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Large house, Breathtaking View Perfectly Located in City of Ithaca

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Bedrooms 8
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 nights


Ithaca House Rental Photos and Description

6 or 8 bedroom house in the heart of Ithaca next to campuses with lakeviews

Available either as 6 bedrooms, 3 baths (year round) OR May - September also available as 8 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms -add connecting two bedroom, one bath apartment for additional $500 per week to listed rate). Three living rooms, music parlour with piano, breakfast sunroom, extensive patio and verandas with one of the finest views in the Finger lakes. Overlooks Cayuga lake stretching north with about 12 miles of shoreline and all the waterfront areas. Near to 3 state parks, city waterfalls, farmers market, Cayuga lake, walk to downtown ithaca commons, and both campuses. Next door to Ithaca College and under one mile to Cornell. B&B for 16 years, now renting weekly (three night minimum). Convenience, amazing view, spacious, colorful and light. Lots of living space for multiple families to stretch and expansive yards with seating, front and back. Plenty of parking too. The most convenient location and largest home you could ask for. Feel at home!

  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Denice Karamardian
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
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Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2016
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About Denice Karamardian

Owner is a native ithacan who is also a musician, music teacher, writer, and works with the wine industry through a publication. She returned to ithaca to raise her son and ultimately retire, and is full of knowledge about the area; its schools, parks, wineries, residents, etc. She is connected to the live music and theater scenes as well. Just ask!

Denice Karamardian purchased this house in 1992

Why Denice Karamardian chose Cayuga Lake

The history of this property can be read on our website. It tells about the neighborhood and my own connection to it through ancestors. It called to me when i saw it and i bought the house before even making a decision to here again, from an emotional pull. The innkeeper's story reveals the details.

What makes this house unique

Two things drew me to this house: first and foremost the view that is second to none in this entire city. No pictures can do it justice, so i have learned not to try and photograph it. Secondly, the arched wall to the dining room gave me a vision of a group of italian men playing cards in that very room, an imaginary scene which eventually proved to be true, and i used that arched theme to complete the design of the kitchen.


based on 3 traveler reviews

Large house, Breathtaking View Perfectly Located in City of Ithaca
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Family Celebration

  • 5 of 5

Our family originally arrived in Ithaca in 1816, but the family has scattered all over the U.S. For the 200th celebration of family still being in the Ithaca area, and wanting to celebrate the family patriarch's 90th birthday we wanted a place that all could stay under the same roof. We started every morning and finished every evening in the sun room, where family shared stories and lots of laughter, and ate food prepared by various family members, especially Carol (thank you Carol!). Every night we'd sit on the deck above the front porch and watch the colors of the sky as the sun set and Ithaca down below light up. One night we watched fireworks from the Yacht Club up the lake. During the days we went on various adventures including a walk and picnic lunch at Buttermilk Falls, going to Cornell University and researching family in the Rare Books & Manuscript library section as well as at the History Center, had ice cream at the Cornell Dairy, and of course at Purity Ice Cream, walked the Cascadilla gorge, ate dinner at Joe's Restaurant the first night and near the end of our stay ate at Taughannock Farms Inn overlooking Cayuga Lake and then met a tour boat at the park for an evening ride to see the old family cottage, one of the first ones built on the lake. There were many activities undertaken, and all were made much more special having a central place to house the 16 or so family members that included 4 generations of family! We had the Cayuga Chimes singing group for the birthday celebration and were able to arrange extra parking for the additional visitors at the Elk's Club next door. It was a wonderful, and truly magical experience made even more special having the whole house to ourselves. We fully enjoyed the atmosphere of an older home with many nice amenities and beautiful bedrooms overlooking Cayuga Lake.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great rental for our son's wedding.

  • 5 of 5

We were in town for our son's wedding and wanted to rent a large house for are relatives to gather. We rented the house for a week and could not have been happier with our choice. We loved the proximity to town and to Ithaca College campus which we walked around every morning. The beds were very comfortable and the house very clean. We loved sitting on the porches looking at the lake views and and really enjoyed playing cards and eating in the sunroom.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wow! What a great place!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect vacation place for our family reunion. What a beautiful house, nicely decorated, huge and the view was much nicer than the pictures suggested! It has a nice back yard and lots of spaces for gathering and hanging out. The beds were comfortable, very nice rooms. The kitchen was nicely equipped and the florida dining area was amazing! One of the very special things that we also really appreciated is that the house is just a minute or two from downtown Ithaca (just a short roll down the hill) and Ithaca is a great place that offers so much. Excellent restaurants and cafes, live music, museums, amazing farmers markets, theater (we saw a great play while we were in town), cinemas, a science center and more. There are also some of the most amazing gorges and waterfalls within just minutes of the house...WOW! We would highly recommend staying here to anyone!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed our home! It certainly was enhanced by your warm energy. Come again!
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Nearest Airport
7.1 Miles
Ithaca Tompkins County Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
next door
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Cornell golfcourse, Helen Newman Municipal
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Sunset Grill and ithaca Commons
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Greek Peak
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Cayuga Lake
Car: not necessary

Close to three state parks and many waterfalls within minutes, two wine trails- many wineries, gorge trails a few yards away, downtown Ithaca Commons, Cornell campus within one mile, Ithaca college campus is literally our back yard, on the property line.


Rates & Availability

Ithaca House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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summer/fall 2016
Jul 8 2016 - Nov 11 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

add 7th and 8th bdrm/wk $500 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 3.0%

Sometimes terms can be flexible and other services available. Contact us with questions and/or concerns.

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Ithaca House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 20 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In Bedroom 1, accessible to ground floor living rooms
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Connected to bedrooms 2 and 3, largest bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bath at end of hallway, serves bedrooms 4, 5, and 6.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , connects to hallway, bedroom 8 and kitchenette
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 ground floor - 1 queen , A master suite with private bath, opens to porch
    Bedroom 2 ground floor - 1 queen , Adjoins with bedroom 3 and large bath
    Bedroom 3 Ground floor - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Adjoins bedroom 2 and music parlour, with large bathroom 1
    Bedroom 4 Second floor - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Large bedroom front of house with views, opens to veranda
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , Small, bright room, shares bath with bedrooms 4 and 5.
    Bedroom 5 Second floor - 1 double , interior large room shares bath
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , three beds in large, large bedroom overlooking lake views
    Bedroom 8 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , futon bedroom opens to kitchen, shares bath with bedroom 7
  • Bedroom 6 connects to bedroom 1, or can be used as a private living sitting room. 3 bedrooms have queen beds, two bedrooms have double beds, 6th bedroom has single day bed and double sleeper sofa.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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