Living in Downtown Ithaca

Downtown Ithaca Living Tour & Open House

The Downtown Living Tour is a self-guided tour of apartments and attractions in the downtown area. For those who have ever wondered what it would be like to live downtown, the Downtown Living Tour offers a new opportunity to get a sneak peek into a range of apartments in the downtown area.

Participants will be able to tour up to nine apartments at this “open house” of urban living. Register on the day of the event at the Downtown Visitor Center at Center Ithaca (171 East State Street) starting at 12:00 pm. Participants will receive a lanyard pass, map, coupons, and discounts/freebies and downtown attractions, and will also be entered to win prizes including a $100 Downtown Gift Card. Tour registration is open from 12:00pm until 3:30pm. Apartments will be available for viewing until 4:00pm.

Tickets: $5/person

Sample of properties available for viewing during the Downtown Living Tour:

Apartments above MIA, 130 The Commons
Enjoy all the luxury and convenience of modern living in these one bedroom, one bath apartments on the new Ithaca Commons above MIA,  in the heart of downtown Ithaca! High ceilings, hardwood floors, an exposed brick wall and a washer and dryer in every unit in a new energy efficient building.

Breckenridge Place Apartments - 100 W. Seneca St.
Designed by Holt Architects of Ithaca, Breckenridge Place is a new, 50-unit downtown apartment complex. It features one- and two-bedroom apartments available with affordable rents. The six-story, brick-clad building is Energy Star and LEED-certified and features office spaces, meeting rooms, and garden areas. Breckenridge Place is named in honor of Juanita Breckenridge Bates, a leader in the women's right's movement of Tompkins County and a founding member of the City Federation of Women's Organizations. Contact: Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services

The Carey Building, 314 - 320 East State St.
Originally a two-story building, the Carey Building has been re-imagined through an overbuild that added five new stories over the original building. The project, which opens in May, will feature 16 micro apartments, four two-bedroom units, and will double the size of REV (the Cornell University sponsored community business generator). Due to ongoing construction, elevator access will not be available.

Cayuga Place Apartments, 131 E. Green St.
Cayuga Place is a mixed use apartment building with convenient access to downtown amenities and Ithaca's Six Mile Creek. Apartments are equipped with great lighting, a streamlined design, and are accessible via a ground floor elevator. Located along a major bus line, these downtown hideaways offer convenient transportation to anyone looking to downsize or reduce their carbon footprint.

Dewitt Mall, 215 N. Cayuga St.
The Dewitt Mall, formerly a public school building designed by William Henry Miller in 1912, was sold at public auction to architect William Downing who was the only bidder who was willing to save the building.  The building now houses apartments, offices and shops. Each apartment is unique as the architect re-imagined the classrooms.

Gateway Commons, 311 E Green St
LEED-certified, the Gateway Commons has one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments available. The Gateway Commons redefines urban elegance and offers unique spaces for a mature lifestyle. Each apartment is ADA adaptable and enables energy efficient and environmentally responsible living. Gateway Commons is within walking distance of employment opportunities, shopping, dining, public transportation, and is less than two blocks from the Ithaca Commons.

Homegrown Apartments - 104 The Commons
Originally built in 1886, the upper stories of this building have been converted into three contemporary apartments that overlook the Ithaca Commons. The exposed brick walls and vibrant skylights highlight the clean lines and airy interior of this space. Two one-bedroom apartments with lofts will be showcased on the Downtown Living Tour. This apartment can be accessed by stairs only.

Lofts @ Six Mile Creek, 217 S Cayuga St.
Welcome home to Lofts @ Six Mile Creek, downtown Ithaca’s newest apartment building. Wake up in a stunning studio, one or two bedroom loft-style apartment with views of Six Mile Creek. Built using green construction methods, these energy efficient apartments have spectacular window walls, 10-foot ceilings, exposed duct-work, upgraded kitchen features and security controlled access.Parking is available in Cayuga Street Garage and conveniently accessible through a covered connector bridge.  Leasing information is available on

Seneca Way Apartments, 140 Seneca Way
Seneca Way features large one- and two-bedroom apartments with incredible views of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake. The building offers a rooftop terrace and a private fitness center with top of the line equipment. There is a bike storage room with a workbench and tools for green-friendly travelers. Extra storage is available in the basement and Seneca Way provides a convenient trash chute to make apartment living a lot easier. Covered parking is provided on site, so say goodbye to shoveling snow on winter mornings!

Cityview Apartments, 118 Prospect St.
Cityview offers studio through 6 bedroom apts. with the exception of NO 4-bedrooms.Apartments can be furnished (for additional fee) or unfurnished. Heat, hot water and garbage included, tenant pays electric. There is an elevator, on-site coin-op/credit cardlaundry and all apartments have dishwasher and AC (with the exception of a couple onthe lower level). There is a FOB key system to enter the building and a camera systemof the common areas and parking lot area. Parking and internet are available at an additional fee. Located 2 blocks from the Commons.



2016 Living Tour Enhancements:

Argos Inn - 408 E State St
Housed in an impeccably renovated historic mansion, Argos Inn boasts ten individually appointed guest rooms, each equipped with private baths with heated bluestone floors, luxurious king or queen beds, and original works of art by both local and renowned artists. Innovative and historic cocktails are presented in the world-class Bar Argos. Argos Inn will be giving tours of the inn and a goodie bag to the first 100 visitors. Please, no visitors after 2PM!

Benjamin Peters - 120 The Commons
Benjamin Peters is a locally owned and operated business serving Ithaca and the surrounding communities on the Ithaca Commons for over twenty years. Benjamin Peters features men’s clothing and sportswear, plus footwear for men and women. Benjamin Peters invites you to stop in and pick up a 25% off gift card which can be used from April 23 through April 30. Benjamin Peters’ new spring merchandise has arrived!

Cinemapolis Movie Theatre - 120 E Green St
Founded in 1986, Cinemapolis is run by the 7th Art Corporation, a not-for-profit that provides the downtown community with easy access to independent, foreign, and locally-produced films. Cinemapolis will be giving away a 2 for 1 movie ticket and highlights about upcoming attractions to guests on the Downtown Living Tour.

Finger Lakes Fitness - 171 The Commons (basement level)
Finger Lakes Fitness is a conveniently accessible fitness center located in the basement of Center Ithaca. Open 24 hours, Finger Lakes Fitness offers fitness classes, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and more. Finger Lakes Fitness is the perfect gym for downtown residents! Finger Lakes Fitness will provide free 1-week passes to all Living Tour participants who visit.

F. Oliver's Oils and Vinegars - 154 The Commons
Committed to offering the finest and freshest selection of high quality olive oils and balsamic vinegars in Western New York, F. Oliver's is a wonderful stop for a novice cook or seasoned chef to inspire their culinary endeavors. F. Oliver's oils and vinegars are handcrafted in small batches and imported from artisans around the world. Stop by on the Downtown Living Tour; the first 100 visitors will receive a small gift of one of F. Oliver's spice blends to take home.

Ithaca Coffee Company - 311 E. Green St.
Ithaca Coffee Company provides an alternative, relaxing atmosphere to grab locally roasted coffee, craft beer, and wine. In addition to hosting free beer tastings every Thursday, Ithaca Coffee Company is the only place downtown that provides home brewing expertise and supplies. Stop by on the Downtown Living Tour for a free small coffee or $1 off a prepared drink, draft beer, or glass of wine.

Life’s So Sweet Chocolates - 116 W. Green St.
Life’s So Sweet Chocolates first began providing tasty treats to Trumansburg in 2008. In the fall of 2012 the candy shop opened a second location in downtown Ithaca. Store owner Darlynne began making chocolates at eight years old and focuses her business ideals on family tradition and sustainability. Life’s So Sweet Chocolates will provide free samples to all Downtown Living Tour participants.


Sacred Root Kava Lounge and Tea Bar - 103 S. Geneva St.
Sacret Root Kava Lounge and Tea Bar is Ithaca's non-alcoholic social alternative - your home for community, culture, and connection in downtown Ithaca. Located just below the Cornell Daily Sun, an underground tea sanctuary awaits! Sacred Root specializes in an array of organic and herbal teas, Kaca, kombucha, and raw, vegan desserts. Live music, art, dance, workshops, and celebrations are all on the menu. Sacred Root is pleased to offer a complimentary shell of Sacred Root Kava to the first 100 guests on the Downtown Living Tour - an introduction to the centuries-old tradition of Kava, used for celebration, ceremony, and socially by the native people of the South Pacific.

SmartTrips Ithaca, Downtown Visitors Center
SmartTrips Ithaca is a program designed to encourage downtown Ithaca residents to take healthier, greener, more enjoyable ways to get around town. How well do you know your sustainable transportation options downtown? Test your knowledge with our trivia game to win a free TCAT bus pass, a free Ithaca Carshare application, and other SmartTrips goodies.

Sunny Days - 123 S Cayuga St
Sunny Days is a gift shop, gallery, and souvenir store located in the heart of downtown Ithaca, at the corner of Cayuga & Green (across the street from the public library). Local art… music… books… jewelry… specialty foods… t-shirts… magnets… cards and postcards… and so much more – one-stop shopping for the “essence” of Ithaca, the Finger Lakes, and beyond! Participants will receive a FREE GIFT when they visit Sunny Days during the Living Tour.

15 STEPS - 171 The Commons
Locally owned by Bettsie Park and Ken Jupiter since 1982, 15 STEPS is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. 15 STEPS is known throughout te region for their collections of extraordinary jewelry and American Crafts. In addition, 15 STEPS features delicious chocolates and restorative personal care products. At 15 STEPS our goals are simple: we will strive to make a living in an ethical way. We will always sell great products at a fair price. We will support American artists and we will tell their stories. We will connect with and support our community. We will do good business and do good at the same time. Stop by on the Downtown Living Tour for a gift of delicious, artisan crafted chocolates from Lake Champlain.

And more to come...