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House of the Week: Schroeppel farmhouse a 'labor of love' - Syracuse.com

Posted on 19 October, 2017 by Theodore D. Brizendine
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SCHROEPPEL, N.Y. - Cheryl Cunningham has always found historical homes alluring.

"When I go on vacation, I love to learn the history of the area and find historical homes to tour like the Seward House in Auburn," said Cunningham.

The property at 510 State Route 264 in Phoenix looked similar to the home her husband Wayne grew up in and it had the historical look Cunningham loved.

"We call it 'Willow Cottage'," Cunningham said, affectionately named for the gathering of willow trees on the property.

Cunningham said that she and her husband tried to maintain the architectural integrity with every addition and renovation. They added custom period correct moldings at the ceilings and removed wall-to-wall carpet to reveal original floors.

Cunningham's favorite room of the home is the conservatory they added to the back of the home. The room has a panoramic view of the pasture and ponds and gardens on the property. It faces East and Cunningham said it is always sunny, warm, and peaceful.

"When my mother would come from Connecticut to visit, she would always love to spend time in that room," Cunningham added.

Outdoors, Cunningham and her husband built a New England-style horse barn and board fencing with paddock, pasture and regulation dressage ring to accommodate their five horses.

They planted an English garden which Cunningham calls a 'perennial labor of love' and was once the backdrop for a family wedding. The owners also added in a pond which was originally intended as a livestock pond, but it was transformed into a fenced in koi pond with a dock for sitting and enjoying the wildlife surrounding them. The lawn is also dotted with art, some being custom pieces made for Cunningham.

"There are a lot of little interesting areas that you can go to to find some peace and solitude here," said Cunningham.

The home is in a rural farming community, many of which also own horses. Everyone is friendly and say hi, but they are pretty spread out from one another. 

Cunningham will miss the memories she created in 'Willow Cottage'.

"It's a wonderful holiday home," Cunningham said, recalling memories of family and friends gathering there every year on Christmas eve. She also remembers fondly how her children played on a swing hanging from one of the willow trees.

Cunningham and her husband are looking to purchase a smaller home and scale down. Their children have grown up and have families of their own. Two have moved to other states and the Cunninghams want a home that is easier to keep while they travel long distances to see their children and grandchildren.

This home recently went under contract.


Address: 510 State Route 264, Phoenix, N.Y. 13135

Price: 4,000

Size: 2,558 square feet

Acreage: 5.05 acres

Monthly Mortgage: ,717 (based on this week's national average rate of 4.94 percent, according to Freddie Mac, for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20 percent down payment. Fees and points not included.)

Total taxes: ,760 (Based on assessed value of 0,000)

Built: 1887

School District: Phoenix

Kitchen:This kitchen has granite countertops and a spacious butler's pantry.

Bedrooms:There are four bedrooms in this home, all located on the second floor. The master suite has French doors to its own sitting area and an ensuite half-bathroom.

Bathrooms:This house has one full bathroom and two half-bathrooms. There is a half bath in the master suite and a half bath on the first floor. The full bathroom is located on the second floor.

Living areas:There is a living room, dining room, first-floor laundry, and library in the original house. The owners added on a family room with a fireplace and a four season conservatory.

Outdoors:There is a detached garage on this property as well as a back patio ad deck, potting shed, gazebo, tool shed, barn with four horse stalls, and cottage with loft. The owners also dug a pond and built a dock on it to sit and enjoy the five acres of scenery around them.  

Agent: Kate Woodruff

Weichert, Realtors -TBG

Address: 7137 E. Genesee Street, Fayetteville, N.Y.  13066

Phone: 315-480-2215

Email: [email protected]

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