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.

August Market Report

Prices in the Charlotte area are on the rise and inventory is shrinking. If it feels like you’ve read this before, you have. This trend has been going on for a while and there appears to be no end in sight. This means that Charlotte is still a popular spot for people to purchase a home, but it can be hard to find the homes of your dreams due to lack of supply. This has led to homes selling above list price and multiple offer situations which can be stressful.

The monthly report from the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association is based on data from their subsidiary the Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. The data is clear, the average sale price of a home in the Charlotte area was up 5.5% over last August. This was an increase from $294,534 to $310,691. This is an increase of $16,157 in just one year.

The supply of homes went down at the same time from 11,413 down to just 9,412. This is a 17.5% decrease and represents a 2.3 month supply of inventory. A balanced market between buyers and sellers is considered to be a 6 month supply.

When you look just at Lake Wylie in the data, you see that the numbers are headed in the same direction. The average sales price of a home in Lake Wylie went from $386,967 last August to $406,428 this August. This $19,461 difference is 5% higher than last year at this time.

The supply of homes in Lake Wylie decreased from 441 to 385. This leaves us with a 3.3 month supply, a decrease of 12.7% from last year.

The most interesting number for Lake Wylie this month is in pending sales. There was a 97.7% increase in pending sales from 88 last August to 174 this August. This bodes well for our sales numbers for next month as many of these additional sales will head to the closing table.

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.

Fall Festivals have Arrived

Labor Day has come and gone and this means that it is almost fall! This amazing time of year is perfect for picking apples, pumpkin patches, and festivals of all sorts. The cooler (hopefully) weather makes being outside with the community a great way to connect. Here are just a few of our favorite festivals close to Lake Wylie:

  • Grandiflora Glass – now through September 29th at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. This is a botanical glass art exhibit within the gardens. Tickets are $14.95 for adults and $7.95 for children with children 2 and under free.
  • Mid Autumn Fest – September 14, 6-9 pm at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. This is an Asian tradition of celebration beneath the harvest moon. Tickets are $14.95 for adults and $7.95 for children with children 2 and under free.
  • The Great Pumpkin Fest – September 14th – October 27th at Carowinds. Free with your $48 park admission, celebrate the season with a corn maze, hay bale maze, challenge course, crafts and more.
  • Flow Fest – September 21st and 22nd 7 am – 10 pm at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Enjoy two days of yoga, mindfulness, and wellness. Cost is free to attend, workshops are an additional cost.
  • GO FEST – September 26th 6:30-9 pm in Downtown Gastonia. The streets will be closed for live music and local brews and food trucks.
  • Riverfest – September 28th 1-6 pm – Kevin Lofton Park in Belmont. This free festival will include log rolling and kayaking to highlight the river. Expect food trucks and vendor booths.
  • Fall Festival – October 5th 9 am to 6 pm, U. S. National Whitewater Center. Enjoy fall yoga, obstacle courses, apple cider and a build-your-own boat competition. Free to enjoy.
  • 20th Anniversary Festival – October 5th 11 am until 2 pm at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Visit this family party with petting zoo, crafts and activities. Free to members, $8 adults, $4 kids 2-12, under 2 free.

These are just some of the many festivals worth attending. While you are checking out these festivals, check out the communities they are in. If you are thinking of relocating your family to one of these great spots, call us. If you are interested in a private tour of neighborhoods and homes in the Lake Wylie area, call us at 803-831-8588 to schedule with us. To view current listings and create custom searches, click 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.

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.

Proposals for Extension of Light Rail

County leaders for York County recently met to consider proposals for extension of the Lynx light rail system in Charlotte. They heard four small area plan proposals with one potentially serving the Lake Wylie area. This could be great for bringing in commuters and reducing traffic. It could also bring a lot of day-trippers for weekend fun on the lake.

The light rail plan proposals are a way to look at the area in a different way. This means that leaders have to look at how the light rail may affect properties in the proposed path, look at supporting infrastructure, and look at opportunities for how development patterns may change. There is also a potential that the light rail could head to Rock Hill as well which could be a place to park and ride until a Lake Wylie corridor comes to fruition. The Rock Hill connection is especially likely as the Charlotte Panthers just announced that they are building a training facility there.

There are many more steps to take after the proposals are laid out. There are traffic studies, land acquisition, and much more. There will be interstate cooperation by North and South Carolina. There will be funding hurdles and bureaucratic hurdles to be cleared, but it is an exciting prospect for many people.

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

To read more about these proposals, visit the Herald Online here.

May Market Report

This month, though the supply of homes on the market has declined in the Charlotte region, there are many other market indicators that have increased. Closed sales, pending sales, and new listings were all up, .5%, 17.3%, and 2.8% respectively. Prices are also up over last year, with the average sales price up 3.4% from $299,723 to $309,859. The total inventory for the region is down 10.1% from 10,506 to 9,443. This means that buyers are competing for just 2.3 months of inventory giving sellers more of the power in transactions. (A balanced market between buyers and sellers is generally a 4-6 month supply of homes.)

When you look at just Lake Wylie, the numbers are a little bit different, however you need to know that the numbers could look skewed due to the small sample size. For instance, the average sales price was down 1.8% year over year, but that could be due to just one waterfront home as they typically command a premium.

Closed sales were up 18.8% over last year, from 112 to 133, a difference of 21 additional sales. New listings were up 2.6%, and pending sales were up a whopping 42.5% from 113 to 161. This is a great indicator that the market is still strong as many of these pending homes will head to the closing table to boost next months closed sales number.

Homes are selling quicker than last year as well with the days from listing to closing down to 103 from 121, a decline of 14.9%. Homes are on the market for an average of 60 days until sale, down from 65 days last May.

These trends are showing no end in sight yet for the current lack of supply and price increases. All of these trends are taken from the monthly report published by the Carolina Regional Realtor Association. The numbers are from the Multiple Listing Services, Inc.

If you are looking to buy or sell 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.

April Market Report

Analysts are optimistic about a slow-down in the rapid pace of home price increases in the Charlotte area. There also appears to be a halt to the decline in the number of homes sold, bucking an 11-month trend. It remains to be seen if the halt is temporary, or the beginning of a longer trend. Homebuyers could use a break as they have not had equal footing in real estate transactions with sellers for a long time with the persisting low inventory and rising prices.

When you look at just Lake Wylie, you see that homes are selling quicker than at this time last year. In fact, cumulative days on market before sale went from 96 days down to 69 days, down 28.1%. Days from listing to closing also reduced from 128 to 103, a reduction of 19.5%.

Inventory is down slightly in the area, from 3.9 to 3.8 months of supply, but not nearly as low as the entire Charlotte area at 2.2 months. New listings are up slightly year over year from 176 to 178, a rise of 1.1%. Closed sales are up 7.1% from 113 to 121. But the big story in Lake Wylie is that pending sales were up a whopping 30.4% from 115 to 150! This is great news for the next few months as we should see strong sales numbers when these pending sales head to the closing table.

Prices in Lake Wylie are headed down per the report, but remember due to small sample size, a few large transactions, or lack of them, can skew numbers so we need to wait and see if this is part of a larger trend. Average sales price was down 5.3% from $395,080 to $374,062. Median sales price was also lower by 8.4%, from $360,426 down to $330,000.

If you are looking to buy or sell 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.

 

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.