200 Wildflower Drive, Unit #1, Ithaca

Sited in the Eastwood Commons neighborhood and flanked by open land, this single-story, two-bedroom, one bath condo could be perfect for first-timers, down-sizers, and anybody else who wants to live comfortably close to everything and not have to bother with dusting unused rooms full of  tchotchkes, descending into cobweb-filled basements, standing on ladders to clear out roof gutters, or otherwise struggling with exterior upkeep. The place exudes a cheerful calmness, and so can you.

Outdoors, in garden space maintained by the homeowners association, clumps of daffodils are declaring that spring has arrived, and the bark of a tall birch counters, “Not a leaf on me! Are you daft?” But it won’t be long before the well tended landscape plantings don their green finery and begin to provide shade.

Pass into a sweet fenced-in patio, up a short ramp, and through a bright red door and you’ll find yourself in a house full of light and airiness, with windows facing in three directions, capturing the morning sun and more. Central air conditioning means summers are a breeze.  In fact, this whole place, all newly painted 875 square feet of it, should be a breeze to care for and enjoy.

The 17’ X 18’ living room/dining room’s parquet wooden floors appear to have been well cared for and the adjoining galley a relatively new water heater (2015) and furnace (2009-10). There’s room for a dishwasher, but you’re on your own for that.

There are two nice-sized, carpeted bedrooms, one 10 X 12 with a large closet, and the other 12 X 14 with two. The bathroom provides a roomy step-in shower and grab bars. In fact, the home, though not completely ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant, could be fairly accessible for a person with some mobility issues.

The homeowners’ association, for a monthly fee of $305.93, provides lawn care, snow removal right up to your door, exterior building (but not window) maintenance, door maintenance, building insurance, and municipal water and sewer. While the stove is electric, the hot water heater and furnace are powered by natural gas, so there is a line to the house should you wish to add a gas fireplace or other gas-powered appliances.

Eastwood Commons is close to the East Hill Recreation Way, for your walking, jogging, bicycling, or skateboarding pleasure.  Paths to East Hill Plaza, Collegetown, and Cornell are fairly level, and while downtown is downhill, you and your bicycle can take the TCAT bus back home.  The bus stops right there, at the corner of Wildflower Drive and Honness Lane. In the event that you need or want to park a car, the property includes a one-car garage with an automatic garage-door opener. Easy-peasy. • 

 

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