Monday, June 27, 2016

South Carolina's First Diverging Diamond Interchange Gold Hill Rd

Fort Mill is about to build a first for South Carolina right here on our streets.   The Diverging Diamond Interchange (Double-Crossover Interchange) is to be build at the intersection of Gold Hill Rd and Interstate 77 (the second busiest interchange in the region with about 35,000 daily commuters.

The Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) is a relatively new type of interchange in the United States, with only a few operating country wide.  The strange part is that it has drivers driving on the left (wrong) side of the road between 2 designated stop signs.

This project will cost tax payers in the neighborhood of $12 Million.  Government officials are hoping to drastically reduce the congestion and accidents by offering a smoother entrance on and off interstate 77. 

York Co. and SCDOT have been pushing for the Diverging Diamond Interchange to become a reality for many of the states heavily  traveled and congested highway interchanges around the state due to rapid population growth int he next decade.
This new interchange has been built in many other states, and is said to be drastically cutting down on congestion. 

We think that this could be a great idea if it works.  There are a few other interchanges we would like to see this implemented once we figure out how to drive on the wrong side of the road over near Tega Kay.


This video is from NCDOT for an interchange near Raleigh.  SCODT has not at this time put out a video that we could find

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Beertopia is Fort Mill's premier beer festival.  Put on by the folks over at Grapevine in Baxter Village (and now Riverwalk), this fun time for all that are over 21 is always the the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day.   Fort Mill collectively rallys around this event every year that brings over 150 beers from at least 50 different brewers.

People come from near and far to this fun event that is aimed at people that are over 21.  The event always has a good selection of food vendors, as well as live music for all to enjoy.  There are 2 levels of tickets available (VIP and General Admission), as well as designated driver ticket option.
Each Beertopian who holds either a Green VIP or General Admission ticket will receive a collectible Beertopia tasting glass.

Since the parking lot has limited space, all ticket sales will stop when the allotted number of tickets are sold. We recommend that you purchase your tickets early; Beertopia SOLD OUT the last six years.  The festivities are held in the parking lot behind Grapevine (Baxter Village location) is located just 5 miles south of Charlotte just off of I-77 exit 85 in Baxter Village.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Brayden Fort Mill, SC

If you would like a private tour of the neighborhood our team will be happy to assist. The Villages Base Price Point starts in the low $300,000's homes range from 2209 Heated Sq Ft. to 2671 Heated Sqft., of course that can be increased with added options. The Enclave at Brayden Price Points start in the high $300,000's expect to go into the mid to high 400,000 on most of these, Heated Sq Ft. Range 2942-3591, again theses sizes can be increased with added options.

There will be another section of Brayden released soon with larger home sites and all properties will have 3 Car Garages. Pricing not yet available on these.

Beautiful Morning in Fort Mill, SC

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Did you know that fall is the second busiest time for home sales? Autumn is a popular time of the year for
many home buyers. First time home buyers are more likely to buy their first home in the fall than any other time of the year, and retirees, and those who are relocating because of a new job or transfer are also looking on. Right now home buyers also want to take advantage of the low mortgage rates that are available and they want to be moved in before the holidays. With fewer houses on the market, your house may even get more attention in the fall than other times of the year.
Set your home apart from the competition. Follow these 5 tips that work when selling a home in the fall:

1.       Add Curb Appeal

A home sale begins with the buyer’s first view of the house from the outside, whether they are driving past the home or viewing it online. So it’s important to get the exterior of the home looking its best. Spruce up the lawn and plant seasonal flowers such as mums to add rich autumn hues that will make the home more inviting to buyers.

2.       Set The Right Price

Home buyers comparison shop so they know when a home is priced correctly. What price you want for the house has nothing to do with what you’ll get for the house. Remember if you don’t price it correctly you could be holding on to the house through the winter.

3.       Increase the Web Appeal

They say web appeal is the new curb appeal. Don’t forget to update your listing photos now to showcase how the home looks in the fall when foliage in the background will make the home look warm and welcoming.

4.       Make The Home Move-In Ready

Buyers want homes to be move-in ready, so take care of small improvements and repairs now.Staging presents the best features of the home as well as the home’s potential.

5.       Keep it Cozy

With cooler weather in the late fall, home buyers naturally want to get cozy. Accentuate your fireplace (if you have one) by arranging furniture to make it the focal point of the room.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The new school year brings about change.

Wyndie Havnaer
With the school year just getting underway, we learn some surprising news about one of the board of trustees of Fort Mill School District. Wyndie Havnaer has decided not to seek re-election in November. In an interview with The Fort Mill Times, Havnaer said, “It has just gotten to be a labor of love and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, but after 16 years it’s time for some new blood.”

After receiving encouragement from friends and having recent graduates of Fort Mill High, Havnaer’s first campaign was in 1998. She felt serving on the board was one way to show her appreciation to the school district.

“I have a degree in education so I’ve always been a supporter of public education and I just wanted to do some service to our community,” Havnaer said in her interview with The Fort Mill Times. “Our community had given so much to me and my family and I just wanted to give back to it.”

During the four terms on the board, she saw the district grow from five schools to 15.

When asked who should replace her, Havnaer said, “They need a new rookie in there every now and then, and new ideas. We’ve got so many people coming into the community that can share some new things. It was just time (to step down)”.

Three other incumbents – Patrick White, Wayne Bouldin and Diane Dasher – did file to run for new terms and two past candidates, Michele Branning and Brian Boyd, as well as a first-time candidate, John Petzel, are also running for school board. Voting is at-large and the top four vote-getters win.