Maine Mag Explores Fully-Wired Slopeside Home

The December 2018 Sugarloaf issue of Maine Magazine explored “the big red house” right off the Snubber trail at 5003 Webber Street, purchased by a tech-savvy family with three college-aged sons in October 2017.

Like most real estate transactions at Sugarloaf, the house was move-in ready at closing, fully furnished, and stocked with everything from spatulas in the kitchen drawers to air mattresses for guests. The five-bedroom home is decked out with the latest technology, including radiant heating under the outdoor patio that melts the snow and a Nest home thermostat linked to a smartphone app so the house can be nice and warm by the time the family arrives for the weekend.

Learn more in these excerpts from the story:

“It was like Christmas every day when we moved in,” says tech entrepreneur Bob Neveu. “You’d open a drawer in the kitchen and it was like opening a present. Here’s a spatula and a whisk! Here’s a mixer!” He laughs at the memory. Spatulas and whisks might not sound like the most exciting finds, but for Neveu and his family, it was a great pleasure to discover everything about their fully furnished, fully decorated Sugarloaf home. “It’s hard to find a single-family home on the main mountain,” he explains. “We’re really, really happy with what we have.”

He and his wife, Katy, purchased the big red house in the fall of 2017, and in the past year the Neveu family has used the house “religiously, every single weekend,” he says. The biggest draw was the location. The three-story house is down-mountain from the Birchwood Condos and just a quick walk from two access trails. While they briefly considered buying a condo, with three college-aged sons, the couple knew that it wouldn’t be the right fit for their rowdy crowd. “We have a lot of space to sleep everyone,” Neveu says, thanks to the five bedrooms. “The place came with folding cots and air mattresses. It’s not atypical to see four college kids sleeping on mattresses in the basement game room on any given weekend.” With seven bathrooms, it’s also not too much of a struggle to schedule shower time before heading out to the slopes. And the huge “ski room” in the basement allows skiers to take off their boots, step straight onto a heated floor, hang everything up, and head upstairs without missing a beat.

About the Author
I came to Sugarloaf in 2017 for the first time as a snowboard instructor for the Perfect Turn Ski & Snowboard School, looking to try the "ski bum" lifestyle in the beautiful Western Maine Mountains. After my first season, I fell in love with the area and decided to move here full-time and joined the team at Mountainside Real Estate as the Office Administrator and Marketing Assistant. I have a rustic camp in Wyman with my boyfriend, who was a zipline guide at the Outpost (located conveniently right next door to the real estate office, giving us excuses to have lunch together every day when we first met that summer). He comes from a long line of Sugarloafers, with his grandparents living in Stratton along Flagstaff Lake and his parents owning a chalet in Sugarloaf Village (with Deb Pierce as their buying agent). I am an avid snowboarder, hiker, mountain biker (and fat biker in the winter) and learned to kayak on Flagstaff Lake. You can usually find me somewhere in the woods with our trusty dog Balto.