Laura and Dave Sabatino have created lasting memories on Smith Mountain Lake. On May 20, 2003, the couple went on their first date and have been taking on life’s adventures together ever since. Laura and Dave got engaged, were married on the break wall near her aunt’s home and just celebrated their 10 year wedding anniversary at Smith Mountain Lake.
Over the years, the Charlotte, N.C., couple has returned to the lake again and again to visit Laura’s aunt and enjoy the lake’s charms. “I just love how crystal clear the water is,” Laura said. “This lake is simply perfect.” With miles and miles of shoreline nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge, Smith Mountain Lake is well-known among residents of Virginia, North Carolina, and even the D.C. area for its scenery and activities, making it a perfect weekend getaway or retirement location.
During each visit to Smith Mountain Lake, the idea of buying a vacation home grew stronger for the Sabatinos, but they couldn’t find the right property. New developments on the lake are scarce, and they didn’t want to settle, given how much the lake means to them.
Then, during a recent visit in early spring, Laura and Dave boated over to Kennedy Shores’ shoreline and immediately knew this was where they wanted to call home. They made a 10 a.m. appointment the first day of the Grand Opening Pre-Construction Event—fortuitously held May 20, the anniversary of their first date—and received first dibs on a lot.
“We fell in love all over again, 14 years to the day of our first date, with the lot we intend to build our summer and, one day, retirement home. It’ll be a while before we can build but we are thrilled we did it!”
Although pre-construction sales only launched in May, roughly sixty percent of the phase 1 lots in Kennedy Shores have already been purchased. The grand opening celebration had a tremendous turnout, with people traveling from Maryland and the Carolinas, a testament to the demand for new property on the lake. Girouard anticipates lot owners will begin construction as early as the fall.
The Lifestyle of the Lake
Girouard chalks the high demand up to the pristine surroundings at Smith Mountain Lake and the amenities planned for Kennedy Shores. “We’ll be offering a private community boat ramp with tending pier, a covered lakeside gazebo, private natural sandy beaches and a picnic pavilion with grills,” he said. “This community is set up to take advantage of everything Smith Mountain Lake has to offer, giving families a relaxing place to retreat for the weekend, or all year long.”
Known as the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains,” Smith Mountain Lake is known far and wide as a true escape, but an easy drive to major cities such as Charlotte, Richmond and even Washington, D.C. On the lake, visitors enjoy water adventures such as bass fishing, canoeing and wakeboarding in the cool, clear and deep blue waters, surrounded by mature hardwood and evergreen tree coverings and gently sloping hills and meadows. Activities beyond the waterfront include stunning hiking trails, golfing, horseback riding and quiet scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
“It’s really one of the best locations east of the Appalachian Mountains,” Girouard said. “We’re proud to be giving couples, families and retirees a new development where they can own real estate on Virginia’s largest and premier lake.”
Join Kennedy Shores for an Open House
Kennedy Shores is now offering open houses for visitors to tour the future community and get a feel for the pristine lakeshore atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a new home, a home away from home or an investment property, everyone is welcome to come and enjoy cold drinks, grilled burgers and hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through August 13.
As for the Sabatinos, they’re already charmed by how beautiful the property is. After discussing their dream lot, hobbies and budget with the Kennedy Shores land specialist, they drove to Lot 54 and, as Dave put it, “We fell in love all over again, 14 years to the day of our first date, with the lot we intend to build our summer and, one day, retirement home. It’ll be a while before we can build but we are thrilled we did it!”