Custom Build in The Retreat at Sunset Ridge

If you are one of the many people who desire the laid-back lake lifestyle, The Retreat at Sunset Ridge might be the place for you. This desirable neighborhood is tucked away and private, but is still convenient to Lake Wylie, Clover, and Uptown Charlotte. The neighborhood features new construction custom estate homes. There are existing homes that occasionally come on the market, or you can build your dream home from the ground up.

Homes in the neighborhood are typically between 2,600 to over 4,400 square feet. They can have anywhere from three to six bedrooms, owner’s suites, guest suites, gourmet kitchens, media rooms, and many more custom features. Homes typically sell in the $500,000’s and land typically sells for $50,000-$85,000 depending on size, topography, and proximity to the lake.

In the last year, only four homes sold in The Retreat at Sunset Ridge. This means that there is not much turnover in the neighborhood which is great if you already own a home there, but can make things tricky if you are trying to get into the neighborhood. That’s where we can help because we know the moment a home is listed on the market, and in some instances, we know before a home is listed and we can help you to be the first to get a sneak peek.

There are currently two homes on the market in The Retreat at Sunset Ridge and both of them are already under contract. There are also 5 lots currently for sale which are perfect for getting a start on your dream home. If you would like to schedule a private tour of homesites, give us a call at 803-831-8588. We can help you get in contact with approved builders for the neighborhood to start you on your way.

You do not want to miss a home in The Retreat at Sunset Ridge, and for more homes available and other great neighborhoods in and around Lake Wylie, be sure to visit LKWRealty.com.

Keep An Eye Out For Trinity Townes

Coming August 10th, there will be a new townhome development in Tega Cay brought to you by Ryan Homes. Named Trinity Townes, homes will start in the $280,000’s to the $350,000’s. Homes will be part of the highly desirable Fort Mill School District and will have lower South Carolina property taxes.

Homes in Trinity Townes will be three story townhomes with up to 2,300 square feet of living space, and two car garages. There are options which include a first floor bedroom, covered porch, and outdoor fireplace. Kitchens are large and open to living rooms making the space feel even more grand. Bedrooms are generous with ample closet space.

One of the best parts of Trinity Townes is proximity to Lake Wylie and Baxter Village. This means that you have shopping, dining, and recreation all within a few minutes. There are public access points nearby for boat launching at Nivens Creek Landing which is less than a mile away. There is easy access to I-77 for a morning commute as well.

Homes are not yet on the market, but are expected to be available starting August 10th. If you are interested in learning more about the process of buying a new construction home, give us a call, we work for you, but the seller will pay our costs. We can help you make sure you are getting the best deal and the most options and upgrades for your money.

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 create custom searches of current listings on our website here.

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.

Featured Listing: 228 Ridge Reserve Drive

If you have been thinking about building your dream home in the Lake Wylie area, look no further than our new listing at 228 Ridge Reserve Drive. This amazing property is just about a third of an acre in highly desirable Heron Cove. We just wrote yesterday about this wonderful neighborhood, if you want to read the full article, click here.

228 Ridge Reserve Drive is a great lot on a cul-de-sac street with great woods ready for you to custom build the home of your dreams. The requirements of the lot call for at least a 2,200 square foot home that can be on a basement or crawl space. You can bring your own builder, or use one of the neighborhood builders.

The location of Heron Cove is great as it is just across the Buster Boyd Bridge in the heart of Lake Wylie. This means that you are in perfect position to take advantage of local shops, restaurants and community events. Being in South Carolina means lower taxes, but you still get to take advantage of excellent Clover schools. Uptown Charlotte is a quick commute, and quick highway access will make a short trip to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Heron Cove is an upscale community with amenities already built and ready for use. There is a pool and clubhouse in addition to waterfront park and dry boat storage. There are walking trails, a gazebo, and you are walking distance to swimming in the lake.

Don’t miss out on one of the last lots in the established community in Heron Cove. Call us at 803-831-8588 to schedule a private tour of the property and the entire neighborhood. To view this listing, click here. To view all current listings and create custom searches, visit 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.

 

Neighborhood Spotlight: Moore’s Landing

There aren’t many condos right on the lake in Lake Wylie. They don’t come on the market often so when they do, you need to be ready to jump at the chance. One of the best of the communities is Moore’s Landing. The community is nestled inside River Hills and shares the amazing amenities. Homes here are zoned for award winning Clover schools, are close to everything you need, and are commuting distance to Uptown Charlotte.

Homes in Moore’s Landing were built in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and have a great retro style. This includes cathedral ceilings, and large windows letting in light and lake views. Many of the homes have been completely remodeled in the years since they were built. There are opportunities to update these homes yourself to make it truly the home of your dreams. Most units have 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms with just over 1,200 square feet of living space. Prices are reasonable as well with a typical list price at or under $200,000.

The amenities are the real story in Moore’s Landing. This makes your home seem larger and provides ample opportunities to connect with the wider River Hills community. Amenities include a business center, club house, dock/pier, dog park, fitness center, gated community, golf course, lake, playground, pond, outdoor pool, recreation area, security, sidewalks, street lights, tennis courts, and walking trails. Residents have the opportunity to join River Hills Country Club to get additional amenities.

If you are interested in a home in Moore’s Landing, create a custom search on our website here. You can call us at 803-831-8588 and we will notify you when a home here comes on the market. We can also schedule a private tour of similar homes in the area.

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.

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 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.