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As you begin your search for the Smith Mountain Lake home of your dreams, you may discover that choosing the perfect location is a little more difficult than you thought! There are so many incredible homes in this area, each offering a little something the one before it may have lacked, so how can you ever narrow down your options to “The One?” We think we can help make that final decision a little easier simply by choosing the home that lies nearest your favorite attractions, and this guide to the top tours in the Smith Mountain Lake region is guaranteed to help you choose, purchase, and sign on the dotted line!

Cruise on the Virginia Dare

The best way to see Smith Mountain Lake is by boat, and the Virginia Dare has been a local must do for as long as we can remember; 1989 is when this particular beauty first became THE boat for cruises on Smith Mountain Lake! Offering sightseeing cruises that show you the best of the region, including one of the oldest tobacco farms in the region and an antique carousel that you and your family will want to visit in person soon, each cruise lasts about two hours and offers cruises from April through December. Currently you can only book through the end of October, but we imagine that will be updated soon. Choose one of their cruises that serves food and enjoy a delicious meal as you skim across the waters on a 19th century reproduction of a side wheeler, enjoying yet another perfect day in Virginia!

Poplar Forest

As you start to extend your Smith Mountain Lake house hunt a little further out, you may be surprised to discover that Poplar Forest, a home that once belonged to Thomas Jefferson, is located just a short distance from the lake! Offering guided tours that lead you through history, this beautiful retreat offers a respite from the world’s problems and the small town of Forest (in which the home is located) is a quiet family oriented village that just might hold the key to your new front door!

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Virginia is home to one of the original 13 colonies, and as most know, is actually one of the first colonies with the settling of Jamestown, which occurred 13 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. As such, you might expect the entire state to be filled with historical spots that offer peeks into the past—and you would be right! While the new home you are considering making your own may be modern, bright, and new, you won’t have far to go to follow in the footsteps of those who went before us. This guide to historical spots located near your Smith Mountain Lake forever home will help you enjoy all the wonderful aspects of Virginia.

Avenal House (William M. Burwell House), 413 Avenel Avenue in Bedford

Social standing was very important to people in the early days of our country, and Avenal House is where reputations were made—and possibly ruined! Built in 1836, today this historic home offers peeks into its past by appointment only, and for those who are considering the Smith Mountain Lake as a possible wedding venue, the porch of this historical property is a popular spot in which to say, “I do.” How exciting it would be to tell people you were married on the very spot Robert E Lee once smoked his pipe as he possibly chatted with Edgar Allan Poe, another frequent visitor to Avenal House.

Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road in Forest

We’ve talked about it before, and odds are we will bring it up again, but Poplar Forest was once the residence of our 3rd President, Thomas Jefferson, and we are proud and excited about that fact! Inheriting the land before he wrote the Declaration of Independence and building the property a few years before he became President, this gentile plantation offers a beautiful look into the history of our nation and is located not far from the spot you are considering adding to your own history.

Centertown Historic District in Bedford

Offering more than just one historic spot, the Centertown Historic District is home to a meeting house, courthouse, and museum. A visit here offers a more complete look into the complexities of early colonial life and beyond. Take a day off from unpacking and decorating and enjoy the beauty of one of our favorite towns!

The Beauty of the Past

Not every home near Smith Mountain Lake is a historical monument to the past—although you can find a few older homes—but knowing that the beauty of history can be found nearly everywhere you turn may help make the decision on which home to buy even easier. Give us a call today and let’s start the search for a spot in which to make your own family history!

As the heat of summer magically melts away, we in the Smith Mountain Lake area find ourselves giving a silent cheer. Fall has arrived, the trees are presenting their most colorful selves, and the crowds that fill the shores in the summer are dwindling. Now, don’t get us wrong, though. Fall is still a popular time in the Smith Mountain Lake area as the focus changes from water sports to land labors and Friday night football becomes a thing again. But as school starts back up in the small towns that make up this region of beauty, the rush to head to the water becomes more of a trickle. If you are thinking that this would be the perfect time to look for your new Virginia home, you would be absolutely correct, and this guide to the Smith Mountain Lake homes that are available during the early fall will help you narrow down your choices!

Something for Everyone

Of course, the list of available homes is always changing, so if you don’t see anything that meets your needs this week, check again in a few days as a whole new line-up of properties slides into view! Choosing between the cottage that appears cozy and quaint from the outside and then opens up into a two-story spacious escape with incredible views of the lake, and the sweet condo overlooking the community pool can be tricky though. The cottage with its wood floors and custom kitchen has everything a family needs, while the condo overlooking the pool makes the perfect investment choice!

And just because you’re interested in condos, it doesn’t mean you have to stick with cozy and small. As we speak, a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom with lakefront views and all the comforts of home, combined with the conveniences of condo life, has made an appearance on the MLS. Offering high ceilings, walls of windows, and custom built-ins guaranteed to make life easy, this spacious retreat may be the home of your dreams!

Lake life is a goal many vacationers look forward to every year, and if an investment property is what you have in mind, Smith Mountain Lake Properties has a variety of options that are perfect for your budget. Stick to cozy and rustic with a private dock and paneled walls or break the bank and choose an All-American cottage with a dramatic deck that offers the perfect spot for grilling, relaxing, or even taking a nap on a lazy summer day. Whatever your choice, chances are you’ll find what you’re seeking when you choose Smith Mountain Lake Properties as your partner in home purchasing!

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No one knows the area better, and we love to meet potential new neighbors. Smith Mountain Lake has recently been named one of the best places to live and vacation if you are trying to stay safe during the pandemic, and we would be happy to help you make the transition to the area!