There’s nothing quite as appealing on a hot summer day than a dip in a cool mountain lake. As the temperature rises in the city, so does the interest in lakefront property here in the Catskills. In the past week, as temperatures in the city have edged ever closer to the 100 degree mark, calls and emails about lakefront houses have gone through the roof. I have a page on my website devoted to lakefront at www.catskill4sale.com/lakefront.asp. I’ve also put together a selection of current lakefront listings in a range of prices. Just looking at ’em will cool you down a few degrees. If lakefront is a little too pricey, check out a selection of houses with lake rights.
The best overall value in lakefront in the county is Emerald Green, near Rock Hill. You get more house for your money here than almost anywhere else. The reason? Many buyers today prefer a lake getaway with that "On Golden Pond" mountain lake and cabin feel. Emerald Green was developed in the 70’s and 80’s, and has a more ‘suburban’ feel — there are paved streets and streetlights. While Emerald Green may lack that cute and cozy mountain getaway feel, it has two BIG pluses. Its pretty close to NYC (you can make it from the GW Bridge to Emerald Green in 1:30 to 1:45) and there are community amenities, including a large swimming pool, tennis courts, a clubhouse and basketball courts, to keep your family happy. Here’s a selection of Emerald Green lakefront houses.
Finally, if you prefer your dipping more ‘au natural’, a place with your own private pond may be just the ticket.