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House of the Week: Brick mansion on 29 acres built by the family that founded Cazenovia
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on January 29, 2016 at 2:11 AM
CAZENOVIA, N.Y. — It’s not the Lorenzo State Historic Site, the home of Cazenovia founder John Lincklaen, but it’s pretty darn close.
The Meadows Estate, 6 Rippleton Road, was built nearly identical to the Lorenzo, down to the archway in the main entryway and open hallway that provides a view straight to the backyard and perennial flower garden.
The mansion was built in 1824 by Jonathan Denise Ledyard, Lincklaen’s brother-in-law and adopted son. The property stayed in the family until 1995.
Much of the wood flooring is original, as is the floor-length mirror in the formal living room. Pocket doors separate the living room from the billiard room/study.
Across the hall is the formal dining room, home to one of the two wood-burning fireplaces in the home. All told, the home has nine working fireplaces, each with its own unique design.
The mansion could become a bed-and-breakfast, as past owners have done. Each of the seven bedrooms has its own private full bathroom, most with marble features. Four bedrooms have electric fireplaces.
Just about every room, from the family room and den, to the bedrooms and kitchen, feature large windows or glass doors and let in plenty of natural light. The glassed-in porch finds ample use in the warmer months.
One of the two basements includes a walk-in safe, built by the Herring-Hall-Marvin Safe Company. The safe is about 10 feet long, six feet high and four feet wide.
If there’s anything more impressive than the 6,200 square foot house, it’s the grounds.
The property is surrounded on three sides by the Chittenango Creek. There’s a small boathouse along the creek on the northern edge of the property. From the boathouse, it’s only about a 500-foot paddle west until you reach Cazenovia Lake, or turn east and explore the winding creek through the heart of village.
The house sits on about 29 acres, all in the village of Cazenovia. There’s village water and septic and even its own fire hydrant near the front door.
The large barn near the house was partially converted to a garage with room to hold at least three vehicles. Take a few steps from your car, however, and you’ll find a chicken coop or one of the four horse stalls. The stalls are functional, but not currently in use.
Forty solar panels line the roof of a smaller, adjacent barn. In 2015, the solar panels produced about 9,500 kilowatt hours, about half the total electricity used.
The two-acre perennial flower garden includes peony flowers more than 100 years old. New flowers bloom every few days from May until August.
The grounds also feature an apple orchard, shade garden, stone patio with a hot tub and vast lawns and wooded areas.
Address: 6 Rippleton Road, Cazenovia, N.Y., 13035.
Lot size: 29.18 acres
Monthly Mortgage: $9,293 (based on this week’s national average rate of 3.81 percent from Freddie Mac for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20 percent down payment. Fees and points are not included.)
Taxes: $41,044 (based on assessed value of $1,220,000)
School District: Cazenovia
Entryway: Modeled after the Lorenzo State Historic Site. The original hardwood floor leads to one of the three staircases in the home.
Living rooms: The mansion includes a formal sitting/living room, family room and den. Both the living and family rooms have electric fireplaces.
Kitchen: Several rooms were combined to make the kitchen, which also opens up through glass doors to the family room. The kitchen features modern stainless steel Thermador and Sub-Zero appliances.
Master suite: The large bedroom includes hardwood floors, walk-in closet and a sitting area. The adjoining bathroom is decked out with marble floors, counters, soaking tub and shower. All the bedrooms have ample closet space.
Basements: The front of the house has one basement, while the rear, added in the 1870s, has a separate basement. The basements hold two boilers, a furnace controlling six heating zones, central air conditioning and an industrial generator powered by natural gas.
Garages: Between the barn and garages, there’s room for at least eight vehicles.
Agent: Ellen O’Connor
Select Sotheby’s International Realty
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