Best Places to Live on Lake George – Part 1 of 4
There are many aspects to consider when buying a home on Lake George, but one of the first questions I ask my clients is, "Where do you want to be on the lake?” The northern end or the southern end? The east side or the west side? Every nook and cranny on Lake George offers something special! Here’s what you’ll love about the southeast end.
Lake George Beaches
On the southern end of the lake, in the town of Lake George, you’ll find Million Dollar Beach. This large, public beach is maintained by the state. There is a boat launch for public use, as well as bathroom facilities and shelter.
Just a few minutes north is Usher Beach. This town park includes a play area for children, picnic tables and both a tennis court and basketball court.
Lake George Bays & Peninsulas
If you continue north along Route 9L, you’ll arrive at Dark Bay in Queensbury. Named “Dark Bay” because it angles northeast and therefore gets less sun than most of the eastern shore, this bay is dotted with many luxury lake front homes.
Next up is Dunham’s Bay, which is a mix of commercial real estate and residential property.
It’s a nice protected bay, ideal for parking boats, and therefore home to three marinas, as well as the beautiful Dunham’s Bay Resort.
Between Dunham’s Bay and Harris Bay, is the peninsula of Assembly Point. This lovely community with easy year-round access is perfect for taking long walks or walking your dog.
In addition to its many beautiful lakefront homes, Harris Bay is home to The Lake George Boat Company, a well-known and respected all-service marina, as well as the Harris Bay Yacht Club. I often refer to this marina as a “dockominium” because you can purchase a permanent dock and store your boat here in the off-season. Plus, you have access to a store, laundry facilities and picnic areas with grills. There are even boat specialists on premises, should you need help.
The next peninsula is Cleverdale, which leads to the smaller peninsula of Rockhurst. These two flat peninsulas form Sandy Bay. In addition to the Cleverdale Store, Boats by George Marina and the Sans Souci Restaurant & Lounge, you’ll find several lakefront homes. With easy access to the town of Glens Falls, these two peninsulas are more year-round communities, and residents enjoy Sandy Bay’s beautiful white sand and unimproved, wooded shoreline. Although houses take up the real estate on much of the shore, there are several boat moorings to enjoy the excellent swimming conditions.
Next up is Warner Bay. At the base of the bay is Castaway Marina, and along the eastern side is Pilot Knob Road and Fischers Marina. Pilot Knob winds several miles up to state land and forms a dead end at Point Comfort. The Pilot Knob area is both a summer and year-round community, with an infinite number of homes on and off the lake that enjoy breathtaking sunsets. Near the end of Pilot Knob Road is a well-known YMCA camp that has allowed young children to enjoy the wonders of Lake George and the Adirondacks for decades, while across the street, just south of the camp, is the Pilot Knob Marina.
The very last bay on the southeast side of Lake George is Andrews Bay. This is a more remote spot on the lake, and the end of the road becomes hilly and difficult to navigate on a year-round basis. The homes here tend to be seasonal camps, surrounded by state-owned woods. However, the upper end of Pilot Knob Road has many hiking trails, which afford incredible views of Lake George.
This entire east side: Assembly Point, Cleverdale, Rockhurst, Pilot Knob and Andrews Bay, is referred to by locals as the Kattskill Bay Area.
Lake George Islands
On the east side of Lake George you’ll find some amazing islands. Most of the islands are state-owned, but there are 8 islands that have houses on them. Both Elizabeth Island and 14 Mile Island have a number of homes, and there are also some remote homes on the main land near 14 Mile Island, but they are not accessible by road. Just south of 14 Mile Island is a shallow swimming area known as Log Bay, along with several hiking trails, including one that leads to a magnificent waterfall.
Interested in Buying a Home on Lake George?
One of the best aspects of living on the eastern shore of Lake George is the late sun. If your house has western exposure, you might enjoy sun at your dock as late as 8 or 9 pm at the height of summer. You also have your pick of fantastic restaurants, including George's, The Sans Souci, The Ridge Terrace, The View Restaurant at Dunham’s Bay Resort and the restaurant at the Top Of The World Resort, which overlooks their beautiful 18-hole golf course.
Interested in learning more about Lake George Real Estate or searching for your dream property on the lake? Contact me to set up a meeting today or call me at (518) 361-0230!
Lonnie Lawrence is a licensed real estate broker and lifetime resident of Lake George. Her 40+ years of experience and vast knowledge of the region have made her an expert on Lake George Real Estate.