PITTSFIELD -- Looking for a slice of prime real estate on which to build your dream lakefront home?
Look no further than "The Point on Onota Lake," where five waterfront properties have entered the market after being sold by the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center.
"It's a unique opportunity," said Chapin Fish, of William Brockman Real Estate, who's marketing the properties. "Especially given the quality of the parcels and the vibrancy we've been seeing in Pittsfield."
The parcels, which total 35 acres, are located off Churchill Street near Parker Brook. They range from five to almost 10 acres and include lake frontage of 175 to 615 feet. Dock permits are included as well. The most expensive lot is priced at $995,000 and the cheapest, $399,000.
"These parcels appeal to both second-home buyers and full-time buyers," Fish said. "[Buyers] could be people who work at Sabic, or [Berkshire Medical Center]; they could be entrepreneurs, or any number of others. You could live in one of the nicest parts of Pittfield."
Fish, who primarily deals in South County properties, said waterfront properties there commonly fetch double the Pittsfield asking price.
The properties are owned by Donald Bernard, who bought the land from the community center in a $1.2 million deal finalized early this summer. It had been in the works since 2009.
"I think it's been a long, worthwhile process," Bernard said Friday. "Conditions are vastly improved from what they were 41 2 years ago. It's a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to own a beautiful building lot on the second-largest swimming lake in Massachusetts."
Since the purchase, Bernard had the properties hooked into the city sewer system and wired for electric, in addition to repaving a private driveway crossing Parker Brook to the lake from Churchill Street.
In years past, Bernard led development projects in Tyringham, Lee along Goose Pond and Monterey along Lake Buel with his real estate company, Onota Lakefront Properties LLC.
SK Design Group of Pittsfield designed the properties, which were originally part of Camps Stevenson-Witawentin. Before the sale, they were part of 881 2 lakefront acres owned by the center, the rest of which it still owns.
The sale enabled the center to pay what remained on its $4.1 million mortgage, which it took out in 2003 -- leaving the center debt-free for the first time since then.
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