If there is one constant topic of conversation at summer barbecues, it’s about lifestyle changing property purchases—dreaming big and the unique lake lifestyle everyone in the group desires. A follow-up comment usually marvels about a story of owners of a sublime getaway that got in early before the real estate boom priced the rest of us out of the dreamscape. However, it looks like now’s the time to reopen the discussion.
Several prime Smith Mountain Lake lots are scheduled to be released at the one-day-only Smith Mountain Lake Land Liquidation on Saturday, July 27th (rain or shine). Lake lots now just $19,900 (was $59,900) and gorgeous prime deep, dockable waterfront lots now only $189,900 (was $299,900). Whether living full or part-time on the Virginia lake affords owners unlimited outdoor recreation upon the 20,600-acre lake with 580 miles of shoreline and countless amenities, such as championship golf, exceptional dining, and even an outdoor amphitheater with live music performances throughout the year.
Smith Mountain Lake is often mentioned among America’s great aquatic oases due to the area’s reputation for diverse outdoor recreation within a mild year-round climate that allows for 12-month enjoyment. Largemouth, smallmouth and ever-rarer striped bass swim in these waters, ideal for all styles of fishing. Powerboaters enjoy the expansive setting for waterskiing, tubing, and wakeboarding without any of the cramped concerns that are typical on smaller bodies of water. Nor is Smith Mountain Lake one of those places that buzz with jet skis and motorboats from dawn to dusk, the many protected coves and bays entice exploration for buoyed picnics and dips as well as human-powered passions such as kayaking, standup paddle-boarding, and canoeing.
Boaters of all kinds will find a marina is always in close proximity to the lake. Several tie-up lakeside restaurants dot the shore, ideal for lazy lunches or a romantic dinner followed by a sunset cruise back home to the deep-water cove. Smith Mountain Lake has also long been a favorite sailing lake, known for reliable breezes and plenty of space to sail. A romantic getaway is as close as anchoring offshore for the night.
Of course, Franklin County entices its residents with many options beyond the life aquatic. With seemingly infinite hiking and biking trails from Waid Recreation Park to all over the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, this region is considered one of the nation’s top outdoor recreation destinations. Wild rivers host whitewater kayakers and rafting outfitters, horseback trails invite a few hours ride or overnight pack trips.
Closer to home, the 3.1-mile Striper Cove Trail traverses Smith Mountain Lake State Park, as does Opossum Trail, an ideal half-mile track for multigenerational families from toddlers learning first steps to the more measured gaits of grandparents. Accessible by road or boat the park’s mixed broadleaf-evergreen forests offer a lovely pause from a day on the lake. Should golf be your passion of choice, the Water’s Edge Country Club layout sits in close locale from your new property, the signature Hole 7 is even visible from some of the building lots.
From breweries to entertainment, these days the best outdoor recreation locales carry cultural cache in addition to a little rock hopping or windsurfing. Less than one hour away, the 750-seat Harvester Performance Center showcases a broad range of talent from Clay Walker to The Gin Blossoms to The Robert Cray Band throughout the year. Just one hour away, Roanoke takes its reputation as an east coast foodie hub seriously with everything from Alexander’s, an OpenTable Top 100 Restaurant, to Local Roots and Lucky, both highly touted by the Garden & Gun food writers.
Like any outdoor recreational town worth its spokes, you can recharge here in the “East Coast Mountain Biking Capital” at bakeries like On the Rise Bread Bakery, loved by Southern Living, and refresh at A Few Old Goats Brewing, among multiple sudsy choices. Food trucks and a spectrum of Roanoke farmers markets round out the local vibe. Shopping and the arts are just as robust and colorful. Bustling Richmond and Raleigh, two more cities on the rise in Virginia and North Carolina, reside just a few hours away.
All across America, more and more people are escaping urban headaches for more rural settings; choosing lifestyle enrichment, be it for weekend and holiday getaways or a permanent residence. Often these new settlements carry a laundry list of building restrictions, not so at Smith Mountain Lake. Lot buyers are encouraged to buy now when they can purchase land at below market value pricing and build when the time is right—with the builder of their choice. Each lot available offers variety to suit every budget, wish list and lifestyle but all come with the reassurance that the lot is guaranteed buildable. With paved roads and underground utilities already in place, the professional Land Consultants are ready to guide potential buyers through efficient bank financing and assist with all other ownership questions, such as activating one’s 401K to purchase the property.
Outdoor recreation remains a proven antidote as our world spins faster and faster, be it our 24-7 work availability or our kids’ endless screen time. Nobody has ever stared at a mobile phone or heard a “you’ve got mail” chime while tubing across a lake or swinging a young child along a path along the lake. Smith Mountain Lake offers just such “movie” settings. In fact, it starred in the hit Bill Murray vehicle, “What About Bob?”
Whether you prefer to paddle your way to dinner at a lakeside restaurant or watch yet another perfect sunset dance across the water from your private deck, your escape to unwind on a lot purchased for less than $20,000 sounds pretty awesome right about now. Visit their website or call (540) 668-1723 to learn more about the one-day-only Saturday, July 27th Land Liquidation release!