For Sale/Rent

On the Market: A Log Home on a Lake Champlain Island

Skiing and cozy hangouts in the winter, jet skiing and s’mores in the summer.


Photo by Jared Vincent

225 E Shore North Road, Grand Isle, VT
Price: $895,000
Size: 2,924 square feet
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 2.75

Is this lukewarm winter just not cutting it for you? Head north to Vermont where the scene is frostier, and this wooded retreat floats on an island in the middle of breathtaking Lake Champlain. Though Grand Isle offers the serenity of physical seclusion from the mainland, it’s actually an easy 35 minute drive across the South Channel Outlet Bridge and over to the breweries and shops of Burlington.

From the floors, to the walls, to the ceilings, yellow knotty pine creates a rustic environment to cozy up inside of. And for a home made of logs, several unexpectedly contemporary elements outfit the dwelling, too. In the master suite, which is connected to the living room by an oversized sliding door, the bathroom boasts marble floors, a Toto toilet, and jacuzzi bathtub.

If your family motto is “the more the merrier,” you’ll easily fill the open kitchen and dining room, which can seat at least a dozen underneath a saucer-shaped George Nelson Bubble Pendant lamp. Upstairs, a skylit bedroom with room for a queen bed also carves two twin-sized bed alcoves out of the wall (yes, with built-in drawers below), perfect for a family-sized guest room or gathering point for a kids-only slumber party. The lower level, meanwhile, makes space for a huge rec room that currently sports arcade games, a ping pong and pool table.

In the mudroom, right next to the rec room, a spiral staircase made of chunky wedges of wood cuts through the first and second floors to a third-floor lookout at the top of the silo. Tall, rectangular windows surround the circumference of the circular room, serving magnificent—and decidedly snowy—panoramas of the Green Mountains Lake Champlain.

For information, contact Mary Pat Palmer, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, marypatpalmer.fourseasonssir.com.

Photo by Jared Vincent

Photo by Jared Vincent

Photo by Jared Vincent

Photo by Jared Vincent

Photo by Jared Vincent

Photo by Jared Vincent

Photo by Jared Vincent

Photo by Jared Vincent

Photo by Jared Vincent

Photo by Jared Vincent

Photo by Jared Vincent

Photo by Jared Vincent

Photo by Jared Vincent

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