Thank you for looking at our historic apartments in the middle of the quiet Fall Creek neighborhood in downtown Ithaca. On Homeaway the property numbers for these three homes are, apartment A: 4549742, apartment B: 4535132, and apartment 2: 4228138. Altogether the three apartments offer as many as 13 possible bedrooms.
We pride ourselves in providing clean floors, clean kitchens, clean bathrooms, clean sheets and towels, new dishes, free coffee, fresh cream in the fridge, etc. Let us know right away if anything is missing! We hope you’ll choose to help us improve our guest-stay service by taking advantage of our very competitive pricing, and writing a nice review when you leave, if we earn it. We accept instant bookings, and usually answer inquiries within an hour. You'll communicate your booking arrangements with Steve Moraff (me). I live in the Boston area and am a stay-at-home Dad. Thomas Ward, who lives on site in apartment 1 (the first floor of the main house), will handle your check-in, check-out, and anything you need while you are visiting.
These apartment homes were built in 1903 and consist of main house (where apartment 2 is located) and carriage house (divided into left and right halves – apartments A and B). There is a rustic courtyard between the main house and the carriage house. The exterior of the buildings is a work in progress, as there is original stucco from 1903, always in need of some work. You may see that reflected in some of the reviews, as the homes are much more luxurious inside than outside. The courtyard is usually flowery in the summertime, to help hide the excessive use of stucco and concrete!
We ask that you be very quiet and respectful while in our apartment homes. Our residents are mostly dedicated Cornell graduate students from around the world, and we don't allow parties or noisy gatherings. In the good weather there are more flowers every year, as our on-site manager Thomas has a very green thumb. Our next door neighbor is a Cornell horticulturalist, and his gardens seem to be spilling wonderfully into our property.
The interiors of these apartments are fully renovated, with modern kitchens and bathrooms. Sufficient window-unit air conditioners are provided for even the hottest Ithaca summer days. Most rooms also have ceiling fans. All apartments have dishwashers, garbage disposals, large refrigerators, and microwaves. The kitchens are well-appointed with dishes, silverware, recently purchased ceramic pots and pans (no teflon), and of course our standard coffee maker with provided coffee beans and a grinder.
Apartment A (this apartment) has 4 bedrooms, not including the couch in the living room. None of the 4 bedrooms are very large, and most have full beds.
Apartment A is our most luxurious apartment, as I designed it to be my own home. I only got to live in this apartment for three months before following my wife around the world as she pursues her academic career. So now I handle renting and bookings, while raising our small children.
The living room/kitchen/dining area in apartment A is huge, perhaps 15x40 feet. There will be a new leather couch and love seat set, purchased in the fall of 2018.
There is a full bath and a half bath, plus a family room that separates the two suites.
This apartment had a massive renovation around 2009, during which time we enclosed the first floor, which had been used for many carriage house-style purposes during the preceding 100 years.
I have a taste for old wood, huge beams, and natural porcelain tile and other good materials. Working every day for years with a group of neighborhood friends, we finished out this Carriage House with a mix of modern luxury and classic elegance.
I am particularly proud of my choice to use a massive restaurant stainless steel sink unit as the centerpiece of the kitchen. in addition to two massive sinks, there are two built-in drainboards, and a pot sprayer, plus a high-end dishwasher installed under one drain board. This home is a great place to prepare your own food while traveling.
Parking is on-street, and there is usually plenty of parking available. Please be careful not to block anyone's driveway. If you see neighbors, be sure to say hi. It is OK if they know you are visiting. Our neighborhood welcomes quiet, friendly, and respectful visitors. Over the past decade we have worked diligently to assure that our apartments blend into our neighborhood without being a source of parties and annoyance, and we ask that you help us continue this tradition.
So come be a part of our neighborhood for a day, a few days, a week, or even a month!