304 Mitchell Street

This solid-looking home, its exterior projecting a prim, gray solemnity, perches on a knoll above the corner of Mitchell Street and Delaware Avenue, in the leafy Belle Sherman neighborhood.

Inside, it’s another story. While some of the downstairs “public rooms” – kitchen, hallway, sun porch -- are painted in allegedly-requisite-for-sale muted neutrals, the bedrooms upstairs are arrayed in bold, jewel-tone colors.  The master bedroom, painted a textured ruby red that mimics suede, has a full wall of closets; store all your party finery, skinny jeans, shoe collection, and everything else there. The other two bedrooms are richly cozy and inviting in jade green and lapis lazuli blue respectively. The upstairs full bath is tiled in a clear Caribbean-waters turquoise. It’s a tasteful cornucopia of color. Throughout the home, floors are hardwood, except for the kitchen’s, which has been re-done in recent years in pine planking

Downstairs, the kitchen’s fern-green-topped counters and its cabinets are arranged in a horseshoe shape, for maximum efficiency, and the cook has high-intensity track lighting and sunlight flowing in from Mitchell Street. There’s plenty of cabinet space, including a couple of glass-front cabinets for showing off your finest culinary accoutrements.

The formal dining room, painted a garnet red above, and a clean white below the chair rail, enjoys enough light to have recently encouraged an exotic night-blooming cereus to produce a handful of large though fleeting, fragrant blooms.

The living room, focusing around a brick-faced wood-burning fireplace, is also a deep red, upping the coziness factor. The seller’s sturdy leather couches and Oriental carpet reinforce that, and a large mirror over the fireplace performs the neat optic trick of extending room’s size.

Through the living room, a former porch has been enclosed, insulated, and heated, providing extra room for an office, den, kids’ playroom, gym, art studio, or whatever else you need or can imagine.

The yard is most charming, with its perennial plantings and Victorian folly with bench seating, perfect for escaping a sudden rainstorm.  In addition, a pergola awaits your purple-flowering wisteria or a few grapevines. Dry-laid low stone walls, flagstone patio, and birdbath add to the charm.  In addition, there’s a shady privacy-fenced side yard, a happy home for yews, ivy and other ground covers, a discouragement to the neighborhood’s white-tail deer, and perfect for slushy days when, despite your slight feelings of guilt, the dog can walk itself. There are at least two off-street parking spaces, and the basement is large and bright enough to accommodate a laundry and a full-size ping-pong table. The seller has done quite a bit of work on the house over the years, and says there’s  a transferable warranty on the roof.

The attached one-bedroom apartment has had the same doctoral candidate tenant for many years, and he will be moving on in July. The seller estimates the next tenant’s monthly rent will be between $1,000 and $1,100, which should more than cover taxes on the property. According to the seller’s Realtor, the apartment is a permissible non-conforming use in an R-1-B zone, and either the apartment or the house must be owner-occupied.  And there you have it – solid, spacious, convenient to the Cornell campus, Collegetown, and a quick slide down the hill to the Commons!

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