75 Turkey Hill Road, Ithaca

A woodsy magic prevails on the 3+ acres surrounding this cozy Cape Cod, perched on the side of a gentle sloping hill with paths to explore, an egg-shaped pond alive with the calls of spring peepers, and woodland daffodils just beginning to bloom, a perfect perch for enjoying spring’s arrival.

The home’s wrap-around, multi-level deck provides a tree-house-like setting ideal  for engaging with nature, while the pond invites sauna luxuriators to cool down. The sauna itself is a glassed-in structure off by itself, high above the pond – oh, the views!

The house’s exterior shows off a new coat of cool pale grey paint, and the deck seems to be in great condition. Indoors, it is bursting with possibility.  

The sellers, who have occupied the home for many years, turned the upper level of this former two-unit dwelling into a huge, loft-like bedroom with its own bath and clever built-ins. The bedroom picks up on the treehouse theme, with an aerie’s view of the pond.  With the replacement of kitchen appliances, it could once more be let as a second apartment, with its own outside access, or could be leased out as an AirBnB-type rental. Sellers say it’s zoned for two-family homes. And the upstairs carpet could benefit from replacement. 

Downstairs, the kitchen, with plenty of oak cabinets, top and bottom, and the dining room look out over the pond, giving the place even more of a tree-house feel, and the lower level offers well maintained hardwood floors. Two main-level rooms could be bedrooms, but they have been used most recently as offices or libraries by the sellers. The living room offers two bay windows, one set above built-in bookcases, the other with a cozy window seat, and a warming woodstove. 

Several first-floor sliders let in light, especially in winter, when the trees are stripped of their leaves.  Lots of replacement windows and smooth-railed sliders insure you’ll have plenty of light and warmth in winter.  In the leaf-bearing season, cooling shade and privacy make the place especially comfortable.  

With all the ready comforts of municipal life – municipal water and sewer, natural gas, hi-speed internet – the place feels as if it’s in a far-off forest. Nevertheless, it is within walking distance (in good shoes) of Monkey Run, woodsy paths, and a TCAT bus stop. Returning from your hike, your wood-burning stoves, upstairs and down, provide warmth and comfort on chilly days and evenings. Located on the northern end of Turkey Hill Road, it is near to both Route 366 and Route 13, for easy access to both Cornell and to Lansing shopping, and a stone’s throw from the Antlers, for quiet evenings out. • 

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