CAMILLUS, N.Y. – In 2003, Eireann Govern was in the market for a new home.
She had grown up on 80 acres near Jordan, N.Y. and had then worked for years in New York City. She was looking for a happy balance between those two extremes.
She wanted a return to her roots, hoping to find a home “in the middle of the woods,” while being close enough to modern conveniences, like the airport and shopping.
The most important thing, though, was privacy.
“I don’t want to look out the window and see my neighbor looking out of their window,” she said. “We work so hard during the day, we wanted to come home to a place of peace and quiet.”
She found that place at 109 Raspberry Lane in Camillus.
It was the first lot in a new development. Her new home would be on the top of a hill offering endless views and over six acres of land, teeming with birds and deer.
Govern had Austrian pine and blue spruce trees planted around the border creating a quiet, peaceful oasis.
“It is heaven for me,” she said.
Her backyard is her favorite place.
The in-ground swimming pool is heated and has a new salt-water system which means there is little maintenance. She can swim from April through October.
The granite fire pit in the gazebo is great for s’mores on cool nights.
“It is a pretty, peaceful and serene environment,” she said. “All your stress goes away.”
Her husband made a walking trail in the woods and she enjoys hiking there with her cat.
The beautiful brick transitional home is open and takes advantage of the home’s views and natural light.
“It is a fun house,” Govern said.
The incredible family room has new floor-to-ceiling stonework around the gas fireplace.
“We added it to make the room pop,” Govern said. “The room is like a ski lodge and is our favorite in the winter.”
The kitchen was remodeled in 2013 and opened up so visitors could have conversations with people in the family room.
New granite counters, stone tile flooring and a backsplash were added.
The all-season Florida room is surrounded by glass and is home to Govern’s pool table.
“You get some great views in that room,” she said. “You can watch snowstorms there or the foliage in the autumn.”
The four bedrooms are all located upstairs, and each offers a different view of the property or the surrounding hills around Camillus.
She says she “hates the idea” of selling her home of the past 17 years but says she and her husband have found a new place on Skaneateles Lake and admits she wants to experience the “serenity” of living on the water.
For more information about this property, please contact realtor Sharon Hopler, of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. Her information is below.
Address: 109 Raspberry Lane, Camillus, N.Y. 13031
Size: 3,823 square feet
Acreage: 5.62 acres
Monthly Mortgage: $2,486 (based on this week’s national average rate of 2.88 percent, according to Freddie Mac, for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20 percent down payment. Fees and points not included.)
Taxes: $15,274 (Based on assessed value of $393,200)
School District: West Genesee
Kitchen: The kitchen was remodeled in 2013. Owner Eireann Govern said it was opened up so “you could talk to everyone in the family room and see the fireplace and the television.” A new Samsung refrigerator was recently purchased. The kitchen has new granite counters, stone tile floors and a backsplash. A bright morning room is great for coffee and breakfast.
Living areas: Govern says her home is “fun and a great party home.” It was built to take advantage of the views and hills of Camillus. Visitors enter a grand two-story foyer with white marble floors, which leads into the formal living room and dining room, which seats eight for big holiday dinners. Govern hired a mason two years ago to build the stone chimney around the Mendota gas fireplace. She wanted to make the room look like a ski lodge and it is a favorite place to sit during the winter months. The all-season Florida room has walls of windows and is where billiards are played. Deer and birds and changes in the weather are viewed from there. A small reading room has ample natural light and removes a person from the “loudness” of the rest of the home.
Bedrooms: The upstairs has four bedrooms. All are quite large and offer different views of the property. The master has him-and-her walk-in closets and a gas fireplace that keeps the…