Thursday, December 15, 2011

Discovering The St. Lawrence Seaway, Part 3

I was on my way back from a driving tour of Massena, New York and the St. Lawrence Seaway at Coles Creek State Park. But I kept finding more interesting places to stop. I pulled off the road for yet another scenic view of the St. Lawrence:

I stopped at this magnificently restored old farm house - or should I call it a country estate? It had a huge barn and magnificent stone chimney. There was also a FOR SALE sign on it, so I looked it up on the internet later. I knew that real estate up there is priced much lower than near Albany, so I was surprised to discover that it was listed at $269,900. But I read more and learned that it had "Brazilian inlaid cherry hardwood flooring in the family room, custom made maple cabinets in the kitchen and maple hardwood floors. It has 4400 square feet of space with 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 1 half-bath and a separate hot tub room. The stone fireplace in the formal living room adds lots of warmth and the windows in the family room let you enjoy the great outdoors from indoors. It has exquisite woodwork, spacious rooms, rich paneling and a 3 car garage. It is located on over 4 acres of land and has a 36 x 80 barn with two levels." I guess, considering all that, this beautiful property is quite a bargain:

I turned off the highway on Whalen Road and headed once again toward the St. Lawrence Seaway, just a few miles north. I passed old farm fields:

And old restored farm houses:

I reached a town park on the shores of the St. Lawrence:

It was beautiful on that cold, windy day:

But I was chilly, hungry and anxious to get home:

So I began the return trip, passing more upscale houses along the way:

This was surely a pleasant area in which to live - except, perhaps, in the wintertime:

A log cabin style home:

And this was not a modern, upscale home but a fully functioning old farm. The family was all in the barn working, though I couldn't tell what they were doing. But all this stopping to snap photos was delaying my return home, so I decided to quit the driving tour and get back to my own little farm as quickly as possible:

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