Mountain Lodge Park in Monroe

Mountain Lodge Park in Monroe

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michelle

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Jun 20, 2009
Can anyone offer any thoughts on MLP? Thinking of buying there but not familiar with the area. Thanks!
erin

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Jul 6, 2009
Hi Michelle. I grew up in Mountain Lodge Park but on the second trail (that's what we call our roads because they are considered private). I've had friends who lived higher on the mountain and much to my surprise they have built beautiful new houses up there. They also just built a new playground at the top of the mountain. The Mountain Lodge HOA has tried to and done a lot since I grew up there. Its nice to live but if you're at the top, winter driving can be quite a challenge. Otherwise, its absolutely beautiful in the spring and summer. There's also a nice community pool down the road (about 5 min) that's relatively cheap ($7 for adults and $6 for children over 3). There's also a firehouse on the mountain and they always have childrens activities for holidays. Hope this helps and good luck!
Bob

Concord, NC

#3 Aug 31, 2010
Michelle and Erin
I also grew up in MLP from 1940 to early 50s - our home was on Moran Trail - named after my Mother's family. In fact my Mom passed away in Washingtonville this past Feb.
Stacey

Clifton, NJ

#4 Aug 18, 2011
I live here now it was fine for the first few years but now its turning to trash. I've noticed a lot of pedophiles have moved here on the mountain. The Winters here are brutal. A few years back we had a bad unexpected snow storm, we were expecting about 2 feet we got 5 no one was willing to help us. We rely solely on the people on the trail where I'm on. We couldnt get off the mountain even with 4 wheel drive. And dont get me started on the ice its like a ice skating rink here and no one salts because its considered a private road. I have had a few rabid animals I called and once again no one was willing to help. Unless you drive depending which trail you go to walking up the mountain to get to the bus stop (school buses) is murder I really wouldnt recommended it here anymore. I'm hoping this will be my last Winter here
gone

New York, NY

#5 Mar 30, 2012
i agree with stacey, i was lucky enough to move my family out of there last year after being there for 8 years. she has hit the nail on the head with the really bad winters,and yes i was there for the 5 feet of snow. i couldn't get out for 2 days. to add to her comments there are alot of drugs on the montain, you name you can get it there. i do not recomens this area if you have children..
cathy fellrath

United States

#6 Jul 14, 2012
I use to go to mountain lodge. Park?when I was a little from 7 (years old
Until about 35 years old :during the summer timNow I'm 61 going on 62:'its a ashamed you have to and that there drugs?.even up thereof all placesi rember the fire house;? The general store?and ofcourse the swimming pool?when you had to buy summer tokens to getadmitted into the pool; and go swimming in the summer time
I guess the general store is in shambles.and falling apart

And the fire house is not being used that muc' i guess the mail boxs are still in the same area maybe about10 feet from the general store right off themain roadi use to walk up and down the maln road all the timego back in fortall the time.if came up to mlpi guess i wouldn,t regonize the place causs i was feading there sex affendersup in mlp(thats really sad?(a summerplace years ago and now all it is. Abumpping ground )for druges and sex affenders you can hide in the woods and do drug whealing and dealing)and get away with it
I hope the new park stays nice? And not a social gatheringfor the drugies.please rspond to [email protected]
Com cathy fellrath
Joe Amuso Moran trail

Elizabeth, NJ

#7 Sep 2, 2012
I also grew up on Moran trail from 1962 to 1982...I miss it very much. My folks had the first house on the right number 4...then there were the Friedmans & Lopez family and who could forget Mr Jager and wife....any one have any pics of the old hood?
Joe Amuso Moran trail

Elizabeth, NJ

#8 Sep 2, 2012
I also grew up on Moran trail from 1962 to 1982...I miss it very much. My folks had the first house on the right number 4...then there were the Friedmans & Lopez family
Joe Amuso Moran trail

Elizabeth, NJ

#9 Sep 2, 2012
BUT YOU ARE ALL CORRECT....THE MOUTAIN HAS TURNED TO TRASH AND IS FULL OF LOW LIFES AND DRUGGIES...THE POLICE ARE CONSTANTLY PATROLLING THE AREA DUE TO THE BAD ENVIORNMENT...TOO BAD!!
Stacy

Mineola, NY

#10 Sep 8, 2012
For three years now I have lived on a beautiful trail up here in Mountain Lodge. Great view, private. We're pretty high up so the winters are tough but nothing my JEEP can't handle! Haven't had to call out of work or anything because of inclement weather. Great starting place for me and my new hubby. Very affordable. Great neighbors who look out for one another. Yes, there's some interesting "crazy mountain people" but they mind their own business just like I mind mine.
Ken

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Sep 18, 2012
We bought a cottage for next to nothing at a short sale last year. We have lovely neighbors, and our trail is extra quiet. So beautiful here. Reality of any area is you will have problems if the residents stop caring, and we and our neighbors care a lot. I encourage anyone to buy a cute little cottage and fix it up, strides in safety and beauty can only be made when we all try together
Kathy

Goshen, NY

#12 Nov 1, 2012
I have lived on the mountain for almost thirty years. We used to have a beautiful pool where everyone would enjoy the summer and where everyone knew their neighbors. We had a general store where teens hanged out but caused no trouble. We had a POA house where teens dance on weekend and a senoir dance the next night. Everyone knew each other. All this is gone. We don't really know our neighbors. There is a lot of hard working people here and to call Mountain Lodge trash is not fair. Sure there is some that do drugs but that happens in the best of neighborhood. I just wish people that have homes here would show pride in their property. They need to clean up there lot. They need to cut the grass, trim hedges, clean fallen trees, keep up with the the house appearence and not let it go and pile junk all over. We need to pull together and be proud where we live and no be ashamed of saying where we live for fear of disgusts. It breaks my heart that some just don't care and that ruin's it for e every one else. We need to teach our children to respect other people's property. Not to vandalize other people's belonging. It has changed but our family still calls it home.
Robert

Bronx, NY

#13 Nov 7, 2012
Stacy wrote:
For three years now I have lived on a beautiful trail up here in Mountain Lodge. Great view, private. We're pretty high up so the winters are tough but nothing my JEEP can't handle! Haven't had to call out of work or anything because of inclement weather. Great starting place for me and my new hubby. Very affordable. Great neighbors who look out for one another. Yes, there's some interesting "crazy mountain people" but they mind their own business just like I mind mine.
I was considering Woodycrest Trail.. Any info there?
Anthony Marrero

Brooklyn, NY

#14 Nov 27, 2012
I purchased my house on Cedar Trail in 2002 and have no regrets. Yes, winters could be a life altering thing at its worse and so was Sandy this year. Things will happen that are out of our control. Are there drugs? Yes, but no different than other neighborhoods. MLP gets a bad rap, but it really is beautiful. For what you pay, you get back more. Granted the quality of the homes can be a stretch. Not everyone has the means and there are some that just do not care. Guess what? You take a drive and compare trail to trail. Some are paved others are not, some have decent homes and some are dreadful. It is up to you and your compromise in living on the cheap in Blooming Grove. The area isn't for everyone as it still has a lot of growing to do. More people from the city are movinging up and turning rags to riches on a small scale. Before I purchased my house, my realtor advised me to have an open mind as she felt that time will turn MLP around. I see it, but you cannot reflect on what it was 30 years ago, because life is a cycle. The area was a poor mans retreat back then and it just got poorer over the years. It is turning a corner and those that invest in the neighborhood will reap the rewards without burning a hole in their pocket in expenses to have what others pay $$$$ for. Where are you going to find a house on the foothills of a mountain under $200,000.00 and be an hour + from the city? You cant have huge expectations, but dream small and let it all come together over time. If you have any questions about the area feel free to email me at [email protected] If I can help, I will. Winter is not a good time to look at homes in MLP, because you don't get to see the beauty of the community. Spring to Fall are amazing. Winter removes the color from the canvas. Only homeowners in the community can appreciate it, because they know how it recycles in appearance. I will say that the crisp smell of the cold air at night is enough to clear damaged lungs, but that is just me.
Anon

Chappaqua, NY

#15 Mar 24, 2013
I'm considering purchasing a home in MLP. I noticed that one person owns 44 properties in the community: John Caesar. It looks like he owns Caesar Realty on Oakwood Trl N. Does anyone know anything about him? I also noticed that his realty business doesn't have a website where one can actually rent a cottage or home. Thoughts?( http://propertydata.orangecountygov.com/imate... )
Anthony Marrero

Bayside, NY

#16 Mar 25, 2013
Anon wrote:
I'm considering purchasing a home in MLP. I noticed that one person owns 44 properties in the community: John Caesar. It looks like he owns Caesar Realty on Oakwood Trl N. Does anyone know anything about him? I also noticed that his realty business doesn't have a website where one can actually rent a cottage or home. Thoughts?( http://propertydata.orangecountygov.com/imate... )
John is a smart investor. He purchases homes on MLP and renovates them to sell or rent. He lives on the mountain as well and is "for the community". Like any property, obtain an inspection to cover your interest. He is in the construction business as well, which makes what he does a great combo. Him owning 44 properties is great. He has the capital to do it and the subjects are very cheap for the picking on MLP. If I had the resources I would do the same. You are not going to find homes in the county that are as affordable as those on the mountain. Granted it all depends on what you are looking for and price point. Hope this helps and good luck.
Anon

Chappaqua, NY

#17 Mar 25, 2013
Hi Anthony, thank you for the response! I don't know why that felt like a red flag, but an investor in a small community is a good thing :) I also sent you an email at your 47cedar gmail. Thanks again!
The Town Cry Baby

United States

#18 Apr 8, 2013
Sorry to disagree, but I have to interject here. Unfortunately the praise given to "investors"(I don't want to add names) is totally unwarranted. Slapping a roof on a house that has been rained in for 10 years and not repairing the interior damage is not a renovation. Purchasing as many homes as you can and making them barely livable and renting to who ever will flop there until they are evicted is not good for the community. Smart investors...maybe/ good for the community...Hell No!
POPI AIELLO

Lenoir City, TN

#19 Apr 11, 2013
MY PARENTS OWNED A SUMMER COTTAGE ON UNDERHILL TRAIL...LAST HOUSE ONM THE RIGHT...WE WENT UP IN THE LATE 40'S....LIVED IN BROOKLYN...ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO I PURCHASED A SUMMER HOME IN NC FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN.......W CALLED IT THE MOUNTAIN LODGE...I HAVE SOME FOND MEMORIES OF THE PARK...THER LODGE...THE STORE...THE POOL...ARLENE PARRISGONDOLA W3HO TAUGHT ME HOW TO KISS...XXXOOO
Kristine

Bronx, NY

#20 Apr 14, 2013
I just recently pourchased a house in Mountain Lodge Park. I am from Manhattan, born and raised. From an area called Yorkville. From what I understand there were families from Yorkville for generations that have owned homes on the Mountain. I thought that was pretty cool. So I will be there carrying on the Yorkville tradition. Regardless, I have found it to be a very nice place, everyone eems really friendly and they have a sense of community. I am sure there are exceptions. Yes, there are homes that leave much to be desired but all in all the summers are beautiful and there is nothing like unwinding from a crazy week in a place where people are still people. I have used Anthony Caesar to help me with a few things and have found him to be honest and reliable. I also think it's OK that his family owns X amount of homes there. I've not seen any of them but hey, I say invest if you are able. I plan on enjoying what I have and certainly making it far more eye appealing. The properties for the most part have no landscaping and sure could use a cleaning up but I don't own them so it's not up to me. Great place to kick off your shoes and relax which is what I wanted (and needed). I look forward to many years there. Sure do hope it does get cleaned up a bit though. Also heard of the pedophile problems there so installed cameras to be on the safe side whuch can be done on the inexpensive side. I plan on enjoying myself. Besdies where else in New York State can you have a home and the taxes are really minimal in comparison?? I hope to see lot's more nice people up there. What a difference from the City!!! Winters well.....it is what it is. Plan accordingly is all I can say about that. ENJOY!!!

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