Now here’s an opportunity to own something really unique, if you’re willing to decamp New York City to run a historic hotel upstate. The Pleasant Beach Hotel, at 14477 Fancher Avenue in Fairhaven, has hit the market for $975,000. Less than $1 million will get you a nine-room hotel, as well as a bar, restaurant, private pier, and an attached owner’s apartment. With incredible views out toward Lake Ontario, this hotel has been in business since 1910… and is looking for its tenth owner to carry on the traditions of the charming waterfront getaway.
The property comes with beautiful surroundings on a plot of land in the small town of Fairhaven, which is located midway between Rochester and Syracuse. The hotel is located right off of popular fishing spot Little Sodus Bay on Lake Ontario, and that waterfront locale has been a part of the appeal since this opened more than 100 years ago.
The ground-floor restaurant comes with seating for 185 and a picturesque outdoor patio. The interior still has its historic wood and tin-lined ceiling.
Much of the building’s historic architecture is on display throughout the nine guest rooms on the first and second floors. When the property was built in the early 1900s it had no telephone or electricity lines. The exterior walls were built of patterned blocks made individually on site with forms bought from Sears and Roebuck, while the ceilings and walls were lined with pattered tin to help with fireproofing.
The owner’s apartment is located on the top floor of the hotel. It comes with one bedroom, a full kitchen and bathroom, as well as an elevated deck with views out to Little Sodus Bay.
There are quirky details and exposed wood and brick throughout the apartment.
This area had many luxury waterfront hotels in the early 1900s–but the Pleasant Beach Hotel was the only one to stay open. As the owner said in the listing, it’s “survived through two World Wars, influenza, the Great Depression, the baby boom, hippies and yuppies, Disney World and virtual reality. Her history is that of changing with the times, but never losing her heart or soul. She is a survivor.” Be sure to check the gallery for more photos of this special property.
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Photos courtesy of Franklin Ruttan
Neighborhoods : Fairhaven