ROC City Guide: The Best Apartments In and Near Downtown

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Looking for city living, a place that's central to most everything in Rochester, and the low-maintenance lifestyle? There's a lot of competition in the downtown rental market as of late that is trying to get your attention. Here's a list of the Best Apartments In and Near Downtown that you'll want to check out.

Note: The list is sorted alphabetically, and the numbers simply correspond to the number in the list, not rank. 

1. 44 Exchange

  44 Exchange  | photo courtesy   Landmark Society ofWNY

Built in the 1960's for the Central Trust Company headquarters (a former bank started in the late 1800's), the exterior still gives off that cool, mid-century vibe. 

Nearby you'll find the Monroe County Courthouse, the Convention Center, the Blue Cross Arena, Byblos Cafe, He's Chinese, and Hot Rosita's 

Find it: WebsiteMap


2. 88 Elm (coming soon)

  88 Elm  | photo courtesy DHD Ventures

88 Elm | photo courtesy DHD Ventures

Taking a vacant, formerly all-brick building and making it into one of the most beautiful, modern mostly-glass structures that the city has seen in ages - yup, that's 88 Elm. Expected completion: Q1 2017

Within 5min Walk: Parcel 5, Fuego Coffee, Branca Midtown, MLK Jr. Park, the Liberty Pole, Java's

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3. 111 East Ave

  111 East ave  | photo courtesy DHD Ventures

111 East ave | photo courtesy DHD Ventures

Looking for a place in the heart of it all? According to many, One Eleven on East is positioned perfectly. Close to restaurants, bars, cafes, grocery store, a major YMCA, theatres, art galleries, book stores, and much more - this newly renovated complex offers old-school charm and plenty of amenities to go along with it. 

Within 5min Walk: MLK Jr. Park, the Liberty Pole, Java's, The Little Theatre, Eastman Theatre, RoCo, Hart's Local Grocers, 2Vine

Find it: WebsiteMap


4. 250 South

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This former natatorium of the old days (think bathhouse for the City of Rochester) opened up in 1907 for the swimming public. Redeveloped as a mixed-use facility that includes the owners' Plan Architectural Studio on the first floor and a couple of floors of rental spac above.

Within 5min Walk: Vesper, Sidebar, Geva Theatre, Washington Square Park, Central Library, Dinosaur BBQ

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5. 300 Alexander

The history is rich and the building's brick facade shows it - originally a divinity college campus, connections with Waldorf Astor, and barracks for the Army Flying Corps during WWII - 58 luxury apartments were designed to keep the richness alive. 

Within 5min Walk: City Grill, Murphy's Law, The Lyric Theatre, Rochester Museum and Science Center, Daily Refresher, Havana Cabana, The Old Toad, Ox and Stone, Sinful Sweets

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6. The Academy Building

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the academy building | the rochesteriat

21 residential lofts were made out of the first-ever high school in the city (ca. 1870's). If you're a High Victorian Gothic architecture fan, this is your deal. 

The Academy boasts its own cafe (Founders), is close to the Post Office, City Hall, and a quick walk to into the Corn Hill neighborhood - history buffs will definitely get their fill here.

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7. Bridge Square Lofts

 bridge square  courtesy  Richard Margolis | Landmark Society

bridge square  courtesy Richard Margolis | Landmark Society

Another building built in the late 1800's and was also used a city high school up until the mid-2000's, living here you'll be close to City Hall, Frontier Field, the original Nick Tahou's, 1872 Cafe, and Hochstein School of Music. 

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8. Buckingham Commons

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Buckingham commons | the rochesteriat

Looking for an apartment with that skyline view and a great rooftop for gatherings? That'd be Buckingham Commons. Not only are there a couple of grills and great space on the rooftop to go along with your cool pad, but you can make a habit out of watching the Red Wings games (and after-game fireworks!) with a bird's eye view. 


9. The Button Lofts

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This former button manufacturing factory was turned into nearly 40 lofts and townhouses with 5-minute walking distances to the Park Ave, Swillburg, and Upper Monroe neighborhoods. 

Close to SEA Restaurant, the Monroe YMCA, Dogtown, Han Noodle, and Plum House. 

Find it: Website, Map


10. Charlotte Square

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A brand new build in Center City that boasts covered, indoor parking, electrical car-charging stations, a recreation/meeting room for tenants, and a rooftop gathering space with outdoor TV's and soon-to-be firepit. 

Within 5min Walk: Hart's Local Grocers, The Little Theatre, Carlson Metrocenter YMCA, Press Coffee, Ugly Duck Coffee, RoCo, East End Tavern

Find it: Website, Map


11. The Residences at The Columbus Building

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Located in the heart of the East End, this is another development by DHD Ventures and steps away from their 88 Elm property.

Of interest close-by would be MLK Jr. Memorial Park, Eastman School of Music, Java's, and Fuego Coffee.  

Find it: WebsiteMap


12. Edge of the Wedge

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edge of the wedge | Apartmentfinder.com

The Edge of the Wedge is a Buckingham Properties development that includes an upscale restaurant (The Cub Room), a local butcher (McCann's Meats), and a trendy consignment store (Second Chic) all in the same, general vicinity. 

Within 5min Walk: Georgie's Bakery, Flavors of Asia, Stuart's Spices, Pat's Coffee Mug, Napa Wood Fired Pizza, Boulder Coffee

Find it: WebsiteMap


13. Erie Harbor Apartments

Do you love the water no matter if it's an ocean, a lake, or a river? You can have your very own river-view in the Erie Harbor Apartments. 

Easy access to the Genesee Riverway Trail, the Southwedge neighborhood, and to the UofR campus. You'll also be within walking distance of Swiftwater Brewery and Mt. Hope Cemetery. 

Find it: WebsiteMap


14. The Hive@155

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Located in the St. Paul Quarter of Center City, downtown, The Hive@155 is close to Tapas 177, Scotland Yard, and Craft Cafe.

Also Pane Vino on the River Restaurant and Water Street Music Hall. 

Find it: WebsiteMap


15. The Metropolitan Rochester (coming soon)

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As one of the tallest skyscrapers in the city of Rochester, the former Lincoln First Tower then Chase Tower stands to give residents the best views as far as Lake Ontario on a clear day.

Within 5min Walk: Branca Midtown, DiPisa Old World Subs, Starry Nites Cafe

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16. Michaels-Stern Building

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Close to the RTS bus station, Fuego Coffee, Branca, the MetroCarlson YMCA, Java's Cafe, Press Coffee, Eastman Theatre

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17. Sibley Tower (coming soon)

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This former historic department store will once again to be transformed into Class A office space, a business incubator, retail shops, and unique lofts starting in 2017. 

Close to the Liberty Pole, East End, Parcel 5 - all in the heart of downtown. 

Find it: WebsiteMap


18. The Temple Building

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the temple building | the rochesteriat

The Temple Building is located across the street from the Sibley Building, and offers an equal amount of impressive history. You'll find true lofts here - exposed brick, beautiful sunshine shining through big windows, and wood floors. 

Find it: WebsiteMap


19. Tower280

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What do you do with a former department store in Rochester? If you're owners' Buckingham Properties and Morgan Management, you turn it into one of the most premier living spaces for rent! Features include a dog park, a gym, and even a high-end cafe/restaurant on the first floor. 

Find it: WebsiteMap


20. Woodbury Place

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woodbury Place | the rochesteriat

Clean, simple, modern, and industrial is what describes Woodbury Place. Set in the Washington Square Park neighborhood of downtown, Woodbury is one of the newest residential apartments to open up in our city. 

Find it: WebsiteMap


Did we miss something? Please let us know, we'd love to make this list as complete as possible. 

ROC City Guide: Best Fitness Centers

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Being active is important to a healthy lifestyle and you're in luck - there are plenty of options in the city no matter what your fitness preference or workout routine is. From weights, to classes, to crossfit, we've got options.

Check out this list of Best Fitness Centers, we'll add to it as we come across more great places in the city. As always, let us know if we've missed anything.


Anytime Fitness

50 Chestnut Street
Rochester, NY 14604
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Compass Cycle Studio:

543 Atlantic Ave, Suite 3
Rochester, NY 14609

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Monroe County CF

1717 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14610

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CF Paradigm Performance

1344 University Ave, Suite 5000
Rochester, NY 14607

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CF Park Ave

22 Winston Place
Rochester, NY 14607

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The Elite Training Studio:

24 Gable Alley
Rochester, NY 14607

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Harro East Athletic Club:

400 Andrews Street
Rochester, NY 14604

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Knockout Fitness:

675 Atlantic Ave
Rochester, NY 14609
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M/Body:

1048 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607

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Nova Fitness:

53 Russell Street
Rochester, NY 14607

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Rochester Parkour:

1344 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607

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World Gym:

1717 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14607

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ROC City Guide: Best Hotels

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As the city continues to grow, there will be more and more reasons for visitors to come and want to stay in the city - the attractions, museums, galleries, restaurants and shops are definitely a draw. From holidays to conventions, here's a list of hotels in the city.

1. East Ave Inn & Suites

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A stone's throw from many of East Ave's restaurants, bars and attractions, which means you can leave your car at the East Ave Inn & Suites and enjoy the city on foot. Don't forget to pop into the restaurant next door, City Grill.

Details: Website, Map


2. Hilton Garden Inn @ College Town

The full hotel name is Hilton Garden Inn Rochester/University & Medical Center. Enjoy the amenities and surrounding businesses in College Town and on Mt. Hope as well as the restaurant next door, Grappa. Also located next to Strong Memorial Hospital and the Golisano Children's Hospital.

Details: Website, Map


3. Hilton Garden Inn Downtown

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Located downtown, this Hilton Garden Inn is also home to the restaurant Drifters Lounge & Bar. With all of the hotel amenities you'll need there's also a beautiful arboretum to just sit and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Details: Website, Map

 


4. Hyatt Regency Hotel

Located in the convention district downtown, the Hyatt has dining options from The Street Craft Kitchen & Bar as well as Morton's Steakhouse and even Starbucks on the ground level. It's even connected directly to the convention center. Park in the parking garage and just walk to your convention. The Hyatt is also pet-friendly.

Details: Website, Map


5. Inn on Broadway

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Inn on Broadway | Facebook

This luxury boutique hotel downtown is walking distance to MLK Jr. Memorial Park and Ice Rink as well as the Strong Museum of Play, Eastman Theatre, and more, also home to Tournedos Steakhouse.

Details: Website, Map


6. Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside

This hotel, located in the convention district downtown along the Genesee River is close to all of the wonderful things this city has to offer. This hotel is not only pet friendly, but has a bicycle rental service available - a great way to explore Rochester.

Details: Website, Map


7. Staybridge Suites Rochester University

Stay along the Genesee River near the University of Rochester and Genesee Valley Park at Staybridge Suites. It's also close to the Strong Memorial Hospital and the airport.

Details: Website, Map


8. The Strathallan - a DoubleTree by Hilton

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Located on East Ave in the hustle and bustle of the East End. Walking distance to many city favorites including the Memorial Art Gallery and George Eastman Museum. Dine right at the hotel at Char Steak and Lounge or the rooftop bar and restaurant, Hattie's.

Details: Website, Map


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ROC City Guide: Best Theatres

Want to know where the best theatres are in the city? We got 'em listed here for you. Check it out and then go an enjoy a show or five!

Auditorium Theatre

Owned and managed by the Rochester Broadway Theatre League (RBTL) the Auditorium Theatre "is home to a full season of touring Broadway shows, the M&T Bank Broadway Season. The Auditorium Theatre also hosts a number of live concerts, comedy and dramatic events throughout the year and is used by local performing groups for recitals and other presentations."

Find it: Website, Map


Blackfriars Theatre

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With a mission to enrich, entertain and inspire the community through exceptional theatrical arts while engaging local talent (via blackfriars.org) Blackfriars Theatre produces top-notch shows in a theatre where there are no bad seats.

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Downstairs Cabaret Theatre

This theatre produces "a diverse offering of musicals, comedies, dramas, new works, and music events.." (via downstairscabaret.com). And don't miss the Grove Place Jazz Project.

Find it: Website, Map


Eastman Theatre, Kodak Hall

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Kodak Hall located at Eastman Theatre showcases talent from Eastman School students to world-renowned musicians, not to mention our very own Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Geva Theatre

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Geva Theatre actually contains two stages inside this one building. The "552-seat Elaine P. Wilson Stage is home to Geva’s six-play subscription series featuring a wide variety of performances, from musicals to American and world classics... The 180-seat Ron & Donna Fielding Stage is home to Geva’s own series of contemporary drama, comedy and musical theatre; Geva Comedy Improv; Geva’s New Play Reading Series and the Hornets’ Nest – an innovative play reading series facilitating community-wide discussion on controversial topics" (via gevatheatre.org).

Find it: Website, Map


The Little Theatre

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The Little Theatre shows everything from Blockbusters, to Independent and Foreign Films. Enjoy music, food, drinks and art in the cafe and then catch a film. Don't miss Mondo Movies and $5 Movie Mondays.

Find it: Website, Map

Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre is Rochester's newest performing arts venue and home to the Rochester Lyric Opera. Be on the lookout for performances, concerts and more.

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MuCCC: Multi-use Community Cultural Center

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MuCCC's mission "is to provide a theater to performers who do not have a permanent space, to attract new audiences to theater, and to provide theater at a low cost to the public" (via muccc.org). Find out about upcoming performances on their website.

Find it: Website, Map

RAPA & Kodak Center for Performing Arts

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RAPA, Rochester Association of Performing Arts "is Upstate New York’s oldest and largest professional school of performing arts for all ages" (via rapatheatre.org).

RAPA, along with other production companies that rent the space, take center state at Kodak Center for Performing Arts.

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ROC City Guide: Best Places to Get a Coffee

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As much as Rochester is a beer town, we're also a caffeinated city. Everybody needs to know where to get their coffee. This is a FACT. 

It's probably the reason we can go out late and enjoy a great beer or two, and be up and at 'em the next morning. Luckily, we have plenty of options. 

Here are the Best Places to Get a Coffee in this city. 

1872 Cafe

Mayor's Heights

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431 W. Main Street
Rochester, NY 14608

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Boulder Coffee

South Wedge & Public Market

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100 Alexander Street
Rochester, NY 14620

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Cafe Sasso

Park Ave

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739 Park Ave
Rochester, NY 14607

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Fifth Frame Brewing

St. Paul Quarter

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155 St. Paul Street
Rochester, NY 14604

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Fuego Coffee Roasters

Center City

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45 Euclid Street
Rochester, NY 14604

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Glen Edith Coffee Roasters

Park Ave & NOTA

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23 Somerton Street
Rochester, NY 14607

44 Elton Street
Rochester, NY 14607

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Java's Cafe

Eastman Theatre + multiple locations

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Downtown Location:
16 Gibbs Street
Rochester, NY 14604

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Joe Bean Coffee Roasters

NOTA

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1344 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

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Maker's Gallery & Studio

NOTA

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34 Elton Street
Rochester, NY 14607

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New City Cafe

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441 Parsells Ave
Rochester, NY 14609

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Press Coffee

Center City/ Eastman Theatre

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480 E. Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604

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Spot Coffee

East End + multiple locations

200 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604

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Starry Nites Cafe

NOTA & Center City

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696 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

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Soul Coffee & Jazz

NOTA/Village Gate

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274 N. Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607

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Ugly Duck

Center City

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89 Charlotte Street
Rochester, NY 14607

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Village Bakery & Cafe

Culver Armory + multiple locations

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145 Culver Road
Rochester, NY 14620

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