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Kick It Up A Notch

We have received quite a bit of interest in the release of our first three custom homes: The ChoestoeaThe Eastanollee and The Tugaloo.   Several of you have asked about a larger floor plan more suitable for full time living.  Today, we are releasing The Seneca.  This lodge-style plan has three bedrooms and two baths on the main level which all open to a huge great room.  But when the weather is nice, you will likely be enjoying one of the four patios, porches and decks overlooking the lake.  If you need more space, most lake lots will be perfect for a finished terrace level which has the same footprint as the main level.  To see floorplans and photos of a finished home, click here.   If you already have your lot and are planning to build, or if you need our helping finding the perfect spot, just reply to this note.

Wine Down

Last week, we went with some friends up to Northeast Georgia to visit some of the wineries there.   There is quite an industry burgeoning in the area fueled by couples selecting these locations for destination weddings.  Most of the venues are double-booked every weekend.  We had lunch at Wolf Mountain Winery.  The food was delicious and the wine was excellent.  We came home with the Howling Wolf Red which is a non-vintage Cab/Syrah blend.  It went well with the special salad of the day and a sausage and veggie pizza.  Prices were moderate considering the beautiful setting and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Click here for a video taste of what to expect and plan a trip for a real taste.  Reservations are recommended.

Lake Hartwell Dream Spot Update - Paint and trim

Progress continues at the Lake Hartwell Dream Spot.  With the systems and sheet rock complete, attention now moves to trim and paint.  The exterior includes board and batten, shake shingles and stacked stone accents.  Inside, the sheet rock has been primed and the trim work is being installed.   Click here to see more photos and give us a call if we can help you find your spot on the lake.

Q3 Lake Hartwell market update

158 homes were sold on Lake Hartwell in the third quarter of 2018 with an average sales price of $322,097.   The number of homes sold was nearly flat with the second quarter of this year, but over double the number from the same quarter of 2017.   The available inventory for homes was reduced by 12% over last quarter moving the absorption rate to 5 months.   The absorption rate is the number of months it would take to sell the existing inventory at the current rate of sales, with 6 months typically considered a balanced market.   This is the first time that our market has shifted to a seller's market in the ten years that I have been keeping statistics.   21 lake lots were sold with an average sales price of $118,619.  This number of lots sold was up 21% from last quarter, but the average sales price was held down by a couple of very low sales of inferior lots.  Based on current trends, if you are currently considering purchasing a lake property, now could be the best time to let us help you find your spot on the lake.

Lake Hartwell Dream Spot Update

With the house dried in and the plumbing and electrical completed, the Dream Spot was ready for insulation and sheetrock.  The owner elected to use Spider spray-in insulation in the exterior walls to make sure the house is air-tight, energy efficient and fire resistant.  The insulation was blown into the wall cavities prior to the sheetrock being installed.  An open cell spray-in insulation was used in the roof rafters to keep the unfinished attic up to 10 degrees cooler than using standard insulation above the ceiling.   I wasn't at the home during the installation, but this video shows the Spider installation if you are curious.  Let us know if you are ready to find your spot on the lake.  

Lakefront lot/home package under $250k

We are excited to announce The Eastanollee floorplan into the SpotOnTheLake Custom Homes lineup.  This home is sited on a lakefront lot with full lake access.  The home is compact, but every square inch is used to its full potential, and the finishes are fantastic.  We have added this floorplan in response to many requests from clients for something "small, but  nice, under $250k".  We think this lot/home package addresses that need, but if you already have a lot, and have been waiting to build, we can build this one anywhere.  Click here for more details on this plan and to see the other homes currently in the line-up.

Tour de Tugaloo

For all of you biking enthusiasts, I wanted to make sure you know about Tour de Tugaloo on Saturday, October 20th.  The Tugaloo River is one of the main channels feeding Lake Hartwell and serves as the border between GA and SC south of the Chattooga River made famous by the movie, Deliverance.   The Tour de Tugaloo offers ride lengths of 22, 42, 62 and 100 miles, and I am told that after the race you are treated to food and a massage!  If you decide to come up for the weekend, make sure to save some time to let us help you find your spot on the lake.

Lake Hartwell Dream Spot Update

The visual progress slows down a little after the framing is complete, but a lot of work has been completed inside since the last update.  All of the systems (electrical, plumbing and HVAC) are well under way prior to beginning the sheet rock.  Click here to see what is going on inside the Lake Hartwell Dream Spot, or see below for some properties that are ready to start enjoying right away.

House Divided

I know most of you have seen the "house divided" car plates showing a family's divided loyalty between two college football teams.   The AP poll just put Clemson at number 2 and UGA at number 3 to start the season.  You might call Lake Hartwell a lake divided between these powerhouses as it lands directly between the two campuses.   Many of us are in hopes of having a lot to cheer for this year.  And if you live in a house divided between those two schools, you might want to consider the property above at 814 Melody Lane, which is less than an hour from both stadiums.  If you have an interest in recouping part of your investment, many of the homes below will rent well into the fall hosting fans coming back to the area to be a part of the football frenzy.

In the wake of the Cherokee

Kayakers paddling the northern reaches of Lake Hartwell are something you can see almost any day of the week, but it is amazing to think that this activity has been going on for centuries.  The north Tugaloo River Corridor is oozing with artifacts documenting that the area was very popular with the Cherokee Indians hundreds of years ago, and the first white settlers were granted land in that area after the Revolutionary War.  On September 1st, Kelly Vickers, a local historian, will lead a kayak tour of the area followed by a fun cookout.   For more information, or to sign up, click here - and don't forget to save some time to let us help you find your spot on the lake.

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