Prospecting the Waterfront

In this week’s issue of U.S. 1, we tell of lakefront properties for sale in Princeton. As below:

Maybe you’ve seen our bright yellow canoe-like rowboat on Lake Carnegie. My husband and I like to launch our bright yellow Vermont Dory (her name is Buttercup) and row from the boathouse toward the Harrison Street bridge. There’s lots to see even at dusk, after the crew teams are done for the day. We can always spot at least two herons, plus a couple of kayaks and a fishing boat or two. But mostly we ogle the houses…

Four houses are on the market now, but as I researched the story I was fascinated by some of the others that sold before. For instance,

146 Philip Drive. It comes with a 15-foot wide strip that leads down to Carnegie Lake, for launching a boat or perhaps for al fresco dinner parties. From the five-bedroom, 2 ½ bath house you can see the lake from three vantage points. It sold for $920,000 in 2007.

These homes sold recently along Prospect, and I am intrigued by the contrast between the curb view and the lakeside views. If you never get to see the from-the-water view, here is a link to those photos.

689 Prospect: This copper-toned seven-room home – new except for two original rooms — sold for $1.4 million in 2001. Its owner keeps three kayaks, a scull, and a canoe at the ready.

735 Prospect. The four-bedroom house, on one of the nicest lots on the lake, sold in 2002 for $1,455,000. Enlarged and completely redone, it sold for $2,5 million in 2006.

681 Prospect. In 2002, when this eight-room house sold for $1,210,000, it had so little curb appeal that agents were warned not to take clients on a mere drive by. In 2007, totally renovated to include a soaking tub that looks out on the water, it sold for $1,763,750.

713 Prospect. When this nine-room house sold for $1.6 million in 2002, it had a red brick front and hung out over the lake as if it were on a Venetian canal. It still juts out over the lake, but it has acquired beige shingles.

759 Prospect. A heron keeps watch over this landmark house, which used to belong to the commodore of the lake’s tiny sailing fleet. With a driveway at the corner of Prospect and Nassau streets, it looks out over the marsh. After being totally rehabbed, it sold for $985,000 in 2002 and quickly sold the following year for $10,000 less. Then it went to $1,220,000 in 2009.

Jamie Majeski has it right. As he says in the story, looking at the water never gets old. “The water is vibrant and alive. When you wake up in the morning, you get that shimmer. All the windows back up to the water, and it’s a constantly changing scenario, as pretty as can be.”

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