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!