Historic home for sale near Wells College and Ithaca, NY. Colonial home on 22.1 acres and 400 ft. of sandy, level lakefront, includes lakeshore cottage and post & beam barn. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a lakefront property, steeped in history, on the eastern shores of Cayuga Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine region of New York State. Make this property your private estate, family compound, vacation retreat or develop a commercial venture such as a winery and vineyard or craft beer business. Grow your own grapes or hops, or both! This property is offered below assessed value and is offered “As Is”.
Additional, contiguous 47 acre parcel (38 of which are tillable) avaialbe for additional consideration. Parcel boasts 600ft. of level sandy lakefront. Could be purchased and used privately for an agricultural enterprise or develop a lakeshore community.
Peace, Quiet, Serenity!! An unparalleled opportunity to own an 1854 Center Hall Colonial home on 22.1 acres of historic land with 400 feet of level sandy beachfront on the east shore of Cayuga Lake Finger Lakes wine region of New York State.
This property is rich in it's historic significance, going all the way back to colonial times, it is part of the former homestead or castle of the Cayuga & Iroquois Confederacy. The property was also part of homesteading payments to veterans of America's War of Independence. As you drive down the peaceful lane and as you cross over a stone bridge that traverses Little Gully Creek, this 163 year old Colonial beckons you to rest and relax, as it is beautifully situated among sweeping lawns and pasture. Magnificent trees, as old as the home, provide shade and contributes to the peaceful surrounding.
The owner describes this property as a “tabula rasa” or “blank slate”, it's pristine nature gives you the opportunity to develop the property in a way that answers to your own dreams. Of the 22 acres nearly 17 acres are tillable, the cropland is farmed without the use of chemicals. The property sits in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine county, second largest wine region in the nation, and could be developed into a vineyard and winery. Craft beer has become exceedingly popular, so much so, the Finger Lakes has developed it's own beer trail, you could grow hops on this farm and open a craft beer establishment. The lakefront and lakefront cottage are a joy unto themselves. 400 hundred feet of level, sandy lakefront, in a cove, offers a peace that is nearly impossible to replicate. You can walk out into the water 300 feet before you reach 6 feet of water, the safety this provides the children is priceless. This is one of a very few sandy beaches in all of the Finger Lakes. The cozy lakefront cottage adds to the charm and serenity. The cottage boasts 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchen, dining and living area, along with decks just steps away from the water.
Boating…well that's not a problem!! There are two docks at the lakefront, one with a boat hoist. Cayuga Lake, at 39 miles long, 3.5 miles wide, 450 feet deep and an elevation of 380+ ft. above sea level is the largest watershed in New York Sate. You can boat and dock at wineries on the west shore of Cayuga Lake, or boat and dock at the beautiful Aurora Inn, just south of the property. (The property is minutes north of the historic village of Aurora, NY home to Wells College and Mackenzie Childs.) The lake also offers uninhibited room for water skiing and tubing!!
If you love to fish, that's not a problem either! Cayuga lake is home to every freshwater game fish in North America, most at trophy level. All species of pike, bass and trout families inhabit the waters of Cayuga Lake. Union Springs hosted the 2014 & 2016 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake fishing contest. This property is a 5 minute drive to Union Springs. What's exciting to the professional fisherman(or woman) is you can swim in the lake that you catch trophy fish in. “You can swim where you fish!!” in the crystal, clear waters of Cayuga Lake.
But most intriguing, is the ability to take your boat from the lake to the Atlantic Ocean via one of two routes-both including parts of the Erie canal through its stunning vistas and transitioning locks to raise and lower your boat as the canal flows toward the Atlantic. Go east toward Albany then south to NY City, or travel north to Lake Ontario and into the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Whether you are looking for peace and solitude surrounded by wildlife, song birds, osprey, eagles, deer, turkeys, sandy beach, quaint cottage and miles of a fresh water lake, or if you are looking to develop an agricultural enterprise such as a vineyard, growing hops, a home for horses or growing field crops. Any family fortunate to call this property home, whether as a family vacation compound, country estate, working farm or retreat center, this property offers you a “tabula rasa” in which your dream can come to fruition!!
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