Rochester, New York, is an attractive place to live because of its affordability and access to nature—but you have to brace yourself for the city’s long, snowy winters.
It’s a prime real estate fantasy ground, says Mimi O’Connor, a Brick contributor who grew up in Rochester and visits her family there often. She says there’s a variety of housing styles including older places that have been well-maintained.
Many New Yorkers relocate here for the lower prices. The numbers prove that to be true: The median sales price is $160,000, according to Realtor.com. You also have a lot to choose from because there are about 150 single-family houses on the market now.
There’s no traditional downtown, but there are several distinct areas, O’Connor says. For example, Brighton and Pittsford are suburbs known for having good public schools. And neighborhoods like South Wedge and Corn Hill are within the city limits and have more of an urban vibe, she says.
When it comes to things to do, you have several options. Popular attractions include Eastman Museum (located on the estate of George Eastman, one of the founders of Kodak), The Strong National Museum of Play, and Memorial Art Gallery at University of Rochester (the city also has several colleges and universities). For a bite to eat, locals suggest Trata, Melo Coffee & Kitchen, Edibles, and Nick Tahou Hots (try the garbage plate).
For the outdoorsy types, there’s parks, biking trails, and nearby ski resorts like Bristol Mountain to enjoy in the winter. And since it’s on Lake Ontario, you can boat and swim in the summer.
Sound like a fit? Check out these five houses for sale in the area including a six bedroom with an inground pool for $659,900.
This four bedroom, three bath is listed for $219,900. The Colonial has a wood-burning fireplace, hardwood floors, moldings, central air, ceiling fans, stainless steel appliances, an attached two-car garage, new garage doors, and finished basement.
This three bedroom, three bath is listed for $459,900. It features hardwood and carpet floors, recessed lighting, moldings, ceiling fans, a gas fireplace, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a laundry room, sunroom, unfinished basement, and attached two-car garage.
This four bedroom, three and a half bath is listed for $579,900. It has three fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, vaulted ceilings, moldings, built-ins, skylights, recessed lighting, hardwood and carpet floors, stainless steel appliances, a laundry room, patio, and an inground pool.
This six bedroom, three full bath, two half bath is listed for $659,900. It has two fireplaces, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, skylights, recessed lighting, moldings, stainless steel appliances, an inground pool, three-car garage, sauna, and updated electric and mechanical.
This four bedroom, three full bath, two half bath, is listed for $1,099,000 after a $91,000 cut last month. The Tudor features hardwood floors, recessed lighting, oversized windows, ceiling fans, central air, stainless steel appliances, quartzite countertops, built-ins, a basement, patio, two-car garage, and an inground pool.
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