If a cozy red bungalow with a cottage garden is your idea of paradise, then the idea of two cozy garden cottages near East Hill Plaza for $150,000 could be twice as good. The second can help you pay your mortgage. Or you might live in one and use the other as a writing or artist’s studio, or build wealth by breaking into the landlord biz and rent them both out. Or perhaps you have a better idea.
The main cottage, with a grand total of 658 square feet of living space, is fronted by a deep perennial garden with all sorts of flowering shrubs and trees, as well as a grape arbor that serves as a fence. Inside you’ll find a bright galley kitchen, a model of efficiency, installed by Crown Construction, who also updated that cottage’s bathroom, with a micro-tiled bathtub/shower and a laundry.
A hardwood-floored bedroom provides plenty of space for your king-sized bed, as well as a reading nook looking out over the garden, which, this time of year, is host to the incipient fruits of a large crabapple tree and the shade of a mature maple’s tender spring leaves.
There are two foci of the hardwood-floored 19 X 12 living room/dining room.
The garage has room for one car and some tools; the sellers are leaving a snowblower and a push mower, so you’re all set. The basement can be seasonally damp. What to do? Put in some grow lights and raise orchids!
The second cottage is set in a grove of maples and has its own driveway. The sellers are also willing to leave a large outdoor dog crate, so your pup can safely enjoy the outdoors along with you.
There’s a small bedroom and a main room that serves as kitchen, dining room, and living room. The bathroom, which could use a new floor, also sports a classic claw-foot tub.
Now let’s talk about location, location and, oh yes, location: it doesn’t get too much more convenient. You’re within walking distance of Cornell’s polo arena and tennis facility, and a stroll or bike ride away from East Hill Plaza, where you can stock up on groceries, wine, and antiques, and have access to several take-out or eat-in restaurants. •