Looking for an escape this holiday weekend? Explore the natural beauty of McLean! Several trails beckon hikers, joggers and strollers. Simply park near the marked trailheads in South Shore and see where the paths lead you: to quiet ponds, Lake Wylie vistas or maybe your next home! MAP

Rewarding walks for your next visit

Heron near McLean Point

• Trail to McLean Point
This path between the future South Shore Residents Club and McLean Point will quickly become a favorite.
Find it – Enter South Shore on Seven Oaks Landing. Park on the road near gravel driveway you’ll spot on the right, just past the new homes being built by Peachtree Residential.
High points – Take the trail down the gravel driveway and around the right side of the utility building.
Enjoy autumn colors reflecting on the pond as you proceed to The Point and splendid Lake Wylie vistas.

• Seven Oaks Preserve
The preserve’s 2.8-mile lakeside trail is a jewel.
Find it – Parking and trailhead are on S. New Hope Road near The Conservancy.
High Points – Deer, turkey, owls and lake views. Details

Trail between pond and lake• Pondside Trail
A short stroll to a lovely pond and a Lake Wylie cove.
Find it – Proceed to the end of Seven Oaks Landing, turn right onto South Shore Drive and park on cul-de-sac. Trail sign is to the left.
High points – Vistas of pond and Lake Wylie. The pond’s shoreline has been preserved for community use.

See our progress in South Shore and The Conservancy

There’s plenty to see on your next visit to McLean, from new homes to new neighborhoods. Here are the highlights:

John Wieland Homes in South Shore

John Weiland Southampton designJohn Wieland Homes has begun clearing and grading for its first three estate homes in South Shore, including its model home.

Wieland will start construction soon on a waterfront home, as well.

Wieland’s estate homes start in the high $400s. Details

Peachtree Residential’s award-winning model

Peachtree model oct 28You will enjoy touring Peachtree Residential’s model home on Seven Oaks Landing in South Shore.

The 2016 Parade of Homes awarded this model Best of Show for homes in the $650K to $750K price range.

Peachtree has four more homes finished or near completion in South Shore and two more under way. Details

More beautiful custom-home choices ahead

New South Shore custom-home designs are in the works. Our builder team will soon introduce new designs that capture South Shore’s natural beauty and elegance.

Essex and M/I Homes in The Conservancy

The Conservancy Nov. 16Two excellent homebuilders, Essex Homes and M/I Homes, will help craft The Conservancy, McLean’s neighborhood beside Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden on South New Hope Road.

The Conservancy features lower maintenance, single-family homes, complemented by a rich array of amenities including clubhouse, pool and trails into the Seven Oaks Nature Preserve on Lake Wylie. Details

Both builders offer spacious one-floor designs with optional second-floor additions. Several homes are under construction, with prices starting in the mid-$240s.

Clearing under way for Overlake

The Overlake neighborhood is emerging along South New Hope Road, as site clearing progresses. Overlake will feature a variety of traditional single-family-home choices in an active, outdoor, family oriented neighborhood. Details

Some of McLean’s homes are truly historic

The McLeansThough much of McLean looks new, the legacies of McLean, Belmont and our region have been intertwined for two centuries.

That is why we have carefully preserved three McLean family homes, including the one housing our information center.

Watch “McLean’s Legacies” – This short video tells the story of the place once known as Seven Oaks.

Drop by the Information Center and say hi!

McLean HouseStop by our information center at 175 Armstrong Road, Belmont, for community and builder information, a bottle of water and restrooms.

• Thanksgiving week hours: Both the McLean information center and the Peachtree Residential model home will be open 11 am-5 pm today-Wednesday; closed Thursday and Friday; and open 11 am-5 pm Saturday and 1-5 pm Sunday.

Great holiday events ahead!

Living in McLean means you’ll never lack for things to do – especially at this time of year! McLean has the holiday spirit, as well. We’re helping sponsor trolley rides at the Belmont Christmas Village on Dec. 9. Here’s a sample of what’s in store:

Belmont Christmas Village

Belmont carriage ride6-9 pm Dec. 9 – Stroll the festive streets of our historic downtown Belmont, visit the boutiques and restaurants, and enjoy holiday refreshments, Christmas carolers, buggy rides and trolley rides. Details

Christmas Town USA

Dec. 1-26 at McAdenville – Imagine a whole village aglow with Christmas lights and spirit, and hundreds of thousands of people coming each year to enjoy! That’s McAdenville, our neighboring town just west of Belmont. The official Lighting of Christmas Town USA takes place at 4:30 pm Dec. 1. Details

Holidays at the Garden

Holiday at the GardenNightly through Jan. 1 – Our wonderful Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden becomes truly magical as 600,000 lights twinkle in the frosty air. Enjoy holiday displays, carriage rides, warm beverages and visits from Santa. Details

Holiday Concert at Belmont Abbey College

8 pm Dec. 9 at the Belmont Abbey Basilica – The Belmont Abbey College chorus, voice and instrumental students present music for the season. There will be carols for all to sing, accompanied by the Abbey Basilica organ. Free. Details