Adirondack Real Escapes

7947 Brantingham Road
Greig, NY 13345
(315) 348-8428

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Dear Prospective New Neighbor:

Adirondack Real Escapes is a small real estate firm that specializes in selling lakefront properties in the Brantingham Lake community — which is a unique and rather undiscovered part of the (Western) Adirondacks in upstate New York. Attached is a page that outlines some of Brantingham’s special features*.

As one of the very few real estate brokers who lives here permanently, I have chosen to exclusively specialize in waterfront properties located on the three lakes in this area (Brantingham Lake, Lake of the Pines and Pleasant Lake). As a part of this idea, we have several unusual business philosophies that you should read carefully.

Although there has always been a very low turnover rate (typically eight lakefront properties — out of 450 — sell per year), there usually are some good choices available. [By the way, the acknowledged reason that there are a low number of sales is that people love the Brantingham community!] Due to the fact that I have been coming here since 1946, I know most people, and I am very knowledgeable about essentially everything that is for sale.

Our firm emphasizes extraordinarily detailed fair market valuations, and (as a very unusual practice) we will give any serious purchaser a copy of this calculation! Additionally we strongly encourage property sellers to offer owner financing (where practical), and most do.

Attached are short descriptions of properties that we currently have for sale. (On the same page is the brief version of the list we will give you when you come, that has every other local lakefront property that is for sale!) As you may guess, this list changes fairly frequently. When new local properties come up for sale, it is our policy to first contact those prospective purchasers who are in our files (i.e. before running ads, etc.) — so let us know what you are interested in!

If you are not sure whether you can afford a Brantingham lakefront property, then see our discussion of some possible solutions.

By the way, before we can show you any property, New York State law requires that: 1) we discuss the matter of Agency with you, and 2) that you make a written choice as to whether you want us to represent you, or you would rather that we represent the property seller. Here are some thoughts about this critically important decision.

Not surprisingly, the majority of purchasers prefer to have us act as their agent, i.e. a Buyer’s Broker. (This, of course, would not apply to any property where we presently have a formal listing on.) There is no extra cost for you to have this representation. In any case, attached is the broker’s brief resume so that you can see who you are dealing with.

Seeing a selection of the property choices in person will be of considerable help in making your mind up. We are looking forward to hearing from you — and especially meeting with you — at your convenience, to give you a better idea of what’s available in our very unusual community.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!


John Droz, Jr.

PS: If you missed the references in the letter, click below to go to:
  1. special Brantingham features, or
  2. John’s resume, or
  3. ARE business philosophies, or
  4. who do you want us to represent?, or
  5. affording a Brantingham property, or
  6. ALL local lakefront properties currently for sale.
PPS: Although we are not in the rental property management business, we do know of waterfront properties that are for rent. Please email A.R.E., and we will send you our current list. This is a free service.

* An example of just one of Brantingham’s benefits is that it is superbly located.
  Here are some nearby trips that are fun and easy to do — note the exceptional diversity:
    1) The Thousand Islands (e.g. Clayton, Alexandria Bay, Boldt Castle, etc.)
    2) Kingston, Gananoque, etc. Ontario, Canada (delightful 50’s style towns)
    3) Lake Ontario [a Great Lake]: Oswego, Sacketts Harbor, Henderson Harbor, boating, etc.
    4) Old Forge (shopping, water theme park, Bald Mt. hike, arts, golf, etc.)
    5) The Adirondacks (Raquette Lake, Speculator, Blue Mt Museum, Wild Museum, etc.)
    6) Lake Placid/Saranac Lake (great shopping, Olympic venues, golf, mt. climbing, etc.)
         [There are over 3000 lakes in the Adirondack Park, w fabulous hikes, kayaking, etc.]
    7) Utica (shopping, museums, brewery tour, etc.)
    8) Turning Stone Casino (plus world class golf and nightclub shows)
    9) Sylvan Beach (a carnival setting) and Oneida Lake
  10) Syracuse (superior shopping [e.g. Destiny], Carrier Dome, professional baseball, IMAX theater, State Fair, etc.)
  11) Finger Lakes (winery tours, Skaneateles, Watkins Glen, etc.)
  12) Bouckville (one of the largest antique areas in the country)
  13) Cooperstown (numerous museums, Otsega Lake, golf, etc.)
  14) Saratoga Springs (outstanding performing arts center, horse racing, shopping, etc.)
  15) Closeby: wineries (most have periodic entertainment)
  16) Very closeby: natural wonders like Whetstone Gulf: a spectacular gorge
  17) Very closeby: White-water rafting: Moose River; kayaking/canoeing: Black River
  18) Very closeby: Horseback riding: some 100 miles of NYS Otter Creek trails
  19) Very closeby: Hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails
  20) Numerous winter downhill ski, cross-country ski, and snowboard areas

You may find the Brantingham Lake home page, (constructed by Californian Rob Grant) a useful site for
history, maps, recreation information, etc. It also includes a worthwhile slideshow of Brantingham photos.

For some geographic information about Lewis County, go here.

To see somewhat of an overview of where Brantingham is, look at a sample map of our area at MapQuest. To get specific driving directions to our office, click on the “Get Directions To This Location” link, or the “Driving Directions” button, both at the MapQuest page. (We are at the just before Winthrop Road (#8013), in Brantingham, NY 13312.)

Just so you won’t get lost, here is what my office (and home) on Brantingham Lake looks like...

[Note: If you are wondering about why our mailing address is “Greig”,
Greig is the actual town where the hamlet of Brantingham is located.

If you need assistance with the local directions, please feel free to call...