October 14, 2021

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The Real Estate Experts

House of the Week: Enjoy the views from five outdoor porches at LaFayette’s ‘Colt Creek Lodge’

LAFAYETTE, N.Y. – When Doctors Ray and Heather Fiorini are asked about the creation of their beautiful Adirondack-lodge-style log home at 6899 Colton Road, near LaFayette, they begin with a simple story.

“We were going to get married and start a family,” Ray said. “We needed more space. That’s how it got started.”

At this point, Heather jumped in.

“It came out a bit bigger than we thought,” she said, with a giggle.

After having lived in a “smaller log cabin” in LaFayette, Ray, who says he “likes real estate and building things,” began designing an incredible one-of-a-kind home.

He took what they liked about their first home and incorporated them into their new one, adding a list of features that makes their new one truly special.

“We were looking for something like an Adirondack lodge,” Ray said. “We wanted the feeling of coming home to camp and leaving work behind.”

He purchased 40 acres of land from a farmer and had 15 acres cleared in 2004.

“The land was better than I thought,” he said. “It was even prettier after we opened it up.”

The land on Colton Road is private and quiet. Their driveway is about 1,000 feet off the road and their nearest neighbor is a half-mile away.

The woods are full of deer, birds, foxes, and the occasional bear.

“The bats in the evening can be pretty cool,” Heather said.

The property is part of the Onondaga County trail system and skiers, snowmobilers, hikers, and horseback riders are often seen there.

The couple started building their dream house in 2005.

The home was built with exposed wooden beams and handcrafted woodwork throughout. With just about 4,200 square feet of living space, the home is both open and “cozy.”

They wanted wood-burning stone fireplaces. There are three of them, one in the owner’s bedroom, Ray and Heather’s brother did the stonework themselves, in the dining room, and the living room.

They wanted balconies, decks, and porches to watch the sun set and the wildlife and to hold parties. They watch storms roll in from the west and dine and entertain on the wraparound deck and balconies. A unique gazebo area on the deck is a charming spot for an outdoor meal.

Their love of books was satisfied with an amazing library which holds hundreds of volumes.

Heather said they wanted “nooks and crannies” throughout the home which gives it its uniqueness.

The chef’s kitchen has glass cabinets which holds her “knick-knacks” and cookbooks. The pantry has shelving and electric outlets which keep slow cookers and other appliances off kitchen counters. There are reading rooms, dens, and a breakfast nook where one can relax and enjoy the views.

A second-floor television room has custom-made barn doors, built by Ray, to hide the television.

“I love the coziness of that room,” Ray said. “You can hear the thunderstorms coming.”

Finished in 2006, the couple lovingly named their new home “Colt Creek Lodge” after an unnamed tributary of Butternut Creek which runs along the property. They shortened “Colton” for the name.

Located between Skaneateles and Cazenovia, the home is just 20 minutes from downtown Syracuse and a half-hour from Hancock Airport.

“I worked in East Syracuse,” Ray said. “It was 20 minutes away with no traffic.”

After almost 15 years there, the couple are looking for “more sunshine and outdoors time.” They have moved to Florida.

For more information about this property or to schedule a private showing, please contact Realtors Patsy Scala or Sandra Casamento, both of HUNT Real Estate ERA. Their contact info is below. Prequalified buyers only.

THE DETAILS

Address: 6899 Colton Road, LaFayette, N.Y. 13084

Price: $849,000

Size: 4,188 square feet

Acreage: 40.47 acres

Monthly Mortgage: $2,816 (based on the national average rate of 2.87%, according to Freddie Mac on August 26, for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20% down payment. Fees and points not included.)

Taxes: $16,379 (Based on assessed value of $428,000)

Built: 2006

School District: Fabius-Pompey

Kitchen: Owners Ray and Heather Fiorini say that their large country kitchen helped them develop an “affinity” for cooking. With a large center island, which seats four comfortably, the kitchen was the place where “everyone congregates.” The large glass cabinets are where Heather kept her collection of cookbooks, “knick-knacks” she had accumulated while traveling, and a small TV there. Appliances include a large refrigerator, range, microwave, and double dishwasher. There is a lot of counter space. A buffet area is close to the dining room for large parties and holiday dinners. There is a desk area for convenience. A breakfast nook is a favorite spot for morning coffee as the sunlight pours in there early in the day. A convenient pantry has electric outlets so appliances can be used there rather than cluttering the kitchen counters.

Living areas: High exposed wooden beams, huge stone fireplaces, relaxing sitting rooms, and “nooks and crannies” are everywhere in this gorgeous custom-built log home which was inspired by Adirondack lodges. Nicknamed “Colt Creek Lodge,” the home has almost 4,200 square feet of living space now and even more possibilities. The first floor is open but cozy. The large wood-burning fireplace, one of three in the home, keeps the owners and guests warm on even the coldest winter day. Off the living room is a small den which the couple keep their Christmas tree during the holidays. The dining room can hold two eight-foot-long tables and they have had dinners at Easter and Thanksgiving of 20 people. Their love of books is reflected in a library which can hold hundreds of volumes. A relaxing reading room, with floor-to-ceiling windows, has been converted into their son’s playroom. A home office is located just off the welcoming foyer. A second-floor television room is another favorite. The TV is hidden behind barn-style doors built by Ray. The living areas have access to the home’s many outdoor balconies, porches, and decks. The home was designed for entertaining and relaxing, a place where one can put aside work when they get home.

Bedrooms: The home has four bedrooms. The owner’s bedroom is on the second floor. It is very large and has its own bathroom and walk-in closet. A stone fireplace, with stonework done by Ray and Heather’s brother, is the centerpiece of the room. There is a guest bedroom on the first floor and two additional bedrooms on the second.

Bathrooms: The owner’s bathroom has a jacuzzi-style tub. There are three full bathrooms in the house.

Basement and attic: The third floor is “not your quintessential attic,” Heather says. Currently used as a sitting room, the space has potential to have another bedroom, art space, or yoga room. More possibilities can be found in the basement. The owners used it as a home gym but say that the area’s Styrofoam and concrete system could be easily framed into for an additional bedroom, bathroom or entertainment space.

Outdoors: This log-style home brings feelings of being in the Adirondacks while living just miles from Syracuse, Cazenovia, and Skaneateles. Ray works in East Syracuse and says he can be there in 20 minutes. The home is located near three ski centers and is on the Onondaga County trail system. It is private and quiet with an almost 1,000-foot-long driveway and no neighbors with a half-mile. About 15 of the 40 acres are cleared and there is a lot of room to host outdoor parties and events. The woods are full of wildlife and trails for hiking and picnics. Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature from any of the home’s five outdoor porches.

Agent: Patsy Scala

HUNT Real Estate ERA

Address: 7560 Highbridge Road, Suite 210, Manlius, N.Y. 13104

Phone: (315) 382-0444

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.huntrealestate.com/bio/patsyscala

Agent: Sandra Casamento

HUNT Real Estate ERA

Address: 7560 Highbridge Road, Suite 210, Manlius, N.Y. 13104

Phone: (315) 430-8570

Email: [email protected]

Website: sandracasamento.huntrealestate.com

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