Ithaca is broken up into multiple smaller neighborhoods. Each has its own unique location and culture.
I love how my family can walk to the Farmers Market, Science Center, Commons, public library, Stewart Park, Cornell, and all three schools that my kids will likely go to (Fall Creek, Boynton, and IHS).
There are great aspects of living in this area. There are 3 parks (Tutor, Eastern Heights, and Hungerford) all with playgrounds less than 8 years old. The Eastern Heights trail is great for walking and most of the neighborhood is within 2 blocks of a bus stop. The Eastern Heights Park has nice sledding hills and walking trails. It and Hungerford have room for games like soccer or baseball as well as a basketball court. The area is close to Cornell without going through downtown. It has a higher than average amount of Christmas lights (something I love). East Hill Plaza is the nearest commerce center.
I love being able to walk to the library, commons, and even Wegmans if I want to! It’s great to be close to the heart of the city, especially for festivals and summer events. However, I still can enjoy living on a quiet street with my neighbors close enough to chat with from our porches, and having a strong sense of belonging in the community. I also live near the South Hill Rec. trail which can take me all the way to Burns road on a nice flat and scenic trail. The area is beautiful, centrally located, and I even have a lake view (from my attic)!