Thursday, April 2, 2009

House of the Week

Actually, this week it's a condo.

I toured the Seitz Building at the corner of Jordan and Genesee Streets in the village during brokers' open on Tuesday. Molly Elliott, the listing agent from Williams, told me that at the open house the previous Sunday there were 120 people jammed into the one finished condo. Grace Snook, her broker, said it helped to keep her upright, she was so tired.

It's an incredible project. Ten condos in all different sizes, all with good-sized windows and views of one of the main intersections and the lake or the outlet and the renovated Old Stone Mill. Prices range from $550,000 for 1017 square feet, 1 bedroom, 2 baths named "The Sailboat" to $695,000 for 1424 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths with a loft called "The Schooner." The largest is 1743 square feet and the smallest is 910 (and I think that includes a 300 sf deck). Four condos have lofts - and views that remind me of France, overlooking the rooftops. But France doesn't have Skaneateles Lake!

Once everything gets in place, there will be an elevator (I almost wrote "lift") and underground parking. We climbed stairs and didn't mind it. Each apartment is unique, with angles and laundry, and light everywhere. The finished - and staged - condo is small and seems so easy to live in. A bedroom doubles as a den, with its own bathroom. The kitchen is hardly a galley, gleaming with granite and stainless steel.

Andy Ramsgard is the architect. He's brought another historic project to Skaneateles.