Greenwood Lake: One of New York's Best-Kept Secrets
Nestled in the southern tip of Warwick, just 47 miles north of Manhattan, is Greenwood lake, a verdant village filled with stunning lakeside homes, mountain ranges, and plenty of picturesque areas to boat, fish, ski, and hike. Popular among New Yorkers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, the area's real estate has surged in demand as of late. Just ask Brown Harris Stevens Agent and Greenwood Lake Specialist Maryann Johnson.
The area was a seasonal community until the late 70's, when more people began to convert their homes to year-round residences. Homes in the area range from quintessential log cabins to impressive lakeside homes. In nearby Warwick there are several new developments, grand private homes, and private adult communities. - Maryann Johnson, Brown Harris Stevens Agent
The eponymous lake spans seven miles and is framed by mountains and the famous Appalachian Trail. Perfect for boating enthusiasts, the town's boating club is a great option for aspiring boaters who may not own a boat of their own. Otherwise, "landlubbers" can enjoy the scenery from the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park and Beach, which is only open to local residents.
There is no "typical" Greenwood Lake buyer, according to Johnson, whose clients have ranged from retirees to young couples and families looking for a quieter place to live without sacrificing access to New York City. "Clients are always surprised by the mountain ranges, as well as the area's proximity to the city."
Given how removed and relatively unknown Greenwood Lake is, some celebrities have been drawn to the area, including Derek Jeter, who rebuilt his grandfather's existing home on the lake to become Tiedmann Castle. Past residents include Babe Ruth and Greta Garbo.