Central Business District

Busy and Bustling Neighborhood
People who choose to live in the Central Business District of Ithaca are typically looking to live right by their place of work. It is popular among working professionals and young adults who want the shortest commute possible to work. The residents of this part of the city recommend either Wegmans or GreenStar Food Co+op whenever some grocery shopping needs to get done. Dewitt Park is also a popular hangout spot for the locals of the Central Business District. It acts as a getaway from the rest of the city with its greenspace and natural scenery.

Life in the busy part of the city is also convenient food-wise. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from that line the streets of the town. Many of them have high ratings online, which makes the choice of where to go easy for newcomers. Bars for some drinks include Chanticleer, The Watershed, Bar Argos, and Uncle Joe's Grill & Sports Bar. Restaurants in the area include Le Café Cent-Dix, Monks on the Commons, Pizza Aroma, and Ten Forward Cafe. Life in this part of the city is perfect for those who enjoy a busy and fast-paced lifestyle.
What Central Business District Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
8.0
value
7.0
amenities
7.0
social
7.2
management
7.5
Median rents in Central Business District
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Living in
Central Business District

Busy Area
Groceries
Walkable
Short Commute
Ithaca Commons
Access to Transit
Dewitt Park
Restaurants and Bars
Central Business District — 8.7/10 Rating (based on 33 neighborhood reviews)
The neighborhood is great. You are next to the majority of restaurants in Ithaca. The location is also 2 blocks away from two different main bus stops to campus. Additionally, if you prefer to walk, it takes about 20-30 minutes and you can take a beautiful easy hike up Cascadilla which is a great way to take in Ithaca's beautiful waterfalls and scenery on your way to campus.
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City Centre
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
There are bars and restaurant everywhere. A car is necessary for grocery shopping unless you get things delivered.
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Neighborhood Rating
City Centre
One of the most convenient places to live in Ithaca.
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8
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City Centre
Right on the commons. Walking distance to tons of restaurants and a couple bars.
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City Centre
Located in the middle of the commons, with easy access to bars/restaurants
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7
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Center Ithaca
I love the access to restaurants, bars, and public transportation.
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9
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Neighborhood Rating
City Centre
- 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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Neighborhood Rating
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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Cayuga Place
A bit of a walk from Sage but very close to the best bars and restaurants in Ithaca. Feels like you're off campus unlike Collegetown.
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9
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City Centre
Bit of a walk to the law school
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8
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Center Ithaca
Great restaurant options and close to public transit.
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9
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140 Seneca Way
5 minute walk to the Commons.
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City View Apartments
Close proximity to downtown bars & restaurants
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8
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Center Ithaca
It’s on the commons.
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8
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Commons West
Convenient walk to Ithaca commons.
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8
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Cayuga Place
Close to the commons and the bus stop
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Lofts @ Six Mile Creek
The Commons is lovely—restaurants, bars, coffeeshops, grocery stores, cute little shops (including several bookstores and used bookstores if that's what you're into, as well.)
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City Centre
Living downdown is great. I'm right on the corner of Aurora and E State St so it's nice to see it buzzing on a nice day.
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8
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City Centre
The center of Ithaca! Very social and lively (when not in quarantine).
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8
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Neighborhood Rating
City Centre
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
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Neighborhood Rating
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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Neighborhood Rating
Center Ithaca
Great neighborhood except for the large amount of homeless people.
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10
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Neighborhood Rating
Cayuga Place
Easy access to buses and restaurants. Delivery is easy.
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9
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Neighborhood Rating
City Centre
Easy to walk to nearby MBA apartments, easy to catch buses, easy access to restaurants and bars.
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Neighborhood Rating
Cayuga Place
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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Commons West
Living off the Commons is great--you have easy access to food, transport, shopping, and great walking paths.
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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
safe and quiet once the bar closes.
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9
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Neighborhood Rating
City Centre
Great location.
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Neighborhood Rating
City Centre
Great
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Neighborhood Rating
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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Neighborhood Rating
Commons West


Getting to Know
Central Business District

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: S Meadow St to Stewart Ave
North to South Boundaries: W Court St to W Clinton St

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