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.

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.

YTD Market Reflections

More than half of the year has already passed us by, and the real estate numbers for Lake Wylie look good. In fact, only three areas, Mt. Holly, Moresville, and Harrisburg, had a larger increase in closings. This is great news for current homeowners in the area as they can expect to see a stable market for equity in their homes as well as for resale values. It can be challenging for buyers as it means that the market is strong so finding a home can be tricky.

Lets dig into the numbers a bit, all numbers we are looking at are Year-to-date from January to June and we are comparing 2018 to 2019. All of these figures come from the Multiple Listings Services, Inc which is owned by the Carolina Regional Realtor Association. In 2018 there were 601 home sales that closed. During the same period of 2019, there have been 656. This increase of 55 closings represents a rise of 9.2%.

New listings and pending sales are indicators of how the market will do for the next few months as those will head towards the closing table. In 2018 there were 954 new listings. In 2019 so far there have been 1,019. This is an increase of 65 listings or 6.8%. Pending listings were 677 in 2018 and are at 826 in 2019. Increasing by a whopping 22%, this represents 149 additional pending sales.

Price is the other big factor when comparing data from year to year. One waterfront sale can make a big difference in numbers as the sample size is smaller and can be skewed. In 2018, the average price for a home sold was $395,023 and in 2019 it is $396,509. This is a modest increase of just $1,486 which is just a 0.4% increase. Homes are selling a little bit quicker as well, in just 121 days from list to close. This is a whole week quicker than 2018 at this time.

It appears that the Lake Wylie area can expect the real estate market to remain strong at least for the near future. If you are interested in buying or selling a home near or on Lake Wylie, 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.

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.