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The American dream often consists of many parts but at its center is always the plan to own a home and with the all-American holiday of Memorial Day rolling around soon, now is the time to make your own American dream come true in the Smith Mountain Lake region. Spend your long weekend relaxing on a hammock tied between two trees overlooking the lake, grilling your favorite meats on the deck of your home, also looking over the lake, and paying homage to those who sacrificed everything for the freedoms you will enjoy that much more as you look about the home that we at Smith Mountain Lake Properties helped you find.

The Weekend Begins

Close your eyes and picture it. You awaken at your normal time on the first day of the three day weekend and soon realize that the alarm has not been set and your day does not have to begin yet. Thinking ahead the night before, you closed the curtains to the views outside your new home, and in the quiet hours of the early morning, your sleepy brain congratulates last night’s proactiveness! Later you will awaken for real and prepare to head to your favorite restaurant for a hearty breakfast; your list of wants and needs you gave us at the beginning of your search may have included proximity to the Old Oak Café in Moneta and as always, we delivered!

A Good Time for Gardening

Many of the fun things we love to do get pushed aside on normal weekends as we spend our 2 days off catching up on all the chores we couldn’t do during the week, but a three-day weekend is special and after a big breakfast, it’s off to Walter’s Greenhouse you go to purchase some plants to make your new backyard the oasis you have been dreaming about. Perhaps you are looking to add some cheerful sunflowers to the garden just beyond the hammock we mentioned earlier, or maybe the aromatic fragrance of a beautiful rose is what your new space needs to feel like you’re home, but whatever you need, Walter’s always provides.

What’s Memorial Day Without a Barbecue?

Barbecues and pool parties are integral parts of the holiday experience and they also offer the perfect opportunity to meet your new neighbors! Whether you have added an outdoor kitchen to your oasis or are just grilling up the all-American meal of burgers and hotdogs on the brand new propane grill you purchased at the local Home Improvement store, located just down the road from your Smith Mountain Lake cozy abode!

Every Day will be Your Favorite Day

You may still be able to grill, relax, and party with your neighbors without owning your own home, but what’s the fun in that? Give us a call today and let’s work together to make your American dream come true!

The beauty of the holidays is always amplified when spent in your home with your family, but somehow, those same holidays provide an added luster when spent in a Smith Mountain Lake home. Whether you choose an on the lake house that offers views that won’t quit and endless options for entertainment, a charming condo where yard work won’t take up all your spare minutes, or a quiet farmhouse located away from the “hustle and bustle” of Smith Mountain Lake, your life will just seem brighter when the holidays arrive. This guide to celebrating the next big holiday, Easter, in your new Smith Mountain Lake home will help build the anticipation or if you are still in the searching mode, Smith Mountain Lake Properties can help make the search that much easier!

Easter Egg Hunts in your Own Backyard

Every parent has his or her own way of hiding the eggs. Some get up early on the morning of and let one parent distract the youngsters while the other does the hiding. Some prefer to do this important business under cover of the night after their own little bunnies are deep asleep. And still others may prefer to let the town or church do the egg hunt, dressing up the littles in their Easter finest and heading out to face the crowds. In your new Smith Mountain Lake house, though, however you choose to hide those eggs, that sense of everything being right in your world will linger throughout all the day’s festivities!

Happy Feaster

There are many reasons to celebrate the holiday, but one of our favorite parts is the feast at midday and the kitchen in your new home is destined to be the one you dreamed about! Offering high-end appliances, cozy family touches, and a cheer that can’t be dampened, your Easter feast (Feaster!) is guaranteed to be devoured happily and quickly!

Peace, Harmony, and your Inimitable Style

Every homeowner has their own vision of what the “perfect” Easter celebration will look like, but whatever your idea is, living in a Smith Mountain Lake home is destined to make it easier to make that vision come true! Enjoy the peace, the harmony, and the lifestyle that can only be found on Smith Mountain Lake at Easter and every day of the year; our knowledgeable agents can help you find your dream home come true! Give us a call today!

We all have that vague idea in the back of our heads about what our dream home should look like. Some of us think a property that is small and cozy and offers views of the countryside is a grand idea while still others may feel that an apartment overlooking the city we are moving to is the only way to live. If you are in the early planning stages of buying your new Smith Mountain Lake home, you may not have reached a final thought on what you may or may not want, so this guide to locating your 2022 dream home will help you recognize which property is the only one for you!

Location Matters

A dream home can turn into a nightmare if its not in the right location. Buyers with children will want a family neighborhood with parks and plenty of kids. Empty Nesters may prefer a townhome in a high end complex with lots of amenities, and very few children. And nature lovers may need a home located directly on Smith Mountain Lake.

Amenities are Important

Although there is always a possibility you could purchase the amenities you crave at a later date, finding a home that has them already can be a dream come true. A private dock with lift for boat lovers, a gourmet kitchen for those who love to cook, and a shed in the back yard that can be immediately converted into the she shed/man cave you have envisioned can make all the difference!

The Details you Can’t Overlook

Some details are just deal breakers if the home you seek does not have them. A certain number of bedrooms so the kids have their own space, a living room area that is large enough that the entire family does not feel cramped when together, or even a garage to keep your car out of the elements (or to be used for storing extra stuff while your car sits in the driveway!) these important details, if missing, can ensure that the home you are buying is not the forever home you have dreamed about.

The Right Agency

Of course, the best way to locate your 2022 dream home is to start out with the right agency! Smith Mountain Lake Properties and our wonderful agents have the experience and knowledge to lead you to the home that may have just stepped out of your dreams! Give us a call today!

One of our favorite parts of house hunting is getting the opportunity to check out the design schemes of the homes we visit on a daily basis. While it could be considered research, we love to help out our Smith Mountain Lake Properties clients even after they buy their favorite home; there is just something fun and fulfilling about seeing how families make their homes feel cozy and welcoming. This guide to interior design themes that will make your new Smith Mountain Lake home shine will help eliminate that new house panic buyers often feel when surrounded by boxes and blank walls!

Lake Themes

Yeah, we are starting with the most obvious, the lake house retreat look, and although it may seem a little cliché, it is popular for a reason and so easy to accomplish! Water-themed art prints, row boat book shelves, and boat cleats attached to wood planks are an easy way to begin the process. Blues and whites are the most common lake themed colors, but feel free to dress up your house in your own favorite colors; it is the accessories that will make the look pop!

Cabin Design

The log cabin is the most loved of American décor and it won’t take much to make your home a updated version that would make Abraham Lincoln feel right at home. Tongue and groove planks lining the arched ceilings, wainscotting on the walls, and stone countertops are warm, comfortable, and so inviting, you (or your guests) will never want to leave. Lodge pole furnishings are popular, especially when topped with colorful quilts, perhaps made by your own grandmother! If there are no seamstresses in your lineage, however, many home stores provide imitations that will look just as beautiful!

Living the Upscale Life

Kitschy is familiar in lake homes, but if you march to the beat of a more sophisticated drummer, there is no reason you can’t design your home to match your own inimitable style. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and sleek leather sofas make your heart beat faster and provide a charm that appeals to many! Hard lines can be softened with a throw tossed across the back, tile floors are easily maintained, and lighting selections, always an essential part of any décor, are only limited by your imagination and budget.

Choose Smith Mountain Lake Properties

Of course, if you are just in the beginning stages of the house hunt, you will have to wait a bit to find the style that makes your soon-to-be new house feel like home. Give us a call today and let our helpful and knowledgeable agents find you the house of your dreams!

One of the hottest investments you can make right now is vacation rental property, and if you are seeking one in the Smith Mountain Lake area, we can promise you it will be the best decision you will make! Unfortunately, not all investment homes are created equal, and if this is your first time purchasing one, you may not know what makes one home work better than others. Because we want to see you succeed, we at Smith Mountain Lake Properties have created this guide to help potential investors know what to look for when they begin their search!

Location Matters

You are already in the right ball park if you are looking in the bucolic Smith Mountain Lake area, but if you want to be sure that you make that hit, choosing a home on the lake is your best first step. Vacationers want that lake lifestyle, need those water views, and will pay more for homes that allow them to walk off the porch and dive into the lake, so even if the cost is a little higher, the income will be higher as well!

Less Traffic Jams in the Mornings

No, we are not talking about the roads of Moneta or Bedford, we are talking about the traffic jams that take place every morning when there are not enough bathrooms to accommodate the number of guests staying in your place! Multiple bathrooms are one of the main reasons travelers are turning away from hotel rooms, so the more bathrooms you can offer in your rental, the more likely your guests will want to chose your home above all others!

Cleanliness and Comfort

Obviously, no one wants to stay in a dumpy and dirty vacation rental, but that doesn’t mean you have to purchase one that is move-in ready; it just means you have to be able to look beyond the dingy and picture the potential! Our helpful agents at Smith Mountain Lake Properties can help you find the investment property that will attract all the right interest; give us a call today!

One of our favorite parts of buying a new home is imagining all the possibilities, from the first peeks inside as you picture your teenage daughter lounging on the dock, soaking up the sun’s rays, to your son climbing high into that tree that provides the perfect amount of shade on a lazy summer’s day, to the thoughts of tossing out the tired décor of your current living room and starting from scratch. Everything about your new Smith Mountain Lake home is filled with possibilities, and to help with the portrait you have painted in your mind, this guide to living room décor trends will give you an idea as to what direction you want to take once you have signed on the dotted line.

Picking Colors

There are lots of ways to make a room your own, but sometimes the best thing you can do is pick up a paintbrush and give the space your personal touch! Paint is the cheapest mistake you can make, so if you don’t like your first choice, try, try, again. We promise that layers of paint won’t decrease the size of your living space! Today’s most popular color scheme is a gray and white combination, while other colors that are much loved, especially around lakes, are shades of blue or even pure white. White walls work much as they do in galleries, making your décor choices stand out. Remember, this is your room, and if you think a crimson red accent wall is what you want, a crimson red accent wall is what you should get!

Choosing Furnishings

We were so excited to read that current home decorating trends are leading towards cozy and comfortable, because when you think about it, the living room is where you will spend a good portion of your days, and you want to be comfortable. A sectional sofa covered in a soft chenille is always a good choice, offering the perfect place to nap, watch television, or offer guests a place to sleep. If you are worried about stains—lake living can be hard on the material—microfiber materials hold up to dirt well; you can always buy a machine-washable slipcover as well! Be sure to offer places to set cups, plates, and your feet because we all know kids and husbands can’t NOT rest their feet on coffee tables! Finally, when it comes to flooring, wood is a classic choice that will never let you down, but the new engineered hardwoods and vinyl plank options are hardy, less expensive, and stand up to lake life.

Before You Start Decorating

Now that you have a few ideas, the important first step must be taken: Give us a call today and let Smith Mountain Lake Properties find the home of your dreams!

Summer energy bills can be a little high, especially as you and your family or the guests that rent out your Smith Mountain Lake home run in and out of the property during the most expensive times of the day. Kids leave doors open, clothing gets washed, and televisions, radios, and laptops are consistently plugged in and used, running the bill even higher. This guide to some energy-saving tips we have learned over the years, however, will help make your summer bank account stretch a little further, as you won’t have to put so much of it towards the bills!

Save the Big Appliance Use for After the Sun Has Set

Washers, dryers, even the oven in your kitchen can drive up the energy usage, so waiting until the cooler hours to use any of these appliances can definitely help! In addition, dryers can be the biggest energy suckers, which leads us to yet another tip: Hang your clothes out on a line and reap the benefits. Sleep comes easier when you fall into beds topped with sheets that smell like sunshine, and if you happen to save a little money while doing so, it is a good thing!

Plant a Tree Near the House

This environmentally sound tip is often surprising to people, but when you plant a tree near the house, it can lower energy bills as much as 25%! Cleaning the air and providing birds and other wildlife a new home in which they can reside is a bonus that we can all happily live with, and the shade it offers also provides a great place for energetic kids to play during the warmer days of summer.

Smart Thermostats Are a Smart Solution

Air conditioners are the biggest culprits when it comes to high energy bills, but a smart thermostat can help take a bite out of the bills! Some electric companies offer a credit when you install one in your home, and if you are following a time of use plan, setting it at higher temps during the more expensive hours will save you money, and you won’t have to remember to run back to your house and change it as you would a manual one.

Choose an Energy Efficient Home

New homes offer a lot of benefits, including energy efficiency, and we at Smith Mountain Lake Properties can help you find the new home of your dreams! Give us a call today and let’s find the summer home that meets all your qualifications.

Everyone, no matter their age, location, or even financial status has at least a vague idea of what they want in their dream home. Some dream big and have it planned out to the tiniest details—which may or may not include a window seat in the bedroom, a faucet over the stove for filling pasta pots, or even a tire swing hanging in the mature tree in the front yard! Others may not have more than a vague idea of space and number of bedrooms but feel they will just know it when they see it. For those that fall in the latter group, this guide will be a helping hand when you start the search for your dream home!

Location Matters

There are many things that can give you that irritating feeling in the back of your head that tells you this is NOT the one, and the wrong location can make the voice in your mind scream louder! After narrowing your search down to the Smith Mountain Lake region, you still have many decisions to make. One of the top questions you may ask yourself is whether you want to be on the lake or in a family neighborhood filled with kids close to the ages of yours. The good news is those questions are easily answered, and if you are still having a hard time narrowing it down, our Licensed Realtors can show you a bit of both.

Amenities Are Important

It’s true that you can cover a bad paint job and put in new flooring, but it can be more difficult to add a window seat and virtually impossible to add a basement! When you look through home magazines, start keeping a list of the items that interest you: gas stoves instead of electric, the pot-filler we mentioned earlier, or a three-car garage as opposed to the standard two-car one found on most homes. As you fill up your pages, your vision of your dream house will become clearer.

Does It Give You Goosebumps?

This last tip is more abstract and really can’t be explained, it has to be felt, but trust us: When it happens, you will know! One day you will open the door, and as clear as the windows that look out onto Smith Mountain Lake, you will be able to see your family gathering at the dining room table, swinging on the tire swing, and laughing at barbecues on that deck that overlooks the scenic landscape of the Smith Mountain Lake region! Goosebumps will arise on your arms and you will turn to your Smith Mountain Lake Properties agent and smile broadly as you say, “This is the one!” Give us a call today and let’s make the home of your dreams a reality.

Sometimes we seem to forget that Memorial Day isn’t just a holiday that kicks off the summer fun, but is a day meant for remembering those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. This year, however, as you have begun the hunt for a new home, you have contemplated all you have in your life, all that has been granted to you, and you think it’s time to put the memories back in Memorial Day! Making it easier to acknowledge and celebrate, choosing a home near the monuments listed in this guide will ensure that you never forget again!

Longwood Cemetery, 1131 Park Street in Bedford

What better way to acknowledge the brave people who gave their all for our nation than with a visit to a military cemetery, especially one that has such a long and rich history? Longwood Cemetery was the first cemetery in Bedford (then known as Liberty), serving as the final resting place for Revolutionary War soldiers. Although you may not want your new home located right next door, it can be comforting to know that the original heroes lie not far from where your head hits the pillow. Other cemeteries in town include Oakwood and Elks National Cemetery, offering a final resting place for soldiers from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War and every battle in between.

The National D-Day Memorial, 3 Overlord Circle in Bedford

 True patriots will thrill to find a home in Bedford, perhaps our most patriotic of all towns, as this all-American city is also home to the National D-Day Memorial. Paying homage to all D-Day veterans, it also tells the story of the Bedford Boys. Over 30 young men from our small Virginia town were a part of the initial battle with 21 of them losing their lives which was a huge loss to our small community and eventually led to the idea of creating a monument. During your visit you can read the stories told by veterans, stand in awe of the concrete structure, and even listen to original D-Day news broadcast that covers the invasion as it happened. We like to stop by this important monument on a regular basis and pay our respects; no matter how often we listen to the broadcast, we still get goosebumps that increase with every word spoken.

Your All-American Home in the Smith Mountain Lake Area

 Give Smith Mountain Lake Properties a call today and let us help you find the All-American home that fits your patriotic requirements!

 

When you first made the decision that your next new backyard was going to be on Smith Mountain Lake, chances are you weren’t thinking about the minutia of the everyday. You planned on researching schools for your children, you checked out the distance from home to work, and you may have already discussed doctors and dentists with the ones you have now; referrals from trusted people make the move go that much smoother! But what about groceries? You’ve shopped enough over the years to understand what you like and what you don’t like, but how do you find the right grocer in your new neighborhood? You talk to the same people who found your beautiful forever home—the knowledgeable and kind agents at Smith Mountain Lake Properties—and let us guide you in the right direction around Smith Mountain Lake!

Food Lion, 14807 Moneta Road in Moneta

If this is your first time in the area, you may not have heard of this venerable institution, but we here in the Smith Mountain Lake region love Food Lion! Offering everything you need to feed hungry families in a store that is clean, well laid out, and filled with only the friendliest of staff, it also offers a pharmacy, gift center, and a very innovative wine selection; it’s a one stop shopping oasis that will soon become your favorite stomping grounds!

White House Corner Store, 11674 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway in Huddleston

Sometimes you have the need for just an item or two and may not want to run to the Food Lion where you can get distracted by all that’s available and end up spending far more than you originally planned. For these last-minute items, a visit to the White House Corner Store will prove to be exactly what you need. Pick up some ice cream, fill your gas tank, and catch up on the gossip of Smith Mountain Lake!

Diamond Hill Grocery, 1012 Diamond Hill Road in Moneta

Offering a step back to kinder and gentler days, Diamond Hill Grocery offers small town charm free with every purchase. Pick up a gift for your family, some wine for yourself, or some pretty flowers to plant in your new backyard. This sweet shop has pretty much anything you could ever need!

Your Friends at Smith Mountain Lake Properties

Being a realtor is more than just finding the perfect house; it involves knowing the neighborhoods and the people that live in them, and we at Smith Mountain Lake Properties do just that. If you’re still in the “considering” stages of purchasing a home, give us a call and let us do what we do best: find you the perfect home of your dreams in Smith Mountain Lake!