Deciding where you want to work is important but so is choosing a community
that you will call home. Home to SUNY Cortland, the city of Cortland features
outstanding educational facilities, numerous places of worship, indoor
and outdoor recreational facilities, cultural activities, modern medical
facilities, libraries, large retail stores and unique shops, restaurants,
and other necessities for a full and satisfying life.
Cortland area real estate is reasonably priced and provides a wide variety
of living options: beautiful new homes with views of the valley, waterfront
homes on the Finger Lakes, restored Victorian homes in historic villages,
and custom home building.
Popular neighborhoods include Renaissance, Walden Oaks, Virgil, Skaneateles
Lake, and our City Center. Renaissance is an upscale neighborhood with
large homes on spacious lots with gorgeous views of Cortland’s hills
and valleys. Walden Oaks is a contemporary, golf course community with
family-sized, three and four bedroom homes. Virgil is a small, rural town
made up of medium to small-sized homes, and ski chalets and condos adjacent
to Greek Peak Ski Resort. Skaneateles Lake is a 15-minute drive from Cortland.
Lake front properties include everything from small cottages to large,
custom-built homes. City Center is a hip, trendy, and urban with various
apartments and a variety of single-family neighborhoods including quaint
Victorian homes close to shops, clubs, and restaurants.
Schools and colleges are a major quality of life asset in Cortland County.
There are a variety of daycare facilities, preschool programs, and public
and parochial schools ready to serve young people from pre-kindergarten
through high school. Dedicated faculty, innovative programs, and attractive
facilities are found in local school districts where more than $19,000
is invested annually in each student compared to the national rate of
$12,435, and class sizes average 12 students per teacher. Cortland City
Schools and Homer Central School are the primary public schools, with
Cortland Christian Academy and St. Mary’s School (PreK-8) as private
school options. The city is home to SUNY Cortland, and there are multiple
universities within an hour radius, including Cornell University, Colgate
University, Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and
Ithaca and LeMoyne Colleges.
Arts & Culture
The Cortland Arts and Wine Festival is quickly becoming one of the premiere
festivals in New York’s Finger Lakes region. It boasts 20 New York
State wineries and more than 60 artisans from throughout the region, food
vendors offering a variety of ethnic foods, and live music throughout
Over the years, Cortland Repertory Theatre’s acting company has featured
several rising stars. The Center for the Arts, in the neighboring village
of Homer, is a 400-seat venue that hosts top performers in music and theater.
It is also home to C4Act, the Center’s community thespians who perform
each spring and autumn. You’ll find even more outstanding music
and theater in nearby Ithaca, which is home to the State Theater, Hangar
Theatre, and Kitchen Theatre.
Shopping & Dining
Is shopping one of your pleasures? If so you’ll fall in love with
Cortland County’s eclectic collection of artisan shops, quaint stores,
and boutiques. Practically every village and town yields another antique
shop filled with treasures just waiting to be discovered.
With diners, delis, bistros, restaurants, pubs and coffee bars; and cuisine
that ranges from American to Middle Eastern – there’s always
something worth savoring downtown.
Ski or snowboard at any or all of our four great ski areas: Greek Peak
Mountain Resort, Labrador Mountain, Song Mountain, and Toggenburg Ski
Resort. Tree-lined slopes, challenging vertical drops, terrain parks,
and gentle runs make Cortland County a great skiing and snowboarding destination.
Golfing is a summertime way of life in Cortland County. There are 18 golf
courses within a 30-minute drive, including Walden Oaks Country Club,
a fully integrated 18-hole championship golf course located in Cortland.
Whether it’s bait casting or fly fishing, Cortland County has some
of the best fishing in New York State. And the Tioughnioga River Corridor
is one of New York State’s best-kept secrets, ideal for canoeing,
kayaking, and casting a line.
The famous Finger Lakes dot this region including Cayuga, Skaneateles,
Owasco, and Otisco. Connections from the lakes to the Erie Canal system
lead to the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, presenting a myriad of
opportunities for boaters.
If spectator sports are your idea of fun, just 30 minutes up the road you’ll
find Syracuse Chiefs Baseball at NBT Bank Stadium and Syracuse Crunch
Hockey at the War Memorial. Of course, there’s always the Syracuse
University Orange who play football, basketball and lacrosse in the 49,262-seat
Carrier Dome, the only domed stadium in the Northeast. You can also check
out the Binghamton Mets at NYSEG Stadium in nearby Binghamton, NY.
The 1890 House Museum and Center for Victorian Art, a grand limestone mansion,
was built at the height of the Gilded Age by successful wire manufacturer
Chester F. Wickwire. The massive limestone castle is the highlight of
Cortland’s Historic District and is listed on the National Register
of Historic Places.
The Lime Hollow Center for Environment and Culture offers on-trail access
to a 375-acre, geographically unique, and ecologically diverse outdoor
oasis. The Nordic Sports Center at Lime Hollow provides cross-country
skis, boots, and poles, and snowshoes for rental. The Center has a day-camp
attendance of 3,000+ and a visitor center that offers a stunning central
exhibit space, bird education room and modular educational displays.
The J.M. McDonald Sports Complex provides affordable, family-oriented programming
and events in a safe, recreational environment. This 80,000 square foot
facility houses an indoor NHL-size ice rink; two indoor soccer fields
one which serves as an indoor tennis court; indoor walking track, fitness
center, and baseball batting cage.
The Finger Lakes was recently named the fourth most popular wine destination
in the United States according to a top ten list released by Trip Advisor,
the popular travel planning web site. There are three distinct wine trails,
each offering exciting wine, microbreweries, and food pairing events throughout the year.