House of the Week: Skaneateles home brought 'back to life'

SKANEATELES, N.Y. - Realtor Michael Williams said he had a "good feeling" about the house at 2432 West Lake Road in Skaneateles in the fall of 2016.

He thought the unique home, constructed in 1969, was "strongly built," and began a complete renovation of it "to bring it back to life."

"It was a custom-built house and had been lived in by just one owner," Williams said, "so a lot of what made it unique in the 1970s had to be changed."

Textured walls, tiled floors and the carpeting were removed, and Williams worked to make it more pleasing to the modern homeowner.

He "opened things up," allowing the cozy family room, formal dining room to be connected to the spacious kitchen.

New hardwood floors and carpeting and kitchen appliances were installed.

The upstairs master bathroom, which Williams called a typical '70s bathroom, was redone, adding a granite counter with double vanities and a new bathtub.

Many of the home's original unique features, though, have been kept intact.

Williams calls the house ideal for "outdoors-oriented, young families, especially those with older parents."

Parents of children in school will appreciate the Skaneateles School District.

As part of the Winding Way Association, owners will have access to more than 190-feet of Skaneateles Lake waterfront, with boat launch, dock and picnic grounds.

The home's backyard features a two-tiered deck with brick fireplace and an in-ground kidney-shaped swimming pool.

The backyard is secluded and private.

Williams believes for the outdoor enthusiast the home offers something "three seasons of the year."

Another unique feature of the house is a connected in-law apartment, which Williams believes, has never been used.

Perfect for elderly relatives, the apartment features its own kitchen, bedroom and bathroom and has its own separate entrance.

Williams calls the neighborhood "fantastic," adding that it features a great mix of young and old.

The house is just minutes away from the village of Skaneateles and is across the street from Anyela's Vineyards.

An open house is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Kitchen: Kitchen has been renovated and has all-new appliances, including dishwasher and garbage disposal. There are plenty of cupboards and drawers.

Bedrooms: There are three bedrooms upper level and another in the in-law apartment. The master bedroom is very large with many windows and closets.

Bathrooms: The house has two full bathrooms and two half-baths. The master bathroom services the three bedrooms on the upper level. Completely redone, it has a new granite counter with double vanities and a new tub.

Living spaces: The realtor has done a complete makeover of the house and created a more open and bright atmosphere. Family room and formal dining room both are connected to the kitchen. The family room also has access to the back deck. New hardwood floors, carpeting, insulation, furnace and water heater have been added. House has a sun-room which is Williams' favorite spot. Finished basement has lots of room for storage, a rec room, and workshop with double doors for access to the outdoors.  

In-law apartment: Original owner had a connected in-law apartment built with a separate entrance, but Williams believes it was never used. Perfect for elderly parents who desire independence. The apartment has its own kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.

Outdoors: The home is built on a half-acre lot and is 500-feet away from 190-feet of Skaneateles Lake waterfront. Owner will have access to boat launch, dock and picnic grounds. Backyard is private, but realtor says tall trees could be removed for better views of the lake. A two-tiered deck features a brick fireplace and in-ground swimming pool. The deck wraps around the pool. The home has a two-car garage. Property is just minutes from the village and Anyela's Vineyards is across the street.


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