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Mountain Resort Properties Real Estate Blog

250+ Fun Things To Do Around the Resort! 

There’s always a reason to come back to New Jersey’s favorite resort home community with so many things to do in the area. Below are a few of our favorite things to do at Grand Cascades Lodge!

#1 Make Ooey, Gooey S’mores
This good old fashion campfire treat is the perfect end to an amazing day with friends & family.

#2 Get Better with Leadbetter
If playing six resort golf courses is not enough to sharpen your game, then consider getting some professional instruction at David Leadbetter’s Northeast Headquarters located at Black Bear Golf Club. The Academy offers group clinics, private lessons and everything in between to get your game on track.

#3 Meet Top Chefs & Wine Makers

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If you are considering buying a vacation home or weekend getaway a condo hotel is a worthy consideration. The Resort Valley is home to three condo hotels, Grand Cascades Lodge & Minerals Hotel at Crystal Springs Resort and The Appalachian Hotel & Black Creek at Mountain Creek. If you are uncertain or confused as to how condo hotels work, you are not alone . . . here are answers to the most frequently asked questions.

In a nutshell, what is a condo hotel?

A condo hotel tends to be a mid to high rise building that functions like a normal hotel but rather than having one owner there is an individual owner for each room or unit.

What are the benefits of condo hotel ownership?

Maintenance free living with rental income generated

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You’ve made up your mind to reward yourself and your family with that special getaway out in the country where all you can breathe is the fresh air and enjoy an active lifestyle of golf, skiing, mountain hikes and more. However, the question you are grappling with is whether to build a new home or buy an existing home. Here are some insiders’ tips to consider.

 

 

Maintenance
Clearly there is a big and obvious difference between new and used. Although new homes come with warranties, they last no more than two years on most items. Nonetheless, a new home is far less likely to suffer a roof leak or a leaky faucet than one ten or twenty years old. But remember, you
are buying this home to have fun, not for a weekend project, so

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Restaurant Latour is Crystal Springs Resort’s most unparalleled dining experience. Settled among the rolling hills of northern New Jersey, this newly renovated gem exceeds all expectations. From the collaborative vision of Crystal Springs Resort CEO Julie Mulvihill and COO Robby Younes, the revealed concept draws inspiration from the natural world.  With multiple recognitions on New Jersey Monthly’s Best Restaurants list, four-star reviews from the New York Times and the Star-Ledger, the prestigious Wine Spectator Grand Award, and a recent induction into Wine Enthusiast’s Hall of Fame- this is an experience not to be missed.

 

Inspired by the lush terrain of the area, the new Restaurant Latour is intended to bring the outside in. The dining room

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Located on-site at Mineral’s Hotel, Crystal Springs’s Resort Adventure Center encourages families, groups and corporate teams to pursue new interests, cultivate friendships and bond through a variety of outdoor activities.

 As the ultimate hub for recreational enjoyment, the Adventure Center offers the “Montaintop Experience” and guided excursions where guests con connect with nature.

The Mountaintop Experience at Minerals Hotel includes guided hiking with incredible views, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, archery, and stand-up paddle boarding at the Mountaintop Lake, which is stocked with Large-Mouth Bass, Bluegill, Rock Bass, and Sunnies. The Lake Trampoline will have kids (and kids at heart) splashing, flipping, and bouncing above into the

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What are the advantages of living in the tri state area’s highest rated golf resort community?

Highlights:

  • Incredible Views
  • Championship Golf Courses
  • Highly Functional- Affiliated Activities 
  • Link-Minded Neighbors
  • Investment Opportunities

 

“I am an avid golfer and as soon as I saw the golf course past the fence in the back yard, I was hooked.” – John Malone (Crystal Springs Resident)

1.) The Views  

The views year round here in northern New Jersey are spectacular. Each course is tended to at the highest level of maintenance and care. In addition, the sweeping backdrop of New Jersey’s premier mountain landscape make for a scene that is simple unparalleled. 


2.) 6 Championship Courses

Crystal

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Why Homeownership Matters Now More Than Ever | Keeping Current Matters

Study after study shows that no matter what generation Americans belong to, the vast majority believe that homeownership is an important part of their American Dream (NEw Jersey Dream). The benefits of homeownership can be broken into two main categories: financial and non-financial (often referred to as emotional or social reasons.)

For Americans approaching retirement age, one of the greatest benefits to homeownership is the added net worth they have been able to achieve simply by paying their mortgage!

The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University focused on homeowners and renters over the age of 65. Their study revealed that the difference in net worth between homeowners and renters at this age group was actually

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5 Reasons Homeowners Throw the Best Super Bowl Parties! [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current MattersHighlights:

  • Watching the big game at home with your friends & family offers many advantages. 
  • There’s more room to entertain a large crowd, and you don’t have to worry about complaints to your landlord if you cheer too loudly! 
  • The kitchen is big enough to make as many appetizers as you want, and if some of your guests are only there to watch the commercials, they can do so on a different TV in another room!
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4 Proven Ways Real Estate Can Build Sizable Family Wealth   Recently, David Greene, co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast and a nationally renowned author and speaker, wrote an article in Forbes explaining how investing in real estate could help build wealth. Many of the points he made also apply to a family owning their own home. Here are a few:  

1. Appreciation

“The rising of home prices in over time, is how the majority of wealth is built in real estate. This is the ‘home run’ you hear of when people make a large windfall of money. While prices fluctuate, over the long run real estate values have always gone up, always, and there is no reason to think that is going to change.

One thing to consider in New Jerseywhen it comes to real estate appreciation affecting your ROI is the

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National real estate news stories as of late have been speaking to a downturn in the market. Not so in Sussex County, New Jersey home to Crystal Springs, Mountain Creek, and Great Gorge Village.

This market is on fire. Sales volumes were higher in 2018 than the peak of the market in 2006. “December is usually dead, but we did five deals in one week,” says Glenn Schechter the broker manager of Mountain Resort Properties. “And there has been no letup in 2019. Buyers are everywhere”  

Most of the activity continues to be in the second home market and the starter home market. The upper end is still mired in stagnation. Homes below $300,000 fly off the shelves. Over $500,000 or $600,000 is difficult, though not impossible.

“I think what we’re

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