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House of the Week: Cazenovia farmhouse features shop and barn

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. – It was love at first sight for Robert and Marianne Barry when they first stepped foot into the farmhouse on Ballina Road in Cazenovia.

“I just knew,” Marianne recalled. “It touched my heart.”

The couple was charmed by the house on a hill, its proximity to the village of Cazenovia and the private seven acres of property.

“This is it, this is our home!” Robert remembers saying back in 1984.

The Barrys are fond of saying that the property is not just a “house, but a home,” and the couple has worked tirelessly since purchasing it to make it so.

Robert says the house was “livable,” but conceded it needed a lot of work to make it into what they wanted: A period accurate mid-nineteenth century farmhouse, but with all the conveniences of modern life.  

A “loving restoration” was begun and every effort was made “to do everything correct.”

Marvin replacement windows were installed in 2006 as was a Vanderhoof Roof on a majority of the house in 2016.

Wood floors were restored and a laundry room with a brick floor was added.

The master bathroom received a complete renovation in 2012 with soaking tub and walk-in shower.

Two authentic Rumsford fireplaces, one with a Jotul wood stove, were purchased to join a third fireplace in the living room.

The kitchen was fully customized with Kennebec pine cabinets from Maine, leathered granite counter tops and modern appliances.

The kitchen and nearby “keeping room” is probably the couple’s favorite area. The wood stove keeps the area cozy and they can look out and the rest of the property.

Also on the property is a four-stall horse barn, pond and shop, which was home to the popular Old and Everlasting store.

Opened in 1988, and recently closed, the store evolved from being an antiques shop into a home goods and women’s clothing and accessories store.

Like the house, many improvements were done, including a dredging and leveling of the pond and a repainting of the barn, as well as a new roof.

In 1996, the Barrys purchased a 19th century ice house and buttery and moved it ten miles to their property. It more than doubled the size of the store.

Robert believes the space could be used as an in laws’ getaway, boutique, art studio or office.

After 34 years there the couple figure it is time to try something different. They are moving to New England, armed with a painting of the home they fell in love with decades ago.

“We hope we can sell it to someone who loves it as much as we do,” Robert said.

An open house is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m.


Address: 1826 Ballina Road, Cazenovia, N.Y. 13035

Price: $599,000 (another 10 acres are available for additional $66,000)

Size: 3,200 square feet

Acreage: 7.12 acres

Monthly Mortgage: $3,147 (based on this week’s national average rate of 4.30 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: $10,140 (Based on assessed value of $335,000)

Built: 1845

School District: Cazenovia

Kitchen: The spacious kitchen has been completely redone. Custom pine hand planed cabinets by Kennebec Cabinetry of Bath, Maine were installed, as well as granite countertops and a soapstone sink. Efforts were made to keep everything period correct, but modern appliances are featured. Just off the kitchen is what the current owners call a “keeping room,” which has one of the home’s two authentic Rumford fireplaces. The Jotul wood stove keeps things cozy and is a favorite space for the owners.

Master Bedroom: One of four bedrooms currently in the house. It is on the first floor. The master bedroom is very large with plenty of closet space. The other bedrooms are on the home’s second floor. An unfinished space on the second floor could be converted into a fifth bedroom or in-laws’ quarters.

Master bathroom: The house has two-and-a-half bathrooms. The master has been completely renovated and features a walk-in stone tile shower with seat and a soaking tub.

Living areas: Home has been “lovingly renovated” and every effort has been made to keep all the charms of the mid nineteenth century. The spacious living room has a fireplace and plenty of windows. The home features a formal dining room, den/study and first-floor laundry room with a brick floor.

Outside: The home is built on over seven acres of land with tall trees and “mature landscaping.” (An additional 10 acres is available for purchase for an additional $66,000.) Owners say the area is very private and is minutes away from Cazenovia. There is a brick patio with Pennsylvania Fieldstone wall and stairs. A front porch looks out onto barn and store buildings. The barn has four horse stalls and the current owners have raised goats there. The ten-foot deep pond has recently been drained, dredged and leveled. The store was home for 28 years to the owner’s Old and Everlasting store. Has potential to be used as an art studio, boutique or in-law’s apartment.

Agent: Michael R. Franklin, Licensed Real Estate Broker

Franklin Ruttan

Address: 1406 North State Street, Syracuse, N.Y. 13208

Phone: (315) 876-2262



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