We want to introduce Skaneateles—a town of 7,300—on Skaneateles Lake ( Long Lake in the Iroquois language). A rural community, locals cherish its natural wonders. Beautiful trees, beaches, and parks are mainstays. That unspoiled beauty makes it all the more amazing that there’s a vibrant and charming downtown full of unique shops and restaurants.
Skaneateles is about 30 minutes from Syracuse, a bustling metro offering thousands of jobs and world-class amenities. Still, you’ll be just as likely to spend weekends right at home as in the city—Skaneateles has a social calendar with fun for the whole family. Events include the Curbstone Festival, Antique Boat Show, and Dickens Christmas.
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Skaneateles is a community of 7,300 on just under 50 square miles—six square miles of which are water. With about 2,800 households and 2,000 families, about 99% of residents identify themselves as white. There are more than 3,200 housing units total. The median household income is just over $57,000, while the median family income is nearly $69,000.
A relatively large housing stock means there may be many homes for sale at any given time. Still, it’s vital to partner with an experienced real estate agent to find the best one for you. Expect 50-100 home listings to choose from ranging from $120,000 into the millions. Browse the newest Skaneateles homes for sale.
The Skaneateles Central School District has a total enrollment of 1,300 students coming from in and around Skaneateles. It is one of the region’s top-ranked school districts, recognized for its outstanding academics, highly trained teachers, and rigorous college preparation.
The district’s low student-teacher ratio of 11:1 enables plenty of personalized instruction. Pupils stand out with excellent standardized test scores—in recent years, nearly 75% were proficient in math. Skaneateles is also considered one of the Best Places to Teach.
Prestigious Syracuse University is a popular destination for many graduating seniors pursuing higher education. SUNY Empire State is in East Syracuse, about a half hour away. Find homes in Skaneateles by school district.
Among rural New York communities, Skaneateles is unique for its sheer number of small businesses. Those range from “solopreneurs” to family-owned companies around for many generations. If you’ve got a dream of opening your own small venture, Skaneateles is the place to be.
Proximity to Syracuse means plenty of national and international businesses to be a part of, too. Area healthcare is anchored by SUNY Upstate Medical University and St. Joseph’s Health Center, with a combined workforce of nearly 14,000. Major private brands include aerospace firm Lockheed Martin and Wegmans Food Markets.
It’s a good idea to buy a calendar, because there’s something new going on in Skaneateles almost every weekend. The biggest local event is the Dickens Christmas, taking place each weekend in December. A cast of 50 costumed characters interacts with locals between skits, musical acts, and wagon rides.
Curbstone Festival is another “can’t miss,” with dozens of local merchants, craftspeople, artists, and artisans on hand. On top of the amazing deals of handcrafted goods and unique souvenirs, there’s also musical entertainment, magic acts, and fun for the whole family.
Skaneateles Lake is, naturally, the top outdoor attraction in the area—but it’s only the start of what you’ll discover. Not far from home, you can explore the Baltimore Woods Nature Center. For a day of education and culture, check out the John D. Barrow Art Gallery.
Skaneateles, NY has been called a storybook village—but it’s real, and it can be yours. Coldwell Banker Prime Properties will help you find your dream home. Contact us to get started today.