Please join us for the McLean Outdoor Living Tour, April 26 through May 19 and discover the rich array of homes, outdoor living spaces and experiences that await you at McLean on Lake Wylie.

On our tour, you can:

Explore six furnished model homes by some of the region’s premier builders.

Learn and play at numerous free programs ranging from designer tips and custom-home tours to guided nature hikes through the Seven Oaks Preserve.

Experience life at McLean while exploring its neighborhood clubhouses and pools, extensive waterfront, miles of trails, community garden and historic McLean House.

Dine at Seven Oaks Café. Tour participants can enjoy special drinks and appetizers during tour hours, or better yet join the cafe for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays or a Lowcountry Boil on Friday evenings during the tour.

“There are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors at McLean beginning with the waterfront, our trails, pools, playgrounds, and the community garden,” said Steven Hinshaw, developer of McLean.

“We hope visitors will enjoy seeing the homes that our builders have constructed and take part in some of the experiences that are a part of living at McLean,” added Hinshaw.

Seven Oaks Preserve

Tour homes and hours

The tour will take place 11 am-5 pm Mondays-Saturdays and 1-5 pm Sundays from April 26 to May 19.

Model homes by John Wieland Homes, Peachtree Residential, Shea Homes, Evans Coghill Homes, M/I Homes, and Essex Homes will be open to greet you during tour hours.

Custom homes on the waterfront will also be available for touring on two Saturdays during the event. The custom home waterfront sales center in the South Shore clubhouse will also be open Thursday – Sunday and by appointment.

The South Shore Clubhouse

The South Shore Clubhouse overlooks Lake Wylie.

Join us for special Saturday activities

Each Saturday during the Outdoor Living Tour will feature themed activities to help visitors appreciate the unique opportunities that come from living in McLean and Belmont, NC.

Partners in the event include Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, The Catawba Lands Conservancy, PAWS, Sun’s Pile Up Scuba, Dockmasters, Clawson’s Pile Driving and Construction, Seven Oaks Cafe and McLean’s builders.

Saturday, April 27: Custom Homes and Waterfront Living

Landscaping Design and Dock Building: 11 am – 2 pm      South Shore Clubhouse 

Learn about dock building from Dock Masters and Clawson’s Pile Driving and Construction, and enjoy tips on landscape design from McLean landscape architect Sandy Merrill.

Waterfront Open Houses – 12 pm – 3 pm     South Shore Drive – Homesites 40, 70, and 71 

Tour three custom homes under construction by acclaimed builders McSpadden Custom Homes and Jain Design Studio.  While not quite complete, these homes enjoy spectacular views and showcase the beauty of living on the water.

Saturday, May 4: Nature and Community Gardening

Nature Talk and Community Gardening – 11am –  2pm    Seven Oaks Cafe and McLean Community Garden

Larry Capps of Piedmont Area Wildlife Stewards (PAWS) and his team will do a talk and share their knowledge of the rich wildlife in the area.  Ann Davis community coordinator for McLean will provide the latest on the community garden launched this past year at McLean

Saturday, May 11: Nature Hike at Trails of Seven Oaks Preserve

Guided Nature Hike – 9:30 am   Seven Oaks Preserve Trailhead – 6900 S New Hope Rd

Our partners at Catawba Lands Conservancy will conduct a tour of Seven Oaks Preserve sharing details on the rich flora and fauna of this segment of the Carolina Thread Trail connected to both McLean and Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.  Note space is limited for this tour. Please reserve your spot by noting your interest in this contact form. 

Saturday, May 18: A Day at the Lake

Waterfront Open Houses – 12 pm – 3 pm    South Shore Drive Homesites 40, 70, and 71 

Tour three custom homes under construction by acclaimed builders McSpadden Custom Homes and Jain Design Studio.  While not yet complete, these homes enjoy spectacular views and showcase the beauty of living on the water.

Waterfront Activities – 11 am – 3 pm                South Shore Waterfront near homesites 67- 70

Have some fun at McLean’s great waterfront, Enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, games while  handing out and taking in the incredible scenery of the waterfront.

Seven Oaks Cafe

Seven Oaks Café, the popular restaurant located in the Historic McLean House at 175 Armstrong Road, is a great place to visit while taking part in the Outdoor living Tour. Tour participants also can come by the restaurant daily during tour hours to enjoy special tour drinks and appetizers. Seven Oaks Café, open Tuesday – Sunday, will offer special dining opportunities during the tour:

Special Events at Seven Oaks Cafe during the tour

  • Friday, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17:  Lowcountry Boil  6 pm held each Friday evening during the tour
  • Thursday,  May 16:  Pops on the Porch Wine Tasting 6 – 8 pm 
  • Sunday, May 12: Special Mother’s Day Brunch 9 am – 2 pm

Note the the cafe is open for Saturday and Sunday brunch throughout the  tour in addition to its normal hours. Learn more about the Café at

About McLean

Formerly the home of textile magnate Daniel Stowe, McLean is located adjacent to the garden named for Stowe and comprises more than 670 acres. McLean spans five miles of shoreline on Lake Wylie and includes 10 miles of trails connecting to the Carolina Thread Trail. Homes in McLean range from the upper $200s to more than $1M for offerings by McLean’s neighborhood and custom builders.

Waterfront custom homes at South Shore

Waterfront custom homes at South Shore