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Thinking of moving to Syracuse..help me

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Thinking of moving to Syracuse..help me

Hello,

 

im looking into a relocation to Syracuse for my work and I know very little of the area. If you were moving to the area with little kids (5 & 3), where you recommend us to look for housing. I'm an avid outdoorsman and am not afraid of snow, actually love it. 

 

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There are many nice areas near syracuse. I myself chose Baldwinsville. I see from your name you prefer walleye maybe..oneida lake is not to far north of Syracuse. Certainly within driving distance. I myself chose to keep my kids away from the city school district too

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I grew up in Dewitt, near LeMoyne college. On the east side (suburbs). We were close to I 690, which made getting anywhere relatively quick and easy. I went to the Jamesville-DeWitt school district, which was and still is a very good school district. If you want a little more space, check out Jamesville. Same district, more outdoorsy. I spent a lot of time at my uncle's and friends out there hunting and fishing. I miss it.

 

 

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We love the Fair Haven, NY area. The school (Red Creek CSD) is small but excellent and the village of Fair Haven is picturesque and does fun things for kids all year like a huge 4th of July Celebration, Pirate Weekend in August, a Halloween witches parade, etc. It is quintessential small town USA. Housing is affordable, and so are taxes if you aren't right on the water, but it is RURAL. 1 hour to Syracuse, pretty sure you can't get a pizza delivered even in the village, and it SNOWS. But no city issues, and Lake Ontario and Fair Haven Bay are right there at your fingertips. 

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Thanks for the suggestions. Any places to see on a quick trip to the area to gauge?

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Dewitt, Manlius, Fayetteville, Cicero, Camillus, Baldwinsville are some of the most desirable areas that have good schools (but may stress your budget). Clay, Liverpool, North Syracuse are also good areas. There are more nice areas too.  Again, hit the suburbs - all have some areas that may suit your needs.

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Thanks again. Is there much hunting done in the area? How about the inland lakes, are they packed with people and houses?  How is fishing on Ontario out of Oswego and north?

 

Any recommended places to stay, eat, and visit as we play tourist in the coming weeks?

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If you stay in Oswego, the Best Western is very nice, has an indoor pool and dining in the hotel (Alex's on the water). There are other hotels, Quality Inn, knight's Inn, that are more budget friendly, but I have never stayed there. There are great dining options in Oswego , like LaParilla, Red Sun, Alex's (in the Best Western), and of course, Rudy's - a fried seafood shack that is right on the beach at Lake Ontario. There is the Fort to visit, and a small Maritime museum, and the new children's museum of play. There is a municipal marina with lots of charters out of there, I am sure one of those guys can speak to the fishing out of Oswego. From Oswego, you can visit the thousand Isands (Alexandria Bay is touristy, and has all that a summer tourist town has to offer - boat tours, etc, Cape Vincent is authentic with a light house, and Clayton has the antique boat museum, super worth a visit). Or from Oswego head west to the little town we love, Fair Haven, for the day... there is a very popular state park with a beach (do have cabins for rent, or bring your tent/camper to stay over night), a new winery (Colloca's), a quaint downtown and several marinas offering charters. August 10th is a kids movie in the town square, Aug 18 the LOC derby starts and Aug 26th is Pirate weekend in Fair Haven.  FYI: If staying in Oswego in August, the college opens around the 20th of August and the town explodes with people for a few days.

 

The Finger lakes (inland lakes) are gorgeous, but certain ones are super desireable (ie: Skaneatles Lake) and outrageously priced. Owasco lake is not so over priced, near the city of Auburn and is commutable to Syracuse. Oneida Lake is probably somewhere in between.Many people on here live in the Oneida Lake area and can speak to that location.  All of the finger lakes are densely populated, but the land within a mile of two of the shore is not, in many instances.  There is also the Seneca River that offers waterfront living, and widens into an area known as Cross Lake that is rural, affordable and commutable to Syracuse. Cross lake is good bass and pike fishing, and good hunting in the woods and farm fields surrounding. Those areas do flood in the spring, buy high and dry. 

 

There area I am most familiar with is along Lake Ontario from Sodus Bay to Oswego, there is state land there to hunt (NYS DEC Wildlife Management Areas- google it). Or purchase acreage - we have 17 acres outside of Fair Haven and my husband and son just walk out the door to their stands. The area is crawling with deer and turkeys. The area surrounding Syracuse is beautiful, and August is a great time to visit upstate NY. Remember we are waterlogged right now, more rain than most can recall in recent memory, and Lake O is flooded seriously for the first time since the 70's. Last summer we were hot and dry! Go figure!

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if you are a hardcore walleye fisherman you would want to be close to Onieda if not on it. Especially if you ice fish.

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I am not a hardcore walleye guy much anymore. More just like to be on the lake with the family. 

 

Any recommended places to stay, eat, and visit as we play tourist next week?

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Otisco is just south of Syracuse and next to skaneatles.  Id be happy to get you and the family out on the pontoon for some fishing and sight seeing.  Oneida is nice as well but it isn't a small lake and it gets rough.  With the wind there is a lot of days you can't get out.  

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There are modest cabins in the campground as well.

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I went to high school in Marcellus and that is a great place to have kids grow up in. 15-20 mins from the city and 10 mins from Otisco and skaneatatlas lakes.


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If you are really hardcore with walleye Oneida's little walleye probably won't scratch your itch.

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Hit the Dinosaur Barbecue while in Syracuse.

They have dynamite BBQ... if the wait is real long for a table, go to the take-out side and order.

 

 

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On 8/9/2017 at 7:06 AM, justtracytrolling said:

Otisco is just south of Syracuse and next to skaneatles.  Id be happy to get you and the family out on the pontoon for some fishing and sight seeing.  Oneida is nice as well but it isn't a small lake and it gets rough.  With the wind there is a lot of days you can't get out.  

 

 Hey Justin,

Thanks for the offer, but I'll have to take you up on the offer at another date. The upcoming trip next week is packed tight as I have to work to do as well. I am going to add the Dinosaur BBQ to the list of places to see. 

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