Downtown Ithaca

A Lively and Vibrant Hub
Downtown Ithaca is known for its buzzing atmosphere. With a diverse audience always on the move, Ithaca never sleeps. Many consider Downtown Ithaca the heart of upstate New York state thanks to all of the activities that can be enjoyed there. The art influence on this part of the city is impossible to ignore. Throughout the streets, a variety of public art pieces are displayed, painted by local street artists. Many college students also like to live in this area since it is within close proximity to both Cornell University and Ithaca College.

Downtown is a vibrant and eclectic part of Ithaca, which is why it is no surprise that the food scene is so prominent. Trendy restaurants and bars that the locals love to hang out at are lined up on the streets of the town. Restaurants in the area include Viva Taqueria & Cantina, Ten Forward Cafe, Moosewood Restaurant, New Delhi Diamond's, Mia, and Just A Taste. Bars for drinks on the weekends include The Range, The Watershed, Mercato, and Lot 10 Bar and Lounge. If living in the heart of Ithaca and all of its activity sounds endearing, Downtown Ithaca is the place to be.

What Downtown Ithaca Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
8.0
value
7.8
amenities
7.0
social
6.7
management
7.5
Median rents in Downtown Ithaca
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedroom
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Living in
Downtown Ithaca

Scenic
Public Transportation
Busy
Very Safe
Plenty of Restaurants and Bars
Festivals
Ithaca Commons
Downtown Ithaca — 8.4/10 Rating (based on 28 neighborhood reviews)
Very walkable, access to running paths, but very close to recent break-ins.
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Apt 1
A good area that is more affordable and closer to stores than college town or the CTT/Maplewood neighborhoods. A bit of a longer commute to class, but Wegmans is very close, as are most other major stores. 10min walk to the commons.
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7
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Parkside Vista
It is the Ithaca downtown area with a lot of good restaurants and main bus line to almost everywhere in Ithaca.
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7
/10
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City View Apartments
Lots of restaurants/bars around the commons as well as regular bus service
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9
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Center Ithaca
There are always people walking around, so it's pleasant to take daily walks. The park across the street hosts the Farmer's Market twice a week in the summer and fall, and all the festivals that happen in Ithaca are just a block away. The police station and fire station are also in downtown, so you sometimes hear them as they go by, but it's not too often.
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10
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DeWitt Bed and Breakfast
Easy to walk to nearby MBA apartments, easy to catch buses, easy access to restaurants and bars.
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6
/10
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Cayuga Place
Select Ithaca locals can seem intimidating and can make you feel unsecure at times. Many MBAs live downtown, good public transit options, close to food and bars.
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8
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Cayuga Place Apartments
The apartment is located in the center of Ithaca Commons.
Even though is a little bit far from Cornell, the TCAT bus stop is across the street and we had no issues.
Good to be in the Commons because is close to bars and restaurants.
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8
/10
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Commons West
Great neighborhood except for the large amount of homeless people.
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10
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Cayuga Place
Bit of a walk to the law school
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8
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Center Ithaca
5 minute walk to the Commons.
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9
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City View Apartments
Convenient walk to Ithaca commons.
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8
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Cayuga Place
Restaurants and bars.
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8
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Commons West
Everything you need is very close.
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8
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Commons West
I like being downtown because I'm close to restaurants and events in the Commons (like Apple Fest). Feels more like an adult place to live vs. Collegetown.
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8
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Cayuga Place
After living in Brooklyn, every other city seems very small to me, but Downtown Ithaca is very nice and has some things going on. Food selection is actually pretty good and there are a lot of bars.
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9
/10
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Home
Lots to do while still close to Cornell. Close to many restaurants and bars.
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10
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Cayuga Apartments
Located in the middle of the commons, with easy access to bars/restaurants
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7
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Center Ithaca
- It is near to the Commons (where stores, banks and restaurants are concentrated);
- There is a bus stop is in front of the building with routes that covers all Ithaca ;
- In less than 10 minutes you are in front of Law School (by bus);
- It is walking distance to Cornell (although there is the hill to get at Cornell from the center).
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10
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Cayuga Place
Walking accessible to many places. There are a lot of festivals and events held during the fall/spring which can be both good and bad. Good is that these events bring in delicious food and unique experience. Bad is that there will be heavy foot traffic and some noises during the day.
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8
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Cayuga Place
Right downtown, so it’s pretty safe. Occasionally get some out of town/questionable characters, but the fact you’re so close to the Commons makes up for it
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8
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Westminster Hall
The Commons can be a little loud on the weekends but do die down soon after 1 am. The neighborhood is lively and safe.
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8
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The Commons Studios
Living off the Commons is great--you have easy access to food, transport, shopping, and great walking paths.
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10
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Lofts @ Six Mile Creek
Everything around. Quick access to transport, grocery, restaurants&bars.
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10
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Center Ithaca
Great
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10
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Cayuga Place
It’s on the commons.
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8
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Commons West
Close proximity to downtown bars & restaurants
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8
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Center Ithaca
Close to the commons and the bus stop
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10
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Lofts @ Six Mile Creek


Getting to Know
Downtown Ithaca

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: Cayuga Inlet to N Aurora St
North to South Boundaries: W Lincoln St to Fairgrounds Memorial Pkwy

Best Apartments
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1 Bed $2,250
2 Beds $2,190

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Studio $1,253
1 Bed $1,443
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1 Bed $1,970
2 Beds $2,750
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