Berkshire County is one of the most desirable vacation home destinations on the East Coast, attracting residents from New York City and Boston and points in between. The proximity of Berkshire County to the adjoining New York towns of New Lebanon, Canaan, Austerlitz and Hillsdale adds to their draw.
Berkshire County has had a long history of attracting second home owners from New York and Boston going back to the gilded age with the development of huge “cottages.” Many of these cottages have been transformed into inns or condominium complexes. The Boston Symphony’s summer concerts at Tanglewood have help with a rebirth of the “Berkshires” and the towns of Stockbridge, Lenox and Great Barrington have become centers of summer activity.
One of the attractions of the Berkshires is the large number of lakes and pond as well as the major streams such as the Housatonic which run through the county and provided hydroelectric power to the many mills that operated throughout the county. The lakes and ponds include: Beckett: Center Pond, Crystal Pond, Greenwater Pond, Shaw Pond, Yokum Pond, Buckley Duntin Pond, Lake Rudd Pond; Chesire: Chesire Reservoir, Dalton: Center Pond; Egremont: Prospect Lake, Marsh Pond, Mill Pond; Great Barrington: Lake Mansfield, Benedict Pond, Long Pond, Round Pond; Hinsdale: Ashmere Lake, Plunkett Reservoir; Lanesborough: Chesire Lake; Lee: Upper Goose Pond, Laurel Lake, Woods Pond, Goose Pond; Lenox: Laurel Lake, Woods Pond; New Marlborough: Lake Buel, York Lake, Thousand Acre Lake; Monterey: Lake Buel, Lake Garfield, Stevens Lake; North Adams: Windsor Lake; Otis: Big Pond, Benton Pond, Hayden Pond, Hayes Pond, White Lilly Pond, Shaw Pond, Upper/Lower Spectacle Pond, Otis Reservoir; Peru: Garnet Lake; Pittsfield: Onota Lake, Pontoosuc Lake; Richmond: Richmond Pond, Trout Pond; Sheffield: Mill Pond, Trout Pond; Stockbridge: Stockbridge Bowl, Lake Averic, Mohawk Lake; Windsor: Windsor Pond.
Listed below with most recent listings first are Berkshire County waterfront homes – riverfront, creekfront and lake homes – throughout Berkshire County. If you prefer you may display the listings in price order, for a specific price range.
To search the listings of our MLS (multiple list system) Partners click on the appropriate links in the left margin of this page. Try first the Berkshire County MLS. For listings to the West try the Columbia-Greene-Northern Dutchess MLS or the Capital Region MLS. Searching these MLS systems directly is far superior to using general search sites such as Trulia, Zillow, and Realtor.com, or sites maintained by brokers such as Weichert, Coldwell Banker or Century 21.
By going to the multiple list systems directly you get the most detailed and up-to-date information available in that specific area. Then call us with listing numbers. We can provide you with additional information about specific listings and arrange to show you any listing in these different MLS systems. We are members of all of them – a true Regional Broker.
If you have already contracted with an exclusive listing or buying agent that agent will be responsible for advising you and assisting in the negotiation of the sale. While Sellers are almost always represented by an exclusive agent, the trend toward Buyers retaining an exclusive agent is relatively new in the Berkshires. For more information call 800-398-8802.