April 29th, 2015 categories: Finger Lakes
It seems like every other week the Finger Lakes area makes it on one list or another for top 10, for best of, or a combination of headlines. The area is known for so many great things.
- Craft beers
- Beautiful clean and clear lakes
- Farm to table dining
- Historic figures that were responsible for Women’s Rights and the end of the slave trade.
- The birthplace of Memorial Day
- A roadway and canal system that have their own history
- Quaint villages and towns
- Grand Prix Racing at Watkins Glen
- Corning Glass and other major corporations were founded in this area
So it was no surprise to see that Yahoo had the Finger Lakes listed as a must do road trip. There really is so much to see and do in this area. Many people that come from outside the area are surprised to see that the entire state is not made up of skyscrapers.
If you would like more information on the housing market and or lakefront properties, contact Mary St.George for your real estate needs and she may even encourage you to either invest in the area or purchase a wonderful vacation home. She will even suggest her favorite spots to visit and dine at.
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Just as things are starting to warm up for the upcoming season on Keuka Lake and the new hotel almost complete, we receive the very disappointing and sad news that two landmark places on Keuka Lake will not be opening.
Snug Harbor had been closed for a few years and finally reopened a few years ago under the experienced management team of the Bates family. Lakers and visitors began to flock back and were really enjoying the place with it’s new ambience. Dock slips were rented out to those looking for a place to moor their boats and everything seemed to be going quite well. Then we had a very long cold winter, Apparently the pipes and the water system took a big hit and the family just could not tend to the repairs and plan for an opening. We will miss them and will be keeping our fingers crossed that someone will come in and save the day.
Then just this past week, we were told that The Viking would not be opening. The Viking has been offering lakeside cabin and motel rooms to visitors of Keuka Lake for years. It was a very economical way to spend time on the lake. There is a larger entry gate off of the main East Lake Rd and down by the water there were covered boat hoists and boats with the familiar Viking tops.
Both of these businesses will be dearly missed, but if you are planning to visit the area, there are many other restaurants and places to stay.
If you think you may want to stay for a much longer amount of time, then give me a call and we can talk about investing in lakefront properties.
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April 12th, 2015 categories: Keuka Lake
There are pages on Facebook for everything and most likely every lake. And there are several pages for Keuka Lake. The one that seems to be the most popular is ” I ♥ Keuka Lake” Many of the posts talk about longing to get back to the lake. People follow the current weather conditions, look at pictures as the seasons change and talk about the cottages they have been brought up in and could never leave. There seems to be something very magical about Keuka Lake.
Is it the friendly faces? Or is it the quaint little villages and hamlets that surround the lake? Maybe it is the natural charm of it’s setting, surrounded by a landscape dotted with trees, vineyards and rolling hills of hay. It could be the casual settings of the various lakeside restaurants where you can visit via boat or car. Is there something in the air or maybe it all starts in the water. There is something that captivates folks and maybe it is just a combination of everything that is and surrounds the lake.
Many love to come here because once here, they are compelled to slow down and relax. Yes, you can still get internet service and cable around the lake, but most seem to forget all about it and just concentrate on being happy and enjoying the lake. It is easy to do with so many restaurants serving locally produced goods, wineries uncorking enough blends to satisfy every palate and even craft breweries with enough choices that will have you bringing home a growler of your favorite.
The “lakers”, those that have a place on the lake or live on the lake refer to it as the “Keuka Lifestyle”. When the lakers come back, you can find them in the local deli on the east side, The Olney Place ordering a fresh sandwich and checking the condition of the docks after the winter ice or find them at the Trading Post enjoying an early to mid day breakfast talking with their summer friends.
I am always looking to find what that magical ingredient is, so when you come to visit or stay, I will be looking for your answer to the magical appeal. Maybe it is just sitting by a relaxing and warming fire by the lakeside after a day in the sun, and watching the fireflies dancing against the black of the night.
Of course if you come to visit and decide to stay, you know to contact the most engaging lakefront Realtor® on the lake to purchase your magical place on the lake… just call me.
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February 22nd, 2015 categories: Information
With the installation of energy efficient furnaces, these little PVC pipes poking out of the sides of homes, have become quite common. No longer do we need expensive or enormous chimneys in order to heat our homes. Of course if you love a wood burning fire, then yes, you will need a fire retardant chimney with a triple wall metal insert. Now back to venting.
Because furnaces are so efficient, there is a minimal amount of heat released allowing the installation of short pvc pipes. These are normally found at the base of the home either coming from the first floor or basement, depending on the location of the furnace.
With the record snowfalls we have incurred this year, numerous homeowners have forgotten about the pipes and have allowed them to become snow covered. Calls are being reported for furnaces not operating. When snow packs around the opening of the vents, it causes the pilot lights to go out. Heavy snow pack can also cause carbon-monoxide to back up since it does not have an exit.
For your safety make sure these vents are clear of any snow pack.
Another vent you may have issues with in this severe cold, is your sewer vent or vents depending on how many bathrooms or sinks in the home. These are required to operate your water pressure in your toilets and sinks. One sign that they may be blocked, is a gurgling sound in another room when flushing the toilet or draining a sink. This means there is not a proper air exchange. Hence a back up of methane gas.
You can now find kits in your hardware store to attach to the tops of your vent pipes to prevent the buildup of ice and or snow. Or you can try to insulate the vent pipes inside the attic area of your home. If you have sudden gurgling in your traps or you begin to smell sewer gas, you will need to address the issue because methane gas besides smelling bad will give you headaches and make you feel sick.
If you have any questions about your vents and do not feel qualified to address the issues, contact a local contractor with good references to take car of the issues.
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I know you are most likely thinking of Summer when you hear the word “hot”, but really the hot selling season is the Spring and for the Finger Lakes Area, it starts to wind up in mid February. (just around the corner). Why February? Well buyers know that if they are really serious, looking in February will allow them to find a property and start enjoying during the first available part of the Summer season. If they close before then, they will have time to freshen it up and furnish to their liking. I already have buyers looking for new property listings. If your home is listed at the beginning of the selling curve, you are most likely to obtain the highest selling price. Competition is the strongest during the Spring. So let me help you stay ahead of the crowd with the following tips below. The longer you wait to list, the more buyers there are that have decided on a home that is already listed. So lets get going…
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