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About Condos/Townhouses in the Ithaca Area...There are a variety of condos/townhouses in the Ithaca area - this website will help you understand more about your condo options and recent pricing.
- Be financially prepared (if you need a mortgage, go to the bank to get pre-qualified)
- Drive around each of the areas to see the different settings and styles available from the outside. You may decide one fits your needs best from the grounds and overall location.
- Learn about the different ownership types including Planned Unit Development (i.e. Commonland) vs condos vs townhouses - learn more: helpful link on HUD
- Review the information detailed here on recent sales to help you get familiar with the range of pricing and square footage for each area.
Option #1: Welcome to Commonland CommunityClose to Cornell University and on the TCAT busline on the East side of town, these units have 1-2-3 bedroom units with a variety of floor plans including a split-level design and a townhouse design. It is situated close to Six Mile Creek Preserve and was originally started in the 1980's as a green building design. There is a Community building, ballfields, a pond and common laundry areas.
Many owners have added their own on-site laundry in their units over time.
There is a community garden for use by residents.
There is an email listserv for Commonland and there is an Association to manage the financial and social decisions of the community. Many people who come to Cornell or Ithaca College have lived here and enjoyed a more home-like atmosphere than renting.
There are deed restrictions which prohibit long-term renting of the units so these are mainly owner-occupied. Some of the end units and lower units enjoy close proximity to the nature preserve and all that it brings - deer, birds, and more!
Association dues are $220 per month. Not every unit has a carport, but if one does, the annual fee is $35. The dues include water and sewer bills and garbage service, exterior maintenance, plowing and mowing. Heat/electricity and taxes are the owner's responsibility.
(Note - technically these are not 'condos' but actually a Planned Unit Development.
I know Commonland! Here are properties I have sold:
62 Lois Lane - sold in 2006 (buyer's agent)
43 Lois Lane - sold in 2006
13 Penny Lane sold in 2010
39 Penny Lane sold in 2010
78 Lois Lane - sold in 2011 (buyer's agent)
21 Penny Lane - sold in 2011
43 Penny Lane - sold in 2011 (buyer's agent)
41 Penny Lane - sold in 2013 (buyer's agent)
Option #2: Welcome to Sevanna Park
Also close to Cornell University and on the TCAT busline, Sevanna Park condos are on the Northeast side of campus closer to Pyramid Mall and other shopping. These units have 1-2-3 bedroom units with a standard design and a few units with a 2-story townhouse design. Originally developed in the 1970's, these brick buildings are tucked back off North Triphammer Road and offer a convenient location for residents young and old.
There are usually laundry facilities in each building in the basement, and there may also be storage lockers/areas for bikes and/or other personal items.
There is an association fee, which depends on each unit so you have to inquire individually. This fee include water and sewer costs, exterior maintenance, garbage removal and sometimes even heat. Taxes would be an additional cost to the owner.
I know Sevanna Park! Here are some properties I have sold:
E5 Sevanna Park - sold in 2009
E6 Sevanna Park - sold in 2009 (buyer's agent)
T2A Sevanna Park - sold in 2009 (buyer's agent)
D5 Sevanna Park -sold in 2004
E5 Sevanna Park - sold in 2004
E6 Sevanna Park - sold in 2011
T2C Sevanna Park - sold in 2011
Option #3: Welcome to Vista LaneThese condo/townhouse units are located just past the entrance to Ithaca College on South Hill, built in the 1980's with cathedral ceilings, south and southwest exposure and with a split level design. All units have a 1-car garage and deck and patio areas.
Only a few of these become available for sale. Location is convenient to Route 95B, South Hill, Ithaca College, Candor and Binghamton corridor.
The association fee monthly is $180
7B Vista Lane - sold in 2007
Option #4: Welcome to Eastwood Commons & Sunnyview
Located on a walking trail just south and east of Cornell and Belle Sherman is Eastwood Commons. These are townhouse style units that are often hard to come by as sales are not as prevalent here. Which indicates that the owners are long-time residents and that properties that do come on the open market are bought up quickly. These units usually have a garage underneath although there are some main level living units that have a garage attached on the same level. There are two different homeowner's associations - Eastwood Commons and Sunnyhill. The ones in the 500 block of Strawberry Hill Circle are in Sunnyhill.
There is a Resident's Association here too, and there are committees like the Grounds Committee that do a fantastic job of keeping the areas beautiful year round. Association fees are based on square footage. It is close to the bus stop and the East Ithaca Recreation Way which takes you to Cornell through Belle Sherman.
In the past few years, these units have listed and sold quickly with brisk competition. If you want to get into this community, you will need to call me so I can let you know when something becomes available for purchase, otherwise it may sell before you see it advertised for sale!
I know Eastwood Commons! Here are some properties recently sold:
511 Strawberry Hill Circle #3 - sold in 2009
111 Strawberry Hill Circle #3 - sold in 2010
521 Strawberry Hill Circle #2 - Sold in 2012
Option #5: Welcome to Deer RunSouth Hill offers a 1980's version of what I call the Philadelphia condo/townhouse...this is the style that most out-of-town buyers think about when they ask about whether there are any condos in Ithaca. These are newer in both style and amenities, with a couple of floor plans available including a sunken living room style which is quite appealing, or the soaring cathedral ceiling style, also popular.
Deer Run is aptly named - there are deer here! The landscaping is minimal, due to the deer that will visit your plants and consider them free food. Many owners here have found ways to garden with deer-resistant plantings. Whether you're a fan of the local deer population, it is an interesting sight to see - natural deer moving around at dawn or dusk throughout the area.
There is an association fee which covers the exterior grounds, garbage service, water and sewer and street lights. Several of the townhouses are getting new roofs this year, work is ongoing on a rotational basis.
Also in this area are single family homes, most of which were built in the late 1980's but mostly in the 1990's even into 2005. This location works great for those working at Ithaca College, as it is a short drive from the IC campus. There are also great views from many of the units here and there is a neighborhood park.
Other options exist in smaller numbers in and around the Ithaca area:
OPTION #6: Stone Creek condos in the Village of Lansing
OPTION #7: Nor Way townhouses in the Village of Lansing
OPTION #8: Black Oak Road off Mitchell Street in East Ithaca
OPTION #8: Holly Creek Townhouses, only for 1st Time Buyers in South Hill
OPTION #8: Greek Peak condos in Virgil
Got Questions? Contact CJ DelVecchio - your Ithaca condo specialist!