Comments from the Photographer – Emerald Point condos for sale

March 21, 2010

These comments are from Jan Todd, photographer for The Lake Wylie Man – David Coone, waterfront specialist for Lake Wylie real estate

I was very happy to hear that David had listed three waterfront condos for sale in Emerald Point.  I visited Emerald Point during the summer, and photographed some general community shots.  It was a gorgeous summer day, with a blue blue sky that really made the water look nice.  Emerald Point is located on a very lovely part of Lake Wylie, with lots of natural shorelines and beautiful scenery.

Sometimes the timing of a new listing, or the schedules of the sellers, don’t exactly match the best part of the day or week for photography.  Unfortunately, this was the case for the properties at Emerald Point.  Bright sunny days have been few and far between lately, so I had to deal with some overcast skies when photographing the condos for sale last week.  Luckily, I had my photos from the summer to blend in for the visual tours and listing shots. 

Each of the three condos had been renovated, and were a pleasure to photograph.  I love to ask the sellers what drew them to the property, and the answers were quite similar – – the lifestyle!  As they described coming home from work, going out on the lake for a boat ride, watching the sun set over the water, I could imagine what was so appealing about the resort-like lifestyle.  One seller said that he went out wakeboarding almost every day during the summer!

Most of the residents are either young, single, newly married, or retired.  Most of the condos have 2 bedrooms, so are not designed for large families.  A few of the condos are larger, but the majority are under 1500 square feet. 

Emerald Point was built in the late ’80’s and early ’90’s, so the condos are around 20 years old.  Prime time for updates!  I was very impressed with the renovations in the Lake Wylie waterfront condo at 7324-4 Lakefront.  The seller had removed most of the wall at the entry, and had really opened up the kitchen area.  He had installed a work island, and had put in new cabinets and granite countertops.  All of the flooring was updated, and it is really nice!

The seller at the Lake Wylie waterfront condo 7340-7 Lakefront was quite meticulous.  He had also done quite a few upgrades, with tile in the bath, new cabinets in the kitchen and baths, and black granite counter tops.  As I was leaving, he came outside and called me back.  He wanted to remove the shower curtain so I could re-photograph his glass enclosed tile shower!  He said he had the shower curtain to make it easier to clean, but wanted to show the shower in the pictures without the curtain.  When I encounter a seller that is particular like that, it indicates to me that he really cares about his property and takes good care of it!

The property at 9817-8 Emerald Point has new flooring and some new appliances.  While all three of the properties have deeded boat slips, this one also comes with a lift.  This one is also located  with a northern exposure, which means it will have both sunrise and sunset views.  (That appeals to the photographer in me, of course!)

All in all, very nice choices for someone who would like a low-maintenance lakeside lifestyle.  The monthly dues are in the low $300’s (depending on the unit), which covers pool & tennis, exterior maintenance of the homes (new roofs, exterior paint, etc.), landscaping and care of the common areas, and water/sewer.  While $300/month certainly isn’t cheap, it really is reasonable considering the items covered.  It’s a whole lot less than $300/night that it would cost to stay in a resort!

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401 Sebring Ct. – Comments from the Photographer

March 14, 2010

Comments from the  Photographer on 401 Sebring Ct., a waterfront home for sale on Lake Wylie

Listed for $965,000 in Lake Wylie’s HarborTowne neighborhood, I had high expectations for this home.  I knew it would be a pleasure to photograph, with lots of big lake views.  I was not disappointed.  The home is located on a beautiful part of Lake Wylie, surrounded by other lovely homes. 

I was greeted by the seller, who gave me a tour.  I asked him what drew him to the home when he purchased it several years ago.  Without hesitation, he said the views and location.  The home was built to capitalize on the lake views; big picture windows are in every room except the bathrooms and bonus room.

The great room has huge cathedral ceilings, with windows all the way to the top.  The upper window are tinted, which cut down on heat and excessive light.  I didn’t notice the tinting until I downloaded the photographs.  That was a bit of a challenge with the pictures!  Sometimes the camera picks up things that my eyes do not notice. 

The master bedroom is on the main level, and and a huge walk in closet.  It reminded me of a closet I photographed in another house about a year ago.  In that one, the owners had actually hosted a party INSIDE their closet after the remodeling was done.  Neighbors were gathered around a center island, enjoying wine and cheese in the closet.  Quite memorable!

In this home’s closet, there is a center island cabinet that houses 100 pairs of shoes.  “97 for her, 3 for me,” quipped the seller. 

One of my favorite features of the home was the library loft above the great room.  It was loaded with built in bookshelves, and lots of places to curl up with a good read.  And, naturally, it overlooks the water!  To see this house, visit the property webpage: Lake Wylie Waterfront Home for Sale.

Let me know what you think.  And have fun counting the shoes!

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Comments from the Photographer – 12735 Withers Cove

March 13, 2010

12735 Withers Cove in Charlotte, NC, just listed for $649,000.  Comments from the photographer: Jan Todd

When I arrived at the home to take pictures for this new listing, I was greeted warmly by the seller, a man with a delightful sense of humor and most helpful.  It didn’t take long for me to determine that the homeowners were very creative and artistic.  Their home has many details that are whimsical, yet very tasteful.

Occasionally I see marks of individuality on a property that would not appeal to the masses, in fact, might deter most buyers.  This was not the case at 12735 Withers Cove.  The home was inviting and interesting and quite lovely!  Take a look at the property webpage: http://www.thelakewylieman.com/Lake_wylie_real_estate_withers_cove.html

My favorite feature in the home was the kitchen/dining area.  The builder used columns to define the dining area, giving it a very intimate feel in an otherwise open area.  A sitting area next to the dining table opened up to the second floor.  The seller had hanging plants (on adjustable cables, for easy watering!).  It reminded me of a mini-atrium.  Quite lovely!  Take a peek and tell me what you think.

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Dining in Lake Wylie – Concord Cove

March 13, 2010

By Jan Todd

Last night my husband Tony & I impulsively decided to go to Concord Cove for supper.  Of course, when the entrees average about $20, it is probably better to refer to it as “dinner”!

We go to Concord Cove about four or five times a year, one of our top choices for a “nice” restaurant.  It is closer to our home than any other eating establishment, including fast food or even gas station diners.  We live off of Allison Creek Road, which is about 8 miles from anywhere. 

Concord Cove is located on Concord Road, close to the Catawba Power Plant on Lake Wylie, SC.  It is in the building that used to be Granny’s Kitchen, a place I was always scared to go!  Granny’s was known for country music and cold beer, so how it was transformed into a place with a real chef, I’ll never know!

Nevertheless, inside Concord Cove, you’ll find a quaint restaurant that is reminicient of an Italian cafe, several rooms with arched doorways, warm lighting, and murals that transform you to a European village.  The menu has seafood, pasta, chicken, beef, and vegetarian selections (two!) ranging from $12 to $30 or so.  Everything I’ve ever had there has been supurb, and I generally get something different each time.

Last night I ordered one of the specials, Veal Picatta, which was encrusted in a pecan breading, topped with lemon, capers and pecan pieces.  It was fantastic!  I’m not sure how much it cost, though.  Tony paid! 

I hate it when the waitress describes the specials in detail, but doesn’t mention the price.  Usually I’m scared to order, and I would NEVER ask how much it is.  Quite honestly, I’d order the specials more often if I had full disclosure.  I mean, what if it were $80 bucks or something?  That’s a little too special for me. 

I suppose the veal was reasonably priced.  Tony didn’t break out in a sweat or make a face when he got the bill.  Of course, it was nice that the waitress didn’t charge for our drinks.  She felt that the dinner was a bit long coming from the kitchen, and wanted us to be completely satisfied.  (Of course, we were in no hurry, and were having a perfectly lovely time munching on the warm bread with flavored butters, but who were we to quibble?).

So – – out of 5 stars, I give it a 5 for last night’s dinner!

Taste – 5

Service – 5

Presentation – 4 (nothing special, but nice)

Price – 4 (good for the money, but on the pricey side nonetheless)

For more restaurant reviews, visit www.lakewylieinformation.com.  Thanks for reading!