Tega Cay

Beautiful Peninsula

Tega Cay is built on a peninsula surrounded by the waters of Lake Wylie. Waterfront beaches and miles of walking trails provide residents with lots of opportunities to get outside and enjoy wooded greenbelts, swimming, fishing, boating and golfing.

Tega Cay thrives as a vital and recreational community. The 1600 acre peninsula, surrounded by 16 miles of shoreline, offers golf, swimming, boating, tennis, hiking and biking trails. Tega Cay has rugged topography and many wooded greenbelts. 

There are no HOA dues in Tega Cay. The city is managed by a City Council form of government. City management and maintenance of parks and facilities are paid for by city property taxes.



Explore what life’s like in Tega Cay, SC:

1. History of Tega Cay

2. Location of Tega Cay

3. Living in Tega Cay

4. Things To Do in Tega Cay

5. Tega Cay Housing Market 

6. Homes for Sale in Tega Cay

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1. History of Tega Cay:

The idea of Tega Cay began with The Ervin Company purchasing the peninsula from Crescent Land Development Corp. in 1970. After a mayhem camping trip to the beach with his family, an officer of the company had a vision of a recreational community where one could live as though on vacation all year. The name “Tega Cay” means “beautiful peninsula” in an obscure Polynesian language. Many streets were named for islands such as Molokai, Palmyra, Mai Kai and Marquesas. The original homes were built with mostly Polynesian-style rooflines.

Original homeowners in Tega Cay were provided with many services such as lawn care and daycare for a minimal HOA fee. Prospective homeowners were driven by jeep to view the home sites available. Ofcourse, the waterfront lots with the most extraordinary lake views were the first sold. A riverboat, the Kontiki, was constructed to tour prospects and business groups around the peninsula by water. Mysteriously, the Kontiki caught fire and sank into Lake Wylie after some of the first local wives found out their husbands were gambling and drinking on the boat after sunset.

Unfortunately, the $15- $35 HOA fee originally charged was not enough to support the services promised and the developer was forced into bankruptcy. At that time a purchase was negotiated between the bank and the new owner, Tega Cay Associates. Tega Cay residents rallied with the new owners and in 1982, Tega Cay became a city with it’s own tax base. This occasion is celebrated every year on the 4th of July with a land parade, boat parade, Tega Cay birthday celebration, ski show, ceremony and extraordinary fireworks show.

In 1999, the Newland Corporation purchased the undeveloped property in Tega Cay. Newland began developing the remaining 550 acres. This development, called Lakeshore, includes newer homes, a brand new clubhouse, and pool and recreation center. Also, an additional 9 holes were added to the golf course along with an events pavilion. Walking trails are provided and the playground equipment has been recently updated.

Since 2000, the City of Tega Cay has annexed areas beyond the peninsula which now include commercial districts along Highway 160. In 2016, city leaders approved plans for a massive sports and entertainment complex. Within an area of more than 78 acres, plans include a two level sports facility, 14 screen theater complex, 150 room hotel and four level parking garage. A park, medical and professional offices, retail and residential uses will be included, too. The sports complex will replace a salvage yard. It will have eight basketball courts, four multipurpose fields, indoor and outdoor tennis, and Olympic size and resort style pool, bowling and a 35,000 square-foot fitness center.  

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2. Location of Tega Cay: 

Nestled on the banks of Lake Wylie, Tega Cay is in South Carolina, just 20 miles south of Charlotte NC. Tega Cay is and just a few miles from Interstate 77.

You are just 15 minutes from South Charlotte, 30 minutes from Charlotte city center, and 26 minutes from the Charlotte International airport. Don’t forget about Carowinds, the super fun amusement park, is just 15-20 minutes away. Tega Cay is tucked away in a super cool spot. 


3. Living in Tega Cay:

Tega Cay is one of the safest communities in South Carolina, and Fridays are designated as "Walk or Ride Your Bike To School" days. This is not mandatory, but many kids do this every day.

Tega Cay is close to Charlotte and is adjacent to Fort Mill, allowing for an easy commute and close proximity to area attractions.

You can truly live ‘The Good Life,’ in Tega Cay as it’s the #1 best city to live in within South Carolina according to the Niche’s 2018 ‘Best Places to Live.’

The Parks and Recreation Department offers very active and competitive sports programs. There are eight tennis courts, junior Olympic sized swimming pool, athletic fields, two waterfront parks, miles of walking trails, interior parks, and a marina .

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4. Things to do in Tega Cay


Tega Cay Golf Club & Conference CenterThe 27 holes of golf sit on over 200 acres surrounding Lake Wylie and was voted the #1 golf course in the Fort Mill, South Carolina area. Our Stately 15,000 square foot Clubhouse is complete with our beautifully renovated restaurant and full stocked golf shop. Adjacent to the Tega Cay Clubhouse is a 23,000 square foot Glennon Community and Conference Center, the perfect setting for a perfect event.

Windjammer Park – Windjammer Park is one of the older and more popular parks in Tega Cay. Windjammer Park is used throughout the warmer months by residents who enjoy relaxing by the lake. On one side of the point is a beach and lake swimming area. There are a few playground pieces on the beach as well as further up the point next to the covered picnic shelter, restrooms and scenic overlook.

Mr Putty’s Fun Park- Whether you’re 2 or 102, you’ll find thrilling recreation activities at Mr. Putty’s that you’ll immensely enjoy! From something laid back such as mini golfing to more extreme adventures like Axe Throwing, Ropes/Challenge Course and zip lining, there’s fun for everyone in the family.

Tega Cay Marina – Tega Cay Marina is located in a beautiful and protected cove. Covered and open wet slips on the south end of Lake Wylie. Fuel Dock offers 89 Octane gasoline with Ship’s Store onsite carrying marine lubricants, boating supplies, beer, soft drinks and snacks. They have 14 Passengers Pontoons for rent and also stock basic fishing supplies.

5. Tega Cay Housing Market:

Average Price: $477,720
Highest Price: $1.675M
Avg.Price/Sqft: $193.83
Lowest Price: $210,750
Total Sold Listings (past Year): 384
Total Single Family Homes Sold: 274
Total Condo / Townhomes Sold: 110


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6. Homes for Sale in Tega Cay

Tega Cay is known for its diversity in housing options! You can find something for everyone and everyones budget. You have single family homes, townhomes, bungalows, golf course homes, and waterfront properties as well. Tega Cay is known to be a little more ‘hilly’ than some of the surrounding areas, so if you are looking for the flat backyard, it may be more difficult to find in Tega Cay. 

Due to the area’s popularity and ideal location along the waters of Lake Wylie, the median home price in Tega Cay exceeds state and national medians. However, the appreciation of home prices in Tega Cay is consistently on the rise, making this a valuable area to invest in real estate. You will discover a mixture of lakeside homes in Tega Cay, in addition to homes nestled in friendly neighborhoods, each of which maintain a short distance to the water’s edge due to the majority of the community’s location on a peninsula.


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If you’re new to the area or thinking about moving here, were happy to show you what makes it home.