Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Kid-Friendly Activities Around Rochester

Summer is drawing to a close and school is starting back up, but with a few months of great weather still ahead, Rochester has no shortage of fun things to do with the kids. From outdoor exploring to museums, you’ve got plenty of options in and around Rochester.

Kids’ Activities and Attractions in Rochester

The Great Outdoors

You and your child can enjoy biking, hiking, or rollerblading along the Erie Canal Trail. The paths are flat and wide so you don’t have to worry about your tiny adventurers taking a tumble off of the trail.

When ice cream o’clock hits, Jill Farrell, from our HUNT Brighton/Pittsford branch, likes to take her kids to Pittsford Farms Dairy for a delicious treat. After, they enjoy a stroll around the canal to feed the ducks and enjoy nature.

Photo Courtesy of The Strong, Rochester, New York

Hands-On Museums

Does your child like to touch everything in sight? At Strong National Museum of Play, that’s not a problem. Kids are encouraged to laugh, play, and touch every last thing. The museum also has a butterfly garden, the always popular Wegman’s super kids market, Sesame Street neighborhood, a history of video games exhibit and much more to discover.

Other great museums and centers in Rochester include Rochester Museum & Science Center, Eastman Museum, and Genesee Country Village & Nature Center.

Photo by Joe Territo

Sports Games

Rochester Red Wings games are enjoyable for the entire family. Your child will love to see the mascot up close and personal, or plan to enjoy one of the many other events happening at the ballpark. Check out the schedule and take your kids out to the ball game.

Photo Courtesy of Seneca Park Zoo


Let your kids go wild at the Seneca Park Zoo, home to lions, elephants, baboons and more. Not only will the zoo delight the animal lovers in your family, it can also foster a sense of appreciation for wildlife and increase awareness of these amazing animals.

Amusement Parks and Play Centers

Seabreeze Amusement Park is the fourth-oldest operating amusement park in America. There are plenty of rides for all sizes and thrill seekers. Catch some wind on a spinning coaster, or get some relief from the heat on the Log Flume.

If you seek more water, head to Roseland Waterpark or Darien Lake to cool off from the summer heat.

The newest active indoor play center, Altitude Trampoline Park, is gaining traction among families in the Rochester area. And what’s not to love about bouncing off the walls on a huge trampoline? Jump, play dodge ball, shoot some hoops, climb the rock wall, and more.

Deals and Tips for a Fun Outing in Rochester

HUNT agents and employees are active in the Rochester community and are always finding new deals and ways to make the most out of nice day.

Brenda Lloyd, HUNT Administrative Assistant, and her family get active outdoors and hike many of Rochester’s beautiful parks and other nearby parks.

“The Empire Passport is a great purchase if you love to visit the State Parks,” Brenda said. The passport provides unlimited day use vehicle entry to facilities operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

HUNT agent Bryan Brooks’ kids love to watch animals, so they frequent many zoos during summer. With the purchase of the Seneca Park Zoo season pass, you also get 50 percent off other participating Association of Zoos and Aquariums, like the Buffalo Zoo.

HUNT agent Chris Roman enjoys taking his children out into nature and camping at Letchworth, or Robert Treeman in Ithaca. Bring your own supplies and food for a camping trip that won’t break the bank.

Cindy Quinn, HUNT administrative assistant, uses to find great deals. You can also find more deals in Rochester at

Contact a Rochester HUNT agent today to find your dream home, or let us in on another good deal to add to the list!

Monday, August 22, 2016

8/20 Radio Show: John Hurley

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes John Hurley to the show!

John Hurley is President & CEO of Canisius College. As a 1978 alumnus of Canisius, President Hurley served from 1997-2010 as executive vice president of the college and vice president for college relations. In these positions, he oversaw the college's advancement operations, which included development, public relations, alumni relations, government relations and community relations.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on private education.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

8/13 Radio Show: Karen Johnson & Mike Kelleher

Guest Host, Linda Mallia, welcomes Karen Johnson & Mike Kelleher to the show!

Karen Johnson is a HUNT Mortgage Consultant, specializing in Reverse mortgages and Mike Kelleher is an attorney at Hogan Willig with a focus in commercial and residential real estate.

Together, Linda leads the discussion on reverse mortgages.

To find out more, listen to this week's show!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Look Who's Moved to HUNT Real Estate ERA

We are pleased to welcome the following sales professionals to the HUNT Real Estate ERA family. Their association further affirms our commitment of offering the highest level of service to our clients.


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If you're ready to take advantage of everything we have to offer AND make more money, join HUNT Real Estate ERA today!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Largest School Districts in Erie County

Looking to move to Erie County? If you’re a parent of school-age children, it’s important to take into account which school district your family will live in when you look for a home.

Consider which school district will best fit your child’s particular needs. Will they excel more in a large or small school? A hands-on or hands-off school? No district is better than the other, but schools have different values and focus. Research can help you find the best fit.

To help you get started, here is a roundup of the largest districts in Erie County.

Buffalo Public Schools

Buffalo Public Schools are the largest in Erie County; there are nearly 60 schools! With a strong focus on family participation, these schools seek to provide a nurturing and supportive environment for their diverse student population.

With a new superintendent, Dr. Kriner Cash, the district is seeing some positive changes and growth in their current program offerings. Cash’s unveiling of the “New Education Bargain with Students and Parents” works toward reducing elementary class size and implementing rigorous early elementary education. The district is also launching five new competitive high schools with programs geared to the future jobs Buffalo will offer. Community schools will serve entire neighborhoods with academic, athletic and wrap around services.

Lake Shore Central School District

A mix between rural and suburban, this district serves Evans, Brant, Angola, Farnham and Derby. It’s also known as Evans-Brant Central School District. The Lake Shore High School graduation rate is 94.5 percent, according to the district. Their athletic teams have sent representatives to regional and state finals, and their art and music departments have been recognized at highly regarded festivals. Music programs are available for students in fifth grade through high school.

Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda UFSD

The Ken-Ton district is one of the largest in the state of New York, with 12 schools. The district serves Kenmore and most of Tonawanda, just north of Buffalo. There is an attendance rate of 95 percent, according to the New York State Education Department. Some notable alumni are Wolf Blitzer, CNN journalist; Jon Luther, former CEO of Dunkin’ Brands; and Dan McFall, retired NFL coach.

Lancaster Central School District

Lancaster provides education for Lancaster, Cheektowaga, Elma and Depew. The area has many housing choices and easy access to highways. Lancaster has consistently ranked most cost effective and administratively efficient school district, according to the district. Lancaster proudly boasts their graduation rate of 99 percent and believes their summer programs and Lancaster Evening Alternative Program, which supports students who are struggling, make all the difference in student’s school completion. In addition, they have many different nationally recognized academies that help students get ready for college and their careers.

West Seneca Central Schools

South of Buffalo is West Seneca Central School District, which serves parts of West Seneca, Cheektowaga, Orchard Park, and Hamburg. The attendance rate is 94 percent, according to the New York State Education Department. The district provides academic enhancement programs in every school in a multitude of formats, such as before- and after-school programs, in-school support and some Saturday classes. More than 80 percent of West Seneca graduates seek higher education opportunities.

Williamsville Central Schools

Just Northeast of Buffalo sits Williamsville School District. Williamsville focuses on developing each student’s unique character, teaching students the importance of assuming responsibility and developing students into leaders, according to the district mission statement. The district has been recognized by the New York State Education Department as a Common Core Institute. Williamsville also offers a comprehensive music program and has been recognized nine times as a “Best Community for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.

Contact one of our HUNT sales professionals if you have any questions about which school district your potential home may be in.