Okemo Valley 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.

What has 121 trails - 1,125 guns and a vertical drop of 2,200 feet? Okemo Mountain!

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Yes, the Mountain is officially open and people have begun to arrive in our little town. The real estate market never really took a break this year and we are gearing up for an even busier season than anticipated. Now that we have snow cover on the mountain,  we know there is no time to pause and catch our collective breaths.

Winter is bearing down on us and we are expecting conditions and cold weather that is perfect for Okemo to take full advantage of their massively upgraded snow making system when needed. With all the massive upgrades over the past year Okemo is now situated to open more terrain earlier in the season and improve their ability to recover more rapidly from unfavorable weather events throughout the season.

 Be sure to check out the live web cams on the mountain. William Raveis Vermont Properties is excited to be sponsoring the cameras for Jackson Gore, The Summit, Sunburst Six and Sugar House. What a great way to literally keep your eye on the mountain's conditions.

When you are in town, stop by and say hi. We’re easy to find; situated between the entrances to Okemo and Jackson Gore and directly across from the Okemo Golf Club.

Grab your winter gear; we'll see you in Vermont!

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

Vermont Properties and Development Becomes William Raveis Real Estate Vermont Properties

We are pleased to announce that as of April 15, 2016 Vermont Properties and Development, Inc. has become an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate and we couldn’t be more excited to be part of the William Raveis family. Our goal has always been to provide the best services to our buyers and sellers.This partnership has already proven to be an asset to both. We have received numerous phone calls to congratulate and let us know that we made a smart decision. Just today, we received a call from a seller that was looking for a local company that has strong ties to the New York City and Connecticut second home buyer market. The caller knew the William Raveis name well and thought we would be the perfect match to sell his home. We agree! As the largest family owned real estate company in New England, William Raveis has the gravitas that buyers and sellers look for when deciding who will represent them. Our affiliation also provides us with enhanced marketing capabilities that we are already putting in place for our current clients.  One of the most exciting is the Exceptional Properties division.

We are still the same local real estate team that people have come to rely on. If you want to know more, give us a call or stop by the office at 29 Locust Hill in Ludlow.

Check our website often to stay on top of the real estate market in the Okemo Valley and other happenings around the area. We are your leading real estate team!

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!

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.

Spring Brings Crazy fun to Vermont

So…looking out the office window and what to my wondering eyes should appear? Snow! Go figure…But there is a benefit to all this white stuff still piling up, spring skiing will be great!

March brings longer, sunnier days and as expected, it has come in like a lion hinting toward some extended spring skiing. We are still accumulating fresh natural snow making for great conditions that are rare this time of year. We begin to see people skiing and riding without their jackets and some so bold as to shed their winter gear altogether and don a bathing suit!

As we cruise through the month, Okemo Mountain pulls out all the stops to end the season with a bang. Jackson Gore will be hosting a variety of events that are worth checking out.

Mid-March, “Spring Daze” brings a free outdoor concert to Jackson Gore, complete with heated tent, beer garden, barbeque and 3 bands rocking the afternoon.

Toward the end of March, a new event will draw the crowds. Hops on the Snow brewfest will be at Jackson Gore. This will be a one-day beer festival where folks can sample 10 new seasonal beers and have some great food at the barbeque while listening to some live music.

As March turns in to April, one final crazy spring tradition will take place. The Slush Cup and Splash for Cash event will bring a smile to your face. Costume-clad Slush Cup competitors take a downhill run toward an 80-foot-long slushy pond and try to make it across without falling in. The most fun is watching the ones who do not make it. Time for an early and very cold swim!

We look forward to seeing you in Vermont for some of the best spring skiing in years and some pretty cool events.

It's been a crazy busy year for the VT Properties team but we hope to break away and join you on Okemo for some spring fun!

 

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.

It's Okemo time!

What has 11 trails and 161 guns? Give up? It's Okemo Mountain!

Yes, the Mountain is officially open and people have begun to arrive in our little town. The real estate market never really took a break this year and we are gearing up for an even busier season than anticipated. Now that we have snow cover this early in the year, we know there is no time to pause and catch our collective breaths.

Winter is bearing down on us early this year and as noted in a previous blog, we are expecting plenty of snow and conditions that are perfect for Okemo to take full advantage of their massively upgraded snowmaking system when needed. Be sure to check out the live web cams on the mountain. Vermont Properties is excited to be sponsoring the cameras for Jackson Gore, The Summit and Sugar House. What a great way to literally keep your eye on the mountain's conditions.

When you are in town, stop by and say hi. We are easy to find, situated between the entrances to Okemo and Jackson Gore and directly across from the Okemo Golf Club.

Grab your winter gear, we'll see you in Vermont!

Family Skiing MT

 

Fall Festivals- Local Flavor of VT

During one of the most beautiful times of the year in Vermont, the entire State takes full advantage of perfect weather and fantastic sights by hosting annual Foliage and Fall Festivals. From the northern most part of the State to the southern most part, these festivals can be found in most towns both large and small. What a beautiful way to experience all the charm of Vermont's historic towns and villages.

Starting in September the beauty of Vermont comes alive in Chester, as "The Green" fills up with people for the yearly celebration of fall. Chester has been chosen as "one of the most beautiful Villages in New England" and lives up to this compliment . For the 40th year, Chester welcomes visitors both locally and from afar to a well-attended event that takes over the entire center of town. People come year after year to see the sights and say hi to neighbors and friends. For 2 days you will find local artisans, food and fun; even the local kids get in on the activity as the schools come together to feed the masses with their unique ideas for snacking on the go!

The festivals begin to wind down in late October with a variety of events throughout the State. Join us in Vermont for this most beautiful time of year as we enjoy the still warm weather while looking forward to that inevitable long snowy winter.

Bring a jacket and your curiosity; you are in for a treat! Don't forget the camera....

To check out a list of events in your favorite town, go to http://www.foliage-vermont.com/fall_festivals.htm