House of the week: the owner calls her brick house in Camillus “paradise for me”


CAMILLUS, NY – In 2003, Eireann Govern was looking for a new home.

She had grown up on 80 acres near Jordan, NY and then worked for years in New York City. She was looking for a happy balance between these two extremes.

She wanted to go back to her roots, hoping to find a home “in the middle of the woods”, while still being close enough to modern amenities, such as the airport and shops.

The most important thing, however, was confidentiality.

“I don’t want to look out the window and see my neighbor looking out his window,” she said. “We work so hard during the day that we wanted to come home to a place of peace and quiet. “

She found this place at 109 Raspberry Lane in Camille.

It was the first batch of a new development. His new home would be on top of a hill with endless views and over six acres of land, teeming with birds and deer.

Govern had Austrian pines and blue spruce trees planted around the border, creating an oasis of calm and peace.

“It’s heaven for me,” she said.

His garden is his favorite place.

The inground pool is heated and has a new salt water system, which means there is little maintenance. She can swim from April to October.

The granite fireplace in the gazebo is ideal for s’mores on chilly nights.

“It is a lovely, peaceful and serene environment,” she said. “All your stress is gone.”

Her husband has made a hiking trail in the woods and she enjoys hiking there with her cat.

The beautiful brick halfway house is open plan and takes advantage of the home’s view and natural light.

“It’s a fun house,” Govern said.

The amazing family room has new stone from floor to ceiling around the gas fireplace.

“We added it to pop the room,” Govern said. “The room looks like a ski lodge and is our favorite in the winter.”

The kitchen was remodeled in 2013 and opened up so visitors can have conversations with people in the family room.

New granite countertops, stone tile flooring and a backsplash have been added.

The Florida All Season Room is surrounded by glass and houses the Govern pool table.

“You get great views in this room,” she said. “You can watch snowstorms or fall foliage here.”

The four bedrooms are all located upstairs, and each offers a different view of the property or the surrounding hills around Camille.

She says she “hates the idea” of selling her house for the past 17 years, but says she and her husband have found a new place on Skaneateles Lake and admits that she wants to experience the ” serenity “of living on the water.

For more information on this property, please contact real estate agent Sharon Hopler, of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. His information is below.


Address: 109 Raspberry Lane, Camille, NY 13031

Price: $ 749,000

Area: 3,823 square feet

Area: 5.62 acres

Monthly mortgage: $ 2,486 (Based on this week’s national average rate of 2.88%, according to Freddie Mac, for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20% down payment. Fees and points not included.)

Taxes: $ 15,274 (Based on an assessed value of $ 393,200)

Built: 2003

School District: West Genesee

Food: The kitchen was remodeled in 2013. Owner Eireann Govern said it had been opened so “you can talk to everyone in the family room and see the fireplace and TV.” A new Samsung refrigerator was recently purchased. The kitchen has new granite counters, stone tile floors and a backsplash. A bright room in the morning is ideal for coffee and breakfast.

Living spaces: Govern says his house is “fun and a great party house.” It was built to take advantage of Camille’s views and hills. Visitors enter a large two-story lobby with white marble floors, which leads to the formal living and dining area, which can seat eight for large holiday dinners. Govern hired a mason two years ago to build the stone fireplace around the Mendota gas fireplace. She wanted the room to look like a ski lodge and it’s a favorite place to sit during the winter months. The Florida All-Weather Room has walls of windows and is where billiards are played. Deer, birds and the weather changes are seen from there. A small reading room has lots of natural light and keeps one person away from the “noise” of the rest of the house.

Bedrooms: The first floor has four bedrooms. All are quite large and offer different views of the property. The master has wardrobes for him and her and a gas fireplace which keeps the room very comfortable. A small living room could be a nursery for a newborn baby.

Bathrooms : There are three bathrooms in the house.

Basement: The spacious basement is carpeted and has high ceilings. It is “not finished” but is comfortable. It has space for several exercise equipment, a ping-pong table and a few sofas.

Outside: The house sits on six acres of property on a hill. Austrian pines and blue spruces have been planted along the border for maximum privacy. The front of the house has a two-level facade with limestone accents. Govern calls his home “paradise” and enjoys the tranquil serenity of his backyard, which includes a gazebo with a granite fireplace and an in-ground heated saltwater pool. The space has a stereo surround music system. Govern enjoys walking in the woods on a trail created by her husband. The woods are home to birds, deer and wild turkeys. She says the neighborhood is very friendly and has a lot of children. There is an attached garage for two “awesome” cars.

Agent: Sharon Hopler

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Address: 5110 West Genesee Street, Suite 2, Camillus, NY 13031

Telephone: (315) 744-4832

Email: [email protected]


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