Ski-town real estate buyers tend to think ski-in/ski-out is a must for "location, location, location." But a quaint New England condominium located just across the street from Stratton Mountain Village and set in its own intimate community runs counter to that rule.
This one-bedroom, one-bath unit is one of 10 still available in Long Trail House South-the second completed building in a master plan of five to surround what will be the Commons complex. The buyer of this 680-square-foot unit will receive more than just a charming home. Owners enjoy full access to a common hearth room, a business meeting room and membership to the extensive Sports Center at Stratton (otherwise $5,000). The Sports Center offers an Olympic-sized pool, spinning classes, Nautilus, even preferred tee-times on the 27-hole golf complex. To spice up the welcome basket, throw in two first-year season passes to Stratton Mountain.
The Commons, slated for completion by summer 2001, will provide a towngreen for residents and visitors alike. Longer than two football fields, it will feature a gazebo, a bandstand, two ponds (one for skating, the other for flyfishing) and shops along the edge. Owners of this south-facing unit will enjoy a view of the Commons, and be sheltered from the traffic of the Stratton Mountain Road.
The unit will be fully furnished and equipped with all of the basic amenities of home-everything from clean linens to dishware and coffeemakers. And a concierge will be ready to help accommodate spontaneous requests. For further convenience, owners' lockers, located in the heated parking garage, offer a safe place to store gear and other belongings-a great benefit that reduces wear and tear inside the unit and ends the hassle of lugging gear to your condo.
If you miss out on one of the last 10 units in Long Trail House South, the third building (unnamed as of yet) will be available for pre-sale this winter and is scheduled for completion in summer 2001.
An identical unit in Long House Trail North-which sold out in November 1999-went for $189,900, $25,000 less than this unit.
The fourth and fifth buildings probably won't be completed for another four years, so owners will be amidst construction for a while.
LOCATION Long Trail House South, Stratton Mountain Road, Stratton, Vt. (across the street from Stratton Mountain Village).
TIME ON MARKET One year
INFORMATION Intrawest Real Estate Discovery Center, Stratton Mountain Resort, RR1, Box 145, Stratton Mountain, VT 05155; 800-974-1104; www.stratton.com.