I have lived in the Ithaca area for most of my life. I attended Cornell University as an undergraduate, moved away for a few years, then (like many Cornell and Ithaca College alums) moved back in my late twenties. My husband I bought our starter home in 1983 in the lovely Belle Sherman neighborhood and we are still there! We love our neighbors, the ease of living in a small city, and being able to walk to school, work (my husband is an editor at Cornell University Press), and the Cornell campus. Ithaca College with its outstanding music and theater programs is a short drive away. We especially love the fact that our daughter and son-in-law live in nearby Brooktondale and that we see our grandchildren almost every day. We also have a wonderful son and daughter-in-law, with a baby daughter, who live and work in Atlanta. Both our children are graduates of Ithaca High School and Cornell.
Volunteering is an important part of my life. Currently I serve on the Pride of Ownership Awards Nominating Committee and Executive Committee of the Belle Sherman/Bryant Civic Association. I co-chair the Education Committee of the Ithaca Board of Realtors. I'm also on the advisory boards of the Tompkins County Public Library, the History Center, and the Cornell University Chimes. I served on the board of Historic Ithaca 2003-2009, the City Parks Commission for over 20 years, and the Tompkins County Independent Redistricting Committee in 2012-2013.
Before I joined Audrey Edelman & Associates in 1995, I worked for eleven years as Director of the DeWitt Historical Society of Tompkins County, now called the History Center. Years of doing research and answering questions gave me important skills that help me protect the interests of my real estate clients, and a deep appreciation of area history and architecture. For more information about the way I work, please visit my website at www.MargaretHobbie.com.