Charlotte, Vermont sits in the heart of the Lake Champlain Valley. Covering most of the flat land between the lake and the Green Mountains, its land is agricultural, it's residents commuters. It is without doubt the best place to live in Northern Vermont. A picturesque town, fully evident from the top of Mt. Philo. We have a beautiful lake, scenic views, quiet roads, a friendly and surprisingly accomplished population. Not much of a downtown, a couple of small food stores, town hall. The number of farms in town is thankfully increasing with our huge local foods movement, where Vermont leads the nation. Our high school is currently academically ranked #37 in the US. We are convenient to Burlington and Middlebury,
Much of what makes our town great, however, is what it is not:. No Big Box stores, no substandard housing areas, no junky yards, no miracle mile, no fast-food joints, no acre upon acre of identical houses. Frankly, I like all that stuff, but not in my backyard. Charlotte does have the easiest entry into the Burlington metropolitan area, with 5 routes that avoid congestion. I compare it to the Hamptons, just a lot cheaper. It is pleasant and beautiful everywhere in town, which is sizable at 40 square miles. There are some stunning mansions, and lots of very nice houses. We have our own ferry, and Point Bay marina on posh Thompson's Point with its summer crowd. The boats are lovely, but this is where the comparison to the Hamptons fails; its nice, but not Sag Harbor. Mostly dirt roads, people drive at a reasonable pace. We don't have or need a police force. Charlotte is quiet, easy to navigate, personable. There are colorful locals at the coffee shops who own large businesses and drive Subarus.
The continued beauty of Charlotte in the face of the blight of bad architecture in America is no accident.. While strip development and 300 unit housing lots have engulfed most towns, the Charlotte Land Trust and Vermont Land Trust have worked hard and spent a lot of money to create a green line, and now control the development rights of over 4000 prime acres. This approach should protect the town from being swallowed, forever. There are some great deals on spectacular real estate in town. If you want to escape your concrete world, Charlotte is a great place to land.