05452 = A big Fair, Five Corners fun, flanked by countryside, and adjacent to the largest populations in the State (aka amenities and opportunity), and a "Top Three" Public High School to boot. For more information on Essex and to learn about the local real estate market, contact Kathy today!
Essex, including the Village of Essex Junction, has a population of roughly 19,500, making it the second largest town in the state of Vermont. In Chittenden County, with Lake Champlain to the West, and the Green Mountains as its backdrop to the East, it attracts residents who appreciate both urban and rural surrounds. An 8-minute drive to Williston, and a 15-minute commute to downtown Burlington, Essex offers proximity to all amenities, while preserving a slightly lower cost of living to its lakeside rivals. Essex is at the top of many lists, including Movado Real Estate’s blog, claiming it to be the #1 Place To Live In Vermont.
Essex schools are split into two separate Districts – the Town of Essex, and Essex Junction – within the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union and Essex Town School District respectively. In the Essex Junction School District (the central area surrounding the “Five Corners”), the Summit Street School and Hiawatha Elementary serve children preschool through 3rd grade. The Thomas Fleming School invites children in 4th and 5th grades, and for grades 6 – 8 students advance to the Albert D. Lawton school. Essex High School and the Center for Technology (an Award-Winning Career Development Center affiliated with the High School) encompasses grades 9-12. Essex High School repeatedly ranks in the Top Ten (currently #3) High Schools in the State.
Essex Elementary School (preschool to 2nd grade), Founders Memorial School (grades 3-5), and Essex Middle School (grades 6-8) comprise the Essex Town School District. When students are ready to progress to the 9th grade, they attend Essex High School.
The Essex Town Parks and Recreation Department outlines eight distinct parks – plenty to serve a healthy demographic. Fort Ethan Allen Parade Grounds and Park covers 19 acres including athletic fields, two tennis courts, a playground, gazebo, and walking trail, owned jointly between Essex and the town of Colchester. Foster Road Park offers 15 acres with a variety of playing fields. Indian Brook Park covers 575 acres and features a 60-acre reservoir, trails, non-motorized boat launch, and picnic areas. Myers Park offers a multi-use field and playground with the addition of a basketball court planned for its future. Pearl Street Park offers a basketball court, two tennis courts, walking trails, a ball field, and playground. Pinewood Park and Saxon Hollow Park present half courts and playgrounds. Sand Hill Park features two tennis courts, playground, picnic shelter, trails, and the Essex swimming pool. Essex Junction adds additional recreational sites, including the popular Maple Street Park, with its Skate Park, Bike Park, basketball, tennis, concession stands, pavilions, and 2 pools. Cascade Park offers tennis, basketball, baseball and playground areas, and Stevens Park has a lovely 8 acres of nature trails and playground. The Essex Junction Rec Department boasts a strong combination of year-round programs for both kids and adults, events such as the Memorial Day Parade, Maple Street Park 5K, and scheduled trips, and facilities including the Community Gardens at West Street and Meadow Terrace, Aspire Community Studio, and the Essex Dog Park..
The Essex Country Club is an 18 hole public golf course on Old Stage Road, offering picturesque acreage and panoramic views. This Par 72 course designed by Graham Cooke of Montreal, features superb landscaping across expansive tree-lined fairways. The driving range and practice green is an easy way to relax after a professional lesson, as is the full bar and restaurant at the clubhouse.
The Essex Resort & Spa is a top of the line retreat founded in 1989, and lies upon 18-acres of property, with 120 inviting rooms, incredible dining at the Tavern restaurant, a full-service Spa, Salon & Fitness Center, indoor and outdoor pools, 6 Har-Tru Tennis Courts, Northern Lights Rock & Ice Course, the Links at Lang Farm Golf Course and three public teaching kitchens in the Cook Academy offering classes and camps for all ages. Not only is the Resort a great destination for tourists and traveler’s but it’s a wonderful place for locals to bring the family year round!
The Champlain Valley Exposition is easily accessed from Pearl Street in Essex Junction. With plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces, the event grounds offers the community near and far a venue with a line-up of annual events for everyone. From concerts to flea markets, antique shows to dog shows, the Expo is prepared for any crowd with the Robert E. Miller Expo Centre, grandstand, campground, and acreage to support one of its most popular yearly events, the Champlain Valley Fair.
Of course, the Essex Outlets and Cinemas are a popular destination for shopping, dining, and film. The Essex Cinemas offer stadium seating, custom sound, all-digital theaters, and the State’s one and only “T-Rex, Theater Real Extreme” experience. Your shopping experience might include Brooks Brothers, PUMA, Carter’s, and Polo Ralph Lauren. Hardware, groceries, and mini-golf bookend the Outlets on one end, with the Essex Resort & Spa on the other.
Backtrack to the "Five Corners" (avoiding rush hours), and you'll be delighted by the famous Martone's Market & Deli for a casual lunch, the Darkroom Gallery for International Photography exhibitions, the elegant Fiori Bridal Boutique (a destination for discerning brides statewide), and an enlightened dinner sourced locally at The Belted Cow Bistro. Venture down Route 2A and you’ll find Loretta’s Fine Italian Cuisine, and on Pearl Street, don’t miss the Firebird Café for a well-reviewed breakfast or lunch, eat-in or take-out. Shopping is plentiful as you spread from the Five Corners, with Green Mountain Harley Davidson, named in the National Top 100 by DealerNews. This destination Dealership is worth a visit whether you ride or not!
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