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77 Atkinson Street

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Rochester's Oldest Residential Neighborhood

Located on a tree-lined street in the heart of Corn Hill, this attractive brick home sits just beyond a charming wrought iron fence. Corn Hill or the Third Ward as it was called, is Rochester's oldest residential neighborhood. Here pioneer settlers built attractive homes of diverse architectural styles. The presence of many affluent business people earned the neighborhood its nicknames "ruffled shirt district" and "silk stocking district". Today, residents enjoy strolling down tree-lined streets, admiring the array of lovingly restored homes, as well as the easy access to I-490 and downtown Rochester. The area supports an active neighborhood association and the Corn Hill Arts Festival attracts over a quarter of a million people during its annual weekend in July.

The property at 77 Atkinson Street has much to offer. Built in 1863 as a single-family residence, the brick home has since been converted into two distinct living spaces. The property would work well as an owner occupied rental. The main unit is a roomy 3,000 square feet. The solid oak front doors open onto a gracefully curving stairway with a beautiful wood banister. To the left of the entry is the front parlor, with a decorative fireplace. A curved archway opens onto the rear parlor, and another decorative fireplace. To the right of this room is a space that is currently lined with bookshelves and used as a library. Because there is a full bath located off the library, it could also serve as a guest suite. Ten-foot ceilings, full-length windows and hardwood floors make the rooms on the first floor feel large and open.

The large windows and high ceiling continue into the formal dining room. Through a side entrance is a private porch, which would be a wonderful spot to relax on a warm summer evening. The walls of the dining room are lined with natural wood wainscoting. A close look in the right spot still reveals the faint outline of a secret doorway that led from the dining room into the butler's pantry. The butler's pantry has been converted into a first floor laundry with plenty of storage space. At the rear of the house is the recently updated kitchen with golden oak cabinets. The new (2005) appliances will remain with the property.

The upper level of the main unit has two bedrooms, both with generous closets and another full bath. There is also a smaller room that could be used as an office or nursery. Carpet on the second floor and paint throughout the house were re-done in 2005. The partially finished attic is accessible from the second floor landing and could be converted into additional living space.

The second unit, with private entrance, consists of a well laid out 458 square feet. The smaller unit makes up the upper rear of the house and has a generous number of large windows. This well lit apartment consists of a living room, bedroom, kitchen and full bath. The unit rents for approximately $500 monthly. The property has parking for 8 cars, accessible from a rear alleyway. 77 Atkinson Street is listed for $199,900 with taxes of $7,151. The property comes with a one-year buyer warranty. For more information contact Jack Cummings of r-house ERA at (585) 388-1400 x350.

by Emily Cihon Fehnel

Emily works at the University of Rochester and is a Landmark Society volunteer.