Less than 5 minutes from downtown Ithaca on the west shore of Lake Cayuga, this property has spectacular lake vistas and over 150 feet of easily accessible lake frontage. 1.5 acres of woods and majestic hemlock trees frame a cottage originally built in the mid 1800's by a mayor of Ithaca and then lived in in the summers by his daughter, Belle, until her death in 1922--one of Ithaca's original lakefront homes. The property is our home but we travel frequently to visit family. When we are away, we like to share the beautiful view and rustic lodge-like home for small gatherings of friends and families. Due to the ecologically sensitive location, we don't usually rent to groups larger than 8-10.
The paved S-curved driveway leads through the trees down the hill to a large parking area with turnaround. There is one flight of stairs to the kitchen entrance but bedrooms can be accessed from the driveway level.
The 2200 sf of living space includes kitchen with stainless appliances, bathroom, and open living/dining room along with a side room that can be used as a fifth bedroom; stone fireplace in living room has charming arts-and-craftsy 'inglenook';
4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms as well as a screened porch are on the second floor. Two bedrooms have queensize beds; one has a fullsize bed; and one is set up as an office with a full sleeper sofa. Additional living space in the walk-out basement level features a 6-person sauna.
Lakefront includes beach areas, grassy areas, fire pit, dock, and boathouse.
Activities and Attractions : The Finger Lakes is renowned for its wineries and breathtaking gorges. Ithaca is a mecca of arts, science, film activities, artisan farming, world famous restaurants, etc. Ithaca's Farmers Market is renowned. However, alot of folks don't even want to leave the property, since the view, the swimming, the kayaking, and just gazing at the ever-changing water is the best--an oasis of peace and beauty --yet so close to all the percs of civilization! 'Magical' is the word most frequently used by visitors to describe the setting.
In addition, there is a small, 2-bedroom cabin on the upper part of the property completely private from the main house that is available at Homeaway.com listing # 268870.
We are a retired couple who travel alot and like to share our home on Lake Cayuga in Ithaca while we are away with folks who want some quiet time by the lake in a magical setting.
Our son was in law school at Cornell when we were looking for lakefront property, and he suggested we look here. The majestic trees and wide expanse of water as well as the long history of the cozy, rustic cottage, really charmed us.
Private, scenic lake frontage but SO close to all the Ithaca offerings.