Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate – Debbie Shelton

Activities for Kids at Smith Mountain Lake

If your family is planning a vacation to SML, or you have grandchildren who are coming to visit in the near future, having a list on fun, age-appropriate activities on hand will keep you from hearing your little ones mumble, “I’m bored!” on a regular basis.

Of course, the biggest draw to the area is the lake itself! But if you’re looking to something different to the itinerary, check out the list below.

Halesford Bridge

Halesford Bridge is the unofficial headquarters of Smith Mountain Lake. Here is where you’ll find fun shops, restaurants, mini golf, arcades, pizza, and ice cream. Kids also love feeding the carp by the docks with popcorn or, for the more courageous, by putting peanut butter on their toes.

Smith Mountain Lake National Park

The SML National Park has a public beach, fishing docks, boat docks, picnic areas, playgrounds, and trails for biking and hiking. You can even rent boats directly on-site.

Booker T. Washington National Monument

This historical site is a must-see for kids and adults alike. The Booker T. Washington National Monument is a living history museum where visitors can see how young Booker T. Washington lived. The site includes the home that he and his family shared, the farm where they worked, and an exhibit that includes short films and narratives.

Another great resource for event planning is the website for the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Here you’ll find a calendar that includes all area events and festivals.

Debbie Shelton Receives Accredited Buyers Representative Designation

SML Market Report: January-December 2018

The real estate market at Smith Mountain Lake finished up a second year of improving sales, although not quite as exciting as 2017.  Waterfront home sales declined slightly from the previous year and prices stayed flat.  But, we still have more buyers coming back into the market as compared to the ten years we were slowly climbing out of the recession.  Expect inventory to continue to stay high as sellers who have been waiting for improving conditions come into the market.  However, once a new listing, properly priced, comes on the market, buyers are waiting to snap them up.  So while it’s technically still a “buyers market”, be prepared to move quickly if a waterfront home that meets your needs is available.  The pace of sales for off water homes and condos/townhouses showed significant slowing from the 2017 hot streak, so that’s still a great opportunity for buyers.  Lagging behind still is the sale waterfront lots.  Although the number sold 2018 was even with 2017, the average sold price was down.  Now’s the time to buy a lot if you want to build!  Love to see you at the lake in 2019.