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Park Avenue Neighborhood Rental Market Overview

June 17, 2011 by in Featured, Pearl-Meigs-Monroe
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Jembetat Gallery Park AvenueFrom end to end, Park Avenue is packed with things to see and do. That is why, when people call us looking for their new digs, more often than any other answer to the question “Which neighborhood do are you looking to move to?” apartment hunters respond with a definitive “Park Ave, of course.”  The “of course” is usually silent, but implied with their tone, so much so that I usually feel silly afterward for even having asked.  Now, as a connoisseur of Rochester’s neighborhoods, I know of at least half a dozen that I’d be thrilled to call home, but I cannot deny that Park Avenue is very high on my own list as well.  The neighborhood is flanked on either end by Rochester’s only tea house and the city’s only Wegmans, with every inch in between teeming with pedestrians who have come to patronize the clusters of coffee houses, upscale boutiques, beloved eateries, and galleries.

Just North of where Park Avenue starts, at Alexander Street, you’ll find the East End, the centerpiece of Rochester’s nightlife scene. One street south of Park Avenue, Alexander intersects with Monroe Ave, another popular city corridor full of restaurants, shops, and pubs. Being smack dab in the middle of all of this action, its easy to see how Park Avenue became such a focal point for the city. There are so many places on Park Avenue, that we would fill pages and pages with hot spots. Charlie’s Frog Pond and Jines are as much Rochester as apple pie is American. When the long winter finally gives way to the first warm sunny days, people flock to the corner of Berkeley Street and Park Ave to grab a seat at one of these treasured diners. You can grab sushi at Piranha, Thai food at Esan, Mediterranean at Sinbad’s, a glass of wine at Cibon, pizza at Chester Cab, amazing soup at Nathan’s, frozen custard at Abbot’s or gourmet cupcakes at Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe. Needless to say, it may take your entire first year in Rochester to eat your way all the way down Park Ave. All this excitement draws tons of Rochester’s college students, and the streets are filled with moving trucks at the beginning and end of each school year. If you want a chance to meet everyone in Rochester in one day, be sure to check out the Park Ave Fest which routinely draws more than a quarter million visitors every summer.

Like the East Ave neighborhood, Park Ave is blessed with some of the nation’s most beautiful housing inventory. As Rochester’s first well-to-do suburb, this neighborhood has thousands of well built, stately homes from the 1870’s through the 1930s. It’s not at all uncommon to have stained glass or solid mahogany doors in apartments in this area. While it’s easy to be swept up in the charm of some Park Ave apartments, renters should be very aware of the possibility of loud neighbors, or exceedingly drafty apartments. Old homes are beautiful, but if they haven’t been property insulated, utilities can easily exceed $250/mo for a 2 bedroom apartment in the winter. Be sure to ask about the heat source, insulation and condition of the windows.

The Park Ave neighborhood also offers plenty of mid-sized apartment buildings. Most of these were built between 1920 and 1950, range from 16 to 100 units, and vary in price, condition and amenities. The Barrington is close to the center of the action, and The Parkwin is further East at the quieter end of the neighborhood.

I’m just a twenty-something girl living in Rochester

October 14, 2010 by in Park Avenue
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Hello, and welcome to my first New Digs blog post. My name is Katie, and I am a twenty-something young professional living and working in the city of Rochester. I agreed to blog for newdigs because I wanted to share some of the experiences I have had while living in Rochester.

For my first blog post, I thought I would share some of the main reasons that I like living here. I am a fan of making lists, so I have decided to keep with that theme. I hope you enjoy!

Reasons I Like Enjoy Living in Rochester (in no particular order):

1. Affordability – I have been a renter in the Park Ave neighborhood for almost three years. I have lived in three different apartments that have all been reasonably priced. For a young professional who pays all of her bills (on time, I might add), this is very important for me. You really do get a lot of “bang for your buck” living in the city.

2. Save money on gas – My apartment is not only close to where I work, but it’s also close to just about everything else. I rarely have to use my car. In addition, I am lucky enough to have many of my closest friends living within a half mile radius. I never have to drive and see them. Whenever I go to fill up my gas tank, I can never remember the last time I filled up. A full tank of gas can usually last me about three weeks. Not only am I helping the environment, but I’m saving money, too!

3. Jines – Jines is a restaurant around the corner for me. Their breakfast/brunch menu is amazing! Just this past weekend I was able to sit outside, soak up the sun, and enjoy a delicious breakfast while the neighborhood slowly awoke. It was bliss.

4. Park Ave Festival - There are many wonderful festivals that Rochester has to offer in the summer time, but the Park Ave Festival is one of my favorites. The city closes a large portion of Park Avenue to allow for arts and food vendors to line up their tents for an entire weekend in August. The festival brings hundreds of people (even on rainy or really hot days) to the area. Residents of the Park Ave neighborhood liven up the weekend by hosting their own parties and bbq’s.

5. Rochester history – Ok, so I’m sort of a history nerd and I happen to be fascinated by Rochester history. Many of Rochester’s attractions, organizations, and companies that exist today can be linked to the city’s history. It’s hard to drive down any of the city streets and not notice Rochester’s history. Take for instance, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. This museum is located on East Avenue in the mansion once occupied George Eastman, Eastman Kodak’s founder. This museum, in addition to housing thousands of photographs, motion pictures, rare photographic books and camera-related technology, tells the story of George Eastman and the legacy he left in Rochester (and the world). There are many other organizations and locally-owned businesses with their own Rochester history. All of their stories are fascinating…if you take the time to learn them.

In attempt to keep this blog post, “short and sweet,” I will cut myself off there. There are plenty of other reasons why I enjoy living in Rochester and I look forward to the opportunity to share them with you.

Until next time, be cool.


Reason to Love Park Avenue #1: Nathan’s

October 11, 2010 by in Park Avenue, Restaurants
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According to the Weather man, its a Nathan’s kind of week.  Don a sweater and head to Park Avenue’s quaint little soup shop for something hearty to warm you up.

nathans storefront

Nathan's Soups and Salads

One of the great things about Nathan’s is the predictability of their menu – The same soups that are served on Monday this week will be served on Monday next week, the soups from this Tuesday will be the same next Tuesday, and so with the exception of Sunday.  That way, when you fall madly in love with Pittsfordite Dan McNelly’s award-winning Chipotle Sweet Potato Chowder this afternoon, you’ll rest at ease knowing that your next fix is only a week away.  You’d better hurry!  On weekdays they close at 6 PM.

Its not a sit-down place, so cop a squat on one of the park benches that line Park Avenue, or scurry back home to enjoy.

Nathan's Cheese Bread

Nathan's Cheese Bread

One more thing you need to know: If you don’t pick up a piece of garlic & cheese bread for dunking purposes, you’re a fool.