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New Home in Stowe Recently Listed

This has been a very busy summer for real estate sales, although, one that is still somewhat hampered by lower than normal inventory.  We've recently listed some gorgeous properties, one of which is featured below.  You will also find a link to our website showing the most recent homes we've listed, ranging from $230,000 to $1,495,000.

611 Covered Bridge Road, Stowe VT | Asking: $895,000

Splash in the pool, sun yourself on the flagstone patio, jump in the hot tub and look at the beautiful views of the Worcester Mountains; what could be more enjoyable?  How about a historic Vermont covered bridge to access this fully renovated luxury home.  The living room showcases a central fireplace with sweeping views on either side.  For more photos of this amazing property, a virtual tour, and more, you can visit the property profile.

3 Bed | 4 Bath | 2 Car Garage | 3.4 Acres

 

For all of our other new listings, you can visit our website here.

Vail Purchase Affecting Real Estate Sales

Ever since Vail Resorts purchased the Stowe Mountain Resort operations, buyer demand for Stowe condominiums has increased.  In fact, condominium sales began to increase almost immediately after the news broke about the potential sale.  We continue to receive inquiries from buyers about investing in Stowe properties, yet inventory remains low.  We have represented the majority of of the condo sales off the Mountain Road corridor, and have sold all of our recent condominium listings.  With the advent of continued buyer demand for condominiums in the area, we are looking forward to marketing and selling more condominiums. 

If you are thinking about selling your condominium or home, let us know, as this is the best time to do so.  We'd be happy to provide you with a market analysis, and help you sell your property. 

In the meantime, if you're thinking of buying a new condominium in Stowe, here is our most recent listing.  This Fox Hill Condo is an ideal option for year-round or vacation living, conveniently located right off the Mountain Road.  This affordable 3 level condo makes for easy 4-season living - and one of the best benefits is the low monthly association fees!  For more on this new listing, priced at $250,000, click through to our website

Mountain Homes in Stowe, Vermont

This winter is already off to a good start.  It's been snowing off and on since Thanksgiving, and today we expect over 18" of snow in the mountains.  As we approach the holidays, many are thinking in advance of taking the time to search for their mountain home, in Stowe.  There are many choice properties available to consider.  This featured, handcrafted home has everything to offer, for the ultimate in country living.

73 Mill Lane, Robinson Springs, Stowe VT | Asking: $899,000

Pink hues of morning sun cascade across Stowe Mountain Resort as you wake for the day and check the ski and ride conditions from your master bedroom. Bask in the late afternoon sunsets over the Green Mountains as you sit and sip a nice glass of wine in the screened in porch, in summer.  Located just off the Mountain Road, this spacious home is ideal for those looking to take full advantage of all that Stowe has to offer. For more photos of this amazing property, a virtual tour, and more, you can visit the property profile.

5 Bed | 3 Bath | 4.3 Acres

For all of our other listings, you can visit our website here.

 

 

She Put the S in The Smith Macdonald Group

Peggy Smith is the Heart and Soul of the Smith Macdonald Group, and is the owner of Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate.  The Group was formed when Mckee joined Peggy in 2010.  It grew again when Maggie joined in 2016.  They have been #1 in the Stowe market for the past 3 years.

The Smith Macdonald Group has consistently led the market, largely due to the reputation Peggy has built over the years, and her sheer hard work.  Peggy still works as much as she has, since she started in the real estate business over 40 years ago, so, she's ready to help with any transaction related to buying or selling. 

Peggy can be reached at (802) 793-3566, or Peggy@Stowere.com.

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.
 

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

 

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.

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.

 

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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Select Properties in Stowe and Morrisville, Vermont

 

This updated home is ready for you to move right into.  Located on a double lot, this sweet home features a modern kitchen with new appliances, bath, and flooring.  One-level living and 3 bedrooms make this home very comfortable for you, your family, and friends.  For more information, including photographs, you can go here.

 

                    

 

Rarely available Hillcrest condo! With unobstructed views of Mount Mansfield and low monthly fees, this well-appointed condo is just what you've been looking for! Centrally located near everything you need in Stowe. The location also offers easy access to the Mountain Road and ski hill. Enjoy summers on the deck watching the sunset over the Green Mountains after taking a dip in the community pool. Cozy up with a book next to the fire on a cold winter day. This well maintained two bedroom Hillcrest condo is a perfect starter home, or great for a weekend getaway. Available furnished, move right in.  For further detail and photographs, go here.