Condos in Burlington
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Spectacular locations for condos in Burlington, Vermont
As if being the birthplace of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream wasn’t enough to lure nearly anyone to the city, Burlington is regarded as one of the most livable small cities in the US. It ranks well above the national average for the number of people in fields like science, technology, business, finance, law, healthcare, arts and culture. Locals like to say that Burlington is full of people who care for their neighbors and visitors.
History of Burlington
History of Burlington
Before looking at condos for sale, it’s fun to learn about the charming small town of Burlington. Beginning with a few clearings in the forest and small log cabins, early settlement was delayed by the Revolutionary War. The town was eventually organized in 1785. The subsequent War of 1812 was unpopular with the inhabitants, as they had many trade links with Canada just to the north. The town's position on Lake Champlain helped it develop into a port of entry and center for trade, particularly after completion of the Champlain Canal in 1823, the Erie Canal in 1825 and the Chambly Canal in 1843. Wharves allowed steamboats to connect freight and passengers with the railroads. Burlington became a bustling lumbering and manufacturing center and was incorporated as a city in 1865. Its Victorian-era prosperity left behind much fine architecture. In 1870, the waterfront was extended by construction of the Pine Street Barge Canal. This became polluted over the years and was a focus for cleanup in 2009. Bernie Sanders, the city’s three-time mayor before becoming a senator, set in place an extensive waterfront beautification plan which included adding housing, public parks, a bike path and a community boathouse to the formerly industrial area.
Things to do in Burlington
Things to do in Burlington
The Church Street Marketplace is downtown’s award-winning open-air mall and a hub of activity where visitors can find historical architecture, year-round festivals, street entertainers, music, over 100 places to shop and dine and even a few quiet places to relax and reflect.
The Burlington waterfront is a mix of sandy beaches and red stone shoreline. Waterfront Park is a large regional park located to the west of downtown along the Lake Champlain shoreline. It is home to several large music and food festivals. The park is immediately adjacent to the Community Boathouse, the ECHO Museum, and Lake Champlain Sailing Center. The Island Line Trail is a 13-mile bike path which passes through the park and follows the former route of the eponymous railroad, built in 1901.
At Oakledge Park, families enjoy the warm and shallow shoreline, where it feels like you can walk halfway across the lake before you're deeper than your knees.
The Burlington Farmers’ Market has been held every Saturday from late spring through autumn in the downtown area. It has over 90 vendors in the summer and 40 vendors in the winter selling agricultural produce and value-added products, prepared foods and artisan crafts.
The ECHO Leahy Center is Vermont's innovative science and nature museum on the waterfront. The museum inspires with the joy of scientific discovery, the wonder of nature and the care of the lake. There are over 100 interactive experiences, 70 live species, seasonal exhibits and an immersive 3D theater. All new permanent and highly interactive science exhibits have recently been installed.
The Ethan Allen Homestead celebrates the famous statesman, one of the founders of Vermont and a hero of the Revolutionary War. Visitors can learn about the 1780s on a guided tour of his homestead at this historic site which overlooks the Winooski River and offers stunning views and walking trails.
The World's Tallest Filing Cabinet is 38 drawers high, made of real file cabinets welded atop each other into a skinny, towering pile. A sculptural statement built to protest a beltway that was never constructed, each drawer represents the number of years of paperwork accumulated by the failed project. It’s good for a laugh and a selfie.
Whatever your summer sport, Burlington has something for everyone, especially all forms of boating, fishing, biking and hiking. On glassy days, the lake is a water skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding playground. In winter, access to outstanding skiing is not far away.
The Vermont Lake Monsters are no longer affiliated with MLB, as of 2021, but continue as a collegiate summer baseball team, well worth watching at the university’s Centennial Field stadium.
The city of Burlington is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, 36 miles due west of the ski resort of Stowe, VT, and about 95 miles due south of Montreal, Quebec. Lake Placid, NY, and the Adirondack Mountains are about 40 miles to the southwest. The Winooski River, marking the northern border of the city, connects it to the state capital, Montpelier, about 38 miles to the southeast. Vermont is bordered on the north by Canada, on the east by New Hampshire, on the south by Massachusetts, and on the west by New York State. Burlington Neighborhoods Downtown The city's commercial hub is north of Maple Street, west of South Willard Street, and mostly south of Pearl Street And is a prime location for condos to buy. Hill Section Burlington's wealthiest neighborhood is east of South Union Street and Shelburne Street, and south of Main Street, but excludes UVM and University Terrace while including all of Champlain College. This is where the Burlington Country Club is situated. The Intervale This is a large area encompassing many locally owned organic farms and nature preserves along the Winooski River. Located to the north of the Old North End and east of the New North End, its total area is larger than that of most neighborhoods in Burlington. New North End The most populous neighborhood, a northwest suburban extension of the city, includes all points north of Burlington High School, as well as Leddy Park, Ethan Allen Park and North Beach. Old North End The city’s oldest and most densely populated neighborhood is north of all property along Pearl Street, west of Hyde Street and North Willard Street, and is inclusive of areas north of Downtown and west of the University District but south of the New North End and the Intervale. It is here that Burlington's largely Jewish neighborhood known as Little Jerusalem flourished from the 1880s to the 1930s. There are clusters of attractive condos for sale in this neighborhood. South End A once mostly industrial and now mostly artistic district south of Downtown and west of the Hill Section, it includes the waterfront Oakledge Park and is home to the headquarters of many of Burlington's nationally known companies. For those looking for condos to buy, there are several complexes available. University District The University District is north of the Burlington Country Club, south of the Winooski River, east of Willard Street north of Main, and east of a large chunk of the Hill Section. It includes UVM and many former single-family homes converted to apartments.
With a population of about 44,743 this is the largest town in a sparsely populated state. It is contiguous with South Burlington, location of the Burlington International Airport and HQ of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, the village of Essex, where some heavy industry still remains and Winooski. Burlington is the first city in the US to run entirely on renewable energy.
Arts in Burlington
Arts in Burlington
The Burlington City Arts Center, a civic art gallery, arts education and studio center, and cultural events space, in the Ethan Allen Firehouse, built in 1889. The center supports and promotes Vermont artists and presents exhibitions and events that place Burlington in a global context.
The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery is located in a former industrial site and serves as a venue for showing, viewing, and making artwork by the public in Vermont as well as housing artists’ studios. By combining creative endeavors with industrial reuse, it helps the economic revitalization of the industrial South End of Burlington.
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, is an Art Deco landmark in downtown Burlington, hosting the finest international, national and regional performing arts events in its main theater and FlynnSpace, an intimate, 150-seat venue.
Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center offers live theater, movies and more in a stunning location, where offices and studios can also be rented. It is the home of professional theater company Vermont Stage.
Schools in Burlington
Schools in Burlington
The University of Vermont and Champlain College are located in this college town. The UVM Medical Center is home to one of the 10 most chosen medical schools in the US. Burlington School District operates the city's public schools which include Burlington High School, The Sustainability Academy, Edmunds Elementary School, Edmunds Middle School, Hunt Middle School, Flynn Elementary, Champlain Elementary School, C. P. Smith Elementary and The Integrated Arts Academy. There are two magnet schools, the Integrated Arts Academy and the Sustainability Academy. Private schools include Christ the King School, Mater Christi School, Lake Champlain Waldorf School, The Renaissance School, Vermont Commons School and Rock Point School.
Living in Burlington not only grants you access to quality, affordable healthcare, but also to a great community where the population is generally healthier than the national average. The surrounding environment is healthy too, with very little pollution. This is a good place to live and a great place to bring up a family. If you are looking to buy a condo in Burlington VT, you can find something in every price bracket.
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