Spotlight: Fox Ridge

If you love new construction, but hate to wait until a home is finished, Fox Ridge is the place for you. This neighborhood was started by Ryland Homes and was just finished out by True Homes. There are great amenities, fantastic location and best of all, no construction vehicles left.

Fox Ridge is located on Possum Hollow Road just off Highway 160 in Indian Land. This puts you just minutes away from Fort Mill as well as dining, shopping and activities in Ballantyne. Close highway access makes it easy if you have an Uptown commute or need to head to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Fox Ridge features a swimming pool with clubhouse and sidewalks on all streets making the neighborhood walkable and friendly. Lots are all right around a third of an acre so you have just enough yard to make a statement, but not too much to take care of.

Homes in Fox Ridge are on the larger side with most around 3,000 square feet. This leaves plenty of room for entertaining, home offices, gourmet kitchens, owner’s suites, and much more. Most homes have mud rooms, butler’s pantries, large laundry rooms and ample storage. Many homes have outdoor living areas, but all have room to add outdoor living areas so you can enjoy the outdoors all year. Most homes have at least 4 bedrooms and 2.5-3 bathrooms. Many of the homes have craftsman style details with wood and stone accents. Homes have either a 2 or 3 car garage.

Fox Ridge is currently zoned for fantastic Lancaster County schools. These include Harrisburg Elementary, Indian Land Middle, and Indian Land High Schools. Please verify school assignments as they are subject to change.

In the past year, homes in Fox Ridge have sold for between $297,000 and $437,492. This is a great value for a larger home with the average price per square foot at below $120.

If you are looking for a new home without the hassle, look no further than Fox Ridge. With low South Carolina taxes, great schools, and an unbeatable location, let us help you make Fox Ridge your new home. Give us a call at (704) 525-4045 to schedule a tour through a home in Fox Ridge or any other neighborhood in the area. You can also view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

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McClintock Corners Coming to Commonwealth Morningside

New condominiums and townhomes are coming to the Commonwealth Morningside area next year. There will be 12 condos and 21 townhomes when the project is completed. There will be plenty of options to make these homes perfect for your lifestyle. They are in a great walkable area, perfect for urban professionals, empty nesters or small families.

Commonwealth Morningside has slowly been gaining projects to fill in where the Morningside Apartments used to be. There are many cute single family homes here, but there is increasing density as demand grows for this quirky area. Plaza Midwood has gotten expensive and Commonwealth Morningside is a great alternative.

Located between Nandina and St. Julien along McClintock road, McClintock Corners is in a great position. Commuting to a job in Uptown or SouthPark is a breeze. Harris Teeter is a quick walk away, as are many restaurants, nightlife, quirky shops and more. Veteran’s Park is just around the corner offering green space, walking, sports, and a great playground.

Local real estate services company The Drakeford Company is developing the project. They have been working for more than 30 years on multi-family and urban housing, development, land assembly, and real estate finance. They already have a great project in the area, Plaza-Vu (pictured above) which was built in 2008.

The Drakeford Company will begin building the condo portion of McClintock Corners in the spring. The Townhome portion of the project will follow after. The condos will have two and three bedroom options. First floor units will range in size from 1,145 to 1,175 square feet. Second floor units will range from 1,580 to 1,610 square feet. Two bedroom units will start at $360,000 while three bedroom units will start at $460,000.

The townhomes in McClintock Corners will have three stories and will have two bedroom units at around 1,750 square feet and three bedroom units around 1,950 square feet. Prices should start in the low $500,000 range.

If you are interested in a home in McClintock Corners or another project in the Charlotte area, give us a call at (704) 525-4045. You can also view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

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Discovery Place Renovation in the Works

Charlotte City Council is going to be renovating for Discovery Place Science Museum. This renovation was just approved with New York based Diller Scofidio + Renfro and local firm Jenkins-Peer Architects taking on the task. The $700,000 master plan will overhaul the museum with a timeline expected to take about 18 months.

Discovery Place was first opened in 1981 and has been delighting children and adults alike since they first opened the doors. They are leaders in STEM education for adults and children. The museum has outreach programs, classes, workshops and more. They cater to individuals, families, groups, field trips and even rent out the museum for special events.

The main location is the one up for the renovation. There are three other partner museums that are a part of Discovery Place. Discovery Place Nature, Discovery Place Kids Rockingham and Discovery Place Kids Huntersville round out the museum quartet.

Located at Sixth and Tryon Streets, Discovery Place just underwent a massive $31.6 million renovation in 2010. That renovation left the buildings in a confused state with multiple elevators and lobbies that don’t connect. The building is not very inviting and is running out of space.

The city has selected New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro to serve as design architect. They will partner with Charlotte firm Jenkins•Peer Architects who will act as architect of record. Together the firms will oversee a team that will create a master plan and conceptual design to imagine the future of one of the Carolinas’ premiere cultural attractions.

The plan and design will include solutions to keep the facility financially sound and determine a budget for a major overhaul of the building. They will re-vamp the main entrance to make the space more inviting and help with curb appeal. The renovation is part of the North Tryon Vision Plan meant to revitalize North Tryon Street.

There will be workshops and forums for the community and key stakeholders to have dialogue about what we need in the new space. Trends and models will be analyzed and future needs and opportunities will be planned for. Discovery Place will continue to be one of the top museums in the country for STEM education.

If you are interested in a home in the Charlotte area so you can be closer to Discovery Place, give us a call at (704) 525-4045. You can also view current listings on our website here.

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Ask the Expert: How Can Staging Pave the Way for a Better Sell?

Today’s Ask the Expert column features Patty McNease, director of Marketing for

Q: How can staging pave the way for a better sell?

A: Staging allows your clients to show off the unique features of their home that buyers can come to love. During the holiday season, staging can make a home stand out even more. The following staging tips will help buyers fall in love with their future home just in time for the holidays.

Is staging really necessary?
Many homeowners are concerned about the overall cost to sell their homes. One place they may look to cut expenses is staging. While some think it’s unnecessary, proper staging is crucial to selling a home since it allows buyers to imagine what living there could look like. In fact, according to a recent National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) survey, 77 percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as their future home, which decreased the amount of time it was on the market.

Which rooms are the most important to stage?
According to the same NAR survey, the living room, master bedroom and kitchen are most critical. This is likely because these are the spaces where future owners will be spending most of their time. When planning these rooms, space and functionality are important. Rooms that are cluttered or difficult to navigate will not appeal to potential buyers.

How should I stage a home around the holidays?
Keep in mind that buying a home is an emotional experience for both the buyer and the seller. Often, the buyer’s emotional connection to the home is what really solidifies the sale. The holidays are a sentimental time for many, as they bring back warm memories and allow younger buyers to imagine future celebrations. Enhance these emotional connections to draw buyers to make an emotional investment in the home.

That being said, it’s important not to go overboard. Since different types of potential buyers will be coming to visit, avoid including overly religious décor. Instead, opt for simple and classic. Also, consider burning a pine- or cranberry-scented candle for those buyers who come over for a tour.

My client is hesitant. How can I convince them to stage their home?
If your client is against staging, remind them that 86 percent of buyers believe viewing a property online is the most useful part of their home search. With so many different options, it’s important to capture their attention in this initial stage of viewing so that they want to see the home in person. If you’re still struggling, show your client a before and after photo from another property you’ve staged, and ask them which home they would rather see.

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