Settling in—in Vermont

When you buy a new home, moving furniture isn't the only work you need to settle in. Everyone would prefer to focus on the skiing, hiking, shopping and dining opportunities, but equally important factors are the schools, medical facilities, and local governments available in central Vermont. No one wants to buy a home only find that the school system doesn't match their needs, the hospital is too far for comfort, and local zoning laws are too restrictive for the addition they planned to build. From our experience, central Vermont has the perfect balance of all three and below are a few resources to help get you acquainted with our region. Better still, visit us and we can take you on a tour of the area and give you more insightful information than any website.

Schools — When you move to Vermont leaving the hustle and bustle of the urban life behind, you don't want your children to lose the opportunity for a quality education. Whether you are searching for a local public school or are looking further afield at private schools, having a home in Vermont doesn't mean you must make an educational sacrifice. Vermont provides a map of each school district, the schools that serve each the area and the contact information for each. Beyond the public school system, excellent private schools for children of all ages can be found throughout the state. As we work together to find you that special piece of real estate in the Green Mountains, we will present you with the best scholastic options.

Hospitals — From the quiet comfort of a small hospital to world-class medical care, every level of expertise can be found in Central Vermont. Gifford Medical Center in Randolph is one of the top 100 Critical Access hospitals in the nation yet retains the size and compassion you expect from a small community hospital. The Rutland Regional Medical Center to our south is the second largest medical facility in Vermont, providing preventive, diagnostic, acute and rehabilitative services. Easily accessible from our area, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's credentials include a Level 1 trauma center, children's hospital, and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, solidly upholding its reputation as a premier academic and medical institution. If you are concerned about medical care in the area, do not hesitate to ask about our experiences and how they compare to other areas.

Higher Education — Throughout New England, institutions of higher learning abound and Vermont is no exception. Two of the top educational institutions in the nation call Vermont home and a third lies a stones throw across the Connecticut River in New Hampshire. Located in Burlington, the University of Vermont is noted for its faculty, exceptional academic programs and their excellent College of Medicine. Middlebury College is one of premier liberal arts college in the US with a rigorous focus on environmental studies, international studies, sciences, and literature. Meanwhile, Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire is considered an elite Ivy League institution where professors are regarded as leaders in their field of study. Combined with the numerous other colleges and universities in Vermont, the opportunities for a quality higher education close to home are plentiful.

Local Governments — Away from the urban centers, the democratic process survives alive and well in The Green Mountains. Though the select board of the town deals with the weekly business of running the town, town residents throughout the state gather on Town Meeting Day, the first Tuesday each March, to decide larger issues facing the town from the annual budget to zoning and water quality. This community institution is a fantastic way not only to actively participate in local politics, but gather with your neighbors and friends after a long winter! As you come closer to deciding on your new home, we can help you navigate the political landscape from the beginning.

There are a myriad of decisions you'll make in purchasing your new home. We at Brooks Barron at Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty want to give you more than a stack of paperwork to sign. From the beginning, we will give you the knowledge that comes from our own experience living in the Green Mountains for over 20 years that can't be found with a Google search. When you find yourself daydreaming of living in Vermont, call us at Brooks Barron at Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty and learn more about the special property we have for you.  

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