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“I have always been hesitant to recommend anyone for fear of misleading others. However, I am very confident in recommending Wil Childress and the staff at Lake Retreat Properties for your real estate needs.

First, I had several friends that in the past several years have used Mr. Childress as their listing agent. They were very complimentary of him and strongly recommended him to my wife and me. One of the persons had retired from another real estate firm, but had Mr. Childress list her properties because of the confidence she had in his abilities and personality. The other person said he listed his properties with Mr. Childress and left the area, leaving him to handle any issues that arose. This person was very pleased with Mr. Childress and strongly recommended him to us once he found out we were interested in selling our home.

My personal experience with Mr. Childress was wonderful. He is very knowledgeable of the area and any resources that were needed in preparing our home for sale. Many times, he would personally contact a contractor and have them contact us, taking the worry from us as to who to get. He kept us informed as to what activities were taking place and any comments made by perspective buyers. Finally, he was always available to answer any questions that we had. I feel that the sale of our home was due in large part to the commitment and efforts put forth by Mr. Childress.”

 October 2019

“Thank you for all your assistance, great customer service, and friendly staff every time I have called or emailed. The staff’s promptness in addressing questions and future (rental) confirmations is excellent.

Happy to rent from you all!”

July 2019

“We sold $1,000,000 + property with Wil as our Realtor on Smith Mountain Lake. We had tried two other local Realtors before Wil and the difference between Wil and the preceding Realtors was amazing.

Wil was communicative and informative and extremely helpful in coming up with marketing strategies to get the most views of our property by qualified prospective buyers.

If I ever buy property in the SML area again or subsequently sell there, Will is the first person I’m going to call.”

May 2019

“They are very helpful and flexible when it comes to rentals at the lake. We enjoy working with them.”

March 2019

Jeanette Childress

Jeanette Childress

BROKER

Born and raised in this area, I watched the Smith Mountain Lake project take shape. As a Lake Native, I am uniquely qualified to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for the lake and its surrounding areas. I’ve been selling real estate since 1986. In 1996, I acquired Lake Retreat Properties and now serve as Broker.

broker@lakeretreat.com
540.309.6002

Wil Childress

Wil Childress

ASSOCIATE BROKER

Born and raised in the Huddleston area of Smith Mountain Lake, I grew up on the water. This lake holds my family’s past, present and future and my roots go back before S.M.L was even a thought. Once the lake filled, my grandfather, Jess Mitchell, built Mitchell’s Snack Bar which is now Mitchell’s Marina. In May of 2007 I received a BA from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and have been in full time Real Estate for 10 years. I still reside in Huddleston with my beautiful family, wife Randi and three children, Reagan, Lil Wil and Harper; along with my parents, siblings and a whole slew of aunts, uncles and cousins whom I am very close to and live within a stone’s throw.  I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family and to have grown up in such a beautiful part of our great country, now spending my days helping people fulfill their dreams of owning a piece of this breathtaking lake. WELCOME TO SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE – JUMP ON IN….YOU’LL GET HOOKED TOO!

sales@lakeretreat.com
540.312.7002

Penny Pringle

Penny Pringle

REALTOR

Ms Penny Pringle started her career in real estate with property management in 1994. Ms Penny has been actively selling real estate full time at Smith Mountain Lake & surrounding areas in the Roanoke Valley for the past fourteen years. Leaving a franchise real estate firm (Re/Max) with top honors nationally, Ms Penny is happy to join Lake Retreat in 2012. Ms Penny Pringle is very active on the waters of Smith Mountain Lake and can guide you around by land or water with ease. Smith Mountain Lake has 500+ miles of shoreline. With all the changes in the Shoreline Management Plan and new developments, Ms Penny has a vast knowledge and years of practice with your best interest as her first priority. Ms Penny Pringle has had a wide range of clients that she has enjoyed representing over the past fourteen years. She has even represented Real Estate Brokers from other areas, Circuit Court Judge, Lawyers, Doctors, Professional Sports Coach and many more who she has become great friends with. For a “No Wake” transaction of purchasing and selling, give “Ms Penny Pringle a Jingle” for smooth sailing of your next dream. My two Daughters and my husband, Steve Harrington, are my finest accomplishments.

mspenny@earthlink.net
540.874.7366

Kelly Drinkard

Kelly Drinkard

REALTOR

My grandfather built a home here in 1963, just 3 short years before the lake was full. Our family spent absolutely every summer here at the lake enjoying the scenic vistas and beautiful waters. I have so many fond memories of walking early to catch the best skiing conditions and often cried when it was time to leave. My daughter and I moved here full-time about 4 years ago. We have never felt more at home than we do at SML. A warm community that welcomed us with outstreched arms, SML is truly a destination all its own. SML will beckon to your heart and I am here to help you fulfill that calling!

kellyismyagent@yahoo.com
540.525.9589

Joy Mullins

Joy Mullins

REALTOR

I am a new realtor and passionate about real estate as well as making sure my clients are happy. I strive to go above and beyond their expectations. I’ve been a resident of Bedford County and lived in Moneta, VA for the past 16 years. I’ve served on the architecture committee for the subdivision I live in for 2 years. Additionally, I have 18 years of banking experience, a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in education. The last 4 years I’ve worked as a teacher with preschool age children. My strengths include many years of experience working with the public to meet their needs. I would love to have the opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs.

mullijoy@aol.com
540.537.6563

Dale Wilson

Dale Wilson

REALTOR

I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee Tech and taught at Staunton River High School before becoming a professional fisherman. I have fished professionally all over the country and own Dale Wilson’s Guide Service, which serves the entire lake area. A lake native and full time resident, I am a former board member of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce and I have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. I am uniquely qualified to sell property on Smith Mountain and Leesville Lakes, as well as the surrounding counties. My knowledge and experience will be a great asset to my clients.

captain.dale@hotmail.com
540.874.4950

Ida Heath

Ida Heath

REALTOR

Born in the Midwest, moved to Florida in the 80’s where I started a family and supported my husband’s building career. I soon realized that I enjoyed working with people and wanted to help make their dreams of owning or selling real estate a rewarding experience. Fourteen years brought us to the lake community in 2000, we enjoy all the beauty and friendly people of Smith Mountain Lake, my husband and I are proud to be raising our 3 children in such a great area.

heathch3@aol.com
540.537.7557

Jessie Johnson

Jessie Johnson

REALTOR
Kim Tyler

Kim Tyler

RENTAL ASSISTANT

As a lake native, I’ve always enjoyed being part of the tight-knit atmosphere that our community provides. This is why my husband and I view SML as the perfect place to raise our three children. As the rental assistant, I look forward to helping both our prospective and returning guests find their perfect vacation getaway.

rentals@lakeretreat.com
540.297.6002

Julie Goin

Julie Goin

RESERVATIONIST

Though born and raised in Dallas, Texas, I consider the lake area my home. We would spend summers and winters here with family so this will always be where my heart is. I have my family in Dallas and my family here so I’m twice as lucky! I raised my daughter in Texas and have a handsome grandson whom I’m both very proud of! I was in Corporate Aviation over 15 years, first as a Certified FAA Dispatcher and ended my aviation career as an Account Executive in business and corporate aircraft training. I decided to leave Corporate America and come home. Smith Mountain Lake is a wonderful place to be and I have many fond memories of growing up around the lake and making new ones every day!

rentals@lakeretreat.com
540.297.6002