Arriving in Burlington in the winter of 1979 as a freshmen at UVM, despite record breaking cold that would have had others running south, I began a journey that has kept me here 28 years now. It's hard to believe how quickly time has passed. So many, many great memories. Two children. My magnificent son and daughter. I can't imagine raising them in a better place. I've just loved living here and my passion for this state has only grown over time.
Driving home from an out-of-state trip, I love seeing that "Welcome to Vermont" sign on the highway. Or, flying in by way of the Burlington International Airport, the best small airport on the planet, from a business trip or vacation adventure elicits the same response. "Welcome Home" and all the mortar in the joints of my Vermont foundation echoes through my mind and in my heart. Each time, I feel an abiding warmth and happiness returning to this special state.
Born just north of Chicago in a beautiful town called Lake Forest, we moved to Chicago and lived on the "Gold Coast" just steps away from the Oak Street Beach, Lake Michigan and Michigan Avenue. My love of baseball began amidst the brick and ivy of Wrigley Field watching the Cubbies.
Some years later, we moved east and settled in Redding Center, a small town without a stoplight to this day, in Fairfield County, CT.
I spent wonderful years in prep school in Concord, MA and at my college advisor's urging I applied and was accepted at the University of Vermont.
I've never left.
I've lived in Burlington, South Burlington, Underhill Center, Jeffersonville and Charlotte. I love the outdoors. Cross country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, winter and summer hiking, tennis, Lake Champlain, the Green's and the White's and the Adirondack Mountains are all so wonderfully close. Cycling. Full moons. Kayaking. Summer picnic's and outdoor music. Relaxing on my front porch looking out across the meadows towards Lake Champlain and the 'Dacks. Sledding down Mount Philo. The Flynn Theater and UVM hockey.
I'm a Sox fan now (still have a soft spot for those Cubbies) and love all the successes and fun they have brought into our lives.
I hope you can feel some part of what I feel after all these years. Vermont is a great place to live. It has been my very happy home.
28 years of experience living in the Burlington area uniquely qualifies me as your perfect partner to identify choice Vermont and Lake Champlain communities and properties of all kinds. I cover real estate located in northwest Vermont's Champlain Valley, Lake Champlain's waterfront properties and vacation home properties in the ski country of Stowe and the Mad River Valley too. Greater Burlington VT has received many Accolades and Awards for quality health care, schools, low crime, our revered environment and many additional factors which have contributed to our exceptional quality of life. The extraordinary beauty of Vermont's Green Mountains to the east and Lake Champlain with the backdrop of the Adirondack Mountains of New York to the west moves all of us. Burlington, Stowe, Middlebury, Montreal and Hanover NH are easily accessed for cultural, educational, great shopping and recreational pursuits of all kinds. Boston, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia are only short direct flights away. That's why so many decide to live here, raise their families and retire in and around Burlington, the Champlain Valley or rural Vermont. See Vermont Ranks First in National Health Report issued November 6th, 2007.
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