ITHACA, N.Y. — And then there were none. With the sale of the last of their townhomes (lots 20-24), the Belle Sherman Cottages have technically sold out.


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I say technically because Lot 9, the new cottage design on the southwest corner of the parcel, has yet to be marketed let alone sold.

I followed up with an email to developer Toby Millman of Agora Home LLC, and he replied that “[w]e are still working on the plans for that home and expect to release if for sale in the next month or so.”

Some photos of the project from the Belle Sherman Cottages website:

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As previously reported by the Ithaca Voice: One of the unique features of this project is that unlike traditional on-site frame construction, these houses are assembled from modular units.

The modular pieces are sourced from Simplex Homes in Scranton and trucked up to Ithaca for installation. Once the concrete block foundation has been assembled, the four modular pieces for each home are craned into place, and once the pieces are leveled with the rest of the structure, the adjoining walls and ceiling are secured with steel plates.

Here’s a time-lapse video of the construction we found online:

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Interior work goes on while siding, porches and other features are built onto the assembled house. This allows for a faster construction process and cuts down on finishing costs.

Here’s how the Belle Sherman Cottages website describes the project overall:

Ithaca’s Belle Sherman neighborhood is known for its strong sense of community and turn-of-the-century homes with distinct architectural character.

The Belle Sherman Cottages are designed as an extension of the surrounding neighborhood, with single-family homes and townhouses fronting onto a new private road extending from Worth Street to Mitchell Street. Residents will enjoy direct access to an on-site playground and the East Ithaca Recreation Way, which runs along the east side of the property.

The Belle Sherman Cottages is an environmentally sustainable development that includes many eco-friendly features. In addition, homebuyers are able to upgrade their homes to achieve Energy Star and LEED certification.

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Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at