Riding on the Winds

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SML is home to many sailing enthusiasts, and two sailing clubs (Blackwater Yacht Racing Association (BYRA) on the Blackwater River at Pelican Point and VISA (Virginia Inland Sailing Association) on the Roanoke near Bernard’s Landing—hold regular spring and fall races and regattas. Indeed, the months of April, May, September and October normally offer the best sailing breezes, whereas brisk sailing winds breezes are harder to find in summer months. Still, summer’s gentle breezes are perfect for fledgling sailors, and VISA offers a number of learn-to-sail programs for kids, using a fleet of Lasersand Flyhing Scots.

Pelican Point Yacht Club on the Blackwater has the most masts rising from its well-maintained floating slips, but sailboats can can be found in several other marinas as well. Vessels moored at home docks are often brought around to Pelican Point for  VISA’s class regattas, typically handicapped by the club’s race committees to ensure every crew has a chance to show on a given Saturday.

SML’s unusually deep water means even deep-keeled sailboats can roam without fear of grounding and find secluded anchorages for overnight stays or a cooling swim on a warm summer day.

The Smith Mountain Dam and Shoreline Management Plan

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The Smith Mountain Project began with the Army Corps of Engineers constructing an 816-foot-wide, 235-foot high, 30-foot thick (at it’s base) pump-back-storage dam across Smith Mountain Gorge on the Roanoke River near Huddleston. VA. Completed in 1963, with the resulting reservoir (Smith Mountain Lake) reaching “full pond” on March 7, 1966, SML is first and foremost a power-generation facility. To be granted it’s current license to operate the Project, American Electric Power (AEP) was required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to develop a Shoreline Management Plan to ensure that the flowage remains suitable for power generation.

Under the Plan, AEP retains authority over all structures and shoreline modifications below the 800-foot elevation contour (5′ above “full pond” water level of 795′). The approved Shoreline Management Plan places certain restrictions on dock location, size and configuration. Thus, dock construction and shoreline erosion control plans must be approved by AEP, and any non-complying aspects, unless grandfathered in writing in 2005, must be brought into compliance before property can transfer.          Properties must have at least 100′ of shoreline to qualify for construction of a dock.  On lots with 100′ to 300′ of shoreline, dock area may measure up to 1500 square feet, including slip space, roof overhangs and walkways greater than 6′ wide. Shoreline properties with over 300′ of shoreline may have docks up to 3000 square feet in area.  Storage enclosures are limited to 80 square feet.

A copy of the SML Shoreline Management Plan can be viewed at www.smithmtn.com.

Water Sports For All

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You’re sure to be dazzled at the array of water sports you can enjoy at beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. Water temperatures typically reach 80 degrees by early June and stay swim-comfortable right through September. Water is see-your-feet clear in all but the upper reaches of SML’s feeder rivers and creeks, and somehow feels extra refreshing in the deep coves down where Smith Mountain plunges right to the lake shore. For an especially memorable outing, take along a swim-platform picnic or evening hors d’oeuvres and anchor to float on noodles, life jackets or swim rafts.

Tow sports like tubing, skiing, wakeboarding and wake surfing are all the rage on SML: the adventuresome indulge and the more cautious enjoy watching from decks and docks. Tow-capable boats, both runabouts and pontoons, can be rented by the hour, day or week at nine different marinas. So can paddle boards and kayaks, but paddle craft often come with waterfront home rentals.

Sailing is popular and two sailing clubs host a series of spring and fall regattas for serious sailors. Power boaters can spend hours exploring SML’s many coves and creeks, poking in and out of countless coves and checking out lakefront properties.

Kids can enjoy catching sunfish right off the docks with no license required; professional guides will also help anglers find the lake’s great-eating striped bass. SML is home to some 24 on-water restaurants, and meal excursions by boat are popular. Fare ranges from fine dining to pizza, Mexican, burgers and other moderately-priced choices. An early-morning smooth-water run for pancakes and coffee is an absolute delight!

While there are a multitude of activities to beckon you out on and into the water, relaxing dock-lounging is also treasured activity here. Most lakefront properties have deep swimming water off their docks; some have gradual beaches. The SML Water Safety Council recommends that children wear life jackets whenever on, in or near the water.

 

This Is It – Design, Layout & Quality!

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You’ll walk in and say ”this is it”. The beautiful paver drive welcomes you upon entering. The design, layout and quality have everything you want-all on one level and the perfect downsizer home. Superior construction with crown moldings, hardwood flooring throughout (no carpet), granite counters, a paved walking trail around the pond and gazebo, what’s not to love? You can walk across the street to the local YMCA, and located just minutes to shopping, medical offices, pharmacies, the library and salon, its all at your finger tips.

How to Find Your Perfect Neighborhood

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Location, location, location. Half of buying a home is all about finding where you want to live. You may have found your dream house, but if it’s not in your dream neighborhood, then it’s not your dream home.

To find the neighborhood that is just right for you, start by making a needs and wants list and be sure to include activities, services, and hobbies that dictate the amenities you need nearby.

The internet provides an immense amount of information so do a little digging.

Check it out in person. Drive through the area multiple times and at different times of day so that you can get a true feel for the area. Consider taking long walks to truly absorb how it would feel to live there.

How far is your potential home from your job? For some, a long commute would be a deal breaker. What is your tolerance? Be sure to drive the route multiple times at the exact times you will be traveling to and from work.

Do your research on property taxes and any other special assessments, especially in new areas and areas that have associations.

Research crime statistics, school ratings, and any neighborhood noise or restrictions that would hamper your enjoyment.

Visit the local park and chat with neighbors to ask what they enjoy most about living in the area.

It’s easy to fall in love with a nice home, and it’s even better when a great lifestyle that is your perfect fit goes along with it.

Email me if you would like information and property searches, I will be happy to assist.

 

Essence of a “Lake Home”

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You’ll feel like you found the essence of a ”lake home” here, with everything from the heat pump, roof, kitchen and bathrooms updated and modern. Everything you need for one level living is available, with the master bedroom, cherry kitchen with granite, laundry, office, living room with cathedral ceilings and stone gas log fireplace found on the entry level. The lower level offers additional bedrooms, living space and a workshop. Located in a peaceful and quiet cove on Smith Mountain Lake, off Craddock Creek. Everything inside and out has been diligently cared for and maintained, in pristine condition. Brand NEW AMANA Heatpump, with propane back up and roof replaced in 2012, move right in and enjoy all the upgrades that have been done for you.

A tempting buy at Smith Mountain Lake

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A tempting buy for the lake lover who’s seeking the part of Smith Mountain Lake that is in calm, shallow, prize winning fishing waters, ideal for both kayaks or canoes. Just minutes from Westlake amenities and deep water by boat. This home will become your ideal family gathering place, with many options for the full or part time resident, giving you space to entertain both inside and out. You chose whether to entertain indoors in the open, spacious kitchen and living area, the screened porch or outdoors on the expansive Trex decking that feels like you own your own personal park and place to escape, the fire pit area or on the dock. Explore the possibilities to care for guests and family with two living areas, five decorated bedrooms, and handicap accessible doorways with all the appointments and finishes that you could hope for including 9 foot ceilings, hardwood floors, granite, stainless steel appliances and ceramic tile. You’ll feel the warmth of a decorators choice in paint colors and decor, which could be purchased if you desired- move right in, hassle free.

Great Investment Opportunity

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Great investment opportunity here! Aggressively priced waterfront property with broad, wide views of the main channel. Whether you are looking to have your own arboraceous waterfront getaway home, or own a investment property that is great for short or long term rentals, this is it! In the warm seasons, the dock with covered slip and hoist is ideal for sunbathing, boating and fishing and in the colder weather months stay inside, enjoy the spectacular view and cozy up next to the wood burning fireplace with a book. Furnishings are optional.

One of the best waterfront choices for $415,000

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Come and enjoy the view and great water depth at this private, waterfront home located in a quiet community just a few minutes from all of the conveniences of Westlake. The floor plan allows family and friends to have their own space, with the master on the entry level and two bedrooms on the upper level. Choose to gather while enjoying the view in one of the two family rooms; the main level offers cathedral ceilings and a fireplace, while the lower level offers great space with an additional full bath. The community pool and cabana are sure to please. A full list of upgrades and features available. Subtle nuances on the interior and the beautiful flowering trees and plantings make this home a delight!

Relax, Rejuvenate and Unwind at 49 Brooke Drive, Union Hall VA

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Located in one of the most beautiful communities on Smith Mountain Lake, this Cottage at Contentment Island offers maintenance free living and is furnished on the upper and lower levels, ready for you to move right in. The spacious and well thought out floor plan offers room to entertain large groups of family, friends and guests while all enjoying their own space. Relax and take in the lakes ambiance on your extended, over-sized deck and in the evening watch the sun set without needing to use shades. You’ll appreciate the amenities the community offers: a walking path, pool, tennis and your own boat slip with storage. View the pictures and video to capture the essence of the finishes and quality of the home which is like new, only being used a few weeks out of the year.