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Low Housing Inventory Got You Down?

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Many active buyers, means low inventory, and a fast moving market!  Buyers continue to find themselves challenged by the limited options of homes for sale.  So, many are turning to purchasing land, and building.  There is currently a wide variety of properties available, and there are many exceptional builders and architects to choose from, providing the opportunity to build the home of your dreams.  Click through the photographs or visit our website to find out more about these and other beautiful, ready to build on land parcels. 

                      

 

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Village Living, Stowe and Morrisville

There are so many benefits to living in the village, especially in northern Vermont.  To be within walking distance to so many places offers convenience and a multitude of opportunities, from dining and shopping, to enjoying cultural activities, and kids being able to walk or ride their bikes to school. 

Real estate inventory remains low, especially for village properties.  The following are two recently listed homes - one in Stowe, and one in Morrisville - which are ideally located to take advantage of all that village living has to offer. 

  

Thomas Lane, Stowe

This new Stowe Village home provides ease of ownership, and is located on a paved street with sidewalks. Modern living will engulf you as you enter the open living area of this Vermont style farmhouse which is highlighted by hand crafted custom finishes throughout. The chef’s kitchen is open to the living room allowing you to entertain guests while you prepare the evening’s dinner. Gaze out the window to the trees and your scenic backyard. The master suite has plenty of room with a large walk-in closet, luxury tiled bath with a large shower. A walk-out lower level is fully finished, complete with another custom bathroom. Spend your evenings on the front porch watching the days end or kick off the night on the back deck with a BBQ with friends. 

For more information on this property, including photos and virtual tour, you can visit our website.

Union Street, Morrisville

This conveniently located, adorable downtown Morrisville home offers loads of charm and plenty of space. With 2 nicely appointed bedrooms and a swing space that can function as a den, office or guest room you will find living here very comfortable. Well maintained throughout with solid wood doors and plenty of character. Finish the walk up attic space into a large master suite or extra living space. Walk to town for a cup of coffee, grab a slice or sandwich, all just a block from home. This home has all you need right at your finger tips!

To find out more about this charming village home, you can visit our website.

 

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New Office Now Open in Morrisville!

We have just opened an additional office on Portland Street in Morrisville!  For years we've wanted to provide more convenience and service opportunities to our clients and customers north of our Stowe office. This will provide easier access to a market that we've enjoyed serving for decades, but can now expand more easily, helping buyers and sellers with the goals they are trying to achieve in northern Lamoille County and beyond.  Still offering the same level of exceptional service, expertise, support and guidance through the real estate process, we look forward to welcoming you to our new home. 

Our official grand opening at will be Thursday April 25th, from 4-7.  We hope you can join us then, or feel free to stop by anytime otherwise to check out our new space and to see what's new in the area, and the world of real estate. 

74 Portland Street, Morrisville

CBCarlsonrealestate.com

802-521-7962

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Mountain Adventure Lifestyle in Stowe

      

Nowhere in Stowe will you find nine acres and a multi-use dwelling on 1/4 mile of river frontage, at the base of Mt. Mansfield, in Stowe. Live a mountain adventure lifestyle by skiing, riding, snowshoeing or mountain biking, virtually to and from your back door. You can easily access miles of groomed cross country and endless back country ski trails, many of which connect to the Trapp Family Lodge trail network.  Other year-round activities in the area include hiking, swimming, birding, bouldering, fly fishing, and more.

This genuinely unique property is steeped in Stowe's mountain culture and history, fascinating enough to draw guests in to enlighten. Multiple bedroom and bathroom options offer a wide array of residential and commercial possibilities.  For more information including location and pricing, you can visit our website.

 

Price Reductions on These 2 Attractive and Affordable Homes

These 2 very appealing and affordable homes have just been reduced in price. 

138 South Marshall, Stowe VT | Now Asking: $385,000

This home, ideally located in Stowe, is a duplex which offers a great opportunity for anyone looking for an investment or to offset some carrying costs. The upstairs unit has a renovated kitchen and bath, new floors, appliances, paint, and offers tons of charm. There are three bedrooms on the upper level with a bright and sunny deck.  If you are looking for a home that has flexibility and additional options, including both long-term and short-term rentals, this property is an excellent opportunity.  The newly reduced price of $385,000 makes it additionally attractive.  For more on this property, click here.

 

169 Old Shady Lane, Morrisville VT | Now Asking: $340,000

For three seasons of the year, you can enjoy the porch here with its gas stove to keep you cozy in the fall, but stay cool in the summer with the screens open and the breeze blowing in. There is a master bedroom on the first floor with a fireplace, and a large bathroom with its own deck, adding to all this home has to offer. The open floor plan with living, kitchen, and dining make entertaining extremely enjoyable. There is a fireplace in the living room to add to the ambiance, and the outdoor patio looks over beautiful gardens. Easily accessible to Morrisville and Stowe, mountain bike trails and snowshoeing, right from the front door.  For more details,  click here.

New Global Luxury Listings in Stowe, and Luxury Report

These 2 new luxury listings in Stowe are both unique in their own way, and stunning examples of some of Stowe's most extraordinary properties. 

231 Touchstone Drive, Stowe VT | Asking: $1,875,000

The first one, located just outside of the village off of Taber Hill, offers a sense of being a world away. Tucked into the breathtaking scenery of mature woods, yet open to take advantage of the expansive and direct views of Mt. Mansfield.  Stone and wood, are the centerpieces of this handcrafted Vermont home constructed from a barn that dates back over 200 years. Resurrected as a sanctuary to create and promote serenity and overall well being, the grand hearth, designed based on travels throughout the Croatian Alps, is the focal point of the living space. The raised hearth allows for views of the roaring fire from any location inside.

For more information on this exceptional property and a 3D Tour, visit our website here.

 

931 North Hill, Stowe VT | Asking: $1,549,000

Another recent addition is this beautiful and custom crafted home.  This estate quality property frames the first light of day as it touches the tip of Mt. Mansfield.  Spacious and comfortable, this home is set on 10 acres in an exclusive North Hill neighborhood. Cozy by the fire, or enjoy the fully equipped outdoor kitchen; and dine alfresco on the patio while the kids swim in the oversized pond as the sun sets to the west.  You’ll find plenty of space for all, including a separate guest wing and lower level entertainment room with a custom built-in wine cellar. The idyllic setting is enhanced by the finished garage/barn nestled in the woods just off the drive.

For more information on this property, including its 3D tour, you can go to our website here.

 

The Coldwell Banker 2019 Global Luxury Report

The Coldwell Banker 2019 Global Luxury Report has just been published.  This is a review, insight, and in-depth analysis of the state of luxury properties and market throughout the United States, and the world. For access to this comprehensive report, click here.

For all of the luxury inventory in the area, you can search on our website here.

A Time For Giving

‘Tis the Season For Thanks, and for Giving.

In an effort to help support our local food shelf, Lamoille Community Food Share, we invite you to join us this holiday season, to donate to this vital community organization.  LCFS is always in need of food donations, as well as monetary contributions.

Feel free to drop off either of those to our office, and we will make sure they receive.  If you would rather send a monetary donation directly, you can send to: LCFS, PO Box 173, Morrisville, VT 05661

Alternatively you can donate online here.  For their wish list of food items, you can go here.

Thank you for your interest and generosity in helping support our neighbors in need.

We wish you the very best for this holiday season.

 

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Newly Built Homes in Stowe VT

Buyer demand is still high for home buying, but home inventory is at the lowest level we've seen in years.  There is new construction happening in Stowe, and in Morrisville though, in a wide range of pricing. 

One of the latest additions is a beautiful new custom crafted home at 90 Francis Lane, in Stowe Club.  This luxury home is almost complete, and will be ready for ski season!  Handcrafted with exceptional features, and a wrap-around deck to take advantage of the sweeping mountain views surrounding, this home is located in one of the best areas in town. Ideally situated between Stowe Mountain Resort and Stowe village, you will have easy access to everything you are looking for, including golf, the recreation path, restaurants shops, skiing and more. Once this is sold, the same builder will begin the build of 95 Francis Lane; a great option for a buyer who wants to build a custom home in the Stowe VT. Purchase it now and work with the developer to create the home of your dreams.

Another great option in the Stowe Club community is 55 Benjamin Trail. Completed in 2017 this new construction home is ready to move in with 4 bedrooms, a den, fireplace, and full basement ready to be finished to your needs. 

For those looking for new construction at an affordable price, Tinker Farms is a new development located just over the Morrisville line on Elizabeth Lane. Here you will find a unique opportunity for a brand new high quality constructed home in a pastoral setting which features a large community pond, open meadows, mountain views, and mature trees.  These new homes will range in price starting at $389,000.

Take advantage of the beauty and benefits of a new home in the Stowe area with any of these choices.  The builder can customize to suit your needs.

For all of the inventory in the area, you can search on our website here.

Maintaining Septic Systems a Must

Maintaining a septic system is not complicated, and inexpensive compared to replacing a system, which can cost upwards of $25,000 or $30,000 depending on the system.  They've become much more expensive to replace, as design and permitting requirements have changed over the years.  If you have an older system, you want to take even more care to maintain.  So, what should you in the way of preventative maintenance?  The following are recommendations from the professionals, including septic engineers:

  • Make sure you pump your septic system regularly.  Ask your local septic service provider how often that should be, because it depends on your system and the size of your tank and number in your household.  On average, it should be about every 3 years
  • Only flush toilet paper.  No feminine or baby wipes/diaper products
  • Garbage disposals are not good to use if you have a septic system
  • Make sure you are not putting any grease or paint or solvents down your drains
  • Using natural cleaning and laundry products will help sustain the integrity of your system. Your system contains living organisms that digest and treat household waste. Pouring toxins down your drain can kill these organisms and harm your septic system.
  • Use water efficiently.  Think about installing energy efficient fixtures.

Taking care of one of your most valuable systems will help ensure its longevity.  If you are thinking of selling at some point, be aware that most buyers and their offers will include a condition for you to pump and scope the system.  Knowing ahead of time that your system is in good working order, can alleviate any stress that might occur otherwise, during the selling process.

For more information and detail, you can go to this website.

 

 Source: EPA.gov

 

Wire Fraud is Close to Home

Wire Fraud can affect all of us, and we want to make sure you don't become a victim.  It essentially boils down to one simple thing - if you receive a request to 'wire money' to anyone, pause and make sure to verify the source.  What is happening, is the wire fraud scammers are creating emails that fully replicate those that might otherwise look familiar to you, for instance, from us, your attorney, or lender.  They will send you a personal email requesting that you "wire funds for your closing", or other, only to be ultimately routed to a bogus account.  This has actually happened recently to a buyer and the representing real estate firm, in the region.  So, be aware, be vigilant, and if you ever receive any correspondence that appears to come from us or your attorney, please contact us immediately.  One of the ways you can flesh out this illegal procedure, is by looking at the actual email address in the email header.  In other words, if it looked like the email was coming from us - The Smith Macdonald Group - look to the right of that to see the actual address in parenthesis.  If it's a scam, the email address will not be a familiar one.  This rule of thumb can be applied to other potential junk mail or email scams, from the likes of Pay Pal, Amazon, etc., asking you to 'verify your account information', for instance.   Another tip is to not generate any sensitive information via email, including attaching instructions for wiring money into any of your or others accounts.  This information can be scraped, and used illegally.  Also make sure you have the proper Malwear protection on your computer to help identify cyber threats.