Blog :: 2019

UVM Breaks Ground on New Athletic Complex


The University of Vermont is breaking ground this month on the long-awaited upgrades to the Gutterson and Patrick sports facilities. Most notably, a $4 million gift from Chuck Davis (class of 1972) pushed the UVM foundation past its $30 million goal set forth by the Board of Trustees. The renovations will include significant changes to the basketball & hockey arenas, as well as increased space dedicated to student health and wellness. Read about the plans HERE on UVM’s website.

-Alec Murphy. Lipkin Audette Team


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    225 Units Approved for Five Corners


    Essex Junction has recently approved the plans for a new 225 unit residential project. The mix of ‘studio apartments, larger rentals and rooftop condos’ will occupy 5 buildings in the Five Corners area – the heart of downtown Essex Junction. Preliminary descriptions of the project state that 10% of the apartments will be offered as affordable housing. High demand for housing in Chittenden County continues to drive large projects such as these. Read more about the project and see more visual renderings HERE and HERE.

    -Alec Murphy. Lipkin Audette Team


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      CityPlace Burlington Construction to Restart in May

      Photo by Alexandre Silberman/VTDigger

      UPDATE:  The developer behind the CityPlace Burlington project now says they are back on track thanks to a proposed financing agreement with a new lender.  According to the latest update from majority partner Brookfield Asset Management, construction is set to begin again around May 6th, with an initial occupancy timeline of March-May, 2021.

      Elected officials in Burlington have responded with a mixed reaction to this new development (pun intended), but are encouraged by the naming of a specific date that construction will begin once again. Developer Don Sinex indicated in an email that once construction begins again this coming May, he fully expects that “the project will run smoothly to a full completion.”


      Once completed, CityPlace Burlington will feature a mix of retail, commercial and residential offerings in the space that used to be occupied by the downtown Burlington Town Center. What is still unclear, however, is what kind of housing will be included in the $220 million project.   

      Let’s open up discussion below about what kind of housing you’d like to see in the new CityPlace development.  Be specific in terms of details like square footage, rental vs. purchase, monthly rent, sale price, HOA dues, amenities, etc…

      Setting the Stage


      One key to selling your home is to present it in a way that will make buyers feel at home as they tour your house. Lying around the office was an old copy of a “Coldwell Banker Home Enhancement Guide.”  In it are some great suggestions about how to prepare and stage your home for photos, showings, and sale. Did you know that within 15 seconds a buyer has developed an opinion of your property? First impressions are key!

      My favorite section of the guide is titled “Appeal to the Senses.”


      It is proven that people react more favorably to property shown under bright light than dark. The following steps should help you keep your room as bright as possible.

      • Keep windows clean.
      • Use adequate wattage in light bulbs.
      • Consider replacing old fluorescent lamps, which darken with use.
      • Use Mirrors to magnify the feeling of light and space.
      • Use light wall colors.


      Smell has more impact that you might expect. It can work for or against you.

      • The smell of newness is positive. This scent can be achieved by applying a fresh coat of finish to natural wood or paint to walls.
      • The smell of cleanliness is important. Beyond actually cleaning, fresh flowers or grinding a quarter section of a lemon in the garbage disposal can help.
      • Smells to avoid: strong pet odors, tobacco, oil or gas.


      This is just a small excerpt, and while some of the suggestions are dated like, “Install a wall telephone in the bathroom for a high-tech look”, the fundamental concepts of the guide still ring true. There are lots of small things a seller can do that projects to buyers that the home is clean, well maintained, and a lovely place to live.

      View a PDF of the full Guide HERE!

      Alec Murphy, Lipkin Audette Team


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