241.2 acres wooded with Lyman Brook, adjoins state land and old homestead in the Town of Ava
Walking about this property takes one back in time to the days when more people lived a rural life. Back then, much of this property’s present day forest would have been pasture, grazed by cows, horses or sheep. The fields would have been full of fruits and vegetables, soon to be preserved and stored in the field stone cellar beneath the house, in preparation for the long Tug Hill winters. The 1850’s vintage house and shed is all that remains of the homestead. Abandoned for years and currently uninhabitable, this ~1,800 sf, 4 bedroom, steel roofed, 2 story farm house, might still be revived by proficient owners. Stone fences and rock piles about the property define the areas that were pasture and hay fields. Lyman Brook (A Class A Protected Stream) finds it way through the property, winding through hogback eskers, and slowing to rest in several beaver ponds on it’s way south. Brook trout are certain to be found in these cool, clear waters that begin their journey on the Cottrell State Forest on the northern boundary (see the attached description of the Cottrell SF). Some of the mature timber was harvested over 15 years ago. Other stands could use a low grade thinning now. There is a desirable mix of sawtimber species present that will provide a future owner with a good return on their investment if managed wisely. The predominant hardwood sawtimber species found on the property include: cherry, hard & soft maple, birch, ash, basswood, beech, and aspen. Other tree species present include: butternut, apple, hophornbeam, elm, hemlock, red spruce & white pine. Based on the abundance of food resources, water, cover, and physical evidence, whitetail deer, snowshoe rabbit, ruffed grouse, turkey and a mixed bag of waterfowl either live here or frequent the property.
Snowmobile and ATV trails are nearby, a public electric utility pole is within 150′ of the house and the Ernst Road is maintained year round by the Town. This would be a great place for a young couple that loves country life and outdoor activities to build a home and raise a family, or for an older couple, looking for the solitude that rural life may offer during the latter part of their lives.
Property Maps & Disclosures
- gaebel_scott TOPO
- gaebel_scott ORTHO
- Gaebel Property Conditions Disclosure
- Gaebel cottrell state forest
- Building Size: 1,793 square feet
- Lot Size: 241.20 acres
- Rooms: 8
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 1
Year Primary Structure Built : 1850
Basement: partial, unfinished
Local Directions: From the intersection of Rt 26 and the West Ava Rd., head west on the West Ava Road ~1.6 miles, right on the Ernst Road, then .3 miles to the property at the end of the road.
Deed Book & Page: 2014/12872
Local School District: Adirondack Central
Tax Parcel ID: 60-1-3
Road Frontage: 1,250 feet
Pond Description: 3-4 contiguous beaver ponds
Oil & Gas Rights: yes
Water Feature: Lyman Brook
Adjoins State Land: yes