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Vail Buys Stowe!

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For weeks, the signs have been there: fleet cars with Colorado plates cruising the Mountain Road, helicopters hovering over Spruce Peak, rumors of Vail Resort’s senior management locked in closed door sessions with the head honchos from Stowe Mountain Resort and AIG.

Today, at 8:00 am Vail Resorts announced it had entered an agreement to acquire Stowe Mountain Resort from Mt. Mansfield Company, Inc. (MMC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. (AIG), for a purchase price of $50 million, subject to certain adjustments. Stowe Mountain Resort will be Vail Resorts’ first mountain resort on the East Coast and complements the Company’s network of 10 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas. Click on the headline above for the full story. 

The Extreme Brothers - Dan and John Egan

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This article appeared in the Winter 2017 Edition of Vermont Ski and Ride Magazine. 

Chairlift Q/A: The Extreme Brothers

Vermont’s ‘Siamese Twins’ of skiing are getting inducted into the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame. 

This April, in Stowe, John and Dan Egan will be the first brothers inducted into the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame. Known as the “Siamese twins of skiing” for their synchronized skiing, they often skied where world-wide news was breaking: at the Berlin Wall when it was being torn down, and in war fronts around the Middle East and former Soviet satellite countries.

The Egans starred in a dozen Warren Miller films and produced their own films under Egan Entertainment Network. John also did numerous first descents on terrain that, as Warren Miller said at the time, “no one thought could be skied.”

Elegant Cabin Style for a Mountain Home

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This article appeared on Houzz and I thought readers might enjoy seeing the beautiful interiors in this mountain home.  They are very elegant yet totally casual and suited to country living.  What I like:  1.  The use of Window Treatments.  Here are examples of lovely panels with trimmings, soft roman shades and wood blinds that provide privacy and light control without sacrificing an ounce of sunshine and views.  More importantly they add softness and warmth to windows and rooms and provide opportunities to add pattern and color to the overall palette.  2.)  The use of both dark and light woods, along with painted woods.  Wood is a natural choice in a mountain home but too much of one kind or one color can be overwhelming. I like the way they mixed it up...just the right mix of dark beams and dark wood furniture combines with lightly stained woods, off white painted panelling, white painted and sometimes colorful painted furniture.  3.)  The use of coffered ceilings, especially in the Dining Room.  Again, the use of dark and light woods make it so interesting. 4.) Great lighting fixtures.  These are a cut above the standard Home Depot variety but what a difference they make.  And they're not all metal fixtures.  They use lots of wood and ceramic table lamps that give the home a very upscale, tasteful look. 5.) Barley Twist Furniture.  You'll see quite a few tables, chairs and even lamps that use this design motif.  It's a design feature that's been around a long time, especially in English 17th and 18th century styles and I think it gives a nice "antique" look without being heavy and stuffy. 6.) Wallpaper - some.  I love the way they used wallpaper in the master bath to highlight the hot tub alcove.  Just enough to add interest to the room and break up all the hard tile and fixtures.   

There are lots of other great design ideas in this article so click on the link below to get the full story and pictures from Houzz.  If you just want to see the pictures, click on any one of the pictures and it will take you just to the picture gallery.  

Houzz Tour: Elegant Cabin Style for a High Country Mountain Home

 

Warren 4th of July Parade

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The 4th of July Parade located in Warren Village is always a fun and festive place to be.  The most recent 2016 parade was no different.  This year, the festivities kicked off with Presidential candidate, Bernie Sander’s, leading the parade.  Following closely behind him were the many floats that had been created, all unique and colorful.  [...]

Mehuron's Market Celebrates 75 Years in the Mad River Valley

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For anyone who has ever visited the Valley or, certainly, those of us who live here, Mehuron's Supermarket in Waitsfield, is a wonderful establishment.  It's the "go-to" place for everyday and specialty food items and, importantly, the place where you will likely meet your friends and neighbors and get a quick update on all the local happenings!  Last Sunday, Mehuron's celebrated it's 75th year in the Valley with a party open to the public that featured a tent in the parking lot, live music and free food. It was a great event, enjoyed by all!  The article that follows, details the 75 year history of Mehuron's and is filled with fascinating stories, pictures and glimpses of life in the earlier days of the Mad River Valley.  Click on the title above to view the whole story in the Valley Reporter. 

Historic Bent Hill Home Featured in New York Times Article, "What You Get For $1,200,000"

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Roth Real Estate's listing of a historic home on Bent Hill, in Waitsfield, VT, was featured this past week in the New York Times article, "What You Get For $1,200,000". ?The article, written by Mike Powell, features three different homes from three different parts of the country and examines what you can get for a set amount of money. ?It is a very popular weekly feature in the Real Estate Section of the Times and we are very happy that our clients and their beautiful home here in the Mad River Valley recieved such great exposure! ?

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An Inspirational Barn Rescue

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All Vermonters (and would-be Vermonters) love barns and, especially, barn conversions and renovations.  So, when I came across this article in Houzz, I decided to include it here in our blog.  It was written by Bud Dietrich, AIA and Houzz Contribuor.  Check out the "Before" pictures at the end of the article first. Then take a close look at how it was transformed!  It made me think about one of our own listings on Flat Iron Road right here in Warren Village. It's inspirational!  See what it does for your imagination!  

Click on the article's title above for the full story. 

How to Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Home Loan

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How to Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Home Loan

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One of the best things you can do to help ensure that you have the best possible shot at getting the home you want to buy is to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Pre-approval is basically a promise from the lender that you?re qualified to borrow up to a certain amount [...]

The Mad River Valley Featured in the New York Times

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A few years ago, I was skiing high above the Sugarbush resort in Vermont with John Egan, a legend of extreme skiing 20 years before the genre had even been identified. Mr. Egan has starred in audacious ski movies from Argentina to Siberia and everywhere in between. He could live almost anywhere, his teaching skills and reputation making him welcome at dozens of skiing resorts. But he has instead called Mad River Valley in central Vermont home for decades.

That day, skiing on a trail named Panorama, we stopped at a clearing near a 4,000-foot peak and I asked him: "Why live here? Why the Mad River Valley?"

He replied with two questions of his own: "What do you see? And what don't you see?"

Welcome to our new blog!

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We look forward to making this the best resource for information about Real Estate, Home Design and Happenings here in the Mad River Valley.  Please feel free to comment on our posts if you have questions or reactions to share. If there is anything you'd like to see us write about, we'd love to hear your ideas.