274 Gray Road, Ithaca

Realtor Jill Rosentel calls this a “staycation home,” and it’s easy to feel as if you’re on vacation year-round in a place with nearly as much built space outdoors as in.  Off the kitchen is a screen porch, perfect for contemplating the day ahead with your morning cuppa or celebrating a leisurely weekend breakfast or brunch. Around the corner, an arbor whose leafy arms hold green table grapes, shields part of the roomy wrap-around deck from the sun, and you can hang your hammock beneath the grapes from the sturdy uprights; shed the days’ tensions in peaceable woodsy surroundings, comforted by the sounds of bird song. 

Most everything in this nicely updated 1960s-era home is on one level: three bedrooms, an updated bath, and an open-plan kitchen/dining room/living room.  One entire wall of the master bedroom is given to generous closet space. Most of the flooring is hardwood.

On the lower level a section of the basement has been finished and now serves as a playroom, but could be your office, workshop, meditation center, practice room,  recording studio, wine cellar, or whatever your heart desires. The other section is given to a one-car garage; there’s parking space outdoors for three additional vehicles. 

Both kitchen and bath have new-looking maple shaker-style cabinetry with clean lines and a bright, light-reflecting finish, and with this addition the kitchen offers lots of storage. A large pass-through over the kitchen sink lets the cook converse with family and friends and keep an eye on living room activities.

Outdoors, tall deciduous trees frame the house; they were just coming into leaf when we visited, but will provide a fair amount of privacy during the summer, and, after providing a colorful show in fall, then dropping, let sunlight in all winter. The lot is over 400 feet deep, so there are options for exploring and making paths, or filling the woods with naturalized daffodils, trout lilies, and other forest-loving plants.

The sellers are leaving behind a handsome, soft mulch-surfaced playground with swings for both toddlers and school-age kids, and a sandbox.

Bonus: Cross the street and you’re on an access trail leading to upper Treman State Park with it waterfalls, pools, and picnic areas. As good as your own Golden Pond. • 

 

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