If you've always wanted to live close to a lake so that you could go fishing, swimming, and boating, but you work in midtown Manhattan, then you might figure it's a dream that will never come true. However, that's not the case. There are a bunch of towns that are not too far from Manhattan and are located near large lakes. Below are two towns where you should look for property for sale. One is located in Long Island, and the other is located north of the city in Orange County.
Lake Ronkonkoma, Long Island
Long Island is not just for people who love the ocean, it's also home to some wonderful lakes. One really nice one is called Lake Ronkonkoma. The lake is famous with fishermen and home to a wide variety of fish. The area surrounding the lake was a very popular resort area years back. You can find a home in the area, including in towns such as Smithtown and Islip.
It's also super easy to get into Manhattan. You can take the Long Island Rail Road right into Penn Station and you will be right in the heart of midtown. Or you could drive in via the LIE. The homes are not super pricey (at least by Long Island standards) so if you think that Long Island is all multi-million dollars mansions on the beach, you should check out the Ronkonkoma area. It's in the central part of Long Island, so you won't be near the ocean or the Bay, but you can easily drive to the South Shore and hit the beach. However, Lake Ronkonoma has its own really cool beach that you can use during the summer if you don't feel like driving to Jones Beach on the South Shore.
Tuxedo, New York
If you're looking for a bit more space and would prefer a more rustic setting, then you should look north of Manhattan and check out Tuxedo. This village is located in Orange County, New York. It's close to the gigantic Greenwood Lake. You can ride power boats, swim, or kayak. There is also a huge beach that is popular during the summer with swimmers. The area is easily accessible to Manhattan by mass transit, so even though you will be in the foothills of the Ramapo mountains, you can catch a train right in the heart of the village that will take you into Manhattan. The village is home to many professionals that commute to Westchester or Manhattan, so it has lots of cool restaurants and little shops.