The university area is populated with professors and their kids, students and a variety of other people and you can easily get by on foot.
It is a very convenient villagey type neighborhood.
**The Montessori school (pre-k thru 6th grade) is in walking distance (or a few minute drive). (A Waldorf is in Ithaca)
**The public school - I hear good things about it, but most of the city schools have a low rating (My son will be entering 1st grade in the fall, so I am just gathering information).
**There is a large play yard park (Barry Park) where many moms and kids congregate.
**There is a creek, pond and forest off of this park, with a hiking trail (good for snowshoeing / cross country skiing / walking)
**There is also the Morningside Heights Park / Reservoir in the neighborhood. Inside the woods you can find 125 historic cobblestone steps leading up the hill, or you can walk up the road to the reservoir and then down a hiking trail. There is also a community garden in this park. One can rent a plot and grow grow grow.
**The Syracuse Food Coop is located in this area (organic / local food that meets all ones needs)
**There are a couple CSAs that delivery to the city. (or a 1/2 - 45 minute drive) (Grindstone Farm; Wake Robin Farm)
**The housing market is doing great in this area (Syracuse was named 4th in the County to see the greatest price gains this year by CNN") Houses in the university area range 120,000 - 174,000 and 200,000+ (1500 square feet, 3 bed 1.5 bath) .
**The neighborhood is oldish (built in the 1920 circa) and there are hills and dales throughout and lots of trees.
**There are non-intrusive yet handy strip malls within a 5 minute drive (grocery store, liquor, pharmacy, bagels, hardware etc)
**There is also a yoga studio (Morningside Yoga) in the area, a few houses away from Barry park.
There is a nearby neighborhood (Westcott) which is host to neighborhood restaurants and a little bit of action....(and the off streets are filled with HUGE trees and old victorian houses that have been rehabilitated ... when one comes up for sale the go quick)
**The property taxes are exuberant ("Onondaga County residents pay some of the highest taxes in the nation" by value of house)
**There was a recent article in the paper concerning home birthing and although it can be done, there are challenges...midwives have to be signed on by a doctor and doctors don't want to do this due to liabilities (something like that). There are midwives that do homebirths that work out of Ithaca that make the drive to Syracuse.
**And although the neighbourhood is described as above and true in my eyes, one has to walk the streets to appreciate it. At first site, one might see old houses that require lots of work (some homes are purposefully left undone, in hopes of lower tax assessment; some are student rentals). A closer look reveals more homes that are cared for and loved and looked after.
~from a local
Sara - Mum to C (10/02) ; m/c 10/07; 7/08; 3/09; Lucy Olive Feb 28, 2010 !