Why Retire in Smith Mountain Lake?


Looking for your dream retirement location? Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia’s Roanoke region makes a strong case for it with these hard-to-resist features:

  1. The area’s natural beauty will take your breath away

Smith Mountain Lake is called the Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains for good reason. Find a home along its 500 miles of pristine shoreline and you will be treated to captivating views of more than 20,000 acres of silvery freshwater, lush hardwood forests, and rolling countryside every day.

These lively settings offer a wide range of recreational activities that highlight and make the most of the dreamy natural surroundings:

  • Explore the outdoors on the area’s winding hillside trails either on foot or on horseback.
  • Enjoy a refreshing afternoon swim and go for the big catch in the lake’s many fishing spots.
  • Marvel at glorious sunsets on a romantic evening cruise.
  • Socialize with neighbors over a few rounds of golf.
  1. The variety of residential property options will satisfy any lifestyle

From modest single-family houses, to luxurious waterfront estates, there’s a home for every retirement lifestyle in the many communities surrounding Smith Mountain Lake.

The range of communities includes secluded coves and exclusive gated communities. Townhome and condo complexes are available as well, offering the added convenience of on-site and on-call service amenities and personnel.

Regardless of architectural style, homes in this area are designed to maximize their naturally vibrant surroundings. Expect lots of high ceilings and airy living spaces, large windows, spacious porches and decks, and manicured landscapes that guarantee generous views of the lake and its majestic mountain backdrops.

  1. These retirement properties offer economic opportunities

The varied range of property options at Smith Mountain Lake also provides retirees with opportunities to maintain an active, earning lifestyle.

As a popular tourist destination, Smith Mountain Lake makes owning vacation rental properties an appealing investment option for retirees. During the summer, when local tourism peaks, vacation homes can generate from $400 up to $4,000 in just a week.

The rolling landscapes surrounding Smith Mountain Lake also include acreage properties, complete with irrigation systems. Ideal for cultivating an independent lifestyle in your golden years, they can be turned into farms for fun or profit. A horse ranch, for instance, can prove to be a sound investment as equestrian activities are a popular recreational activity in the area.

  1. Amenities are within reach

Smith Mountain Lake communities may be known for their rustic appeal, but amenities are easily accessible. In addition to local stores and boutique shops, there are two large supermarkets, dozens of dining options, two libraries, and a variety of local clinics and health facilities.

Reaching the region’s metropolitan center is easy, as well. Roanoke is just a 45-minute drive away.

To learn more about ideal retirement properties in Smith Mountain Lake, contact real estate expert Jane Sullivan Horne at 540.493.1690 or email Jane(at)JaneAtTheLake(dotted)com.

Jane has been specializing in luxury residential properties at Smith Mountain Lake since 1986.