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Condo Guy Weekend Recap: Episode 8

North Beach & Nature Walk

I'm always seeking that which hidden in plain sight. In Vermont, there are so many opportunities to discover new places to enjoy, and for those of us that have been here a long time, it can be a revelation to visit somewhere you haven't been in the while. I recently made a trip to Burlington, Vermont's North Beach for a fall day by the water and took a revealing nature walk in Shelburne, Vermont under the light of a full moon by the upper La Platte River.

North Beach 

Burlington's North Beach is an integral part of Burlington's Geography. Accessible by car from North Ave just past Burlington High School and accessible by bike and foot via Burlington's renowned Bike Path. In my life, North Beach has been a respite on hot days, the early site of the Vermont Reggae Fest, an important landmark while running the Vermont City Marathon. I recently visited North Beach with my family for the first time in years. Since it was off season we parked at Burlington High School and strolled through the campgrounds. We were taken aback by the number of campsites and and facilities available for RVs. We joined up with a newly refinished part of the bike path where we saw loads of bikers still enjoying the amazing resource well into the year. As you get closer to the beach you cross through a pedestrian tunnel made of corrugated metal that takes you under the bike path. This is a fantastic spot to test out your yodeling skills with any 4 year olds in your life. We took a stroll on the beach, admired the remaining foliage and incredible views of the Adirondack mountains and took advantage of a world class playground. This is a great spot for a stroll with the family at anytime of year and in the fall you feel as though you have the place to yourself.

Condos Close to North Beach in Burlington: Northshore Condominiums, City Bluffs Condominiums, Fairmont Place Condominiums, Park Place Condominiums, Westlake Condominiums, College & Battery Condominiums, Stratos Condominiums,   

Upper La Platte River

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to participate in a Nature Walk guided by Duncan Murdoch of Nature Connection Guide . His organization provides guided walks through beautiful areas in Vermont influenced by a Nature Based Mindfulness tradition practiced in Japan known as Shinrin-Yoku. The walk I participated in tool place in the Upper La Platte River Natural Area, managed by the Lake Champlain Land Trust. This lovely area has undergone a restoration project involving the planting of many new trees and efforts to protect rare species in this important watershed. During the nature walk, we were encouraged to immerse ourselves in our surroundings by taking time to listen to the river, take in the sights of the forest under moonlight and experience the moon from an open pasture. At the end of the evening our guide prepared a delicious and warming cup of tea made from foraged white pine needles from the surrounding forest, This guided walk provided a truly nourishing way to experience nature in a world that is often difficult to disconnect from.

Condos Close to the Upper La Platte River: The Terraces Condominiums, Gardenside Condominiums, Watch Hill Condominiums, The Gables Condominiums, Shelburne Cliffs Condos

What I'm Reading

Brain Rules by John Medina : A Fascinating look into the brain's function and the importance of exercise, sleep, diet on how we think learn and feel

Musings

"Breathe often"

 

      

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    The Condo Guy Weekend Recap: Episode 7

    Town & Country 

    Living in Greater Burlington provides the joys of a vibrant small city with cultural offerings that believe its tiny population and pristine nature filled with rolling mountains, dense woods and meandering rivers only short distances from each other. This past weekend I took in some live music in Burlington on Friday night and headed to the mountains with the family on Saturday morning. 

    Moosejaws: A Rock & Roll Mythology by Stolk

    After putting my son to bed, I left home at the seemingly irregular and unwholesome hour of 9pm last Friday. I made way into Burlington, to Club Metronome on Main Street. Metronome is situated at the top of a spiral staircase above the iconic nightclub, Nectars (brief real estate aside: both the nightclub and business are currently for sale. Call me for details!). Both are home to incredible live music, good times and fine drink. Club Metronome has forever embedded itself in my memory with recollections of many sweaty nights of unskilled but unforgettable dancing to 80's music at "Retronome". On Friday I was there to see MooseJaws.

    I lack the journalistic skill to aptly describe the experience that is MooseJaws, so I'll keep it brief. In the quiet town of Belvidere, Vermont, there lives a demon Moose (the eponymous MooseJaws) who's awoken from his slumber by four Burlington teenagers exuding the scent of sin who've taken to a cabin in the woods for amorous adventures. Although it may sound... different, this is a tightly constructed and highly engaging hour of music. Eerie storytelling and voice tracks are mixed with full-out rock & roll with echoes of AC/DC, Devo, Weezer and absolute originality. This is Stolk's 4th performance of MooseJaws and I highly recommend you catch the next one. There are rumors of a recorded version being released in the future for which I will be on the advanced copy waiting list.

    Waitsfield, Warren & Sugarbush

    I awoke early with the family on Saturday and we made the trip to the Mad River Valley to visit Sugarbush Resort . It's been years since I've been to Sugarbush. I am not an avid downhill skier, lending to my general lack of coordination and inability to manage gear. I was impressed by the beautiful lodge and amenities at Lincoln Peak. Although it was an absolutely shimmering fall day, it felt like we had the place to ourselves. We hiked up ski trails on the left side of the mountain (with a 4-year-old on my shoulders part of the way for extra cardio) and on the way down we traversed through the wooded trails. I'm in awe that my fellow Vermonters navigate this violently winding and steep terrain on purposefully slick planks attached to their feet. You are superheroes to me. After our trip up the hill we had a nice picnic outside the lodge where we watched staff set up for what was sure to be a picturesque Vermont wedding.

    On the way back home we stopped at Canteen Creemee Company to indulge in one last frosty treat on their final day of the season. I know it's unwise to make such a statement on the internet, but I think the Canteen Creemee is the best there is. The intensity of flavor, slight firmnes and hint of ice make for a creemee like no other. 

    After skipping some rocks in the Mad River and a quick delicious coffee from the Sweet Spot we stopped at the Madsonian Musuem, a favorite of ours that offers interactive displays of everyday objects created with high design in mind.

    What I'm Reading

    Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon: This one is for pure pleasure. A mystery about the murder of a famous composer killed at the Venice Opera House starring the redoubtable Commissario Guido Brunetti who navigates the ancient city seeking the culprit. You can almost taste the salt air from Venice's lagoon in this atmospheric tale. 

    Musings

    "It must be important if remembered"

       

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        The Condo Guy Weekend Recap: Episode 6

        Little Jerusalem
        Hidden Gems of The Queen City

        My love for Burlington, Vermont runs deep, and the same can be said for the culture and history of our fair city. I started out taking the bus into Burlington when I was 12 years old to experience what to me was a teeming metropolis. I loved to people watch, explore out of the way shops and cafes and walk around until my feet were tired. Not much changed during my time at UVM and the subsequent decade I spent living in the different neighborhoods of the Queen City. I still spend lots of time walking around for pleasure and the business of selling Burlington, VT Condos and I still find new things to marvel at with every visit. 

        Little Jerusalem

        In the heart of Burlington's Old North End, in and around Archibald and Hyde Streets, is a neighborhood rich with history. Known as "Little Jerusalem", the neighborhood became home to a vibrant Jewish community comprised of immigrants from Lithuania and other parts of Eastern Europe starting in the late 19th Century. For an in-depth look at this story important to our state's cultural fabric view this 2014 PBS Documentary: "Little Jerusalem".  

        On a recent visit to Archibald Street to check in on a duplex listing of mine, two gentlemen were hard at work doing maintenance outside Ahavath Gerim Synagogue also known as Old Ohavi Zedek. They had been kind enough to call me to let me know they'd found one of my RE/MAX signs on the Synagogues lawn. After learning that amazingly, they were 5th generation attendants of the temple, they were kind enough to invite me in for a tour! Built in 1885, the synagogue is one of the oldest still in existence in the United States. It has beautiful brick construction and extensive glazing on the exterior allowing the interior to be flooded with natural light. Once inside, one is taken aback by the gorgeous trompe l'oeil painting of Jerusalem's famed Wailing Wall, and the ceilings are painted a cerulean blue like the sky on a beautiful day. I chatted with my new friends about the incredible history of the area and thanked them for the tour. Another story and amazing artifact of Little Jerusalem's history is that of the Lost Shul Mural. This beautiful mural painted in 1910 to serve as a temple altarpiece was recently rediscovered, restored and moved through an incredible feat of engineering to Ohavi Zedek Synagogue on North Prospect Street where it currently resides.

        Burlington Vermont Condo projects near Little Jerusalem include Riverwatch Condos, High Grove Condos, Hyde Street Condos, Haley Court, Orchards Condos, Bright Street Condos, Manhattan Heights Condos, Solomon House Condos, Sun Terrace Condos, Union Court Condos, and Walnut Street Condos

        WRUV

        The Condo Guy is proud to Underwrite and support WRUV! As a UVM alum, I spent many days tuned into UVM's own WRUV 90.1. I always loved the eclectic, human driven music selection that can change mood and tone from moment to moment. I learned of many of my favorite artists from WRUV and it served as a sound track of my youth. As I became older and more boring, I found myself gravitating toward VPR and Podcasts about positive visualization. Recently my friend DJ Johnny, a fellow UVM Grad moved back to Vermont and resumed his role as a WRUV DJ older, wiser and with better taste find him on the dial from 6-9am on Thursdays for his show Salad Days. I now listen again regularly and find myself better for it with musical surprises around every corner.

        What I'm Reading

        Landlords are taking over the US Housing Market: Bloomberg News Great read on the current state of the US housing market. Homeownership rates are down, but those who own homes as investments, own more of them.

        Musing

        "Letting go gives me a firmer grasp"      

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          The Condo Guy Weekend Recap: Episode 5

          Crown Point

          Historical Hideouts and Modern Marvels

          There are wonders located in every corner of the Champlain Valley and perhaps no better time to experience many of them then the temperate late days of summer and early Autumn. Labor Day weekend brings traditions of backyard barbecues, The Champlain Valley Fair and preparing for the first days of school. I've had a full schedule of working with sellers and buyers of Vermont Condos, so I was determined to take my free Saturday afternoon to explore. 

          Crown Point: Beautiful Bridge and Formidable Fort

          About an hour South of Burlington off of Route 22A in Chimney Point, Addison County, VT you'll find the Lake Champlain Bridge. Constructed in 2011 as a replacement to the dilapidated Champlain Bridge, this 2,200-foot bridge connects New York and Vermont, spanning Lake Champlain and serving as the only fixed link across the lake between it's most northern and southern points. It's a beautiful modern structure framed by a graceful curving arch and a web of white cables contrasting against the blue of our beautiful lake. It's exhilarating to observe from afar or while driving over. 

          Once across the bridge, you'll be greeted by the Crown Point State Historic Site where you'll find the magnificent ruins of the fort constructed by British forces in the 1750's largely destroyed by fire in 1773 and eventually seized by Seth Warner and Vermont's own Green Mountain Boys in 1775. The old remains offer a terrific opportunity to walk through history and the old quarters of officers and enlisted soldiers highlighted with flagstone floors and massive fireplaces. I highly recommend stopping at WAGS country store on your way there to pick up a kite for $3.99. The raised meadow makes for excellent kite flying.

          Back by Boat

          We wanted to do some exploring in the Empire State so we followed 9N North along the western shore of Champlain. It's cool to see our Green Mountains from a different perspective. When we arrived in Essex, we visited our friend Wayne and had some amazing coffee and ice cream at Essex Ice Cream Cafe. Once we were filled up we hopped on the Essex-Charlotte Ferry which allows cars, bikes and pedestrians aboard for the picturesque 30 minute journey back to Vermont. A great way to come home!

          What I'm Reading 

          Millennials Might be the Only Thing Preventing Another Mortgage Collapse Interesting insight into how a generation blamed for their self interest and dependence may be helping avert a crises with their frugality and focus on experiences. 

          Musings

          "Don't just stare out the window; See what's on the other side" 

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            The Condo Guy Weekend Recap: Episode 4

            groton state forest

            Although the Vermont Condo Market moves ever onward the dwindling final days of summer are upon us. Nights are getting cooler, The College Kids are coming back and the mountains are turning rusty. We're all asking "where did the summer go?" And with any luck, you'll be able to summon amazing memories of recent months that answers the question.

            The Kids Are Back in Town: Burlington, Vermont Hotels and People Watching on The Church Street Marketplace

            An old UVM friend of mine was visiting from the west coast this past weekend. He was eager to see what Burlington looked like these days and wanted to be near the action so he booked a room at The Downtown Burlington Hilton Garden Inn. Unbeknownst to my friend, it was welcome week for UVM and Champlain College. Due to the influx of visitors, prices were on the high end everywhere in town and he was happy to find one of the few vacancies left. When living in a town one has little reason to visit hotels. Although the "New" Hilton has been around for a couple years it was the first time I'd set foot in the hotel on the corner of St. Paul and Main Streets in Burlington. I'll admit that I was surprised when I walked in to find such a Metropolitan Hotel hiding in plain sight in my little Queen City. The Lobby, reception, and bar offer sophisticated space with a warm variety of textures highlighted by local art. I met my old classmate and we made it up the well-worn cobblestones of Church Street to one of Vermont's most famous icons, Ben & Jerry's. The line extended all the way to the entrance but moved quickly. We chatted as we waited for sweet treats, surrounded by eager new first-year college students experiencing a right of passage. By some miracle of time, the students grow younger as I remain the same age. It occurred to me as I received my fresh waffle cone filled with Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz that it had been 20 years since our first days at UVM. We sat outside and watch the people pass on a beautiful summer night as we reminisced.

            Over the years we've had many clients purchasing Burlington Vermont Condos for their student and grad student children. Some of the more popular condominium projects for this use are Riverwatch Condos, Vermont House Condos, Ledgewood Condos, Stratos Condos, Millyard Condominiums in Winooski, among many others.

            To The Woods: A Night at New Discovery in Groton State Forest:

            After an albeit mellow night on the town, I was ready to seize one of the last summer weekends and escape to the woods. My companion and I met with another old College friend and made our way to The Groton State Forest where we'd reserved a beautiful tent site on Osmore Pond at New Discovery State Park an incredible facility on beautiful Osmore Pond. On our short 20 hour trip, we packed in fishing by canoe on the pond where we faced numerous, ferocious 2 inch Perch, an amazing campfire meal and a sweet hike to Owl's Head Mountain where stunning views in every direction bring awe and calm. If you look out across the expanse over Kettle Pond, you can see Camel's Hump in the distance. I'd love to spend another night in this beautiful place with old friends, but it's time to get on back to school and back to VT Condos.

            What I'm Reading: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris

            A Compilation of lessons learned from interviewing over 200 world class performers in every field imaginable. There's something for everyone in this book and the format makes it easy to skip around. A key takeaway for me has been the prevalence of meditation as a common practice of some of today's best thinkers. 

            Musing:

            "After the solitude of night comes the companionship of morning"

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              The Condo Guy Weekend Recap: Episode 3

              shelburne museum

              A demanding schedule in the dynamic Vermont Condo market requires that I make the most out of all my free time. This past weekend, my wife worked an incredible event to benefit her non-profit organization (see below), so I had the good fortune of spending a full day with my son. It was a beautiful summer Saturday and we were both excited to make the most out of the day.

              Shelburne Museum

              As a Shelburne Native, I made many visits during my formative years to the Shelburne Museum, an incomparable Vermont gem. With a breathtaking and expansive collection of fine art & folk art, a seemingly endless number of historical objects, and bucolic grounds dotted with significant historic buildings transported to the site as if by magic, Shelburne Museum is a must-see on any visit to Chittenden County in Vermont. It would be easy to spend an entire week exploring the delights on display, but with so much to choose from a morning or afternoon visit can be very satisfying. We took a ride on the period carousel, made alive with hand-carved and painted horses. Afterwards, we explored the circus tents with incredible poster art relaying the significance of the circus in American life. Next, we visited the town meeting hall, the carriage house, a jailhouse from Castleton and a one-room schoolhouse from Vergennes. The toy shop is a must stop with little ones. We saved the Paddle Boat Ticonderoga for last, wandering its decks and imagining an elegant Lake Champlain journey in a different era. Many condos in Shelburne are walking or biking distance to the Museum including, The Terraces Condos, Gardenside Condominiums, The Gables Condos and Watch Hill Condos. 

              Magic Hat Artifactory-Wall to Canvas Event-To Benefit The Shelburne Craft School

              After a terrific morning at the museum, we stopped by the Magic Hat Artifactory. Magic Hat was one of the pioneers of Vermont's craft brew explosion and remains a must stop on any brewery tour. Each year in August, Magic Hat hosts a live art event called Wall to Canvas in which regional artists transform blank canvases into masterpieces. Influenced by street art and set to a DJ'd soundtrack, the energy of the event is unbelievable. Visitors watch the process unfold and have an opportunity to buy a piece of there very own at a live auction capping off the event. Proceeds benefit The Shelburne Craft School: a 72-year-old Vermont art/craft institution and integral community resource offering classes in woodworking, clay, metalsmithing, and visual arts to people of all ages. Take a class today! Full disclosure: My amazing wife, Sage Tucker-Ketcham is the Executive Director of the Craft School as well as an accomplished artist in her own right. Magic Hat is located nearby Locust Hill Condos, Eastwood Commons Condos, Harbor Watch Condos, and Overlook Condos.

              Addison County Field Days

              No summer is complete without a trip to the fair. We went down to the Field Days in hopes of launching the iconic RE/MAX hot air balloon, but a raging storm got in the way. We did still make time for cotton candy, a couple rides and the 4H dairy barn where we mingle with some gorgeous prize winning cows. After a long and fulfilling day, we headed home to recharge and get ready for a full Sunday of work and the next weekend on the horizon.

              What I'm Reading

              Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins. Mr. Robbins has positively impacted the lives of millions throughout the world. This book offers inspiring advice and a roadmap to transforming your life... in an instant. 

              Musings

              It's easier to climb hills when you think of them as undulations 

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                The Condo Guy Weekend Recap: Episode 2

                montreal

                Special occasions call for special adventures. This past weekend marked my 10th wedding anniversary, so I entrusted the ever capable Condo Guy Team to help our many buyers and sellers navigate the booming Vermont Condo market and headed north to beautiful Montreal.

                Only 95 miles separate Burlington, VT from Montreal, QC and the trip can be made in 2 hours by car. The time taken can vary depending on border traffic. In the event increased border traffic is likely, I recommend trying one of the more rural crossings at Morses Line or Alburgh. They'll add miles to your trip, but it's a terrific way to see more remote parts of Northern Vermont and Southern Quebec. Don't forget to bring your passport! https://www.dhs.gov/how-do-i/cross-us-borders 

                Things to Do: Just Walk/Bike!

                Montreal is alternatively known as "The City of Festivals" and it's nearly impossible to walk around the city without coming across a world-class event in progress. During the course of our 24-hour trip, we encountered a triathlon, thousands of immaculately costumed anime superfans, a tremendous fireworks display and stunning public art. I'm a firm believer in ditching plans when traveling and just walking around interesting places and waiting for happy accidents. If walking isn't your thing, take advantage of Montreal's amazing public bike system, Bixi. Montreal offers easily navigable bike lanes throughout the city offering for ease of travel.

                Places to Go
                Montreal is filled with many varied and distinct neighborhoods and we barely scratched the surface in our short trip but found a unique flavor in the few that we visited including Old Montreal, The Plateau, The Gay Village, and Downtown.

                There's so much to see and do in Montreal. I can't wait to return to explore more. I could write a whole series of entries regarding the incredible restaurants, bars, hotels, museums and galleries that the city offers. On our short trip, we ate a lovely dinner with friends at their home, had a hotel breakfast and grabbed quick, economical sandwiches and salads for lunch at a couple of the city's great and countless Pret a Manger (ready to eat) spots.

                What I'm Reading

                Influence by Robert Cialdini - A fascinating read on the science of persuasion and what causes we, humans, to do what we do. Based on empirical evidence yet communicated in an accessible manner. 

                Musings

                Great things can be accomplished at any time during the day.

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                  The Condo Guy Weekend Recap: Episode 1

                  VT Sculpture Park

                  In addition to my devotion to real estate and all things Vermont Condo related, I do get out once in a while to enjoy the incredible sights and experiences that our community offers. Summer affords many opportunities to take in Vermont's natural beauty and vibrant culture. Below are some discoveries made on this most recent quintessential VT Summer weekend. 

                  Lemon Fair Sculpture Park | Shoreham, VT  

                  Among the beautiful rolling hills of Addison County, you'll find Lemon Fair Sculpture Park. This incredible display of sculptural art is arrayed across an expansive field surrounded by stunning scenery. Along the mile long mowed path, you'll encounter stunning and varied sculptures created by a diverse range of artists. The combination of man made beauty surrounded by Vermont Vistas makes Lemon Fair Sculpture Park a unique and rewarding experience. I can't wait to go back! 

                  Dedalus Wine | Burlington, VT 

                  As a parent of a young son and as a Realtor, I don't get out to eat very often, but I had the distinct pleasure of dining with old friends visiting from out of town at the Dedalus Wine Bar this past Saturday. The food, service, wine, and ambiance were all out of this world. Every aspect of the meal and setting was incredibly thoughtful, from the wine list and menu all the way down to the glassware. Our knowledgeable and helpful server recommended delicious wines which we paired with nearly everything on the menu all of which we shared. Some of the standouts were bread with ploughgate butter ( I had no idea butter could be so good), Sardines with Chorizo and arugula and Sausage over Lentils. In the heart of Burlington's thriving Pine Street, Dedalus is a great place to break bread with friends and drink in life. Be sure to check out their beautiful retail space with an incredible wine selection and a wide array of cheeses, charcuterie, and sandwiches. 

                  What I'm Reading 

                  I recently read Ronda Kaysen's article in the New York Times. Her article entitled, Smaller Housing Markets Lure Individual Investors offers a fascinating look at a new trend in real estate investment; Home purchasers priced out of in expensive coastal cities are buying investment properties sight unseen in more affordable markets and contracting out property management.

                  Also in the New York Times I found a spotlight on Vermont and Green Mountain Power and how they lead the nation in bringing renewable power into our communities.

                  Musing

                  "Pay close attention when the sun is in your eyes"

                   

                   

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                    6 Reasons Why a Condo is the Right Choice for You

                    modern condo windows

                    If you're a prospective home buyer, you have lots of options. Maybe you’re weary of paying rent or have accepted a job transfer. You could be an empty nester planning to downsize. Buyers who don't feel a single-family home is the right choice may find that it's time to consider purchasing a condominium unit, which offers heightened flexibility and higher affordability in a home that serves as part of a larger building.

                    A condominium represents a kind of home ownership in which owners share an interest in common areas, such as a yard or a parking area. However, each owner holds a title separately for their respective unit. Here are six reasons why a condo could be the right choice for you.

                    Financial Outlay

                    When deciding between a single-family home or a condo, the expense is usually a major factor. A condo generally costs significantly less than a single-family residence when evaluating similar locations and might be a better fit for your budget. This means that your down payment, monthly mortgage payments, insurance, and property taxes are lower. You’ll also save money on maintenance since condo owners share the cost of common upkeep.

                    In some cases, owners of single-family homes must belong to a homeowners’ association with fees much steeper than those assessed by condo associations. Even when there is no HOA linked to a single-family dwelling, condo ownership costs are usually significantly less.

                    Upkeep

                    A smaller home means less cleaning and interior upkeep. Roof replacement and maintenance of the community grounds and the exterior of units is the responsibility of the condo association, which hires contractors. This frees up an owner’s time for more enjoyable activities. For those who are downsizing, it can be a welcome relief after years of yard work and structural maintenance.

                    Amenities

                    Condo complexes typically offer amenities that owners of single-family homes don’t enjoy. Think swimming pools and hot tubs. Some have fitness centers, basketball and tennis courts, childcare facilities, and even book clubs. Many larger complexes provide concierges to rent a car or obtain event tickets for residents.

                    Security

                    Does a gated community appeal to you? How about a security guard? The presence of neighbors surrounding you is an undeniable plus for buying a condo instead of a single-family dwelling. Many condo communities establish neighborhood watch groups to look out for each other. Buzzer entries and security cameras are also common.

                    Community

                    Condo dwellers comment on the strong sense of community they experience. This is particularly true when a community plans social events for its residents. A condo community is also the perfect place to gain some new friends who won’t have to travel miles to spend time with you. Whether you’re a single who loves to party or a retired couple, it’s easy to find a community filled with other owners who have similar interests.

                    Location

                    Condominiums are ideal for buyers who love the buzz of an urban environment. Builders often erect complexes in downtown areas near restaurants, transit hookups, retailers, theaters, museums, and other attractions. A condo near a college or university is often far more affordable than a single-family home in the same area.

                    Do you have a favorite but pricey neighborhood? Buying a condo instead of a single-family dwelling could be the deciding factor in whether residing in that particular section of town is doable. If you’d love to live in a luxury spot such as near the beach or beside the ski slopes, owning a condo often allows you to enjoy the associated lifestyle at a fraction of the expense of a single-family residence. You might want to buy in a luxury location with an eye toward eventually turning your home into a rental. That represents great investment potential.

                    Many benefits of owning a condominium are attractive to prospective buyers looking at real estate. Whether your concern is satisfying financial requirements, social interaction, saving time, or all of them, buying a condo might be the perfect choice for you.

                    Start Your VT Condo Search Today!

                    Blog post provided courtesy of our RE/MAX Colleague Justin Havre of Justin Havre & Associates at RE/MAX First in Calgary, Canada.

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