Charlotte, Vermont is a charming New England town of nearly 3,700 residents situated about 10 miles down the road west of Hinesburg, five and a half miles south of Shelburne on Route 7, and a quick ferry ride from picturesque Essex, NY. The historic town was chartered in 1762, and it retains much of its early American character. Vermont’s “Charlotte” rhymns with “a lot” as in “I like Charlotte a lot.”
The town sits in an unbelievably beautiful location. A lush patchwork of fields rolls down nearly to the shores of Lake Champlain. In autumn, the Adirondacks put on a display of colorful foliage second to none. Mt. Philo State Park, the oldest state park in Vermont, beckons visitors and residents alike with hiking trails, camping and, in winter, a first-rate sledding hill. People looking at real estate in Charlotte soon realize that the views are indescribable from almost every vantage point. Search for homes with our Charlotte Vermont Map Search.
Charlotte’s residents are quite sensitive to the fragile beauty of their natural surroundings. Members of the Charlotte Sustainable Living Network work to raise awareness of environmental issues and energy use in an effort to husband the area’s natural bounty. Thanks to a grant from the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, locals volunteer and receive training to become official Tree Keepers, taking responsibility not only for the trees on their own property but for the trees in public spaces. In fact, woods are so important here that the town maintains the Charlotte Big Tree Roster and encourages people to get out and see what nature has to offer.
Residents enjoy a rich community life in Charlotte. The local Rotary Club meets weekly on Wednesday mornings. Young people play baseball at the Berry Farm fields with the Charlotte Little League, home of Vermont’s 2005 state champions in the 9- and 10-year old bracket. Central Valley Union High School (CVU) school grads and lifelong learners have access UVM to half a dozen other schools within commuting distance of town.
Real estate in Charlotte is a highly desirable commodity. Homes for sale include lovely historic structures built in the 1800s and surrounded by orchards and sugar maples; spacious and elegant models built as recently as 2008; and perfect, almost rustic, camps and cabins that open onto Lake Champlain. Many homes for sale are built on acreage with access to tons of recreational activities, from hiking trails to beaches, a stone’s throw away. In addition to single-family homes and camps, Charlotte residents may choose from a number of newly-constructed and beautiful townhomes and condos currently for sale. The land is owned in common, allowing homeowners to use their weekends for personal pursuits while someone else takes care of maintenance and mowing.
Ask a native about the whale fossil unearthed in the 1800s.