Papa Doc’s To Open Soon

As soon as the liquor license is in hand, Papa Doc’s Shore Club is set to open to the public in the former space of T-Bones near the Buster Boyd Bridge in Lake Wylie. This past Thursday they began a charity event raising money for Lake Wylie Children’s Charity featuring a taste test of the cuisine. The sold-out charity event runs through Sunday.

Residents and visitors alike are excited for the opening after T-Bones on the Lake closed in December ending a 24 year run. This location is fantastic as you can arrive by foot, bike, car or boat to enjoy food, drinks and fellowship. Papa Doc’s is also close to Uptown Charlotte, around a half-hour, so is a perfect quick escape.

The new space has a tiki theme that you can enjoy as individuals, families, groups, or reserve for larger events. There is an oyster bar as well as lake themed decor and a large events space. With a total of 4 bars, the restaurant can seat 650 people. There is a huge outdoor deck, 38 boat slips, and many indoor seating and bar areas. The menu is large and varied so there is sure to be something to please every palate. Expect a wait at first as this is sure to be a popular spot.

If you are looking to buy 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.

To read more about Papa Doc’s Shore Club, read the full article in The Herald.

Year End Market Wrap Up

The start of the new year is always a time of reflection. Looking back at the year in Real Estate is a good way to see where we are and where we anticipate the market is heading. Predictions are imprecise at best, but we can show you the yearly trends and give a possible scenario for the future.

When you look at the Lake Wylie area, if you look at the trend over the previous few years, you can see that there are more new listings now than ever before. In 2013 there were just 1,056 new listings all year and in 2018, there were 1,656. This increase reflects the boom in the area with new construction, renovations, and the growth in the area.

Closed sales have gone up as well which shows more of the story of the population boom. In 2013 just 646 homes closed. In 2018 there were 1,227, an increase of 581 homes. When you look at the entire Charlotte area, the increase is much larger over the course of those years, 13,220 more, but the region has grown  a lot over that time and the MLS data also includes surrounding counties now and it did not before.

Prices of homes are one of the more dramatic areas of growth over the time between 2013 and 2018. In 2013 the average home in Lake Wylie sold for $327,130. In 2018 the average Lake Wylie home sold for $397,957, and increase of just over $70,000 in just 5 years.

When you look at the shorter trend, comparing 2018 to 2017, you see that Lake Wylie is not seeing the slump that the rest of Charlotte is seeing. Lake Wylie has had gains in new listings, pending sales and closed sales. In comparison, Charlotte as a whole has seen declines in all three. It remains to be seen if Lake Wylie will see the slowdown that has been evident in the region as a whole. The Lake is a huge draw so it will probably see the slowdown much later than the rest of Charlotte, if it sees it at all. Looks like the Lake is a good bet for the foreseeable future.

If you would like to own a home in Lake Wylie, give us a call at 803-831-8588 to schedule a private tour of homes. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website.

July Market Report

Jason Gentry, president of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association says “Without a doubt, limited inventory continues to pressure prices across the region, while also effectively slowing sales during what’s typically our prime selling season. Demand and pending contract activity remain strong, which means buyers must move quickly to purchase the home they want.” This was in response to the monthly report the association publishes based on data from the Carolina Multiple Listing Services.

When you look at the entire Charlotte region, average sales price is up to $290,486, inventory is down to just a 2.4 month supply, and homes are selling in an average of just 36 days. This means that buyers have to be ready to go quickly and be ready to pay top dollar for a home.

When you look at the numbers just for Lake Wylie, the picture is similar. Average price has risen to $409,133, a rise of 4.5% from July of last year. Inventory is dropping as well to a 3.7 month supply. This is dropping below the 4-6 months supply that typically represents a balanced market between buyers and sellers. Homes have been selling in an average of 50 days. This is down 7.4% from the 54 days last year at this time.

When you look at pending sales and closed sales in Lake Wylie, they are both way up over last year. Closed sales are up 11.3% from 115 to 128. Pending sales are up an amazing 41.1% from 102 to 147. We should see many of those sales close in the next month or two.

New listings on the other hand were only up 0.7% from 145 to 146. Based on the small increase, the inventory could drop again next month. As we have seen in the past, as inventory drops, prices usually creep higher following the laws of supply and demand.

As the Lake Wylie market is a smaller sample from the entire Charlotte region, sometimes what we think will be a trend is just the larger fluctuation of the smaller size. We will continue to watch the market to see what the numbers show. For now, buyers need to be ready to act quickly and will be hard pressed to find any bargains.

Lake Wylie and and US Real Estate Market Report

The steadily improving US economy, sustained job growth and rising confidence that now is a good time to buy a Home should pave the way for an increase in existing Homes sales in 2018 according to forecasts by the National Association of Realtors.

Nationally existing Home sales will finish at a pace of 5.47 million the best since 2006 but still about 1.1 million less than that all-time best mark.

The lack of inventory has pushed prices up 48% from the low point of 2011, locally the Steele Creek area remains one of the hottest markets in the Country, the population is expected to jump 20-25% over the next 5 years, and for most of us originally from the area this is both a blessing and a curse.

Closings in the past 6 months are at 834 with 211 under contract and currently 221 listed for sale.

Prices on Waterfront Homes have steadily gone up and finding anything under $600,000 is tough sailing. Homes for sale are at an all-time low at this writing of only 78.  Median price is over $750,000 all record breakers.

Enough of the boring stats, if you’re planning to buy a Home or Condo now should be it, sitting on the fence so to speak is going to price you out of that dream Home. Quarterly prices have been increasing in some areas by 8% in the Charlotte area.

Buyers in the region are flocking to areas closer to Uptown Charlotte and prices are skyrocketing. Commute times and just being closer to the action seem to be the driving force. As traffic worsens that trend will surely continue and speaking of traffic it seems that it increases daily.

As a former member of the York County Planning Commission I always said the reason people left their former Cities and Towns and moved to this area will be the same reason they leave this area, Taxes, traffic, crime and poor planning.

David has been a Real Estate Broker, Developer and Contractor in the Charlotte area for 40 years and is currently Principle Broker and Partner of Lake Wylie Realty, David and his wife Karen live on Lake Wylie and are both Charlotte natives.

Copyright 2017 David McCorkle

Residential development booms in Fort Mill and Tega Cay

screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-4-25-46-pmFort Mill and Tega Cay are soon to be home to, well… more new homes. For starters, a 52-acre site on Fort Mill Parkway will soon be Fort Mill Reserve, which would potentially include up to 120 homes as well as 80,000 square feet of retail, office or municipal use. An acre of the space would also be donated to the town as green space or as a park. And, at least 20% of the residences in Fort Mill Parkway would be targeted toward seniors. Plus, next to Fort Mill Reserve is another new possible site for up to 75 new homes as well as a fire station.

The Cadence subdivision is under review in Tega Cay, where possible plans would allow for up to 125 new homes here. If everything moves forward, Cadence should be completed by 2020 as part of a big surge in development for Tega Cay, which also includes Catawba Park, the Game On sports megaplex, as well as many new residential neighborhoods. With more than a thousand housing units currently in the works in Tega Cay, there are almost just as many housing units in the proposal stage, as well.

Massey is also seeing some residential additions with 47 new homes on nearly 42 acres on the northern side of South Dobys Bridge Road.

For more details and information on the residential development that is booming in the Fort Mill and Tega Cay area, be sure to read the full article at Heraldonline.com.

Lake Wylie Plans more Outdoor Living

Crowders Creek Park Plan

Crowders Creek Park Plan

A Crowders Creek park plan will be voted on by Lake Wylie residents later this year. June 20th, the York County Council received and finalized a petition to allow a special district vote on the proposed sports complex in Lake Wylie. The special tax district vote will occur with the general election ballot on November 8th. If the plan is approved by the voters, it will result in paying for half of an $8 million sports complex on land owned by York County. The land is along Crowders Creek.

The cost is estimated by park supporters to come in at $16/year on $100,000 home value, or $24/year for $100,000 of commercial property value.

The park would include baseball/softball fields and multi-purpose fields for hosting outside tournaments. It would also include trails and more.

LakeWylieBikeTrailLindsayAdditionally, a community workshop will be held June 27th to come up with a plan to improve bicycle and pedestrian connections throughout the Lake Wylie area. The workshop is hosted by the Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study. It will be a drop-in meeting hosted at the Lake Wylie Public Library.

RFATS hopes the meeting will help identify gaps that could connect existing bicycle or pedestrian paths to encourage people to reduce vehicular traffic on roadways.

These projects could potentially help support current businesses and residents and draw more into the area. Lake Wylie is all about outdoor living and these projects line up with those goals.

It remains to be seen if residents are willing to help fund the park. It will also be interesting to see what the community would like to see out of the bicycle and pedestrian plan. It would be nice if Lake Wylie could be connected by trails to the larger community like is happening in many other cities around the country.

Read more about Crowers Creek Park here.

Read more about Bike Trails here.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Chapel Cove

The New York Times ran a story today stating that houses keep getting bigger even as families get smaller. New construction homes have more square footage, more bedrooms, and more bathrooms than they did in 1980. However, the average size of a household has shrunk to 2.58 people.

Chapel Cove Entrance Sign

Chapel Cove Entrance Sign

Chapel Cove in Lake Wylie is a fantastic master planned new construction community where you can get a larger home you desire with all of the features you want.

Homes in Chapel Cove start in the $200’s and range all the way up to the $800’s or more with custom features. Arranged by developer Crescent Communities, Builders include Pulte Homes, CalAtlantic Homes (formerly Standard Pacific Homes) and taylor morrison.

Homes range in size from 2509 square feet to over 4000 square feet. Features of the home depend on the builder but can include gourmet kitchens, outdoor living spaces, luxury bathrooms, private lake access and more.

A recently sold home in Chapel Cove

A recently sold home in Chapel Cove

Amenities include a multi-use club room with kitchen for community events, cardio and strength fitness room with after-hours access, swimming pool with children’s splash area and adult gathering area, tennis, basketball and pickleball courts, multiple gathering and lounge areas around the pool deck, hard and soft surface trails around the amenity center, canoe and kayak launch and an activity lawn.

Located close to Steele Creek just off Shopton Road West, Chapel Cove has Lake Wylie to the North and west. Thomas McAlister Winget Park is to the east with a playground, soccer fields, basketball courts and a disc golf course. A short drive to the South is the 1100+ acre McDowell Nature Preserve with a Nature Center, campground, hiking trails, play areas, fishing and boating access.

Chapel Cove has convenient access to a myriad of outside attractions. Multiple routes give you easy access to I-485, which means that uptown Charlotte, the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Carolina Place Mall, Ballantyne, and The Charlotte Douglas International Airport, to name a few, are just minutes away.

Chapel Cove pool with children's splash area

Chapel Cove pool with children’s splash area

Currently there are 33 homes on the market in Chapel Cove with 8 under contract. They are listed in price ranging from $296,990 to $$825,000. In the last year homes have sold for between $369,850 to $599,900.

Read the full New York Times story here.

Town Spotlight: Clover

The Clover area of Lake Wylie is a special one, lying just south of the Carolina border with all of the beauty that Lake Wylie has to offer, as well as countless local conveniences and a great location. Located in the Northwestern part of York County, legend holds that the town got its start in the late 1800s when a small cluster of homes was built round a 5,000 gallon water tank. Large clover patches grew where excess water spilled, and thus, the name “Clover” stuck. Clover offers great schools, lower taxes and tons of waterfront properties.

Clover and the surrounding area offer a small town feeling, however it allows for easy access to big city perks with its close proximity to Charlotte and Gastonia, North Carolina, as well as Rock Hill, South Carolina. These rapidly growing urban areas offer exceptional dining, great shopping and endless entertainment, as well as a diverse job market.clover1

The housing market in Clover is balanced, with 5.2 months of inventory currently available, indicating neither a buyer’s nor seller’s market. There are also plenty of waterfront properties consistently available in and around Clover. Over the last five years, there has never been less than 23 active listings for waterfront property in any given month, and as many as 49 listings have been available at once.clover2clover3clover4

 

While the majority of waterfront listings in Clover in 2015, both closed and new, had sales prices of $500,000 or greater, there were still many listings at lower price points. However, the first half of 2016 has yet to see a listing for less than $400,000, possibly indicating an appreciation in the market value of homes here.

Take a look at all of the waterfront properties that are currently available in the Clover area, and find your dream home!

 

Spotlight: The Vineyards on Lake Wylie

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A beautiful manicured lawn surrounds the lighted entrance to The Vineyards.

The Vineyards on Lake Wylie is a single-home and condominium community that offers waterfront living while still being minutes from Charlotte Douglas airport, Uptown and historic downtown Belmont.

Located west of the airport on the peninsula adjacent to Belmont, The Vineyards is just south of Wilkinson Boulevard and west of I-485.

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Waterfront home sites with docks awaiting building!

Have no fear of airport noise! With flight paths traveling parallel to the neighborhood, there are no low-flying aircraft over The Vineyards to disturb your peace and quiet!

Including a great location on the water and near the city, the neighborhood offers waterfront homes and a 50-slip marina for boat storage.

Neighborhood amenities include a dog park, walking trails, boat slips and docks, playgrounds, pool with water slide and clubhouse with community room.

The D.R. Horton community, which started going up in 2009 with the condominium construction, is geared toward both families and empty-nesters with two distinct neighborhoods.. Though not age restricted, one section features ranch homes or master bedroom down plans for active adults. Lawn care is included in the HOA fees for those homes.

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A walking trail meanders past the resident boat slips.

The Napa Cottages, Kenwood Villas and Salinas Estates. The homes range in size from 1,356 square feet to 2,755 square feet and start in the $230,000s. Kenwood Villas are attached residences, with 4 homes per building and 2-car garages. There are 6 ranch plans for single-family, detached residences.

In its family-oriented neighborhood, The Vineyards has 8 2-story home plans ranging in size from 2,500 square feet to 3,205 square feet. Prices start in the $250,000s.

Calistoga is the neighborhood’s larger family floor plans that start at 2,560 square feet and $249,000. All the plans have 4 bedrooms and attached 2-car garages. Most plans include a large first-floor family room and 2nd floor bonus space. The Cambridge plan offers a third level and expands the home to 6 bedrooms and 2 bonus spaces.

Waterfront properties currently listed on The Vineyards’ site are priced from just under $451,000 to $536,000.

There is no sales data available on the single-family home portion of The Vineyards yet, however, the townhomes are selling at an average of 1.7 per month during the last 12 months for an average price of $277,245 and $124 per square foot.

There are currently 46 townhomes listed for sale in The Vineyards, both new construction and resale residences. Nineteen are under contract as of April 5.

There are many nearby destinations outside The Vineyards. Metro Charlotte is a 20-minute commute. Downtown Belmont and the U.S. National Whitewater Center are both about 15 minutes away. Toward the west are Kings Mountain and Crowders Mountain state parks.

If you love the idea of staying near the city and not making a move further south to the Tega Cay area then The Vineyards on Lake Wylie is a perfect compromise of seclusion and convenience for nearby shopping, dining and activities. With active adults in mind, there is surely a home to fit every family!

The Sanctuary lives up to its name

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Grand estate homes on large lots in a heavily wooded setting is the trademark of Lake Wylie’s The Sanctuary, an exclusive community with just 187 home sites planned on its more than 1,350 acres.

The idyllic Charlotte setting offers both waterfront and interior acreage, with lots ranging from 2 acres to 13 acres. In addition to main homes, the larger lot sizes allow for building additional structures like guest homes and studios.

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This gorgeous, 5,000-square-foot Tudor home sold this month in The Sanctuary.

Amenities include The Camp & John James Audubon Lodge, a 17-acre waterfront area with swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness center and a boating center. The Sanctuary employs a full-time staff to bring neighborhood residents together in social and recreational activities.

The neighborhood is adjacent to Thomas McAlister Winget Park and the North Carolina State Wildlife Landing. It is approximately 5 miles to I-485 at Steele Creek Road. Charlotte-Douglas airport is about 20 minutes away, and a commute to Uptown will take approximately 35 minutes. For everyday shopping, the Steele Creek area is the most convenient from the neighborhood.

There are 15 approved builders for creating custom homes in The Sanctuary. Twenty percent of the land space will remain undeveloped and allows for nearly 20 miles of walking trails, 300 acres of open common space and 7 miles of shoreline on the property.

Currently, there are 9 properties listed for sale in The Sanctuary, one of which is under contract. Seven of the properties are resale homes, and two are pre-construction home plans that can be purchased as land only.

Only six homes sold in The Sanctuary during the last 12 months. Five of the homes were resale and 1 was a new construction home. None was waterfront property.

The average sales price of those 6 homes sold was $811,125 and $168.20 per square foot. The sales averaged 96.6% of list price.

Additionally, there is a unique opportunity to own a waterfront home inside The Sanctuary property that is not governed by Sanctuary deed restrictions. 

Built in 1953, the 1,000-square-foot home is in a prime location that includes a boat lift and dock. It is listed at $450,000 and could be occupied as is or torn down and rebuilt. The lot is nearly 1.2 acres. It is a fantastic chance to live within the beauty of The Sanctuary without the steep price or restrictions.

The family-friendly neighborhood is zoned for Charlotte’s Winget Park Elementary School, Southwest Middle School and Olympic High School.