When people hear about Buffalo, it usually has to do with the massive blizzards the city gets. However, it is not all snow and freezing weather in this Rust Belt town. Buffalo has a diverse array of neighborhoods from hip urban areas and country club suburbs to small town exurbs. There is sure to be a neighborhood that fits your needs in “The City of Good Neighbors.”
Elmwood Village is one of the hippest places in Buffalo. It features a long street of over 300 restaurants, specialty shops, bars, and coffee houses. The neighborhood is designed for walkability. There are also events all year round, including a farmers market, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Easter Bonnet Parade, Garden Walk Buffalo, and much more. The area is also home to Antiques Allentown, Explore Buffalo, Burchfield Penney Art Center, and Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Black Rock used to be an independent community from Buffalo and was even in competition with the city for the Erie Canal, but in 1853, it was annexed by Buffalo. Today, Black Rock is a gorgeous community with many 19th century residences and buildings. It is home to the Market Square Historic District, which encompasses fifteen contributing buildings with architectural styles ranging from Romanesque Revival to Italianate.
There are a few sites that rate Buffalo suburbs based on their suitability for retirees. Movoto is one such popular site. They recently came out with the list of the “5 Best Buffalo Suburbs to Live in.” Based on the cost of living, home values, crime rates, amenities, and more, Williamsville was at the top of the list. It features quality schools, great parks, and one of the state’s top business districts. There is something happening just about every week in Williamsville, including Old Home Days Parades, Tuesdays in the Park, and more. Other suburbs on the list are Orchard Park, East Aurora, Lewiston, and more.
Williamsville was number two on Niche’s list of 2016 Best Suburbs to Live in Buffalo Metro. It was edged out for the number one spot by Eggertsville, a small town of about 15,000 people. It is highly rated because of its low housing costs, low unemployment rates, and the high education levels of its residents. Other suburbs in their top five were Amherst, Orchard Park, and Aurora.
Not all retirees and empty nesters are looking for the same features in their ideal neighborhoods. This makes it important for you to do your own research. One popular tool is Neighborhood Scout. This site offers an interactive map that outlines the crime rates, public schools, and home values for every neighborhood in Buffalo.
Most seniors do not have much of a need for good public schools, but they do serve as a good indicator of the quality of life in a community. According to Neighborhood Scout, the best neighborhoods for public schools are Harris Hill, Bay View / Athol Springs, and Snyder.
Whatever lifestyle or tastes you may have, Buffalo has a neighborhood or two that will fit your needs. Have fun as you explore the city and search for a place to live.
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