Famous Steele Creek home among several on charitable home tour

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comApril 23, 2013 

— Greg and Tonya Moseley own a number of fitness centers and one of the more notable homes on Lake Wylie. They’ve been whipping it into shape and are ready to show off — for a good cause.

“We wouldn’t be doing this unless it was for a cause like this that we believe in,” Tonya said.

The Moseley home in RiverPointe is one of six on this year’s Clover-Lake Wylie Tour of Homes and Gardens. Two homes in River Hills, two on Bonum Road and one in The Palisades also open their doors for the April 27 event, which raises money for scholarships given to local students. Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women runs the tour.

Which isn’t to say men won’t be impressed, said tour organizer Suzanne Krause. “This is the one men are going to love,” she said of the Moseley home.

The home at 16100 Woolwine Road is the bright yellow house clearly visible from Buster Boyd Bridge. It was built for a pro basketball player but stood empty for a few years before the Moseleys bought it. It features more than 10,000 square feet, five bedrooms and even more bathrooms on three levels.

The Moseleys began renovations last June.

They also began answering “is it true?” questions, Tonya said, from people who had heard tales of a basketball court, elevator, automated doors and even an unusually tall urinal in the home. Some of those features the family indeed found in the house, but others they did not.

Greg is from Columbia and she from Atlanta. The pair moved to Charlotte 18 years ago and boated on the lake. They often stopped and looked at the home, but weren’t looking to buy, even up to the point of putting in a bid.

“We were not even looking at real estate,” Greg said.

At first they saw the purchase of the home as an investment. After a year of improvements, it boasts the airy, open look that she wanted and the downstairs “man cave” features that he likes.

They’re still finding custom or unusual extras put into the house, with each renovation. They’re also finding they weren’t the only ones to stop by on occasion and wonder what’s inside.

“Everybody talks about the bright yellow house,” Tonya said. “If I could sell tickets on how many people stop to take pictures, or pull their boat up and stop, we’d make a fortune.”

For eight months, a crew of six people worked full-time on the house, making improvements from new paint to a new roof to most every other update needed for an early 1990s home.

Each level has an outdoor deck space. There are multiple grilling areas and a media room with a giant television or movie screen. There’s also an arcade, home gym and a bar area, plus a sauna and steam room with lockers.

Yes, there’s a half basketball court and, yes, one of the family’s first gifts was a stool to reach a certain bathroom appliance.

But the home now is a distant memory from the all faux-painted, mostly pink and blue scene they bought.

“Now that we’ve lived in it,” Tonya said, “we love it.”

Homes on this year’s tour include gourmet kitchens, fine art, hobby rooms, collectibles, spacious gardens and pools. Organizers hope to sell 300 tickets. Already, they’ve raised more than $3,000.

They’re venturing into social media to promote this year’s tour, and have partnerships with the Clover High School student council and BB&T, among others, for volunteer or financial efforts.

“We’re going to get the community more involved this year,” Krause said.

As the weather warms on their first season of being able to entertain, Tonya Moseley hopes guests will see what she most enjoys about her new home – the view of the lake from almost every room.

Even after all the home renovations, she said, the most spectacular sight there remains a sunset over the water. And yes, she said, rumors of those sunsets aren’t exaggerated.

Want to go?

The Clover-Lake Wylie Tour of Homes and Gardens, presented by the Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women, will 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Tickets are $20 and available at The Cleaners in Lake Wylie Plaza, River Hills Plantation main entrance or by calling 803-831-7543.

A buffet lunch at River Hills Country Club, with a fashion show, is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets for that event are $15.

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