Home of the Week: Formerly a YWCA resort and camp, this Tully Lake property continues to draw guests to its peaceful gardens


TULLY, NY – For generations, people looking for a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life have made their way to the property at 5609 Assembly Park Road on private Lake Tully to pick up look and have a good time.

Located near Tully, halfway between Syracuse and Cortland, the property was once home to the Chautauquan Hotel, a resort that opened in 1892.

A 1911 Post-Standard newspaper ad stated that the hotel offered 65 rooms, at reasonable rates, cottage rentals, safe shores for children, swimming, boating, fishing, and entertainment.

In 1917, the YWCA purchased the land and established Camp Avalon for groups seeking to enjoy nature, especially young girls and women.

“A campfire every night, at which every camp member is always present, is one of the most popular pleasures,” reported a Syracuse Herald article about a teenage camp on July 14, 1922. “The stories and bedtime experiences are intertwined, a fitting conclusion to a day of swimming, hiking, boating and canoeing.

A week later, groups of Syracuse department store workers took time to relax.

The property’s tradition as a preferred retreat continued after it was purchased by Steven “Dick” Dulasky in 1986.

With her “significant other,” as she calls herself, Diane Conger, by her side, they rent out four custom-built buildings year round and offer the original pavilion, once a dining room, for rent. seasonal.

Conger knows the property well. She grew up just down the road and remembers swinging and sledding on the property as a child.

“We mainly receive families,” Conger said. “One came back ten years in a row. People want to be on the water.

Formerly known as the Chautauquan Hotel, a resort for those looking to escape the city for fresh air and water, the property at 5609 Assembly Park Road near Tully draws people to its quiet park for generations. This postcard shows waders from his early days. Courtesy of Diane CongerCourtesy of Diane Conger

Pedalos, canoes, kayaks, boats, enjoy the 500 feet of frontage on the water and the 80 foot dock.

The fishing is excellent and customers catch bass right off the dock. On a recent outing, her grandson caught 22 fish, cleaned them up, and ate them for dinner.

Conger says the water’s edge near the dock has a gradual slope, which makes it perfect for swimming. There is no algae.

While restoring the individual camps, Dulasky also designed and built an incredible main house himself. It took him almost three years to complete the house in 1994. For one winter he lived inside the lodge.

He built the house to take in the view. Almost all the windows overlook the lake.

The first floor is open plan with a spacious kitchen and dining room, which have access to a wraparound terrace.

The wonderful family room has sliding glass doors and a double sided wood-burning fireplace, which is shared with the cozy lanai.

“I love it,” Conger said. “This is my favorite room.”

The unique spiral staircase was made by Dulasky using old metal bed frames used by camp guests at the time. The fireplace has a heat exchanger that warms the floors with three miles of pipes he laid by hand.

5609, Assembly Park Road

Campers are seen in this undated historic photograph from when the property at 5609 Assembly Park Road, near Tully, was used as a YWCA camp. These buildings are still standing and are currently used as storage. Their owners believe they could be restored and turned into rentals. Courtesy of Diane CongerCourtesy of Diane Conger

The bedroom also has access to the deck and the couple enjoy dining there and watching the boats go by.

The owner’s bedroom is spacious, has three closets and has access to the fully renovated bathroom.

There are three bedrooms on the second floor.

Conger calls the eight and a half acres a “beautiful, beautiful place” and a “great place to live.”

And she jokes, when you rent houses on your secluded lot to guests, you get to “pick your own neighbors.”

Conger and Dulasky seek the “right fit” to take over the property, believing it has the potential “to be a gold mine”.

“There is no other property like this,” Conger said. “It’s so unique.”

For more information on this property, please contact real estate agent Nicole McDonald of Live in Cuse: Apartments & Realty LLC. His contact details are below.


Address: 5609 Assembly Park Road, Tully, NY 13159

Price: $ 2,690,000

Area: 7,672 square feet of total space. The main house measures approximately 4,000 square feet and has four bedrooms and two full bathrooms.

Area: 8.49 acres

Monthly mortgage: $ 8,808 (based on the national average rate of 2.77%, according to Freddie Mac on Aug. 5, for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20% down payment. Fees and points not included. )

Taxes: $ 18,116 (Based on an assessed value of $ 513,700)

Built: The main house was completed in 1994. The property has been a camp since 1892.

School district: Tully

Food: The main house’s walk-in kitchen is very spacious with long counters and lots of storage space. It has a new fridge and stove. It has a dining room on the island and a large window that overlooks the veranda.

Living spaces: The main house was completed in 1994. It was planned and built by the owner of the house. It was designed to be open and offer a view of Lake Tully. It has approximately 4000 square feet of living space. The magnificent living room is surrounded by balconies on the second floor. It has large windows and two sliding glass doors that overlook the wraparound deck. A wood-burning fireplace has elaborate masonry and is double-sided. It helps warm the floors with a heat exchanger and three miles of hand-laid hoses. The unique spiral staircase was handcrafted using old bed frames on the property. Its balustrade can be removed to take large objects upstairs. There is a dining area next to the kitchen. A glass-ceilinged veranda is warm year round.

Bedrooms: There are four bedrooms in the main house. The owner’s bedroom on the ground floor is very spacious and has three wardrobes. The three bedrooms on the second floor are quite large and each has its own view of the water. One bedroom has a large single bubble window.

Bathrooms : There are two full bathrooms, one on each floor, in the main house. The owner’s bathroom has been recently renovated. It has a Jacuzzi-style tub, double sink, electric fireplace and large window. The upstairs bathroom has a single pink shower. There is potential for a third bathroom off the garage.

Camps: This property has been used as a resort or camp since 1892. Today there are four custom built homes year round that are used by tenants to get back to nature and enjoy the water. There is the “Cozy Cottage” and the “Honeymoon Cottage” for example. Each is different but allows a rustic a chance, but with modern conveniences like full kitchens and bathrooms, vacation or getaway. The pavilion was once the dining hall of Camp Avalon. It is only used in hot weather. There are four small buildings which are used for storage. They could also be renovated and rented.

Outside: Located between Syracuse and Cortland, this Tully property is quiet and private. You can’t see it from the road. It has over 500 feet of water frontage on private Tully Lake which offers excellent fishing and swimming opportunities. Boat, canoes, pedal boats and kayaks can be launched from the 80 foot dock. The property’s potential as a vacation destination is limitless. “It could be a gold mine,” said Diane Conger.

Agent: Nicole mcdonald

Living in Cuse: Apartments & Realty LLC

Address: 4300 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13219

Telephone: (315) 678-6069

Email: [email protected]

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