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Old 01-14-2019, 12:43 PM
 
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We are going to be moving to CLT soon and are coming down next week to investigate the area. My wife works from home, and I recently retired but will be finding something to do eventually. We want to live on a lake, with boat and/or dock access, so either Norman or Wylie. We will either build on an empty lot (under $250) or buy/remodel existing (up to $800). We won't want large home, under 3000sq ft, but prefer 1/2 acre/+. My wife doesn't want to be a long way from "civilization", so shopping/restaurants (under 3o minutes). I love to play golf, so access to either a private or public course is wanted within 30 minutes (a good layout that's challenging though). Which area would you all suggest? And I would like to stop by a realtor next week to discuss, is this an option without knowing exactly what we want yet? Or are there "relocation" specialists? And are taxes significantly different between NC & SC? Thank you
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Old 01-14-2019, 01:18 PM
 
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Are you wanting to be directly waterfront or are you ok being in a community that has access to a dock, but your individual house is not on the water nor has water views?

My concern is $800k is rather low for a waterfront home (especially with more than 1/2 an acre) on either Lake Norman or Lake Wylie. There are slim pickings (there are some) and you'll have a lot less options than a budget north of $1 million. If you are cool with being off water and arranging a slip separately, then a lot more options open up.

Plenty or private clubs and public golf courses around both Lake Norman and Lake Wylie.
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Old 01-14-2019, 01:31 PM
 
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We are OK with being in a community if the access isn't possible. What we don't want is a huge house since it's only the 2 of us now, but we were considering a lot to build something with a separate garage/apt where our son might become a "tenant" since he'll be moving with us. He's a veteran that needs to be near family to help him at times.
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Old 01-14-2019, 01:37 PM
 
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OK, that would open up a lot more options since the waterfront lots get pricey. An experienced realtor in the Lake Norman and Lake Wylie markets can help you navigate water access in different communities, slip availability, lotteries, guaranteed slip, etc...

Lake Wylie and Lake Norman are both great options and I think on your visit you'll have a better feel of which lake you prefer. Lake Norman is significantly larger, which means more exploring with the boat. With winds, it can get a bit choppy as the lake is pretty open and wide in the main channels. Lake Wylie is much more narrow and feels like a wide river, but more intimate.

Lake Norman has a bit more of a "glitzy" vibe and a lot of the waterfront lots have become massive mansions home to NASCAR drivers and CEO's. There are currently 37 homes on Lake Norman listed from $2 million to $7 million for example. There are 4 houses on Lake Wylie listed north of $2 million by comparison.
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Old 01-14-2019, 01:48 PM
 
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Thanks, would you suggest different realtors/offices for each lake? And are there any suggestions as to helping us with this relocation?
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Old 01-14-2019, 01:53 PM
 
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Thanks, would you suggest different realtors/offices for each lake? And are there any suggestions as to helping us with this relocation?
It will completely depend on the agent, but an agent covering Lake Wylie and Lake Norman might be stretching themselves thin. Mooresville, NC for example to Lake Wylie, SC is a 42 mile drive (~50 minutes). Once you pick a lake, you might want to pick an agent specialized on that lake.
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Old 01-14-2019, 04:01 PM
 
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Have you looked at Tega Cay, SC? It is on Lake Wylie, has a golf course right in the neighborhood, and there are a variety of home styles and prices. We drove through it last summer and it is really pretty.
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Old 01-14-2019, 09:22 PM
 
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You might want to check Moss Lake near Kings Mountain. You can get a lot more land for your money. You would have to check internet availability. Otherwise it would check all of your boxes.
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Old 01-15-2019, 06:36 AM
 
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Thanks for these suggestions
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:47 AM
 
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Lake Norman has more to offer than Lake Wylie, but they both have all the amenities you might expect. Lots of options at $800K in Huntersville/Cornelius near Lake Norman. Davidson is pricier but still within your budget. In our experience, "civilization" is better and more plentiful near Lake Norman than Lake Wylie.

There are lots of nice homes in The Palisades near Lake Wylie too in the $800K range, in addition to communities mentioned above already.

We've been househunting since July and we haven't found a realtor who knows all the communities near both lakes, they tend to know one much better than the other in our experience. Good hunting.
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