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Five Things Lake Wylie Living Offers that Charlotte Doesn't

While there’s no doubt there is much to see and do in Charlotte (along with plenty of places of employment), some may want a quieter, more laid back place to hang their hat at the end of the day. Approximately 30 minutes outside the city limits of Charlotte, you can find Lake Wylie, S.C. full of natural beauty, access to the lake, and all the charms of small-town life. So what is it that makes the area an ideal place to live?

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1. Lower Taxes and Great Schools. Because Lake Wylie is located in South Carolina, property taxes are lower for residents. The Clover School District has received accolades for their student achievement and digital advancement. In February 2016, the district announced that all nine schools received the Palmetto Award for General Performance, with four schools also receiving Gold and Silver Awards for Closing the Achievement Gap. In fact, Crowders Creek Elementary has received the Palmetto Gold Award for General Performance every year since 2006.

2. Affordable Housing. While Lake Wylie and Lake Norman are both popular places to live near Charlotte, Lake Wylie attracts buyers for its more affordable real estate options (and with the lower property taxes in places, it’s a win-win). Paddlers Cove is a new neighborhood located near the shores of Lake Wylie and has a variety of homes in the $200-$300 range, as well as multiple natural parks, walking trails, and proposed canoe launches on Lake Wylie.

3. Abundant Nature. Lake Wylie is the oldest lake on the Catawba River, and because two different rivers feed into it, it maintains a tranquil and smooth body of water. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, with its manicured gardens, nature trails and orchid conservatory sits on 380 acres in nearby Belmont. It is home to many outdoor music and craft festivals throughout the year, such as the Lost Hollow Music Fest, Art & Orchids, and the popular Holidays in the Garden.

4.  Small-Town Vibe with Easy Access to Shopping. The towns of both Clover and York are often lauded for their historic, small-town charm and friendly communities. Part of the appeal of Lake Wylie is its seclusion from the hustle and bustle of Charlotte, but residents can also still find plenty of places to shop as quickly as 10 minutes away. Go treasure-hunting in downtown Clover at High Cotton Antiques, browse the work of local artists at Gallery 120, grab breakfast at Victoria's Diner or check out the daily specials at Clover Grill. 

5.  Amenities for Families. With new childcare options and things to do, the area is truly being developed with families in mind. The lakeside YMCA Camp Thunderbird currently operates day camps for kids ages 6-15, complete with sailboats, zip lines, a high ropes course and more. The stunning YMCA/Clover Aquatic Center is now open as well as Creative Kids, a new preschool and daycare that sits adjacent to the Paddlers Cove residential community.

For more information on the area and homes within Paddlers Cove, click here.

Image Below: Fielding Homes at Paddlers Cove

Image Below: Lennar Homes at Paddlers Cove

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