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Architecture

Discover the University Neighborhood for its breadth of architectural styles! Truly stunning turn-of-the-century Queen Anne Victorians, Arts & Crafts Bungalows, houses designed by early twentieth-century luminaries such as Ward Wellington Ward, two- and three-unit homes from the days when extended families lived under one roof, front-hall colonial revivals, and post-World War II ranch dwellings can be found throughout the Neighborhood. Berkeley Park, a subdivision in the southeast portion of the neighborhood, is also one of the city's few residential historic districts. Whatever your lifestyle - young first-time homeowner, growing family looking for room to expand, empty nester, or somewhere in between - the University Neighborhood has the perfect home for you.

"The University Neighborhood has so much to offer in the quality and variety of its housing stock. On most streets, no two houses are the same. While renting in the Westcott Street area during my undergraduate and graduate school years, I loved walking through different parts of the Neighborhood observing all of the different styles of houses: Craftsman, Cottage, Greek revival, Victorian, Queen Anne, Tudor, Spanish colonial, Dutch Colonial etc. You could tell that some of these are one-of-a-kind creations, crafted specifically for an individual or a family. Once I graduated and started working, my partner and I looked at a house by chance. It was an English-Cottage style house built in the 1920's in Berkeley Park. It was designed by Ward Wellington Ward, a regionally renowned Craftsman-style architect. I wasn't really thinking of buying at the time, but I wanted to see an example of his work. The design paid the utmost attention to light and space. The large windows provided light from every direction, and the custom made Mercer tiles around the fire place, Keck glass in the dining room, and custom-designed windows provided an experience that can't be found in any new construction. Even though my partner and I weren't thinking of buying a house, we instantly fell in love with it. We bought the house a couple of months later, and after three years, we only appreciate our house and neighborhood more." - Nathan K.

"As a young professional, my modern split-level home is a perfect fit for my lifestyle. A low-maintenance exterior with backyard views reminiscent of the country in the heart of the city offers me the best of both worlds. It is certainly a wonderful place to call home." - Sonnet L.

"My multi-unit home fits my family's needs perfectly. Almost nine years ago, I decided to move my elderly parents up to live with me in Syracuse. From a practical standpoint, we needed a multi-family structure that was immediately habitable, could be altered for handicap accessibility, and was close to major medical facilities. We also wanted to be in a real neighborhood that had strong attributes of safety, diversity, attractive structural character, and a sense of community. Over the course of several months, my husband and I looked at one multi-family house after another all over Syracuse - duplexes in the suburbs and even lakeside houses with small cottages on the property. Each round of house hunting ended with a discussion about the university neighborhood - it was the only area that seemed to fully meet our needs. Eventually we found, purchased, and renovated the lovely early twentieth-century two-family house in the university neighborhood we occupy today. My family members quickly made friends in their new home. Yes, this is a real neighborhood." - Kim F.

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