Just outside of the Village of Aurora in the Town of Ledyard parcel: Center Hall Colonial home, post and beam barn, with an additional lakeshore cottage, 22.1± acres, 17± tillable and 400± ft of level sandy lakefront: $980,000

Finger Lakes Region

The Finger Lakes region of central New York State abounds in natural wonders, rolling hills, fertile valleys and a host of some of the largest and purest freshwater lakes in all of the USA. In this historic area there still exist a few large, waterfront tracts capable of creating family estates and retreats, as well as “tabula rasa” for commercial ventures such as vineyards, that already make the Finger Lakes region the second largest in the US. One of these exceptional waterfront estates is now on the market for you to create and fulfill your dream.

“While such an association of land forms is a quite anomalous development, hence, of itself, provides a warrant for designating the Finger Lakes Region a topographically unique occurrence, the manner of its origin is, further, without parallel elsewhere in all the wide world.” 

O.D. von Engeln, The Finger Lakes Region, Its Origin and Nature

Property Description:

This 21± acre parcel is part of the former homestead, or castle, of the Cayuga tribe of the Iroquois Confederacy. With over 17 acres of tillable land that has been farmed without the use of herbicides or pesticides, this property is uniquely positioned for multiple development considerations. Nestled on over 400 linear feet of shoreline on the east side of Cayuga Lake, it encompasses land from State Route 90 road gently sloping over a half mile to the level, sandy lakefront without any impediments in between. Over a half mile of a constantly flowing trout steam runs through the property, complete with waterfalls and trout breeding areas. Coupled with a 6 BD, 4.5 BA, 3,500+ sq ft residence with origins from 1830; a 2 BD, 1 BA cottage directly on the lakeshore; and two quintessential barns from the 19th century, this property represents an opportunity unparalleled in the market today. Additional contiguous 47 acres with more than 600 feet of level lakefront available for additional consideration, Town of Springport parcel as shown on aerial map.

Natural Wonder of Cayuga Lake

Cayuga Lake is 39 miles long, 3.5 miles wide and 450 ft deep and sits at an elevation of 380+ feet above sea level, it is the largest watershed in New York State. Every freshwater game fish, most at trophy levels, inhabit its waters including all species of the pike, bass and trout families. This property alone boasts a family of 13 wild turkeys, 12 whitetail deer, and every migrant bird species which flock to the Montezuma National Wildlife Preserve. The preserve is located 13± miles to the north at the head of the lake, bird species include bald and golden eagles, ospreys, hawks, herons and song birds of every color. Perhaps one of the lakes best attributes 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 transiting locks that raise or lower your boat as the canal flows toward the Atlantic. Go east toward Albany then south to NY City, or north to Lake Ontario and into the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The temperate waters of Cayuga Lake, which rarely freezes in winter, and the soils of glacial till makes the region ripe for cultivating grapes and processing them into wines. Surrounding its shoreline are no fewer than 30 wineries, several accessible by boat. The Finger Lakes region of 5,000 square miles boasts over 100 wineries and thereby creates a recreational favorite of a wine tasting trail and a cottage industry of party buses and boats to get you there safely.

Whether you’re interested in acquiring land and limited infrastructure for residential, recreational, or commercial purposes, you owe it to yourself to view this property.

Key Features:

  • Incredible “tabula rasa” lakefront opportunity for family compound, grand estate, farming/winery enterprise or combination of all!
  • Large developable, waterfront acreage in the least developed area in all of the Finger Lakes region.
  • No crossing of roads to get to the lake. Property runs from major country road about ½ mile to lake.
  • 1,364± level, sandy linear feet of lakeshore along with 69± acres.
  • 2 trout streams with beautiful waterfalls upland.  2 stone bridges crossing streams.
  • Access to Atlantic Ocean via Seneca River & Erie Canal to Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River.
  • In the midst of NYS Wine Trail with access by boat to several wineries along Cayuga and Seneca Lakes via Cayuga – Seneca Canal.
  • Centered in cultural triangle of Syracuse – Rochester – Ithaca.
  • Adjacent to over 650 acres of perpetually preserved lakefront land.
  • Eagles, ospreys, ducks, song birds – along major route of Atlantic Flyway.
  • Privacy, tranquility, serenity
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