Belle Sherman Cottages Update, June 2014

1 07 2014

Work continues on the Belle Sherman Cottages on the east end of the city (technically, just over the city line in the town of Ithaca). Homes have sold at a rapid pace this year, going from just six lots/homes in the first two years, to at least eleven more lots/homes sold in the past six months (this count includes at least one townhome that was sold). Only 3 of the 19 single-family home lots are still for sale – lots 9, 11 and 12, on the southwest side of the parcel. Lot 9 will be used to showcase a new “cottage” design that has not yet been built. I don’t know why there’s been a sudden uptick, but at this point, I would not be surprised if the last lots sell before the end of the year (along with several more homes completed before winter arrives).

Since I last came through in late April, lot 13 was completed, and two more are under construction – lot 6, a “craftsman farmhouse”, is the first home built in that style. Lot 4, also underway, is a “classic farmhouse”, recently assembled from its modular pieces. There was no indication of site prep or construction for the townhomes.

 

 

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Belle Sherman Cottages Update, 4/2014

16 04 2014

My last stop, on my out of town. In short order, I mentally debated stopping for photos, missed the turn due to the debating, circled back around, ended up ditching my car in a reserved parking spot at the Coal Yard Apartments complex. Then I ran down the hill, to the development, back up to the hill, and back into my car in the span of five minutes. I’m sure some of the neighbors that were outside Sunday afternoon were a little confused by my behavior.

Since my last time through, work was completed on the bungalow on lot 19 (someone gave it red porch trim; I’m guessing the owner), and the “Victorian farmhouse” on lot 13 is well underway, the modular pieces are assembled and it looks like siding swatches are being tested and installed. I expect this house will be done in just a few weeks. According to their facebook page, Q1 2013 was a stellar three months; five lots were sold: lots 4, 6 and 18 (elevations here), the spec house on lot 1, and one of the planned townhouses. That means 10 of the 19 houses planned have been sold. Considering they sold only six houses in the past two years, this is quite an uptick. Looks like Carina Construction will be busy this spring and summer.

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Belle Sherman Cottages, 7/2013

30 07 2013

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Next on my tour was a stop at the Belle Sherman Cottages to make a progress report.

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With four homes complete (Lots 1, 7, 8, and 14), one under construction (Lot 2), and one in site prep (Lot 19), the 29-unit development (19 homes, 10 townhouses) is beginning to resemble a settled neighborhood from a few very select angles.

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103 Walnut Street (Lot 2) is currently underway, and will be completed in the next couple weeks. Only three of the five styles are represented so far, the Victorian and Craftsman-style farmhouses have yet to be built.

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Lot 19 is tucked in the sharply-angled northern corner of the parcel, necessitating Agora LLC to insert the road extension. This extension is also where the townhouses will be built, although I’m not sure when they will start construction on those (i.e. what the sales thresholds are). Several lots are listed for sale with local RE agencies.

As noted at Ithaca Builds, these homes are built using modular pieces, which when done right can result in a quick turnaround from prep to construction to completion. It is likely the bungalow slated for Lot 19 will be completed by early fall, just as construction season starts to slow down in Ithaca.








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