The excitement is growing around the lake as we finally get to the unofficial start of summer this weekend. If you take a break from swimming, grilling, jet skiing, and tubing this weekend, head over to the Lake Hartwell Music Festival at the Long Point Recreation Area in Hartwell. The event will be headlined by The Wildflowers, a Tom Petty tribute band, who will be performing from 8-10pm. There will be other performers throughout the afternoon and evening starting at 1:00pm, and there will be food vendors on site. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hart Youth Development Resource Association. We'd also love to help you go ahead and lock in your spot on the lake with plenty of time to enjoy it this summer!
I am proud to be a part of a company that encourages agents to give back to the communities they work in. Over 100 agents from our Keller Williams office participated in community service projects last Thursday all around northeast Georgia. The SpotOnTheLake team removed 10 large bags of trash from the area around Gumlog Bridge - trash that would have eventually made its way into Lake Hartwell. Thanks to the US Army Corps of Engineers for providing a location for us to drop off the trash so that it can be disposed of properly. If there is a section of the lake that you might like to sponsor, please reply to this note, and I will connect you with the people who can help you coordinate that.
Last Saturday, my whole family participated in the Hartwell Dam Run along with about 600 others. I am excited to report that my grandson, Evan, came in third in the 10 and under category 5k at 8 years of age. My son-in-law Trey finished 3rd in his age group in the 10k, and I finished 3rd in the 5k in my elderly age group. My son, Michael, finished the 5k with his 5 year old son, Levi, and all of the females, while slowed significantly by jumbo strollers, finished the 5k without losing anyone. We would love for you to join us next year for the race, but don't wait until next year to let us help you find your spot on the lake.
We're still over a month from the official start of summer, but don't let that stop you from enjoying the lake and the surrounding area this weekend! We previously told you about the Hartwell Dam Run this Saturday. If you aren't able to join us for the race, or if you are looking for something to do after you run, check out the Lavonia Chamber of Commerce's Spring Festival from 9am to 4pm in downtown Lavonia. There will be food, arts, crafts, kids' rides, face painting, and even a dog parade at 11! There will also be a free live concert by Kayla J at the Gazebo from 1 to 3. Hope to see you on Saturday and let us know if we can help you find your spot on the lake!
The number of homes sold in the first quarter of 2019 was up sharply over the same quarter in 2018. 102 homes sold, up 48% over Q1 2018. Surprisingly, the average home price was lower at $308,000, indicating that there are a lot of buyers still competing for the lower priced properties on the lake. The number of lake lots sold was up 36% with the average price up 10% to $139,000. The available home inventory is down 22%. The higher sales volume combined with a reduced inventory puts the absorption rate at 6 months. The absorption rate is the number of months it would take to sell the current inventory at the current rate of sales. The 6 month figure is half of what it was this time last year. 6 months is considered a balanced market, but if the trends continue, we should expect to see prices increasing over the course of the year. This data is sourced from the GA and SC MLS's and has to be combined and carefully cleaned to ensure there is no double-counting of sales. I have been tracking this information for 12 years, and as far as I know, no one else takes the time to make this information available to its constituents. Just one more reason to let the experts help you with your spot on the lake.
Spring is one of my favorite times of year on the lake. The trees and flowers are popping with color, the lake has a deep, clear color as it reflects the sky and the sun. The water temperature is rising in preparation for the first swim or ski run of the season. Boats are prepped and launched, allowing us to further explore the beauty of the lake. If you happen to be in our area this Sunday and are looking for a place to celebrate Easter on the lake, Hartwell First United Methodist Church is hosting a sunrise service at 7:00 AM at 400 Methodist Park Lane in Hartwell. Happy Easter.
Many of us have fond-a memories of the Thayer IV being piloted by Henry Fonda on the big screen in On Golden Pond. That boat was gorgeous but somewhat underpowered by Gar Wood's vision of what an all wood boat should be. He named her Miss America X, and let's just say she was built for speed. Can you imagine the sound of 6400HP rolling down the lake? And can you believe Gar made this happen in 1932? You have to see it (and hear it) to believe it. And if this gets you excited about seeing some all-wood antique boats (possibly with a little less HP), you should stop by Hartwell Marina this Saturday, April 13th, from 10AM to 2PM, for the Lake Hartwell Antique Boat Festival. And don't forget to save some time to let us help you find your spot on the lake.
The Seneca River flows out of Lake Keowee through Keowee Dam into Lake Hartwell, and Seneca SC marks the confluence of these two upstate lakes. Tonight would be the perfect time to discover the town of Seneca as Ram Cat Alley kicks off its first Thursday night of Jazz on the Alley. If you aren't able to make it tonight, the music continues on Thursday nights through April. And don't forget to save some time to let us help you find your spot on the lake.
For those looking for a nice golf community on Lake Hartwell, Chickasaw Point in Westminster is one of the best options available. There is a great mix of vacation homeowners and full-time residents both on and off the lake. In addition to an 18-hole golf course, the neighborhood has a large pool, tennis courts, community boat docks, a gated entrance, and coming soon, a brand new event center. The new building will include the golf pro shop and grill and will be a great space to host social events and golf tournaments. If you'd like to go ahead and secure your lakehouse in Chickasaw Point at a very reasonable price, check out the new listing at 108 Briar Court.
In January, we had the opportunity to see hundreds of new boats at the Atlanta and Greenville boat shows. If you made it to one of those shows, and saw a boat that you would really like to drive before purchasing, you may want to make your way to the On-The-Water Boat Show at Lake Keowee on April 27th and 28th. Click here for details. And if you haven't been on Lake Keowee before, this is a great chance to see the lake from the water. Lake Keowee is in Upstate SC just above Lake Hartwell and is managed by Duke Power. The topography is similar to Lake Hartwell, but some homeowners get mountain views looking towards the northwest. The mountain views are great, but those properties will carry about a 50% premium over other lakefront properties. We are very familiar with Lake Keowee and would love to help you decide if it might be a match for you.
Tom is a long time neighbor in this lake neighborhood and extremely knowledgeable about the Lake Hartwell market. We have known him for years and never considered any other realtor in the area. Our experience was quite positive and Tom was always very responsive whenever we contacted him. Selling real estate can be a very stressful experience, but Tom helped us through it with a hitch. We would definitely recommend him around the lake!Kelly K.
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