After several months blogging about the Vermont towns that I know and love and after a reminder about how important your own life should be as we enter 2012 – well, it’s time to get back to business! Let’s talk about real estate.
It will come as no surprise to anyone that it wasn’t a breakout year in 2011 for residential real estate sales. In my opinion however, there was slight improvement. While the percentage increase in residential home, condo sales and second home buyers vary from county to county and town to town, the real estate market has been positively affected by the following:
This does not mean that we will all enjoy easy and quick real estate transactions. Clients will be cautious, as they should be. Many home prices remain depressed and are well below their replacement value that it would take to build a new home – which is not necessarily good for builders – but good for qualified home buyers. There are great buys to be had out there and with interest rates where they are right now, the average person still has a great opportunity to own the “American Dream”.
Due to the financial hardships that many of the American people have endured in recent history and the country’s Financial Institution’s past lending policies – in my opinion a good credit score and adequate down payment are most important for your future real estate transactions. There are programs out there for first-time home buyers who qualify so if you are in the market to buy a home, it would be foolish not to look into it now.
I’m happy to live in Vermont in a 4-season resort area. I believe we will remain a strong second-home market and also a destination supported by our local tourism based partners who continue to focus on that economy and add to their year-round amenities. If you’ve been thinking about buying property in this area – well, now is the time to do so!
Until next time, Irene
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Happy New Year to you! As most of us do at this time of year, we reflect on what has happened over the past year and what we want to have happen in the coming year. I find that my own behavior contributes to the success that I enjoy, whether it is a personal success or a professional one.
So I wanted to take a moment and outline some of the thoughts that I hope to keep close this year. Consider these some great ideas to improve your life in 2012!
Here is wishing you the best year you can possibly have!
Until next time, Irene
Shaw’s Supermarket in Ludlow will be closing it’s temporary (tent) location at 7 p.m. on MONDAY January 16th and will celebrate it’s Grand Reopening at 7 a.m. on FRIDAY January 27th. During this 10 day closure the temporary store will be removed from the parking lot, making way for a totally renovated and expanded store.
We look forward to getting back into our permanent location and hope to see all of you there on opening day.”
Weston, Vermont is a beautiful village and never more so than during the Holidays. Originally part of Andover and called “West Town” it was incorporated in October of 1979 because Markham and Terrible mountains blocked travel between the town’s halves. Route 100 South out of Ludlow to Weston has always been referred to as Terrible Mountain – most people don’t know there is an actual mountain named as such!
As beautiful as Weston is while driving through town, there are hidden treasures as well. Vermont’s oldest professional theater, The Weston Playhouse Theater Company was founded in 1935. This non-profit organization serves a community of artists and audiences through a broad spectrum of dramatic works and educational programs. Visit www.westonplayhouse.org for the exciting shows scheduled for next season.
The Kinhaven Music School is celebrating 60 years next July! They offer four classical music programs each summer providing a music making experience where friendship, mutual support, learning and community are always present. Find out more about the music classes and workshops for both youths and adults at www.kinhaven.org.
Do you know about the Benedictine Priory on Priory Hill Road? Founded in 1953 and inspired by a monastic tradition reaching back to the earliest centuries of the church, a community of Benedictine Monks have created their own community about four miles north of the village. All are welcome to visit and the Chapel, Visitor’s Center and grounds afford an atmosphere in which quiet reflection and prayer are accessible to all. More information is available at www.westonpriory.org.
I chose to write about Weston in December because of its small town beauty during the Christmas season. What could be more beautiful than shopping during the Holidays?! The Christmas Shop has the best selection of Ornaments you’ll find. Artistically placed and decoratively arranged, this shop provides an experience you won’t want to miss.
Then take a walk across the street to the Vermont Country Store. This is the original store founded by the Orton Family in 1946 along with their first catalogue. Think of catering to a farmer’s wife back in the day – they still adhere to old fashioned values set forth by Vrest and Ellen Orton. The Vermont Country Store takes pride in being purveyors of the practical and hard to find. When you check out their website at www.vermontcountrystore.com you’ll find their Customer Bill of Rights – including a 100% guarantee. The Vermont Country Store is a great place to find one-of-a-kind gifts with superior customer service!
There are many Inn’s and places to dine and I couldn’t do justice to them all by naming them here. If you have never been to Weston, visit the Village of Weston Website for more detailed information. www.westonvt.com
The entire village of Weston is listed on the National Register of Historic Places so the “prettiest village in all of Vermont” will be preserved for future generations. Weston is magical under a blanket of snow! I hope to see you on a Sleigh Ride in Weston soon!
Until next time, Irene
Cavendish, Vermont is full of surprises. Located in Windsor County and named after William Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire, Cavendish also includes the village of Proctorsville and saw its first settlers in June of 1769.
Cavendish is a very unassuming town. As you drive around the beautiful Vermont countryside of Cavendish and Proctorsville, at first glance you don’t realize the history and thriving businesses located here. Would it surprise you to know that Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Russian writer, historian and Nobel Prize winner called Cavendish his home for many years?
How many times have you driven past Mack Molding, a leading supplier of contract manufacturing service and injection molded plastic parts to companies in a range of industries? Founded in 1920 and a family run business with headquarters in Arlington, Vermont, it might surprise you to know they have 1,800 employees at 10 locations with annual sales of $300 million. This is a company with no long term debt and a 5A1 D&B rating – the highest available! Learn more about them at http://www.mack.com.
Do you know where the Cavendish Canine Camp is located? If you visit their website at http://www.cavendishcaninecamp.com you’ll find an excellent description of where they are; “nestled within the green mountains of Vermont and just outside the village of Ludlow”. This wonderful canine boarding facility prides itself on the quality and conscientious care they give your pets while you are traveling or working. Their canine guests have supervised social playtime and a “quiet time” mid-day. The feline campers also get playtime to roam and socialize in their very own “cat room”.
I am so proud to live in Vermont that even three months after the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Irene I feel compelled to mention just one or two storm related items. First, if you go to their website you’ll never know how my friends at the Cavendish Canine Camp were affected by the storm. They were closed during the months of September and October and while open now, the main entrance from 103 was washed away by the storm and it is very exciting to see excavators rebuilding now!
There is another business that deserves storm-related mention; The Village Clipper in Proctorsville. While a huge section of Route 132 was being repaired by the Army National Guard, several Guardsmen came in for haircuts. Julie and Paula would not accept their money, thanking them for the amazing job they were doing for us here in Vermont.
I don’t think that you can blog about the Cavendish/Proctorsville area without talking about Singleton’s General Store. Located just past the junction of Route’s 103 and 131 on Route 131 Singleton’s is known for its Vermont smoked meats, cheeses and other Vermont products. They also have a great selection of clothing and footwear suited to this area and a sporting-goods section for all of your hunting and fishing needs.
That doesn’t tell you half the story! A family owned business since 1948 when Bud and Mary Singleton with their six kids opened Newton’s Store in Reading, it took until 1978 for them to buy the land and open in their current location. Tom Singleton joined them in 1976 with his brother John – and Sheba – their Doberman Pincer. All of the children contributed to Singleton’s but only Tom and his wife Linn remained to take over in 1999 when Bud retired. The Singleton’s take pride in Customer Service – whether it’s servicing the local’s needs or those visiting from out of state. Visit http://www.singletonsvt.com, or come into the store – you won’t be disappointed.
I love Cavendish and currently make it my home! I have so much more that I could say so I’ll settle with – come and experience what I have known and come to love! Looking forward to seeing you in town!
Until next time, Irene
Route 131 was opened this afternoon around 4:30 pm. Please drive carefully and drive the speed limit.
Opening Day is November 19th
Snowguns are in place and Okemo Snowmakers have reported for duty! The call has gone out, and our season is set to begin on Saturday, November 19th. The mountain is abuzz with activity, we’ve even seen some early indications from Mother Nature that we are in for a real treat this season.
CAVENDISH CANINE CAMP is open for business. The bridge is not open but access is from the back side through the sand pit. Directions : Turn onto Grevin Road Extension , bear right onto dirt road, go approximately 1/4 mile, turn right into the gravel pit ( you will see the no tresspassing signs- ignore them ) go past the pile of stones , keep to the right , follow dirt road through the woods ( it is only wide enough for one car ) ,bear right ,stop at railroad tracks BEFORE you cross and make sure the train is not there,then go straight to our driveway and turn left at the corner.Please be mindful of the other vehicles and the train
Cavendish Canine Camp is re-opening Monday morning at 7:30am. We are so happy, Deb and David you have been missed!