Great Homes of Canandaigua Lake

WXXI Reveals Great Homes of Canandaigua Lake!

This program invites viewers into six beautiful homes that all have one thing in common - a spectacular view of the fourth largest of the Finger Lakes. Called "the chosen place" by the indigenous Seneca people, Canandaigua is an upstate treasure and one of the most enviable lakeside locations in the country.

The tour begins with an Italian villa that brings a "little bit of Florida" to the shores of Canandaigua. Filled with the work of local artisans every visit uncovers a new detail. From the owner's original tile design in the kitchen to the faux palm trees on the walls, this spectacular family retreat greets and entertains visitors every day.

Then on to the "The Castle", built in the 1800s. The rich, pristine pine paneling warms each room from floor to ceiling. One of several cottages on the property "The Castle" has been in the owner's family for generations. It enjoys a rich history that includes many of the "rich and famous" of Rochester's past.

The third home featured was built by a couple who builds homes for a living. They chose to build a year-round home on their lakefront property and brought their many years of experience to the project. The result is a home that blends into its environment, while including top of the line components in home furnishings and mechanics.

The fourth home featured in the program is one designed with a strong Newport, Rhode Island influence. The Ohio builder who fell in love with Canandaigua Lake while attending a conference in Canandaigua built his "dream house" during weekend visits. In a sad twist, he died just 14 months after the house's completion. The family that watched him build the home, never imagined it would one day be theirs. Today it is a family retreat enjoyed by generations.

House number five is a historic home that was built by SenatorLapham. Today's owners maintain its original architecture while adding present day conveniences.

Finally viewers will learn more about Canandaigua's historic Stone Cottage which remains today virtually the same as the year of its construction in the late 1800s. It is a true "lake cottage" built with stone and "tree beams" culled from the hillsides of Canandaigua Lake.