Montpelier is known as the smallest state capital in the nation, with a population of about 8,000 people, the benefit being a small town feel with the amenities of a larger city. The city has a prominent art, music and culture scene, many delicious local restaurants, an active local government, prestigious schools, and many opportunities to participate in an active community.
As home to New England Culinary Institute (NECI), the local food system thrives with a strong connection between farm and table and the fostering of practiced and knowledgeable chefs. The Savoy Theatre shows classic and artistic films and Lost Nation Theatre is the place to go for entertaining live performances, and musicians liven up the streets at many times, day and night, at various venues throughout the city. Nearby there are many opportunities for outdoor activities including hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, skiing , snowshoeing, golf, and sightseeing.
The city has recently engaged with New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF) to help create a more sustainable city. NEGEF “seeks to energize and nurture long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities” . The city already has a district energy project underway and many resources to support ridesharing in order to reduce vehicular emissions in the state.
The Montpelier public school system is driven to produce students that will contribute to their communities on a local, national, and international scale. The schools use service learning as a way to engage students with the community and empower them to affect change, while enhancing academic skills and creating a greater sense of citizenship. Beyond the public school curriculum, there are also many opportunities for higher education, including Community College of Vermont, Vermont College of Fine Arts , and Union Institute and University. The city is rich with history and home to the Vermont Historical Society Museum, and of course, as the capital, the Vermont State House.
Montpelier Real Estate Opportunities
If you are interested in Montpelier real estate for yourself and any family that you might have, you will be thrilled to know about the Montpelier Capital Area Neighborhoods (CAN) project, which “encourages neighbors to connect with neighbors in order to build community, ease emergency management, and promote civic engagement”. With many different neighborhoods throughout the city, you will be sure to find the right one to fit your needs and the CAN project will help to ensure a smooth adjustment. New England Landmark Realty would love to help you find your dream home in Montpelier so that you can join this small-scale Vermont city community. Contact Us!