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Where Would You Love to Own a Vacation Home?

Virginia’s award-winning Wintergreen Resort is comprised of two unique areas: the mountaintop community of Wintergreen and the valley community of Stoney Creek. Both offer an irresistible resort lifestyle and beautiful vacation properties.

There are, however, a few distinctions between their lifestyles and their real estate options. To help you decide where to purchase a vacation home or condo at Wintergreen Resort, let’s compare what each community has to offer.

The Lifestyle of Wintergreen vs. Stoney Creek

Both Wintergreen and Stoney Creek offer plenty of excuses to enjoy the fresh mountain air and Virginia’s four-season climate. However, each community has its own unique amenities, events, and activities.

The snow-covered ski slopes of Wintergreen Mountain with The Cliffs Condominiums to the right.

The Cliffs Condominiums

The Mountaintop

  • Elevation: 4,000 feet atop Devils Knob
  • Amenities: Devils Knob Golf Course, tennis center, shops and restaurants in The Mountain Inn, Wintergarden spa and fitness center, ski slopes and snow tubing park, Wintergreen Nature Foundation, hiking trails
  • Resort Events: Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, 4th of July Jubilee, Harvest Fest, and more
View of a large lake with a beach in the summertime.

Lake Monocan

The Valley

  • Elevation: 700 feet
  • Amenities: Stoney Creek Golf Course, members-only pool and tennis courts, shops and restaurants in Valley Green Shopping Center, Lake Monocan, Rodes Farm Stables, hiking trails
  • Resort Events: Day at the Lake, Beach Olympics at Lake Monocan (4th of July Jubilee), Summer’s End Festival, and more

Wintergreen and Stoney Creek offer even more amenities than the ones we’ve listed here. View our interactive map below to find fun activities available in each community.


If you’d like to know more about the Wintergreen Resort lifestyle, check out our blog post detailing the differences between Wintergreen and Stoney Creek here.

Let’s Compare Wintergreen Resort Real Estate

Diamond Hill condos overlooking ski slopes at Wintergreen Resort.

Diamond Hill Condominiums

Wintergreen offers a plethora of condominium and townhome communities sprinkled throughout the mountaintop. Many of these communities are in ultra-convenient locations, so you can easily find ski-front condos, walk-to-ski condos, and golf-front condos.

However, Wintergreen does not have a wide selection of single-family homes. If you are looking for a house, though, be sure to consider homes for sale on Devils Knob Loop. These homes offer unrivaled views of the mountains and valley.

As for Stoney Creek, this community offers more single-family home options, including golf course properties and waterfront properties. The 55+ community of RoseWood Village offers new low-maintenance homes.

We’ll Help You Find the Perfect Property

A single-family home with a two-car garage on a mountaintop location in Wintergreen Resort.No matter what you’re searching for in a vacation home or condo, we’ll help you find the perfect property in your favorite community.

Find Wintergreen or Stoney Creek properties with your favorite features with our easy-to-use search options, or connect with us today to discuss your investment goals.

A Vacation Home ~ Wintergreen Resort

What You Haven’t Considered About Owning a Vacation Home

Wouldn’t it be great to own a place at the beach, in the mountains, or by the lake? If you are seriously considering buying a vacation home, you have probably weighed many of the pros and cons already.

But you should carefully consider everything before you buy a vacation home. Have you taken these additional costs and benefits into account?

The Overlooked Costs of Homeownership

As any experienced home buyer knows, there are additional annual costs that come with owning a home, such as property taxes, home insurance, and any association fees.

Make sure you consider maintenance costs, as well. If you decide to rent out your property, you might want to invest in housekeeping or property management services. MarketWatch outlines a few additional costs you may face.

Additional Fun: Resort-Style Amenities

golf course at sunriseIn popular vacation destinations, such as Wintergreen, you can purchase a second home in a resort community. This gives you access to a range of award winning amenities that include two golf courses, spa services, skiing, winter sports, tennis, swimming pools, and dozens of events. For more details, visit Wintergreen Resort.

Just remember, you may have to pay additional fees for these amenities.

It’s a Good Investment, But Not a Guaranteed Money Maker

Many vacation homeowners rent their property out to other vacation-goers as a way to earn extra money.

But, as US News & World Report points out, you may not always make money with your vacation home.

Location is Crucial

picking a locationWhen buying any property, whether it’s a primary or second home, location is one of the most important factors in your decision. When choosing a vacation home, consider how much time it will take to get to your home, whether you will need to drive or fly, and if you will be able to visit as often as you want.

You should choose a home that is close to your favorite vacation features (such as a ski resort or private beach) and close to the grocery store, major roads or an airport, and fun things to do.

We Can Help You Weigh Your Options

Investing in a vacation home can be a great decision, but it should not be taken lightly. We can answer any questions you have about finding, buying, or renting out Wintergreen Real Estate. Contact Us and let’s talk.

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.

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.

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.

Wintergreen Real Estate: The Mountain Top vs. the Valley

view of the mountains at The Highlands condos at Wintergreen ResortWith its award-winning amenities and scenic beauty, Wintergreen Resort is a popular destination for year-round enjoyment, offering both a fantastic retreat and plenty of investment opportunities.

There are several differences in lifestyle, views, elevation, and real estate between Wintergreen Resort’s mountain top and valley communities, and today we want to briefly talk about these differences to help you decide where to find your ideal second home or investment property.

Here is an interactive map of the amenities that are within or close to both areas.

The Mountain Top

Investment opportunities abound on the mountain top, where condos, townhomes, and select single-family homes sit nearly 4,000 feet above sea level on Devils Knob.

Nearby Amenities

The mountain top is where you can find many winter activities — skiing, ice skating, tubing — in addition to the spa, tennis, golf course, and plenty of hiking trails. Featured amenities include:

  • Devils Knob Golf Course: Ellis Maples-designed 18-hole course with stunning views of the Shenandoah and Rockfish valleys, cool temperatures even in the summer, and a spacious clubhouse featuring the Devils Grill restaurant.
  • The Mountain Inn: Where many of the resort’s best activities take place, including live entertainment at The Edge, dining at Copper Mine Bistro, shopping, and entertainment at the Wintercade Game Room.
  • The Wintergarden: A world-class spa offering a fitness center, heated indoor pools, specialty spa services, and more to help you relax.

Mountain Top Real Estate

You will find many condominium and townhome communities on the mountain top that offer the finest features from a ski front location to homes with incredible mountain views. (And Devils Knob Loop is where homes with the resort’s best views are located.)

The Valley

Stoney Creek is the resort’s valley community at an elevation of just 700 feet, and it too offers a world of experiences and excellent amenities close by.

Nearby Amenities

In addition to the shopping center and restaurants located steps from the entrance to Stoney Creek, the valley community features the beloved Lake Monocan, a premier destination for summertime fun. Other featured amenities include:

  • Rodes Farm Stables: Where you can enjoy horseback riding amid stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Stoney Creek Golf Course: A 27-hole Rees Jones course designed for enjoyment all year long, with the additional clubhouse and pro shop, restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, and a snack shop.

Stoney Creek Real Estate

Stoney Creek offers exceptional homes — single-family homes and townhomes — ranging from $300,000 to just under $1 million. One featured residential community within Stoney Creek is RoseWood Village, a 55+ community located on Rosewood Drive close to the entrance.

view of snow-covered ridges of The Cliffs condos at Wintergreen ResortIt’s Time to Invest in Wintergreen Real Estate

Wintergreen Resort is a premier destination for fun all year long, and as a popular tourist destination, it offers exceptional opportunities for real estate investment. If you are searching for your ideal condo, townhome, or single-family home as an investment property or second home as ski season approaches, take a look at our comprehensive resources to help you make a confident decision, including Wintergreen real estate activity and up-to-date Wintergreen association dues.

Contact us, your Wintergreen real estate experts, today and let’s talk about your investment goals for the new year.

3 Reasons to Invest in Diamond Hill Condominiums

diamond hill condominium buildingsAs one of Wintergreen Resort’s top 10 communities, Diamond Hill Condominiums provide the perfect setting for your winter escape or property investment.

Not only are they conveniently located in the heart of Wintergreen Mountain Village and have access to the best amenities of the resort, they are also ideal for entertaining guests or for just relaxing after a busy day enjoying the seasonal fun.

But what makes Diamond Hill one of Wintergreen Resort’s best communities? By far, the value for both investors and home buyers.

Diamond Hill’s Best Features

With incredible views of the mountains and accessibility to the slopes that have earned Wintergreen Resort numerous awards — including Best Terrain Park by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and “Top 10 Ski Resorts” by skiresorts.com — Diamond Hill Condominiums are a top choice out of all Wintergreen real estate for their appeal to resort visitors.

Let’s see what top three features of these condominiums support Diamond Hill’s superior rankings.

3. The Location — Ski Front

When the snow graces the ski slopes in the wintertime and you are eager to experience Wintergreen Resort’s award-winning snow skiing for yourself, having a ski front condo like Diamond Hill is an incredible opportunity.

Already prized for its close proximity to the shops and restaurants at the resort, these condos are just steps from the ski slopes for easy ski-in/ski-out access to one of the best winter activities at Wintergreen.

Wintergreen Resort terrain park and Blue Ridge Mountains from Diamond Hill2. The Views — Unbeatable

You’ll enjoy exceptional views of the terrain park from your home in the winter, and as summer changes to fall you have a front seat to the changing leaves on the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The mountain views at Diamond Hill are highly desirable, and both home buyers and investors can easily see this great opportunity.

1. The Investment — Valuable

These condos range anywhere from $100,000 to $350,000 in price, and several properties include the latest kitchen appliances, upgraded fixtures, and other modern updates. These condominiums are prime investment opportunities not only for the stunning views and ski slope accessibility, but also for a true feeling of a mountain top retreat while still sitting close to all the amenities of Wintergreen Resort.

Choose Diamond Hill Condos

Whether you’re looking for an investment property or a resort destination to call your own, choose Diamond Hill Condominiums as your place at Wintergreen Resort. As valuable as these condos are, Diamond Hill truly lives up to its name.

View all Diamond Hill condos for sale to search for available properties, or learn more about the community to find information about condo fees, configurations, and which condos are ground level and end units.

Contact the Wintergreen Real Estate Experts

When it comes to buying property at Wintergreen Resort, trust the Wintergreen real estate experts to have all the resources you need to invest with confidence. See up-to-date real estate market statistics, learn about local tax rates, and sign up for a personal property organizer account so you never have to miss a new listing.

Contact us today at (877) 296-9860 or service@goWintergreen.com to learn more about how we can help you invest in a Diamond Hill condominium.

Top 10 Best Communities at Wintergreen Resort

skiier on a mountainWintergreen Resort is the mountain retreat you’ve been dreaming of.

With award-winning amenities that have launched the resort to the top of the list for “Best Ski Resorts” and “Best Golf Resorts,” the resort is a prime destination for visitors and part-time residents looking to escape to the peace and quiet of Wintergreen.

Are you considering a second home or vacation home in this excellent community? Are you trying to find the best place to call your own? Here are the 10 best condominium communities that Wintergreen has to offer.

Condo Quick Facts

Use this table to help you decide where you want your next vacation or second home to be, whether at a walk-to-ski condo or a spacious townhome in the heart of the resort.

Community NamePrice RangeSize RangeCondo FeeSpecial Features
The Cliffs$100,000 - $350,000800 - 1,750 sq.ft.$1545 QuarterlyMountain & Slopes views
Diamond Hill$100,000 - $350,000800 - 1,500 sq.ft.$1425 QuarterlyMountain & Slopes views; Ski Front
Dobie Mountain Condominiums$199,000 - $350,0001,020 - 1,428 sq.ft.$1,617 QuarterlyMountain & Slopes views; Ski Front
High Ridge$209,000 - $359,0001,248 - 1,846 sq.ft.$1250 QuarterlyMountain & Slopes views; Walk-to-Ski
High Ridge Court$159,000 - $359,0001,152 - 1,538 sq.ft.$1667 QuarterlyMountain & Slopes views; Walk-to-Ski
High Ridge Place$200,000 - $399,0001,182 - 1,541 sq.ft.$2000 QuarterlyMountain & Slopes views
Highlands$75,000 - $250,000800 - 1,500 sq.ft.$1185 QuarterlyMountain & Slopes views
The Overlook$175,000 - $370,0001,237 - 1,860 sq.ft.$1225 QuarterlyMountain & Slopes views
Trillium$160,000 - $300,0001,400 - 3,500 sq.ft.1150 QuarterlyTownhome Community
Westwood$145,000 - $300,0001,300 - 1,960 sq.ft.$825 QuarterlyTownhome Community

10 Best Wintergreen Real Estate Options

The Cliffs

Featuring million-dollar views of the mountains and valley, The Cliffs Condominiums are your ticket to paradise at Wintergreen Resort. These condos are close to the Wintergarden Spa & Fitness Center and offer 1-3 bedroom units.

Diamond Hill

If you love the ski slopes, these condos are perfect for you. Not only are they ski-front and are within easy reach of the lift, they have ski-in and ski-out accessibility. Diamond Hill offers 1-3 bedroom units.

Dobie Mountain Condominiums

Conveniently located near the resort’s ski slopes, Dobie Mountain offers condos that are 2-3 bedrooms with sunken fireplaces, ample space, vaulted ceilings, and modern upgrades that still reflect the residences’ original interiors.

High Ridge

Relax in the comforts of your very own mountain retreat with a fireplace, built-in bookcases, ceramic tile flooring, and modern upgrades in these 1-4 bedroom units. High Ridge condos are within easy reach of the best amenities Wintergreen Resort has to offer.

High Ridge Court

Low-maintenance living and endless resort amenities? High Ridge Court is perfect. This community offers 1-4 bedroom condos that have been renovated to reflect modern tastes, and include features like double vanities, a back deck, and breakfast bar.

High Ridge Place

Live a life of luxury here, where you’re just minutes from accessing Wintergreen Resort’s golf course, fitness center, The Plunge, and the ski slopes. High Ridge Place offers 1-4 bedroom condos.

Highlands

Featuring 1-3 bedroom condos with upgraded kitchens, large windows, spacious bedrooms, and ski-in/ski-out accessibility, Highlands is a perfect retreat surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains. It’s just across the street from the Wintergarden Spa & Fitness Center.

The Overlook

Panoramic views. Excellent amenities. Cozy living. The Overlook has everything you’re looking for and more, including upgrades like granite countertops and stainless steel appliances; units offer 1-4 bedrooms for you to choose from.

Trillium Place

It’s easy to get spoiled by Trillium Place. In fact, it’s designed to do just that. Built in a location that gives you ease of access to the best that the Wintergreen Resort has to offer, you’ll be within walking or shuttle distance to everything from the ski slopes to the spa.

Westwood

This community offers 2-4 bedroom townhomes located along the 12th fairway of the Devils Knob golf course. Featured units even offer 2-car garages. Living in Westwood, you can enjoy the modern comforts of home within easy reach of the best amenities at the resort.

Find Your Paradise with Wintergreen Real Estate Experts

As you’re deciding which community to call your own, you don’t have to navigate the journey alone.

We are your Wintergreen real estate experts, and we’ll not only guide you through the entire condo buying process but we’ll also give you all of the information you need to know along the way — HOA dues, mortgage information, updated real estate statistics, and even a local directory.

Ready to tour the condo of your dreams? Contact us today at (877) 296-9860 or service@goWintergreen.com and we can schedule a showing.

Lake Monocan for cool Summer Fun

fun at Lake Monocan

Fun at lake Monocan

Lake Monocan for Cool Summer Fun

Lake Monocan is a gorgeous 20 acre lake located in the valley community of Stoney Creek,VA. Aside from being a beautiful lake it is also the center for many cool summer activities. These include family activities such as;

  • swimming
  • kayaking
  • fishing
  • sand volleyball
  • walking /biking
  • a sandy beach
  • lounge chairs
  • and picnicing areas with charcoal grills.

Family dogs can also cool off in the lake in the “non-swimming” designated areas. Lake Monocan is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. It has Life Guards on duty daily during this period. Fees are charged for certain rentals and bookings, so always call first or CHECK HERE.

Lake Monocan

Lake Monocan

Not Just for The Kids.

Lake Monocan offers the family many additional water activitiy choices. These are usually available for rent. Choose from the following;

  • Canoe
  • Paddle Boat
  • Aqua Cycle
  • and Paddle Boarding.

What’s not to love! There is ample entertainment for the whole family including the family dog.

Getting Hungry?

Lake Monocan offers six picnic areas which can be reserved for a fee. Each picnic area has an eight foot long table, charcoal grill and trash can. Reservations can be made by calling 434-325-8180, or emailing: lakemonocan@wintergreenresort.com. Of course, in case you do not feel like cooking, there is a full service Snack Bar. It offers;

  • cheeseburgers
  • hot dogs
  • chicken nuggets
  • mini pizzas
  • candy
  • novelty ice creams
  • and smoothies.

It’s A Great Place to call Home!

Check out the Stoney Creek Homes for Sale.  Brian Chase and The Chase Team look forward to getting you acquainted with all that Wintergreen has to offer. As a Wintergreen property owner and member, Brian knows what it means to live and breath in the fresh air of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

Let Brian and The Chase Team be your Wintergreen Real Estate Resource. Call  TODAY at (877) 296-9860.

Until next time.