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
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
2. 88 Elm (coming soon)
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
3. 111 East Ave
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.
4. 250 South
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.
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
6. The Academy Building
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.
7. Bridge Square Lofts
8. Buckingham Commons
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
10. Charlotte Square
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
11. The Residences at The Columbus Building
12. Edge of the Wedge
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
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.
14. The Hive@155
15. The Metropolitan Rochester (coming soon)
16. Michaels-Stern Building
17. Sibley Tower (coming soon)
18. The Temple Building
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.
20. Woodbury Place
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