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Tree Tops

9070 Van Wyck Road, Lancaster, South Carolina 29707

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Tree Tops, a New 55+ Community, Has Energy Efficient, Single Family Homes, a Charming Village Center, a Planned Rookery, a Swimming Pool, a Spa and More

Tree Tops, a wooded 55+ community, rests on the edge of southwestern North Carolina's Charlotte metropolitan area but is just across the state line in north central South Carolina. When complete, it will spread across 613 lushly landscaped acres and contain nearly 800 single family homes.

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Lennar is the builder and is offering 27 different floor plans in three separate series. Included in the cost of each home are granite and quartz countertops, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, a tankless water heater and home automation.

Homes in the Groves Collection have up tp 2,762 square feet with two to four bedrooms and an attached two-car garage.

Summit Collection houses contain up to 3,619 square feet of living space. A gourmet kitchen, an energy-efficient design, a first-floor master suite, a screened patio, and a low-maintenance exterior are common.

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The Meadows Collection homes have up 2,299 square feet, two to four baths and an attached two car garage. Some Meadows' properties have a second floor. All exteriors are brick and vinyl with a pitched roof and a recessed entry.

Prices begin in the mid-$200,000s. The HOA fee is $226 per month. Please verify this price with a Realtor as it is bound to change over time.

Tree Tops offers 24/7 security and a guarded gate. Its charming Village Center is a cluster of 10 rustic cabins that houses the community's business center as well as spaces for crafts, nature, and celebration. The clubhouse features state-of-the-art cardio and weight equipment, game rooms, and a multipurpose room. A lap swimming pool, a resort-style swimming pool, a spa and a dog park are just outside the clubhouse doors.

Bocce ball, pickleball, and tennis courts keep residents active. A 10-acre lake is the spot for kayaking and fishing. The rookery is an ideal bird watching destination.

Nearby Lancaster bustles with shopping, dining, and civic events. The city supports an annual Red Rose Festival, a summer concert series, a cultural arts district, a community playhouse, a chamber choir, and a farmers market. Its Springs Park has a fishing dock. Landsford Canal State Park permits picnicking, paddling, and fishing. Lake Wylie is about an hour away.

Springs Memorial Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.

Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 44 inches of rain and 3 inches of snow each year.

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South Carolina:

The Palmetto State was one of the original Thirteen Colonies and a major player in the American Revolution. It was the eighth state to enter the Union on May 23, 1788.

South Carolina's early agriculture economy was dependent on slave labor. The first state to secede from the Union in 1861, South Carolina was also where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired.

The state is comprised of three geographic regions. Its Lowcountry (the Atlantic Coastal Plain) includes the Sea Islands, salt marshes, estuaries, bays, and the Sandhills. Up Country begins with the Piedmont. Rivers here helped encourage the growth of Columbia, the capital city. The Blue Ridge Mountains contain Caesar's Head State Park and Sassafras Mountain, the state's highest point.

South Carolina continues to be an agricultural powerhouse. Peaches, pecans, broilers, turkeys, and cattle are leading products. Shrimp, clams, crabs, oysters, and snapper contribute to the economy.

Thanks to the state's tourism business, service industries have become important. Myrtle Beach is one of the nation's primary resort destinations and hosts more than 100 golf courses.

Musicians James Brown, Chubby Checker, and Dizzy Gillespie are native South Carolinians.

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Stats:

Population - 4,961,018

Persons 65 years old and over - 16%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%

Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 25%

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 5%

White persons, not Hispanic - 64%

Median household income - $45,483

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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Designed for Aging

Many new retirement developments are being "designed for aging." What does this mean? While baby boomers have every intention of staying active during their retirement years, living with design elements that make one's living space more accommodating is also a good idea. In homes designed for aging, the home has just one story. The path from the master bedroom to the bathroom is short, well-defined and well-lit. Door handles are levers instead of knobs. All thresholds are flush. Toilets are a few inches higher. Bathroom floors are made from a no-slip material. In a well-designed home, these are just a few of the features specifically incorporated for aging bodies.

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