Pine Cone Lodge, New York
Property Types: Cabin, Recreational
Activities & Amenities
New York wooded land with turn-key off grid cabin, outbuildings, stream, trails, pond and adjoins NY State Forest for Sale. The ‘Pine Cone Lodge’ property, with its white marble stone driveway bordered by a cedar split rail fence, bountiful fruit orchard and vegetable garden, adjacent to the well-maintained and neatly landscaped main cabin, garage and guest cabin, initially struck me as a modern-day version of an Adirondack Great Camp. This 119-acre property and the 1,732 square foot, off-grid home (built in 2009) was originally intended to serve as a seasonal recreational/hunting camp for the Christopher’s family and friends. As the years passed and improvements continued, they decided to make this ‘oasis in the woods’ their three-season home.
The one story, 3-bedroom, 2 bath, main cabin and 3-bay garage were constructed using 2” x 6” framing lumber with fiberglass insulation and exterior log siding, resulting in the cabin style look they desired with a higher insulating value. The major source of heat is the woodstove located in the open concept design great room. A propane wall mounted heater is a reliable backup when only a slight chill is in the air. Propane is used for refrigeration, hot water, clothes drying, cooking and backup power generation. In addition, propane wall lamps are located in every room. A 15-kilowatt solar system, with State-of-the-Art controls, provides more than enough power to meet current electric needs. A 385’ deep well provides cold, crystal clear water, not requiring any form of treatment. The open, covered, front porch and partially shaded rear deck with barbecue, are handy for entertaining friends and family. Interior finishes are a combination of hardwood and ceramic floors, tongue and groove pine cathedral ceiling in the great room and painted sheetrock walls and ceilings throughout the remainder of the interior. This cabin is being sold fully furnished with the existing furniture and appliances (except for one bedroom set in bedroom two).
The 288 square foot guest cabin with loft features solid log construction. It is fully wired for electric, has no plumbing or heat, and the interior is partially finished. The owners plan to continue working on the cabin interior.
All of the machinery and implements required to maintain the property is included with the sale and conveniently stored in a 3-bay, 1,200 square foot utility and storage building found within sight of the cabin. This includes all of the equipment to cultivate food plots used to attract additional wildlife. A description of this equipment is found under ‘Machinery & Accessories’ in this listing.
The property was previously a sugar bush and is completely wooded except for a few beaver meadows along Kimball Creek where many wonders of nature are witnessed from a screened-in gazebo. It is a popular gathering place for family and friends to play cards, visit and barbecue. A timber harvest was conducted about 15 years ago by the previous owner which removed the majority of the mature timber. The predominant species found on the property include: sugar and red maple, black cherry, yellow birch, white ash, beech and hemlock. Most of the residual trees present are in the sapling, pole and small sawtimber size classes and appear to be doing well. Many of the skid trails created during the harvest are in great shape and make excellent x-country skiing, snow-shoeing, snowmobiling, hunting, hiking and ATV trails.
This property is very productive for big game hunting. Seven food plots were developed across the parcel as a result of the owner’s appreciation for deer hunting, especially by bow. Forage crops planted include; clover, chicory, soybean, burnet and brassica. Based on the abundance of both native and planted food resources, water, cover, and physical evidence, whitetail deer, black bear, snowshoe rabbit, ruffed grouse, turkey, fisher, bobcats, coyotes and a mixed bag of waterfowl either live on or frequent the property. Family and friends that hunt venture to the back side of the property adjacent to State land and ‘rough it’ in the small hunting camp located there.
Access to the property is via Powerline Drive, a private deeded R-O-W, approximately .7 miles in length from the French Settlement Road. A neighboring year ‘round resident currently plows this portion of the road, as well as the owner’s driveway during the winter months.
The 20,412-acre Jadwin Memorial State Forest borders the property on the western boundary along Kimball Creek, greatly expanding the recreational area available to the owner. Kimball is a year ‘round trout stream which flows through the southwestern portion of the property. The owner installed a bridge to cross the stream in that area for ease of access to the State land. Access to both snowmobile and ATV trails is just minutes away. The French Settlement Road is open to both ATV and Snowmobile traffic.
Last but not least, the owners prepare for their winter sport of Shuffleboard on their own personal court, complete with pergolas, located behind the car garage.
This uniquely private, off-grid homestead offers all the amenities needed for new owners to remotely work and play on the same property, or possibly just enjoy a ‘living off the land’ sustainable lifestyle. It would be an ideal property for a family or group that are captivated by nature and have been searching for the perfect location to safely enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. It is central to numerous popular destinations including; Canada, the St. Lawrence River/Thousand Islands, and the Adirondacks including the High Peaks region. The City of Watertown and its International Airport are roughly 35 and 45 minutes west respectively. This is a great opportunity to purchase an exceptional piece of recreational land with turn key home in Northern New York at a reasonable price!