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Delivering value to you, our buyer or our seller, is our family creed. Delivering value, to us, is not a hollow phrase, it's what guides all of our actions.

As a seller or buyer, we are your problem indentifiers and your problem solvers. We are your boots on the ground. Whether you are an indoor cat or an outdoor cat, we will challenge your assumptions, and guide you to conclusions that are sometimes counter-intuitive -- but conclusions that are always best for you.

We're Different

We only operate in communities we know intimately. Whether you are a seller or a buyer, we are out-of-the-box thinkers, who will always come up with the right positioning to match you with the right buyer, or the perfect property.

Why you should work with us:



Delivering value to you, is what drives us. We want to match you with the right property or the perfect buyer.Not only do we think out-of-the-box, but if you work with us, you will also find that we have fun doing what we do.Being a family-run business has many advantages, not the least of which is that we know the history of many properties.

Reasons to work with us:


Delivering value to you, is what drives us. We want to match you with the right property or the perfect buyer.


Not only do we think out-of-the-box, but if you work with us, you will also find that we have fun doing what we do.


Being a family-run business has many advantages, not the least of which is that we know the history of many properties.

What we do well:

waterfront real estate vt
Johnson vt real estate
Commercial real estate vt



Residential real estate is not just about finding you a home or a seller. It's about finding a solution that works for you.

Land & Camps


Land and camps is where it all started. There is a lot more to it than finding the land -- think permits & regulations.



Commercial -- whether an office building, a retail outlet, or an industrial sand pit -- we've done it a few times before.

Stories We


Clients Say

Blue Spruce Realty goes above and beyond the call of duty. You get more than just a realtor when working with Don Foote. He will help you with whatever it takes to buy or sell your new home. I have contracted with Don on more than one occasion because I know that he will make sure I'm taken care of from start to finish. I highly recommend Don Foote at Blue Spruce, he always operates with your best interests in mind.

The Loeff

Don Foote worked tirelessly and put forth tremendous effort to sell my house. This was a very difficult short sale and the lender threw up every roadblock they could think of to derail the sale. Don responded to every additional request the lender sent quickly and thoroughly. He was able to  navigate the process set forth by the lender flawlessly. He was able to coordinate and manage information between me, the buyer, and attorneys without fail. He is as honest as they come and his passion for real estate is obvious when you talk to him. I would hire Don Foote in a second if I ever needed his services again.

ttkitell (Zillow)

"Amber was very knowledgeable of the area and the business. She was very responsive with all forms of communications to help move everything along and keep all forms organized."

Adam Evan (Zillow)

My husband and I realize how fortunate we were to have had Gary and his team at Blue Spruce make our first home buying experience absolutely wonderful!

Dawn R Brennan

Amber is very professional and a pleasure to work with. She explains in detail and makes sure you understand all of the steps going forward. Amber will always return your calls the same day that you reach out. I highly recommend her if you are thinking about buying or selling.

Alison Preston

We worked with Amber at Blue Spruce for almost nine months to find our home. Amber must have shown us 50 houses at our request and she never lost hope or energy. She even helped us with a for sale by owner house that we almost bought. The family-business environment at Blue Spruce is fantastic too. We felt like everyone was pulling for us throughout an exhausting house hunt. Amber is professional, punctual, and super kind and easy to work with. We would recommend Blue Spruce to anyone, absolutely.

Bradley Fletcher

Amber Foote is a powerhouse. She was our family’s advocate through an almost year-long search for our home. She responded timely (if not immediately!) to our endless questions, took us to each and every property we wanted to see and was the voice of reason whenever we approached desperation. Amber was honest, kind and knowledgeable on each and every point through our whole process. I can’t recommend her enough!

Carrie Watson

Please Introduce Yourself

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161 Rt 15 West, PO Box 394
Johnson, VT 05656

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Blue Spruce realty - don footeDon grew up in Vermont, loving the outdoors. After college, he had an illustrious career as a professional ski instructor at Smugglers Notch Resort where he enjoyed sharing his love of the mountains and the sport with kids and adults. The off-season led to Don shifting roles to a year-round position in permitting and planning for the resort. This provided him a foundation of knowledge and experience in these areas that has extended into Don’s current career in Real Estate.

Don lives in Johnson and has two teenage daughters. Life revolves around family outdoor pursuits (snowsports and anything on, in and under the water) and ever an embrace of the mountain lifestyle. Don’s personal interests include: building and paddling wooden kayaks, live music, backcountry touring, maple sugaring and collecting interesting, shiny rocks.

Don has served on a number of municipal boards in area communities and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Smugglers Notch Ski and Board Club and the Jericho Community Development Corporation.

Real Estate appeals to Don’s interest in helping people move forward in their lives, be it a real estate transaction involving investment/commercial, residential, or land. “Getting you from where you are to where you want to be” is his mantra and describes what gives him fulfillment from his service to you.

Amber Foote - Blue Spruce RealtyLooking for all-in, old-school intense support for your real estate transaction? Amber Foote is a Broker and REALTOR with Blue Spruce Realty since 2018, after 12 years as a civil rights advocate helping families negotiate and collaborate with PA school systems seeking services for children with disabilities, and supporting attorneys through litigation. She grew up in a real estate household. She is experienced in successful negotiation, persistence, collaboration and working with a thousand details that all matter. Prior to advocacy, Amber had a successful design and marketing firm serving small businesses in South Central Pennsylvania. Before moving back North, Amber first worked in advertising, public relations and marketing for Wunderman Worldwide, Grey Advertising and Doubleday Publishing in NYC after graduating from Syracuse University. She has two adult children. She enjoys everything outdoors, and historic properties.

Gary Foote - Blue Spruce RealtyGary grew up on the West Farm in Jeffersonville.

Gary bought his first piece of land at 18. With a friend, he bought 80 acres that included a gravel pit for $300. The taxes on that 80 acres was $10 a year. Soon, they sold the town gravel for $12 a year, each making $1. They also planted Christmas trees for sale.

He joined the Army out of high school. While he was away, he had a friend take care of his sole Holstein cow. In exchange for keeping it, the friend could keep it until its second lactation, at which time Gary would get it back to keep or sell.

When Gary got out of the Army, he worked for Lake Buick; first in the body shop, then soon on the sales floor.

One day reading the Burlington Free Press, Gary responded to an ad for 190 acres in Westford for sale, with owner financing. He walked it with a hand-drawn map from the Seller's agent. Gary asked if the owner would take a cow as a down payment. The owner went to see the cow, and agreed to the cow, and $200. It was a deal. Gary soon planted many Christmas trees on it. Later, he added 50 more acres to it, for $200.

When visiting friends from Lake Buick in Fairfax one day, he saw a pretty, new teacher in town and decided she needed to upgrade her aging VW Bug, for a recent trade-in on the dealer lot.  That happened. Later, Gary Jr., Amber and Donald happened, and we are ever grateful. He then had a partner for planting Christmas trees, too. They later built a house on it.

Gary started his official real estate career in 1976, selling both properties and insurance. He has been selling properties in the area he grew up for forty two years. He is happy to say that all his children are now real estate agents. His favorite color remains blue.

Tami has lived in Vermont her entire life and loves it. For a major part of her life, Tami’s focus has been raising five beautiful daughters. As her children grew, she enjoyed the opportunity of working in education, tutoring literature and directing a Shakespearean Theater Company for teens that raised money for charity.

After seeking a home in the country, her transition from Essex to the small town of Bakersfield included raising Nubian goats, chickens and horses, making cheese and kefir, and selling dozens of eggs.