Adrianne and Steven Selzer & Our sons and their growing families
In March of 1988 my husband, Steven, and I made our first trip to Smith Mountain Lake. We traveled with our two sons, then ages eight and eleven, about four and a half hours from just north of Washington, DC in Maryland to the lake. A friend loaned us their place to enjoy for the weekend and when we left Moneta that Sunday I said, “Let’s have the boys stay with friends next weekend so we can return to the lake and look around some more.”
The following Saturday morning we stopped for breakfast at The Corner Store, which is no longer at the corner of Rt. 122 and Rt. 616. While we were speaking with the owner we told him we were interested in looking for property at the lake, probably a condo. He made one phone call to Jane and we met her at The Waterfront. In just a few hours, knowing that we loved the lake and with the careful guidance and expertise that Jane provided us, we were signing a contract tor a condominium at Gangplank Pointe. Not knowing much at all about the area, we figured if we weren’t comfortable with our decision, we would sell the condo the following season.
I always go on instinct and am fairly conservation about investments but we had such positive feelings about Jane being a ‘people person’ and a solid individual that it made what we thought might be an enormous and complicated decision, a very smooth and well thought out undertaking with all of Jane’s knowledge and most especially her sincerity. For twenty-seven years we spent countless weekends, and an occasional week or so at Smith Mountain Lake. Needless to say, our sons enjoyed their childhood experiences as well as their adult visits to the lake. The four plus hour drive didn’t seem so long anymore.
In 2011 we moved a little further north in Maryland. During the summer of 2014 we realized that our boys had their own families now and would only visit at the lake one holiday weekend each summer. Our drive was now at least five and one half hours. We decided it was time to think about selling.
We phoned Jane, who we stayed in touch with over the years, and asked if she would consider helping us sell what had become such a big part of our lives. She immediately said that she knew how difficult a decision this must have been for us. She also said, of course, she’d help us. Once again her guidance and sensitivity came shining through. We knew it might not be a quick transaction but we thought we’d give it a try. We were pleasantly surprised that even though we listed in late July of 2014, our condo was under contract in September and settled in early October of 2014.
We consider Jane an outstanding and caring realtor and would absolutely share her name and phone number with any friend, relative, or acquaintance who might be looking to buy or sell property at Smith Mountain Lake. We truly feel that had we not met Jane that weekend in March 1988, we might never have enjoyed all those years at one of the prettiest places on earth!
With sincere gratitude to Jane Horne.