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LEFT Homeowners Anne and Gil McGeorge dress the part for an islandthemed party at their home last September.


ABOVE From left, the McGeorge home features a path of pavers to the front entrance; a Balinese house protector sits atop the entryway table.


"We built one home and remodeled another, and we weren’t anxious to do that again."

n summer weekends, a steady stream of boats can often be found cruising past the home of Gil and Anne McGeorge on the Blackwater River Channel. Granted, the reason is usually because the McGeorge residence is located next door to what is generally considered Smith Mountain Lake’s most famous house – the cottage used in the filming of the 1980’s movie “What About Bob?” However, what the curious boaters might not realize is that, while they’re busy snapping photos of the house made famous by Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss, they’re missing out on seeing a home with star power all its own. Like many couples, the McGeorges took their time finding the perfect retirement spot on Smith 18 January • February 2012 | SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKER

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Mountain Lake. They had owned two smaller homes at the lake but were ready for something bigger and more permanent. For months, they spent weekends casually house hunting, but when one of them loved a home, the other didn’t. Then, in the spring of 2009, the McGeorges’ real estate agent showed them what they jokingly referred to as “The Ponderosa” – and it was love at first site for both. “We built one home and remodeled another, and we weren’t anxious to do that again,” said Anne McGeorge, noting that one attractive aspect of the home was it was in move-in ready condition. In addition, every room, except the bathrooms, faced the lake, which they found appealing. The home’s style is definitely western/mountain with a slightly rustic feel, but it is completely

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