Keuka Lake On Ice !


Last year was a record fail on Keuka Lake when it comes to ice, it never came.  This year because of the hiatus last year, the ice fishermen and women were biting at the bit to get out there with the first signs of ice.  When the ice came, it spread fast, causing a whole new frenzy of activities.  They were back ( including me).  They came out to fish (mostly), they cleared patches of snow on the ice to ice skate, they came out to walk and like me they brought their dogs out on the ice, so that they could run around freely without the worry of cars. 

Ice fishing is an entire subset of fishing.  Some folks will only ice fish.  Keuka Lake is not like some of the other winter areas where the lakes freeze for the entire season and complete villages pop up.  But it does enjoy the portable fishing life with the colorful little huts, red and orange flags from the pop ups and colorful sleds to pull the gear around.


You will see people out on the ice with augers ( they drill a hole in the ice ) both manual and gas-fired.  That is where they will drop their lines in to catch fish.  Some folks will sit out in the sun on lawn chairs and others will bring their cute little pop-up tents that will protect them from the elements.

The colors of the apparatus brightens up the grayness of the day.

Sometimes the fishermen and women are successful and can go home with the night’s dinner.

If you would like to find your vacation/get-a-way home to enjoy both Summer and Winter activities, just contact me via email, text or phone.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Now off to see what is going on, on Keuka Lake !

You will most likely run into someone you know, yes even on the ice !

This information brought to you by Mary St.George, Associate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, Your Personal Connection to Lakefront Living, 315-719-8377, [email protected]

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4144 Poplar Point on Seneca Lake – Huge Price Reduction

As buyers don’t you just love it, when the sellers decide to become serious ?  No matter how someone reaches the point to sell their lakefront home, it is always a tough decision.  You do have to remember these sellers have created numerous memories with children and grandchildren, aunts and uncles and of course the multitude of friends.  This spectacular property has been a vacation home for generations to enjoy and they have definitely enjoyed it.  The sellers have reduced the price to an unbelievable amount of $579,000.

You will enjoy 2.75 acres allowing you plenty of room to build a new home to replace the vintage cottage or leave the cottage intact for a bunk house or guest house.   225 feet of water front makes this your personal space with room to swim, dock your boats or set sail.

The flat beach allow ease of use when bringing your watercraft in and out of the water.  Can’t you just feel the cool breezes blowing through your hair as you take off on a little kayak excursion ?  There will be a great dinner waiting for you on your return, something wonderful on the grill I am sure.


The vintage cottage stands as an icon to this point.  Enjoy it as it is, or make it your own.   This beautiful piece of property on Seneca Lake is waiting for its new owners to create new memories.  Is that person you ?


There is plenty of room for campers and tents, kids and parents,  games of football and badminton, races and burnt marshmallows over the fire pit.  Just the thought of boats and water and family fun, is making me crave our beautiful summer weather that is just around the corner.  Because Seneca Lake is such a large lake, there is no boat too large or small. 

You are just a few minutes drive to many restaurants an shops in either Watkins Glen, Penn Yan or Geneva.  Along the way you will find numerous wineries and farmers markets for fresh homegrown produce.  Yes, fresh salads and corn on the cob are just minutes purchase to table.  Need a new picnic table ? No problem, there are many cottage businesses in the area that can build a table or even some comfortable Adirondack chairs for you. 


End your day relaxing next to the campfire, roast marshmallows, tell jokes and discuss the great day you had – it doesn’t get any better than this


To start making your own memories and own your very own special piece of Seneca Lake for years of enjoyment, contact Seth Olney or myself about MLS listing R184282 and we will set up a private viewing for you.   Or visit for more info.


 This  information brought to you by Mary St.George, Associate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, Your Personal Connection to Lakefront Living, 315-719-8377  [email protected]

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My Apologies For Any Errors Past Present And To Come

In writing my blog, I am like anyone else.  I have typos, the misuse of grammar and sometimes information that does not present itself in the correct manner.  Some of the information is from public documents or portals and some of the information is from my opinions or has been accumulated from statistical measures that I have put together. 

 I try to take my own pictures or use ones available to the public, or even sometimes purchase pictures.  When the pictures are not mine, I try to give credit to the photographer when known. Of course this is not always possible.

If any information gets out on my blog that contains errors, I will indeed make the corrections.  I am far from perfect and even the best newspapers and journals end up printing errors after numerous runs by editors.    I always have my contact information loud and clear on my blog so that anyone with a concern can contact me. 

So if I have offended anyone – I really am sorry and apologize for my short comings.  I want my blog to be informative and interesting.

I will attempt to do a better job of making less errors in 2013.




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The House On The Hill – Keuka Lake Style…


5587 Dutch St in Barrington, NY 14837 offers 50 acres of four season fun allowing the owner to live a Keuka Lake lifestyle. 


 This gorgeous 3 bedroom homes with unbelievable views from every room includes a custom Gunite indoor pool and hot tub.  Yes even from the pool room you will view sweeping views of Keuka Lake.   The house has a 3 car attached garage and a remarkable barn that has combined the new with old. 

Many first time visitors to McGregors Winery just down the road, slow down and wonder if this location may actually be the winery. The view from the vineyards is just as spectacular as you can see from the following photo.

The Dutch Street home is one of those places that many have driven by only to stop their cars and gaze in wonderment at this custom-built home.  It is perfectly seated at the top of the knoll, allowing for the best views of Keuka Lake which includes a very large portion including the Bluff.  The 50 acres leave breathing room between the other properties situated on the road.  The owners have meticulously carved out paths through the woods on the property to enjoy many outdoor activities.  Located in the woods, you can enjoy the privacy of the sizable pond. 

The views from the kitchen and dining areas are to die for – these views can be yours…

The enclosed pool and hot tub room offer year round swimming for a healthy lifestlye – and the views are stunning !

In the summer enjoy entertaining on the spacious deck that runs the entire length of the house with built in gas grill.

Let us take a look back inside at the custom built stairway designed to take advantage of the Keuka Lake views.


For more information about MLS#: R197165 and to see how to make the Keuka Lake lifestyle yours, contact myself or Seth Olney.  For the right buyer $1.8 million will put you in this house.  This could be the perfect place for a winery, brewery or special event location.  With the size and location of the barn, the doors are open to the possiblities.

This information brought to you by Mary St.George, Associate Real Estate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, Your Personal Connection to Lakefront Living, 315-719-8377,[email protected]

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Top Two Reasons I Love My Finger Lakes Career In Real Estate…


Al Mosher and I discussing lakefront options

The best reason that I love selling real estate in the Finger Lakes, is all about the great people I meet.  They come from all walks of life and come from all over the country and even the world.  Getting to know their motivations for coming to the area are also unique to each person.   I have become friends with many of them, even going on trips or just stopping by to enjoy a glass of Finger Lakes wine. 

Many are attracted to the area for its multitude of wineries, others for the pristine lakes, some for both reasons.  But for some it means the ability to get away from their busy lives and blend in with the locals. All of these folks have great stories to tell as they come from different cultures, different cities and different backgrounds. What is great about all of them, is that when it comes to looking for properties, they are all just regular people.

Since most of my clients are looking for the perfect vacation home, there usually is no urgency.  Because of the laid back approach to looking for a lake home, I have worked with some clients for a few years before finding the right property.  This really allows me to get to know the person that they are.

Some buyers have a specific lake in mind.  They want Keuka Lake, or Seneca Lake or even Skaneateles Lake.  Others are looking at some of the smaller and more affordable lakes. I just love picking up the phone to hear ” I am looking to purchase a home on Keuka Lake.” or any of the other lakes.

I love meeting new people and my career is just perfect for that reason.

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Reason # 2

The homes that I have been able to see whether via my sellers or the countless ones that I brought my buyers through, are just amazing.  I get to see new homes, old homes, refurbished home, cobblestone classics, vintage cottages, churches refurbished into residential homes, barns disguising very interesting living quarters and everything in between.  I live in my own Better Homes and Gardens.  I am able to see bare bunk houses and then compare them to the unique designs of some very creatively finished bunk houses.  Since many of these homes are high-end, I also enjoy seeing what their designers have come up with.  So to see the newest or trendiest styles in home design and decor, I need to go no further than the next home I will be showing.  Some of these homes have actually been featured in major magazines for the combination of their decor and location.


If you would like me to assist you in finding your perfect vacation home, just contact me.  I would love to meet you !

This information brought to you by Mary St.George, Associate Real Estate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, Your Personal Connection to Lakefront Living, 315-719-8377. [email protected]

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