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New owners take control of Mariners Landing
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New owners take control of Mariners Landing

Mariners Landing

Regional commercial developers Waller Perrow and Tom Branch purchased Mariners Landing in May.

Mariners Landing, one of the largest resort communities at Smith Mountain Lake, is under new ownership.

Longtime regional commercial developers Waller Perrow and Tom Branch purchased the development in May.

“Tom and I are thrilled to acquire this incredible development and work toward enhancing the facilities, uniting the community, and bringing the property under professional management,” Perrow said.

Perrow’s management company is overseeing operations. “We’re off to a great start and making significant strides with landscaping improvements, restoring the beaches, renovating docks and pools and revitalizing the golf course.”

A new, all-inclusive program was also recently introduced to property owners.

“The Mariners Club delivers a superior experience and welcomes property owners to enjoy the entire resort,” Perrow said. “In addition to enjoying their favorite activities, we think this model fosters an opportunity for owners to pick up new hobbies and make new friends. It’s an unprecedented value for our region, and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Perrow said raising each facet of the community to the highest standard is his top priority.

“The property has great bones,” Perrow said. “Planning, engineering and infrastructure is in place for tremendous residential and commercial growth. Dozens of improvement projects are underway, and dozens more are being planned.”

Perrow has been a major investor in the Mariners Landing community for several years and the third largest property owner in the community for more than five years. He said he had considered purchasing the resort for years to make improvements.

“I’ve been looking at it for years with a desire to fix it,” Perrow said.

The 1,000-acre property in Bedford County was originally called Deerwood Pointe and was designed by the renowned team of Lewis Clark, Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Joe Sonderman. Purchased in 1999 by John White and rebranded Mariners Landing, the development offers single-family homes, townhomes and condos, rental accommodations, an on-site conference center, restaurants, 18-hole golf course with clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pools, beaches, fishing piers, boat slips, a fitness facility and tennis/pickleball courts.

As chairman of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, Perrow said he’s also looking forward to working more closely with business owners and community organizations to strengthen the region as a whole.

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