For those living in — or looking to live in — Downtown Ithaca, you won’t be disappointed with what’s available!

As a resident of downtown Ithaca, you’ll enjoy living within an incredibly walkable and well-connected area in the City of Ithaca. Downtown Ithaca offers residential living for every style and budget with a diverse and vibrant selection of neighborhoods and homes.

Whether you’re renting, or putting down roots, discover neighborhoods with a wide range of houses, townhouses, and apartments. Whether new, modern construction or revitalized historic buildings, downtown Ithaca offers a home for you.

From Chili Cook-Off to Apple Harvest Festival and Ice Festival to the Summer Concert Series, downtown Ithaca is a busy place year-round. Catch a film at Cinemapolis or attend a concert at the State Theatre any day of the week!

Downtown Ithaca is home to over 100 specialty stores that offer an impressive selection of options for every individual. Our specialty shops provide customers with products that you’ll have a tough time finding anywhere else! And with more than 50 restaurants  or bars and over one dozen art galleries, you’ll never need to leave!

Downtown Services

Whether you’re looking to get pampered at one of Ithaca’s many spas and salons, ready to get your fitness on at our health & wellness centers, or need some help designing a website for your local business, Downtown Ithaca is the place to go for all your service needs!

Explore Downtown Services

Helpful Resources

Rosie App

Another great service created in Ithaca!  Rosie app is online groceries made easy.  Rosie lets you shop online from local grocers for same-day delivery or in-store pickup.

Meet Rosie

PocketSights App

Self-guided walking tours from your smartphone.  A third app developed in Ithaca, NY.  PocketSights is a Free mobile app that lets you learn about and explore Ithaca right from your handheld device.  Download and login.  PocketSights will populate all the tours available near you.

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Renting in Downtown Ithaca

Carey Building is a recent overbuild development featuring studio and two-bedroom micro units.

Gateway Commons apartments are conveniently located above Ithaca Coffee Co. and offer scenic views of Six Mile Creek.

Commons West —Located on the Ithaca Commons, Commons West’s convenient location, historic charm, and modern amenities offers the best value for your housing needs.

Breckenridge Place is an affordable rent apartment building featuring one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Seneca Way is a new apartment building featuring one- and two-bedroom apartments available with incredible views of the city.

Coming Soon in 2019

Harold’s Square is currently under construction right in the heart of Downtown Ithaca. This new building will feature 108 apartments, ranging from studios to two-bedrooms.

City Centre will offer new studio, 1, and 2-bedroom apartments that include upscale amenities and high-end features. From stainless steel appliances to quartz countertops, our floor plans have been designed for you to live your life in style.

The City Centre Leasing Office is located at 210 E. State St. (The Commons.)

Shop Local with a Downtown Ithaca Gift Card

Accepted at over 100 Downtown Ithaca Stores and Restaurants, the Downtown Ithaca gift card makes a great gift for locals, students attending college in Ithaca, and visitors looking to explore. 

Downtown Ithaca gift cards are a great way to shop local and promote the local economy.

The Downtown Ithaca gift cards can be purchased online at the Downtown Ithaca Online Store, the Downtown Visitor Center located on the commons at Center Ithaca, and  the Downtown Ithaca Alliance office between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Our office is located  at 171 E. State St. also inside Center Ithaca up the stairs behind Sangam Indian Curry and next door to the Hangar Theatre office.

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67 shops, 54 restaurants, 4 festivals, endless reasons to live downtown:

Getting Around Downtown and Beyond

Public Transportation

Tompkins County Consolidated Transit (TCAT) provides regularly scheduled bus service throughout downtown and Tompkins County. The main downtown bus stops are located on the southern and northern sides of the Ithaca Commons at the Green St. Station and the Seneca St. Station.

A convenient shuttle route (the #10 line) takes passengers to and from Cornell University every ten minutes between 7:30am and 8:00pm Monday – Friday. The shuttle departs from the Seneca St. station, located at the corner of Seneca and N. Tioga.

Lime Bikes

Recently introduced by Bike Walk Tompkins, LimeBike is a new bike share service that allows you to pick up a bike anytime anywhere downtown and leave it anywhere when you’re done.  So simple and convenient.

A simple enough service to use.  Download the LimeBike app on your smartphone device to unlock the nearest bike to get moving.  LimeBike charges approx. $1/30 minutes, $2/hour.

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Where to Park

Free parking: On weekdays, 8:00pm – 3:00am in the garages and 6:00pm – 3:00am on the street.

All day Saturdays & Sundays except when special event parking rates inside the garages apply.

  • Seneca Street Garage
  • Green Street Garage
  • Cayuga Street Garage
  • Valet Parking Downtown
Explore Parking

Any Questions?

Stop in and have a chat with a business owner to see why they’re in downtown Ithaca.

Or give us – the Downtown Ithaca Alliance – a call and we can discuss your needs and connect you with the right people! 607-277-8679!

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