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January 20, 2019

Welcome to working from your personal lake property.

Many employers are opting out of bricks and mortar facilities or at least minimizing the amount of space they utilize to supply work space for employees.  It is not unusual for employees to work from home and visit the company headquarters for sales meetings, training and summits.  Work at home environments save the employer by having less real estate and associated costs to support and for the employee it...

January 17, 2019

*Blending the outdoors and indoors together. If you have a great porch facing the lake why not incorporate retractable or folding doors from the main house to the porch or decking? Not only will it give you that closer feeling to the lake and Mother Nature , it will make it more fun and inviting for entertaining your guests. There are many companies now that specialize in these closures.

*Bringing more green into homes with plantscapes.  If you don’t li...

August 28, 2018

As you casually cruise around the lakes absorbing the sunlight  that dances between ripples of water and onto  your skin, you will take in various styles of lake side cottages and even mansions.  The vintage style simplistic in design, speaks of years gone by.  These cottages are also difficult to find mostly because they fit into the lower asking price category.  There are many cottages that stil revel in the simplicity, sometimes with no interior walls or...

July 27, 2018

With 36 miles of lakefront on Canandaigua Lake there is something for everyone.

Canandaigua Lake offers some of the more stylish homes on the Finger Lakes, just after Skaneateles Lake.  You will find stately homes that are gated, manicured and ultimately impressive wrapping their way around the Lake.

Some of the well known and prominent leaders and CEO’s of various Monroe and Ontario County business’s have purchased and or built some of the more magnificent s...

July 24, 2018

When considering the option of putting your home on the market for sale, there are so many things to consider.

One of the most important items is “Curb Appeal”.  Most homes are viewed from the street only and not the back yard.  But when you have a lake home, your home has to say “Cheese” from two directions.

As REALTORS®️, we always talk about curb appeal and how important those first seconds are in determining whether a buyer will maintain or even have...

July 31, 2016

A must have festival in your weekend plans... the annual Hammondsport Festival of Crafts! The third weekend of every August, people from all over swarm to the Southern end of Keuka Lake to enjoy the talents of over 125 crafters including: jewelry artisans, potters, photographers, quilters, leatherworkers, floral designers, woodworkers, candle makers, gourmet food items, and many more.

This year the sale runs August 20th & 21st, from 10am to 5pm i...

January 13, 2016


Wine trail events are a great way to introduce new people to the area and sometimes to wine itself. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail has put together their main events for the year, and yes you will find your favored events still going strong. 

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