Ludlow Condos

A View From the Top

Boston Magazine is featuring a one of a kind listing on Okemo Mountain and William Raveis Real Estate Vermont Properties is excited to be the listing agent for this "Luxe Log Cabin in Ludlow". 

"Ski Bums-meet ski mansion"...

To see more details, check out the link to Boston Magazine's article, or call the team at William Raveis Vermont Properties. 

6 Best Places to Buy a Winter Home in Vermont... Okemo is One!

Investopedia, a premiere Internet site dedicated to providing information for investing education, personal finance and market analysis, recently posted an article titled

 “6 Best Places to Buy a Winter Home in the US”.

As you can imagine, we were thrilled to see Okemo Mountain make this list. Anyone who has spent time in this area already knows what a special place Vermont and most specifically, Ludlow is. Even through the years of growth, both have maintained a small town feel that many come to Vermont to experience. The team at Vermont Properties and Development, Inc. are proud to be active members of this special community and the premiere real estate agency both on and off Okemo Mountain and in the Lakes Region. Below is an excerpt of the article; you can click on the link above to read the full story.

Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, Vermont

Why: Okemo topped the list of OnTheSnow.com's “Best Family Resort in America” in 2014 so if you’re looking for a family vacation destination, this might be it. According to Bonnie MacPherson, director of public relations at the resort, Okemo got this No.1 rating because the family who owns the operation understands that “families are looking for activities they can enjoy together on and off the slopes.” Take the Muellers, Tim and Diane. They bought a home at Okemo Mountain Resort in 1982 for themselves and their two kids; they still spend their winter vacation there but now their grandchildren come along, too. The resort boasts “options for every level, available from the top of each chair” with 121 trails, 655 skiable acres and, thanks to snowmaking equipment, a “weatherproof” ski vacation. Okemo is a three-hour drive from Boston, just under five hours from New York City.

What’s Available Now: Well, not exactly now. A brand new development at Okemo called SouthFace Village is not quite finished – it should be fully operational for ski season 2016. It’s in a sun-all-day, ski-in/ski-out location (you can go from your fireplace to your first run in two minutes tops) with homes that come fully equipped “from flatware to the flat screen TV,” according to the marketing materials. You can choose a 1- to 4-bedroom homes with prices that begin in the mid $400,000s.

Find your Perfect Place on Okemo

The 2014-15 ski season is off to a great start! We have had some nice natural snow and perfect temperatures for Okemo to “fill in the gaps” with their upgraded snow making capabilities.

As we begin the new year, I thought we should take some time to take a fresh look at the various complexes on Okemo. From intimate 1 bedroom units at Okemo Mountain Lodge to big homes on Solitude there is something for everyone.

Winterplace remains a favorite on the Mountain. Winterplace offers a convenient location mid mountain and within walking distance to the half pipe and the earliest snow making on the Mountain.

Solitude delivers some of the best long range views and convenient trail access. Though centrally located on this busy mountain, it lives up to the given name providing privacy at the end of the day.

Jackson Gore is an upscale community offering slope-side living and top notch amenities for the entire family. Convenient access to dining, shopping and mountain services; everything you need is just a short walk from your door.

Trailside consists of five distinct villages, each with unique styles, features, and ski access. Expansive views of Ascutney and Ludlow Village can be seen from many of these units, a spectacular sight at night.

Kettle Brook is one of Okemo's original slope-side communities. With Okemo's Bull Run and Kettlebrook trails just outside your door you enjoy coveted ski on/ski off access making this a prime location wtih a private setting and classic alpine style condos.

Ledgewood is a unique and contemporary complex comprised of seven buildings and located directly on the maintained Ledgewood ski trail complete with snow making. 

Snow Trak consists of twenty one single family homes on the convenient Snow Trak trail; each with beautiful views and luxurious floor plans.

Okemo Mountain Lodge (OML) provides easy access to base area slopes, main lifts and skier services. Located at the base of Okemo Mountain, this ski in/ski out condo location is a favorite option for busy skiers.

Alpen Meadows is a community of single family homes on cul-de-sac style roads with private wooded settings, convenient shuttle service to the slopes and close proximity to Ludlow Village.

No matter your preference, Vermont Properties can help you find your perfect location both on and off Okemo. Come Live Where you Play!

 

 

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

A fresh coat of paint! A fresh look for your home

Thinking about selling your house? Paint your house! Your Realtor ® can be a trusted advisor, suggesting any changes that you should make to sell your home.

What is the one thing 94% of all real estate agents agree will help sell a house? A fresh coat of paint! Sellers who invest in an interior paint job may find their homes are on the market for a shorter time and may get higher offers. It sounds easy enough but careful consideration of colors is important. Remember, you are not painting to suit your taste. Rather, finding colors that appeal to the broadest array of buyers is key!

Buyers need to mentally "move in" to your home. Depending on the impression you want to give, consider the following information.

Enlarge a space

Cool colors reflect light and can appear to recede, enlarging small areas. A monochromatic color scheme can also make a space feel larger. To really create a feeling of spaciousness in a room, choose a soft blue, spa like green or cool gray.

Create calm

Organic shades of green, brown and blue elicit a positive response from most people and are a great choice for personal spaces, like bedrooms. They're neutral to live with and aren't likely to result in a "Get me out of here!" reaction during home showings.

Embrace intimacy

Warm colors, like sandy beiges, rich browns and muted reds or plums, will give a cavernous space a sense of intimacy. These cozy colors work well with wood floors, bronze finishes and some period.

Highlight a feature

Create an accent wall to highlight a special feature - like a fireplace or built-in bookshelves - but don't overdo it. Avoid choosing a bright or dramatic color. Instead, select a color that is 2 or 3 shades lighter or darker than the one on adjoining walls.

Camouflage the unwanted

Paint heater vents and other unavoidable fixtures the same color as the walls to minimize distractions - they should not be the first things buyers spot when they visit your home.

What colors get the most favorable reactions? Depends on the room.

Kitchens should invite you in

In the kitchen it's good to stay in the orange, red and yellow families. These work well because they're food related, but it's important to still make them soft, appealing and neutral.

Bathrooms can be tricky

Bathrooms tend to be smaller so keep it light colored. Keep it in the light yellows or tans. Perhaps you can pick up colors from the tile floors. A favorite color idea is the "spa" colors like muted greens and lavenders. You can always use accessories or soaps to give it a pop of color.

Bedrooms are your haven

Ahh, the sanctuary of the house; especially important to stay away from bright colors. Choosing something neutral in tone that will work with the flooring and flow in to the master bath. You do not have to match the master bath but do keep them coordinated. You want people to have a sense of flow.

Home Offices should be cozy

For all us "old school" people who like the traditional colors. This is the space. In the home office warmer, richer colors are welcomed. People often expect an office to be painted with cinnamon, dark brown or even dark blue. These colors make the space an area to work and relax and impart comfort in the familiar.

The color to avoid may surprisepaint cans

What color should you avoid? Seems like this is an easy one but most people don't even consider it.   Surprisingly, white is the color to avoid. Many people will paint everything white thinking it is neutral; in fact it is a bright color.

 

 

Decisions about paint colors can seem overwhelming. Just stick to a few solid rules and stay away from trends and you will be fine. Select muted colors for the most universal appeal. Avoid dramatic darks or brights that may cause buyers to react negatively. And of course, avoid white, the brightest color of them all! Choose a warmer or cooler tint instead.

Happy painting!

Okemo Ridge-Privacy on Okemo Mountain

As we round out  a spectacular season in the Ludlow/Okemo area let's take a look at the other condo complexes on Okemo Mountain.

Okemo Ridge and other mountain condo complexes

Consisting of two private homes and two duplex homes tucked in the woods, Okemo Ridge sits just a few steps away from the Kettlebrook trail.  These homes have dramatic stone fireplaces and unique architecture, fitting perfectly in this year round mountainous setting.  Enjoy the privacy of a single family home or townhouse in the secluded area of Okemo Ridge, one of Okemo's favorites.

OYukon Kornelius Okemo Mountain Resortkemo offers several other complexes that are not direct ski on ski off.  Many of these mountain communities are serviced by the Okemo Mountain shuttle system. These include Westwoods, Okemo Village, Alpen Meadows, Alpine South and many more.

Check out our Condo Guide  and map for an overall picture of the mountain layout. We are here to answer any questions you might have and are available 7 days a week when you are ready to look at properties on or off Okemo Mountain.

Trailside Village: A Unique Mountain Community

Trailside Okemo ski condosThe Trailside community consists of four villages, each with unique styles, features,  and ski access. Several layouts are available, ranging from one- to four-bedroom units. Expansive views of Ascutney and Ludlow Village can be seen from many of these units, a spectacular sight at night. As you wind up the Mountain, you suddenly realize how truly high up you are. These split-level units are located along the popular Sachem Trail, at the base of the Glades chairlift.

This mountainous setting provides a more spacious feel with room to roam. In the winter you have the convenient trail access without having to fight the crowds. In the summer months, enjoy the cool mountain breezes as you sit on your deck and take in the views. Village amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and summer picnic area.

Check out our Condo Guide and map for an overall picture of the mountain layout. We are here to answer any questions you might have and are available 7 days a week when you are ready to look at properties on or off Okemo Mountain.

Kettlebrook: Privacy and Convenience

Kettlebrook Condos Okemo MountainKettlebrook located ¾ of a mile from the Clock Tower base area is one of Okemo's original slope-side communities. With Okemo's Bull Run and Kettlebrook trails just outside your door you enjoy coveted ski on/ski off access making this a prime location. The private setting and classic alpine style condos offer two- and three-bedroom floor plans, most with fireplaces. Convenient slope-side living with great views awaits you at Kettlebrook.

Excellent trail access is the hallmark of Kettlebrook. In the summer months enjoy the warm weather amenities which include outdoor tennis court, picturesque ponds and picnic areas.

Check out our Condo Guide and map for an overall picture of the mountain layout. We are here to answer any questions you might have and are available 7 days a week when you are ready to look at properties on or off Okemo Mountain.

Okemo Mountain Lodge: Convenience & Location

Centrally located in the original Clock Tower area, Okemo Mountain Lodge (OML) provides easy access to base area slopes, main lifts and skier services. Located at the base of Okemo Mountain, this ski in/ski out condo location is a favorite option for busy skiers. Along with the convenient location, these one-bedroom condominiums are close to area shopping and the famous Sitting Bull Restaurant & Bar.

Okemo Mountain Lodge slopeside condosDuring the winter, the mountain becomes everyone's favorite downhill ski and snowboard hotspot. After a day on the slopes, indulge in a treatment at the Spring House Fitness and Aquatic Center located right on the mountain.

When the snow melts you can take to these same hills and enjoy the hiking/biking trails. The Okemo Golf Club is a short distance away, as is Vermont's Lakes Region. OML is an excellent location for year-round fun, tucked away in the most convenient spot on Okemo.

Check out our Condo Guide and map for an overall picture of the mountain layout. We are here to answer any questions you might have and are available 7 days a week when you are ready to look at properties on or off Okemo Mountain.

Ledgewood on Okemo

Ledgewood is a unique and contemporary complex located directly on the maintained Ledgewood ski trail complete with snow making. There are a variety of 3 and 4 bedroom units some with a townhouse style floor plan, others with single floor living. In many units, you can simply open your sliding door and strap on your skis or watch the action from your living room in front of a wood burning fireplace. This is also the only condominium complex on Okemo offering garages.

One of 3 smaller complexes on the mountain, owners appreciate the intimate size and private wooded setting. Surrounded by tall pines, you have convenience of slope-side living with the privacy of a mountain retreat. Amenities include access to Ledgewood ski trail, skating pond and warming hut. Some units will accommodate a hot tub with HOA approval.

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Check out our Condo Guide and map for an overall picture of the mountain layout. We are here to answer any questions you might have and are available 7 days a week when you are ready to look at properties on or off Okemo Mountain.