Lucille Désirée Ball was born on August 6, 1911, in Jamestown, New York, a quaint town that sits on the edge of Chautauqua Lake and while her exciting life would lead her to live in places such as Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, and California, it was New York that Lucille returned to when she needed to escape her high profile life.

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Chenango Lake is just east of Norwich and is the spot where Lucille Ball decided to vacation, a place where she could escape from the flashes of the camera and relax. The lakeside house featured over 19 acres of land. There was also a tennis court and a wrap-around porch on which one can imagine Lucille sipping cool drinks on warm summer nights. The house had plenty of room for visitors with its five bedrooms and six bathrooms. A listing by Chenango County Realty gives us even more insight into the home and the land,

Elegant and unique, this turn-of-the-century home offers THREE FLOORS of gracious living ideal for a large family, or even possibilities for a B & B near beautiful Chenango Lake. The secluded 19+ acres with views, tennis court, inviting wrap-around porch and side deck offer enjoyment and plenty of room to roam for outdoor enthusiasts. Enough land for hunting, ATV, and snowmobiling right in your own backyard! Take in views from the widow's walk, or enjoy the light-flooded sunroom off the eat-in kitchen- this house has character that appeals to refined tastes with the warmth of a true home. With many updates completed, including a security system, a few small projects could make this home your castle!

Lucille's Norwich vacation spot (South New Berlin, if you want to be exact) was put on the market with an asking price of $325,000.00 in 2016. The listing is no longer active, but luckily for us, the photos from the listing are still active so we can take a peek around!

Lucille Ball's Vacation Retreat

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