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Top 5 Year-Round Activities at Wintergreen Resort

Wintergreen Resort is famous for winter skiing at the terrain park and summer fun at Lake Monocan. But did you know that Wintergreen Resort is a year-round destination?

There is always something fun to do at the resort. If you have been searching for your new favorite vacation spot or your own private getaway at this resort, here are the top 5 activities you can enjoy no matter the season.

5. Swimming

children playing on a trampoline on the lakeWintergreen Resort has more than one place to relax in the water. While Lake Monocan is open between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the resort’s award-winning Wintergarden has an outdoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tubs, and a heated indoor pool for fun any day of the year.

The Ledges is located across the street from the Wintergarden, while several homes in Stoney Creek are close to Lake Monocan.

4. Having Adventures at Discovery Ridge

Whether you enjoy indoor or outdoor adventures, Discovery Ridge Adventure Center has plenty of things for you to enjoy year-round. Though hours vary by season, all of its activities include:

  • archery range
  • bungee trampoline
  • climbing wall
  • gaming consoles
  • indoor inflatables
  • miniature golfing
  • The Plunge tubing park
  • The Zip

3. Spending Time at the Spa

a person getting a hand massageNo vacation is complete without a visit to the spa. The Wintergarden not only offers swimming, but it also has a fitness center and spa services.

Professional services range from Swedish massages to Shiatsu, all to help you relax and enjoy the most of your vacation at Wintergreen Resort.

2. Mountain Biking

The mountain terrain makes biking a popular year-round activity at Wintergreen Resort. Bring your bike and tackle the intermediate and expert trails, or participate in the Wintergreen Tread & Trail Series. The mountain bike portions of the series take place on Memorial Day Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, and Columbus Day Weekend.

Want to find a condo closest to the biking trails? Try the Mountain Inn Condominiums or The Timbers (an ideal ski location in the winter).

1. Hiking

someone wearing a hiking shoeWintergreen Resort boasts an extensive trail system, featuring dozens of trails that vary in difficulty and length for the perfect excursion through the woods. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Trillium House garden or test your skills on the Old Appalachian Trail.

Want to plan your next hiking trip at the resort? View our list of the top 10 hiking trails.

Find Your Own Year-Round Retreat at Wintergreen Resort

Don’t miss out on the best vacation destination in Virginia. Wintergreen Resort offers condominiums and mountain homes that can turn any ordinary getaway into the ultimate resort experience, no matter what time of year.

As Wintergreen real estate experts, we can help you easily find your perfect vacation home. If you have a dream location or property in mind, call us at (877) 296-9860 for your personal tour.

red, white, and blue fireworks at night

3 Summer Events You Should Put on Your Calendar Right Now

There’s something special about spending the summer at Wintergreen Resort. Each week there is something new going on, like summer movies under the stars and fun at Discovery Ridge Adventure Center, but there are a few major summer events that make a weekend at Wintergreen one to remember.

Make room on your calendar for these three festivals. You don’t want to miss them!

The 4th of July Jubilee

diamond hill condos at wintergreen resort

Diamond Hill Condominiums have great views of the 4th of July fireworks.

Dates: July 1st-4th, 2016

Details: Starts Friday evening and ends Monday afternoon. See the full schedule here.

You haven’t spent a summer at Wintergreen Resort unless you’ve celebrated America’s Independence Day on the mountain.

Spend the first weekend of July at the resort this year and come out for live music at The Edge, the Arts & Crafts Showcase at the Blue Ridge Terrace, chairlift rides, Beach Olympics at Lake Monocan, and — of course — a spectacular fireworks show. (Diamond Hill condominiums have a front-row seat!)

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival

Dates: July 9th – August 7th, 2016

Details: This year’s theme is “Expect the Unexpected.” See a full schedule of performances and order tickets online.

Summer at Wintergreen Resort also brings the joy of music to the mountains. This year, the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival is celebrating 20 years with a fantastic performance by the US Army Chorus (July 6th), “Bach with a Twist” at Bold Rock Hard Cider (July 14th), a Wine and Paint fundraiser (July 18th), a performance by Albemarle Pipes and Drums at Rockfish Valley Community Center (July 26th), and too many more to mention.

Summer’s End Festival (Labor Day Weekend)

Dates: September 2nd-5th, 2016

Details: Labor Day Weekend kicks off with a bonfire on Friday and ends with a day at Lake Monocan. See the full schedule here.

Summer has to end sometime, but the fun at Wintergreen Resort doesn’t. The Summer’s End Festival during Labor Day Weekend concludes the resort’s summer activities and welcomes its winter ones. Come out to the Mountain Village for an array of activities, or participate in the second mountain bike race and trail run in the Wintergreen Tread & Trail Series.

 

Find Your Favorite Place at Wintergreen Resort

view of the mountains at The Highlands condos at Wintergreen ResortWintergreen Resort is a fun-filled retreat during any season, but summertime means there are longer days to enjoy all of the resort’s award-winning amenities. Why not find a place of your own and experience the resort any time of year?

If you’re looking to be near all the fun of the Mountain Village, check out The Timbers, Dobie Condominiums, and the Mountain Inn Condominiums. Want to be close to the Wintergarden? Explore Highlands, Trillium Place, or Stone Ridge.

Call us at (877) 296-9860 when you want to tour your favorite properties.

Investment Home Sales ~ Wintergreen Resort

Investment Home Sales

Investment Home Sales Rebound in 2015 | Simplifying The Market

Investment Home Sales

Some Highlights:

  • 2015 marks the first year-over-year increase in investment home sales since 2011.
  • 62% of all investment homes purchased were single family homes.
  • The South saw the highest percentage of investment home sales (39%) with the West coming in second (28%).

Wintergreen real estate and Resort

Wintergreen Resort is the Premier Four Season Resort on the East Coast. Check out recent and past accolades. Wintergreen Mountain Homes and Wintergreen Condos at Wintergreen Resort and Stoney Creek Homes in the valley have always been popular for vacation, full time living, and investment. A current Vacation Home Buyers Survey by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) indicates investment home sales jumped 7% in 2015. (Info-Graph).

Contact Us to discuss your Wintergreen real estate options.  With housing trends moving in a positive direction, investing may be a good option and where better to do that than at Wintergreen Resort.

Wintergreen Resort view in the summer

3 Events You Must Not Miss During Wintergreen Resort’s Memorial Day Weekend

The summer fun arrives next weekend at Wintergreen Resort, and though there are plenty of activities planned throughout the long weekend, there are three in particular that you should not miss when you’re visiting the resort.

Cliffhanger Challenge Mountain Bike Race & Trail Run

biking in the moutainsAre you up for the challenging terrain of Wintergreen Resort?

The Cliffhanger Challenge Mountain Bike Race is on Saturday, May 28th, with last-minute registration and bib pickup starting at 7:30 AM. The race itself starts at 10 AM.

On Sunday, you can participate in the Cliffhanger Challenge Trail Run, with registration starting at 7:30 AM and the race beginning at 10 AM.

The 2016 Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival

It’s a battle for the best blues band and the best microbrews at this Memorial Day Weekend favorite. The Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival takes place Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th, with music performances by:

  • Crooked Road
  • Bluezonia
  • John Spear Band
  • Cashless Society
  • Eli Cook

A Day at Lake Monocan

fun at Lake Monocan

Fun at Lake Monocan

On Monday, Lake Monocan is open for the season!

Enjoy the fresh air and soft sand and have fun participating in Beach Olympics. Featured activities include a blind water balloon toss and sand castle building contest.

View the Full Schedule of Weekend Events

Planning your getaway to Wintergreen Resort for Memorial Day Weekend? Don’t miss out on any of the fun activities at the resort. View the full schedule of events here.

ActivityDateTimeLocation
Bonfire with StorytellerFriday, May 27th8 PMDiscovery Ridge Adventure Center
Live Music - Marshal ArtzFriday, May 27th9 PM - MidnightThe Edge
All American Breakfast BuffetSaturday, May 28th7 AM - 11 AMThe Copper Mine Bistro
Registration for Cliffhanger Mountain Bike RaceSaturday, May 28th7:30 AM - 9 AMTreehouse
Treehouse Children's ProgramSaturday, May 28th9 AM - 4 PMTreehouse
Cliffhanger Challenge Mountain Bike RaceSaturday, May 28th10 AM - 1 PMBlue Ridge Terrace
Arts & Crafts ShowcaseSaturday, May 28th10 AM - 5 PMBlue Ridge Terrace
Blues, Brews & BBQSaturday, May 28th11 AM - 5 PM
Outdoor MovieSaturday, May 28th9 PMDiscovery Ridge Adventure Center
Live Music - Matt Johnson from MoonSaturday, May 28th9 PM - MidnightThe Edge
Registration for Cliffhanger Trail Run ChallengeSunday, May 29th7:30 AM - 9:30 AMTreehouse
All American Breakfast BuffetSunday, May 29th8 AM - NoonThe Copper Mine Bistro
Interdenominational Church ServiceSunday, May 29th9 AMLookout Building
Treehouse Children's ProgramSunday, May 29th9 AM - 4 PMTreehouse
Cliffhanger Trail Run ChallengeSunday, May 29th10 AMBlue Ridge Terrace
Arts & Crafts ShowcaseSunday, May 29th10 AM - 3 PMBlue Ridge Terrace
Blues, Brews & BBQSunday, May 29th11 AM - 3 PM
Kids Block PartySunday, May 29th1 PM - 3 PMBlue Ridge Terrace & Courtyard
Day at the LakeMonday, May 30thNoon - 3 PMLake Monocan

Find Your Mountain Getaway at Wintergreen Resort

Wintergreen Resort view in the summerAre you eager to experience mountain fun year-round? At Wintergreen Resort, the fun never ends, and you can find your perfect vacation home or second home at this popular mountain resort destination.

It’s easy to find properties and condominiums that you will love to call your own; simply use our Wintergreen Resort home search tool or explore condo buildings.

When you want to tour available properties in person or start the process to buy a home in Wintergreen Resort, call us at (877) 296-9860.

Buying Wintergreen Resort Real Estate ~ 5 Resources You Must Use

a couple searching on a computerScrolling through online listing photos, scouting for the best location, and pondering décor in your home or condo is fun. But the home search itself is not the only enjoyable experience; the entire Wintergreen Resort real estate buying process can be pleasant when you have access to the best tools.

Here are the top five resources you should use to make buying a Wintergreen or Stoney Creek home easier and enjoyable.

1. A Wants vs. Needs Checklist

First determine what price, location, size, and any special features you must have. Then you can hone in on your favorite properties by searching for additional features that you would prefer.

2. A Mortgage Payment Calculator

What do you want your monthly mortgage payments to be? We have an easy mortgage payment calculator you can use to find out how much you can afford for a home. This tool takes into account the length of the loan, the interest rate, and annual tax and insurance to calculate how much you will pay every month.

3. A Reliable Home Search Tool

a person holding a magnifying glass over a houseIf you are using national real estate sites to search for Wintergreen homes for sale, keep in mind that you are not seeing all the properties that are for sale. HousingWire reported that websites such as Zillow show fewer listings than are available in many areas, which means you could be missing out on the best option.

The best source for your home search is a Wintergreen Resort real estate agent with a database of available properties called the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

4. A List of Recently Sold Homes

a line graph with a magnifying glassResearching the real estate market will also make your home search much easier.

If you are thinking of buying, ask us for recent comparable sales.  It’s the only way you can really know how the value of the home you’re considering stacks up against what others have recently paid.

You should also ask us about current Wintergreen Resort real estate market conditions.  Want to take a peak under the door mat first?  We have some captured some macro-level market stats about the local real estate market you can review now.

5. A Local Wintergreen Resort Real Estate Expert

Your best resource for buying a properties in this area is the local Wintergreen Resort real estate expert. We have all of the tools you will need!

Are you ready to buy a home? Let us help! Contact Us today and we can work with you to find your ideal property.

Invest and Buy a Home (or Two) ~ Wintergreen Resort

GREEN-COINS

Invest and buy a home …or two

Three years ago, John Paulson gave a keynote address at the CNBC/Institutional Investor Conference. In his speech, he told those in attendance that he believes housing will continue its strong recovery for the next 4 to 7 years, saying that:

“The housing market has bottomed. It’s not too late to get involved. I still think buying a home is the best investment any individual can make. Affordability is still at an all-time high.”

When asked how the average person could take advantage of the current real estate market and invest at the time, Paulson said:

“Invest and Buy a home and, if you can, buy a second home.”

Two years ago, Paulson reiterated his statement, saying:

“I still think, from an individual perspective, the best deal investment you can make is to buy a primary residence that you’re the owner-occupier of.”

Who is John Paulson and why should you listen to him?

Paulson is the person who, back in 2005 & 2006, made a fortune betting that the subprime mortgage mess would cause the real estate market to collapse. He understands how the housing market works and knows when to buy and when to sell.

What do others think of Paulson?

According to Forbes, John Paulson is:

“A multibillionaire hedge fund operator and the investment genius.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, Paulson is:

“A hedge fund tycoon who made his name, and a fortune, betting against subprime mortgages when no one else even knew what they were.” 

So… Is what he said still true? Should we invest?

The core reasons behind Paulson’s statements still ring true today! invest!  Why does he believe homeownership is such a great investment?

Paulson broke down the math of homeownership as an investment:

1. “Today financing costs are extraordinarily low.”

The latest numbers from Freddie Mac show us that you can still get a 30-year mortgage at historically low rates of under 4%.

2. “And if you put down, let’s say, 10 percent and the house is up 5 percent,” as many experts predict, “then you would be up 50 percent on your investment.”

How many are seeing a 50% return on a cash investment right now?

Paulson goes on to compare the long term financial benefits of owning versus renting:

3. “And you’ve locked in the cost over the next 30 years. And today the cost of owning is somewhat less than the cost of renting. And if you rent, the rent goes up every year. But if you buy a 30-year mortgage, the cost is fixed.”

Bottom Line

Whenever a billionaire gives investment advice, people usually clamor to hear it. This billionaire gave simple advice – if you don’t yet live in your own home, go buy one! 

Wintergreen Resort is the east coasts premier four season resort. Check out their recent accolades. If you would like to discuss property ownership options at Wintergreen for vacation, investment, or even full time living Contact Us. We are your complete Wintergreen real estate resource.

living room at 11 Ravens Roost Pt in Wintergreen Resort

Why 11 Ravens Roost Makes the Perfect Investment Property

Looking for the perfect investment property at Wintergreen Resort? Consider this home for sale at 11 Ravens Roost Point, a custom built home surrounded by the National Forest and open spaces. Whether you are in the market for a vacation home or rental property, this house is a prime investment opportunity with plenty to offer.

It Offers Impressive Seasonal Views

Not only does this one-owner home sit on a beautiful private lot, it is surrounded by some of the best views at Wintergreen Resort. One side of the property adjoins the National Forest while the other side features platted open spaces.

In addition, you can catch seasonal glimpses of the Shenandoah Valley and the mountains beyond. This makes 11 Ravens Roost a perfect getaway for you or your tenants.

This Home’s Great Room is Beautiful

living room at 11 Ravens Roost Pt in Wintergreen Resort

Featuring vaulted ceilings and a beautiful stone fireplace (reaching 17 feet to the ceiling peak), the great room is ideal for entertaining and serving as a central gathering place.

11 Ravens Roost Features Modern Upgrades

kitchen in 11 Ravens Roost Point house with recent upgradesThis home features recent improvements in the kitchen and exterior, including:

  • granite counters
  • stainless steel appliances
  • rebuilt decks
  • 50-year dimensional shingle roof
  • freshly stained/painted exterior

Easy Access to Wintergreen Resort’s Award-Winning Amenities

Wintergreen Resort is a popular mountain retreat that has earned a reputation as one of the coolest places on Earth, not to mention national recognition for its tennis programs, golf course, snow skiing and terrain park, and year-round fun.

But this home has much more to offer. Find more details and a virtual tour on the property page here or call us at (877) 296-9860 with any questions.

Eager to Invest in This Home at 11 Ravens Roost?

This home at 11 Ravens Roost Point is in a great location offering beautiful views and easy access to Wintergreen Resort’s amenities, making it a top choice for your vacation home or investment property. If you are considering investing in this property, we can offer you more information and take you for a showing. Just call us at (877) 296-9860 to request a showing of 11 Ravens Roost Point.

Diamond Hill condos overlooking ski slopes at Wintergreen Resort.

Wintergreen Resort is One of the “Coolest Places on Earth”!

Wintergreen Resort is officially one of the top destinations in the world. The resort was recently featured on The Coolest Places on Earth TV show, which highlights the best points of interest on the planet, in the episode about the “Coolest Mountain Escapes.” In case you missed the episode, here is a video showcasing Wintergreen real estate and the resort amenities:

Something for Everyone in Every Season

No matter your age or favorite activities, Wintergreen Resort has something just for you. Its award-winning terrain park and Discovery Ridge Adventure Center offer outdoor thrills in winter and summer, and cascading waterfalls and the Wintergarden Spa provide tranquil environments perfect for relaxing year-round.

Award-Winning Amenities

Wintergreen Resort is renowned throughout the country for its tennis programs, Devils Knob Golf Course, skiing, zipline, and accommodations, just to name a few. Its recent awards include:

  • Gold Medal Resort award by Tennis Resorts Online (2015)
  • #1 Resort for Families by Tennis Magazine (2014)
  • Best Virginia Hotels #32 by U.S. News & World Report (2014)
  • Best Reception Location, Best Holiday Celebrations, Best Spa, Best Musical Event, and Best Non-Profit by The Piedmont Virginian (2014)
  • Best Golf Resort – Platinum award by Blue Ridge Country Magazine (2013)
  • Best Ski Resort – Platinum award by Blue Ridge Country Magazine (2013)
  • Best Couples Getaway Lodging – Silver award by Blue Ridge Country Magazine (2013)
  • Best Gated Community – Silver award by Blue Ridge Country Magazine (2013)

A Wide Range of Wintergreen Real Estate

The variety doesn’t just stop at the resort amenities. There are plenty of real estate options to choose from, too. Wintergreen Resort has many condominium communities close to the resort’s amenities — with additional options for walk-to-ski condos and golf-front condos — and beautiful homes in the Stoney Creek community.

Find Your Mountain Retreat at Wintergreen Resort

view of snow-covered ridges of The Cliffs condos at Wintergreen ResortWe’re excited that Wintergreen Resort made the list of the “Coolest Places on Earth,” and we hope you can experience this top destination for yourself.

If you are interested in finding a primary, secondary, or vacation home at Wintergreen Resort, you can search for your dream home or explore resort communities, or you can use our exclusive Property Finder Assistant and let us do the searching for you.

We are Wintergreen real estate experts and we have all the tools and resources you need to make finding property at Wintergreen Resort just as enjoyable as all the amenities. Let’s talk — call us at (877) 296-9860 or email us at service@gowintergreen.com.

5 Reasons You Should Buy a Home in Westwood

Owning a home or condo at the award-winning Wintergreen Resort already has its benefits — a place to escape, a satisfying return on your investment, and prime access to the resort’s best amenities — but choosing where to buy property can often be a challenge. There are so many communities to choose from at Wintergreen Resort!

Choose a Townhome in Westwood

WestwoodWintergreen’s townhomes tend to offer great value for the size of the properties, and Westwood is no exception.

Prices ranging from $200,000 to $375,000 for townhouses that are 1,300 to 1,960 square feet in size, and the monthly fees for the property owners’ association and individual townhome association average about $408 a month. (See how Westwood compares with other communities’ HOA fees here.)

But the financial benefits are just one reason that you should consider buying property in Westwood. Here are five more.

1. Generous Floor Plans

This townhouse will feel like a single-family home given the spacious layout of these properties. Every square foot of space is used to its full potential, leaving no room feeling cramped.

2. Easily Reach the Resort Amenities

Westwood lies right on the resort shuttle route, so you can easily get to the ski slopes with just a quick trip. Wintergarden and The Nature Foundation are close to the community, too, for added relaxation during a massage or a pleasant stroll around The Nature Foundation’s garden.

The best amenities of the resort are at your fingertips, but that is certainly not all that awaits you in Wintergreen. Search through our Wintergreen visitor’s directory to learn about other great restaurants, shops, and vineyards located close to the resort.

3. Spectacular Views Year Round

Mountain views, fairway views, valley views. These townhomes offer picture-perfect scenes of spring greens, summer sun, autumn leaves, and winter snow just outside your window, and it’s possible to look over the fairways from one area of your home and see a completely different scene in another.

older man and little kid playing golf4. Location on the 12th Fairway

Golf enthusuiasts adore these townhomes for their location on the 12th fairway of the Devils Knob Golf Course, which, when combined with the beautiful views of the landscaped, emerald green fairways from your home, is always a treat to see year round.

5. Properties are Available for Sale

If you have been searching endlessly for an investment property or vacation home but have had little success in finding available properties, don’t worry. Westwood currently has four townhomes available for sale, and if you call us at (877) 296-9860 we can schedule a showing.

Don’t forget to sign up for a Property Organizer account to receive email listing alerts for Westwood townhouses.

Trust the Wintergreen Real Estate Experts

Now is the time to buy property at Wintergreen Resort, and we have all the resources you need to help you decide on a community, including the latest real estate market activity. If you have any questions about Wintergreen real estate or about buying a condo in Westwood, feel free to contact us at (877) 296-9860 or service@goWintergreen.com.

The Perfect Ski Front Condo is at the Timbers

entrance sign outside the timbers condominiumsAs ski season and the new year are quickly approaching, it’s time to think about investing in ski front condos at Wintergreen Resort close to the award-winning slopes.

For ski enthusiasts eager for a ski front location, a condo at Wintergreen’s Timbers community is a real estate dream come true — the condos are just steps from the ski slopes and other beloved resort amenities.

Quick Facts about the Timbers

Timbers is a great place to consider as a vacation home or investment property at Wintergreen Resort. It has the lowest condo association fees out of all condominiums and townhomes at the resort. It has the perfect location. And the available listings offer you your choice of the best place to call your own.

Price Range: $50,000 – $140,000

Sq.Ft. Range: 400 sq.ft. – 1,132 sq.ft.

Association Fees: $2,600

Its Location is the Best at Wintergreen Resort

You won’t need your car to get to the resort’s award-winning amenities. Timbers condominiums gives you the luxury of quick access to the Mountain Inn and ski slopes, and to other features by way of the resort shuttle.

In just a few minutes, you could be dining at The Copper Mine Bistro or shopping at The General Store, or grabbing your pole and hitting the ski slopes. Or you could opt to hike one of many trails at the resort. It’s all within easy reach!

Learn more about the Timbers condos on our website to see available listings, amenities, and more.

Invest with the Wintergreen Real Estate Experts

Now is the time to invest in a ski front condo at Wintergreen Resort. And as Wintergreen real estate experts, we can help you make the best decisions regarding your investment with resources that include up-to-date market stats and other home buying tools.

Currently, there are four properties for sale at the Timbers, but they are going to sell quickly. See them now before they’re gone! Contact us today at (877) 296-9860 or service@gowintergreen.com and let’s find your ideal condo.