About Ithaca

Ithaca is a great place to live, work, and play! CJ has spent years compiling resources that help showcase all that our area has to offer.

Below are a series of “Top 10” lists that explore the wonderful aspects of living in Ithaca, New York! There are also helpful links for those moving into the area as well as a collection of photos taken by CJ DelVecchio in and around Ithaca and the Finger Lakes area.

CJ is a wealth of information have lived and worked in the area for over 20 years. Let her knowledge and expertise guide you when making your important real estate decisions!

Enjoy the tour!



Ithaca is a beautiful place to work, live, and play. Here are a collection of photos taken by CJ DelVecchio in and around Ithaca and the Finger Lakes area.


What's SO great about Ithaca NY*: kudos kudos kudos!

Ithaca’s many “Top 10” listings according to the Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau:

  • “America’s Most Enlightened City,” Utne Reader, May 1997.
  • "25 Terrific Places to Bring up a Family," Mothering Magazine, July/ August 2001.
  • "Best Fly Fishing Through North America, Fish and Fly Magazine, winter 2001.
  • "60 Best American Public Places," Utne Reader, January 2002.
  • "American Values—Where to Buy a Retirement Home," Smart Money Magazine, February 2002.
  • "100 Great Escapes: Top-10 Trips," Travel & Leisure Magazine, March/April 2002.
  • "Best Places to Vacation," Money Magazine, April 2002.
  • "America's Five Best Mountain Biking Towns" Bike Magazine, June 2002.
  • "Best Lesbian Places to Live-The Ten Lesbian Friendliest Cities in the USA," Girlfriends Magazine, November 2002.
  • “Best healthy city in the Northeast,” Organic Style Magazine, September/October 2003.
  • "An artist-friendly alternative to New York and Los Angeles," By Susan M. Brackney in her book, “The No-so-Lost Soul Companion,”. Oct. 2002.
  • "Number-One Emerging City," in the book “Cities Ranked and Rated” by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander, 2004.
  • "12 Great Places to Retire", Kiplingers Personal Finance, March 2005, by Pat Mertz Esswein, Mary Beth Franklin and Magali Rheault.
  • Ranked eighth in "50 Smart Places to Live", Kiplingers Personal Finance, June 2006, by Sean O'Neill.
  • Number-One City for Knowledge Workers, “College Towns Are at the Heart of the Knowledge Sector Economy,” Expansion Management magazine, March/April 2006, by Bill King and Michael Keating.
  • Ithaca ranked 17 nationwide among the “Best Places for Business and Careers,” Forbes magazine, April 2006.
  • Ithaca ranked among the “12 Hippest Hometowns for Vegetarians,” VegNews magazine, July/Aug. 2006.
  • Ithaca ranked first in “12 Great Places You’ve Never Heard Of,” Mother Earth News magazine, July/Aug. 2006.
  • Ithaca ranked second in “Best Green Places to Live,” by Country Home magazine, April 2007.
  • Relocate America's Top 100 Places to Live, 2007
  • "Most Secure Places to Live - Small Towns" by Farmers Insurance study, December 2007
  • Ithaca Schools ranked 2nd nationwide among metro areas under 500,000 by Expansion Management Magazine, December 2007

* Listings obtained from theithacajournal.com and Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce

Also click here to learn about Cornell University KUDOS

CJ's Helpful Links for Buyers and Sellers

Here are several links that you will find useful whether you're buying or selling in the Ithaca area - courtsey of CJHOMES.com!

Ithaca's Educational Links:

Tax Assessment Links:

Government and Economic Links:

CJ's Top 5 Fun Things to Do Links:

CJ's Top 5 Parks and Recreation Links:

CJ's Top 5 Restaurants in Ithaca:

CJ's Top 5 Pizza Places in Ithaca:

CJ's Top 5 Other Foodie Links:

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