Fulton, New York – With nearly eight acres of property, a very imaginative wife, and a dream, Brian Campbell had a roadmap for what he wanted to do as he neared retirement.
“I’ve always wanted to run a bed and breakfast,” he said. “I thought, after we retired, what a way to get your business from home.”
He loved to cook and photographed running his own business on the grounds that his wife was at 4055 State Road 3 near Fulton. The property is backed by a beautiful Emerald Crest golf course and was close to world-class fishing on the Salmon River and Lake Ontario. In winter, guests can cross the suburb and snowmobile.
“She amazes me with her artistic talents,” says Campbell, his wife, Cathy. It can create and decorate the charming and comfortable home that people want to stay in and relax in.
(Brian, a military soldier, is so proud of his American flag display in his front yard with nine bags of concrete and 22 pieces of rebar. “I did it myself,” he said.)
Beginning in 1994, they began working on their design.
“We did a lot of research,” he said. “We searched a lot of books and magazines.”
Completed by architect Ron Brown of Phoenix in 1996, the result is a sprawling 3,854-square-foot ranch, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms.
Unfortunately, they did not receive any guests in the new house.
Brian was appointed to a new position which forced him to spend a lot of time out of state. He was upset about his wife being alone with strangers.
The equipment for an outside buffet station and elaborate coffee maker like you might see in an attic restaurant was not used.
But the change in plans means the couple and their extended family can enjoy the house themselves.
Campbell quotes singer and actress Olivia Newton-John when he named the drug “Xanadu.”
The large, two-story room had something Brian had always wanted, a 26-foot-tall brick fireplace. At Christmas, the room is “family centered” and decorated with an 18-foot tree. The room is big enough to accommodate an 86 inch TV with surround sound.
Ceiling fans move up from the cathedral ceilings, and when the fires catch on, they keep the spacious room “warm and comfortable.”
Holiday dinners are prepared in the spacious kitchen, Campbell’s favorite room.
Someone who describes himself as “wanting to be a chef,” says he loves to “spin” while cooking and trying new dishes. The kitchen is designed so that everything is close at hand.
The owners suite features a spacious bedroom with an oversized wardrobe, a bathroom with a Jacuzzi-style marble bathtub with gold leaf accents, two sinks and a walk-in shower.
The bedroom has a private door off the cedar hot tub, which seats eight, and the in-ground saltwater heated pool. The pool house has a sink, toilet and changing room.
Although the property was not enjoyed by guests, the couple’s grandchildren have enjoyed it quite a lot over the years.
They can explore some wooded spaces, play games in the “easy-to-maintain” lawns, and snorkel and slide in the pool.
In the winter, they ride their bikes and skateboards in the spacious 88-foot basement they call “the bowling alley.”
Campbell says the home is versatile and can accommodate any plans the new owners can imagine.
It can remain a cozy, fun-filled family home, great for entertaining during vacations and reunions, or it can be used as it was originally intended, as a bed and breakfast or Airbnb.
Campbell says he feels it’s time to downsize to something smaller. He plans to stay in the area to stay close to his children and grandchildren.
For more information on this property, please contact Realtor MariRae Dopke of Hunt Real Estate ERA. Its information is below.
Will be hosting an open house on Sunday 26th June from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Address: 4055 State Route 3, Fulton, NY 13069
Area: 3,854 square feet
Area: 7.95 acres
Monthly Mortgage: $2,529 (Based on the national average rate of 5.78%, according to Freddie Mac on June 16, for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with a 20% down payment. Fees and points not included.)
Taxes: $11,757 (based on an estimated value of $334,500)
Build year: 1996
School District: Academy of Mexico and Central
kitchen: Owner Brian Campbell loves to cook and calls the kitchen his favorite room in the house. The spacious kitchen features wooden cabinets ‘at the highest level’ and the large island accommodates four people. The stove features four burners with barbecue function. Salon doors bring one into the comfortable pantry and coffee can be enjoyed in the sunny breakfast room, which overlooks the front porch.
Living areas: This country farmhouse was designed from scratch by the current owners. It was meant to be a bed and breakfast and it’s very welcoming and comfortable. The large two-story room with a 26-foot-high brick fireplace is the central gathering place. Ceiling fans and a stove fan system keep the space warm in winter. The dining room has a sunken ceiling with a sheen that sparkles when the lights are on. A second family room can be accessed through French doors. Campbell keeps a home office away from the front entrance. There is a side entrance and mudroom near the kitchen. An oak staircase leads to the loft area where Kathy Campbell works in arts and crafts. The space and the rest of the house are cooled by two new air conditioning systems. The house is heated with rice coal and fuel oil and averages less than $1,000 a year. There are hardwood floors and moldings throughout.
bed room: There are five bedrooms in the house. The owner’s bedroom is spacious with a partially mirrored ceiling and a private door that leads to the hot tub and pool. It has a large wardrobe. Three more bedrooms each with private bathrooms and double door wardrobes. One bedroom close to the kitchen and a disabled bathroom for older relatives and guests.
bathrooms: The owner’s bathroom features a walk-in shower and Jacuzzi marble bathtub with gold leaf accents and double vanities. It has a private toilet area.
in the fresh air: This 7.95-acre property backed by Emerald Crest Golf Course is close to Lake Ontario fishing and the Salmon River. In winter, it is close to cross-country skiing and snowboarding trails. The land is a mixture of woods and lawns that are “easy to maintain”. The backyard includes a covered dining area, a cedar hot tub, and an indoor pool with a new heat pump and salt water system. The attached two-car garage is heated. The extended pole barn can hold multiple cars, boats, and lawn equipment. The property is 30 minutes from both Syracuse and Oswego.
agent: Mary Ray Dubky, Associate Realtor
Hunt Real Estate Era
Address: 8063 Brewerton Road, Suite 4, Cicero, NY 13039
Tel: (315) 430-3024
Email: [email protected]
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