A 30‐minute zip down I‐77 takes you from Charlotte to York County, which attracts people wanting small‐town living and lower taxes yet proximity to a big city. York County, population about 174,000, has four school districts, unlike most NC counties, which have one. The largest city is Rock Hill, with more than 50,000 residents. Several communities on Lake Wylie in York County offer waterfront living.
This 12,455‐acre lake offers a myriad of residential and recreational options. The community of Lake Wylie sits on the lake’s northwest shore in York County, 17 miles from Charlotte. The new 1‐485 loop, in addition to I‐77, I‐85 and SC 49 provide easy access to the leafy neighborhoods, lakefront homes and condos. New, exclusive, eco‐friendly developments like Audubon sanctioned The Sanctuary, and The Palisades offer high-end homes with wooded lots and luxurious waterfront clubhouse amenities.
Located on a peninsula in Lake Wylie, Tega Cay is 20 miles south of Charlotte. The name Tega Cay is Polynesian for “Beautiful Peninsula.” The 3‐square‐mile city has 13 miles of shoreline, hilly topography, and is densely wooded with hardwoods and tall pines. Tega Cay is a close knit recreational community. The city features 27 holes of golf, a clubhouse/pavilion, tennis courts, beach and swim center, miles of walking trails, 2 parks containing baseball and soccer fields, 4 waterfront parks, a marina and 3 boat launching areas. Students attend Fort Mill schools, which are considered the best in the State.
One of the fastest‐growing parts of York County, SC is the Fort Mill area, just over the NC state line along I‐77. The Charlotte Knights, a triple‐A baseball team affiliated with the Chicago White Sox, play there. And Fort Mill is home to Baxter Village, a community of neo‐ Victorian homes close to good schools and golf courses, and within a short walk of a YMCA. Sidewalks and walking paths run most of the way from Tega Cay to downtown Fort Mill. The area also features Anne Springs Close Greenway, easy lake access and working peach farms.
One of the largest cities in the state, Rock Hill has maintained much of its historical character. Downtown renovations have preserved architectural detail in creating the Center for the Arts, the Telephone Museum, and City Hall complex. Art galleries are featured at Winthrop University, at City Hall, and at Piedmont Medical Center.