Lakefront real estate - Black Lake, NY

About Catskills lakefront real estate at Black Lake

Black Lake is a private 250 acre non-motorboat lake in Bethel, NY about 10 miles west of Monticello.What’s commonly referred to as “Black Lake”, though, isn’t exactly a single community or lake. There are two lake communities on the main Black Lake; the larger Black Lake Estates community and the smaller Oxford Estates community. Both are gated.

Black Lake Estates encompasses most of the buildable shoreline on Black Lake, and also includes three smaller lakes, Clear Lake, Clear Lake North and Meyer Pond. The minimum parcel size at Black Lake Estates is 5 acres, and there are significant covenants about tree clearing and house siting to maximize privacy between houses and maintain a natural feel. On the main lake, most of the houses face west, so get sunset views. On main Black Lake, prices for lakefront houses range from the mid $400’s to the $800’s. On the smaller secondary lakes within the community, prices are somewhat less.

There is a section of Black Lake Estates that is outside of the gates, with driveways that come directly off of Route 55. The houses along this stretch pick up a bit more road noise and typically sell for less than houses within the gates.

The housing stock in Black Lake Estates is largely 80’s and 90’s era, with vacation chalets, Lindal Cedar homes and log homes the predominant style. Non-lakefront homeowners (as well as lakefront homeowners on the secondary lakes) can access the main lake via a small beach area with a dock, but there are no other common facilities (i.e. clubhouses, pools or tennis courts) in the community.

Oxford Estates is a smaller community at the south end of the lake. Houses here are on smaller 1 to 2 acre parcels. Lakefront houses here are generally less expensive than in Black Lake Estates, but don’t enjoy quite as much privacy or the western sunset views.

Map of Black Lake (including the secondary lakes in Black Lake Estates):

Map of Black Lake, Bethel, NY

Black Lake Quick Facts
  • Non-motorboat lake
  • Approx. 250 acres (plus 3 smaller secondary lakes in Black Lake Estates)
  • Private, no public access, mostly gated. (Small section outside of the gates).
  • 99 miles from the George Washington Bridge
  • Parcel sizes: 5 acre minimum (Black Lake Estates), 1 to 3 acres (Oxford Estates)
  • Rentals permitted.
  • House prices: Lakefront $350,000 to $800,000. Lakefront houses on main lake start in the mid $400’s. Non-lakefront $175,000 to $350,000.

Note: The property search link below only includes homes listed in Black Lake Estates. Oxford Estates, the smaller community on Black Lake, doesn’t have a community designator in the MLS to include in a search.