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The Chautauqua Belle on Chautauqua Lake

Welcome to the Century 21/Turner Brokers website, a resource created to inform you about real estate activity in Chautauqua County and connect you with life in the many communities throughout the Jamestown/Chautauqua Lake region. Founded in 1983 and becoming affiliated with Century 21 in 2005, Turner Brokers has grown to be a market share leader in the sale and leasing of all types of residential, lakefront and commercial/industrial properties. This includes our position as the preferred realtors for corporate relocations in the area, vacation rentals, and our high volume of listings and sales of Chautauqua vacation homes. Our home page is designed to move you quickly and easily to your destination. The market segments identified to the left permit access to all of the residential properties currently listed for sale in the Chautauqua County Board of Realtors Multiple Listing System as well as all of the commercial/industrial properties available for sale or lease. We have also included a separate segment which will link you to just the available properties along the shores of Chautauqua Lake. Whatever your interest in the local real estate market or in Chautauqua County in general, we welcome your inquiry. Our highly trained and experienced Associate Brokers and Sales Agents are always available to meet with you to discuss your individual needs. Chautauqua County has long been a special place to live, work and raise a family as well as to visit. The presence of beautiful Chautauqua Lake, with its 45 miles of shoreline, has been a key factor in driving the economic growth and development of the region dating back to the first settlers in the early nineteenth century when, in 1810, the first log cabin home was built in what would later become the City of Jamestown along the Chadakoin River off the southern end of the lake. This location was chosen as the birthplace of the city because the rapid river water current was the ideal energy source for powering the grist and sawmills making up the first business activity in the area. As Jamestown was growing in the first half of the nineteenth century into a viable commercial center – fueled by furniture manufacturing and a skilled labor force made up largely of Swedish immigrants – tourism on Chautauqua Lake was also beginning to take shape. Summer season hotels were built at several locations around the lake. Transportation to reach them was provided by rail lines running up both sides of the lake between Jamestown and Mayville and by major railroads that made the Chautauqua region accessible from most major cities in the country. Also, within the limits of lake navigation, travel to the hotels and other lake destinations was made possible and enjoyable by fleets of steamboats that docked at the large piers in front of many of the lakefront hotels. During much of the nineteenth century, growing recreational and social “life” on the lake placed Chautauqua amongst the leading summer tourist destinations in the country. From the beginnings of the earliest resort hotel on the lake – The Fluvanna House (1836), to the founding of Chautauqua Institution (1874), to the opening of Celoron Park (1894 – modeled after other parks at Coney Island and Atlantic City), to the opening of Midway Park at Maple Springs (1898 – still operating today as one of the oldest amusement parks in the country), Chautauqua Lake was positioned to evolve into the extraordinary crown jewel and four seasons destination that we know today. Local residents and vacationers alike have come to expect the best in recreational and cultural opportunities in the Chautauqua region. During the summer months, the lake is the primary focus of activity. It supports a wide variety of boating – both power and sail – and water sports including swimming, waterskiing, and some of the finest freshwater fishing to be found anywhere. Chautauqua Institution, with its nine-week summer season, offers diverse programs in education, religion, music and the arts. In the lakeside villages of Mayville, Lakewood, Bemus Point, Celoron and Westfield, one can find shops, restaurants, and entertainment to please any taste. A floating stage just offshore in Bemus Point is a summer-long venue that features movies, live musical groups, the annual Chautauqua Lake Idol competition, and the Bemus Bay Pops orchestra – all free of charge. Located throughout Chautauqua County are several golf courses open to the public. These include two 18 hole tournament level courses each at Chautauqua Institution and at Peek ‘n Peak in Findley Lake and many other 9 and 18 hole courses for every experience level. The quality and availability of these courses to the public led Golf Digest Magazine to label the Jamestown/Chautauqua Lake area as the “Best Little Golf Town in America”. The winter months bring a blanket of unmatched beauty and tranquility to the region and with it, seasonal activities in the snow. Western New York – both Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties – is the home to ski resorts that draw skiers from throughout the northeast and Midwest. These include Cockaigne in Cherry Creek, Peek ‘n Peak in Findley Lake and Holiday Valley in Ellicottville – rated as a Top 10 Resort in the Eastern United States by SKI Magazine. Within Chautauqua County, there are more than 600 miles of snowmobile trails, expertly groomed and maintained for the enjoyment of thousands of snowmobile enthusiasts each winter.

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