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.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Pierpointe

Come and visit Pierpointe, a remarkable enclave of custom homes on the main channel of Lake Wylie. These homes have stunning views both inside and outside and epitomize the lakeside lifestyle. Add close proximity to major employers, an international airport, and Uptown Charlotte and this location is perfect.

You approach Pierpointe from Pine Harbor Road at Shopton Road. This means that Rivergate is just minutes away providing most of the necessities. There are shops, restaurants, and grocery stores in Rivergate. Residents can quickly get to I-77 or I-485 to connect with Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Uptown Charlotte.

Homes in Pierpointe are grand in scale and full of unique features. Many of the homes have two-story plans and some have fully finished basements as well. Some of the homes have extensive formal gardens, some have guest houses, some have media rooms, there are surprises in each home. Most homes have over 4,000 square feet of living spaces with between 3 and 6 bedrooms and 3.5-4.5 bathrooms.

The waterfront homes in Pierpointe have truly stunning views of the lake. Homes take full advantage of the views with terraces, sunrooms, decks, boat houses with lifts, floating docks and lakeside seating areas. Some homes even have pools that overlook the water. All have outdoor living spaces and lush landscaping making a true retreat. The lots are large, most are at least half of an acre with many over an acre, providing privacy.

These homes don’t come on the market very often, in fact in the past year only two homes came up for sale. Prices range from the $700,000’s to over $1 million.

Children in Pierpointe currently attend Winget Park Elementary School, Southwest Middle School, and Olympic High School. Please verify school assignments as they can change from one school year to the next.

Gorgeous Lake Living: 5350 Blue Bird Lane

Located on a fully wooded lot facing the main channel of Lake Wylie, you’ll find Cedar Lodge. This unique home sits on possibly the best property on the Lake. There are breathtaking views from all over the property but especially from the glassed-in porch.

When you approach the property, you will see over 300 feet of road frontage. This gives plenty of privacy from neighbors making Cedar Lodge feel like a retreat. There are 1.9 acres of property included as well as the main house, adjacent bunk house and a large garage workshop.

The main home is a 1,566 square foot home with 2 bedrooms and one bathroom built in 1975. It includes the glassed-in porch which measures 26’ x 16’. This room is truly what makes this home spectacular as you can enjoy living on the water all year round from up here. This lake house is truly a classic.

Next to the main house is a second living quarters in the form of a bunk house which has one bedroom and one bathroom. This is a great place for guests, or for the kids to stay and have separate space from parents.

For the maker in your family, there is a large garage workshop that measures 24’ by 30’. This space is perfect for all of your projects, or just for storage space for a great car.

The best part of the home however, is the over 400 feet of lake frontage. This includes a pier and boat lift as well as two private sandy beaches. The views are incredible so this property is a must see.

The location of this house is great as well. Secluded and away from it all, but close enough for a commute or a trip to Uptown. A trip to Charlotte Douglas International Airport will take around 45 minutes and Uptown Charlotte takes around

5350 Blue Bird Lane is on the South Carolina side of the lake which comes with lower South Carolina Taxes. Current listing price is $685,900.

 

Neighborhood Spotlight: Lake Ridge at Pinsto Forest

Lake Ridge at Pinsto Forest is the premier location in Pinsto Forest. This grouping of 40 homes have waterfront and views of the main channel of Lake Wylie. These homes are in Belmont School District so have award winning schools. Some of the homes have private marina access to enjoy all the beauty of Lake Wylie from the water.

Located off South Point Road at Stowe Road, Lake Ridge at Pinsto Forest is tucked away from everything lending privacy and escape. Many options for shopping, dining, and entertainment are close by if you can tear yourself away from the Lake. A quick trip will take residents to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Uptown Charlotte, Downtown Belmont and many more destinations.

Homes in Lake Ridge at Pinsto Forest are grand ranging from over 3,000 square feet to over 4,000 square feet of living space. These homes include luxury features such as libraries, sunrooms, decks, stonework patios, verandas, pools, and wine cellars.

In the past year, homes in Lake Ridge at Pinsto Forest sold for between $430,000 and $1,350,000. Homes have between 4 and 6 bedrooms and 3.5 and 4.5 bathrooms. Lots are range from just over half of an acre to 1.25 acres. These homes were built between 1996 and 1998 so many of them have been remodeled and updated since they were built. This only makes these amazing homes more desirable. Most of the homes have the master suite on the main floor. Gourmet kitchens and open floor plans are common in these homes as are home offices, fully finished basements and much more.

Children in Lake Ridge at Pinsto Forest currently attend Belmont Central Elementary School, Belmont Middle School, and South Point High School. Please verify school assignments as boundaries can change from one school year to the next.

Steele Creek and Lake Wylie Housing Market Report 2017-2018

The Steele Creek Real Estate market continues to be one of the top markets in the Country and is estimated to be one of the top 5 in the entire Country by the end of 2018.

On the National scene existing Home sales will finish at a pace not seen since the bubble bursting run up to 2006 clocking in at about 5.5 Million but amazingly still approximately 1.1 Million less than that all time high.

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

Back to Steele Creek, the availability of land, proximity to Charlotte’s 485 outer loop, Downtown and the Airport along with a widely diverse Housing Market are driving increases in prices and sales. A new master planned Development is in the final planning stages for the large mainly undeveloped area west and south of the Airport which will include the proposed River District slated to be larger than the Ballantyne area in South Charlotte. The area is expected to increase in population by 20-25% over the next 5 years.

Sales of new and existing Homes in the Steele Creek area over the past 12 Months for the zip codes of 28278 and 28273 were at a staggering pace of close to 2000 sold, leading the way the Community of Berewick with sales up 33% to 356, the Palisades with 131 sales was a distant second.

Another large Master planned Community is rising in Gaston County near Lake Wylie and Belmont called McLean, while just getting started sales were up to 40 in 2017.

Over on the South Carolina side of the Lake new Developments are popping up like spring flowers, national production Home Builders like Mattamy Homes and DR Horton along with local Builders, Fielding and Bonterra Homes are building a potpourri of styles and myriad of prices. New Home sales in the Lake Wylie SC area have increased from 75 in 2014 to around 200 per year at the end of 2017.

Sales of existing Homes in the Clover-Lake Wylie-York area zip codes of 29710 and 29745 although not quite as strong as its counterpart Steele Creek were close to 1300 over the past year. The top seller in that area is the well-seasoned “Jewell” of them all, the magnificently well planned Community of River Hills with close to 80 closings and an average sales price up 15% to $354,000.

WATERFONT MARKET UPDATE

Median prices continue to rise in the waterfront market due to low inventory and high demand, as of this writing there were just 57 active listings in both Carolinas down from the 120-140 we experienced for a few years with only 6 priced below $500,000. The 1 Million plus market was very active with 16- 1 Million Dollar plus Homes closed in 2017 and currently 12 were on the market. A total of 169 waterfront Homes sold down slightly from the year before with a median price pushing close to $700.000 up from the low $600,000’s that were steady for some time.

As urbanized Charlotte continues to gobble up large tracks of land for high density development the demand from those looking for the serenity and peace of Lake living along the shores of Lake Wylie will find it more and more difficult to afford.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Kings Grove

Kings Grove is a beautiful neighborhood filled with distinctive new homes with easy access to everything Charlotte has to offer. In addition to being able to take advantage of the lower South Carolina taxes, the neighborhood is in a renowned school district, making it perfect for a family home. King’sGrove is also just minutes away from Lake Wylie, which offers a range of fun activities from fishing, to swimming, to hiking. The neighborhood itself includes amenities like walking trails, sidewalks, a swimming pool, and cabanas.

Shopping, dining, and entertainment options are also located just minutes away from the Lake Wylie area. Some popular nearby attractions include the famous Carowinds Amusement Park as well as the McDowell Nature Preserve. This nature preserve has playgrounds, campgrounds, walking trails, and lake of its own.

Currently there are 5 homes on the market in King’s Grove which represents 6.7 months of inventory. This makes the neighborhood a balanced market compared to York County as a whole which has more of a seller’s market.

In the last year the average sales price and average price per square foot have both slightly increased. Homes in King’s Grove range from 2100-3900 square feet and are listed between $299,000 and $346,000. Most homes built have 3-4 bedrooms.

With so many fun amenities both within the neighborhood and nearby, King’s Grove could be perfect for your next family home!

 

Neighborhood Spotlight: Heron Cove

Heron Cove is a beautiful neighborhood on a quiet peninsula of Lake Wylie, offering all the peacefulness of the lake along with many neighborhood amenities and local activities. The neighborhood has large plots of land to fully take advantage of the surrounding woodland and lake.

One of the best amenities of Heron Cove is its Waterfront Park. There, residents can swim in the lake or fish from the shore. There is even a storage rack for residents’ canoes. In addition to activities on the water, the park is the perfect place for picnics or barbecues and even has a fire pit. For children, there is a separate park filled with many family friendly options for kids. The Heron Park Swim Club is also a popular option for residents to socialize and swim.

Heron Cove is in Clover School District, one of the best districts in South Carolina which is also a big plus for families. Residents are able to enjoy the lower taxes of South Carolina while the city life of Charlotte is just minutes away.

Currently there are 7 homes on the market in Heron Cove which represents 7 months of inventory. This means that Heron Cove is leaning towards a buyer’s market compared to the more balanced market of Lake Wylie as a whole.

In the last year, the average sales price of homes and average price per square foot has slightly increased.

With so many local and neighborhood amenities, Heron Cove is definitely worth checking out for your next family home!

Lakefront Living: 721 Anchors Bend Cove

Take a look at this beautiful custom waterfront home on Lake Wylie that features resort-style living at its best. This 3,400 square-foot home features four bedrooms, three bathrooms and is situated on over five acres of land.

Not only does this property feature a tremendous amount of curb appeal and beautiful outside features, but inside the home is equally detail-oriented with coffered and barrel ceilings, a huge master suite and bathroom with separate vanities and a gorgeous soaking tub, stainless steel appliances in the spacious kitchen, plenty of space for indoor entertaining and recreation throughout the home, and beautiful windows that let in lots of natural light.

Outside, you will find a saltwater pool and hot tub, outdoor cooking areas by the pool as well as the by the dock, and two dock options for access to the lake.
The views from the backyard space are simply stunning, and this location cannot be beat. The property offers privacy and peacefulness but is only minutes away from the dining, retail, entertainment and endless recreation of Lake Wylie.Furthermore, the home is on the South Carolina side of Lake Wylie, so residents can take advantage of the lower taxes there. For more information on this stunning waterfront property at 721 Anchors Bend Cove listed at $1,299,000, be sure to visit LKWRealty.com.

Charlotte’s River District is its biggest new development in decades

screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-3-51-33-pmJust east of Belmont, between Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the Catawba River, lies Charlotte’s River District, the newest, massive, mixed-use master-planned development to hit Charlotte in decades. The potential for such a project, conveniently located right near the airport and only eight miles from Uptown Charlotte, is huge.

This new development aims to create a walkable, urban environment that showcases a variety of housing in a community that really connects with nature. Developers plan to take advantage of the unique topography, woodlands, streams and creeks that the area is home to. While developers plan to build housing, retail space, office space and more, the plan for development also calls for preserving approximately 500 acres of land and using that land for mountain biking, walking and hiking trails with a walkable community laid out around them.

Approximately 10,000 people will occupy the new homes here, which will range from very moderately priced homes all the way up to luxurious estate homes. With the hopes of having some of the trails open to the public possibly as early as the summer of 2017, as well as completing construction on the first stage of the residences in the next two years, final completion of the entire project, which is slated to be as big as Ballantyne occupying approximate 1,400 acres, is not expected for about 30 years. The project will be completed in stages, but given its size and scope, it will certainly take quite a bit of time.

Stay tuned for the ongoing development of the River District. And, for more details and information on the project, check out the article at WCNC.com.

Fort Mill has a new huge development project on the horizon

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 8.10.08 PMFort Mill is undergoing quite a bit of development as 2,900 more homes and apartments are planned along Spratt Street and Fort Mill Parkway. John Spratt, who owns more than 700 acres at the site, presented a plan with partners on Wednesday night to the Fort Mill Town Council to add residential, commercial and recreational space in a new mixed use development there.

The hope is that such land development will be part of the solution to continue to develop and improve Fort Mill, and it will contribute to securing its future. The plan would take over approximately 688 acres along the bypass. The land there would be rezoned from light industrial to mixed use in the town. Another 23 acres currently zoned for residential use would be rezoned to mixed use. Then a development agreement would allow for up to 1,700 single-family homes, up to 1,200 “other residential” units, between 250,000 and 500,000 square feet of commercial space, more than 60 acres of park and recreation space, more than 60 acres of open space and approximately three acres to expand the nearby wastewater treatment plant.

The plan would not happen overnight, as a 20-year buildout is anticipated with the hopes of selling the land to a developer in early 2017. This huge and record-breaking development project could potentially bring about 900 more new residences than is currently provided by the Massey and Waterside subdivisions combined.

As a means for controlling traffic and a need for more schools with so many new residences, the planning commission is recommending to require at least 15% of the residences be age restricted to seniors.

Town Council will have the final say on the annexation of the land, the rezoning and development agreement at a public hearing expected to take place on June 13.

Previously proposed large residential projects met with opposition because rezoning without  annexation would impact the town without providing tax revenue. This proposal, however, is different, as the largest part of the project is zoned light industrial, therefore not allowing for residential use. However, there is still some proposed zoning for residential development, which many are happy to see. Residents in particular are looking forward to more athletic field space as well as the opportunity for property owners to develop land how they see fit.

The plan still needs a little bit of tweaking, as well as approvals from Town Council and the public hearing. But all in all, it is looking good for Fort Mill.

For more details on the project, read the full article at heraldonline.com.