6323 S. Old Bald Hill Rd.
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My wife and I have set up a fairly decent time line for purchasing a house, we have some financial goals to meet and are well on the correct path to meeting those goals. That does not mean we aren’t looking though! In fact, for about a year now we have been closely monitoring the real estate market, the past few months attending some open houses, and more recently even made some calls to some realtors to view some properties we were especially interested in (or just curious about.)
6323 South Old Bald Hill Road is one of the later. We found this listing and my Architectural curiosity took over. There was just no way I could allow this house to be sold without us taking at least a walk through it. And I am so glad I made the call!
The first thing the realtor told me when I spoke with her on the phone was that we would need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to access the property…AWESOME! As we approached the driveway I discovered that to be quite true. The property is land-locked on all sides with a dense woods and only accessible via a single long driveway that more closely resembles a dry stream bed.
Once the journey to the clearing in the woods is completed the house becomes visible as a towering white mass within the predominantly green landscape. As for a description, I will let the images speak for themselves. ..
The interior was exactly as I had hoped, and matched the exterior in style and atmosphere. There were large rounded arch openings as separation elements within the open floor plan. Extensive mezzanines wrapping the entrance room, great cast iron chandlers that seemed to have spent the first part of its life in a medieval castle, and three full floors in the tower, currently being unused. Unfortunately, I did not notice until too late that the batteries in my camera were dying, but you get the idea.
Great rounded archways, very dramatic!
Fantastic spiral staircase
The only access to the upper floors
Too big to move, the pool table comes with the house
Industrial-type kitchen, most appliances salvaged from restaurant
There were a series of balconies on various floors on the way up the tower as well, including a roof deck that provided a view above the trees down towards the lakes on both sides.
From the "3rd floor", not even to the top yet!
The red arrow points to the house
Property lines, note there is no connection to the actual road
Overall the house was fantastic, a bit large and above our budget for the amount of work that would be necessary to convert this gem into a comfortable year-round home. But some day to be sure, a home like this could be a great project! This was great trip and a good experience for us to remind us of all the great opportunities that are available out there while purchasing a home and to not settle to early.
And after the house visit we jumped over to nearby Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreational Area for some hiking with our pup, Regis.
If you feel so inclined, check out the full listing for 6323 South Old Bald Hill Road, Canadice, NY.