On a [recent] crisp autumn day, Craig Hogan landed at the Burlington International Airport in northwestern Vermont. The leaves set the surrounding countryside ablaze with red, orange, and gold. Across Lake Champlain, he caught a glimpse of the Adirondacks — a postcard-worthy picture of a sun-kissed New England fantasy. The Chicago-based vice president of luxury for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC was captivated by the rich scenery and people, who greeted his big-city tendencies with warm, free-flowing hellos.
Hogan was met by a cadre of local real estate experts from Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty. Later, they met up with their Vermont counterparts at Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate in the fabled ski town of Stowe: broker McKee McDonald, and his mother, Peggy Smith, owner and broker. Both teams treated Hogan to a whirlwind tour of eight inspiring properties throughout their state, beginning first in Burlington at the lakeshore, then to Colchester and weaving up north to the island town of South Hero until they finally reached the mountains of Stowe. What followed was an eye-opening journey through Vermont’s most vibrant towns awakening to an influx of investment and new development.
[Burlington properties are not included in this blog entry]
When you think of the most luxurious and renowned ski destinations in the nation, Aspen and Deer Valley probably come to mind. If Stowe is also on your list, your awareness of the country’s skiing hotspots is impressive. This northern Vermont town is de rigeur, and increasingly attracting ski aficionados seeking premier mountain conditions. But, for real estate buyers looking to purchase homes in the area, the slopes are only the beginning.
“Stowe is unmatched on the East Coast in terms of the mix of luxury resorts in a quaint New England Village, world-class skiing, and year-round activities,” says McKee Macdonald of Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate. “While many people come just for the skiing, once they experience the other seasons, they realize how wonderful Stowe is year-round and often spend more time here in the summer than the winter. Stowe offers close proximity to Boston, New York, and Montreal and has direct flights from Washington, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, and other major metropolitan areas on the east coast. In addition, this ski capital of the east is located in the heart of the craft-beer industry in Vermont; and, within an hour’s ride of Stowe, you can taste many of the top beers in the world as well as many of the top rated cheeses in the country.”
Key to Stowe’s recent burst in popularity is the $500 million investment now-former owner AIG Insurance made in the transformation of Stowe Mountain Ski Operations, and its subsequent purchase by Vail Resorts in Colorado. “The long-term projections of Vail’s investment in the ski resort will continue to enhance Stowe’s reputation as a world-class destination,” adds Macdonald.
Real estate in Stowe reflects the predicted luxury expectations of high-net-worth individuals, with upscale ski-in, ski-out condos, brand-new construction, and homes that feature a combination of old and new with historic elements and modern features among the popular trends. We mined the market to find some of the most unique and valuable properties for sale in Stowe.
A coveted neighborhood, gorgeous surroundings, impeccable privacy, and great entertainment potential bring four-season enjoyment to this spectacular Stowe property. This wooded estate that sprawls over 26 acres of pristine Vermont land features the ultimate in rustic luxury, inside and out. Gather in front of the brick fireplace and gaze out onto an amazing expanse of verdant green. The gourmet kitchen shares the serene vistas while offering a professional space for crafting gourmet meals. With 4,884 square feet including five large bedrooms, a bunk room, and a recreation room, this Stowe property can easily accommodate the whole family and any visiting guest coming in for a ski getaway.
Classic farmhouse architecture meets mountain chic in this idyllic Stowe home, which features views of the Green Mountains and Stowe Mountain Resort ski runs. Elegant interiors and abundant entertainment spaces embrace large gatherings, while the country kitchen with its professional appliances including a double Viking range can accommodate even the most particular chef—and palate. With five bedrooms, six and one-half baths, and 10,147 square feet, this residence features a gracious space for everyone, including a sumptuous master suite that overlooks Mt. Mansfield and a charming wood-paneled bunk room.
Overlooking a bounty of trees just reaching their peak of colorful splendor come November, this private view estate is the quintessential mountain property. Flanked by extensive wood and stone, with large windows to take in hillside vistas, the home also features well-designed interiors with six bedrooms in 5,442 square feet. A gourmet kitchen, spacious new living room with fireplace, and magazine-ready bathrooms provide contemporary touches that complement the home’s distinctive architecture. A private setting with a babbling brook, swimming pool, tennis court, and screened-in porch make it hard to leave, while the easily accessible location puts all the best of Stowe within reach.
Halloween is a special day at home. The house is filled with fun and laughter which is the best treat you can ask for. This is where traditions are born. This is home.
Coldwell Banker Real Estate has been helping people find their homes for more than 108 years, but this year through a partnership with Adopt-a-Pet.com, we are going to help 20,000 dogs find a home through the Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project.
And the only place a seller can tell their story is on coldwellbanker.com
by David Marine, Vice President of Brand Engagement for Coldwell Banker
When you look at the life of your home, whether you have been there for 10 months or 50 years, those walls are filled with stories. Memories are embedded within the hardwood floors. Laughter can be heard in the doorways. And tears leave their mark in the entryway.
Our homes are an extension of who we are and it is where the greater story of our lives is written. In our latest TV commercial (below), called “Catch,” Coldwell Banker Real Estate is sharing one such story of home and how it shapes the person we become. And our story begins in the backyard with a simple game of catch.
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If you're thinking about selling your home, or it's already listed with me, and you have a story about it that you'd like to share, call me (802-730-4343) or send me an eMail. In the meantime, read this guide from Coldwell Banker.
Enjoy this homeowner's story of home:
Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate has moved from 25 Main Street to 91 Main Street. Everything else remains the same. Come by and say hi!
Charlie Aronovici, Realtor®
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Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate and its agents were honored at the 2014 Coldwell Banker Gen Blue conference in Mashantucket CT. We received the 2013 sales award for #1 Real Estate Office in the Northern Region. This designation reflects the highest sales for office size among the 19 states in the Northern Region, which consists of states from Maine to Minnesota and as far south as Maryland to Missouri.
The office also received the 2013 Premier Office designation, highest average sales achieved for all agents in the office, which demonstrates a high level of team work and excellence among the entire office. The Premier Office Designation is awarded to the top 16% of all Coldwell Banker offices. 2013 is the second year Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate has been awarded this designation.
“We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of all those at Coldwell Banker Carlson, both for its position as the most productive office in its size category in the northern region but also for its status as a Premier office," said Budge Huskey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Coldwell Banker. "The company’s success is a statement of what can be accomplished when a select, dynamic team of professionals creates a culture of high expectations and a laser focus on exceptional service. Like Stowe itself, Coldwell Banker Carlson is unique and grounded in the concept of quality first.”
There Is No Place Like Home Sweet Home
by Sean Blankenship, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Coldwell Banker
Inspiration can come from many places. Sometimes it happens when you least expect it. Recently on a business trip to Louisiana I found myself delayed at the airport, sure to miss my connecting flight. Now the last place I’d ever expect to find inspiration is an airport, but it happened.
I’m sitting in the terminal on the phone with the airline’s automated phone system. Seeing me get frustrated, a person sitting across the table from me asked if she could help. Turns out she worked for the airline, but was off duty. After assuring me that the airline would reassign me to a later connecting flight, she asked where home was. At first, I thought it was a little odd that a complete stranger would ask me such a question. Where is home? Hmmm.
She didn’t ask where I was “headed.” She didn’t ask where I “lived.” Turns out, home had a special meaning for her. She was headed home to meet her husband who was flying from Afghanistan after a six month tour of duty. She said to me, “he’s finally coming home.” I thanked her for her helping me navigate the airline delay, wished her safe travels home and to please tell her husband “thank you” for everything he does for this country.
Later as I sat there, 37,000 feet above the earth, on my way home I couldn’t help but reflect on the meaning of home, and of course how precious it must be for that serviceman who is hours away from coming home to his wife. And how many people around the world are holding on to that feeling of “going home.” You see the meaning of home is the same everywhere in the world. It may come in different languages, shapes, sizes and certainly represents different emotional moments, but no one ever said “I can’t wait to get back to my long-term financial investment.” Right?
In fact, think about all the different phrases where we use the word “home:”
- “I can’t wait to get home to and sleep in my own bed.”
- There was Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home…..”
- How many moms have said “just wait ’til your father gets home!”
- There was that great moment in Top Gun when Goose (Anthony Edwards) said “Take me home, or leave me forever!”
- One of my favorites is “home for the holidays.” How can you not be happy about that?
- While it doesn’t have “home” in it, how about the term staycation! That’s right, getting away from it all at home.
That’s the feeling we are trying to convey in the first of two ads Coldwell Banker Real Estate will be unveiling in 2014. We call this first spot “Home Sweet Home” and you’ll see why for a couple of reasons. First, the song that is the track for the ad is from the infamous band, Mötley Crüe, and is appropriately titled, “Home Sweet Home.” Second the visuals in the ad convey how each of us from all walks of life experience that feeling of coming home.
I say it’s time we all take a moment and reflect on what “Home” truly means. A place of celebration. A monument of great memories. A moment of tribute to those who help protect our home everyday! That is home sweet home.
Don’t miss the debut of the Coldwell Banker ad, “Home Sweet Home,” on the Grammy Awards which air Sunday, January 26th at 8 p.m. on CBS. Join the conversation on Twitter by following us at @coldwellbanker and using the hashtag #HomeRocks.
Coldwell Banker Real Estate will join the holiday fun when we share our "We Believe" TV commercial on NBC's coverage of the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday morning. We continue to build the excitement on Wednesday, December 4, on NBC's 19th annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center show where the famed tree is lit.