Winter House Hunting at Wallenpaupack!
Brrrrr! The air coming off Lake Wallenpaupack feels like it came directly from Antarctica! Even with no breeze to speak of, it is mighty cold! When I reluctantly crawled out of my warm nest of fleece, the temperature outside was 3.4 degrees. The nip in the air INSIDE of my house hurt my nose!
I should not complain, for with the exception of our crazy October blizzard, Winter 2012 has been a pretty mild season so far. The children and I have also been longing for some more snow (the Mr. of the house, however, has enjoyed the lack of white fluff.) This is a great disappointment to the snow bunnies as well; but the good news for them is that Ski Big Bear at Masthope is in operation!
I do show (and sell) homes here in the Poconos all winter long. Here are some things to keep in mind when searching for homes in Northeast PA while in the grip of Old Man Winter.
- DRESS WARMLY! This may seem like a “duh” or a statement from Captain Obvious, but it is NO JOKE that our air here can be quite a bit colder than it is in NYC, NJ, or Philly! Be sure to bring a hat, a scarf, and warm gloves. Many of the homes we see will be “winterized” and will NOT have heat… and, on a side note… the bathrooms will be inoperable.
- WEAR WINTER FOOTWEAR! Please wear water resistant boots with GOOD TRACTION when there is snow/ice. Some of the homes may not have plowed driveways or walkways. I usually have a shovel with me and some rock salt, but remember – even though real estate in the Poconos ain’t exactly like buying a home the Rockies (well, okay, it’s not even close), you are still coming to “the mountains.” Landscaping is “natural” and “rough.” 🙂
- PACK A LUNCH! Depending on where we are house-hunting, there may not be a convenient spot to grab a bite to eat. I usually bring my own lunch with me and nibble while driving in between houses. (Besides, McDonald’s is really bad for you!) That said, you could wrap up the day with a delicious supper at one of the local restaurants. such as Gresham’s Chop House, with great views of the lake. If you are a guest at Gresham’s Motel you will get a 10% discount at the Chop house!
- BEWARE OF TOO MANY BEVERAGES! Remember my side note above – many of the homes are winterized and will not have operable bathrooms. Additionally, we may not be near a public restroom.
That said, it might be a good idea to bring a thermos of hot coffee to warm you up between homes.
- FILL YOUR TANK. Depending on the properties chosen, we may cover 200 miles or so in a day! While this isn’t a barren wasteland by any stretch of the imagination, certain areas do not have service stations right around the corner. So make sure you have a full tank before we start out…we may be 15-20 minutes or so away from the nearest gas station!