Friday, September 21, 2018

Popular Neighborhoods In Albany

The Capital Region of New York is a great place to live. In fact, the City of Albany made the U.S. News’ list of 125 Best Places to Live, #39 overall! As a cultural melting pot, Albany is a lively city with eclectic bars and restaurants and a rich history. From the soaring brownstone homes to the Hudson River, there are many reasons we love our city, and why #WeLiveHere.

Here are some of our favorite neighborhoods in Albany, ones that are quickly gaining popularity with those who are new to the city:

Arbor Hill
The Arbor Hill neighborhood is located in the northeastern part of the City of Albany. It is an area
that is experiencing a lot of new development. The American Planning Association selected it as one of the 10 great neighborhoods in America, and it’s easy to see why. This area has made progress in recent years, with a project that revitalized the community. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood has tree-lined streets and large parks, along with the city’s only community center. The historical Palace Theatre is also situated in the Arbor Hill area. Built in 1931, this theatre hosts a wide variety of events, including concerts, films, stand-up comedy, and more.

From the Albany County Historical Association (formerly the Ten Broeck Mansion) to the restoration of a noted stop along the Underground Railroad, the sense of history and community runs strong in this neighborhood.

Center Square
If you want to be surrounded by gorgeous brownstones and walk to some of the best nightlife that Albany offers, then Center Square is the neighborhood for you. Center Square has the oldest, continuously operating neighborhood association in the City of Albany. Just steps from all the activity of Lark Street, you’ll be right in the heart of the thriving bar and restaurant scene in downtown Albany. If you want fresh air, you can visit nearby Washington Park, an 84-acre park home to Albany’s Annual Tulip Festival. The park also has sculptures, a playground, tennis courts, a bike path, and an amphitheater. Interested in checking out museums, parks, or great shops? Visit Empire State Plaza, which is home to many state government buildings and convention centers, including “The Egg.”

Delaware Area
Image source: Delaware Area Neighborhood Asociation Facebook
The Delaware Area Neighborhood is on the outskirts of downtown Albany, but don’t let that fool you: there’s still plenty to do here. Friendly to residents of all ages, this neighborhood has everything from a Community Farmer’s Market, to unique and eclectic restaurants and boutiques. Described by as a “tight-knit and friendly community,” the neighborhood “residents say they can walk to almost anything - the hairdresser, ice cream parlor, bank, movies, etc.” With a great neighborhood association and opportunities to both live and run a business, the Delaware Area Neighborhood is great for everyone.

No matter where you end up in Albany, you’re sure to love the thriving and unique melting pot that is the Capital City of New York State. Curious about these or other neighborhoods? Reach out to one of our knowledgeable real estate experts and find out why we love that #WeLiveHere!

Monday, September 17, 2018

4 Reasons To Buy Your Home Off-Season

Traditionally, "peak season" for home buying has always been spring and summer: May, June, July, and August. Though the heaviest home-selling months are over, you can still look for your next home! In fact, the "off-season" is a great time to be a buyer. Here are a few reasons why buying off-season could work for you:

  • Less competition. There’s a lot of competition out there in the real estate market. It can sometimes be difficult for buyers to get their offers accepted. While there are still active buyers off-season, you will certainly face less competition when placing an offer in on a home.
  • Not just left-overs. There is a common misconception that all homes on the market off-season are the leftovers that couldn’t be sold. The truth is many beautiful homes go on the market off-season because the timing worked best for the sellers. This could be for different reasons: a new job, relocating out of state, or a new home construction is completed.
  • It can save you money. If you’re interested in adding a few final touches to your home, waiting until fall to buy could be beneficial. You end up snagging an end-of-season discount on everything from air conditioning units to appliances and furnishings.
  • Fall exposes exteriors. It can be easy to overlook flaws or issues with a home’s exterior because of well-executed seasonal landscaping. But once fall comes around, flowers are no longer in bloom and you can get a better look at landscaping beds and the home’s foundation.

Buying a home in the off-season can work to your advantage. If you’re looking to buy your home this fall or winter, reach out to one of our experienced sales professionals to see how you can get started.

9/15 Radio Show: Bill Maggio

Your host Peter Hunt, welcomes Bill Maggio to the show.

Bill is CEO of the Jacobs Institute and Managing Partner of Lorraine Capital.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on building on the momentum we are feeling in our community, which include attracting talent and capital investment.

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

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Popular Neighborhoods in Buffalo

While those of us who live in the area have always known the treasures that Buffalo has to offer, it’s true that in recent years, the city has had even more to boast about. In addition to being one of the more affordable mid-sized cities – Buffalo was listed as number 2 on’s list of Best Affordable places to live, citing the affordable transportation, healthcare, and housing – there is also increasingly more to do, see, and experience these days in the Queen City. From the vast number of restaurants to the variety of entertainment options, to, yes, even our pro sports teams (Buffalo fans are nothing if not loyal!), there are many reasons why love our city, and why #WeLiveHere.

Here are some of our favorite neighborhoods in Buffalo, ones that are quickly gaining popularity with those who are new to the city:

Elmwood Village
The American Planning Association named the Elmwood Village as one of the country’s 10 best neighborhoods, and it’s easy to see why. Being centrally located in Buffalo, the Village is an ideal spot for anyone looking for a home near world class shops, restaurants, bars and attractions such as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. There is always something to do in the area, whether it is grabbing some fresh produce at the farmer’s market on Saturday morning, stopping at the locally owned and operated Lexington Co-Op, or seeing a summer concert in Bidwell Park.

The atmosphere in the Elmwood Village was described by Visit Buffalo Niagara as one “where visitors linger at open-air cafes and browse farmer’s market vendors on a tree-lined parkway in the summer, while gathering at cozy coffeehouses and pubs in the winter” and we can attest to the accuracy! (During winter months, it’s also always a plus to be within walking distance of plenty of restaurants, or a coffee shop or bar with your favorite beverage!)

Photo by Rhea Anna
Allentown is where artistic and creative communities thrive in Buffalo. There is a plethora of street art and galleries, artisan markets and art festivals, such as the annual Allentown Art Festival and Allentown Porchfest. Allentown also offers a good dose of history, with beautiful historic buildings like the Mansion on Delaware, a boutique luxury hotel, and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.

The creative influence of our residents is apparent as you walk through Allentown and experience the “wall-size murals [that] flank the district’s many live music bars, neighborhood galleries, restaurants and shops.” This unique neighborhood is an inclusive, creative haven for young professionals, families or anyone who is looking to live in a part of the city where there are always events happening.

Hertel Avenue
Photo by Joe Cascio
Hertel is known as the “heart and soul of North Buffalo”, and while the neighborhood has been increasing in popularity over the past few years, there is a lot of history in the area that makes its renaissance even more special to witness.

This neighborhood is for those looking to embrace all that food that Buffalo has to offer, from popular restaurants like Lloyd’s Taco Factory, Mes Que, or Mac’s, to hip coffee spots like Daily Planet Coffee. Don’t forget to stop by an Italian bakery or Italian restaurant such as Lombardo’s – there’s a reason the area is known as the “Little Italy” of Buffalo.

Chic boutiques and bars are also all around for a night on the town. In case you want to catch a matinee, make sure to visit the North Park Theatre. The marquee on the neighborhood’s 1920’s era theatre, restored in 2014, is one of the most distinctive landmarks on Hertel.

These are just a few of the amazing neighborhoods that Buffalo has to offer. Moving to Buffalo and need a guide to help decide where you should live? Reach out to one of our local agents today!

Monday, September 10, 2018

9/8 Radio Show: Dottie Gallagher-Cohen

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Dottie Gallagher-Cohen to the show.

Dottie is President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on people, tourism, investment in commercial and residential real estate.

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