Historic Cayuga Lake Estate near Ithaca, NY For Sale

3863 NY-90, Union Springs, NY 13160, USA

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Country home for sale just north historic Aurora, NY. Colonial home on a 22.1-acre parcel (14 of which are tillable) with 400 ft. of sandy, level lakefront, includes a lakeshore cottage and post & beam barn. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a lakefront property, steeped in history, on the eastern shores of Cayuga Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine region of New York State. Make this property your private estate, family compound, vacation retreat, provide a home for your horses or plant a vineyard.  This property is offered below assessed value and is offered “As Is”.

The property comprises two tax parcels: the 1st tax parcel is made up of the home, barn, cottage, 22 acres and ~400′ of lakefront and is in the Town of Ledyard.  The 2nd tax parcel is in the Town of Springport and offers an additional, contiguous 47 acres (33 of which are tillable) and 600 ft. of lakefront (no structures on the Springport parcel) and is available to be purchased with the Town of Ledyard parcel. See aerial map link below this property description or call Listing Agent Jennifer Persoon: 607-592-8871 for clarification.  The entirety: 69.5 acres, 47 of which are tillable, Center Hall Colonial home, post and beam barn, lakeshore cottage and 1,000+/- feet of lakefront offered at $1,800,000, offered “As Is”.

Peace, Quiet, Serenity!! An unparalleled opportunity to own an 1874 Center Hall Colonial home on 22.1 acres of historic land with 400 feet of beachfront on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, Finger Lakes wine region of New York State.  

This property is rich in its historic significance, going all the way back to colonial times; it is part of the former homestead or castle of the Cayuga & Iroquois Confederacy. The property was also part of homesteading payments to veterans of America’s War of Independence. As you drive down the peaceful lane and as you cross over a stone bridge that traverses Little Gully Creek, this 146-year-old Colonial beckons you to rest and relax and is beautifully situated among sweeping lawns and pasture. Magnificent trees, as old as the home, provide shade and contribute to the peaceful surrounding.

The owner describes the property as a “tabula rasa” or “blank slate”, its pristine nature gives you the opportunity to develop the property in any way you wish. Of the 22 acres, nearly 14 are tillable; the cropland is rented to a local farmer and is farmed without the use of chemicals. The property sits in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine county, second largest wine region in the nation, and could be planted into a vineyard and convert the barn into a wine tasting room. Following a laneway, to the lake, you’ll find a cozy, well-kept cottage with 2 beds, one bath, kitchen, living/dining area and a deck overlooking the lake, and boasts 400 hundred feet of lakefront. The cottage sits in a cove, offering a kind of peace that is nearly impossible to replicate. You can walk out into the water 100 feet before you reach 6 feet of water. This is one of a very few sandy beaches in all of the Finger Lakes.

Boating…well that’s not a problem!! There are two docks at the lakefront, one with a boat hoist. Cayuga Lake, at 39 miles long, 3.5 miles wide, 450 feet deep and an elevation of 380+ ft. above sea level is the largest watershed in New York State. You can boat and dock at wineries on the west shore of the lake, or boat and dock at the beautiful Aurora Inn, just south of the property. (The property is minutes north of the historic village of Aurora, NY home to Wells College and Mackenzie Childs.) The lake also offers uninhibited room for water skiing and tubing!!

If you love to fish, that’s not a problem either! Cayuga Lake is home to every freshwater game fish in North America, most at trophy level. All species of pike, bass and trout families inhabit the waters of Cayuga Lake. Union Springs hosted the “2014 & 2016 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bass Master Elite at Cayuga Lake” fishing tournaments. This property is a 3-minute drive to Union Springs. What’s exciting to the professional fisherman (or woman) is you can swim in the lake that you catch trophy fish in. “You can swim where you fish” in the crystal, clear waters of Cayuga Lake.

But most intriguing, is the ability to take your boat from the lake to the Atlantic Ocean via one of two routes-both including parts of the Erie Canal through its stunning vistas and transitioning locks to raise and lower your boat as the canal flows toward the Atlantic. Go east toward Albany then south to NY City, or travel north to Lake Ontario and into the St. Lawrence Seaway.

If you are looking for peace and solitude surrounded by wildlife, songbirds, osprey, eagles, deer, turkeys, a sandy beach, quaint cottage and miles of a freshwater lake, or if you are looking to develop an agricultural enterprise such as planting a vineyard, a home for horses or growing field crops, this property may be what you have been hoping for.  Any family would be fortunate to call this property home, whether as a family compound, country estate, working farm or retreat, this property offers you a “tabula rasa” in which your dream can come to fruition!!

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