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You have finally arrived at the decision to buy a new home, but where? The bigger question you might want to consider is whether you’re content with simply buying a house, or whether you’d like to invest in a home located in a master-planned community instead. Here, adventure and opportunity are at your door-step — literally — as a destination where you and your family can thrive.


A master-planned community isn’t just a series of streets and houses. Rather, it’s a meticulously thought-out collection of homes built by carefully selected homebuilders; amenities that encourage leisure activity; and convenient retail, schools, places of worship and so much more. In short, a master-planned community functions as a hometown — your hometown. Here are four reasons to consider purchasing your new home in one of North Carolina’s master-planned communities.

Outdoor Recreation

Now more than ever, people are turning to the great outdoors for relaxation, entertainment and exercise, too. What’s great about master-planned communities is that there’s no shortage of outdoor activities to immerse yourself in. McLean boasts a pond filled with fish, 130 acres of green space for kids to run around, and miles of trails that wind along the shores of Lake Wylie and lead to Seven Oaks Preserve Trail. What’s more is that many master-planned communities are located near local landmarks, just like Enclave at Massey is to Fort Mill Golf Club, or like Overlake at McLean is to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Some have even created their own landmarks within their community like the 10-acre City of Belmont Park and McLean Point that are planned at McLean. No matter what you like to do — boat, fish, hike, bike, golf or swim — now you know that there’s an abundance of outdoor space that’s catered to you.

Planned Amenities

Another bonus of master-planned community-living is their array of planned amenities. Clubhouses worthy of an upscale country club, fitness rooms that will save you the expense of a gym membership, playgrounds to keep the kids happy and resort-like pools to escape North Carolina’s summer heat are all hallmarks of some of the best master-planned communities in the state.


For one, pools don’t get much better than at Massey, which has its own mini waterpark on display. From its lazy river and water slide to its splash pad area, there is plenty of fun-filled activity to do. With its own cabana and pool, Overlake at McLean is equally as impressive, making it easy to get that vacation feel without having to board a plane.

Connection with Others

Having access to world-class amenities is almost enough reason to call a master-planned community home, but many also make it easier for you to meet neighbors and form lasting friendships, too. How? Community Coordinators. McLean and Massey are two communities that are focused on promoting connection and helping neighbors forge strong relationships with one another. Each year, their Community Coordinators plan a variety of engaging events for homeowners and facilitate community clubs for like-minded residents to enjoy.


Master-planned communities are surprisingly well-located. Although they’re typically found outside of city centers, most are located minutes away from major thoroughfares allowing you to enjoy the advantages of living in a city like Charlotte, while having a peaceful oasis to return home to. Some master-planned communities — such as Massey in Fort Mill and McLean in Belmont — are near popular recreation centers and entertainment. The influx of homeowners to master-planned communities also brings a wealth of conveniences such as schools, restaurants, shops and heath care centers to the area too.


So, which is calling to you? A house or a home and hometown?


To help you find your forever home, explore our list of communities in North Carolina.


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Liz, Nicole and Karla

New Home Specialists


Liz, Nicole and Karla

New Home Specialists


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