With Very Few City Condos Offered, You Just May Rule in this One


NOTE: This post was originally written on August 14th, 2014 when this condo was up for sale. Most of the info and links have been updated, but if we're missing anything, please let us know.

And no, this condo is NOT on the market anymore, sorry! For more information on downtown condos available, check out our City Guide


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Naturally, when we heard that one of our most favorite condo units was up for sale and we saw a beautifully written piece in Rochester City Living by Padraic Michael Collins-Bohrer, we thought, "Is there anything else that we can add to the facts and figures list that people would want to know?". Sure it's nice to understand the nuts-n'-bolts of the Lamborghini, but most of us want to know what we can do with it. And that's when it hit me: why don't I sprinkle in some extra this-is-what-my-daily-life-could-look-like-in-the-city to the mix, and allow potential urbanites to imagine it for themselves.

It's not often that we get an inside look like this, as it is well known that owner-occupied condo units are a rare gem in our city. With that said, get ready to let your imaginations race:

1. It's like living on Central Park West and 61st Street in New York City - at a discount

You have beautiful greenery from one of the city's oldest parks, the Washington Square Park, and the downtown skyline coming through your windows. There's no need to fill your walls up with generic wall art from Target or Walmart - the skyline brings the windows to life!

2. Plan how you want to rule the city at this table

Having a view of downtown Rochester, this area serves as your personal "secret meeting spot" to all the things you want to accomplish. It's here you can people watch at the Washington Square Park, keep a keen eye on the progress over the Erie Harbor Park Promenade, or plan out your next multi-million dollar business venture at Woodbury Place…or you can simply call mom and dad and invite them over for dinner.

3. You'll never be alone in this unit - (literally, it's a condominium!)

Whether you are single, married, with/or without kids, or somewhere in between, there's truly something for everyone. The downtown population has risen to over 6,000 residents, a burgeoning Neighborhood Association that needs your input, and a city on the rise that requires passionate, urbanites to give their talents to what the future holds for this metropolis - the city, much like the condo building, is a diverse and changing scene like the squares of a Flor carpet - different in their own respects, yet together they form a beautiful, cohesive structure.

And no, little Cloudy is not included in the price.

4. You like to wine, dine, and entertain 

You would have a fine, open eatery with a ton of natural light to perfect your favorite dishes, and even better yet, you can buy the necessary ingredients from your own downtown grocery store - Hart's Grocers! Opening day was August 15th, 2014, and it's the first grocery store to open in Center City in nearly two decades. Because of this you should have no problem keeping the cupboards stocked and stainless steel refrigerator full, but if you're looking for more specialty goods, just a short walk south to the Wedge presents you with the option of the South Wedge Spirits & Wine, and for dessert - Hedonist Artisan Chocolates.

5. Working at this lofty desk lets you operate Executive Style

Try local boutiques such as Abode, Stacy K Floral, Greenovation, and Archimage to decorate your space. West Elm, IKEA, The Container Store, Flor, Crate & Barrel - we'd approve also, but only after you've exhausted the local options. Can you imagine what you would do with this home office if this were yours? You're the boss of you, your household, and everything in it.

6. Everything Zen and Feng Shui, get rid of a cluttered mind

Being so close to everything, you're gonna want to hit the town at great hotspots such as Tapas, Victoire, and the newest of establishments, Apogee Wine Bar on Park Ave. Remember, there is also Eastman Theatre, Geva Theatre, and The Little Theatre all within a quick walk. With this lifestyle, you're gonna need some good shut-eye. This should do.

7. Is this Rochester's finest hotel, or your own modern escape right within your home

Maybe you'll have visiting guests that will stay at some of our swankiest hotels in downtown such as The Strathallan, the East Ave Inn & Suites, or the new Hilton Garden Inn - mere minutes away from the Capron Lofts. Or maybe you'll be generous and offer up that unoccupied, second bedroom to relatives and close friends…either way, YOU can be sure that a modern, warm, luxury hotel-esque experience is waiting for YOU every time you use your own master bath.

8. See the stars...or at least the rooftop lights

Need a quick get-away? Want to unwind with a glass of wine or a cold brew (from our neighbor Roc Brewing of course!) after the hectic day? Take a walk (or the elevator) up to the rooftop and experience the sunset and the skyline like never before. See the spectrum of colors that come out during sunset on the most clear nights, and enjoy the finished roof deck with a friend or two, a few community grills, and an abundance of patio furniture. Can't see any stars at night because the city lights drown out the galaxy? No worries, the celebration lighting keeps it festive at night.

9. Lastly, celebrate in style!

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Where else, aside from a local parking garage, can you be this close to the fireworks action on Independence Day and New Year's Eve? Nowhere is the answer to that. At the Capron rooftop, you're close enough that you feel immersed in the flashes of light bursting in the city sky, overlooking the Genesee River and all the city below. You might even get so spoiled that you think the fireworks are put on for you alone - ok, that's when you know you've lost it. So bring a date, your loved ones, your family up to see these special events - it's like no other around.

More Information:
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Washington Square Park Neighborhood Association

Who Are YOU Voting For POTUS?

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Ha, if you thought I was actually going to start in on that craziness, the big jokes on you. 

This post is NOT going to be about Tuesday's upcoming presidential election. And by the way, Stefanie and I do believe you have to get out and vote...whether or not you like the current political arena and/or choices (no judgement here, hmmmmm...), we can still do the right thing and vote. 

The truth is - and I'm just going to say it - we here at the Rochesteriat believe we've already voted for the most important election of the year - CITY Newspapers "Best Of..."  awards!

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With that said, we'd like to extend a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winners and nominees for the CITY's "Best Of Rochester 2016". The results are in, the people of Rochester have spoken...now we could only wish that Tuesday's election would carry on the ballot some of the most amazing people and businesses that our city has to offer.  

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We were honored this year to be nominated again for Best Local Website and want to send a BIG CONGRATS to RocWiki for another win in this category. Other formidable nominees in this category (and good friends of ours!) were Rochester Subway and Sir Rocha Says, an exact repeat of 2015.

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If you didn't get your FREE copy of CITY Newspaper last week to check out all of the winners in print, you can head online to their site

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One last note, and I just have to say this in all honesty - when we started the Rochesteriat, we felt that the category for "Best Place to Take an Out-of-Towner" was a little unnerving...I mean really, the best place we'd take family and friends coming from outta-town is Wegmans? Seriously? Nothing against Wegmans - we take pride that they're the Best Supermarket in the entire WORLD! - but as a "You-Must-See-This-To-Get-The-Full-Rochester-Experience"...??? Because we think that outta-towners haven't seen a grocery store, a shopping cart, or food - ever?

Rochester - you clearly inspire us to strive for more....and I'm not talking about "strive for 5" in the grocery sense of Wegmans. One of these years when Genesee Brew House, George Eastman Museum, High Falls, the Strong Museum of Play, or another amazing place overtakes this category, we'll know we've finally arrived. We may never have put it into that context before, but that's kinda the goal we're after.

Thanks CITY Newspaper for keeping it in perspective for us. Onwards, because the work continues!


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Jason is co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. Yup, we need to stop sayin' that Wegmans is the best place to bring an out-of-towner....that's lame. Join the conversation on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

The Rochester Rhinos Love ROC Too

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This weekend on Saturday, August 22nd, at Sahlen's Sadium, the Rochester Rhinos are hosting an "I Love Rochester Night". They want to celebrate everything that is great about the city we love: Rochester! Sahlen's Stadium

In honor of "I Love Rochester Night" we could list hundreds of reasons we love Rochester, but we'll keep it simple, here are just a few:

1. The People

People who love Rochester LOVE ROCHESTER. It's a passionate community of people who are interested in being a part of the change and transformation.

2. The Culture

Festivals, restaurants, art galleries, museums - whether you know it or not, our city is FULL of things to do, daily.

3. Small Community - Big City Feel

We're a medium sized city with great people, great culture, and short commutes. So now that we mention it - we're better than big cities!

4. It's a Blank Slate

There may be empty buildings and big corporations that aren't as big as they used to be, but it's ok. Rochester is changing and growing and it's a blank slate - let's make it what WE want it to be: vibrant and alive.

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Our friends at the Rochester Rhinos are offering all of our followers and friends a great deal on tickets: purchase a ticket for $10 get one free, purchase two tickets - get two free! But don't stop there - want five? Get five free!

For details and to purchase tickets check out the website or call (585) 454-3000 and select option #3 to purchase tickets. Gates open at 6:00pm, the game starts at 7:05pm. Deadline to purchase is Friday, August 21st at 6:00pm! To find out what other organizations are celebrating Rochester at the game, get full list here.

"I Love Rochester Night": Website

Save the Date: September 12th, 3-6pm - Rochester Craft Beverage Trail


Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She played soccer for years growing up so any soccer team that loves ROC is ok by her. Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow along on Twitter.


Dunkin' Donuts is Getting Cozy in the East End

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the Rochesteriat Ok, we've said it before - our city definitely has a love affair with coffee going. Without a doubt, we have some of the BEST cafe's throughout our region, right here in our own city. This past year, we've covered everything from Pour Coffee Parlor, Founders Café, events at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, and even a new Dunkin' Donuts that opened near City Hall.

And now to add to this mix, the newest coffee shop to open is located on East Ave next to RoCo and across from Victoire, coming packaged in the familiar pink and orange colors of fresh brew - Dunkin' Donuts! This store opened its doors on Wednesday, December 17th, but don't think for a moment that this is just another shabby place that will blend in with the rest...the team running this location has gone out of their way to make this a special place for the city and the neighborhood on East Avenue.

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You may have seen the life-sized donut and coffee characters out on East Avenue this past week. Be prepared for more, because the official opening day hasn't even happened yet - time and date TBA.

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While at first glance this may seem like every other Dunkin' Donuts you've seen up and down the East Coast, just take a closer look to see some of the features of the East Ave location that sets it apart.

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Most DD's tend to be smaller locations by design, funneling caffeine addicts in and out very quickly in order to produce a quick and efficient flow of customers. This place is noticeably larger, with seating for almost nearly 40 in the warm and cozy environment that entices patrons to stay a while and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere.

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Need to catch up on the latest BREAKING NEWS over a cup of coffee near a fireplace? They've got you covered...and not just one - multiple sets of TV's and fireplaces.

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Recognizing that the neighborhood is filled with students and the urban connectors, DD has designed its store to cater to these types. Lots of work ahead or a long study session planned? You won't lose charge here...

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... and yes, they have free WiFi.

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You'll see attention to detail in the colors, even for the men's and women's room. And you'll notice that you're being called a "D" head at the same time!

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They've got a great team here on East Ave so pop in for a visit morning or night. Here at the East Ave location they're open 24/7, pushing Rochester into a city that never sleeps.

More Information: Website RocWiki 111 East Ave. Suite 121 Rochester, NY 14604

Grand Opening: 12noon-2pm, Monday January 12th Details


Jason2Jason is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. He definitely knows he'll be at this DD many times over the years for an after-hours coffee. Check out more @JaySchwingle or Facebook


 

 

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2014 in Review: looking back

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Each year brings new things. In 2013 we launched the Rochesteriat and in 2014 we celebrated ONE year. It's been an incredible journey. Let's look back at some of the posts and highlights:

JANUARY:

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The New Year started with a bang of creativity when we met EvenOdd Creative founders, Liza and Ashley. Their ability to repurpose bicycle inner tubes is incredible.

Posts: EvenOdd Creative | Video, EvenOdd Creative: reusing the unusable

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Creativity continued at Genesee Center for the Arts & Education. Letterpress, paper making, bookbinding, art galleries, community darkroom, classes for all ages, pottery and so much more... all in one place.

Post: Genesee Center for the Arts & Education: get creating

FEBRUARY:

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In February we looked at typical Valentine's Day gifts and gave you different city options. Celebrate with more than just chocolate and roses.

Post: Valentine's and the City: friday night love

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We also talked about 5 big developments to keep your eye on during the year. Culver Road Armory continues to grow and expand, construction on Midtown and Sibley's continues, the Transit Center finished EARLIER than originally projected, and College Town is filling in. We can't wait to look at more city developments for 2015.

Post: 5 City Developments to Watch for in 2014

MARCH:

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March was all about ART in our city. We watched Thievin' Stephen paint a traffic box in the Washington Square Park Neighborhood and collect hygiene products and cleaning supplies for Sample Soap.

Post: Thievin' Stephen's Spring Clean: a call for soap

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We explored the Geisel Gallery in the Bausch & Lomb building Downtown. Who knew their was an art gallery hidden inside?!

Post: The Geisel Gallery: what you're missing on the inside

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...and we teamed up with Margot Muto Contemporary Art to support local artist Henry Avignon, who had entered into the 5th Annual EXPOSURE Photography Contest in NYC. Thank you to everyone who voted for his work! And congrats again to Peter, who won a piece of Henry's art.

Post: WIN LOCAL ART: #henryavignon

APRIL:

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In April, Blackfriars Theatre gave us a behind the scenes tour. We learned not to judge a building by its size... step inside and you'll see there's way more than meets the eye in this creative theatre on Main Street.

Post: Blackfriars Theatre: off-broadway meets main street

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We also snuck inside the soon-to-open Pour Coffee Parlor! They became a quick favorite to MANY in the city - it's hard to believe they've been open over 8 months now.

Post: Pour Coffee: sneak peek inside

MAY:

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May brought us the great outdoors. On the 3rd, the city came together for the annual Clean Sweep! We love joining the Washington Square Park Neighborhood team every year, it's a great way to invest in where you live!

Post: Clean Sweep: one day, city-wide

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And with the weather warming up we brought our lunch outside into the fresh spring air.

Post: 6 outdoor spots you may want to try out for lunch break

JUNE:

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In June, many left their cars behind and set out on ROC Transit Day to discover the freedom of transit travel.

Post: ROC Transit Day: get your free card

JULY & AUGUST:

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This past summer we were a part of something new, something that brought the community together in a public park under the lights of downtown, for free. This was Movies with a Downtown View. Presented by Buckingham Properties & the Rochester Area Community Foundation and situated in the park formerly known as Manhattan Square Park (now: MLK Jr. Memorial Park), this first-time event drew over 250 attendees to both movie nights, as we gave out hundreds of dollars of trivia prizes and raffles, snacks and more from the 20+ vendors that participated.

In July we paid tribute to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman with "Almost Famous" and August in we enjoyed "The Kings of Summer". Soon, we will begin the planning for 2015. We hope to make these annual summer events!

Posts: Movies with a Downtown View: coming to center city Movies with a Downtown View: SUCCESS!

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Hart's opened in August! If you haven't made it down to Hart's Local Grocers yet, what are you waiting for? Explore locally made products, grab a coffee, your groceries, and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and customer service at Hart's.

Posts: Urban Perspective: Hart's Local Grocers Hart's Local Grocers: shop local downtown

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We also stopped to smell the roses, and the orchids, succulents and every other wonderful thing you will find at Stacy K Floral on Park Ave! Looking to spruce up your place with new decor? They have that too.

Post: Stacy K Floral: flowers with a city vibe

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Since we were slowing down for the flowers it worked out perfectly to sit with Niraj, founder of Happy Earth Tea. After sitting with Niraj for only a short time, we quickly realized there was more to learn about tea then we imagined!

Posts: Happy Earth Tea: profound simplicity in the city Happy Earth Tea: the Darjeeling of the city

SEPTEMBER:

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September means FRINGE FEST! And once again, 2014 did not disappoint. This multi-arts fest takes over Rochester with over 380 shows across 25+ venues. Each year brings great new and unique performances.

Post: MY THING FRINGE: interactive art

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In honor of Park(ing) Day, Matthew Denker gave us a new and creative use for on-street parking spots inside the Inner Loop with a free 9-hole mini golf course, the Inner Loop Country Club!

Post: Park(ing) Day 2014: get golfing

OCTOBER:

In October, the Central Library launched Phase 1 of some big changes with the Reynolds Media Center. Why bother spending money when you can rent something for free with your library card? Movies, music, audio tapes and more.

Post: Who needs $1 Redbox when you have the Central Library's Media Center? 

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This was also a special year for Stefanie's family. Her grandfather's welding and auto-mechanics shop, Fab-Weld, on Dewey celebrated 50 years of business! We were honored to be at the celebration. They are a big part of our inspiration of working towards our own 50+ years in the city.

Post: Fab-Weld: welding 50 years strong!

NOVEMBER:

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Originally expecting to complete the new Transit Center in early 2015, RTS celebrated an early opening on 11/28. This beautiful facility offers a lot to the community and is a big part of the revival downtown.

Post: Bathrooms, Heated Floors, Free Rides (and More)!

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November also brings the start to the winter holiday season. We looked at many places to shop local and celebrate the holidays - one of which was the George Eastman House.

Post: Here are 6 Ways You Need to Enjoy the Holidays at the George Eastman House

DECEMBER:

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Main Street was once the place to be. Well, who's to say it won't be that way again? Sibley's and CGI Communications gave us a little glimpse into the past and the future with their festive window displays this year. We can't wait to see more development in this neighborhood!

Post: Main Street Holiday Window Displays Coming Back

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Dunkin' Donuts recently opened on East Ave. - the 1st 24 hour coffee shop downtown. Word on the street is that their Grand Opening is Monday, 1/12, from noon-2pm. Not only will there be live music and raffles, there may be a special guest coming...

Post: Dunkin' Donuts is Getting Cozy in the East End

Happy New Year!

These are only a small handful of the many many wonderful memories and people we have met this past year. 2014 will always hold a special place in our hearts as we celebrated 1 year and grew in the community. Thank you for coming along the journey with us!


Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She has loved every minute of this journey so far. Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.