About This Listing
This bright, quiet airy home is comfortable, clean and eclectic with views onto 3 acres of land filled with nut trees, a large lawn for outdoor activities and a beautiful swimming pond.
Conveniently close to town, 20mn walk and 5 mn drive.
When people step into my home, they gasp at the beautiful open living room space and view of the trees and pond below. The pond house, which was originally an old local railroad depot, is a small private and tranquil space for relaxing in nature. There is a yoga mat and accessories, a large airboat and some floats to add to the experience all while you can hear the soothing waterfall sounds. Its my peace of heaven...
The house is tastefully decorated, sunny and very comfortable.
The well lit basement area has a bathroom, two twin beds, a living room area and sliding doors onto a small patio and driveway for an extra car and a separate private entrance.
The house, surrounded on one side by nature and on the other by a quiet street, is conveniently located on West Hill with an 8mn drive to The Commons and restaurants and about a 10mn drive to Cornell.
I will be across the street at my fiances house, leaving you with all the privacy needed but mostly available if anything comes up.
house, deck, lawn and bocce ball/badminton, (swimming) pond, outdoor ping pong, gas grill.
Interaction with Guests
occasional. I will be living across the street so available if needed
I do have a long haired cat and would need to make arrangements in that regard, ie feeding and love...
The neighborhood is quiet and friendly, within 20 walking distance to town or 5-8mn by car.
A bus comes through every 40mn.
Other Things to Note
no large parties unless we discuss beforehand
There is strictly no smoking in my house and no alcohol by the pond for anyone under 21. No children under the ages of 10 can be at the pond unless supervised by an adult at all times. Responsibility for any loss or damage of property in the house or property. Waiver to be signed.
No pets allowed unless they stay in the basement area.
Depending on the dates, the price has some flexibility.
Manuela's house was great, it was nice and cozy with a great backyard and pond! I would defiantly stay there again the next time I'm in Ithaca.
Manuela was an amazing host with a beautiful home.
From the second we arrived, we were welcomed with food and drink, and made to feel incredibly comfortable. Everything we needed was provided and her wonderful design sense made the stay even better.
Both Manuela's home and property are more beautiful in person than the listing already makes them look. Easy access to the Commons and the Cornell campus. A perfect homebase for our group (Cornell alumni) to celebrate homecoming. Couldn't have asked for anything better - absolutely no complaints
I thought the listing was gorgeous. I loved the pictures and the openness of the main living space really caught my eye. The second fabulous thing about the place is the back yard. We love to be outside and we spent most of the weekend, when we didn't have graduation obligations, in the yard playing bocce ball with the family. The "bright spacious, cozy home with a large pond" is exactly that! We had our extended family together for Cornell's graduation weekend and 10 people could fit around that wonderful table. (my nephew is a graduate student at Cornell so that family joined us for dinner) The house was cozy and comfortable. The cats were great. They are cuties but if you have allergies, they are longhair cats. One even cozied up to my father. My father couldn't stop raving about the place. He was concerned about staying in someone else's home, but the house itself and our host made him, and all of us, feel comfortable. One of my son's friends made this comment, "How did you find such a great place…..and it turn out to be a house that is sooo much YOU? " Thank you so much for opening your home and allowing an always stressful event to be relaxing and family centered. We had fantastic communication with our host one year prior and then in the weeks before our arrival. She was gracious with providing some breakfast goodies and was very understanding when we were having car problems on the day of our departure. I can't say enough wonderful things about our host. I hope she has a peaceful year and finds time to enjoy her own relaxing space and escape from the stresses of life. If ANYTHING takes us near Ithaca in the future I hope we can stay in your home again.
Manuela's house is beautiful -- an idyllic setting and lovely decor. She provided us with all the necessary amenities, and more. A very thoughtful homeowner. It was terrific to have such a nice place to assemble and relax in the midst of the graduation activities.
About the Host, Manuela
A citizen of the world, grew up in Zurich, Paris France, Rome, Bruxelles and NYC. I worked at Conde Nast Publications (Mademoiselle) for many years in NYC and moved to Ithaca NY to be with my boyfriend who has been at Cornell IT for 25 years.
"Home " means a lot to me having travelled so much as a child but the bug is still there so i'm grateful that i can get to Paris every 4-6 months.
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