Lake Vistas FAQ's

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Q. I want to buy now while the prices are down but am not ready to build.

A. You can buy now and build later. There is no time limit for building a home.

Q. Do you require a specific homebuilder, or a specific style of house?

A. You can choose your own builder and style of home.  Your house plans must be submitted and approved by an Architectural Review Board before construction.  There are minimum square foot requirements: 1,400 square feet on Interior Lots and 1,600 on Lakefront Lots.  No mobile homes or trailers.  See recorded covenants for other HOA information. 

Q. I don’t know of any homebuilders in the area?

A. We can provide you with a list of local contractors who have built homes in the area.

Q. Are Waterfront Lots dockable?

A. Yes, most waterfront lots are. Before building a dock you must obtain a Dock Permit from Duke Energy.

Q. What type of activities are allowed on the lake?

A. Lake Rhodhiss is fully recreational 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. Lake Vistas is located in the Burke County Public School System, with students attending Rutherford College ElementaryHeritage Middle School and Jimmy C. Draughn High School.

You can also visit to see information on testing scores for Rutherford College Elementary, Heritage Middle School and Jimmy C. Draughn High School.

Within 20-30 minutes are Lenoir-Rhyne UniversityCaldwell Community College and Catawba Valley Community College.

Q. Are there any yearly HOA dues?

A. Yes. Lake Vistas Home Owner’s Association fee is $500.00 per year.

Q. How’s the weather?

A. You can visit 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)

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Q. How close is Lake Vistas on Lake Rhodhiss to ski resorts?

A. Ski Resorts are about one hour away.

Q. How close is Lake Vistas to the beach or ocean?

A. Approx: 4.5 - 5 hours to Myrtle Beach, SC, Wilmington, NC, and to Charleston, SC.

Q. How much are property taxes per year?

A. Property taxes are $7.75 per $1,000  of value.

Q. What about financing?

A. We can put you in contact with banks for financing.  Lenders are requiring at least 25% Down Payment for vacant lot loans.