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.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Mariners Watch Cove

If you’ve had your eye on the exclusive community of Mariners Watch Cove in York, SC, you’re not alone. This popular spot is part of the Allison Creek Peninsula on the shores of Lake Wylie and is truly stunning. With million dollar views, large lots, majestic trees, and stellar homes, you won’t believe you are just 45 minutes from Uptown Charlotte.

To get to Mariners Watch Cove, you have to enter from Hands Mill Highway/Highway 274. Once on the peninsula you feel your cares disappear as you enjoy the splendor of Lake Wylie between Big and Little Allison Creeks. Waterfront homes enjoy year round views of the Lake, while inland homes may have seasonal views.

Though it feels like a retreat, Mariners Watch Cove is only 20 minutes away from York and Clover, South Carolina. 30 minutes away you will find Rock Hill, South Carolina, and 45 minutes will get you to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Residents are currently zoned for award winning and highly desirable Clover Schools, and also enjoy lower South Carolina taxes.

Homes in Mariners Watch Cove are luxurious and custom built. Most homes have well over 3,000 square feet and some include second living quarters, fully finished basements, guest houses, elevators, wine cellars, boat houses and much more.

It is rare to see one of these homes come on the market, in fact three homes sold in 2017, and two are currently on the market. Waterfront lots command a premium and typically sell for well over $1 million. Interior lots are fantastic as well, though they only have lake access from the public boat ramps the nearest of which is Allison Creek Public on Viesta Road. Interior homes typically sell in the $300,000’s to the $500,000’s.

To schedule a private tour of the two current listings in this amazing neighborhood, call us at 803-831-8588. To view current listings and create custom searches, click here.

Take A Closer Look: The Glades at Windswept Cove

Right along Big Allison Creek, one of the most coveted spots on Lake Wylie, sits the waterfront community of Windswept Cove. Connected to Windswept Cove, accessed from Concord Road are The Glades at Windswept Cove. With over 224 acres, this South Carolina community boasts just over 100 homesites with large lots, great homes and the highly desirable Clover School District.

Homes in The Glades at Windswept Cove sit perched a fabulous spot, with winding lanes, rolling hills, and a magnificent view of the Lake. Lots average 1.6 acres, though some lots are 2 acres or more. Waterfront homes command a premium, but have piers and boat docks. Interior lots have great views as well as tree lined lots and privacy. The natural beauty of the area is protected by environmental covenants which limit the mass clearing of trees on home sites.

Homes here were mostly built between 2008 and 2009 and are grand in scale, most having over 4,000 square feet of living space. These homes are custom built and have amazing attention to detail. There is a true sense of community, though there is no homeowners association. Prices can vary widely due to size and lot location.

This great location is between Lake Wylie and Rock Hill. There are many options nearby for shopping and restaurants. Two miles away will find you at the Commodore Yacht Club Marina. Allison Creek Public boat ramp is just minutes away as well. A trip to Uptown Charlotte should take around 45 minutes.

To see housing options in The Glades at Windswept Cove area or any other Lake Wylie area home, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can read more about Windswept Cove here. Be sure to visit our search page where you can view current listings and create custom searches.

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.

 

Neighborhood Spotlight: The Lakes at Derby Downs

If you are looking for a custom home in an equestrian community in York County, look no further than The Lakes at Derby Downs. Though not on Lake Wylie, this charming neighborhood boasts peaceful ponds and oversized lots, perfect for a personal retreat.

Homes in The Lakes at Derby Downs vary in size from 2,300 to almost 5,000 square feet of living space. They have a variety of styles and architectural features. Some of the homes have basement lots, some have attached 4 car garages. Most of the homes have large kitchens with islands. Homes have between 3 and 5 bathrooms and 2 to 3.5 bathrooms. Additional features of some homes include coffee bars, sunken family rooms, in-ground pools, screened porches, high ceilings, spa-like bathrooms, deluxe owner’s suites and much more. Many of the homes have over 3 acres of land, perfect for outdoor sports of all kinds, as well as outdoor living spaces. The neighborhood contains equestrian facilities and equestrian trails.

Prices in Derby Downs are typically in the high $200,000’s to the high $400,000’s depending on size of the lot and of the home. Over the past few years, only one or two homes sells in this area meaning that residents don’t want to give up these amazing homes. If this is the spot for you, be ready to snap up a home when it becomes available.

If you are interested in The Lakes at Derby Downs, give us a call at 803-831-8588. We can schedule a private tour of the community and homes in the area. You can also view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.