Blog :: 10-2017

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. 


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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


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      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.


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