Syracuse, NY is located in Onondaga County which is considered to be the Center of New York. Our central location means we’re within five hours of every major metro in the east, including New York City, Boston, Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. But your housing dollar goes much further in Syracuse with the median selling price of a home in Onondaga County being $130,000.
Living in Central New York means finding a home that meets your lifestyle — at a more affordable price than many other places in the country. Whatever your lifestyle, you’ll find plenty of choices, from upscale city living to large suburban family homes to townhouses and patio homes for people whose children have grown or for professionals who don’t want the maintenance of a single-family house.
Urbanism has really exploded, with the renovation of trendy downtown districts into city dwellings. “We are creating an atmosphere where many people like to live because of the community, the downtown and districts like Armory Square and Hanover Square.
The association reports that the median selling price of homes in Onondaga County is $130,000, whereas the median price in New York State as a whole is $210,000.
The eastern suburbs of Syracuse offer neighborhoods near the hustle and bustle of businesses and restaurants along two main thoroughfares, Erie Boulevard East (Route 5) and East Genesee Street (Route 92), as well as the quiet charm of the lakeside village of Cazenovia. Also of interest are golf course communities, homes along Jamesville Reservoir, and homes high in the hills of Pompey that offer breathtaking views.
Towns and villages in the eastern suburbs include Cazenovia, Dewitt, Fayetteville,Jamesville, Manlius and Pompey.
Historically nicknamed the “Salt City,” Syracuse is bordered by one of the few inland salt lakes in the country, Onondaga Lake. There is a working lock (Lock 24) located in the Seneca River in the heart of Baldwinsville, and nearby Radisson is the area’s residential showpiece. A planned community, Radisson is set on 3,000 wooded acres and features nine miles of paved hiking and biking paths, a public 18-hole golf course, a community pool, and tennis and basketball courts.
The Route 31 corridor has increased desirability of the north, offering many new restaurants and shopping options. Towns and villages in the northern suburbs include Baldwinsville, Cicero, Clay, Liverpool, Lysander, Salina and Van Buren.
Just a few minutes from downtown to the south of Syracuse are rolling hills and picturesque valleys. Land is plentiful here, with apple orchards accentuating its beauty. Farms dot the hillsides, lending a sense of peace and tranquility to the area, which is spectacular in the fall with its brightly colored foliage. A little further south, ski slopes are carved out of the more mountainous terrain. Nestled against this backdrop is small-town living at its best. Towns in the southern suburbs are LaFayette, Spafford and Tully.
Syracuse’s urban neighborhoods feature homes that range from typical city dwellings to mansions. Once considered the exclusive residential area for Syracuse’s most affluent families, the James Street and Sedgwick neighborhoods feature landmark homes dating from the mid-1800s. More beautiful and stately homes abound in the Strathmore area on the city’s west side, overlooking picturesque Hiawatha Lake in Onondaga Park.
Upscale living is evident in the heart of downtown as well, where revitalization in Syracuse’s business district has led to the development of chic living quarters. Former factories and warehouses are now some of Syracuse’s most coveted homes, with the Center Armory, Greenway Place, Loews Landmark apartments, Mission Landing in Franklin Square, and Nettleton Commons providing fashionable addresses overlooking the city streets.
There are also neighborhoods known for their ethnic heritage, such as Tipperary Hill,which is home to many people of Irish descent. The neighborhood’s ancestral pride is demonstrated by a traffic light in which the green light is on top — believed to be the only one of its kind in the country.
A renaissance of the city’s neighborhoods to the north is creating an area known as Little Italy. The section is from Laurel Street to East Division Street and it includes historic buildings and many businesses and shops. Recent improvements to North Salina Street in Little Italy have created a pedestrian-friendly area for eating, shopping and leisurely walks.
The western suburbs offer a crown jewel in the resort village of Skaneateles, situated on one of the region’s pristine Finger Lakes. Nearby Otisco Lake is a mecca for boaters and fishermen. Looming high over the City of Syracuse is historic Onondaga Hill, which is not too far from the fabled and supposedly haunted “Thirteen Curves” of Marcellus. Towns to the west of Syracuse include Camillus, Elbridge, Geddes, Marcellus, Onondaga, Otisco, and Skaneateles.
Average Selling Price of Homes (YTD 6/30/11)
City of Syracuse ....$ 88,100 Towns:
Camillus ... $159,100
Clay ... $143,600
Fabius ... $149,600
Geddes ... $116,800
LaFayette .... $156,700
Lysander ... $217,200
Onondaga ...$ 172,600
Salina ...$ 107,000
Spafford ....$ 145,100
Tully ...$ 222,100
Van Buren....$ 127,900
Source: Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors/Central New York Information Services, Inc.
Comparative Regions (Median - YTD 6/30/11)
Syracuse MSA ...$80,500
New York State ...$210,000
United States ...$175,600
Source: NYS Association of Realtors & National Association of Realtors