Q. I want to buy now while the prices are low, but don’t want to build until later. Is this possible?
A. Yes, you can buy now and wait to build. There is no time requirement for building a home.
Q. Do you require a specific homebuilder, or a specific style of house?
A. You can choose your own home builder or a specific style of house. Your house plans must be submitted and approved by an Architectural Review Committee before construction. There is a minimum square footage requirement of 1400 minimum on the Main Floor on all homesites except in the Retreat Section (Lots 15 - 47) which has a minimum of 600 up to 1,400 square feet on the Main Floor. No mobile homes or trailers. See recorded covenants for other home construction information.
Q. I don’t know of any homebuilders in the area?
A. Not a problem. We can provide you with a list of local homebuilders and builders who have built homes in the area.
Q. Are Waterfront Lots dockable?
A. Most waterfront lots are dockable. Before building a dock you must obtain a Dock Permit from Duke Energy.
Q. What type of activities are allowed on the lake?
A. The lake is a fully recreational lake for swimming, boating (gas or electric engines), sailing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boats, jet skiing, water skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, etc.
Q. What schools are in the area?
A. Waterside is located in the Burke County Public School System, with students attending Drexel Elementary, Heritage Middle School and Jimmy C. Draughn High School.
You can also visit http://www.greatschools.net/ to see information on testing scores for Drexel Elementary, Heritage Middle School and Draughn High School.
Within 20-30 minutes are Lenoir-Rhyne University, Caldwell Community College and Catawba Valley Community College.
Q. Are there any yearly HOA dues?
A. Yes. Waterside Home Owner’s Association fee is $300.00 per year.
Q. How’s the weather?
A. You can visit http://www.weatherbase.com/ to see statistics on Monthly Average High Temperatures, Monthly Average Low Temperatures, Monthly Average Rainfall, and Monthly Average Snowfall (average 4.8 inches of snow per year over the last 10 years)
Q. How close is Waterside on Lake Rhodhiss to ski resorts?
A. The Retreat at Waterside is located at 1000 to 1200 feet above sea level. Ski Resorts are about one hour away.
Q. How close is Waterside to the beach or ocean?
A. It’s about 4.5 hours to Myrtle Beach, SC, Wilmington, NC, and to Charleston, SC.
Q. How much are property taxes per year?
A. Property taxes are about $1.17 per $1,000 of value (property tax includes Burke county and city of Valdese taxes). Some examples: A $50,000 lot would have about $585 per year in property taxes, a $200,000 lot would have $2,340 per year in taxes, and a $400,000 home and land package would have $4,680 per year in taxes.
Q. How do I find out more information about the Rutherford College/Hickory area surrounding Lake Vistas?
Waterside is located about 20 minutes west of Hickory on the main channel of Lake Rhodhiss, about 10 miles from I-40.
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Granite Falls and the Hickory area are one of the fastest growing areas in North Carolina, now with more than 300,000 people in the metro area. Centrally located between Asheville, Boone, Charlotte, and Winston-Salem, Hickory is becoming an ideal location for many reasons. From Hickory, you can take day trips to the beach or go snow skiing in the mountains. With an average high temperature of 86 degrees in July, it’s no wonder why this region has become so popular.
In fact, Reader’s Digest called Hickory "One of the 10 best places in America to raise a family". To arrive at the list of the top places to raise a family, researchers went to the source, surveying parents about factors that affect family life. In the Hickory area, parents interviewed cited positive factors including low taxes, the variety of available activities, the quality of the schools, the affordable cost of living, and the sense of a community.
Also Epodunk.com recently rated Hickory "The Best Hometown in North Carolina".
The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton M.S.A. has also been named the 3rd best M.S.A. in the country for Business Costs by Forbes Magazine.
Hickory has been named an "All-America City" three times. The All-America City Award is given annually to only ten cities in the United States. It is a very prestigious award that represents a community's ability to work together and achieve critical local issues.
Entertainment – 14 movie theater screens, Hickory Crawdads AAA baseball, Hickory Furniture Mart, shopping malls, fitness trails, health clubs, museums, live theater, Hickory Motor Speedway, Hiddenite’s Emerald and Gem Mine, local college sporting events, and of course boating activities on Lake Hickory.
Medical Facilities – 3 Hospitals within 30 minutes, with the closest about 12 minutes away, as well as a variety of local clinics. Frye Regional Medical Center, located in downtown Hickory, is the first hospital in the state of North Carolina to win the JD Power and Associates "Distinctive Hospital" award and also is the first hospital to win it two years in a row. The other 2 hospitals in the area are Catawba Valley Medical Center and Valdese Hospital.
Golf Courses – over 20 private and public golf courses, including Lake Hickory Country Club designed by Donald Ross of Pinehurst #2 fame and Rock Barn Golf Club designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Rock Barn Golf Club each year hosts the Greater Hickory Classic Champions Tour Event!
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Q. How about more information on Lake Rhodhiss?
A. Lake Rhodhiss Highlights:
- 3,000 Acres in Size
- 90 Miles of Shoreline
- Regulated by Duke Energy
- Fully Recreational Lake (Boating, Sailing, Jet Ski’s, Water Skiing, Swimming, etc.)
- Fishing tournaments
- Constant water level, clear water clarity
- 6 boat launches
Lake Rhodhiss has over 90 miles of shoreline, totaling over 3000 acres of surface area. The lake offers 6 boat launches and is a fully recreational lake for swimming, boating (gas or electric engines), sailing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boats, jet skiing, water skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, etc.
Waterfront lot owners can obtain Boat Docks Permits from Duke Energy. During the summer months you can enter various fishing tournaments as the lake abounds with many species of fish.
There are several things that have made Lake Rhodhiss extremely attractive: the constant water level, water clarity, and the natural shoreline. Because some communities use Lake Rhodhiss as their drinking water supply, the water level remains constant, where other lakes in the Carolinas as well as other states can vary dramatically. Water clarity is another reason why people want to be on Lake Rhodhiss. Unlike most other North Carolina lakes that have a clay bottom, Lake Rhodhiss has a crystal blue color to the water because it has a sandy bottom. The attractive shoreline is one of its greatest assets.
The developed portions of the shoreline display custom built homes ranging in size from 2,000 to 10,000+ square feet, with beautiful docks - many with second level viewing decks.
With boating traffic rated as low to moderate, you can see why so many people describe the natural beauty of Lake Rhodhiss as “breathtaking.”