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Skaneateles, NY

What's the attraction to this town? Seems like a fair number of NYC people are buying vacation homes there (David Tyler Muir, Tom Filicia, etc) as opposed to the Hamptons.

by Anonymousreply 67Last Sunday at 1:42 PM

Pleasant little town on huge lake in the middle of nowhere and no celebrity/.1% rat-fuck pretentiousness.

by Anonymousreply 1Last Friday at 12:09 PM

It has a beautifully preserved colonial/Victorian core, is at the head of the lovely eponymous lake, sits amidst verdant farmland, vineyards and countryside and is far, far, far, far away from the Hamptons.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Friday at 12:10 PM

Are the Hamptons considered uncool now?

by Anonymousreply 3Last Friday at 12:12 PM

The Hamptons are considered fucking annoying.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Friday at 12:13 PM

The Hamptons are ringarde!

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by Anonymousreply 5Last Friday at 12:18 PM

The Hamptons have not been about “cool” since the 1970s.

by Anonymousreply 6Last Friday at 12:20 PM

Do people fly to Syracuse? It’s a long drive from NYC.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Friday at 12:23 PM

Are Kelly Rippa and Andy Cohen going to relocate?

by Anonymousreply 8Last Friday at 1:01 PM

OP = Philip Jennings, Mobile Real Estate Agent

by Anonymousreply 9Last Friday at 1:02 PM

well said, R2


by Anonymousreply 10Last Friday at 1:07 PM

Oops! Correcting R9, above ...That's Philip Martin Jennings, Mobile Travel Agent, Dupont Circle Travel.

by Anonymousreply 11Last Friday at 1:09 PM

The Finger Lakes are gorgeous

by Anonymousreply 12Last Friday at 1:35 PM

Well, it’s no Synedoche, NY

by Anonymousreply 13Last Friday at 1:36 PM

They are indeed, R12. Especially during a gorgeous fall like the one we're having.

by Anonymousreply 14Last Friday at 1:37 PM

So how the heck does one pronounce the town?

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by Anonymousreply 17Last Friday at 1:42 PM

What is there to do there? Any good restaurants?

by Anonymousreply 18Last Friday at 2:49 PM

It’s a five-hour drive. No thanks.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Friday at 2:50 PM

Some great restaurants including the Brae Loch Inn

by Anonymousreply 20Last Friday at 2:54 PM

[quote]It’s a five-hour drive. No thanks.

Enjoy bucolic Hoboken.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Friday at 2:55 PM

A five hour drive. Even if you take a private plane you still have to drive to and from an airport.

by Anonymousreply 22Last Friday at 3:12 PM

It’s cheap. Far cheaper than the Hamptons. Like Hudson NY, it’s about to become really chic & the next Brooklyn any day now.

by Anonymousreply 23Last Friday at 3:13 PM

I just looked. It ain't cheap.

by Anonymousreply 24Last Friday at 3:45 PM

Does it have an OnlyFans?

by Anonymousreply 25Last Friday at 3:51 PM


DTMand his BF will host Kelly, Andy & Mark.

by Anonymousreply 26Last Friday at 3:53 PM

David Muir owns a $7 million house on the lake.

His sister lives in the town and grows heirloom tomatoes and sells flowers at the local farmers market.

by Anonymousreply 27Last Friday at 3:55 PM

Upstate NY is now going to get filled with insufferable rich New York cunts who will lord it over the local "deplorables" and make the place unlivable for the families there. It's already happening in New England.

by Anonymousreply 28Last Friday at 4:00 PM

R27 - do you have a picture of the house? $7 million sounds awfully steep for Skaneateles

by Anonymousreply 29Last Friday at 4:17 PM

I was there for a weekend away. There's a spa/hotel, a few good restaurants, and a charming historic street plus nice scenery, but I think one would quickly run out of activities for longer stays. It also feels a little touristy. Upstate New York is full of similar but less hyped-up towns.

by Anonymousreply 30Last Friday at 4:19 PM


here’s the article.

seems like a place he can hide away from the public.

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by Anonymousreply 31Last Friday at 4:20 PM

[quote] I just looked. It ain't cheap.

Sure it is. You can’t get a small, old teardown house for less than $575K in the Hamptons. In Skaneateles you can buy houses for less than $200k

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by Anonymousreply 32Last Friday at 4:28 PM

Pretty cheap.

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by Anonymousreply 33Last Friday at 4:31 PM

I thought it was pronounced Skuh-nee-tuh-lus

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by Anonymousreply 35Last Friday at 4:38 PM

R33 that house is a pile of shit. It just had a $75 Home Depot makeover. And if you going to drive that far from civilization, you should be at least near if not on the lake.

by Anonymousreply 36Last Friday at 6:11 PM

I thought it was pronounced skinny-atlas.

Wow David Muir has two very large homes on his new property.

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by Anonymousreply 37Last Friday at 6:21 PM

He gets that big yellow pile? I wonder what shape it is, inside. Its a very pretty, not pretentious property setting, I'll say.

by Anonymousreply 38Last Saturday at 2:53 AM

Wow, that is quite a grand house. I'd like to see what it looks like after he's done with the renovations. I hope he does one of those Architectural Digest YouTube videos "Welcome to my House" or at least has it in a magazine, but I guess that's doubtful since hes so private.

by Anonymousreply 39Last Saturday at 7:20 AM

[quote] [R33] that house is a pile of shit.

Find an equal house in the Hamptons that is less than $550k. My point was, Skaneateles cheap; it’s much cheaper than the Hamptons. To which someone said “I looked. It ain’t cheap.”

Well....I looked.

It *is* cheap..

You can buy a teardown for under $200k there. You can’t buy a teardown in the Hamptons, Cape Cod or the Vineyard for less than $200k. And that’s why minor celebrities buy summer homes there.

Which is what the OP asked. “Why are minor celebs buying homes in Skaneateles?”

Because they can afford it, that’s why. They’re hoping they can make it the next popular summer destination. But it’s miles from anywhere. It’s no Woodstock, which is only 2.5 hrs from NYC as opposed to 5 hrs from NYC.

by Anonymousreply 40Last Saturday at 7:34 AM

What DOES Miss Muir do with all those bedrooms?

by Anonymousreply 41Last Saturday at 8:02 AM

R40 ok I agree, yes, compared to the Hamptons. I was both those replies. The houses there are either complete teardowns or expensive - nothing in-between. I live on Cape Cod and up to this year there have been better deals. I've redone three houses here - the worst house in a good neighborhood. But if you're buying one for the land, your best case scenario is spending about $400 on a $200 lot (not near the lake) and then end up with a decent house worth nothing more than you put into it in a town that's marginal at best.

by Anonymousreply 42Last Saturday at 8:02 AM

Trust me if you say "Skinny-atlas" somewhat fast no one in the upstate NY area would think you pronounced the town wrong.

by Anonymousreply 43Last Saturday at 8:16 AM

There are a lot of nice towns in upstate NY that are nice to visit & spend a few days. But for a summer residence, it really needs to be within a 2.5 hour drive from NYC, unless you are very wealthy & have access to a heliport in the city & at your destination. Five hours of driving may be ok when you’re young, but as people have children or as people age, they’ll wind up needing to pull over somewhere to eat, or shit, or get out & stretch the cramp in their leg, or get a repair, and they’re in the middle of nowhere with nothing around. It’s risky, as well as boring. “Getting away from it all” isn’t so great after a few years when your friends refuse to drive 10 hours all the way out to see you and to look at your lake view or view of rolling hills (not really “mountains” in upstate NY) and back.

“Look a deer!” Hey, you can do that in CT an hour away from Manhattan. There’s loads of wildlife & trees once you pull off the parkway, a lot closer to the city. If you’re totally into obsessing over your family, then yeah, doing a 10 hour trip to the boonies is worth it every weekend. And there are family-obsessed people like that, especially nowadays with Instagram where parents photograph every organic vegan meal they foist on their children. (“Made this Jude-approved quinoa, squash & spinach dish!” .....”Here’s the organic autumnal pizza with roast root vegetable that’s 💯 Silas-approved! Now for some paddling in the creek before dark!”)

What kills me is how these folks travel for hours & hours to commune with nature, then drench their property in pesticides because they’re terrified their kids will get Lyme disease. “Gee, there used to be fireflies at dusk and the sound of crickets at night. Not anymore...... I wonder why? I miss the good old days that I eradicated. Oh well, time to use Roundup on the gravel driveway.”

by Anonymousreply 44Last Saturday at 9:13 AM

[quote] Getting away from it all” isn’t so great after a few years when your friends refuse to drive 10 hours all the way out to see you

I’m not interested in hosting my friends and providing for their entertainment. It’s a ton of work having weekend houseguests in the country, even with the benefit of staff. My friends and I go out to dinner once in a while and that’s quite enough, thank you.

by Anonymousreply 45Last Saturday at 10:04 AM

A "weekend home" is different than a summer home, or home in the country, or another vacation home. It's longer to travel to Nantucket from NY than to the Finger Lakes. The upper strata of income people are not limited to "weekend" visits. Anderson Cooper has (or had) a vacation house in Brazil.

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by Anonymousreply 46Last Saturday at 10:16 AM

There’s stuff to do in Brazil.

by Anonymousreply 47Last Saturday at 10:24 AM

Yeah, an army of rentboys.

by Anonymousreply 48Last Saturday at 10:28 AM

Some of you seem quite knowledgeable about New York State and environs.

What areas would you recommend for a NYC single middle-aged guy looking for a weekend getaway, possibly moving to in retirement? Would love to find something freestanding, charming, in decent shape for under $250K.

I'm more interested in a property near an existent community than in having friends and family drop in.

by Anonymousreply 49Last Saturday at 11:12 AM

R49 Do you want to drive to this home from NY or take public transportation? If public transportation, do you want to be close to the train station, or need to take a taxi?

by Anonymousreply 50Last Saturday at 11:16 AM

I'm not much of a driver, R50, but I imagined taking a train and keeping a car in the neighborhood. You're correct: I would need to think about getting back and forth from the train. Uber (or a similar service) is everywhere, aren't they?

by Anonymousreply 51Last Saturday at 11:32 AM

sure taxi from station, but its added cost and TIME.

by Anonymousreply 52Last Saturday at 11:40 AM

It is pronounced skinny-atlas

by Anonymousreply 53Last Saturday at 11:43 AM

R53 is correct. My friend lives there and I grew up in the Syracuse area and went to school in the western Finger Lakes. I visit her often enough. The main attraction is the is pristine, looks like the Med in some spots. It is almost necessary to have a boat because that is what the main leisure activity is. The Brae Loch is in a different town called Cazenovia another lovely town that rings Syracuse, also on a lake.

by Anonymousreply 54Last Saturday at 11:51 AM

Think David Muir’s “summer home” is in Sag Harbor, Hamptons. His “weekend home” is the new one at the Finger Lakes.

Think he and the boyfriend are renovating it. They are both recently following architects and interior designers. David will probably show it off on instagram, like the West Village townhouse.

by Anonymousreply 55Last Saturday at 12:17 PM

David is CNY’s famous hometown boy. Wonder how his private hasn’t been reported on there.

Thinking he is more public in Skaneateles than NYC. No paps wondering around to catch him. Suspect they respect his privacy there and don’t out him.

by Anonymousreply 56Last Saturday at 12:19 PM

It's only pronounced 'skinny-atlas' by natives who have that Midwestern tendency to turn short 'a's into short 'i's. Anyone else says 'skanny-atlas', pronouncing the short 'a' as a short 'a'.

Just like some natives NYers say 'New Yawk' and some native Georgians say 'Lanta'. Unless you're from there, you sound like an ass for pronouncing 'New York' and 'Atlanta' that way.

by Anonymousreply 57Last Saturday at 1:04 PM

Sometimes we just call it Skinny

by Anonymousreply 58Last Sunday at 5:26 AM

Upstate NY'er here, we pronounce it Skinny-atlas

by Anonymousreply 59Last Sunday at 7:14 AM

Is DTM there this weekend? Is it too cold there to take his dog out on the Chris Craft today?

by Anonymousreply 60Last Sunday at 7:17 AM

Sigh... I'd just like to get a look at David Muir's Skaneateles, or hold his Skaneateles, or finger his Skaneateles... (Lick his Skaneateles?)

How big is his Skaneateles?

By the way, what is Skaneateles?

by Anonymousreply 61Last Sunday at 8:59 AM


David gor that hunting dog to fit in with the upstate vibe.

Axel was bought from a kennel, he is definitely no rescue!

by Anonymousreply 62Last Sunday at 11:26 AM

[quote]By the way, what is Skaneateles

Probably an Native American tribe, like every other weird name in Upstate.

by Anonymousreply 63Last Sunday at 1:17 PM

I much prefer Schsicgnexustady. Such beautiful homes!

by Anonymousreply 64Last Sunday at 1:20 PM

R49 check out Saratoga Springs — it’s a lovely town with many cultural attractions in non-covid times.

by Anonymousreply 65Last Sunday at 1:26 PM

Saratoga Springs is a very long haul for a "weekend getaway" and there is 1 train, 1x a day.

by Anonymousreply 66Last Sunday at 1:28 PM

I made a stopover there once. Very impressive little village. Homey. Took a boat out and it's amazing how impressive some of the houses along the lake are. Outside the immediate lake area? Blah.

by Anonymousreply 67Last Sunday at 1:42 PM
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