What the Groundhog says about Lake Wylie real estate

Punxsutawney Phil indicated an early spring is on its way — which could mean a strong kickoff to the Lake Wylie real estate market!*
Right out of the gate, seven waterfront homes and two dockable lots closed on Lake Wylie. The homes ranged in price from $345,000 for a “fixer-upper” in Tega Cay to $3,000,000 for a luxury estate in Lake Wylie. January sales were higher in 2024 than in most years — but first-quarter sales aren’t usually a reliable indicator of the coming year.
Four properties sold could fall into the “cabin” category — older homes originally built as “weekenders”. These four averaged 54 years old, 1325 square feet, most with two bedrooms. The average selling price approached $700,000 — as each property either featured extensive renovations and updates or big views.
Prior to the mid-1970s, much of the land around Lake Wylie was leased, so those who leased the lots built simple cabins or installed mobile homes, since they did not own the land. After the land was released for sale, the long-term lessees were able to purchase at discount rates, and many retained the “cabins” and continued to use as summer retreats. Over the years, some of the cabins have been replaced by primary homes, some have been updated and renovated, and a few are close to their original state (in various stages of maintenance).
Quite a few of the remaining cabins are located on beautiful lots — as the land first offered for lease was often on or near a main channel of the lake. The land value has increased exponentially over the years. The trend of cabin sales and prices over the past few years is depicted on the graph below:
On the graph, the blue bar represents the number of cabin properties sold per year (axis on the left), and the red line indicates average price (axis on the right). In 2021 — a year when total Lake Wylie waterfront home sales was near its peak — 25 cabin properties sold for an average price of $530,000. In 2022, the number sold fell (primarily due to limited inventory) and the average price climbed to $750,000. In 2023, when inventory was even tighter, 9 cabins sold for an average of $685,000.
Bottom line — if the cabins are listed, they will sell. Demand is still high. Some buyers are purchasing for land value only, with intentions to remove the structure and build a primary home. Others are looking for small, move-in-ready lake retreats. The Lake Wylie Man can help you understand the value of this type property, which fluctuates based on future building potential (setbacks and restrictions), location and view, and current demand for various property types.
If you missed last month’s year end real round up, visit my website to see the 2023 Summary and Outlook, along with Recent Waterfront Home Sales and Recent Waterfront Lot Sales. Or give me a call and we’ll discuss the market and your property or particular needs. I look forward to hearing from you!
*There is no scientific evidence that Punxsutawney Phil knows anything about Lake Wylie real estate. However, you can consider The Lake Wylie Man a bonafide expert on the market. Each year for the past 15 years, The Lake Wylie Man has achieved the #1 spot in waterfront sales on Lake Wylie. With hundreds of properties sold on the lake that have produced almost every situation imaginable, our team can advise you like no other and help ensure a smooth closing and the best value for all.

The year in review: Lake Wylie Real Estate

Happy New Year, everyone! We’ve turned the calendar from a remarkable year in Lake Wylie real estate — and expect another challenging year to come in 2024. We’ve seen listing inventory continue to be very tight, prices continue to climb, and buyer demand continues to be strong — both on the lake and off.

Here is a quick glance at waterfront real estate performance in 2023:
Waterfront Sales Trends
We’ve been tracking sales for dockable waterfront homes and lots for sixteen years — “cleaning up” the data to eliminate occasional coding errors and making sure we’re looking at true waterfront properties. My team and I closely monitor prices, sales and influencing factors to help you understand the Lake Wylie real estate market like no one else can, as well as to hone our own expertise to ensure we’re giving you the best advice possible.
In the chart above, the blue bars represent the number of dockable waterfront homes sold on Lake Wylie each year, and the red bars represent waterfront lots.
In 2023, Lake Wylie waterfront sales totaled 89 homes (down 22% from 2022) and 18 dockable lots (down 59% from 2022).
Demand during the pandemic drove sales up for both homes and lots — but to a point where inventory was depleted. With prices on the rise and people spending more time at home, potential waterfront sellers who might have been on the move tended to stay put. As buyers snapped up the healthy level of listings that existed prior to 2020, there were fewer new listings by the day. By 2021, we were in a real struggle to find enough properties to meet buyer demand.
The average number of home listings at any given time on the market was as follows:
At any point in time on Lake Wylie in 2018, there were on average 104 waterfront homes and 95 waterfront lots listed for sale. (The number of listings was generally higher in the spring/summer/early fall months, and lower in the winter.)
In 2023, the average number of listings was under a third of levels prior to the pandemic. With very low supply, demand continued to outpace availability — resulting in higher prices and shorter time on the market. About 75% of waterfront home listings sold in under a month in 2023. Many were under contract within a day or two, at or above the asking price.
Waterfront price trends
Prices continued to climb in 2023. In the chart above, the red line represents average sales price for Lake Wylie waterfront homes ($1,325,000 in 2023). The blue line represents waterfront lots, and the green line represents area homes in the general market, based on the six zip code region that contains Lake Wylie.
Waterfront home prices spiked 10% in the past year and the average sales price is about 75% above the pre-pandemic average. Prices have risen sharply for individual homes, and the mix has shifted to higher priced, luxury home segments. Inventory levels have been tightest among the more moderately priced waterfront homes.
In the general market, prices have climbed to an average just over $500,000, up 3% from a year ago and up 50% compared to pre-pandemic prices. Ten years ago, the average price of a waterfront homes was about $350,000 above a non-waterfront home. Today, the average premium for a waterfront home is about $825,000.
Waterfront lot prices have risen as well, to just over $400,000 on average — up about 40% compared to pre-pandemic.
Looking at the distribution of waterfront home sales by price segment, several trends emerge:
In the chart above, the distribution of waterfront sales is shown by price segment, with dark blue bars representing homes priced under $500k, red bars representing homes priced $500-$699k, green $700-999k, purple $1mm-$2mm, and the teal bars homes over $2 million.
Sales of homes under the $500k price have dwindled from over 20% of the market to almost non-existent. Homes in that price range are small fixer-uppers at best, and unsalvageable in some cases (property is sold for land value.)
Just five years ago, homes priced under $700,000 represented over half the market. Now, less than 10% of sales are homes priced under $700,000. Recent sales in that price range are homes averaging 50+ years old and under 1,500 square feet. Some of these homes are “river cabins,” designed as weekend retreats.
Homes priced $700k up to $1 million have fallen in market share from about one-third of sales to about one-fifth of sales. These homes average 33 years old and 2,400 square feet. Five years ago, the same money could have purchased a 4,000 square foot home that was about 15 years newer. Examples of homes in this price segment include some of the smaller, older homes in Tega Cay; homes located in less convenient locations; and homes in coves with limited views.
The $1mm to $2mm price segment is the most dominant in today’s market, representing well over half of sales. A home between the prices of $1mm and $1.5mm averages about 3,500 square feet and is 26 years old — and the same home would have sold in the $700’s prior to the pandemic.
As the home price reaches $1.5-$2mm, more luxury features emerge — bigger views, nicer kitchens, more outdoor landscaping and living spaces. The average home in this price range is 17 years old and 4,400 square feet.
Over $2 million is the fastest growing segment, with just one sale in 2020 and ten sales in 2023. These homes are newer (averaging 13 years old) and larger (almost 5,900 square feet on average.) Most of the homes in this price segment have beautiful outdoor living spaces with covered porches, fireplaces, built-in grills, perhaps a pool. They have gourmet kitchens with high end appliances, possibly a wine cellar. Some have home theaters and second kitchens, luxury baths. They generally offer big, open views and some have sandy beach areas.
With such a rapidly changing market on Lake Wylie, we often need to educate potential buyers on what to expect in their price range. Several factors contribute to the price of waterfront property — including view, water depth and quality of the lakefront area, surrounding properties, county and neighborhood restrictions that determine use and development, lake and land location, and the quality, size and condition of the home.
If you’d like to see more details about recent property sales, please visit my webpages: Recent Waterfront Home Sales and Recent Waterfront Lot Sales.
The Lake Wylie Man team has once again achieved the most sales on Lake Wylie, outselling the next highest selling realtor by more than 4 to 1. Our expertise on the lake is unmatched, and we look forward to offering you a successful and profitable experience in selling your property. Thank you for your business, and all the best in 2024!

Waterfront sales heat up in August!

Like our weather, real estate sales heated up big time in August with the largest number of waterfront closings to date this year. On Lake Wylie, 16 waterfront homes sold, at an average price of $1.3 million. Three dockable lots closed for an average price of just over $400,000.

Still, real estate performance is lagging significantly behind last year. At a glance:
Mortgage rates are north of 7% — a full percentage point above last year — keeping some buyers on the sidelines for the moment.
In the greater Charlotte market, the number of single family home sales are down 20% from year ago, and average prices are up about 4%. Nationwide, though, signs point toward home prices cooling down a bit.
In the Charlotte area and on Lake Wylie, we are still in a seller’s market. In August, 60% of the homes in the greater Charlotte market sold at or above asking price. On Lake Wylie, half of the waterfront closings in August were at or above asking price, and those same homes were under contract the first week on the market.
In spite of a strong August, waterfront home sales on Lake Wylie are still well below the average for the past few years:
With the exception of March, monthly waterfront home sales have lagged behind the past five year average. The spike we usually see in May through July simply did not materialize. In addition to high mortgage rates, the main culprit behind the sluggish sales is the lack of listings.
There are only 33 waterfront homes on the market on Lake Wylie — and 15 of those are under contract. Only 29 lots are currently listed, with three under contract.
If you’d like to see more details about the homes and land sold this year, please visit my website pages Recent Waterfront Home Sales and Recent Waterfront Lot Sales. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your property, please give me a call.
Our team continues to lead the market in waterfront sales and expertise — #1 for well over a decade! In this fast-paced market, you’ll want the best on the lake — The Lake Wylie Man team — to advise you on pricing, marketing, and all of the special considerations of successfully selling waterfront real estate.

August update – Lake Wylie real estate

Summertime is coming to a close, and we’re seeing a small uptick in sales, with 21 waterfront homes and 7 dockable lots under contract — the highest we’ve seen all year.

However, sales activity is still much slower than “typical.” Usually, as we enter August, there are 35-40 homes under contract, and 10-15 lots. A lack of listings, rising mortgage rates, and rising prices both on and off the water have stifled sales all year. Here’s a quick glance at Lake Wylie waterfront real estate stats:

Sales in July ranged from a “cabin” on upper Lake Wylie for $685,000 to a large, 9,138 square foot home on River Oaks Road for $3.6 million. Buyers are ready to purchase homes at all price points on Lake Wylie, with about a third of the buyers paying cash (no financing.)
Prior to the pandemic, when interest rates were low, about 20% of waterfront buyers paid cash for their home purchases.
Typically, sales for Lake Wylie waterfront properties peak in summer months. This year has been an anomaly:
In the chart above, the blue line represents the average number of waterfront home closings by month over the past five years, and the green line represents 2023 closings by month. With the number of pending sales “in the hopper,” we expect to see a peak in August/September, though the numbers will be well below the 5-year average. 
The number of listings available still lags significantly behind demand. Properly priced homes and land are selling quickly, and buyers are still waiting in the wings. To see details on recent waterfront sales, please visit my webpages Recent Waterfront Home Sales and Recent Waterfront Lot Sales.
I’d love to talk to you about your property if you have any questions or are interested in a valuation. The Lake Wylie Man continues to lead the waterfront market on Lake Wylie, and no other Realtor in the area has as much experience selling Lake Wylie waterfront. I look forward to hearing from you!

Mid-year Lake Wylie real estate update

Hope everyone had a fun 4th of July! We’re midway through the year, and real estate sales on Lake Wylie are the slowest they’ve been in over a decade. However — unlike during the recession years — sales are quite brisk for any properties listed. The average time on market for waterfront homes is just about a month, with half of the sales occurring within the first week of listing.
Prices continue to climb, though at a slower rate than earlier in the pandemic.
Take a look at sales trends through June for Lake Wylie homes and land:
In the chart above, the blue bars represent the number of dockable waterfront homes sold in the first half of each year, and the red bars represent dockable lots. This year’s sales are the lowest in over a decade, with home sales down 42% and lot sales down 74% in comparison to last year.
The average number of waterfront home listings by month for 2023 is down 24% from last year — which were at record lows at the time. Currently, there are only 35 dockable homes on the market, and 19 of those are under contract, leaving just 16 available. There are only 29 dockable lots on the market, with 3 under contract.
With rising mortgage rates and tight inventory in many markets across the country, homeowners are choosing to stay put when they are able. However, most of those who are entering the market are realizing significant gains on the sale of their properties, as prices have continued to rise:
In the chart above, the red line represents the average price of dockable homes each year, and the blue line represents the average price of waterfront lots. Homes closed this year have an average price of $1,260,000.
The typical waterfront home at that price is about 25 years old, under 3700 square feet, with a nice view or location. Prior to the pandemic, that same house would have been priced between $700-$800,000.
In today’s market, a home priced $750-999k averages 40 years old, and is under 2600 square feet.
Larger homes with premium outdoor amenities including pools, covered porch living areas and/or outdoor kitchens are selling for $1.5 million plus.
Waterfront lot prices have also increased, averaging $430,000 this year to date.
Take a look at Recent Waterfront Home Sales and Recent Waterfront Lot Sales for more details on this year’s market activity.
We are in the prime selling season, with summer months typically the highest in sales on the lake:
In the chart above, the blue line represents a 5-year average for waterfront home sales by month. The green line represents the current year. Typically closings peak in July/August. We expect a similar trend this year, though the totals will be much lower than average.
It’s a sellers’ market, and those who tend to benefit most are homeowners looking to downsize, people who own more than one home and are ready to simplify, and sellers who are moving to markets that have not experienced as much demand as we have seen in our area.
If you’d like to talk more about your opportunities, I’d love to help. The Lake Wylie Man team of Realtors has led the market for the past 15 years, and our experience and expertise are unparalleled. I look forward to hearing from you!

The summertime market is here

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying some time outside and on the lake. We’ve been gearing up as we enter the busiest time of year for real estate sales: Summertime! It is still very much a “sellers’ market,” with more buyer demand than our current inventory levels can handle. Many of our recent listings (on and off the water) were under contract in under a week, several with multiple offers.

At a Glance

Waterfront activity is down significantly this year compared to 2022 — mainly because listings are limited. The number of waterfront home listings is down 38% compared to May 2022 — and inventory was at a record low THEN. The strain on supply is driving up prices. Some buyers are being priced out of the market, but there are still plenty of buyers with cash or financing in place and ready to purchase.

Listing Inventory Trend

The chart above depicts the number of listings over the past five years, with the blue line representing waterfront homes and the red line representing dockable lots on Lake Wylie. Inventory has declined dramatically, resulting in more competition among buyers and higher prices overall.
We have seen buyers with much bigger budgets in the past few years. From 2015 – 2020, there were only three homes on Lake Wylie with closing prices in excess of $2 million. Since late 2021, eleven homes sold for $2 million plus, including two in the $3 million range (off Lake Wylie Road in Lake Wylie) and one for $5 million (The Sanctuary).
Waterfront lot prices are also hitting all-time highs on Lake Wylie — with the average price in the low $400’s and a couple of lots in the past year commanding prices up to $800,000. Buyers are also purchasing lots with older “cabins” or small homes, paying premium prices for premium views — to either enjoy as weekend getaways or to build larger, primary homes on the lots.
Check out recent sales across the lake on my web pages, Recent Waterfront Home Sales and Recent Waterfront Lot Sales.
Please call me if you have questions or wish to discuss your property in more detail. If you are considering selling your home, I’ll be glad to provide an evaluation and help you market your property for the best outcome. Thanks for reading, and have a great May!

First Quarter 2023 Lake Wylie Real Estate update

Real estate sales are starting to pick up — in spite of record low inventory. In the past few weeks, I’ve seen several new listings snatched up in under a week, with multiple offers. Buyer demand is still quite strong, outpacing supply — a trend we’ve seen for a couple of years now.
Because of the strain on available listings (inventory), sales for the first quarter are well below last year’s:
In the chart above, the blue bar represents the number of dockable waterfront homes sold on Lake Wylie during the first quarter of each year, and the red bar represents waterfront lots.
Compared to 2022, the number of home sales is down 21% and the number of lot sales is down 57%. Available home listings are down 30% vs. last year — which at the time was a record low. The good news for sellers is that, when properly priced, their home is likely to sell quickly.
Inventory shortages are also an issue for waterfront lots. Currently, there are only 25 listed.
In the general market surrounding Lake Wylie, single-family home sales are down 27% compared to last year. Prices are holding steady — with homes selling at an average of $197 per square foot, up only 3% compared to last year.
Waterfront prices continue to climb for both lots and homes:
In the chart above, the red line represents average price paid for waterfront homes on Lake Wylie during first quarter of each year. The climb since the beginning of the pandemic has been sharp and steady — waterfront home prices are up 57% since 2020, and rose 6% over last year to an average of almost $1.2 million.
Lake Wylie waterfront lot prices are up 49% since 2020, with an average sales price of just over $400k — however much of that growth has been driven by premium pricing in McLean developments. About 45% of the sales in the past year and a half have been McLean properties, with an average price in the high $400’s. Inventory shortages have also contributed to price hikes.
We are entering the key sales periodfor waterfront real estate:
In the chart above, the blue line represents the average number of waterfront homes sold over the past five years, and the green line represents this year’s sales.
June through August typically have the highest number of closings. With most closings occurring about 6 weeks or so from the date of the offer, summer closings reflect offer dates beginning in mid-April.
For sellers interested in listing their homes, now is a great time. Spring fever turns buyers minds toward lake fun — and there is no better way to enjoy the lake than living waterside. The Lake Wylie Man team finished in the top sales spot for waterfront property last year — as we have for the past 15 years. Our experience in handling waterfront transactions on Lake Wylie is unparalleled, and you can rely on us to know the regulations and special considerations of buying and selling lake property.
Give me a call if you have any questions or would like to discuss your property. Many thanks!

Spring is almost here! Real estate update

The calendar may not say spring yet, but Mother Nature seems to have different ideas. The warm weather is bringing folks out on the lake!

Typically our real estate market warms up in early spring, and recent listings have garnered quick interest: Fourteen waterfront homes have been listed since the first of the year, and eight of those are already under contract.

However, Lake Wylie sales performance year-to-date is lagging significantly behind the last two years, and listing inventory is down as well. Through the end of February, numbers are as follows:

Off the lake, trends are similar. The number of homes sold in the greater Lake Wylie area (including Belmont, Charlotte and York County) is down 35% from last year, and the number of listings are down 23%.
The average time on market is lengthening in the general market, with homes in the area taking an average of 53 days to go under contract, compared to just 19 days a year ago.
With mortgage rates at their highest point in 20 years, and home prices at record highs, some buyers have been priced out of the market for the moment. Slower sales will put pressure on sellers to lower prices, and the buyers — particularly those with cash to purchase — will be in a better position.
Lakefront sales outlook
Lakefront sellers still have an excellent opportunity to profit from the sale of their homes. Both on and off the lake, home prices are up more than 50% compared to pre-pandemic. Waterfront property is premium priced, and this increase translates into hundreds of thousands of dollars above many sellers’ original purchase amount — which can be very advantageous for those wanting to downsize, sell a second home or move off the lake.
Demand for lake property is still strong. In this dynamic market, it is important to work with a seasoned Realtor who specializes in waterfront property. For well over a decade, the Lake Wylie Man has outsold all other real estate agents on Lake Wylie. You can rely on me and my team to help you market your property successfully. Please give me a call if you have any questions or would like to discuss your home or lot.

A sleepy start to 2023

With the warm temperatures this week, it is easy to get spring fever. Spring will be here before we know it, and that typically kicks off the top-selling season for real estate, both on and off the lake.

January closings on Lake Wylie were quite sleepy. Only two dockable waterfront homes sold — one for $1.7 million in Rock Hill, and one for $700k on Withers Cove. There are 13 waterfront homes under contract, though 8 of those are under construction and have been “pending” for a while.

No dockable waterfront lots closed in January, and three are under contract.

The number of homes and lots available for sale on the lake continues to be low, and newly listed properties receive quick attention from potential buyers.

Off the lake in our area, the number of home sales in the last three months are down 28% in comparison to the year before. The average home price is about $475,000, up 6% from the previous year’s average. The majority of homes are still selling in the first 30 days, though the average time on market is stretching a little longer these days.

Both on and off the lake, inventory shortages and rising prices — plus increasing mortgage rates, are pumping the brakes a bit on the market. Buyers are still out there, though. The lack of inventory has not satisfied demand in recent months.

If you have questions about the market or would like to discuss your property, I’d be happy to help. The Lake Wylie Man has successfully closed hundreds and hundreds of lakefront properties in all kinds of market conditions, and you can count on us to navigate your real estate transaction toward the best outcome for all.

To check out recent sales on Lake Wylie, visit my webpages Recent Waterfront Home Sales and Recent Waterfront Lot Sales.

If you missed our detailed year-end report, hop on my webpage Market Update to check it out.

Have a great February and I look forward to hearing from you!


Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and wish you all the best in the coming year.
Real estate sales on Lake Wylie ended 2022 in a bit of a fizzle, with just three waterfront homes and two waterfront lots closing in December. It didn’t come as a surprise, as sales and available inventory have been on the decline since early in the year. However, in spite of the number of home closings being down 33% from 2021, dollar sales were down just 13% — because the homes that DID sell were at average prices 30% ABOVE last year.
Take a look at the remarkable trends of 2022:
In the chart above, the blue lines represent the number of waterfront homes closed on Lake Wylie each year, and the red lines represent dockable lots. After four years of home sales on the rise from 2018 – 2021, 2022 sales fell 33% from the previous year. Lot sales, which tend to fluctuate more from year to year, were also down in 2022.
Limited inventory was the primary culprit for the decline in sales. 
In 2022, the average number of waterfront homes listed over the 12-month period was just 36, compared to 100 homes available on average in 2019, before the pandemic. There were only 25 lots listed in the average month in 2022, compared to 93 in 2019.
Demand far exceeded supply. Prior to the pandemic, the average waterfront home sold had been on the market about 4 months prior to going under contract. This past year, the average was about one month. Many homes went under contract within the first week, often at or above full asking price, with multiple offers commonplace
While the trend of multiple offers has slowed, sellers still have the opportunity to realize significant gains when selling their correctly priced homes — pent-up demand is still high and inventory is extremely low.
Average prices on the lake continue to climb:
The red line represents the average waterfront home price on Lake Wylie, and the blue line represents lot prices. In 2022, the average closing price for homes was $1.2 million, up almost $300,000 from last year.
Part of the reason is available listings: the tightening inventory is most pronounced in the low-to-moderate priced homes. In addition, home prices have skyrocketed.
We have to be careful when comparing price per square foot for one waterfront home vs. another, as many factors affect price: the lot type (main channel vs. cove), water depth and quality, location on the lake, surrounding properties, size and quality of dock and other outdoor features — in addition to the traditional size, age and style of home, level of finish, number of bedrooms, kitchen and bath features, etc.
Looking at general trends, however, it can be helpful to evaluate rising prices relative to average square footage. In 2022, the average price per square foot for waterfront homes on Lake Wylie was $340 — about double that of a home not on the water. The price per square foot rose 20% over 2021 homes— partially due to a shift towards more luxury priced homes, and partially due to a shift in prices due to a shortage of supply and increase in demand, and general inflation.
Compared to pre-pandemic, the price per square foot for Lake Wylie waterfront is up just over 60%.
The next chart shows the dramatic shift in home sales by price point:
Above, each set of bars represents the breakout of sales by price point, according to the percentage of sales falling into segments: under $500k (blue), $500-$699k (red), $700-$999k (green) and over $1 million (purple). Just five years ago, the majority of sales were in the moderately priced $500-$699k segment, with the $1 million+ falling well behind other price points. This year, the bulk of sales (60%) were homes priced over $1 million.
Five years ago, some of these million-dollar homes would have been priced in the $600’s and $700’s. Rising prices have pushed those homes into what once was a “luxury” priced segment. Another factor, though, is a more pronounced shortage in listings in more moderately priced homes.
Entry level pricing on the lake has risen to over half a million dollars, but many buyers do not understand what those dollars will buy. A waterfront home priced around $600k will be an average of 40 years old, with about 2,000 square feet. The average waterfront home priced in the mid $800’s will be about the same age, with 2,600 square feet.
For $1.5 million, the buyer can expect a 20 year old home with about 4,400 square feet — a nice view and larger dock, gourmet kitchen and some outdoor living spaces.
Cabin sales on Lake Wylie
As the lake area becomes more developed, the “river cabins” of the past have evolved. Years ago, most of the properties on Lake Wylie were used only on the weekends, and were very simple in nature — a bedroom or two, no central air-conditioning, built of cinder-blocks or wood. These properties were often on premium lots, main channel or wide open views. As the lake real estate shifted to accommodate full-time residents, some of these cabins remained, and many have been updated and remodeled over the years.
Buyers purchase these properties to use as “weekenders” — or remove the original cabin to build a permanent home on the premium lots. Cabin prices have been on the rise for the past couple of years:
In the chart above, the blue bar represents the NUMBER of “cabin” properties sold, and the red line represents the price. In 2022, 16 cabins sold with an average price of about $750,000 — up significantly from the low $400’s price pre-pandemic.
“Cabins” are generally small (this year’s average size was 1400 square feet), with 2 bedrooms. Most had been extensively updated.
Other Lake Wylie Trends:
  • New construction on the lake is on the rise. Seven newly built homes closed in 2022, and there are an additional seven under contract. (Note: these numbers are homes listed on the MLS – – the numbers are much higher when considering private sales and homes built for those who purchase lots and build.) New construction has only recently bounced back from recession days.
  • Tega Cay is hot! The average home price in 2022 was $1.1 million — but the average size of home sold was just under 2,000 square feet, yielding the highest price per square foot on the lake. Some of the original homes in Tega Cay have been extensively updated and remodeled, and the location is highly desirable among buyers.
  • The highest average priced homes sold in the York area of Lake Wylie ($1.4 million), followed by Charlotte ($1.3 million). Rock Hill had the lowest average priced waterfront home (just under $800k).
  • Most of the waterfront lot sales are still in Belmont, the most underdeveloped area of the lake. Most of the lots sold in Belmont were in McLean developments, priced at a premium.
Check out more details on recent Lake Wylie property sales on my webpages: Recent Waterfront Home Sales and Recent Waterfront Lot Sales.
If you have any questions about Lake Wylie real estate, or would like to talk about your property, please give me a call. Once again, for each year during past decade and a half, The Lake Wylie Man team has led the market on Lake Wylie, outselling every other Realtor on waterfront properties. You can count on our expertise to navigate the special considerations regarding waterfront properties and lead you to the best outcome.