Margaretville, New York (PRWEB) December 26, 2013
When Pete and Jane Huffman were looking for a second-home getaway, having easy access to a lake was at the top of their "must have" list. "We love the idea of having water nearby," said Huffman. "It allows us to connect to nature."
This desire to connect to the natural environment is important to many buyers of real estate in New York's Catskill Mountains, according to Eric Wedemeyer, principal broker of Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties, with four real estate offices in the Catskill Mountain region. "People, especially those from the New York City metropolitan area, are seeking a respite from the stresses of daily living," said Wedemeyer. "They tell us that just the look of water is restorative and very relaxing. It is almost primal to their spirits," he added.
While homes with ponds are not uncommon in the Catskill Mountains, according to Wedemeyer, finding a home with access to lake of other body of water is more difficult. He cited three homes that are currently available for purchase that are along a public lake or even include a private lake.
One, located near the Upstate New York community of Livingston Manor, was recently listed for $519,000. Built along Sand Pond, the five bedroom, three bath home is described by listing agent Stacy Keck-Colliton as "a perfect retreat after a long day playing on the lake." The eight-plus acres are level and include woods and a “forever wild” clearing around the home. Built in 2005 with the idea of exposing all the natural light the location has to offer, the home features a spacious eat in kitchen, great room with steep cathedral ceilings, floor to ceiling wood burning fireplace, two 6’x8’ French doors meet a wall of custom windows that open to extensive front decking, two bedrooms downstairs with a full bath and three bedrooms upstairs with a full bath and a 24’x13’ den that overlooks the great room, according to Keck-Colliton.
Another home, located near Delhi, features a ten-acre private lake. Listed for $1.1M, the four-bedroom, three bath, contemporary home is described by listing agent Jeff Sloan as having “a welcoming interior that starts with a traditional Japanese entranceway (Genkan) that leads to a wood stove warmed living room with high ceiling.” Located on 141 acres, the land is a mix of open meadows and protected forest land. “An idyllic setting for entertaining or just enjoying the peace and quiet, this is truly a special place,” said Sloan.
For some buyers, Wedemeyer added, having access to large lake for motorboat use is important. His agency recently listed a six-bedroom, 4.5-bath, log home on Otsego Lake near Cooperstown for $2.1M. According to listing agent Carol Spinelli, the home, located on two private acres, includes a 4300 square foot main lodge, attached 3-car carriage house with a second story 800 square foot one-bedroom, one-bath guest quarters, and a secluded private 200' shoreline with 50' dock.
"We love living with nature in the Catskill Mountains," said Huffman. "The sound of the water is both comforting and exhilarating."
Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties, with offices in Margaretville, Boiceville, Delhi and Stamford, is the premier real estate agency of the Catskill Mountains in New York State. Buying and selling land and homes in the New York City watershed area is unique and the 30-plus agents of Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties are trained to help buyers and sellers through this process. For more information about Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties and to preview Upstate New York homes and land offerings, go to http://www.timberlandproperties.com or http:http://www.catskillpremier.com.