Just Sold: 3997 VT Rt. 14, Craftsbury, Vermont

My California buyer is an avid cross-country skier — he bought this property near the Craftsbury Nordic Center, where he plans to build his own cross-country trails on the 72+ acres behind the house! The house is a 4-bedroom log home with an efficiency apartment above the 2-car garage.

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It’s all downhill from here. What happens when an adult learns to ski

By Christopher Muther GLOBE STAFF  FEBRUARY 28, 2019

(my old friend and former colleague, Rick Sokoloff, is the Stowe Mountain Resort ski instructor in this article)

A skiier who is far more skilled than the author heads into the sunrise at Stowe Mountain Resort. Photo:  ANDERSON JAMES

A skiier who is far more skilled than the author heads into the sunrise at Stowe Mountain Resort.
Photo:
ANDERSON JAMES

STOWE, VT — A funny thing happens every November in the Boston Globe newsroom. My editor mentions that our annual ski issue is coming up, and I make like one of David Copperfield’s rabbits and magically disappear. 

I bear no ill will toward skiing. I have fond memories of sitting in ski lodges and eating nachos, as one does on a ski weekend. But the problem with going skiing is that eventually I’m expected to clip horribly uncomfortable boots to a pair of waxed up planks and go down a hill in the frostbite-inducing cold. I’m convinced this sport is the brainchild of some sort of Arctic Marquis de Sade. 

I’m not saying this as a passive observer. I was a member of my high school ski club, which meant that I climbed on a bus every Monday night, snowplowed my way through a couple of rounds on the bunny hill, and then retired to the lodge with a plate of nachos while watching “Designing Women.” Like a peacock in a parka, I left every ski tag on my jacket through the season, hoping the paper plumage gave the colorful illusion that I was tearing up the slopes.

Read the rest of the article at the Boston Globe.

Just Sold: 1237 Brook Road, Stowe

This Covered Bridge Townhouse has been impeccably maintained, and is just 5 minutes from the Stowe Mountain Resort; and, a short walk to Trapp Family Lodge right out the front door. Custom features throughout include hardwood floors on both levels, cherry cabinetry and granite counter tops. A covered deck just off the dining room, leads to the large open deck that affords Spruce Peak views. Those same views can be enjoyed from the kitchen, dining room, living room; and, the master bedroom on the 2nd floor. The living room has the views as well as a beautiful and large stone fireplace with wood burning insert. There’s easy access to hiking and mountain-biking trails just a short walk or ride from the front door. The new owners can’t wait to enjoy the outdoor pool and tennis court in the summer and easy access to the mountain in the winter. And, Stowe's famous Recreation Path is within walking distance. The new owners can’t wait to take advantage of it all!

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Just Sold: 414 Grimes Road, Hyde Park

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This Seller has been commuting far, far away from Hyde Park, every day for years! I sold her house; and she moved close to work — really close. She now has so much time on her hands every morning, that she can actually relax with her cup of coffee. I wonder if she’s still listening to books on tape….

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Just Listed in Hyde Park, Vermont

SOLD!
December 14, 2018
Charming Cottage and Studio in Hyde Park Village

303 Fitch Hill Road

This charming Cottage with a separate Studio/Guest House on 12+ acres is the only residential property of its kind in the Village of Hyde Park. A large old mailbox marks the only driveway on Fitch Hill without the home in sight. As you turn off the paved road into the driveway and go 'round the bend, you'll drive out from under the tunelled trees as you arrive at the Cottage and Studio.

See the details and the rest of the 35 interior and exterior photos here.

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Just Sold: 3393 Garfield Road, Hyde Park

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This 2-bedroom, 1-bath home, has long been a special getaway for the Sellers and their now-grown children. With them grown and gone, it's just been sold to a family with young children who will enjoy it for years to come. It's situated on 5.24 acres, with a pond, and close to the Green River reservoir. The Master bedroom has a sleeping porch that overlooks the pond.

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Just Sold: 65 Congress Street, Morrisville VT

All photos © 2017 Charlie Aronovici

There's a saying that says there is a buyer for every home. Some homes take longer than others to find that one buyer. I'm delighted to show you this Morrisville home that closed yesterday, after a little more than a year on the market. And the buyers? It was like a match made in heaven -- in addition to the house, they bought, with a separate agreement, most of the furnishings, which had been chosen, by the sellers, to make the restoration complete.

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Just Sold: 288 South Main Street #6E, Stowe

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#6E is on the right in this photo

Village Walk is a community of seven elegant Townhomes nestled in the heart of historic Stowe. With all the conveniences of village living — shopping and dining within walking distance, these superbly well designed and constructed homes blend traditional Vermont Farmhouse style exteriors with contemporary floor plans and modern amenities. After a day of exploring all that Stowe has to offer, the new owners, who've just downsized, are looking forward to local skiing and mountain biking.

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Just Listed: 311 North Shore Road, Greensboro VT

Overlooking Caspian Lake with Deeded Access

Thoughts from the Seller:

"Over 60 years ago, my grandmother bought an early 1800s farmhouse on Stannard Mountain and brought it to Greensboro where she lovingly restored it. Soon after, my mother acquired an even older schoolhouse in Walden and moved it just a stone’s throw from the farmhouse. I've long enjoyed this graceful home and its deeded easement to the lake. The farmhouse embraces you with a charming & cozy sense of 19th-century living, wide floorboards with wormholes, a wood stove in the dining room; a fireplace in the living room to warm on cold nights; and, a kitchen with custom cabinets & skylights..."

Read the rest of the story here.                                                                                                                               All photos © 2018 Charlie Aronovici 

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How Bad is It If You Don't Wash Your Sheets Once a Week?

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by Shifrah Combiths
at ApartmentTherapy.com
Mar 19, 2018

I grew up being taught that bed sheets were supposed to be washed once a week. Now, with five beds that have people sleeping in them every night, I admit that I don't get this chore done every single week. But it nags at me; that one-week timeline is etched into my sense of responsibility. I wanted to find out if washing, say, every other week is really that horrible and what I'm chancing if I stretch the prescribed weekly routine a bit.

Washing bedding is obviously very important for overall cleanliness. If you think about it, your sheets are almost like an article of clothing you wear every single day. And most of us wouldn't wear the same shirt more than a couple times without washing it. Pants, yes, might go a bit longer. But depending on how much you wear while you're sleeping, your sheets are more or less a pretty intimate garment insofar as contact with our bodies goes.

Not only so, but our beds provide a unique environment for a host of unpleasant microscopic entities to thrive. According to Business Insider, we produce about 26 gallons of sweat each year as we sleep. These moist, warm conditions, complete with human skin cells as a food source create an ideal home for bacteria, fungus, viruses, and allergens.

Microbiologist Philip Tierno of New York University told Business Insider that our beds can quickly become a "botanical park" of bacteria and fungus. In addition, a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunologyfound that of thousands of American homes, almost 75 percent of households had 3 to 6 allergens present in their bedrooms. Even if you don't have allergies, these allergens, especially when you're snuggled up to them in bed, can produce allergic responses like sniffing and sneezing.

Tierno says that all the undesirable junk in our sheets can become "significant" in as little as a week and recommends weekly washing:

If you touched dog poo in the street, you’d want to wash your hands. Consider that analogous to your bedding. If you saw what was there — but of course you don’t see it — after a while you have to say to yourself, ‘Do I want to sleep in that?

No. No, I don't.


Finish reading the article here.

Hoops, Home and the Love of People

Homes are about people, and that’s what Coldwell Banker is all about.

Finding a home isn't all about square feet and stainless steel appliances, it's about finding a place to love. Sometimes it's the little things, like a hoop in a driveway that can make a new house and neighborhood feel like home.

4 Legendary Ski Bars

VTSKI+Ride — Winter 2018

What makes a ski bar a legend? It’s the abundance of good times, year after year, and the people who bring those good times into your life.

[The source article is about 4 legendary Ski Bars -- this blog entry, however, includes only The Matterhorn in Stowe.]

THE MATTERHORN

On a night when cars are parked up and down the Mountain Road and there’s a line at the door of The Matterhorn, Charlie Shaffer has an air of perpetual calm. It may be getting rowdy with a gang doing shots going at one end the bar. The dance floor may be a mosh pit. There may be a skinny-dipping challenge in the river just off the back deck. Shaffer takes it all in with an impish, bemused smile. He greets the regulars with a pat on the arm, and a “good to see you, did you ski today,” runs a hand through his tousled hair and steps back into the kitchen to check on things.

Meanwhile, Louise Shaffer deftly rolls sushi in the sushi/martini bar on the lower level, facing big windows and the river. As Charlie says, “the fish comes off the same boat that serves restaurants in Boston. It gets there at 11 and it is here by 5 pm.”

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Charlie and Louise Shaffer

The Matterhorn, a perennial favorite in national “best ski bars in the U.S.” lists, is a near-mandatory watering hole for any skier headed down the Mountain Road from Mt. Mansfield. It’s has been an institution since the 1950s, hosting the Monkees, members of The Grateful Dead and NFL star Doug Flutie and the Flutie Brothers band (whom Charlie sometimes sings with). After being a regular customer, Charlie, a  Boston skier who had a weekend house share in Stowe, bought the place in 1996.  Soon after, he lost his job as a trader and moved up  full time. “It used to be a little more wild here,” he says. “But then again, so were we.”

Locals Jake and Donna Carpenter, and Burton’s posse of pro riders, are regulars. One night this past January, Ethan Hawke stopped in. Harvey Keitel threw his son’s birthday party here —and sent a video to the kid’s godfather, Robert DeNiro.

The Matterhorn has also been the scene of a (predictable) cat fight on Season Seven of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” (aired in 2016).  In describing the episode, E! Online called the ‘Horn, “A restaurant in the midst of what seems to be an identity crisis (seriously, it looked like a barn and inexplicably served buffalo wings and sushi).”

What they missed is the knack that Charlie, who used to work on the floor of the Boston Stock Exchange, and Louise have for making just about everyone feel at home—be it a fur-clad New Yorker sipping a martini or a 20-year-old liftie downing a Heady Topper.

Over the bar hang mugs belonging to regulars. “We save the mugs for people who work around here and really give back to the community —patrollers ski instructors and such,”  Charlie says. They come and bring their 60-year-old private lesson clients. They bring their friends and kids with them. And then they leave (or not) and the music cranks up and a new crowd shuffles in.

“A lot of the people you see here have been coming here since they were in their 20s,” Shaffer says. “I can’t tell you how many met their wives or husbands here.”  He looks around and smiles. “Toni and Eileen Bowen, a couple in their late 70s who drive up from Montauk, Long Island, are long-time customers who have become some of our best friends and they bring their kids and grandkids,” Charlie says.  “The people I have met in this community and the friends we have made here are just incredible.”

At the back of the bar, beyond two pool tables, kids in ski gear are slamming quarters into a pinball machine. A crew that just skied down the backwoods Bruce Trail (which spills out a hundred feet up the road) has hoofed it in to grab a beer.

The après crowd segues seamlessly into the family dinner crowd, then into a late-night singles scene as the bands shift from one beat to the next. Charlie drums his fingers on the bar to the beat and smiles. No matter how crazy it gets, he always seems to be having a good time. “Perhaps the best thing about owning The Matterhorn is you get to see your friends at work all the time,” he says. “There are some nights when I’m getting ready to go home and in walk some friends, and then I know I’m gonna stay and have a beer with them.” —Lisa Lynn

Read the complete article, which includes Chez Henri (at the base of Lincoln Peak near Sugarbush), the Pickle Barrel (Killington), and the Red Fox Inn (within 10 miles of Stratton Mountain Resort, Bromley and Magic Mountain)

 

New Year, New Home: 11 Fresh Ideas to Try to Shake Things Up

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by Nancy Mitchell
Senior Writer • Apartment Therapy • New York, NY
December 31, 2017

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The beginning of the year is a time of new things, of fresh starts. If you're feeling the urge to try something a little different in your home, we've got 11 ideas to help you shake up your look.

1. Paint the inside of your bookshelves

An idea we're stealing from The Design Chaser. Would also work to paint a wall before putting up shelving.

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2. Hang art in an unexpected spot

A Paris apartment spotted on AirBnB keeps things grounded, and though certainly not a look for most people, it's a surefire way to make your ceilings look extra high in comparison.

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3. Paint your ceiling

Earlier this month, Pinterest reported that painted and statement ceilings are going to be all the rage in 2018. Be a step ahead by tackling this project before the new year (warning: this is only for those without popcorn texture).

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4. Hang a collection on the wall

Spotted on Domino, here's a great way to display some of your beloved collections. Dust off that hoard of guitars/globes/paperweights and either hang them straight on the wall, or on a shelf.


Read this complete apartment therapy article and the remaining 7 fresh ideas here.

The Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate Market Report

☆☆ January 30, 2018 UPDATE: the report has been reformatted to be more reader-friendly. Click on the link below to see the enhanced format. ☆☆

2017 Year-End Stowe Area Report
including Details for Stowe, Waterbury, and all of Lamoille County

Our 2017 Year-End Market Report uses market-wide data, based on transactions that closed in 2017 in our Multiple Listing Service; and, compares them to sales that took place during the same time period in 2016, providing the most comprehensive market analysis in the area.

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