Where We Are

125 acres of preserved land

We are a community who relish our time outdoors.

Our 115 acres of preserved land are home to our majestic Mother Oak tree, a rare stand of hundreds of cedar trees, an old beaver dam, and miles of beautiful trails created by our good friend and forrester, Thom.

The Charlotte Town Trail, which traverses through our forest and meadows, connects to scenic Mount Philo to the east. It is perfect for walking, biking, and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

We have a pond with a dock for swimming in the summer, and ice skating in winter.

Snow lovers can enjoy cross-country skiing from their back door. We are less than an hour from Stowe Mountain Resort, Cochran’s Ski Area, Bolton Valley Ski Resort, Smuggler’s Notch, and Mad River Glen. We have a sledding hill, too, if getting in the car isn’t in the cards.

Our “outdoor cafe” under the pergola is a peaceful spot to enjoy meals and conversation under a bit of shade. Several picnic tables beckon groups large and small.

Our heated community yurt is a place we gather for social activities, potlucks, meetings, celebrations, and informal gatherings.

Our woods support a nice variety of forest birds including American robins, black-capped chickadees, goldfinches, white-breasted nuthatch, red-wing blackbirds, a few species of woodpeckers, and even a barred owl, red-tailed hawk, great blue heron or two, and an occasional flock of wild turkeys and families of ruffed grouse. We have a very healthy vole and chipmunk population. There are a few very secretive deer, and we often see tracks and scat of skunks, racoons, opossums, red fox, and coyote, with a rare bobcat sighting. We have some very small and harmless snakes (garter and Dekay’s snakes) with some sightings of small frogs and painted turtles in our fire pond. A family of foxes occasionally makes an appearance and a skunk has been spotted from time to time.

Many members have garden boxes in their private backyards. Raised beds are also available in our community garden. An orchard and approximately 4 acres of agricultural land are available to any community members to garden, grow crops, or raise livestock and poultry.

Nearby

We are fortunate to live in close proximity to excellent schools, rich cultural offerings, and bountiful natural beauty.

  • The highly rated Charlotte public elementary school and Waldorf elementary and high school are nearby, as is the Charlotte Children’s Center preschool.
  • The local public high school is top-rated in the state and offers many continuing education programs for adults.
  • The Charlotte Berry Farm is our next-door neighbor. Pick berries seasonally without hopping in the car.
  • Shelburne Farms and the Shelburne Museum are remarkable local resources, just a short drive away. People of all ages will find themselves enthralled!
  • The 237-acre Mount Philo Park provides great hikes for all ages, along with beautiful views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.
  • The Charlotte Beach is within biking distance, and is a favorite spot for swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding in the summer.
  • The Old Brick Store in Charlotte is a quick stop for coffee, milk, wine, beer, muffins, and sundry items. It also offers a delicious lunch menu.
  • There is no shortage of local CSAs offering organic and conventional produce, fruit, eggs, meat, poultry, cheese, yogurt, and milk. There is even an art CSA in Burlington!
  • We are lucky to enjoy a delicious selection of grocery stores and co-ops in the area. The nearby Shelburne Market is just big enough to do a weekly grocery run with many local and high quality cheeses, wines, and beer. Larger co-ops in Burlington (City Market) and Middlebury (Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op) offer an expansive selection of bulk items, local organics, and environmentally conscious products. Healthy Living makes grocery shopping a delight, and many of us enjoy shopping at Trader Joe’s, Hannaford, Shaw’s, and Price Chopper in South Burlington and Burlington.
  • The Charlotte Senior Center has stimulating classes and activities that draw those 50+ from a wide area beyond Charlotte.
  • The nearby town of Shelburne offers many delicious restaurants, a wine and coffee shop, a butcher, craft lessons store, a seasonal weekly farmer’s market, and much more.