Being a navigational nitwit, and despite the fact that I had very clear directions, I got lost on my way to 3809 Willet Road. But that small detour gave me an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the gently undulating hills of central Hector, and a desire to return when I don’t have an impending deadline. There is something so calming and restful about the lay of that sparsely populated land.
3809 Willet Road is experiencing its first time on the market in over 100 years, at least three generations worth. The current owners remember less luxurious times, when the place had a three-holer outhouse (a luxury in those days!) and a pump that brought cold water in to the kitchen’s dry sink, then to be heated on the woodstove. Now it’s lovingly updated, cozy and impeccably maintained, with all the comforts of 21st century living, soft carpeting, and a view of the woods and the old chicken house from the kitchen sink. The grounds are well tended, and when we visited, a lavender-colored lilac was in raucous bloom. On 1.75 acres, the home faces out over a rolling valley, and is backed by a hill of tall woods.
A sunroom, with a newer hot tub, faces out over the valley, is well insulated, and acts as a passive solar source for heating the house.
A first-floor bedroom has been converted to a laundry, but could easily be converted back, and there are two good-sized (10 X 15 and 11 X 15) bedrooms upstairs.
Driving around the countryside, I am always amazed at how many residences have outsized garages, some even larger than the homes they serve, and this is one of them. A newer metal-roofed garage can accommodate three cars and has an additional 14 X 38-foor bay for a truck or motor home. The garage has electric and water lines, and could be a great place to set up your workshop or business. Or both.
A weathered chicken house stands behind the home, and while the current owners haven’t used it, they recall the days when chickens had run of the place and were corralled against foxes and other predators at day’s end. You’d be well set up to install your flock and indulge in the joy of eating fresh, orange-yolked eggs every morning for breakfast. Or use it just to stow away your gardening tools.
Conveniently located 15 miles from Ithaca and 10 miles from Watkins Glen, the home is a quiet haven from the growing madness of our world, with plenty of room to garden and contemplate.