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Are You Thinking of Retiring in Vermont?

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

​What better state to retire in than Vermont? When getting ready to retire, you're most likely ready to take the stress off your back and take life back to the basics. Life is easy to enjoy in Vermont when you have the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain. Whether you prefer skiing, hiking, or simply looking at the views, Vermont has that cozy hideaway you are looking for. There is plenty to do when the family comes to visit. Take them to Church Street full of small shops and street performers, go skiing or snowboarding on the slopes and finish off the day with a great meal at one of the top restaurants around.

Chittenden County is the best of the best here is Vermont, at least we think so! Burlington is so close, but you aren’t very far from the fantastic hiking trails and ski slopes. There is the perfect balance between nature, small towns and the entertainment and fantastic social life of Burlington within an hour surrounding. We hope you love Vermont as much as we do!

If you are thinking of retiring to the Green Mountain State, we hope you call Nancy Jenkins Real Estate. We know Vermont and are very confident we can help find the right home for you. 

Tips to Make Moving Stress Free

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Moving can be very stressful! Here at Nancy Jenkins we do our best to make it as easy as possible. As a service to our clients we provide the use of one of our 14 ft Nancy Jenkins Moving Trucks for free!  If one of our moving trucks is available when you need it, it’s yours for the day. We ask that you check availability in advance, keep your move to under a 50-mile radius, and gas up the truck before you drop it back off. 

Before you load up the truck take a look at these moving tips to save yourself some time. Some of our favorite tips are #1 and 2. Packing an overnight bag is very smart. Make sure to include everything you will need for a day or even two; moving can be exhausting don't except to have everything unpacked the first day. Making sure to prioritize your boxes is also very useful. Having the items you'll need first in clear bins will make it very easy to find the things you need the most!

If you're ready for a move give us a call!

 

Best of Vermont: Our 10 Most Spectacular Views

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

The secret is out! Vermont is one of the most beautiful states in the country, offering residents and vacationers the perfect combination of mountain landscapes, pristine lakes, and rolling countryside. These ten spectacular views are some of the BEST that Vermont has to offer. You can make one of them yours by purchasing the home that goes with it from the award-winning Nancy Jenkins Team.

#1

Kitchen 1
Enjoy fantastic lake, Adirondack, and sunset views from this
Lake Champlain waterfront property with a beach and deck. 
Your own summer paradise! Charlotte. $650,000
Full listing


#2

Kitchen 1
This is a gorgeous summer spot with endless views of Lake Champlain 
and the Adirondacks. Our custom-designed cottage on beautiful
Thompson's Point boasts a protected dock and mooring area.
Charlotte. $575,000
Full listing


#3

Kitchen 1
This picture-perfect slice of Vermont has everything--mountain
views, pastures, and a 10-stall horse barn. Our front porch looks
out at Camel’s Hump and the Green Mountains. Hinesburg. $799,000
 

#4

Kitchen 1
Sunsets over Lake Champlain and the Islands will amaze you
at this beautifully renovated home on 5.91 acres. Hinesburg. $165,000
Full listing
 

#5

Kitchen 1
Vermont on at its best! Enjoy sunsets over Lake Champlain to
the Adirondacks from the wrap-around deck of this outstanding
contemporary home. Ferrisburg. $325,000
Full listing
 

#6

Kitchen 1
Live the high life in the Queen City. Enjoy westerly lake views and
Adirondack Mountain sunsets from our one-bedroom downtown
condo. Burlington. $194,900
Full listing


#7

Kitchen 1
Fantastic views and Lake Champlain are just steps away from this
very spacious summer get-away. Your ticket to summer fun!
Colchester. $99,000
Full listing


#8

Kitchen 1
Each morning, soak in expansive views of charming Lake
Iroquois and the Green Mountains from our soaring contemporary
log home on 12 private acres. Hinesburg. $500,000
Full listing
 

#9

Kitchen 1
With 100 feet frontage on Lake Champlain, this lot is a rare
opportunity for you to build your dream summer home on
historic Thompson's Point. Charlotte. $189,9000
Full listing


#10

Kitchen 1
Let our spectacular 180 degree views of the Adirondack Range
and Lake Champlain--north south and west--dazzle you at
this custom-built post and beam contemporary on 10.19 acres.
St Albans Town. $415,000
Full listing
 

 

Happy Fourth of July, Vermont!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Look for the Nancy Jenkins Team in Williston’s Fourth of July parade again this year. The parade starts at 10am. The weather forecast is looking good.

Come early and get a good spot! Hope to see you there!!

For more details checkout the
Williston Town website
here

 

See You at Williston's Fourth of July Parade

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

What could be better than a small-town Independence Day Parade, packed with floats, marching bands, antique cars, Shriners, bite-sized candies, and old friends?

For the third straight year, the Nancy Jenkins Team will be appearing in the Town of Williston's Fourth of July Parade. You can easily spot us! We'll be the ones driving the giant Nancy Jenkins Moving Truck and throwing out summer Frisbees.

Williston will hold it's annual Independence Day Celebration activities starting on Monday, July 2nd and end with the parade and fireworks on July 4, 2012. Activities include:

Monday, July 2nd - Family Bike Race

Tuesday, July 3rd - Firecracker 5K Fun Run; Cream Social and Town Band concert; Book sale starts

Wednesday, July 4th - Parade, BBQ Chicken Dinner, Book Sale and Arts and Crafts Show, Frog Jumping Contest, Games and Vendors, Fireworks and Entertainment, Farmers Market

    

     

This year, our marching Yankee Doodle Dandies are:

Nancy Jenkins & Bryan Jackson

Jason, Amanda, Sam, Alexis, & Griffin Gerlack

Carol Blouin and her granddaughter

Alison Barges Derouchie

Bill Lawlor & Co.

Meredith Barges

See you at the Parade!
 

Best of Vermont: Top 7 Kitchens Money Will Buy

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

If you're a food lover in Vermont, you probably spend a big portion of your time in the kitchen. For many Vermonters, the kitchen is the most loved and lived-in room in the house. 

That's why we're spotlighting these 7 kitchens as the BEST of Vermont. They can be found in Homes for Sale by the Nancy Jenkins Team.

#1

Kitchen 1
This Kitchen is a cook’s delight, with an 8’ commercial Sunfire
stove and an open dining area. It's just one feature of a soaring
contemporary log home that really wows. Hinesburg. $550,000
Full listing
 

#2


This spacious and open cape features a Chef’s Kitchen with stainless 
steel countertop, butcher block island, stainless steel appliances 
including an upgraded stove, and built-ins. Jericho. $340,900
Full listing
 

#3


Check out this stylish Kitchen with granite countertops, designer
tile, and breakfast bar. Jericho. $428,500 Full listing
 

#4


Cook in luxury at this downtown Burlington Kitchen that shines
with new Corian countertops, stainless steel appliances, cherry 
cabinets, and flooring. Burlington $194,500 Full listing
 

#5


Would you believe this Kitchen featuring swinging double doors, 
spectacular dining space, and bamboo flooring can be found 
inside a converted historic barn? Charlotte. $275,000 Full listing
 

#6


This Gourmet Kitchen, in a classic shingle-style home, has granite
countertops, a walk-in butler’s pantry, high-end appliances and
custom cabinetry. Charlotte. $995,000 Full listing
 

#7


Bring nature inside with this Open Kitchen, proudly made with
locally milled wood, Vermont slate, copper counters, and custom 
maple cabinets and built-ins. Includes a walk-in pantry. It was
custom designed in 2003 for a Thompson's Point lakefront cottage
that serves as a private paradise retreat in summer. Charlotte. 
$575,000 Full listing
 

Call us today at 802-846-4888 to see one of these spectacular kitchens in person!

Don't Wait Til Spring to Plug Up Those Drips and Leaks

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

 Last year brought Vermont the worst flooding since 1927, turning communities across Vermont into islands. Remember all the rain? The wet basements? The water damage?

This year, before "April showers bring May flowers," use the cold, wet weather of winter to find places where your home may be leaking water and heat. This is your chance to seal up tight in advance of light or heavy seasonal flooding -- and develop a wish list for energy-saving improvements.

Your first order of business should be to make sure no water is getting in.

Carefully check every spot where condensation or water could enter your living areas and storage spaces. Scrutinize ceilings, under the roof, under the eaves, and along window and door frames and ventilation seals. Make a list of trouble areas that need repair, and decide in each case whether you can fix it or it's time to call in a professional.

Don't forget about potential water damage near toilets, sinks, tubs, and showers. Use a flashlight to check the crawl space or basement walls and floors and the underside of the first-story floor. Look for visible moisture and stains caused by moisture. When you find something, the remedy will depend on the source of the leak. You may just need to re-caulk around a tub or window, or you may need to call a plumber to replace a leaking fixture.

Put securing your home for a wet spring on your Honey, Do List!

Vermonters Help Neighbors After Massive Storm Irene

by Bryan Jackson

 

Vermont National Guard delivering aid, Hurrican Irene
Adam Gerlack of The Vermont National Guard delivering food aid in Pittsfield, VT. 

We send our best to all affected up here in flood-ravaged Vermont, which now has been declared a Federal Disaster Area. Tropical Storm Irene has caused devastating damage to our area in the worst flooding since 1927. Nancy and I and our families are all safe, and we have power, water, food, and shelter, but many have lost their homes or their homes have suffered major damage.

Towns and cities are cut off as bridges are lost, roadways have been affected, some for many miles. On NBC news this morning, it was reported that the town of Killington is opening a road temporarily so tourists, who have been stranded on the mountain since Saturday, can get back home (some to flood-damaged homes in NJ and elsewhere).

Nancy and I have always supported the American Red Cross in times of national disaster, and now we will be doing the same for our own Vermont state chapter.

Donations can be made to the Vermont and New Hampshire Valley Red Cross.

Many have seen the passionate video on the storm from Jim Cantore, of The Weather Channel.

Our entire state thanks all who have volunteered. There are many people stranded, with no access to food or water. FEMA is here and we are also being helped by the Ohio National Guard, which has sent 10 helicopters to assist in evacuation and emergency supply distribution. More helicopters and assets are being sent here today. 

There is ongoing national coverage of the effects we have from Irene.  

Underwater Vermont: Floods Continue to Break Records

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Perkins Pier, Burlington, VT

Entering its ninth day of record water level, Lake Champlain -- and most of Vermont -- hasn't seen this much water since 1869, back when Andrew Johnson was president.

The lake is at 103.1 feet and rising.

All this rain and flooding has put over 500 homes under water -- and made a mess out of a lot of otherwise dry basements. Many people in the state are dealing with property damage, as they scurry to keep up with Wet Vacs and mops.

Yesterday, Governor Shumlin declared a state of emergency for flooded areas around the lake, including many lakefront homes. This declaration allows Vermont to call on neighboring states and federal agencies for help with emergency equipment.

On the Burlington waterfront, flood waters made a swimming pool of Perkins Pier. Some shoreline buildings were completely surrounded by lake water. Parts of the Burlington Bike Path were under water -- posing a risk for the 2011 Vermont City Marathon, scheduled for May 29, 2011.

Luckily, they're recovering in Underhill and Cambridge, where the Brown's River has come back down.

Said Nancy Jenkins of the flooding, "A little too much water, but we have wonderful people who will rise above it."

In Springtime, Vermont IS for the Birds

by Meredith Barges

During the next month or two, Vermont will become a bird and birder's paradise, as thousands of winged migrants come here, to the Northern Boreal Forest, to make their summer home and nest!

The forests of Vermont and Northern New England are a globally important resource for birds. According to Audubon Vermont, our forests are home to the highest concentration of bird species breeding in the continental United States.

This makes springtime the perfect time to see and hear birds in Vermont, particularly migratory songbirds!

Best of all, these birds are dressed up in their best clothes, wearing their bright, dazzling springtime plummage for courting and breeding.

It's not just Vermont's forests, mountain heights, and waterways that attract a huge variety of bird species, but also your backyard! Find out how to make your home a welcome spot for birds here.

A great place to learn about local birds is at the Birds of Vermont Museum, in Huntington, where visitors can study hundreds of beautifully carved, anatomically correct birds, all native to Vermont. 

Outside the museum, extensive nature trails connect to Audubon Vermont, beckoning the explorer and the naturalist. You can also watch hundreds of birds up close as they visit the museum's bear-proof, bird-feeding station.

Events like the 2011 Birdathon promise fun and learning for the whole family, while supporting local conservation!

Happy birding!

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802-846-4888
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