by Cassandra Palmyra

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Some components of this Italianate Victorian home have been modernized and others have been preserved. The brackets under the eaves, an essential Italianate feature, are intact, but the cornice has been covered with siding. Inside the house all the original yellow pine floors are intact, as are the original moldings. Most of them are painted, as would have been traditional in the 19th century. On the other hand, a picture window has been added to the front of the house, replacing the two windows present historically.

When you enter the front door you see the front stairs to your right. The mahogany rail and spindles are in beautiful condition and wind around the opening in the second floor hall. Light shines into the upstairs hall from both a window at the front of the house and up from below through the stairwell.

All of the windows in the house have been replaced with modern inserts for energy efficiency.

The living room leads to the kitchen, which is entirely modern, with a central island that serves as a breakfast bar and a food preparation area. The cabinetry is oak with bronzed pulls.

The dining room is behind the kitchen and occupies what appears to be an extension. There are doors to the outside at either end of the room, which would make for a delightful cross breeze during summer meals.

The owner has stripped the paint from the moldings in the dining room, revealing the warm yellow-brown of the pine or hemlock.

The door to the back of the house opens onto a sizable deck, which extends across the rear of the home and is 10 feet deep.

There is a large laundry room off the dining room that includes linen cabinets.

A set of backstairs goes up from the dining room into a sitting room that in one direction feeds into a master bedroom and in the other direction to a large full bathroom, making the whole rear of the house into a master suite. The bathroom includes a tub/shower.

A short passage from the bathroom leads to the front hall. There is a large bedroom on the front of the house off the front hall. This room has three large windows, filling the room with light.

A smaller bedroom is at the head of the front stairs.

The parcel is 0.6 acres. There are mature trees shading the side yard, but the back yard is an open lawn, making the property look expansive.

The house is right in the village, two blocks from the downtown via a footbridge over Trumansburg Creek. Main Street includes many amenities and attractive 19th century buildings.

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