Originally Posted by dclinsz
Thank you lovethecarolinas! My parents also live in Tega Cay and love it. Do you or anyone else know of any new neighborhoods in Tega Cay/Fort Mill where we could get a house for $200,000 or less? Or on the other side in NC, does anyone know anything about Lake Wylie Elementary or Winget Park Elementary? Just checking all the options....
We recently moved to the Charlotte area from Mesa, AZ in Oct, 2005. We knew nothing of the area so we rented an apt in the Ballantyne area for 6 months while we searched home builders and communities. My wife, at the time worked in the Ballantyne area, and I work in Uptown for Wachovia Securities. We have two children; one who is 6 yrs old who is just completing his first year of school at Winget Park Elementary and the other one who is 4.
We chose Regent Homes as our builder through the help of our realtor, Susan Johnson with Allen Tate Realty. We chose the Waterlyn subdivision b/c of the great value for our dollar, the fact that it is still in Unincorporated Mecklenberg County which keeps the taxes down somewhat, and the ease to access so many points within the city.
When you are building a new house; you always run into a few problems here and there. That is the nature of the process; but it is those builders who are willing to work with you that makes the difference. We found that Regent was very willing and accessible when we had concerns. There are two other builders in the Waterlyn subdivision; Davis and Craft. Both of these also are very good. This gives you an option within one community of three different builders and many different options depending on your budget and needs.
If you have a family; there are plenty of children in the community and we all try to be very neighborly with each other. Last Fall; they completed the "clubhouse" here in the community and the pool complex. The kids love to play in the "kiddie" pool complete with slide and platform that they can shoot water from via "water guns". Our oldest son and a few of the other neighborhood kids play soccer in the Steelecreek Association on Choate just off of Tryon just north of the Rivergate Shopping Complex.
Being in the Steelecreek area of Charlotte gives us ready access to so many areas. Lake Wylie is only minutes away (practically a stones throw). We have the McDowell Forest Preserve which is right on the Lake within three minutes; they have hiking, camping, fishing, boating, boy scouts, etc. Carowinds which is a great park is only 10 minutes from the house (far enough away to not have any of the noise or traffic) but very much accessible and great fun for the boys.
As I said; our oldest boy, who is 6, is just completing his first year of kindergarten at Winget Park Elementary. This is the first year the school has been open so EVERYTHING is brand new. The school is very receptive to all parents input and is very much involved in the community and keeps the parents connected and up to date on school "happenings" via almost weekly phone calls from the principal, Mary Sturge. We are looking forward to next year as our child enters first grade.
They are quickly completing the construction of the Rivergate Shopping extravaganza...Home Depot (which with a new home is a godsend) and Target both anchor the center but there are also many other stores such as Best Buy, Mervyns, Petsmart or Petco (one of the two), CVS Pharmacy, a number of fast food and speciality shops. Across Tryon on both corners of Tryon and Steelecreek are more shops and both Harris Teeter and Bi-Lo. They also just finished building a brand new full service firehouse just north of Shopton Road West on Tryon. There are also new medical office buildings going up just south of Steelecreek on Tryon and a hospital annex scheduled to open end of yr 2008.
The middle school is close by as well just west on Steelecreek from Tryon and there is also a library which is part of the Mecklenberg County Library system. We have found this to be a great resource for our family.
Needless to say; we feel that this is a great part of Charlotte to live in. We see a great deal of promise down the road as the area becomes more noticed and grows even more which we feel can only help propery values. We think there is a lot to do here and there is always more opportunity presenting itself.
The Siros Family