3608 Mechanic St.

If a little house on a big village lot with a rip-rap-lined stream is your idea of paradise, check out this sweet Interlaken place.  Only six miles from Trumansburg and another ten from Ithaca, this home has been totally re-done, from top to bottom, stem to stern.

A one-bedroom, one-bath tiny palace, all 1040 square feet of it have been lovingly and tastefully re-done and upgraded. Its surprisingly large kitchen offers brand-new stainless steel appliances, plenty of dark-wood cabinets, and an easy-cleaning porcelain tile floor.  An open floor plan means the cook can enjoy the pleasures of his or her company while rattling those pots and pans, and there’s plenty of light to go around. A trendy glass-tile backsplash means your burbling Sunday gravy splashes are a quick wipe-up.

A sliding “barn door” crafted from some of the house’s original rafters leads onto a heated four-season sunroom, which, in a pinch, could serve as a second bedroom or office – or both. There’s a lovely, new full bathroom on the first floor, too. 

Upstairs, a large (12’8” X 19’) master bedroom completes the indoor picture – it’s a perfect home for a single or couple downsizing or just getting into the housing market for the first time.

Though this is a solidly built 1890s-era home, there is no fusty cellar – the house is built on a crawlspace accessible from the first-floor mechanicals/laundry room.  It’s BYO washer and dryer. 

A bay window in the 16’ x 18’ living room/dining room gives you a shelf for a few potted plants, and looks out over part of the large lot and stream.

The double lot offers loads of possibilities: garden to your heart’s desire, with plenty of room for vegetables, flowers, garden seats, patio, and barbecuing space. Or build a garage or workshop. Put your imagination to work. Consider building a mom-in-law house or a rental to help with the mortgage – village services (water, sewer, gas, etc.) are available at the curb. There’s loads of room for another residence and for privacy too. And, best of all, it’s ready for you to move right in.

 

A Look at Today’s Ithaca-Area Real Estate Market:

According to the Ithaca Board of Realtors, so far this year (as of the end of May) the number of residential properties on the market is up by 5.85%, solds down by 19.63%, and pendings (under contract) by 31.89% compared to last year’s figures for the same period. Because the Ithaca market is generally strong, despite the small drop in sales, the average selling price was $235,838, down only 1% over last year’s figure for a comparable time period, the median selling price around $223,000, UP 5.37% over last year’s. While some properties are gobbled up as soon as they hit the market, and some with multiple offers, it may take a bit longer for most to sell.  Average days on market is now 82, as opposed to last year’s 74 for a similar period. •

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