ROC City Guide: Lofts to BUY in the City

the Rochesteriat | capron street lofts

the Rochesteriat | capron street lofts

Looking for a nice loft for purchase in the city to get away from that suburban responsibility? Sure, if you blink you may miss 'em. But we're HUGE advocates for this living arrangement, so we'll keep adding to this list as it grows over the years.

To be clear, our definition of "loft" here is somewhat liberal....the Capron Street Lofts are about as close as we get to a true loft you can buy in our city. To make this a list of more than one place, we're defining "loft" as a place where your living space is at least 1 floor off the ground...and views are most welcome. 

Here's a list of Lofts you can BUY in our City.

1000 East Ave

the rochesteriat | 1000 East Ave

the rochesteriat | 1000 East Ave

East End
Marketed as the "Best value on East Ave.!", this is a mid-century building with condos in a doorman building in the heart of the East End, Park Ave, and NOTA neighborhoods with the affordability to prove it. Walking distance to the George Eastman Museum, the RMSC, and East Ave Wegmans - 1000 East Ave is a great place for that boutique-hotel-style living that is accessible to pretty much everything you could possibly want out of city living. 

Price Range: $100,000 - $150,000  
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Capron Street Lofts

the rochesteriat | capron

the rochesteriat | capron

Washington Square Park
The Capron Street Lofts, or 1 Capron - as noted by the big number 1 on the highest point of the building, was a developer's risk back in 2009-2011 after the stock market crash of '08. It seems the risk certainly paid off because the building has been at full capacity since opening. With 19 residential units and 1 commercial space (note: the former Restaurant Nikko), these lofts offer just about everything that people love about urban living: high ceilings, exposed brick and original wooden beams, open floor plans, and of course the views of the skyline, river, parks, and downtown developments happening on a daily basis. Check out this post for more pics. 

Price Range: $200,000 - $750,000  
More Info: Facebook 


The Metropolitan Rochester (Coming Soon)

The rochesteriat | the metropolitan

The rochesteriat | the metropolitan

Downtown - Center City
You wanna know what's exciting about downtown Rochester these days? Just take a look at The Metropolitan. What was formerly called the Chase Building (even before that the Lincoln First Tower), this iconic building located in Center City is the new wave of happenin' in our city. We say this because the developer, family owned Gallina Development, is taking Rochester to a whole different level with this one. And by whole new level, in this case we mean 20-some-odd stories up! While a good portion of the residential floors will be apartments, floors 22-26 will be offered as luxury condos. Just think: 24hr doorman and concierge, covered parking, fiber-optic internet, on-site cafe, fitness, park, incredible views...you get the point. 

Price Range: TBD  
More Info: Website 


Sagamore on East

the rochesteriat | sagamore

the rochesteriat | sagamore

East End
The Sagamore is a 23-unit luxury condominium project that was completed in 2006, really providing the initial spark to the recent wave of condo owners interested in Center City living. All units come with terraces to look out over the bustling East Avenue section near the Eastman Theatre, and the building includes everything from indoor parking, a concierge, security services, and being able to walk to some of the best things our city offers: Eastman Theatre, Java's Cafe, RoCo, Fuego, Spot Coffee, Arena's, and on and on. 

Price Range: $350,000 - 900,000  
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Beautiful Design For Our City's Future

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When Home Leasing unveiled its plans to build a modern-looking townhome/apartment development near Hart's Grocers, we immediately took notice of the beautiful renderings that were produced by Bryant Design Studios. We're hoping that the project's chosen architectural firm, SWBR, will make good on those visual promises to the community - and we have a feeling they will by the looks of some of their other projects as diverse as the Carriage Factory and City Grill.

the RochesteriatRelated Post: Even The Geese Are Enjoying The City More

 

That leads us to this point: with all of the bustling development that has surfaced in downtown lately: Are we becoming a city that can afford to be a little pickier when it comes to demanding cooler looking buildings, beautiful design, and state-of-the-art architecture? It's no surprise that the exterior of a building's facade can make people take notice; it can signal to visitors that we take pride in our city, that we took the time to think, research, and construct from better materials; and with more eyes, ears, and bodies centered in a confined space, one can also argue that beautiful design ultimately makes our streets safer.

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But we're neither sociologists, nor criminologists, and we're certainly not professional designers nor architects. We enjoy design, and do take notice when we spot unique, creative spaces that are made reality in our cities across America. As we've traveled a bit these past several years, we've noted a few urban developments that made us say to ourselves, "Wow, I wish there were designs like that in our city!"

The following are some of our favorites from cities across America, and, with the future of Charlotte Square and many other developments in the works, maybe we'll end up with something as cool as these. Feel free to let us know which ones are your favorites.

Emeryville, CA

Oakland

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Diego

San Diego

Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn, NY

Manhattan

Manhattan

Manhattan

Manhattan

Manhattan

Boston

Boston

Fort Lauderdale, FL

FortLauderdale


Jason2Jason is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. All of these cities offer amazing options for residents, but you'd pay 2-6 times what you'd pay in Rochester for a similar home. We'll let our money go farther here in ROC for the time being. Check out more @theRochesteriat or Facebook.


 

Even the Geese are Enjoying the City More

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the Rochesteriat With all eyes drawn towards the city these days, we're certainly seeing a lot more action on our city streets. And it's no wonder that everybody - and everything - wants in on the fun. Spotted earlier this week was a pair of geese taking a stroll down Capron Street near Geva Theatre. We're not sure if they were just enjoying a leisurely stroll on a sunny morning, or if they were part of the cast coming out of the new Geva Lofts going to work...either way, that's our city as it offers a wide variety of interesting things you'll see and be part of as it grows.

In case you missed these big announcements in the city - psst...they're turning the heads of even the most stubborn country-folk (like the geese flocking to the city):

Chase Tower - Gallina Development 

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Having recently purchased one of the most iconic and noticeable buildings of our downtown skyline, Gallina Development Corporation has announced plans to make this 26-story tower into a mixed-use commerical/residential tower with a Chase Bank on the first floor (of course, it's already there). In addition to the bank, there will be exclusive retail and restaurant space, followed by multiple floors of incredible views - at least for the owners and guests of the modern high-rise apartments and for-sale condominiums.

More Information - RBJ Article

Charlotte Square - Home Leasing

Home Leasing

Want even more for-sale unique city options one-minute away from a thriving grocery store (Hart's), surrounded by cultural amenities such as The Little and Eastman Theatre, and even own your very own secured parking? Sounds too good to be true - but that's exactly what Home Leasing is proposing in its mixed-use-residential plans for this empty parcel of land adjacent to a former section of the inner loop called Charlotte Square. Picture also: a small public pocket park for relaxing, a fitness center, and even soundproof music practice rooms for the Eastman students - or those of you who are thinking about trying out for The Voice.

More information - Christa Construction

The Lyric Theatre - East Avenue

Gary Jacobs for Lyric Theatre

In a city of our size where we're lucky to have world-class music, talent, and the venues to go along with them in abundance - it was announced this week that the Rochester public will be getting another historical addition to the cultural venues list - the Lyric Theatre. Nestled in the middle of NOTA and the East End, this 100-year old building will serve as the home of the Rochester Lyric Opera, be an official venue for the annual Jazz Fest, and make itself available for other organizations wishing to use the incredible space.

More informationOfficial Press Release

You can bet that there's much more to come!


Jason2Jason is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. He says keep the for-sale units coming in the city - and the cultural amenities! Check out more @theRochesteriat or Facebook.