111 Cottage Place

For Sale: $1,100,000

4 Beds
3 Baths
Single Family
English Cottage
Building 3,350 sq/ft
Lot 5.67 acres
Year Built: 1932
Parcel: 91.-3-8
111 Cottage Place, Ithaca, NY


A unique and rare find for the buyer seeking location, quality, privacy and charm top to bottom. Originally constructed in 1932 by John Peters who was an architect with the Buildings and Grounds Department at Cornell University for 45 years. Prior to that he was associated with renowned architect William H Miller. The design is based on the styling of an English Tudor cottage found throughout the English countryside which Mr. Peters apparently made multiple trips to. Mr Peters and his family lived in 111 Cottage up until 1978. The current owners are only the 4th owners of this home. 

The site is one that was never extensively developed beyond a few surrounding properties. It is on the edge of what was once called the Klondike area of Ithaca. The Klondike area was home to railroad workers, many of Italian descent, who worked on the railroad line coming in from Owego. The Ithaca and Owego Railroad, which opened in 1834, and since sold and operated by other railroad lines, now provides the base for the popular 3.5 mile South Hill Recreation Way. This multi use trail offers hiking, biking, cross country skiing, picnicking and many other outdoor activities. The South Hill Recreation Trail can be accessed directly from 111 Cottage Place.

Location? Amazing! Nestled off the main city streets by hundreds of feet in every direction to ensure preserved privacy. 1.5 blocks from South Hill Elementary School, 5 blocks to the Ithaca Commons, 1 block to Six Mile Creek and the Mullholland Wildflower Preserve, less than a mile to Ithaca College and 2 blocks to the pedestrian bridge that spans Six Mile Creek and leads over to the Cornell Campus.

The site is about 5.6 acres with 529 feet of road frontage on the street below. The home is located on the western side of the acreage. This leaves plenty of room for a wooded playground with trails, campsites, birdwatching, many types of wildlife or just a place to get lost while listening to the enchanting sounds of Six Mile Creek. The grounds around the house step you back in time to the 1930's with its elaborate plantings, lush lawns, mature hedges and gardens, slate patios and walkways, porches and more. There is a separate 2 story outbuilding with a garage door and room for a small car plus a hideaway 2nd floor for studio or playhouse. 

The main house was constructed in 1932 and has maintained its original charm for decades. In 2000 an elaborate multi story addition was constructed blending the original old world charm with a carefully designed modern space that incorporated the original detailing and materials used in the 1932 structure. With careful reconfiguration of the original structure an awe-inspiring flow of space and opulent character was achieved. 

111 Cottage has a classic English cottage entry that leads into the formal living room with French doors, beamed ceiling, hardwood floors and a wood burning fireplace. 111 Cottage has endless storage and built-ins that will constantly surprise you at every turn. The windows on the original house have a double pane storm window to preserve the beauty of the original multi-pane glass. Down the hall you will come across a true library and sitting room filled with walls of bookshelves and a door to a private covered screened-in porch, also accessed off the living room.

The main level also offers a 19 x 11 ceramic tiled office with vaulted ceilings, more wood beams plus a full bath for guests. The transition between old and new brings your through a hallway filled with natural wood, built-ins, pantry, storage and more,  highlighted by gentle blue backlighting. Entering the kitchen and dining area presents a true "wow" factor. Walls of glass, large tiles, natural wood panel ceilings and trim, more built-ins, in floor radiant heat and a 2nd wood burning fireplace that highlights the open space. Efficient custom designed kitchen with stainless steel counters, high end appliances and endless rich cabinets. 

There are two staircases to the upper floor. One off the front entry that is more traditional and the second one that leads up from the kitchen with 2 stories of south facing glass bringing an amazing amount of light into the home. At the top of the stairs is a small work area and the entrance into the very private primary bedroom with vaulted ceilings, angled doorways and hardwood floors. Stunning ensuite bath presenting a jetted tub, oversized tiled shower and large tiled vanity with bowled sink. 

There are 3 more additional bedrooms and a bath down the hall which are within the original 1930's section of the home. Very charming with natural woodwork, hardwood floors, built-ins and various nooks and crannies. The lower level of the 2000 addition has plenty of natural light and makes a great exercise room or large family room. There is a 3rd wood burning fireplace in this room along with a small office nook or shop space. Grade level doorway takes you outside to a hot tub overlooking the forest.

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Hardwood floors
3 wood burning fireplaces
Natural woodwork
3 full baths
Family room
Enclosed screen porch
Formal entry
Beamed ceilings
French doors
Owners suite
Vaulted ceilings
Two staircases
Large home office
In-floor heat
Central air
Beautiful tiling
Endless wood finishes
South facing glass
Hot tub
New boiler
High speed internet
Natural gas
Municipal services
Stone patios
Many plantings
5.6 acres
Private setting
2 story outbuilding
EV charging
Centralized location

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