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.

Join the Lake Life

What better gift can you give your dad this Father’s Day than a new home on Lake Wylie? There are so many to choose from at all different price points. What better way to escape the heat than to join the many people who already enjoy the lake lifestyle?

So, you’ve decided to become a homeowner. What’s the next step? You need a Realtor to help you through the process. They are trained professionals who work just for you to walk you through the largest single investment you will probably make in your lifetime.

The first step they will help you through is to get pre-qualified for a loan. This process can be time consuming as you need to provide documentation of your finances to your loan originator. This will include information about your employment, your bank records, and outstanding debts. This will help you know how much home you can afford.

When you have this information, it is time to circle back with your Realtor to start looking for homes. This will initially be done with a search engine like this one here.  Your Realtor has even more search parameters they can set up for you in a custom search so they can narrow down your prospective homes.

Once you have narrowed your search, it is time to go and see the homes in person. It can be hard to tell from photos what the feel of a home is, be sure to pay particular attention to the neighborhood, the location of amenities, the distance to shops and entertainment. It’s a good idea to view the home at different times of day to see traffic to and from work.

The next step is to choose the home of your dreams and work with your Realtor to craft an offer. There could be a few rounds of negotiations, or it could be a done deal the first time. It all depends on how many other people are vying for the same home.

When you have an accepted offer, you need to schedule to have the home inspected to make sure there are no outstanding maintenance issues. If there are, this is time for another round of negotiations where the seller will either fix issues or give you money to compensate you for repairs you will have to do once you own the home.

The next steps are all about getting your loan in order. You will need to provide further documentation to your loan originator, then once all of the paperwork is done, you head to the closing table. You will sign paperwork and the home is yours. Get ready to jump into Lake Wylie as you become the newest resident.

If you are ready to get the process started, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Featured Listing: 144 Autumn Falls #17

A rare opportunity to own an immaculate townhome in Autumn Cove is available now. This wonderful home has everything you need and is close to shopping, dining, highway access, commuting distance to Uptown Charlotte, and is close to Lake Wylie. The home is zoned for award winning Clover schools, yet has lower South Carolina taxes. This impressive home is a must see and won’t last long.

This home has a great open floor plan with the kitchen open to the breakfast room, and large great room. This is the perfect place to entertain as there is also a dining room and a half bath downstairs. Upstairs you will find the large master with spacious walk-in-closet and en suite bath complete with a garden tub and separate shower. There are two additional bedrooms and one more full bathroom upstairs.

Outside this home you will find a private fenced back yard with patio perfect for outdoor dining and relaxing by the fire pit. There is also a one car garage perfect for car storage or to set up as a workshop.

Autumn Cove is located right across the street from Crowders Creek Elementary School on the Lake Wylie Road peninsula. This means that you are close to the Buster Boyd Bridge right in the heart of Lake Wylie. Residents can enjoy the outdoor community pool, playground, and walking trails.

If you would like to schedule a private tour of this home or any other home in the Lake Wylie area, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can view additional details on this home here and view all current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Explore Golden Pond

Picture yourself living in a great neighborhood close to Lake Wylie with a private pond, and oversized lots with tons of privacy. Sound good, then you need to check out Golden Pond. This pocket neighborhood is located off of Hands Mill Highway on the South Carolina side of the lake.

From Golden Pond, you can get to Charlotte Highway 49 in just a few minutes so you can have a quick commute in to Uptown Charlotte and Rock Hill. This also connects you to the lake to enjoy watersports, as well as into the town of Lake Wylie for shopping, dining, and community gatherings.

The homes in Golden Pond are varied and range from ranch style to double wide homes. Homes were built in the late 1990’s and typically have 3-4 bedrooms, 2-4 bathrooms, and around 1,200 to 2,000 square feet. Many of the homes have multiple outbuildings for storage, parking, workshops, second living quarters and more. Some of the homes have great features to enjoy the wildlife such as decks, patios, and sunrooms. There are even a few with pools, either in-ground or above-ground. There is no homeowner’s association so you can be as active or inactive in the community as suits your needs.

Homes in Golden Pond sell quickly, in the last year only four homes sold in a range of 0 to 12 days on the market before they went under contract. These homes sold for between $123,000 and $164,000 so they are a great value due to the location and size of lots.

If you are interested in a home in Golden Pond, call us at 803-831-8588. We will let you know as soon as one comes on the market. You can view 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.

Get Top Dollar by Staging Outside

If you want to get top dollar for your home, that starts when people drive up to your home. If you don’t have good curb appeal, it sets the tone for a potential buyer to turn around and not even go inside. If they do come in, it sets them up to think that your home can be had for a bargain price. To make the best first impression on a prospective buyer, you have to stage the outside of your house as well as the inside. Below are some of the best projects you can do to get you top dollar when you sell your home.

The simplest and cheapest upgrade you can do is to clean up your home. Sure, you keep the inside of your home clean, but the exterior probably hasn’t been washed in some time. Pressure washing or just cleaning with a hose to get spider webs, wasp nests, pollen, and dirt away can make a world of difference. Cleaning windows helps let more natural light into your home and can make it sparkle from a distance as well.

If you have a little bit more time and money in your budget, refreshing or replacing part or all of a door or door hardware package is a great next step. Painting or staining an entry door can make it look brand new and replacing hardware can take a dated home and make it look more modern. If there are issues with the door, replacing may be the way to go and will give you a great return on your investment. This goes for garage doors as well because they can be a large percentage of what a buyer will see from the curb. You can also add updated house numbers in a modern font so buyers know they are at the right home.

Landscaping can be a great refresh for your home as well. This can be as involved as hiring a contractor to help you, or just trimming your bushes so people can actually see your home and all of its best features. Planting flowers can add a pop of color or just add a hanging plant or some window boxes to highlight your newly cleaned windows. If you have a larger budget, think of adding lighting, upgrading paths or sidewalks, or refreshing your driveway.

If you have done all of those things and your home still could use more sprucing up, maybe painting the exterior will get you top dollar for your listing. If you have more money in the budget, a contractor can help you clad your exterior with new siding, or improve your facade with stone or brick accents.

If you are thinking about listing your Lake Wylie area home, give us a call at 803-831-8588. To view current listings and create custom searches for your next home, visit 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.

Neighborhood Spotlight: The Coves on River Oaks

Just two miles North of the Buster Boyd Bridge sits the beautiful neighborhood of The Coves on River Oaks. This fabulous location is home to 160 homes situated within the 250-acre planned development. There is great proximity to the lake with many homes having water views and some with water frontage. There are many options nearby for shopping, dining, and entertainment as well as public boat ramps for water access.

May Green Properties was the developer on The Coves on River Oaks, though homes were built by a variety of custom home builders. This helps each home to feel unique through design, features, building materials, and style. Lots are large, all are over one acre and many over two acres. The large lots accommodate grand homes with most homes in the 3,800-4,900 square foot range.

Homes in The Coves on River Oaks typically have between 4 and 5 bedrooms and 3.5-4.5 bathrooms. Many of these homes have home offices, media rooms, bonus rooms, flex spaces, gourmet kitchens, butlers pantries, and outdoor living spaces including many with private pools.

There are currently 4 homes for sale in The Coves on River Oaks and all are currently under contract. These homes are highly desirable and go under contract quickly. Price ranges for these listings is from $545,000 to $925,000 with the premium price going to a waterfront property. In the past year homes sold for between $515,000 and $679,000 though none was a waterfront listing.

Desirable schools are another draw to The Coves on River Oaks as current zoning is for award winning Clover Schools. Residents also enjoy lower South Carolina taxes. All this and more within commuting distance to Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Gastonia, or Uptown Charlotte.

If you are interested in learning more about The Coves on River Oaks, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can create custom searches and view current listings on our website here.

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