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Lakefront Living on Cayuga Lake

We were fortunate enough to have been invited for an afternoon aboard our friends’ boat which they keep at the Allen H. Treman State Marine Park near Ithaca, NY (click here). The city of Ithaca sits on the southern end of Cayuga Lake, the longest and second largest in surface area of the of the Finger Lakes. It was a beautiful afternoon and the weather was just right for taking a boat ride on Cayuga Lake.

The shores around the southern part end of Cayuga Lake are very steep and the land is not well suited for building a lakefront home, nevertheless, those with the resources always seem to find a way to build their dream home.

We saw one home which seems to have an elevator which takes you to the lake level. The access to these homes is from state route 89, but after that, by private roads which are usually very steep and only useable during the summer months. Each of these homes is unique, one of a kind home– the kind that you would see in a vacation magazine!

We returned to the marina along the east side of Cayuga Lake. It is here that the layered rock cliffs rise from the level of the lake. Nevertheless, someone had tried to build their dream home up on the rocks overlooking Cayuga Lake.

Mary St. George, who specializes in lakefront real estate, still thinks that even this house qualifies as lakefront property, but the walk down to the lake could be a little challenging. Come to think about it, you wouldn’t even want to send your mother in law down those stairs!

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