1805 Federal – Trumansburg, NY

Added to OHD on 7/8/15   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   25 Comments
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5291 Route 228, Trumansburg, NY 14886

  • $198,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2279 Sq Ft
  • 2.78 Ac.
This extraordinary home is in Perry City, a lively community of artists and musicians just 5 minutes from Trumansburg. 2.78 Acres with distant views. Mahogany front porch. Lots of light. High ceilings. Plank floors. 5 Fireplaces! Living Room with gas heating stove, chandelier, original woodwork. Elegant staircase. Large light-filled Kitchen with new woodstove is ready for your updates. Generous bedrooms. 2nd floor office/family room. Back staircase. Flexible creative spaces ready for your ideas. Studio! Workshop! Apartment! 2 unfinished rooms on main level (379 sq. ft.) PLUS 2 unfinished rooms on 2nd floor (416 sq. ft.) EQUALS additional 795 sq. ft! Imagine the possibilities! Clear Stain Preservative on Siding. Heavy Steel Roof. New Gutters. New Upstairs Bath. Updated electric and plumbing. Fully insulated. Lilacs, iris, daffodils, hostas, pear tree, cherry tree, peonies. Sturdy Barn! 4 miles to Trumansburg, 12 miles to Ithaca. Schuyler County taxes. Trumansburg Schools.
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Laurel Guy, Warren Real Estate of Ithaca

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25 Comments on 1805 Federal – Trumansburg, NY

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  1. Holly Q says: 75 comments

    Oh my oh my….. now this… THIS is now my absolute favorite. I love everything, well except that totally out of place shower unit. Ohhhh be still my heart.

  2. Amy R says: 3 comments

    Each photo just gets better and better.

  3. RosewaterRosewater says: 7395 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    What a surprise to see an up to date interior done in such a sensitive manner. The exterior (non)-finish is just outstanding. The weathered, preservation look is my favorite on most frame houses, and this one is brilliant. I will say that the patch and leave job on the front door is farther than even I would go in maintaining authenticity, and no foul to the new owner if they end up painting the sucker. Hehehe. The kitchen fireplace is stunningly beautiful in it’s preserved form. If somebody moves in here and pretties the place up and installs some gawd awful contemporary kitchen, I hope their eyebrows fall off and never grow back. This house is a splendid example of how to preserve the authenticity of an antique structure while updating mechanicals and necessaries appropriately; (though I would have found a better spot for the elec. svc. box). I say BRAVO!

    Once I’m at the place in life where I can live the “snowbird” lifestyle full time, this is just the sort of summer place I’d love to own; just within Ulster County 😉

  4. Don says: 441 comments

    What an amazing house! It’s so interesting to see something so original. Those windows, the woodwork, that staircase! If I were closer, I’d be seriously tempted. It looks like the owners did almost all of the hard work and a lot of what needs to be done is cosmetic.

  5. Stacey says: 24 comments

    What a beautiful home! One of my favorites. There is such a quiet elegance to the whole property.

  6. says: 349 comments

    A stunner. Worth every penny for the entrance hall alone; it’s one of the more beautiful spaces I’ve ever seen on OHD. I’d pull a nice Federal chair into the hall and maybe a Federal games tables and just sit and admire the space until it was time for bed.

    I’d finish off the couple raw, unfinished rooms on the two main levels, rethink the bathrooms and make a few modest changes to the kitchen. That’s about it. Outside there was some sort of porch along the left side elevation; I’d never get around to doing anything about it. As for the exterior, it leave the clear stain for a while, maybe a long while. With the right gardens the current effect might look good or interesting at least. I’d put picket fence everywhere, and buy a handful of good period furniture for each room. That’s it.

  7. MW says: 925 comments

    On one hand, the house seems a bit boxy and lacking a few windows on the sides. But I agree with others that is has a strong appeal and is very interesting inside and out. I like the front facade quite a bit, especially that it is asymmetrical off center which seems to make the floor plan more efficient and usable. So, someone was probably thinking a bit out of the box when they built this which I appreciate. But then they threw in the standard Paladian window above the front door as it would have been in a centered doorway house. So, it is off center, but yet still as expected.

    On a side note, I see that Zillow is now showing property lines on their maps. That is a welcome upgrade. It is always nice to see the size and shape of the properties.

  8. JimHJimH says: 5526 comments
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    Wonderful house, terrific preservation job! There are a lot of very old houses on the back roads of New York state, virtually undocumented and needing attention. These folks bought this place for cheap 7 years ago, put in a lot of effort to preserve it and should receive a medal and a plaque, if not full asking price.
    A minimalist restoration like this can be drab without a little color and creativity. I appreciate that the owners here added just enough to give it interest without making it all about how clever and creative they were.
    I love the unpainted look but might have added just a touch of pigment to make it more uniform. I’ve always thought putting a thick coat of latex paint on an old building is like vinyl siding in a can.

  9. says: 328 comments

    I really like the interior and would love to see some well chosen period antiques added. I’m not a fan of weathered exteriors on classical houses though.

  10. Steve M. says: 1 comments

    Seems like this work is getting lots of kudos here for its near-heroic gentleness and minimalism, so apparently I’m a lone voice in saying the plaster seems so straight and the window surrounds so perfect and one chimney breast so un-historically exposed–hey, I didn’t make up these architectural terms–I’m having a difficult time telling what’s new and what’s old in this transitional vernacular architecture. Whenever I see a room with original plaster stripped from ceiling and all its walls it puts me on Orange Alert.

    This house occurred just as the entry switched from front facade to gable end, and it is interesting to see what happens to the Palladian window–where it is retained, and it usually isn’t–in such relatively cramped quarters, remaining above the doorway but now shifted to one side of the facade. If it feels not quite right and out-of-balance it’s because it is. The symmetry that form of window wants is embodied in the window itself, with the arched center flanked symmetrically by other sash, just as the Georgian facade would have had the Palladian window above the doorway, both centered in the facade and both flanked symmetrically by sets of windows up and down. Because of the cramped, unbalanced presentation you see in this gable end, it did not persist long. And for exactly that reason the record of the transition is important here.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7395 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Good points Steve. While I do believe the walls in the kitchen and baths are contemporary installations, the primary rooms in the house appear to me to be nicely repaired lath and plaster. Usually we see fireplace of this vintage slathered in paint inside and out. To see this one in the kitchen maintained soot, old b rick, and all is refreshing. It probably was plastered to the surround, but in this case, I like the exposed brick as emphasis to the mantle and firebox. I found a short, (and nicely creative – for a change), video on YouTube and have invited the agent and the owner to join in on the discussion. Hopefully they will chime in on the condition of the house before and after and about the building’s history.

      YT Vid; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_Q9r7U1hf4

      “Realtor” has a few additional pix; http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/5291-State-Route-228_Trumansburg_NY_14886_M46326-14771?source=web#

      • MW says: 925 comments

        First time I’ve ever seen a house for sale with a music video! Normally I’d probably be running for the hills. But have to say, surprisingly not bad. Not sure I want it to take off as a trend, but in limited doses in good taste is it fun to see. As long as they don’t start rapping at the very least.

        Cool finds on these videos. Good music again too. Must be a very musical area.

    • JimHJimH says: 5526 comments
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      Steve, I don’t think anybody is claiming that this is a textbook historic restoration, and it’s clearly not. What’s heroic to me is that these folks gave it life again, and the result is quite beautiful. It would be interesting to see the Before photos – I imagine it was in poor condition. They bought it for $50k at the top of the market in 2008, and it was sold in 1991 for $3,500. This area of New York is quite depressed economically and many of the old homes are being lost because very few folks are willing to invest the time or money in them.

  11. RosewaterRosewater says: 7395 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Also – a really delightful “visual taste of Trumansburg”; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNluF5zb33Y

    PLUS – Trumansburg is the home of BOB MOOG and the birthplace of his synthesizer which would forever change music for the good and the “auto tune”..

    T’s my kind of town. Nice….

  12. Brendan says: 83 comments

    Lovely house. However, I’m not really fond of the kitchen being in that room. With that grand fireplace surround, I’d make this room the dining room and look to the unfinished spaces on the first floor for a modern but sensitive kitchen. And I’m sorry, but I think the house looks dirty…to me it is crying out for a coat of paint!

  13. AmyHM says: 2 comments

    Thanks for including those YouTube videos … What a wonderful town! Wonder what taxes would run on this property and job situation would be … I live in Texas and this property would be a welcome escape from the heat.

  14. Sapphy says: 371 comments

    This house doesn’t do much for me on the outside, but on the inside it’s a different story. This appeals to a lot of my sensibilities in old homes… wide open [and tall!] rooms.. a rambling yard with a cute barn… wonderful original wood flooring… a wood stove… fireplaces a go-go. And look at the size of that kitchen! I could really do great things in this house. And as a bonus, the last photo looks like this room would make a great art studio! I wonder if that’s the room in the attic with the funky round window? Probably not though, as there’s a door but nothing that looks like a porch outside.

  15. MW says: 925 comments

    I noticed in the back additions rooms that the exposed walls have plywood visible. So, I’m guessing they must have stripped the siding off and replaced it back after putting it on. That could be a good thing is the siding was done properly, especially if they reused and repaired original siding to be in top shape. Not convinced all the wall framing looks too kosher, but would take a closer inspection on that to analyze.

    However, in looking at the roof through the ceiling beams in the second level, you can see the underside of the tin roof! That is obviously not great for insulation to start with, but the sound level when it rains hard is going to be close to unbearable. Why they didn’t plywood the roof before they put a new metal roof down is definitely questionable. Seems like a waste of time and money. Maybe they just slapped it up for a temporary roof while they saved up the money or found the time to do it the way it should be.


    This house looks like it was a labor of love and probably has a lot of blood, seat and tears wrapped up in it. And is definitely interesting with a lot of potential. But it also definitely will take the right buyer to tackle this project and be able to finish it out to a proper level. Definitely not for the weekend projects crowd.

  16. susan.atorsusan.ator says: 16 comments
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    Dang, this house plays havoc with my desire to downsize.

  17. JimHJimH says: 5526 comments
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    Perry City has had its own post office since 1815 but now shares the zip with Trumansburg a few miles away. I don’t see any schools, stores, pizza etc. here.
    “Oldest house in Schuyler County” – interesting – maybe the realtor can enlighten us. The house was occupied by the Stilwell family later in the 1800’s and they were here early, so maybe they built it. The Indians were run out during the Revolution, and the area was settled by patriots who received land here as bounty for their service. Perry City had the largest settlement of Quakers in the region 200 years ago, still active.

  18. Yzabeaux says: 2 comments

    Beautiful home! Because of the age of the home, makes one wonder if they’re any residual “spirits” living there. Hate to invest all that money only to find out one can’t live there IF there were apparitions hanging about.

  19. sapphy says: 371 comments

    One can’t live there if there are residual spirits hanging about? It’s a main criteria I demand in a home 😉


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