Home of the Week recently featured one of our stunning properties in Cazenovia as their home of the week.

House of the Week: Brick mansion on 29 acres built by the family that founded Cazenovia


By Jacob Pucci |
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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.
Price: $2,490,000
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)
Built: 1824
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
Phone: 315-256-5894­

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Realty Location vs. Size – The Pros and Cons

Realty Location vs. Size – The Pros and Cons

When you first begin your search for a new family home, it is important to clarify exactly what you are looking for. Like many, you may have a long list of priorities. You may want a large home with a beautiful backyard that is within walking distance of the best sights and restaurants in your city.


Sticking to Your Budget

In general, if you want to get more home for your money, you are going to have to settle for buying in a suburb that is a fair distance from the heart of your city. In most cities, the price of a 3,000 foot home increases significantly as the location improves. In the end, homeowners must choose which of these priorities is most important to them in order to stick within their budget. Are you willing live in a smaller home if that means being minutes from your job? If not, are you happy driving 45 minutes or more to work each day so that you can have plenty of space for your family?


Compromising on Quality

One way to discover larger homes in a more desirable location that are still within in your budget is to choose to compromise on the quality of the home. If you are willing and have the skills to make major home improvements to your home, a larger home that needs some extra care may be the best option for your family. On the other hand, if you have a demanding job or limited home improvement skills, a compromise on quality may be a bad choice for your circumstances.


Determining Which Conveniences can be Sacrificed

When comparing size and location, both have their own sets of conveniences they offer over the other. For instance, a larger home is more likely to have a fenced in backyard, which may be incredibly important to you if your are a pet owner or have children. This is compared to a home with a better location, closer to the heart of the city, which may not have a lawn but instead offers the convenience of being close to your work and other conveniences like grocery stores.


In the end, choosing between location and size is not a simple decision. Most homeowners want both, but find they have to compromise one in favor of the other. When making the decision, it is important to consider your lifestyle and what needs your new home must address, taking your time to make a decision before moving forward with the purchase of a home.

At Modernize, we believe it is important to outline your expectations for your home before you begin looking to make a purchase. At the same time, it is also crucial to practice a measure of flexibility as you search the real estate market for your new living space. With time, usually after you have seen multiple homes, it will probably become crystal clear that it is not possible for a single home to meet all of your expectations. This is especially true when it comes to location versus size. If you are living in a moderate to large city, it is fairly common to have to choose between the two. There are pros and cons to choosing a large home in a less than ideal location or a small home in the perfect location.

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A 2015 Success Story – Sarah Hislop

sarahWe’re excited to recognize Sarah Hislop on a job well done in 2015 for increasing her sales volume by 149%.

What do you attribute your success to this year?

“​I attribute much of my sales volume growth in 2015 to creating real relationships with people, sometimes for years, so that when someone is ready to enter the real estate market, they feel comfortable knowing that I have their best interests at heart.”

How has your affiliation with SIR helped?

“SIR has exceptionally high standards for property presentation, which I love. When the unique and special features of a property are allowed to shine, it makes my job more fun and therefore makes me more enthusiastic about showing someone why a particular home is right for them.”

What’s your favorite thing about the Real Estate Industry?

“On a professional level, I love that every transaction is different and presents a new set of challenges to work through. On a personal level, I love when a sale is complete and my buyer or seller can begin the next chapter in their lives. I gain a true sense of satisfaction to be able to successfully partner with someone on an important and exciting life transition.”  ​

What are your goals for next year?

“My goal is simple, to continue to do the absolute best job that I can for every one of my clients. ​The rest falls into place.”


Sarah Hislop is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Select Sotheby’s International Realty.

Congrats to our 2015 Top Producers


Congratulations to our Top Producers for 2015!

  1. Keir Weimer, Associate Real Estate Broker
  2. Maria Barr, Real Estate Salesperson
  3. Mary Diehl, Real Estate Salesperson
  4. Rachel Zuckerman, Associate Real Estate Broker
  5. Gerald Magoolaghan, Real Estate Salesperson