New York's Finger Lakes Region Draws Wine-Loving Homebuyers

If there is anything that will help sell a property or a neighborhood, it's a celebrity. And the Finger Lakes Region of central New York State got a boost when rumors started spreading last month that John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston were looking at a home on Keuka Lake.

Whether Travolta ever expressed interest in the area or not is beside the point -- it has brought attention to an area that many people say is a hidden jewel of the vacation home market.

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said as much when it featured the region in a spread on second homes last month, calling it best for affordable waterfront ownership. And while it might not seem affordable to the people from upstate New York, the prices for waterfront property along the Finger Lakes can seem downright cheap compared to what people pay along Long Island Sound, the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore.

While there are plenty of waterfront properties in the region priced at $1 million or more, there are also a good number of offerings that can be had for between $100,000 and $200,000.