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      Spaceship 2

      Leave it to Virgin Atlantic billionaire Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson and American aerospace engineer Burt Rutan. For just the price of a modest house they'll fly you into space on a two and a half hour round trip with five minutes of weightlessness. @ a mere $40,000 per weightless minute.  As if real estate wasn't enough, set your sights on the outer atmosphere and you may be spaceborne as soon as 2011.

      Artist's Rendering of Spaceship II Being Launched by its Twin Jet Ferry

      Spaceship II was unveiled today in the Mojave Desert after two years of highly guarded secrecy, the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. Imagine being launched after an initial terrestrial climb under a twin jet,  your emissary to the stars.

      Burt Rutan designed Model 76 Voyager, the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling.

      Sir Richard Branson started out purveying cut out records from the boot of his car to retail outlets, later selling his Virgin Records to EMI for a billion US.

      Flamboyant and competitive, Branson's Virgin Brand includes over 360 companies.

      "My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them...from the perspective of wanting to live life to the full. I felt that I had to attempt it."

      Artist's Rendering of Spaceship II Being Launched by its Twin Jet Ferry

      Branson formed Virgin Galactic in September of 2004, a sub-orbital pace tourism company.  He is considered a "transformational leader" with maverick strategies and a focus on  informality and information.

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      Click on this video to gain animated insight into what $200,000 will bring you.

      Artist's Rendering of Spaceship II Being Launched by its Twin Jet Ferry

      If your ambitions are more earthly bound, call 800-525-7965, e-mail info@maplesweet.com or connect to maplesweet.com to list your property or purchase some incomparable Vermont real estate and expand your dynasty right here on our Green Mountain planet surface.

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        President Obama & Congress Extend & Expand First Time Home Buyer's Tax Credit

        President Obama signed into law today the extension and expansion of the 1st Time Home Buyer Tax Credit after congress voted overwhelming to approve it yesterday, Thursday November 5th,  including a Senate vote of 98-0.  It is known as the Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009.

        obama-stimulus-plan-20090128221237To help inform those of  you potentially eligible for this generous tax credit that is essentially a gift from Uncle Sam as it requires not repayment, here are some associated parameters.

        Expiration date for the credit moves from needing to close by November 30th to needing to get under contract by April 30th, 2010 and close by July 1st, 2010. It is an $8,000 maximum credit for individual tax payers & married couples, up to $4,000 for married couples  filing separately.

        A new feature of the tax credit is that home buyers residing in the current residence for any five consecutive 5 year period during the 8-year period ending on the date of the purchase of a subsequent principal residence are now also eligible, but for a slightly smaller credit: married couples for $6,500, $3,200 for tax payers filing separately.

        The income limits for both tax credits have been raised to $125,000 (increased from the former $75,000) for individual filers & $225,000 (formerly $150,000)  for married joint filers.   The credits are, amazingly,  fully refundable: they will be paid out to eligible taxpayers, even if they owe no tax or the credit is more than the tax owed.

        The definition of a first time home buyer is not having had an interest in a principal residence for three years prior to purchase. Vacation homes are ineligible.

        Added restrictions include the tax credit may not be used to buy a home for more than $800,000, dependents (children under 18) are no longer eligible as purchasers and as an anti-fraud measure, all buyers seeking the credit must include purchase documentation on their tax returns.

        Properties that close after today, the day of enactment, are eligible. For a more detailed run down of this legislation, here's a link to the Internal Revenue Service site on it.

        Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Washington:

        "The home buyers' credit has helped pave the way for stabilization in the housing market and contributed to three consecutive months of rising home prices. Its extension will continue to make home ownership more affordable and bring confidence to a housing market and economy that remain fragile."

        Charles McMillan, president of the National Association of Realtors:

        "The substantial rise in home sales we've seen over the past few months proves that the tax credit is working and is being used by buyers who were waiting for the right opportunity to get into the market. This important incentive is helping to stabilize the housing market, stimulate the economy and create new jobs in communities all across our great nation. Extending and expanding the home buyer tax credit will enable even more families to take advantage of current low interest rates and affordable prices to invest in their future through homeownership."

        The Wall Street Journal reported Sen. Johnny Isakson, the Georgia Republican who has been a staunch advocate of the credit, promised that this would be the "last extension" of the credit, according to Dow Jones Newswires' Corey Boles. "Tax credits like this only work by creating the sense of urgency to take advantage of it," Sen. Isakson said. Click here for the full text of the WSJ article on the tax credit extension.

        If you have further questions on the tax credit extension and expansion, would like to shop for a property to purchase and take advantage of the credit, or would like to look into listing your own property for eligible prospective purchasers, please contact Maple Sweet Real Estate at maplesweet.com call 800-525-7965 or e-mail info@maplesweet.com

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          El Bulli: Ferran Adria's Cult of Excellence

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          Who is Ferran Adria? At 47, Adria is considered one of the top chefs in the world and one of the most imaginative creators of haute cuisine. He is the head chef of elBulli, a restaurant in the town of Roses on the Costa Brava in Catalonia, Spain where the ideal customer comes not to eat but to have an experience. And come prepared to pay for it: an average meal runs 275 Euros or $512.50 US.

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          elBulli has operated at a loss since 2000, sustained by revenue from Adria's published books and lectures. elBulli employed all of 42 chefs in 2008. el Bulli sous chefs

          Open six months from April to October, reservations for each season are taken the day after the close of the previous season. Witness Adria's rise to near cult status. How many restaurants have you been to with more than five courses? At El Bulli, ready yourself for 30.

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          While associated with "molecular gastronomy",  Adria considers his cuisine deconstructionist, based on the pursuit of meaning to the point of undoing the oppositions on which the meaning is apparently founded. Adria aims to provide unexpected contrasts of flavor, temperature and texture, to take the diner by surprise. During the six months El Bulli is closed, Adria busies himself perfecting his recipes in his Barcelona atelier, El Taller.strawberry foam

          El Bulli ranked second in the Restaurant Top 50 in 2005 and was awarded first place in 2006, displacing The Fat Duck in England. El Bulli has retained this title in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

          Ferran Adrià, Juli Soler, and Albert Adrià published A Day at elBulli in 2008, available at amazon.com For an online indoctrination, visit elbulli.com

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          To convert your pursuit of things delectable into extraordinary real estate, visit Maple Sweet Real Estate @ maplesweet.com or e-mail Clayton-Paul Cormier, Jr. describing what you'd like to offer for sale or purchase and you can expect delicious service. Para llamar al telephono, call toll free: 1-800-525-7965.

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                        Applefest 2009. South Hero, VT

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                        Sunday, 11 October.

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                        Ribbons of rain parting, the crisp pre-snow blue skies break through just as we cross the causeway from mainland Vermont to South Hero, gateway to the Champlain Islands.

                        Eastern facing shoreline dotted with second homes, camps and easy life. Banner supreme announcing Applefest, beckon and call to far flung tourists looking for something sweet and inspirational. A joker in a go cart tooting his mini horn down the aisle of South Street, followed by John Deere, gawkers in wagon tow.

                        Caramel aromas, candied corn and Hackett's Orchard Cider donuts, hot dogs and pretzels, soup in a bread bowl, the world famous deep fried Bloomin' Onion.

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                        Irresistible country rhyme and tune, brisk wind, latent summer radiant sunshine beaming through the peaking crimson & gold maple leaves.

                        One decked out drummer sitting in for the Fox Band, electric guitars, threads to die for and a winsome smile. Great energy, good gigs and so much to look back on.

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                        Canadian Thanksgiving, since 1990, some 20,000 folk trapse down Apple Alley; stall, tag sale, antiques, sign purveyor, fiddle player, drummer, exotic goat, the tap dancer. Apple orchard promenade, pony rides, live bees, purveyors of honey, maple syrup, all the fixin's.

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                        Such a carnival, the blueberry boy thrown in the drink mercilessly by the kid with the good arm who peggs the metal plate target with just one throw, cold hearted, cold plunge. Somehow we missed the famed St. Rose of Lima apple pancake breakfast, ought to next year.

                        In the mean time, if you'd like to live in, buy a house or pick up a second home in South Hero, surf away at maplesweet.com or jet off an e-mail describing what you'd like to find and you can expect a prompt reply.

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                        All Roads Lead to Huntington

                        Yesterday while inadvertently passing through the often overlooked and uncannily well located town of Huntington, I chanced upon Liberty Head Post & Beam, Inc's massive raised barn and workshop and Duncan Keir who graciously accomodated the unexpected. What a find. tools B Liberty Head has been working exclusively with post and beam structures since 1977. Meeting Duncan Keir, it's clear how they've thrived across the decades. Their timber frames are legendary and I'd come across them in showings, admiring the exuisite craftsmanship, solidity and Vermont, each custom designed in the Vermont tradition. While dissecting a Hinesburg home in their inaugural year of business, they came across an 1826 Liberty Head penny, obviously placed by the craftsman, giving Duncan the fledgling company's name.

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                        Massive posts and beams spread across the workshop floor, the first faux hand hewing ever in progress for an unusually large new frame headed for Stowe. Hatchet in hand, Rick gauges the next throw, falling blade to make it's mark on the long beam, patterns of rythym and continuity, a flair engineered yet most natural. Tools abound, the aroma of hemlock, massive wood furnace it the corner to heat the cathedral hall of creation from it's own discarded byproducts. A sense of exaltation and purposeful focus and inspiration.

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                        Click here to visit the Liberty Head website or visit the Professional Services page at maplesweet.com

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                        Stowe British Invasion Graphic Review

                        Under cyrstal clear skies this weekend, the British Invasion flooded Stowe with Tory design supreme, many an elder statesman, pipe smokers, blowers, bangers and mash. For information on the Invasion or Stowe Real Estate, e-mail info@maplesweet.com or cruise maplesweet.com for the latest Stowe listings and information for sellers and prospective purchasers.

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                        Architecture and Design Film Festival

                        Architecture & Design Film Festival Logo from web site September 24th - 27th, 2009 Mad River Valley, Vermont

                        The first film festival celebrating the creative spirit of architecture and design will be held in Waitsfield, Vermont during the height of fall colors. An exciting selection of films, including feature-length films, documentaries and shorts will engage the audience with how architects and designers think, work and create. The films profile visionary architects, the creative design process, environmental issues and the brilliant designs that we see and use every day. The program includes conversations with filmmakers, architects and designers.

                        Our website has a complete listing of films and events, schedules, ticket information and lodging packages.

                        The Architecture & Design Film Festival will benefit the Yestermorrow Design/Build School. Yestermorrow inspires students to create a better and more sustainable world by providing an architectural education that integrates design and building into one continuous process.

                        I hope you can join us at the festival and enjoy the films, discussions, events, and, of course, the fall colors.

                        Cheers,

                        Kyle Bergman -AIA Festival Director

                        For more information on the Architecture & Design Film Festival or on Vermont real estate, please call 1-800-525-7965, e-mail info@maplesweet.com or connect to maplesweet.com

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                          Pinnacle Point, Location Divine, Waterbury, VT

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                          Luxurious Waterbury Convenience, Breath Taking Views, $1,195,000

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                          Marquee highest Elevation Pinnacle Ridge anchor lot with panoramic views from Owlshead Mt. East to Camel's Hump west. Perched on a mountain top, this stately and exquisitely crafted home offers secluded privacy just 30 minutes from Burlington dinner, skiing at Stowe, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen & Bolton. 5 minutes from Waterbury 15 to Montpelier.

                          south 2 800 Architecture: Black River Design, Peter Wells/Dagget Mills Construction. Vermont Custom Doors, 2 x 4 construction, extra thick 2 x 6 stud exterior and master suite/living division walls. Steel reinforced wood frame to National design specs for wood construction. 2 x 10 floor joists. Cove molding, milled jams, & custom doors. Kohler, Franke, Moen, Harden, Bemis & Whirlpool plumbing fixtures. Gendron Concrete foundation, drain gutters and down spouts. Ledge pinned footings. Concrete testing: minimum 3000 psi compressive strength at 28 days. 4" slab with drains. Foundation 2" polystyrene rigid insulation, drainage, vapor barrier & damp-proofing. Pressure preservative treated  Wolmanized #40 exterior decks, porch, railings & steps. Knot free select pine & tulip poplar baseboard & trim. White oak tread, rail & post stair case. Satin bronze knobs & latches. Schlage deadbolts & hardware. Cedar closet. Built 1990-1991.

                          Lighting Crystal chandelier, recessed lighting, custom fixtures, window walls & automatic skylights designed to close when it rains. Windows Weathershield wood clad low E argon double glazing with white screens. Velux low E high performance skylights.

                          kitchen 1eKitchen Rick Fornier Cherry cabinetry, ceramic tile back splash, polished granite counters,Sub Zero wood paneled butler's pantry refrigerator, inlaid kitchen island Jenn-Air electric 5 burner range, dishwasher, microwave & double oven. Instant hot water tap. Wet bar, trash compactor & Admiral wine cooler. Pantry sink, garage grocery conveyance door. Additional summer kitchen on lower walk out floor off sitting & billiard room.

                          Other Features Master suite library, mudroom off garage, foyer display glass shelving, ceramic tile breakfast sun room off kitchen, upstairs loft office, second floor porch over main entry, spacious driveway, Steel & gunite ledge embedded in-ground pool with surrounding perennials & buried irrigation system. 3 bay garage including one extra long boat bay, attic space. Walk to the 9 hole Blush Hill Country Club golf course or drive to the Graham Cooke designed Country Club of Vermont 18 hole course. Waterbury reservoir close. Potential tennis court site. Furniture negotiable. breakfast room e

                          Bathrooms Master spa bath suite including separate hot tub room at deck edge above pool. Master bath with black Jacuzzi jetted tub, glass door & tandem tile shower, polished brass finish trim & hardware. Porcelain fixtures, marble & ceramic tile floors, pedestal sinks, wood vanities.

                          Fireplaces Living room & billiard room Majestic of Huntington, Indiana fireplaces with glass doors. Living room marble hearth.

                          Heating Oil fired hot water baseboard radiation, 5 zones main floor central, main east, main west, 2nd floor & basement. Hot water and pool off new 2008 System 2000 Energy Kinetics, central boiler. Superstor hot water off boiler. 7 day and 24 hour programmable thermostats for each zone. 30% propylene glycol heating system anti-freeze.

                          Flooring Carrera Marble, ceramic tile, slate & Berber carpet with 3/8" underlayment.

                          Roof. Fiberglass 3 tab class A asphalt shingles over 15 lb felt. R36 & R38 fiberglass & cellulose insulation. Sloped & roof surfaces 1" Koppers rigid insulation. Ridge & soffit venting. Eave, valley, & skylight Grace Water & Ice shields. Drip edge, cap & step, open valley & vent flashing.

                          Walls R18 friction fit fiberglass insulation , 3" acoustical insulation for all bath & powder rooms. Exterior wall warm side 6ml Tu-Tuff continuous polyethylene vapor barrier. Tyvek or Typar exterior wall air barrier. Cedar clapboard exterior siding.pond e

                          Systems Central stereo & intercom. Fire, burglar & low temperature security system. Nutone central vacuum (Hoover), partial air conditioning. 300 amp 240 volt underground electrical service. Comcast TV.

                          Water Drilled well across driveway from house main entrance. Clearwater Filtration. Well-X-Trol pressure tank.

                          Septic 1000 g concrete septic tank in north west corner of raised beds off of summer kitchen. Separate gray & black water systems with toilets, kitchen sinks, & dishwasher going to septic tank. Terraced mound leach field below and east of pool, Walter L. Urie septic design.

                          Pinnacle Ridge Association: Dues $425/year covers road maintenance, plowing & sanding.

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                          Utilities Green Mt. Power 8/08-7/09 $172 average/month. Pyrofax, propane 11/07-11/08 1947.9 gallons 12/08-8/09 1552.6 gallons (reflects new energy efficient central boiler which heats house & pool, formerly separate).

                          2009 Taxes $16,682

                          Please note this summary is based on information received from the Sellers and should be independently verified by prospective Purchasers.deck over pool with awning e

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                            • Clayton-Paul Cormier, Jr. on

                              Thank you very much Mr. Otani. The list price on this spectacular offering has been adjusted down since this blog was written. While formerly, $1,195,000, it's now priced at just $995,000 and is one of the most beautiful properties in the area. Would you like a showing?