About This Listing
We invite you to stay in our beautiful 1906 mission-style home, with its warm woodwork and spacious rooms. An easy walk to Cornell and a short drive to Ithaca College. Walk downtown. Visit for graduation, parents weekend, reunion, alumni weekend or other suitable weeks or weekends. Offstreet parking.
If you like mission-style homes, you will love this house. It has a wonderful, large front porch, where you can enjoy your coffee and paper, or just lie on the couch and read a book.
The large kitchen is fully-appointed. A washer and a dryer on the first floor are useable by guests.
Interaction with Guests
We are recently retired, both having had long careers. We each have masters' degrees in city and regional planning. Thys is of Dutch heritage (his parents fled Hitler in 1939) and Beth's roots in the US go back to the 1600s. We both love to travel and to meet new people. While we will leave our home in your good hands when you are here, we will enjoy meeting you and showing you around.
Our neighborhood is lovely, with beautiful older homes on a leafy, tree-lined street. Collegetown, with its coffee shops and small restaurants, is just a few minutes' walk. Downtown is an easy 5 minute drive. A bus stop is just a block away.
Please enjoy yourselves but no loud parties. And, be especially considerate of our wonderful neighbors by not hosting loud gatherings on the porch at night. And, please, no smoking in the house. Be sure to call us with any questions or if something isn't working properly.
Where to even begin? We were only there for a weekend, but wish we could have stayed for a whole month! The pictures don't do the house justice as to its sheer size. When we pulled up to the house, our jaws dropped...it's HUGE! And has a gorgeous yard and perfect porch in front to sit in the morning and enjoy coffee.
The rooms are just like shown in the pictures, with the exception that a picture can't accurately portray the awesomeness of a tempurpedic mattress. At first, it was a bit odd, because the bed doesn't move at all, but once you lay there for a few minutes and it molds to your body, it's amazing!
Beth our host was there when we arrived and did a great job of welcoming us and giving us a tour of the house, as well as recommendations for restaurants and other things to do. Not that this is relevant in any way and is more for Beth, but after she left to head out to her 70th birthday party with friends coming in town from all of the country, we all remarked that we would be overjoyed to be like Beth when we turn 70. When people say 70 is the new 40 - it is Beth they are referring to.
One thing I wasn't sure on when booking was actual distance to Collegetown...was it really "walking" distance, or "yeah, you can walk it but it will take an hour." It is perfect walking distance...as a judge of the distance, you can walk back from the Collegetown Starbucks and your coffee won't get cold at all and you can sit on porch and enjoy. This being said, for any Cornell Alums thinking, "Oh man, I don't want to be right in Collegetown with all the noisy/drunk students," - not to worry! It's almost like a line exists where all student housing stops (and I can say, while in College, pretty sure I never crossed this line because I) and residential begins. The neighborhood is gorgeous and made double say by the fall foliage.
If going to Ithaca and you want to be in Collegetown area, look no further!!
Beautiful home, exactly as described. It was truly a home away from home, with all amenities, including a wonderful, functional kitchen, fast Wi-Fi and four bedrooms, each equally ample and beautifully done. Beth could not have been kinder or more gracious and generous. The location is exceptional, just a few blocks from college town and a beautiful neighborhood.
Beth was a gracious host and made us feel like family coming to visit. The house is absolutely lovely and was perfect for our group, which was three families, two of them with children. The house is both cozy and beautiful and is located a very quick walk to the heart of Collegtown.
Beth was in touch with us throughout our stay and was very responsive.
We were quite pleased with everything and look forward to staying here again the next time we come to Ithaca!!
Beautiful home shared with family from out of town. we could not have asked for a better home, location or host!!
Mahalo! We will be back!
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About the Host, Beth
Beth moved to Ithaca in 1972 for graduate school at Cornell, having graduated from U Cal Berkeley. She led a long career in community development and housing finance and retired a few years ago. She served in the Peace Corps in Nepal from (phone number hidden) and continues to be active in Nepal, heading up the non-profit Educate the Children, which works in Nepal ((website hidden)). Beth is an avid skiier and hiker, and has four grandchildren with two on the way. Her husband, Thys Van Cort (also recently retired) , was the director of city planning for the city of Ithaca for over thirty years.