A conversation with Teresa Merelman, Stowe Realty, Stowe, VT
Stowe, Vermont is known as a 4 Season Resort Town located in the northern part of the State. It became charted in 1763. Stowe’s year round population is relatively small – 4,314 per the 2010 census, but Stowe is the largest town in Vermont land wise – 72+ square miles.
Stowe, Vermont- Iconic
When people think of Vermont, they envision covered bridges, churches with white steeples, cows, open land, snow, foliage, etc. Stowe not only has all of these iconic items, we also have 5 Star dining, snowboarding, skiing, hiking trails, Stowe Recreation Path, Cross Country Skiing, river and pond swimming, ice skating,
Stowe bustles with tourists in the winter for the snow related activities, but it is even busier here in the summer because of all the special events. The events include major Craft Shows, Antique Car Shows, Hot Air Balloon Festivals, 4th of July Parade and Fireworks, Marathons, Weekend of Hope (for Cancer survivors), Garden Festival, and Oktoberfest. Many folks just like to come and relax to get away from the city life and breathe fresh air. Most of our tourists tend to come from Boston, NYC, New Jersey, Connecticut and Montreal. Some like to shop along the Stowe Village area or walk along the rec path which winds along the river.
Great Place to Live and Raise a Family
Stowe is not only a great place to visit; it is also a great place to live. Our public school system continually ranks at the top in the State of Vermont. Stowe has a variety of churches and a new synagogue. As is traditional in Vermont, Stowe has a town meeting on the first Tuesday in March. It is always an interesting event as one can listen to the “old-timers” and the “new-comers” hash out capital budget items. Although there are usually tourists around, you can usually count on knowing many of the locals. We have a very low crime rate – the typical crime is theft of skis; and if it happened, it will be reported in the Police Blotter of our local newspaper, The Stowe Reporter.
The Beauty of Spring and Fall
I think Stowe is beautiful all year round; but my favorite seasons are fall and spring. The foliage in Vermont is simply unbelievable in September and October. At times, the mountains look like they are on fire. Just a simple walk with you dog can be amazing as you look at all the color. Springtime – sometimes knows as mud season – is also special. I think it’s because we tend to have long winters so we appreciate the beauty of daffodils in bloom around all the brown. Then May comes along and everything is so green. Vermonters appreciate the beauty of the state and one of the striking things about the 14th state is billboards are not allowed.
Home to the HGTV Dream Home
Stowe also has the honor of being the location of the 2011 HTV Dream Home. I had the opportunity to see it with the builder, Brendan O’Reilly. It is a beautiful, comfortable, and energy efficient home located close to the Stowe Ski Resort – you can actually ski right to the lift from your front door. The contest is over now and the winner will be announced in March. And yes, I did enter it.
Real Estate Market
The real estate market in Stowe has been affected by the downturn in the economy. List prices have gone down and the inventory has risen. However, 2010 showed a substantial increase in the number of sales compared to 2009. Click on the links below for my market reports:
Stowe Vermont Home Sales – Comparative Market Report 2005 through 2010
Stowe Vermont Condo Sales – Comparative Market Report 2005 through 2010
Stowe Vermont Land Sales – Comparative Market Report 2005 through 2010
Want to Know More About Stowe?
Give me a call at (802) 793-5171 or e-mail at Teresa@StoweUSA.com
I have been a resident of Stowe since 1987 – a transplant from the Washington D.C. area and a licensed real estate agent in Stowe since 1998. I’d be happy to show you around my home town!