Canandaigua Lake Luxury Success Story

How a quick sale turned a sour story into a lovely and prestigious rental on the lake…Canandaigua Lake

5705 Applewood Dr, Naples NY on beautiful Canandaigua Lake as you can see is quite the palatial lake house.  It was, and is again thankfully to Dr Kenneth Hale who purchased it in July of 2011.

Now let’s back track a little.  This lovely lakefront  home consisting of 5,349 sq ft of livable space, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 149 ft of lakefront on Canandaigua Lake and a gorgeous covered boat house on a permanent dock was previously owned by a gentleman Jonathan Barnes.

The property ended up being seized by the US Marshalls – fortunately they listed the property immediately. Dr Hale quickly purchased the property, cleaned and furnished it and then entered it as a luxury vacation rental for $9400.00 per week.  Friends of mine rented it for 2 weeks last summer and just loved it.  It is very spacious and accommodating for family gatherings.  During the off-season it is available for $4500/week.  Peak season in 2013 runs from June 14  to September 3, 2013.  I have attached a couple more photos for you below.  It really is wonderful that this home now sits proudly amongst the rest of some very spectacular homes.

Plenty of room to accommodate large gatherings for dinner.

The view is inviting, relaxing and enjoyable.


For information about purchasing a well desired lakefront home on Canandaigua Lake to enjoy and understand the Finger Lakes lifestyle, contact me at my office.  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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Great New Listing On Keuka Lake…

I just previewed this listing that has been on the market for less than a week and was quite impressed with it. See below for pictures and listing info.

 This tranquil and peaceful setting offers 1512 sq ft of living space in the main house.  Nice large windows present a generous amount of light.

There is one bedroom on the main floor and one full bath.  Just to the right there are sliding glass doors to  the comfortable covered porch offering great views towards the lake.

First floor bedroom is light and airy as well.

You will find two bedrooms on the second floor with additional space in the loft area for a day bed or a couple of chairs for reading.

Now down to the finished basement area with full bath and walk out to a patio that faces the lake.  It could be fun to be a guest here !

Hardwoods cover the floors in this great lakefront home adding another layer of warmth along with the stone faced fireplace and the background of woods.  The bonus still to come is the 100 feet of waterfront on Keuka Lake and the lakeside cottage consisting of 429 sq ft of livable space.

What a great way to spend a summer enjoying this main house that sits on just over 3/4 of an acre , 100 feet of lakefront complete with dock and a guest house with 429 sq ft of livable space all for just $699,000.  Call me to schedule an appointment to see it.    Information for 3501 W Bluff Dr is supplied by the multiple listing service through the GRAR and Century 21.

Make your summers more fun and create a generational vacation spot – call me now to see this great listing – you will love it !

Mary St. George – Lakefront Realtor- Associate Broker – Wine Trail Properties – 315.719.8377 – Your Personal Connection to Lakefront Living

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Justin Bieber Purchases Keuka Lake Property

September 8th, 2012 categories: Keuka Lake

There are always  rumors about the stars and celebrities being in and around the Finger Lakes or even owning homes on the lakes,  from Whoopi Goldberg, Faith Hill. Paul Newman, Ethan Hawke, Richard Gere and most recently John Travolta, Anne Hathaway and now Justin Bieber.    I have left many of the names out, but you get the gist of the story.  Some stories are real and some are just rumors.  If you want to know which stories are true contact me.

I first heard about this rumor from my youngest son.  The story was traveling around Twitter and Facebook via the younger crowd.  My son asked me if it was true.  The hard part to believe, was that he already closed on the property.  How did this happen without me knowing about it,  right in my own backyard ? 

Well Justin and Angela Bieber did purchase a small lakefront home on Keuka Lake.  He is just not the Justin Bieber we have all come to know as being the teen idol.  Originally offered for sale at $429,000 in March of 2010, the home was reduced this year to $299,900 in March of 2012, a more realistic price point. This is the home they purchased. The transaction was handled by Vang Real Estate. This is a cute home with 1 small bedroom and bath on the main floor with an additional bedroom and bath in the walkout basement.  The selling points of this lakefront property were the two expansive decks and privacy.

The only celebrity Justin Bieber that you will find in Penn Yan or around Keuka Lake, is the stand up of him at the perfume counter in Peebles Department Store. 

While, the young man would have been welcomed into the great lake community of Keuka Lake, there were the jokes going around about the new style of haircuts that would be offered in the local barber shops and of course all of the young girls were dreaming and drooling at the thought of their idol moving into the area.  Maybe next time ladies.

You don’t have to be a star to purchase a lakefront property on Keuka Lake or any of the other Finger Lakes, but owning a lakefront property in the Finger Lakes will make you feel like a star !

For more information about purchasing your lakefront home on Keuka Lake, contact me , Mary St.George, Your Lakefront Realtor, Associate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, 315-719-8377 [email protected] – Your Personal Connection to Lakefront Living !







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15 Straight Months Of Increases In Pending Homes Sales

August 29th, 2012 categories: Real Estate News

Positive reports continue to showcase the housing market.  This is great news for home sellers, especially those that needed to sell either for job changes in different locations or those that needed to sell for financial issues.  For buyers it is still unbelievable news because it rides on the back of historically low mortgage rates.  You can still obtain a 15 year mortgage for under 3%, just unimaginable.



According to the National Association of Realtors  pending home sales rose in July to the highest level since April 2010 when the home buyer tax credit was about to close. Currently there are no home buyer tax credits.

The association’s pending home sales index rose 2.4% to 101.7 in July from 99.3 and stands 12.4% above July 2011 when it was 90.5. The data reflect contracts but not closings.

NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun stated “While the month-to-month movement has been uneven, more importantly we now have 15 consecutive months of year-over-year gains in contract activity.” All regions saw monthly increases except for the West which is plagued with an inventory shortage.

Estimations by NAR have home prices increasing 10% over a period of two years cumulatively, with 8 to 9 % in 2012 and 7 to 8% in 2013.

These numbers run true in the Finger Lakes area, most notably Keuka Lake, as we are starting to see a renewed interest in lakefront properties again.  Buyers consist of both cash and conventional mortgages.  So a hearty welcome goes out to all of those great people who want to become vacation home owners in the Finger Lakes.


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Lost & Fondue – A Quaint Eatery in Skaneateles

August 29th, 2012 categories: Restaurants, Skaneateles Lake

The Finger Lakes Region offers a bounty of rich, fresh and organic produce,  locally produced cheeses ( in fact we have a cheese trail – yes, indeed ) meats from local producers and of course award-winning wines that can be found at any of over 100 wineries, or served at most of the boutique style restaurants.

It also offers quaint little eateries or restaurants that showcase the foods from the area.  This is one that I think you just may want to try.  Watch the video and then plan your next road trip.

Please enjoy this little video made for this  quaint little eatery in Skaneateles.  Enjoy… but first stop by and try some of their delicious offerings.

See you at the lake !

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

If Skaneateles Lake looks like the lovely area of  lakefront that you have been looking for, then call, text or email.  Find out why everyone else wants to call the Finger Lakes their second home.


Information brought to you by Mary St. George, Lakefront Realtor and Associate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, 315-719-8377, [email protected]

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