The Rural We: Tim Lovett
Tim Lovett is the owner of Berkshire Property Agents, so he really knows the lay of the land. After spending his summers in Otis as a child, his roots in the Berkshires were so strong he was unable to shake off his country dreams even as he pursued a career as an advertising executive in New York City. In 2000, Tim happily made the leap to full-time Berkshires resident, leaving behind the stress of the city for Monterey. RI asked Tim to tell us, from a real estate agent’s perspective, why he loves this region so much (and he really does).
I was a summer kid on Otis Reservoir, but desperately wanted to live here all the time. When I was 14, we found a home on the lake and moved up full time. It was a dream come true; we spent every day water or snow skiing, and playing on boats and snowmobiles. As an adult, I came back as a weekender, then after spending 20 years in advertising in NYC, it became harder and harder to leave my house here on Sunday nights. So, I moved back up in 2000. Now I work in what was my hobby, playing with houses, and my passion, branding and marketing. I feel very lucky to sell a place I truly believe in.
When friends and clients are visiting the Berkshires for the first time, I bring them to the Monterey General Store. People immediately respond to the rural-chic atmosphere and the congenial nature of both workers and patrons in a Rockwellian village setting. A few cocktails on my boat on Lake Garfield at sunset and one immediately understands why we all get hooked on the Berkshires quickly and completely.
There are too many reasons our region is special to possibly list them all. We are blessed with a plethora of stunning hikes, local land trusts and vast state forests. The easy proximity to NYC and Boston, the limitless cultural venues, and more personally, the people. They are worldly yet down to earth. Smart without pretension. The Berkshires is a unique brand — the highest concentration of summer cultural events on the globe and four seasons of sports and recreation on our lakes and mountains. We have worldwide recognition, from North to South County, and I’m proud to represent that to others.