The Downtown Living Tour is an annual self-guided tour of apartments and attractions in the downtown area that happens in the spring. We’ll be announcing the 2019 date soon!

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.

The Downtown Living Tour is a self-guided “open house” tour.  On the day of the event starting at 12:00 pm. Participants can register to go on the tour.  They receive a lanyard access pass, walking map, and special offers or samples inside shops and downtown attractions.  Using the map, participants can create their own journey between apartment complexes and businesses. All who go on the tour will be entered to win prizes including a $100 Downtown Gift Card.

Tickets: $5/person

Tour Registration Open: 12:00pm – 3:30pm

Apartments available for viewing: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

2019 Date: TBD

A sample of properties that have been available for viewing during past Downtown Living Tours:

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.