Blog :: 2014

Christmas is coming to Stratton

Nov Pendings and Sales Happy holidays - all of them!! Thanksgiving brought record snow and also record crowds. The mountain has had the largest percentage of trails open of the other Vermont mountains. Lots of people were here enjoying their homes and rentals. Our phones are still ringing for people looking for Christmas and beyond. We have had a few people looking at  Stratton real estate, but traditionally this is the time when we are slow. People are getting ready for the holidays. November statistics are reflective of the seasonal slowdown where we had 11 homes pending and 6 closed, 2 condos pending and 9 closed. Again, a positive sign with 1 land closing (cheap) and 4 good pendings. I have available an October comparison of the Stratton market vs Okemo. It certainly shows a more consistent trend of the real estate market here at Stratton.  I will be happy to share that with you if oyu ask.

Its not too late to buy for this ski season.   Here is a great Piper Ridge at Stratton condo.     It has four bedrooms and 3 bath and a brand new kitchen.   There are three fireplaces and it is beautifully furnished.   Piper Ridge at Stratton has a private sports center with indoor pool and large hot tub, sauna, exercise room and racket ball.  Winter shuttle to Stratton.  All this for $299,000.




We are looking forward to a great Christmas holiday and hope to see you.

November Stratton Real Estate Update

Here are October's pending and closings for Stratton area. We had once of the most beautiful Fall's and enjoyed very warm weather. The Stratton market activity has stayed fairly consistent with 22 properties under contract - as always some of these pendings may travel from month to month with 24 homes and condo's closed. You notice there was a mega sale of an estate for $4,350,000 which started at $7,900,000. as well as several other good sales. This month we are still getting calls of people looking at the last minute to purchase and or rent here at Stratton.  Our seasonal rental market has been very strong and we have very little left for this winter.   Our C Short Term department is getting very busy with calls to book winter Stratton vacation rentals.  The strength of the rental market should bode well for future sales. Stratton has invested $7 million in new gondola cabins, 350 new HKD snowguns, 2 new snowcats and  new glades  for skiing & boarding this year.

Its not too late to purchase a home or condo at Stratton this winter.  The writer put a co-op apartment under contract in early November and it will close next week.


Getting ready to Ski at Stratton Mountain

It has been cold here at Stratton and snow is predicted for this weekend.    Stratton's new gondola is up and running and we are all looking forward to a comfortable and speedy trip to the top of the mountain.    The ski shops are all chock full of new equipment and nice new clothes as well as they still have some deals on last year's ski equipment and outfits.     Our seasonal rentals have been busy with many rented.   There are still some great values for Stratton rentals available for this winter as well as there are still some great buys in homes and condos there are available for this winter  ski season at Stratton.    Stratton's village has a new bar and pizza shop.   The village is also gearing up ready for skiers with restaurants and retail.

A new listing of  Viewa great value of a lot located off the Stratton Access Road at the end of a cul de sac.  It is on 2.7 acres and has a septic design for a 4 bedroom home.     Very competitively priced at $69,000.

Hot of the press is a new Chalet Coop that is priced at $205,000.    It is cash only.  It has three bedrooms, 2 baths, and family room in addition to the main living area of living/dining /kitchen.  You can walk to the base area from this unit.

If you are thinking about a rental or purchase for this winter, now is the time to call and make your plans to either purchase or buy a home here at Stratton Mountain or rent a home for the season. Search all real estate here.

Stratton Area Realtors Awards

Last week at the State Realtor Awards Dinner, Carrie Mathews of the Winhall Real Estate Associates were acknowledged by her peers.    Carrie Mathews, was awarded the Realtor of the Year by the South Central Vermont Board of Realtors.  The Realtor of the Year is awarded to Realtors for their service to the Local And State Realtor Boards and their contributions  to the local community.   Carrie is the mother of two children in the Mountain School.

Carrie is active in marketing Stratton real estate for sale and for rent.  For information on buying, selling or renting homes or condos at Stratton, please contact Carrie today.

Carrie ROTY

Stratton doings in September

The leaves are starting to turn, ski shops are busy stocking up with new merchandise,  the new gondola at Stratton is being installed with the plan to take the first riders up on  September 27.      The real estate market is picking up!  In July there were 4 pending sales,  and in August there here were 24  Sales in the Stratton area.  Follow this link to see the August market activity.   Out office is busy with with offers, contracts and winter Stratton rentals.   Our short term Stratton rental staff are very busy with phone inquiries and are booking Christmas as well as MLK weekend.

Properly  pricing a home will get it shown and sold.   We closed a property in Londonderry for $630,000 last week.   Here is what the seller had to say, "I Peggy and I wanted to thank you all for your effective and professional representation. I do appreciate having had a great team to help us close this interesting transaction. Hope to say hi on Monday or Tuesday before we leave."

A very special property has just had a major price reduction to generate a sale.  This custom home is miniutes to Stratton mountain and is spectacularly sited on the east side of Cole Pond.   Great sunsets over the pond.

Cole Pond House in the Fall $799,000
Cole Pond House in the Fall $799,000

The home has a chefs kitchen with Aga stove and more.   Living room has an antigen mantle over the woo burning fireplace.   There are french doors to a large deck from the living room and dining kitchen area.   There are two master  suites, a darling bunk room, crows nest bedroom and additional family room, studio etc with full bath over the attached garage.   It has many unique architectural details.   Reduced $150,000 to $49,000.

Now is great time to buy Stratton Real Estate as there are many well priced properties which are available for this winter occupancy.  If you are thinking about a Stratton rental,  don't delay!   All our available seasonal rentals are on our website,



Please call us for any additional Stratton area inforation.

August Update at Stratton

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer. We seem to bounce from hot and beautiful days to heavy rain storms and back again. For whatever reason, Stratton seems to be quiet this July.  Perhaps this is due to all the construction and upgrades and people are busy enjoying golf and boating in their homes.  The quiet of June is reflecting in the pending and closed numbers of July. We are getting lots of phone calls and people are looking to rent for the winter season.

I heard on the news today a number of areas in the country are still down 30% from the high. I believe we are off about 25% and properties are selling at the attractive reduced prices. The good news is last month we had less new listings come on the market and there were some substantial sales and closings, So far this month, we have 4 contracts pending including two in the $600+ range.    Here are recent closings.

Now is still a great time to buy Stratton Real Estate and there are many good values in both homes and condos.

Tony's Pizza has moved in next door where the Fox Stop was and is open for lunch on the deck.

Haigs aka Fat Spy is still a mess it will remain to be seen what will happen there.

Stratton is hard at work getting the mountain ready for Winter 2014-2015.   The cable is down on the North American lift and the new cars are lined up in Perferred Parking waiting for their new destinations.

new gonadolas nocable   While they are hard at work on the new Stratton Cable cars, there is also major work being done on the Carlos Otis Clinic .  The clinic provides fabulous medic services going from bruises to broken legs and major heart attacks.    They Have their own ambulance and during the winter have Doctors on site.



Our Stratton Seasonal Rentals have been active with many people making their plans as early so inventory is slim,  If you are thinking about waiting for a great last minute deal, it might be worth reconsidering.


Whats up at Stratton!

Things are happening at Stratton.    The Stratton corporation is investing 7 million dollars mostly in skier amenities!    The new gondola cars are arriving and the lift is getting ready for its new cars!   Yea -- Can't wait to be able to sit down on a nice comfortable seat!  instead of stretching to sit and it will be an eight minute ride.     Stratton has also spent $1.2 on 350 new high efficiency snow guns so skiing will be great.   Stratton is also constructing 3 new glades for skiing fun, two blue and one challenging!

We are busy with lots of people looking for Stratton winter rentals and we seem to have less this year than in previous years.    There are a number of great properties for sale both on Stratton and in Strattonwald with bus service.   Now is a good time to buy.


July doings at Stratton

Summer has arrived at Stratton!    We have had 6 weekends of absolutely beautiful weather, blue bird skies, lush green grass and trees and golden sunsets. The Stratton Golf course is celebrating it's 40 th Anniversary with some nice improvements to the greens and fairways. Tenderloins Restaurant at Stratton  underwent a major transformation and reopened as "The Green Apron" serving farm to table fare. Great locally sourced food prepared in some familiar and inventive forms, served on the patio overlooking the course and Stratton.    Gets my vote for the best lunch spot in all of Southern Vermont.

Winhall suffered a major loss with a fire at the Fat Spy (former Haig's). We are thankful that no one was hurt or injured and hopeful that good things will be come from the ashes.   It appears the original building may be saved. Tony's Pizza is relocating from Rawsonville to right next to our office.

At Winhall Real Estate have an extremely strong website where most of our buyers find our listings, . We are in town and get many walk-ins. There are seven licensed Realtors in our office and we are open from 9-5 six days a week, and 9-4 on Sundays so that we can always serve our sellers and buyers. We do not hand out keys nor do we use lock boxes! Our website is accurate and has lots of good area information as well.     We just put a beautiful Timberpeg home under contract that was listed in the high $900,000's.   They Buyer was looking on our website, fell in love with a home they were coming to Buy at Stratton and then saw this other home and truly fell in love and went to contract!



Stratton Mountain Summer

Flowers are blooming, grass in green and summer has truly begun here at Stratton.   The Stratton Golf course is open and people are out enjoying it's 27 holes.    The Drysdale Tennis School is playing outdoors on their beautiful red clay courts and offering camps for Adults and Children alike.    The instructors, like Rob Menzies, come with an incredible amount of knowledge and energy.  He has certainly amped up my tennis game.  The small Stratton Pond has paddle boards and lessons and the local Ski shops, Norse House, Equipe Sport will rent you Kayaks, paddle boards or bikes so you can truly enjoy all the great summer activities here at Stratton.

Standup Paddleboarding at Stratton Mountain
Carrie Mathews of Winhall Real Estate on Stratton Lake - Bondville

Next week, bring Wanderlust a nationally recognized Yoga Festival.   Many people are coming for the week but you can easily come and buy a day pass.    Stratton hosts a weekend 4th of July party -- all welcome.  Then the Summer long Vermont Summer Festival, an AAA horse show with competitors from 6 years old to many world class equestrians.   This is a great spectator acity in Dorset,

If you are thinking about a vacation home, now is a great time to look and buy so that you can not only enjoy the great skiing at Stratton but all the wonderful summer activities in this area AND no crowds.


A great new listing exterior 1located in Strattonwald is this nice home listed for $379,000.  It has a cathedral ceiling-ed living/dining room, 4 nice sized bedrooms and a huge family room.   It is a short walk to the Strattonwald community pond and 2 tennis courts.   For Winter there is a ski bus to the Stratton  Ski Area.



Our market is active, even during this our normally slow time.   Here is last months activity.

Spring At Stratton

APRIL update of Stratton Pending and Closed Sales This feels like one of the quietest springs we have  had at Stratton   . Perhaps it was the long cold winter and then the cold Spring we have had.    I looked at last year's sales and pendings in homes and condos and there were 4 more sales in 2013 and 10 more pendings in 2013. The trend is still primarily in the under $400,000 range but we are seeing some activity in the higher ranges. The positive side is that we are not seeing a lot of new properties coming on the market.

Landlords all seem to be raising their rental prices and we are seeing more people booking early for next winter  season.  And there have been more land sales - although mostly pretty low- still a positive indicator  of interest in the area.

We are looking forward to memorial day when restaurants reopen , and things start to happen here at Stratton.