Neighborhood Spotlight: Carolina Orchards

Carolina Orchards is a premier community for active adults age 55 and older. This jewel of Fort Mill, South Carolina is close to shopping, entertainment, dining, and much more. The community is packed with amenities and has thoughtfully designed homes with amazing indoor and outdoor living spaces. These amazing homes are close to everything, yet have lower South Carolina taxes.

Located close to I-77 and I-485, residents of Carolina Orchards can easily get to Uptown Charlotte or head into Rock Hill, South Carolina. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is an easy trip up I-77 and you can get to SouthPark easily as well. Closer to home, you are just up the street from Springfield Town Shopping Center, Anne Springs Close Greenway and many award-winning golf courses. Residents can also enjoy life on the water as Lake Wylie is just down the road a bit and has public boat ramps.

Built by Pulte and Lennar homes, Carolina Orchards offers many different floor plans and home styles sure to please any home buyer. The homes are available from three distinct series of homes the Passport, Expedition, and Pinnacle. These homes range from a 2 bedroom 2 bath with 1,400 square feet and a 2 car garage starting from $262,500 all the way up to a 3 bedroom 3.5 bath home with 3,455 square feet for over $600,000.

These homes are all ranch style with open floor plans and lots of natural light. Homes are maintenance free meaning that the neighborhood takes care of exterior maintenance and landscaping as part of the homeowners association.

There are 15 different villages within Carolina Orchards. Each has around 30 homes. Spread throughout the neighborhood are nature trails, ponds, lush landscaping and the amenity center. The amenity center offers leisure activities, a state-of-the-art fitness center, hobby rooms, game rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, and sports facilities. There is a yoga room, tennis, pickleball, bocce courts, outdoor pavilion, and many organized activities.

To schedule a private tour of homes in Carolina Orchards, give us a call at (704) 525-4045. You can also view current listings on our website and create custom searches here.

Last Chance for The Cottages at Olde Waxhaw

Don’t miss out on your chance to be one of the six homeowners in The Cottages at Olde Waxhaw. This neighborhood is just two blocks from great restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and parks. There are just a few opportunities to get in on this unique, boutique development.

The Cottages at Olde Waxhaw are located on McKibben Street just across the way from Dare Steel Memorial Garden. East Main Street is just two blocks away with a great selection of restaurants, shops, and entertainment. Two blocks away is also David G. Barnes Children’s Park and Waxhaw Skate Park. Uptown Charlotte is just 30 miles away if you want to catch a ball game, concert, museum, or for a commute to work. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is 31 miles away so you can get there easily as well. Just 12 miles North is Ballantyne which has amazing options for shopping, major employers, and entertainment.

Builder Carder Construction is putting these homes together. They feature many high end finishes as well as open floor plans, granite counters in kitchens and baths, trey ceilings in the master, full front porches, and much more. All of the homes have two stories, three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. Each has 1,818 square feet of heated living space with high ceilings making it feel bigger. Most of the homes feature a 2 car rear entry carport accessed from an alley in the back.

The Cottages at Olde Waxhaw is currently zoned for Waxhaw Elementary School, Parkwood Middle School, and Parkwood High School. Please verify school assignments as zoning boundaries can change from one school year to the next.

Homes range from $259,900 to $261,100 and there is only one homes left that is not currently under contract. If you would like to schedule a private tour, give us a call at (704) 525-4045. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Check out Fort Mill’s Sutton Mill

Sutton Mill is a recent community in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Placed in the northernmost part of York County, Sutton Mill is just across the South Carolina state line. This means that Sutton Mill is positioned for a quick trip to Uptown Charlotte as well as Ballantyne, Baxter Village, Town Center, RiverGate and Carolina Premium Outlets.

Located just North of the intersection of Sutton Road and Harris Road, Sutton Mill has easy access to I-77 and is just down the road from Fort Mill High School. This means that residents are close to shopping, dining, entertainment, education, and much more.

Residents enter the neighborhood through impressive stone entry which ushers you into a true retreat. Lovely pedestrian friendly streets are bordered by natural wooded areas giving homeowners plenty of privacy. There are also sidewalks and pocket parks throughout the community.

There are 93 homes in Sutton Mill and the community was completed in 2017. This means that all of the construction is finished so the neighborhood is quiet again. Builder M/I Homes imbued these homes with soaring 9 foot ceilings on the first floor, stainless steel GE appliances, oversized kitchen islands, owner’s suites, hardie plank siding with brick or stone accents and much more. Many of the homes have hardwood flooring, granite counters, great rooms, guest suites, and home offices. In the past year, homes in Sutton Mill have sold for an average of just under $300,000.

Sutton Mill is currently zoned for award winning Fort Mill schools. Students currently attend Riverview Elementary School, Banks Trail Middle School, and Fort Mill High School. Please verify school assignments as they can change from one school year to the next.

If you would like to schedule a private tour of homes in Sutton Mill, give us a call at (704) 525-4045. You can create custom searches and view current listings on our website here.

 

Neighborhood Spotlight: Whitegate

Whitegate is a new construction neighborhood in South Charlotte near Rea Road and Highway 51. The project began around 2007 before the recession with just a few of the planned custom homes being completed. Pulte Homes has revived the neighborhood and there are now many new construction options for luxury homes under a million dollars. There are just a few opportunities left as the neighborhood is almost sold out.

Pulte is offering four basic floor plans that can be customized to suit your family’s needs. These plans start from $722,990 and go up from there. Each plan has at least 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 4,706 square feet of heated living space. Some of the plans have basements which can be fully finished out to give you even more space. Homes have three car garages and full brick, stone, hardiplank or stucco exteriors.

Many of the homes have dramatic architectural details such as sweeping circular staircases and grand open living spaces. Owner’s suites are lavish with spa-like bathrooms and amazing natural light. Trey and coffered ceilings are included in most plans as are hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens and much more.

Children in Whitegate currently attend Olde Providence Elementary School, Carmel Middle School and Myers Park High School. All schools are top rated. There are also many private, charter, and magnet school options nearby. Please verify school assignments as they can change from one school year to the next.

Residents of Whitegate can take advantage of many shopping and dining options nearby in Blakeney, The Arboretum, and Ballantyne Village. Access to I-485 is close by for a quick trip to Uptown Charlotte or Charlotte Douglas International Airport. There are also many country clubs, golf courses, and outdoor recreation options in the area.

If you would like to schedule a private tour of home in Whitegate, give us a call at (704) 525-4045. You can view listings on our website and create custom searches here.

 

June Market Statistics

Buyers are starting to feel the pinch in the Charlotte market as inventory is super low and prices are rising sky-high. Jason Gentry, the president of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association says “Even though the Charlotte region is wedged into a solid seller’s market, incredibly low supply coupled with higher prices and rising mortgage rates are presenting challenges to buyers.”

This should be a great market for sellers, but they are afraid of not being able to find a comparable home so they are reluctant to list their homes. This is coupled with builders not being able to keep up with demand either so inventory remains low.

The monthly report numbers are out from the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association data compiled from the Carolina Multiple Listing Services. According to their report, there are just 9,554 homes on the market, down 17.2% from this time last year. This means that the Charlotte Region has only a 2.3 month supply of homes at this time. A balanced market between buyers and sellers is considered to be a 6 month supply. For comparison, in June of 2012 there were 18,700 homes on the market in the Charlotte Region, almost twice the number on the market in June of 2018.

The average sales price of homes rose 5.7% from last June to this June up to $302,177. If you look back at that same report from June of 2012, the average sales price was $227,907. That’s a jump of almost $75,000 in just 6 years, almost a 33% rise in property value.

The homes that are on the market are selling at a quicker pace than in years previous. In June of 2012, homes spent an average of 111 days on the market from listing to sale. This June, homes spent an average of only 36 days on the market. This means that buyers have to be able to act quickly to get a home right now.

If you are ready to act quickly, give us a call at (704) 525-4045. You can view current listings on our website and create custom searches here.

Join the Community in Brantley Oaks

Picture yourself going to a community 4th of July put on by the neighborhood social committee. You’ll see kids riding a big water slide, neighbors sharing a meal, and community coming together. You’ll see all of these things and more in Brantley Oaks.

Brantley Oaks is a small tight knit community situated off 485 and Rocky River Road in Union County, NC. This location is between Waxhaw and Mineral Springs, North Carolina. Charlotte is not far away if you have a commute, or just want to have a day in the city.

There are just 65 custom homes in Brantley Oaks each with a lot ranging in size from 1 to over 3 acres. Each home has amazing attention to detail and the typical home is well over 3,000 square feet of heated living space. Many of the homes have 3 car garages and amazing outdoor living spaces including pools, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens and more. Yards are wooded and some contain creeks, but all have privacy you just can’t get closer in to town.

This hidden gem has a swim and racquet club which hosts the Barracudas swim team. The Barracudas compete with nearby neighborhoods in the University Swim League. The homeowners association hosts many activities throughout the year that helps bind the community together and fosters life-long friendships.

Children in Brantley Oaks currently attend Western Union Elementary School, Parkwood Middle School, and Parkwood High School. Please verify school assignments as they can change from one school year to the next.

In the past year, homes in Brantley Oaks have sold for between $332,000 and $552,900 with an average sale price of $445,629. There are currently 6 homes on the market, representing 10.3 months of inventory.

If you would like to schedule a private tour of homes in Brantley Oaks, give us a call at (704) 525-4045. You can view current listings and save custom searches on our website here.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Bridgemill

Bridgemill is a fantastic neighborhood in Indian Land, South Carolina. Residents enjoy low South Carolina taxes and excellent schools all while living in a planned community with resort-style amenities. This convenient location is six miles from I-485 and 10 minutes from Ballantyne, but feels like a retreat.

The original section of Bridgemill started in the early 2000’s by builder John Weiland Homes. These homes were grand with large footprints, 4 sides brick construction and meticulous attention to detail. John Wieland was building in the neighborhood and has homes as recent as 2015.

There is also a new section of the neighborhood with homes by Pulte Homes. These 20 homes include 9 quick move in homes and 5 luxury homes. Homes start at $242,999 and the luxury plans can be over $645,000 depending upon upgrades. Homes range in size from 1,961 to 4,734 square feet of living space. Many of the homes include 3 car side-load garages, fully finished 3rd floors, 4 sides of brick construction, butler’s pantries, coffered ceilings, hardwood flooring, spa-like bathrooms and much more.

Neighborhood amenities for Bridgemill include a 7,000 square foot clubhouse with fitness center, recreation room, gathering room and catering kitchen. Outside you’ll find a competition size pool with lap lanes, waterslide, zero entry wading area and water play features. For additional sporting events, there are three lighted tennis courts, basketball court and sand volleyball court. A private 3.5 acre lake is part of a walking trail system and leads to a neighborhood park and playground with gazebo, fireplace, and entertaining area.

Harrisburg Elementary School, Indian Land Middle School, Indian Land High School. Please verify school assignments as they can change from one school year to the next.

There are currently 44 homes on the market in Bridgemill with many of them under contract. If you would like to schedule a private tour of homes in Bridgemill, give us a call at (704) 525-4045. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Squirrel Lake Village

If you are looking for a new home in Matthews close to downtown with an easy commute, Squirrel Lake Village is the place for you. There is a mix of new construction homes and existing homes with something to meet the needs of every family.

Squirrel Lake Village is located just off Pleasant Plains Road right around the corner from Squirrel Lake Park and backing to Fourmile Creek. Access to I-485 is close by as is Highway 74 to connect you to Uptown Charlotte and all other points of the city. Downtown Matthews is just to the North with shopping, dining, entertainment and unique shops.

Within walking distance you will find the Greenway with about a mile walk to downtown Matthews so you don’t even need a car to enjoy the town. You can also walk to Squirrel Lake Park to enjoy the playground or fish off the pier.

Schools that are currently zoned for Squirrel Lake Village include Matthews Elementary School, Crestdale Middle School, and Butler High School. Please verify school assignments as they can change from one school year to the next.

Homes in Squirrel Lake Village can be quite large with many of the homes over 3,000 square feet. The existing homes were built between 2006 and 2007 and have tons of storage, open concepts, granite counters, plantation shutters and more. The new construction homes have flexible floorplans and can be customized to meet your needs. Builder Brookwood Homes is currently building one more home in the neighborhood so don’t miss out.

If you would like to schedule a private showing in this amazing area, give us a call at 704-525-4045. You can create custom searches and view current listings on our website here.

May Market Statistics

The competitive Charlotte housing market is continuing for yet another month. This is according to the May report from the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association. The report is based on numbers from the Carolina Multiple Listing Services.

Limited inventory is one of the factors making the market so competitive right now. There are just 9,106 homes on the market right now, down 2,275 from last year at this time. This is a reduction of 20%. This means that buyers are competing for a dwindling supply of homes and new construction starts and new listings are not keeping pace with current demand. This lack of supply is even more pronounced in the below $350,000 range where the number of homes available has dropped more dramatically, even as much as 50% in some price ranges.

Another factor making the market a tricky place for buyers is rising prices. The average home price in the Charlotte region was up 10.7% from May of last year, up to $299,690. The median home price has risen 9.5% up to $245,000.

These higher prices combined with lack of inventory are pricing some buyers completely out of the market. The buyers that can still afford a home can face additional challenges. They may have to wait longer for homes to come on the market that match their criteria, or they may face direct competition from other buyers in multiple-offer situations especially in the lower price points.

These factors together appear to be slowing the market somewhat. There were 4.2% fewer sales this May than last May. Pending sales were up 9.7% and new listings were up 3.3% so this could be a dip for May only.

It remains to be seen how long this tight market can go on before there is a correction. For now, homes are selling faster than ever with days from list to close coming in at 87, down 10 days from last year at this time. For now, it appears that buyers need to be able to act quickly.

Luxury Homes in Waxhaw’s Oldenburg

When you think of unparalleled luxury, amazing schools, first rate amenities, and grand homes, Oldenburg ranks top of the list. Located in Waxhaw near Blakeney, Oldenburg is close to everything you need or want. The homes are grand and the lots are large, what’s not to love.

Oldenburg is located on Crane Road just a few miles from I-485 exit 57 for Providence Road/Highway 16 South. You are close to Marvin, Weddington, and Blakeney giving you options for dining, shopping, fitness, churches, country clubs, outdoor recreation and much more. The convenient highway access can get you quickly to Charlotte Douglas International Airport or Uptown Charlotte.

Builder Shea Homes is developing this project and they have some amazing offerings. There are 11 plans to choose from with endless ways to upgrade and customize. There are also three quick move in homes that will be available in June. All homes have full-brick exteriors and 3, 4 or 5 car side-load or courtyard style garages. There are some basement homesites available, and all lots are around ½ and acre or larger.

The homes in Oldenburg are impressive not just in scale, but also in the level of detail. Homes have between 3,799 and 6,043 square feet in one or two story plans. Homes have between 4 and 6 bedrooms and 3.5-4.5 bathrooms. Custom millwork, custom cabinetry, and huge windows letting in natural light in each room are hallmarks of each plan. Open gourmet kitchens, spa-like bathrooms, outdoor living spaces, mudrooms, butler’s pantries and more are options on each home.

Oldenburg is currently zoned for top rated Marvin school district including Marvin Elementary, Marvin Ridge Middle and Marvin Ridge High Schools. Please verify schools as zoning boundaries can change from time to time.

Neighborhood amenities will include pool and playground. Prices start at $669,450 and can go much higher depending upon upgrades and options. If you would like to schedule a private tour of these homes, give us a call at (704) 525-4045. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.