Lakes Region

Take a Hike!

Ludlow Vermont has a well earned reputation as a popular winter destination, but when the snow melts and the temperatures begin to climb, summer takes hold of the Okemo Valley. We begin to look at other activities this area has to offer. People come to fish, boat, cycle and play golf, but a favorite past time for all is exploring the various hiking trails in the area. There is something for everyone.

We are called the Green Mountain State for a reason. Don't limit your time with us to the winter season alone.

Okemo Mountain Hiking

Okemo specifically has its own hiking trail network. With easy access from both the base of Okemo and Jackson Gore you will find a couple of ways to get to the top. For the more adventurous, take one of the trails. If a more relaxed pace is what you are looking for there is a 4.5 mile road directly to the summit. Many people find themselves taking the "ski" trails to the top; trading in skis for hiking shoes. Just make sure you are ready for some work!

Another popular hiking location is the Healdville Trail which winds to the top of Okemo's 3,340 foot summit. Almost 6 miles round trip, you will use the better part of your day.  Features along the trail include a fire tower and several lookouts, which offer a bird's eye view of the local ski area.

There are a couple of vista points along the way. The first will give you a sweeping view of Mount Holly and the Green Mountain chain. Just past the next clearing where the trail merges with a work road you will find the reconditioned fire tower which is open to hikers. This hike is considered to be one of the best and most rewarding. Your reward is finding yourself above Okemo Mountain's 3,340 foot summit for a panoramic view of Vermont's Green Mountains, west to New York's Adirondacks and east to New Hampshire's White Mountains.

Before we realize it, the idyllic skyline found at the top of Okemo will welcome skiers and snowboarders as they come to make their snowy descents. But for now, come explore our area on any of our beautiful trails.

After a long day on the trails, do what the locals do, find a swimming hole and take a dip. Pitch your tent and enjoy a night under the stars.

Who knows, after a good night's rest out in the fresh Vermont air, you may even decide to stay! If so, stop by William Raveis Vermont Properties located across from the Okemo Golf Club. We will show you the best homes in the Lake's RegionOkemo Valley and Okemo Mountain.

Best Local Raveis Spots to Beat the Summer Heat

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With temperatures at an all-time high, heat lightning & thunderstorms abound & steamy commutes to and from work, we need a place to beat the heat! We’ve teamed up with nine of our local experts in each of the states William Raveis Real Estate occupies to bring you the best places to relax and cool down for the remainder of the summer.

Kathy Burns, one of our top agents in Ludlow, Vermont tells us exactly how she relaxes after work on summer weekends.  “Buttermilk Falls is a series of waterfalls and swimming holes attached to the Branch Brook which is part of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.  I go with my husband and two daughters to swim in the fresh pools to cool off during the heat.”

To read about the other places to beat the heat check out the rest of the Raveis Blog

Buttermilk Falls, Ludlow Vermont

Take a Hike! No better way to see Vermont's natural beauty.

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Ludlow Vermont has a well earned reputation as a popular winter destination, but when the snow melts and the temperatures begin to climb, summer takes hold of the Okemo Valley. We begin to look at other activities this area has to offer. People come to fish, boat, cycle and play golf, but a favorite pasttime for all is exploring the various hiking trails in the area. There is something for everyone.

We are called the Green Mountain State for a reason. Don't limit your time with us to the winter season alone.

Okemo Mountain Hiking

Okemo specifically has its own hiking trail network. With easy access from both the base of Okemo and Jackson Gore you will find a couple of ways to get to the top. For the more adventurous, take one of the trails. If a more relaxed pace is what you are looking for there is a 4.5 mile road directly to the summit. Many people find themselves taking the "ski" trails to the top; trading in skis for hiking shoes. Just make sure you are ready for some work!

Another popular hiking location is the Healdville Trail which winds to the top of Okemo's 3,340 foot summit. Almost 6 miles round trip, you will use the better part of your day.  Features along the trail include a fire tower and several lookouts, which offer a bird's eye view of the local ski area.

There are a couple of vista points along the way. The first will give you a sweeping view of Mount Holly and the Green Mountain chain. Just past the next clearing where the trail merges with a work road you will find the reconditioned fire tower which is open to hikers. This hike is considered to be one of the best and most rewarding. Your reward is finding yourself above Okemo Mountain's 3,340 foot summit for a panoramic view of Vermont's Green Mountains, west to New York's Adirondacks and east to New Hampshire's White Mountains.

Before we realize it, the idyllic skyline found at the top of Okemo will welcome skiers and snowboarders as they come to make their snowy descents. But for now, come explore our area on any of our beautiful trails.

After a long day on the trails, do what the locals do, find a swimming hole and take a dip. Pitch your tent and enjoy a night under the stars.

Who knows, after a good night's rest out in the fresh Vermont air, you may even decide to stay! If so, stop by William Raveis Vermont Properties located across from the Okemo Golf Club. We will show you the best homes in the Lake's RegionOkemo Valley and Okemo Mountain.

The Beautiful Lakes Region of the Okemo Valley

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The Ludlow/Okemo area has a dual identity. It is well known for an impressive ski season but when the cold and snow retreats it gives way to some of best summer weather in the country. The Lakes Region is the place to take full advantage of these lazy summer months.

This is a time to grab your summer toys....dust off the golf clubs, grab your hiking gear or hop on your bike. Whatever your bliss, you can find it in the Lakes Region.

Comprised of five lakes immediately north of Ludlow this area provides the perfect place to swim, sail, canoe, water-ski, or fish. At the end of the day, fire up the grill and have dinner lakeside. If you're lucky, there may even be some fireworks. All around us, the warm days hold a whole new list of activities to enjoy, places to explore and challenges to meet.

Come visit us in Vermont, spend some time finding out why we are The Green Mountain State. Should you decide to stay, we have several beautiful Lake and waterfront homes available. Imagine owning your own little slice of heaven in a place known for its year round beauty.

The Lakes Region is located near Okemo Mountain Resort and the historic Ludlow Village, making it an ideal place for a year-round Vermont vacation home.

If you find yourself in the Okemo valley stop by to see us at William Raveis Vermont Properties, 29 Locust Hill Road across from Okemo Golf Club. We'll see you at the lake! And wear sunscreen!

Another Busy Season at Okemo

The 2014/15 ski season is winding down. As we come off one of the snowiest ski seasons in history here in the northeast we take stock of winter and reflect on how busy we continue to be here at Vermont Properties and Development. As real estate professionals we are often asked when the busiest sales time of year is.  Typically the answer is "going in to and out of the ski season"; this holds true again this year!

The number of closed transactions continue be up from previous years and interest rates remain low.  Many buyers we work with are very savvy about this information and use it to guide decisions. What does this mean? People are buying houses to take advantage of these conditions and we are seeing available inventory for certain properties decrease.

Do you have your eyes on a property? Better jump before someone else does and remember, we are here for you every step of the way and beyond!

 

It's Real Estate Season!

On March 20th at 6:45 p.m. all the snow will melt, the trees will bud, crocuses will bloom and the birds will be singing.  Well… maybe not, but it is the first day of spring.

What we can be certain of are two things. Spring skiing will be awesome and it is the beginning of prime selling season for real estate. The weather is getting warmer and people are getting out there. This is also the time of year when houses will begin their transformation. Green lawns, blooming flowers and bright sunny days draw people out to look at houses. It has been a long dark winter and spirits are high. It is time for a fresh start.

There is an influx of new listings and inventory comes back up. Choices are everywhere, but don’t wait too long. Just like you there are other potential buyers looking for that special place, if you find something you love, you better grab it. If not, other homebuyers are waiting in the wings.

Vermont is a special place year-round but spring brings something wonderful to Vermont. We begin to earn our name as the Green Mountain State. So come to Vermont and find your dream home. Whether you are looking for your primary home or a second home in the Lakes regions or on Okemo Mountain, Vermont Properties can deliver.

Come join us as our State comes alive with the bounties of spring! We look forward to meeting you.

A Visit to President Coolidge's Home in Plymouth, VT

This week we are taking a closer look at Plymouth, VT. Located along scenic routes 100 & 100A, Plymouth is actually comprised of two small villages, Plymouth and Plymouth Notch. Well known as a national historic treasure, its biggest claim to fame is as the birth place and final resting spot of President Calvin Coolidge. You can check out the State Historic site and even visit his homestead! The Plymouth Notch historic district offers a step back in time. Stroll the streets and visit the general store, church, and other buildings which contain much of the original furnishings. The Center of town has been precisely maintained almost as it was at the turn of the century.

While on your walk be sure to stop into the Plymouth Artisan Cheese factory. Started by John Coolidge, father of President Calvin Coolidge, this is one of the oldest cheese enterprises in the U.S. You can complement any cheese you may pick up with a stop into the Long Trail Brewing Company.

From adventurous snowmobile tours and skiing in the winter to spending the day in the sun at one of the local State parks, Plymouth has something for everyone, every season of the year.

After falling in love with this beautiful place, you can explore Plymouth homes for sale here, or call Vermont Properties and Development to find your own piece of Vermont.

Plymouth Vermont

Seasonal Rentals on Okemo- A Great Option to Explore

Seasonal Rentals can be a great option for people who do not want to commit themselves to purchasing a second home in Vermont. "The Season" which generally runs from mid-November to mid-April is prime time to experience all the winter fun of the Okemo Valley.

From slope-side ski condos to single family mountain homes or lakeside properties, there is something for every budget. These rentals typically come with many amenities that owners enjoy; these amenities are extended to the renter for the entire season.

If you already own your piece of Vermont and find that you do not use it throughout the season, you may want to consider renting it out. Renting out is a great way to offset costs and having people use your home in your absence helps keep the property in good working order. Just be sure to have a professional agency like Vermont Properties manage the details of your rental.

Many folks who now own their place in Vermont started out doing a seasonal rental. After all, once you experience the Vermont lifestyle, you are called back to the Green Mountains time and again.

So, come to Vermont, find a nice seasonal rental to suit your needs. You will likely decide that you want to stay as often as possible and buy a home of your own to enjoy our four-season area.

Vermont Properties and Development can help you find your seasonal rental or buy that second home you've been dreaming about.

Whether you decide to rent or buy....Come join us in Vermont, we look forward to meeting you!

4-season resort drawing ALL PROPS

Autumn in Vermont- a Norman Rockwell Painting

As I sit on my porch, I am reminded that the dog days of August will soon give way to cooler days and nights here in the Green Mountains. While we mourn the end of summer we look forward to the spectacular display of autumn colors. Our famous sugar maples will paint the mountains in explosive shades of scarlet,  gold and yellow. It is Autumn in Vermont!

Drive along most any road in Vermont and be transported back in time to a Norman Rockwell painting. White churches and small farms dot the countryside. Old time country stores with rockers on their porches invite you to stop and sit a bit, slow down and enjoy the most beautiful time of year in the northeast. Even the locals are not immune to the fireworks like display. Just like any other place we have our four seasons-but with a twist. Winter, spring , summer and foliage seasons all take turns bringing their unique beauty to Vermont.

The best part is that these cooler temperatures invite us to still enjoy many of our favorite summer activities. Hiking, fishing, biking and golf all take on a different feel with the spectacular Vermont foliage as a backdrop.

Soon the snow will begin to fall, the first flakes often pushing out the last of the brightly colored leaves. The reds and golds soon to be a distant memory as winter takes hold of the Okemo Valley. Come to Vermont, stop by our porch at VT Properties, take a seat, enjoy the cooler weather and all the beauty that comes with the changing of the seasons. We look forward to seeing you.

Fall Sign Card

There is more than one way to get to the top of the Mountain

Ludlow Vermont has earned its reputation as a popular skiing destination, but when the snow melts and the temperatures begin to climb summer takes hold of the Okemo Valley. We begin to look at other activities this area has to offer. From Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, the Lakes Region is in the center of warm weather fun. From fishing and boating to camping and exploring the various hiking trails in the area. There is something for everyone.

The views are still spectacular but in all their summer splendor. We are called the Green Mountain State for a reason. Don't limit your time with us to the winter season alone.

Okemo Mountain Hiking

Okemo specifically has its own hiking trail network. With easy access from both the base of Okemo and Jackson Gore you will find a couple of ways to get to the top. For the more adventurous, take one of the trails. If a more relaxed pace is what you are looking for there is a 4.5 mile road directly to the summit. Many people find themselves taking the "ski" trails to the top; trading in skis for hiking shoes. Just make sure you are ready for some work!

Okemo Mountain hiking trail signsAnother popular hiking location is the Healdville Trail which winds to the top of Okemo's 3,340 foot summit. Almost 6 miles round trip, you will use the better part of your day.  Features along the trail include a fire tower and several lookouts, which offer a bird's eye view of the local ski area.

There are a couple of vista points along the way. The first will give you a sweeping view of Mount Holly and the Green Mountain chain. Just past the next clearing where the trail merges with a work road you will find the reconditioned fire tower which is open to hikers. This hike is considered to be one of the best and most rewarding. Your reward is finding yourself above Okemo Mountain's 3,340 foot summit for a panoramic view of Vermont's Green Mountains, west to New York's Adirondacks and east to New Hampshire's White Mountains.

The idyllic skyline found at the top of Okemo will soon welcome skiers and snowboarders as they come to make their snowy descents. But for now, come explore the Lakes Region on one of many local trails.

If you hear the fresh mountain air call to you, pitch your tent at one of many campgrounds in the Lakes Region and sleep under the star studded skies of Vermont.

Who knows, after a good night's rest out in the fresh Vermont air, you may even decide to stay! If so, stop by Vermont Properties and Development across from the Okemo Golf Club. We will show you the best homes in the Lake's Region, Okemo Valley and Okemo Mountain.