and highly desirable Clover Schools, and also enjoy lower South Carolina taxes.

Homes in Mariners Watch Cove are luxurious and custom built. Most homes have well over 3,000 square feet and some include second living quarters, fully finished basements, guest houses, elevators, wine cellars, boat houses and much more.

It is rare to see one of these homes come on the market, in fact three homes sold in 2017, and two are currently on the market. Waterfront lots command a premium and typically sell for well over $1 million. Interior lots are fantastic as well, though they only have lake access from the public boat ramps the nearest of which is Allison Creek Public on Viesta Road. Interior homes typically sell in the $300,000’s to the $500,000’s.

To schedule a private tour of the two current listings in this amazing neighborhood, call us at 803-831-8588. To view current listings and create custom searches, click 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.

Neighborhood Spotlight: The Lakes at Derby Downs

If you are looking for a custom home in an equestrian community in York County, look no further than The Lakes at Derby Downs. Though not on Lake Wylie, this charming neighborhood boasts peaceful ponds and oversized lots, perfect for a personal retreat.

Homes in The Lakes at Derby Downs vary in size from 2,300 to almost 5,000 square feet of living space. They have a variety of styles and architectural features. Some of the homes have basement lots, some have attached 4 car garages. Most of the homes have large kitchens with islands. Homes have between 3 and 5 bathrooms and 2 to 3.5 bathrooms. Additional features of some homes include coffee bars, sunken family rooms, in-ground pools, screened porches, high ceilings, spa-like bathrooms, deluxe owner’s suites and much more. Many of the homes have over 3 acres of land, perfect for outdoor sports of all kinds, as well as outdoor living spaces. The neighborhood contains equestrian facilities and equestrian trails.

Prices in Derby Downs are typically in the high $200,000’s to the high $400,000’s depending on size of the lot and of the home. Over the past few years, only one or two homes sells in this area meaning that residents don’t want to give up these amazing homes. If this is the spot for you, be ready to snap up a home when it becomes available.

If you are interested in The Lakes at Derby Downs, give us a call at 803-831-8588. We can schedule a private tour of the community and homes in the area. You can also view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.