40 Lake Street, Cooperstown, Otsego County, New York 13326

Michael R. Franklin
Licensed Real Estate Broker
(o) 315-876-2262


40 Lake Street, Cooperstown, Otsego County, New York

Built in 1793, for James Averell II (1763-1835) and his wife Marcia Holt (1766-1834). Having been extended several times over the years to its current 6,000 square feet, it is the central portion with chimneys at either end that constitutes the original structure. James purchased the property (a tannery) in 1792 from John Howard who in turn had acquired it from the founder of Cooperstown, William Cooper (1754-1809) of Otsego Hall, father of the famous author James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)....

Wlliam Cooper was the founder of Cooperstown and the father of the famous author James Fenimore Cooper. In 1786, funded by his success as a merchant, William Cooper bought 67,000-acres of land in central New York that would constitute Otsego County. By 1790, he had chosen the site on which he would lay out the county capital, Cooperstown.

This Vintage property sits on over two and a quarter acres with an expansive lawn leading to 225 feet of direct frontage on Otsego Lake. Only one block from Main Street this residence has the largest lakeside footprint of any other private home in the village. Featuring 6,000 square feet of living space including a separate ground floor one bedroom suite, four bedrooms including two en suite, ten-foot ceilings, cherry hardwood floors, a formal parlor, a butler’s pantry and floor to ceiling sliding doors leading to a 42 foot rear deck facing the lake.

Otsego Lake is approximately 8 miles in length totaling over 4000 acres. From its southern edge at Council Rock Park is the source of the Susquehanna River which flows south over 400 miles to the Chesapeake Bay. Cooperstown is best known for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The Glimmerglass Opera Festival offers various musical performances. Other destinations are the historic Hyde House, Glimmerglass State Park, The Fenimore Art Museum and Farm Museum as well as the Leatherstocking Golf Course. This offering presents a unique opportunity to acquire one of the most prestigious and historic homes in America.





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