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Spreading The Chautauqua Ideas

There are many reasons that we have seen the success that we have in the past here at Chautauqua Real Estates in regards to the home market. We primarily focused on the more luxuries of properties and we only dealt with buyers and sellers who were as serious as we were in real estate and home upkeep.

There are many components to maintaining a home that we considered at the level comparable to the work we did in our real estate business and many ways to meet these standards.

One of the most important things that anyone in the housing market can do to increase the overall property value of their home is to always hire professional, insured, and licensed contractors for any architectural or structural work. Finding the right contractors isn’t always the easiest of tasks but don’t worry, because there are many things that we can help explain to you in order to maximize your home’s potential.

The first things we can discuss is what to avoid. There are a few major “red flags” that you can spot early on when meeting potential contractors for your job and the most important thing is what we already discussed above. If a contractor doesn’t have the necessary paperwork on file and up to date, it is time that you find another contractor.

This should be obvious but you would be shocked at how many clients we have taken on who neglected to request such paperwork.

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Chautauqua Lake & County

Chautauqua Lake

Chautauqua Lake was formed during the glacial period. Before that time, it is possible that the northern end of the lake, then only a river, drained into Lake Erie as the streams north of the dividing ridge still do today. Formation of the ridge, however, blocked the river’s flow and elevated it high enough so that it joined with the southward flowing river and formed the 17-mile lake we know today.

Chautauqua Lake, lying southeast to northwest across the county at an elevation of 1,308 feet above sea level, is one of the highest navigable lakes in the nation.

The French spelled the lake’s Indian name several ways. Maps and reports by Jesuits and explorers who traveled through or near the region by the 1700s exhibit the individual versions: Tchadakoin, Tjadakoin, Chataconit, Shatacoin, Jadaxque, Jadaaqua. The Holland Land Company, on its 1804 maps, spelled it Chautaughque. The “gh” was soon dropped, but the final “que” remained until 1859 when it was changed to its present “qua”.

Chautauqua County

Chautauqua County and Lake Chautauqua are located in the westernmost part of New York State. A resort area centered around famed Chautauqua Lake. Its western border is Lake Erie.

Again, just giving a little background on our origins.

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Chautauqua County Information

The County lies approximately 70 miles southwest of Buffalo, 50 miles northeast of Erie, PA and is served by major airports in those cities as well as Chautauqua County Airport. Interstate routes I-86 and I-90 connect with major eastern, Canadian and western cities and markets.

Our climate is varied, parts being tempered by Lake Erie and parts at higher altitudes providing cool summers and snow cover for three major ski resort areas. Our average summer temperature is 77 degrees and our winters average 32 degrees.

It is home to the world famed Chautauqua Institution and four other major resort and vacation regions, providing a wide variety of spring, summer, fall and winter activities. One can find boating, fishing, hiking, downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing, cycling, snowmobiling, Amish handicrafts, hunting, antiquing, concerts, and art shows to name a few!

Some say Chautauqua (shah tau’ qua) is a Seneca Indian name meaning “Bag Tied in the Middle”. A look at the map shows the name fits the lake. It is 17.3 miles long and boasts some of the best fishing opportunities in the country whether you’re a novice or an avid angler. Bass, muskie, walleye, perch, and crappie are just some you will pull in.

Here you will also find some of the most affordable housing in the country, as well as excellent schools and universities, museums, churches and a wholesome life style supported through agriculture, manufacturing, education and a cultural heritage.

Although we were originally based here, the information we will be discussing can obviously be applied anywhere.