Vermont is one of the toughest places in the country to buy a house. Demand far exceeds supply here - so much so that the median price of an existing home has doubled in the last decade, to more than $200,000. If you're in the market for something brand new, expect to pay in the neighborhood of $320,000, on average, according to the Vermont Housing Awareness Campaign.
Before it adjourned last week, the Vermont Legislature took a small step toward increasing the supply of newly built homes that average wage-earners can actually afford. Under a new bill, the state will waive some permitting requirements for urban projects in which 20 percent of the homes are priced at $250,000 or less.
It remains to be seen what a quarter-mil will get you - and where - when the new rules kick in. Right now, though, Vermont's MLS listings in the $250,000 range feature a variety styles and sizes, from a tiny camp in Colchester to a custom-built home on one-and-a-half acres in Eden.
Last week, we looked at dozens of current listings from across the state. Here's a sampling of seven we found . . . interesting.
Main Street, New Haven
This former home for the elderly could accommodate quite a brood. But with its mountain views and clapboard exterior, it has B&B written all over it.
Marble Avenue, Burlington
This two-story next to the Five Sisters neighborhood comes with a $2500 credit toward construction crew labor.
Colchester Point Road, Colchester
A vintage lakeside cottage, with a large screened porch and 60 feet of sandy beach on Colchester Point Cove.
Hilltop Drive, Eden
A custom-built Cape Cod with wrap-around deck and plenty of lawn and garden.
Main Street, Barton
This Main Street apartment sits atop a general store, available for an extra $100 K. New urbanism in the Northeast Kingdom?
Cold Hill Road, Lyndon
Standing in a field, this one-story ranch comes with a private pond.
Dugar Road, Calais
A four-room Alpine chalet overlooking Worcester Village has a new kitchen and an unobstructed view of the Green Mountains.
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