Come and enjoy our private retreat You know what they say about location, location, location ... and this spot is idyllic & incredibly unique. Right at the water's edge at the big bend in Cayuga Lake just north of Ithaca, The Point is located on 1.4 level acres, and features unparalleled views, no cliffs/hillsides, and an incredibly rare 650 feet of Cayuga lake frontage. The 4-season, fully insulated 3 BR/1.5 Bath, 1700 sq ft ranch-style house faces 270 degree lake views, plus a private cove to the north/back of the house that adds to the feeling of being on an island, right in the center of Cayuga Lake! The east shore location means fantastic sunset views and sun throughout the whole day (the west side shades in early due to the steep topography), while the location of the south facing point and lake angle means you also get sunrises! The best of both worlds!
Rise early and take in the stillness at sunrise. Enjoy the lake breezes and the sound of the waves against the rocky lakeshore. Quietly observe a great blue heron stalking crawfish along the water's edge, or marvel at an osprey plunging out of the sky. Hunt for fossils and lucky stones in the lakeshore shale. Watch the enormous carp swimming lazily amongst the water lilies in the shallows of the private cove behind the house. View the drama of a passing afternoon thunderstorm, leaving the air clean and fresh. Explore the area parks, waterfalls, and wineries. Laugh around a table, enjoying a meal with loved ones, or unwind around a bonfire. Relax as the stunning colors of sunset bleed into the deep sapphire of twilight and the stars start to twinkle. Let the sound of the water against the rocks and the conversations of the frogs in the back cove lull you to sleep at night. The perfect mix of nature and convenience, the Point feels far enough from everything to be relaxing, and is still an easy 10-15 minute drive to Ithaca College, Cornell University, and downtown Ithaca. An ideal location for a relaxing get-away, or to visit either college. This private and unique lakefront property is close to a wide range of area attractions and a perfect spot for visitors with any interests. You really won’t find anyplace else like it!
At the road's end (at the property line), continue on the flat driveway to the convenient gravel parking area right at lake level; unlike many other houses on Cayuga Lake, there are no long cliffside staircases in order to be near the water. Park next to the shore, cross the wide level lawn, take 1 step up onto a wooden deck at the front of the house and take in the incomparable lake views. The front door opens into an open floor plan kitchen/dining area. A kitchen island provides a spot to sit and chat while preparing a meal, with panoramic views from the kitchen windows. The cook’s kitchen is fully equipped with new slate/stainless appliances including a refrigerator/freezer, gas stove/dual oven and dishwasher, as well as a microwave, toaster, 12-cup drip coffeemaker, French press, blender, hand-mixer, wafflemaker, hot/cold 5-gallon bottled water dispenser, standard pots/pans, and dishes/tableware. A 21-bottle wine fridge allows you to optimally store your finds after a day on the wine trail. Eco bonus: All electricity supplied to the property is 100% solar generated, purchased from a nearby solar grid!
The living room area includes comfortable seating, a flat screen TV with cable & DVD player, a small library of family-friendly DVD movies, some old-fashioned Nintendo video games, and a cupboard full of board games/puzzles. Wireless internet is provided. A wall of living room windows facing southwest look past a mature, shade-providing evergreen tree to views over the lake south to the town of Ithaca, with Cornell University and Ithaca College on opposite hilltops above the town. There are 3 bedrooms (BR1=1 king , BR2=1 queen+1 twin, BR3=1 queen) and 2 bathrooms: 1 full bath with a shower/tub combo and a heated towel rack, and 1 half-bath. The bathrooms are small and modest, consistent with the era when the house was built, but clean and functional. A full-size washer/dryer is in the utility room. All three BRs have windows that overlook the private cove to the north of the house, great for wildlife viewing throughout the year. The style is comfort-oriented and eclectic contemporary, celebrating the viticultural, agricultural, and geologic influences of the area, with regional art adorning the walls.
Outside, a firepit provides a place to relax around a lakeside bonfire and roast marshmallows, and a Weber propane barbecue is available for grilling on the deck. A 2-4 person hot tub on the deck provides an incomparable place to relax with amazing lake views (please note that this hot tub is small; it is optimal for 2, will accommodate 4 people maximum). During the warmer months, the deck also provides comfortable seating for lounging, and an 8-person dining table - dining on the deck with the views across the lake is not to be missed (a better ambiance than any local restaurant!). The huge, level lawn provides plenty of room for the kids to run and burn off energy, and they will also enjoy the playground structures at Myers Park, a 5-10 minute walk away!! Swimming access to the water is made easy by stone steps at the water's edge, the swim ladder on the front dock, or the gradual shale beach in the kayak launch area. During the summer months, comfortable hammocks placed under the trees at the tip of the property invite blissful relaxation right by the water. There are 2 adult-sized kayaks, 2 kid-sized kayaks (kids <100lbs) and a stand-up-paddleboard available for use during the summer, and a sheltered, gradual launch area right there makes getting in and out easy! Property amenities like outdoor furniture & kayaks are seasonally stored and *not available* during cooler months; if important to your visit, please confirm availability before booking.
Two docks are on the property. Due to being at the tip of the point, heavier & multidirectional wave action around the front dock on Cayuga Lake itself does not allow for safe mooring of boats here, but it provides water access, a place to fish, and fantastic lake views. The back dock provides access to the calm cove behind the house that connects to a marina, and receives almost no wave action. Small boats with shallow drafts may be moored here, but to access this area, they must be navigated through a narrow and shallow opening under a short bridge, which also limits the freeboard height of boats that may pass through. If mooring a boat is important to you, please contact us before booking to determine if this is viable for your boat. Alternatively, the Point is within a very short walk of 2 marinas where trailered boats may be launched and temporary slip rental may be available. The marinas are close enough to be convenient, but they don't intrude on the property privacy.
We provide bed linens and a set of bath towels for interior use for every guest, and cleaning is taken care of by us when you depart. During the summer months, window air conditioning units are provided in each bedroom, and fans are provided throughout the rest of the house to move cool lake breezes through the many windows.
We are in a unique and prime location to safely enjoy the July 4th celebrations, including walking-distance Town of Lansing fireworks (launched from Myers Park) and unobstructed views south toward Stewart Park (City of Ithaca firework launch) without having to worry about parking and traffic. Also the perfect location to walk to enjoy the free Myers Park outdoor concert series on Thursday evenings throughout the summer.
Originally purchased by the family in the 1930s as a waterfowl-hunting property, this property attracts plenty of local wildlife. In the recent past we have seen a huge variety of waterfowl, as well as kingfishers, woodpeckers, songbirds, osprey, hawks, owls, turkeys, blue and green herons, turtles, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, voles, beavers, muskrats, a fisher, a family of minks, raccoons, opossums, woodchucks, foxes, and deer on site at various times.
Come and make some incomparable memories at this one-of-a-kind spot! We hope that you enjoy The Point!
NOTE: Due to the prevalence of internet scammers, we do NOT accept bookings offline or through unregulated classified ad sites. Make reservations only through secure platforms.
Now accepting reservations for the 2019/2020 Cornell University, Ithaca College and Wells Colleges graduation event weeks. We are in a unique and very convenient location to Ithaca. Stay on the lake and make a special visit, extra special!
PLEASE NOTE: We receive a large number of inquiries re: celebratory gatherings at the property. For standard rental, this property has a strict **no parties** policy, enforced by our manager. There are specific, infrastructure-related reasons for this. If you wish to have an event (reunion, graduation party, small wedding ceremony/reception), we will consider this on a case-by-case basis, but there are event fees based on guest numbers, and it is imperative to discuss property policies and specific requirements for events to protect house systems. Written permission for an event must be received from the owners *prior to booking*.
- Please just be honest and respect our house rules. They exist for good reasons to ensure the property functions appropriately.
- This is a NO SMOKING property.
- Overnight occupancy is limited to 7 people (adults + children) maximum. Limited day guests may be allowed with owner permission. No camping. No RVs.
- Guests wishing to bring dogs (2 max) must agree to abide by property Pet Policy and a pet fee applies.