Smith Mountain Lake Area

You may not know exactly what you're looking for, so you’ll need someone that’s patient while you learn your way around.

Visiting Properties

Smith Mountain Lake has 500 miles of shoreline so you'll need to take a little time. Spend the first day here by... 

Making An Offer

The #1 rule for how much to offer on a property is "less", because you never know what someone will take, and you won't get it for less if you don't try.

Selling Property at Smith Mountain Lake

Some agents stick a sign in your yard and hope the phone will magically ring. Not me. I work my listings, marketing them with websites, internet ads, print ads, emails, phone calls and professionally designed and produced brochures, often incorporating floor plans, plats, maps and more.

In addition, I am an expert at staging properties, a very important and often underrated facet of marketing. There are a multitude of ways to help showcase your property in the best light, and I know them all... Some clients have even called me a miracle worker, so believe it when I say I can make your property easier to sell.

  • Preparing Homes Before Selling
  • Preparing Land Before Selling
  • What's It Worth
  • Considering an Offer

Welcome to Smith Mountain Lake Realty

Hi Neighbor:

Please keep me in mind if you're looking for expert real estate help. In addition to decades of experience, many millions in sales, great advertising, etc, I have some extra qualifications that few others can offer...

First, I have a Broker's License. In Virginia this means 300% more real estate education than a regular agent. Not general courses - a multitude of things specific to real estate. Second, this is my company, so you know I care that things are done right.

Third, I was a building contractor for years, so I understand construction inside-out, which helps me to help you, whether you're a buyer or a seller.

Buying or selling a home usually involves life savings and having to trust strangers to help. This is an unhappy thought, but not if you work with me, because I will treat your investment with the same concern as if I was at risk. I take my obligation to watch out for my clients very seriously.

In short, I'm a true professional that knows his field − someone who can, and will, look out for you. 

Please call me any time. It would be my pleasure to assist you!


Dave Gresham
Owner & Principal Broker
Smith Mountain Lake Realty, LLC
(540) 721-5050 (cell)
(540) 297-6060 (office)

  • Decades of Experience
  • Millions in Annual Sales
  • Broker's License
  • Company Owner
  • Contractor's License
  • Honest, Intelligent, Hardworking & Professional
  • I Get Results!
  • Member, National Association of Realtors
  • Member, Multiple Listing Service

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Lake History

The first recorded white men to visit the area were a small party of adventurers headed by John Lederer. The year was 1670.  They traveled from Richmond up the James River to present day Lynchburg, then turned south and headed towards present day Altavista, eventually ending at a Saponi Indian village.

It was there he and his party discovered the little river that the Saponi called the "Rorenock", which they followed northwest until they reached Smith Mountain's gap on the south side of the mountain.

One year later, in 1671, Abraham Wood led another party into our area. This time the adventurers departed from Petersburg and traveled due west, inventing their own land route instead of using the James River. (It took a lot longer). Finally arriving at the Saponi* Indian village, they proceded to Smith Mountain and went thru the gap, following the Roanoke River northwest. They travelled upriver to Totcro* Indian villages in present day Roanoke and Elliston. Settlers began trickling in soon thereafter. 


UPComing Events

The lake has thousands of community events (literally), but this select group is special, drawing participants from across the nation. A few annual events have even grown to international level.

Lake Clean Up Day

National award winning volunteer project keeps Smith Mountain Lake the cleanest lake in Virginia.

Fireworks On The Water

Spectacular! Watch from your boat or the shore. This has to be experienced. This IS Smith Mountain Lake.

Charity Home Tour

See what life is like for the 1%. Visit fabulous million dollar waterfront homes by boat or by car. (All proceeds go to support local charities.)