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Catskills lakefront real estate
Sackett Lake, Sullivan County, NY

Sackett Lake real estate

Sackett Lake is a 130 acre motorboat lake located approx. 4 miles south of Monticello. During the heydey of the Borscht Belt Catskills, Sackett was a happening place. The Laurels Hotel (demolished in the 1970’s), where Louis Armstrong and other notables performed, anchored the northern end of the lake. There were also a number of smaller hotels, boarding houses, bungalow colonies and camps around the lake, along with lake cottages.

There are still a couple of sleepaway camps on the lake, but the commercial establishments are largely gone. Most of the lake cottages still exist along the western and southern shoreline. But given that Sackett is a traditional style lake, the houses and cottages are mostly closely spaced on smaller parcels. Some are still ‘seasonal’, not winterized for year round use, although most have been upgraded over the years.

A feature of Sackett is a “lanes to the lake” development style. Along the western shore, there are a number of short roads leading from Sackett Lake Road to the lake. Along these lanes are 3 or 4 small non-lakefront cottages and then one or two houses fronting the lake. The lakefront houses are often right on the lake, because they were built before current setback requirements.

The inventory of houses here is a bit of a hodge podge. There are some seasonals and some year rounds, most are smaller cottage-sized, but there are also some larger homes. Many can feel very dated, with their last remodel when paneling and shag carpeting were popular.

Sackett can be a very good value for buyers who want to be on a motorboat lake, and aren’t too picky about style. Lakefront houses with a dock can start in the low $200’s here, and top out at about $400,000. There are a handful of newer, larger houses that can reach into the $500’s. Non-lakefront cottages with lake access and dock space sometimes dip less than $100,000, with the occasional handyman fixer needing major work for much less.

Camelot Woods at Sackett Lake

Camelot Woods is a vacation community of 164 homes developed in the 1980’s. The Camelot Woods style isn’t in vogue anymore — largely identical houses clustered on postage stamp sized lots — so the resale prices are very low. You can pick up a 3BR, 2BA house here for less than $100,000, and often much less, and you get a lot for your money. Camelot Woods has the largest community pool in the county, along with a clubhouse, tennis courts, and a beach and docking space for motorboats on Sackett Lake.

What you won’t find at Camelot Woods is privacy or a lot of ‘rustic mountain getaway’ charm. Houses are clustered on tiny lots, averaging about 1,500 sq. ft. That’s the size of the lot, not the size of the house. Houses here are pretty much identical (80’s era modulars) that come in two sizes, 1,080 sq. ft. and 1,400 sq. ft. Here’s a link to a Bing Maps aerial of Camelot Woods so you can check out the layout.

Homeowner’s dues at Camelot Woods are relatively high ($4200 per year as of 2015), but includes all exterior maintenance, including house painting, landscaping, lawn mowing and snow plowing, in addition to the community amenities. So Camelot is about the most worry free second home ownership you can find.

I don’t personally handle sales at Camelot Woods, because I don’t stay on top of the inventory or work in that range. If you’re interested in this community, you may want to get in touch with Myrna Ginsberg with Myrna Ginsberg Real Estate at 845-791-1652 or email myrna@myrna-ginsberg.com.

Sackett Lake Quick Facts
  • Motorboat lake
  • Approx. 130 acres
  • Private, no public access
  • 89 miles from the George Washington Bridge
  • Parcel sizes: small, most less than 1/4 acre; smaller in the Camelot Woods cluster development.
  • Rentals permitted
  • House prices: Lakefront low $200’s to the $500’s. Non-lakefront often less than $100,000.