December 9, 2023


Swing Your Home

House of the Week: Renovated Chittenango home has it all, including 17 acres, energy-saving solar panels, and its own air strip

CHITTENANGO, N.Y. – Moving into a house gives the new owner a chance to make it their own.

When Jordan Kempisty, and her husband, Ryan McManus, first visited the house at 6251 Perryville Road, built on 17 beautiful acres on a hill near Chittenango, she was “amazed by its beauty.”

“Oh, God,” she remembered thinking to herself. “This is the one.”

The four-bedroom, three-bathroom house, with almost 4,000 square feet of living space, offered her an opportunity to explore her passion of home design and decorating.

Shortly after the couple purchased the house in 2019, they “got right to it,” and started a renovation project to modernize it.

“We wanted to open it up for our kids and for entertaining,” she said.

Taking their time, they tackled “one project at a time.” When they finished earlier this year in March, they had made over $200,000 in improvements on the home, which was originally built in 2007.

The family room was opened up to take advantage of the wall of windows, which lets in so much sunlight, and to give the first floor a “better flow.”

The room’s mantel piece was made by Kempisty herself.

The kitchen was expanded and updated with new General Electric appliances, a pot filler, glass rinser, and an extended island.

Beautiful new Brazilian oak floors were installed on the first floor.

The front foyer’s oak staircase was given all-new treads and a new rod railing.

“It is a really unique piece,” she said. “It really catches the eye.”

The first-floor master suite was completely renovated, with a huge walk-in closet by California Closets, redone tile, new glass shower doors, and a floating vanity.

The bedroom was painted a relaxing dark green which accentuates the 12-foot high trayed ceiling and electric fireplace.

The walk-out basement was finished, adding an additional 1,200 square feet of space. There is a theater room, playroom, exercise space, and has room for a potential bedroom and bathroom.

Kempisty proudly said that their changes made the already stunning home even “more beautiful.” She also thinks that the new owners could easily adapt it to their own tastes.

“Anyone could decorate it and make it their own,” she said.

The property’s biggest addition fed off another passion of its owners, who work in the solar energy industry.

Custom solar panels were installed on the grounds which offset 108% of their electric usage.

(She feels that the home’s new owners would potentially see an even bigger savings, since they probably would not be “running power tools” all the time.)

The property is great for anyone who love to be outdoors.

The grounds are full of ATV and hiking trails and hunting stands.

Her children love to play on the huge backyard playground set.

Entertaining outside is easy under a custom pergola with outdoor fireplace, which burns wood and has a propane attachment.

Kempisty jokes that she has “gotten into birdwatching” while viewing birds from the back deck.

She also finds it “really cool” to watch something else in the sky.

The property comes with partial ownership of the Luthor Airship landing strip and their neighbor takes off and lands quite a bit in his plane there.

After doing so much work, Kempisty admits it is hard to leave this “very unique” and “very beautiful” property.

But she and her husband are excited about building a new house near Clay, where they will be closer to family, on ground that has been in the family for over 100 years.

For more information about this property, please contact Realtor Kristi Croniser, of the Gloria Realty Group. Her contact info is below.


Address: 6251 Perryville Road, Chittenango, N.Y. 13037

Price: $724,900

Size: 3,993 square feet

Acreage: 17.01 acres

Monthly Mortgage: $2,439 (based on the national average rate, according to Freddie Mac, of 2.98% on July 1, for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20% down payment. Fees and points not included.)

Taxes: $14,248 (Based on assessed value of $392,600)

Built: 2007

School District: Chittenango

Kitchen: This 2007 home underwent a host of improvements over the past two years, including an all-new modern kitchen. “I love the kitchen,” owner Jordan Kempisty said. “It flows easier and is very functionable.” It has easy access to the large family and dining room. All-new General Electric appliances, glass rinser, and pot filler were installed. The island was extended. The kitchen has a large dining area.

Living areas: The home has almost 4,000 square feet of living space. It was renovated to be more open. The long dining room, open family room, and kitchen allows for the entire family and guests to be together. The family room has sliders out onto the back deck and its windows flood the space with sunlight. The custom mantel piece was created by Kempisty. The foyer’s staircase was updated with new treads and railing. The first floor has a home office right off the front door and a laundry room. Custom solar panels were installed to offset your energy usage.

Bedrooms: The renovated master bedroom on the first floor was renovated recently. The “really relaxing” bedroom has an electric fireplace and 12-foot trayed ceilings. It has access to a new large walk-in closet by California Closets. There are three “good-sized” bedrooms on the second floor, each with their own “really, really” big closets.

Bathrooms: The all-new master bathroom has new tile, a floating vanity, illuminated mirror and new glass shower doors. There are two other bathrooms in the home.

Finished basement: The walk-out basement was once “just one big space,” but it too has been updated. The owners finished it, adding 1,200 square feet of usable space. There is a theater room, an exercise space, and a play area for their children. The basement has the potential for its own bedroom and bathroom.

Outdoors: Located on 17 acres, the property is great for outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who “enjoys peace and tranquility.” It has hiking and ATV trails and hunting stands, and the owners’ children love the huge backyard playset. The back patio leads onto a custom pergola which has a wood-burning fireplace with a propane attachment. It has lighting and a ceiling fan. A back deck off the family room is great for relaxing and watching deer and birds around the property. The home has a two-car attached garage and a big four-car detached one, great for recreational vehicles and for use as a shop. The owners use it during parties when it rains, or people need to get out of the sun. There is a hot tub there.

Agent: Kristi Croniser

GRG | Gloria Realty Group

Address: 5912 North Burdick Street, East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057

Phone: (315) 750-8203

Email: [email protected]

Website: Croniser/3797

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