A New Pace

Happy Sunday! This morning we’re feasting on quiche and coffee.

That’s not unusual for us; I normally make a quiche on Saturday nights while I write contracts and negotiate offers after a full day of home showings. It’s a quick and easy breakfast to pull from the refrigerator before I leave for work again Sunday morning.cd7f6af0-b66a-48d0-852a-a4a7b840e10f-1

Normally, I have showings on Sundays and even if I don’t, I still get up early and do my hair and makeup as if I’m about to go to work. Visitors to Alpine Lake often wake up Sunday morning, dreading leaving the beauty and tranquility of this place and returning to the hustle and bustle of their normal lives. It’s about this time they realize that they want to own a home at Alpine Lake Resort so they can enjoy a vacation every weekend  My phone starts ringing by 8AM and it’s off the the races.

Instead of meeting clients this morning and telling them about all the joys of life at the lake that only a resident could know, I’m snuggling on the sofa with my loves. It’s wonderful and I’m going to miss this time with them. BUT, when the resort reopens and YOU wake up on Sunday morning to the realization that Alpine Lake is the home you didn’t know you needed, CALL ME!!! I can’t wait to dash out the door to help you find your happy place!img_9986

This too, Shall Pass

So here we are in the midst of the largest global pandemic to occur in the last century. I, for one, am still having difficulty wrapping my mind around it! School is cancelled for the foreseeable future and the governor has ordered all but essential businesses be closed. Luckily, real estate was deemed an essential industry so we continue to work, albeit in a much more careful and remote way than we’ve ever conducted business in the past. Our home in Morgantown has become our “Decontamination Zone” where my husband and I go after work to all but burn the clothes we were wearing and shower so that we can be sure to not carry any droplets that may have landed on us throughout the course of the day back to our hideout on Snaggy Mountain.

I have never been more thankful for our Alpine Lake home than I am right now. Our boys are able to explore outdoors, play on the beach, fly kites, build forts, ride bikes, and go on “bear hunts” without having to worry about the COVID 19 virus that is sweeping through the world. They are acutely aware of it; virus was never part of my 3-year-old’s vocabulary until the last couple of weeks but for them, it’s like a tragedy happening somewhere else. For the time being, that remains true.

While so many of our much-loved gatherings at Alpine Lake are cancelled or on the brink of cancellation, the community remains very connected. Members are communicating and recipe-sharing on the Facebook page, there’s a twice weekly video meeting for residents so they can still see and hear one another, and our friends and neighbors are out walking the streets and trails. I’ve always loved seeing so many familiar faces upon walking out the door, but now more than ever, it brings an extra layer of comfort.

The gates of the resort have been closed to the public but some things remain the same. Groups of kayaks are still launched into the lake with filled with laughing residents enjoying the first signs of spring; This year they stay at least 6 feet apart. The tennis nets have been hung and we’ve been able to work on getting our forehands back after the winter hiatus. Sandcastles are under construction and fish are being caught after the lake opened for the season a few days ago.

Doorstep care packages have become the love language of the community. Cookies, baked breads, farm-fresh eggs, and bottles of wine are showing up on front porches in place of dinner parties, cookouts, and evenings around the fireplace with friends. Rocks painted with cute faces and messages of hope can be easily found on walks or in your driveway.

This virus has upended our normal lives, but there is still much beauty on this detour.

Villa d’View – 10 Lakeview Drive Terra Alta, WV 26764

A rare and exciting event for every neighborhood has occurred; the most beautiful home on the most beautiful lot is on the market! At Alpine Lake Resort, this home is Villa d’View. Built by R.L.Connor in 2002, this home features wide-open lake views that are totally unobstructed by power lines.

With lake views like this, one would expect significant street traffic between the home and the lake, but that’s not the case with Villa d’View; rather than backing up to busy W. Alpine Drive, this home backs up to the beautifully manicured 13th hole of Alpine Lake Resort’s award-winning 18 hole golf course!

A circular driveway leads to the custom-built home that features a hand-pieced and selected, natural stone facade with a stunning archway.

Views of the lake can be enjoyed from nearly every room in this home through double hung Anderson windows and 8 sets of French-style sliding glass doors that welcome you to relaxing and tranquil outdoor living spaces. A keen design choice of plexiglass decking has ensured that your views of Alpine lake are never spoiled even when sitting in the great room.

Built with accessibility in mind, one can enjoy single story living with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms on the main level, along with a first-floor laundry and two car oversized garage. The luxurious master bath boasts tile floors with a jacuzzi tub makeup vanity, and glass walk-in shower.

The large master suite contains two walk-in closets and deck access with views that will make waking up anywhere else lackluster.

In the kitchen, you’ll find custom Marsh maple cabinetry with quartz counters and high-end stainless steel appliances.

The great room features a floor-to-ceiling custom stone fireplace with built-ins and a cathedral ceiling the beckons you to come forward as soon as you enter the front door.

An entertainer’s dream, the downstairs elicits “oh’s and ah’s” from all who descend the oversized, solid oak staircase. With a massive, U-shaped bar, putting green, dining area, bar seating, wine storage, living area with an additional gas fireplace, bathroom, and second full kitchen, you’ll have everything you need to turn your guests’ visit into a luxurious vacation.

Upon walking outside, you’ll find a concrete patio with plenty of space and seating for entertaining, a grill, and of course, more views of the 13th hole and the lake.

To top it off, this incredible home conveys with all the tasteful, high-end furnishings as well as the golf cart.

Homes like Villa d’View rarely come to the open market. Take this opportunity to see one of the loveliest jewels on the lake and make it your happy place.

Wood’s Edge – 334 Pine Drive Terra Alta, WV 26764

Tucked just next to a designated Green Space at Alpine Lake Resort with a walking trail that leads to the Tucked just next to a designated Green Space at Alpine Lake Resort with a walking trail that leads to the sandy beach, you’ll find Wood’s Edge.

This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is highly accessible with a first floor mater suite, first floor laundry, and a large screened-in back porch for relaxing or entertaining.

Listen the the birds sing in the trees and experience life the Alpine Lake way. When the leaves fall, you’ll be greeted by a view of the lake from the rear of the home.

In the summer, you’ll be greeted at the large, circular driveway by mounds of lush, mature, green ferns and a most-welcoming covered front porch.

An open concept great room perfect for entertaining boasts cathedral, wood-beamed ceilings and a gas log fireplace.

Built in 2006, this Wood’s Edge is ideal for either a seasonal home or a manageable full-time residence inside and out.

If you bought now, you could close in time to enjoy Oktoberfest in our wonderful community!

The Perfect Opportunity *SOLD*

Enjoy the Seasons atop “Tree Haus”


Situated on top of Snaggy Mountain in beautiful Alpine Lake Resort, “Tree Haus” is a spacious, immaculately-kept chalet ready for your new adventure. In the fall and winter, you’ll enjoy stunning, panoramic mountain range views, and filtered views of Alpine Lake and the resort’s lodge. In the spring and summer, you’ll be surrounded by the lush leaves of the wooded surroundings and feel as though you’re living in the canopy of the forest. Prepare to fall in love with this home and the lifestyle it offers.

The home is being offered for sale at $265,000 through Bel-Cross Properties, Arthur G. Trusler III, Broker.

To make this home your own, contact your real estate agent or give me a call! Oh won’t you be my neighbor?

*Update* This listing has been sold, but I would love to help you find the dream home that is perfect for you!

O Tannenbaum

Who loves getting fresh-cut trees for Christmas? Last year at Alpine Lake was the first time in my adult life that. I’ve had a live tree and it was absolutely amazing! It smelled divine and it was prefect in every way. This year we set out for Mountain Top Tree Farm again to find the perfect tree but found them closed when we arrived. I remembered going to Woodlake Tree Farm in the fall of 2017 during the Autumn Glory Festival so we decided to give them a try. The Farm was decorated beautifully!

Alastair and Atticus were in awe of the lights and beauty and we had a marvelous (and cold!) time searching for “the one”.

Atticus enjoyed snacking on snow and then “driving” Daddy’s truck around the farm.

I wrapped the tree in lights and a Royal Stewart patterned ribbon that evening so we could decorate it the following day. Have you ever noticed how children decorate trees? There is no such thing as scattering the ornaments and keeping the tree balanced. My kids tend to sort all the like ornaments together and load down the lower branches until they nearly touch the floor. i may have gone back and done a bit of redecorating once they finished.