When some people hear of Rochester, New York, they may think of beautiful views from the southern shore of Lake Ontario, world-class universities, or Kodak and Xerox. Other people simply have no preconceptions of Rochester. However, this beautiful city has a diverse selection of neighborhoods from small town exurbs and country club suburbs to hip urban areas. Whether you are an empty nester or a recent retiree, “The World’s Image Center” is sure to have a neighborhood for you.
The Swillburg neighborhood is an active, triangular shaped, cozy twenty block community that is uniquely Rochesterian. Home to caring and dedicated residents, it is bordered by Meigs Street, Field Street, I-490, and South Clinton Avenue. You get the convenience of city living combined with the feel of a village with the natural mixture of businesses and homes along with narrow, charming streets. One of the iconic buildings in Swillburg is the 1930’s era Highland Park Diner.
Though it is quite far north of the more famous Park Avenue in New York City, Rochester’s Park Avenue is nothing to scoff at. This neighborhood is perfect if you like shopping or going for a stroll in an urban environment. You will find an eclectic mix of residential and commercial properties as you travel east from Meigs to Culver. Businesses include retail stores, restaurants, salons, coffee shops, and bars. One of the area’s top events is the Park Avenue Summer Art Fest.
The real estate website Niche is a great place to go if you are looking for the best suburbs in any major city in the United States. Earlier this year, they published a list of the best suburbs in the Rochester Metro area based on the cost of living, crime rates, and more. Pittsford was at the top of the list. This affluent suburb of about 30,000 residents is about eight miles from Rochester. It has a number of cobblestone farmhouses that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other towns on the Niche list are Victor, Brighton, Fairport, Mendon Town, East Rochester, Irondequoit, and Penfield Town.
Areavibes also rated Rochester’s top suburbs based on housing, employment, amenities, crime, the cost of living, and more. Pittsford was also number one on their list. Fairport, Victor, and East Rochester made the list as well.
You may not be comfortable in neighborhoods that are popular among older adults. Thankfully, there are several tools available that can help you find your ideal spot in Rochester. One such tool is Neighborhood Scout. It features interactive maps that show you the best areas for house prices, crime rates, public schools, and more. For instance, the best neighborhoods for those who are concerned about safety are the Genesee Junction / Brookdale area, by Browncroft Boulevard and Creek Street, and North Greece. Rochester is sure to have a neighborhood that caters to your specific lifestyle needs. Take your time and have fun as you search for a home and explore the city.
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