Tim Merrick’s Winter 2015-16 Newsletter

Contributed by Tim Merrick

John and Will Merrick

Our boys, home for Christmas. John (with rod) in from San Francisco and Will Merrick in from Washington, D.C., trout fishing on Stoney Creek Christmas Day.

The winter certainly got off to a slow start but as we approach President’s Weekend, everything seems to be on track with regard to ski operations with a good base and all slopes open. The skiing is now excellent.

Real estate sales last year finished up better than expected on the mountain. Home sales in Stoney Creek showed no improvement over 2014. Lot sales were off both on the mountain and in Stoney Creek.

Wintergreen Sales Comparison 2014-2015
Mountain 2014 2015
Homes 42
($185K-$1,300K)
51
($150K to $1,350K)
Condos 54
($43K-$389.9K)
80
($46.5K-$325.5K)
Townhomes 1
($290K)
3
($143K-$290K)
Lots 20
($12.5K-$94K)
11
($12.5K-$105K)
Stoney Creek 2014 2015
Homes 19
($219.5K-$681K)
19
($200K-$625K)
Townhouses 2
($240K-$300K)
3
($301K-$350K)
Lots 13
($18K-$175K)
8
($14.5K-$135K)

The Pipeline Issue

Two days ago in most of the newspapers in the Commonwealth an article appeared regarding the Dominion Pipeline and how it will affect Wintergreen. Here is a link in the event you have not seen it.

http://www.wintergreenrealestate.com/Mailings/PipelineRichmondTimesDispatch.pdf

You have probably been getting information from Friends of Wintergreen, a property owner organization within our community who has been raising money to fight the current route.  You may also have heard that there is resistance from The U.S. Forest Service and others as to the current proposed route through the entrance to the mountain.

My guess is that it will be moved farther south given the negative economic and environmental impact and general resistance of the community and our Nelson County neighbors. The pipeline is affecting the rate of sales in the area in addition to the lack of direction of the resort in general. Marketing and advertising and capital expenditures being on hold are also factors. Some of the area Realtors had a brief meeting with the general manager of the resort and the representative of The Pacific Group after the annual WPOA meeting and we are still in the dark as to the long range plans and goals of the new owners. There was a brief discussion of the possibility of a new hotel on the mountain but no commitment. If I gather any information about their plans, I will contact you immediately.

Fun Tidbits

Nick Moga, one of my friends, has a house on the mountain and a monthly newsletter with great links. I stole these links for you with his permission and yes, they are safe to open and worth seeing. If you are looking for great deals on computers and computer gear and accessories, etc. Contact Nick. PCSS, LLC in Covington, VA. pcss@pcss4u.com

When you get snowed in again, tell the kids to try this google game of trivia and geography:  Google Maps | Smarty Pins

Planning your summer vacation (anything to not think of cold weather or snow!)  Here is a fun and great guide to traveling from one place to another:  Rome2rio: discover how to get anywhere

Ready for music that isn’t on the radio (or Pandora, or Spotify)?  Try this site:  Hillydilly – Free Music Discovery

If you are a photographer or just a photograph enthusiast, this site is the bee’s knees:  Maptia · A World of Stories

Craft beer is taking over in our area as you know. There are five breweries within 10 to 15 miles of Wintergreen.  Here is the site that supports it all:  Celebrating the Best of American Beer | CraftBeer.com

Summary

To end on a high note, I am seeing an active first quarter in spite of the pipeline dilemma. I also expect to hear some good news soon from the new owners in regard to their plans. They did say in the Realtor meeting that they generally do not make any changes until they have owned a property for a year, and their purchase was a year ago this month.

All the best in the New Year,

Tim

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