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New Home Communities in Rochester NY Area

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Feb 22, 2019 @ 14:02 PM

New Home Communities in Rochester NY AreaIf you’re considering building a new home in the Rochester area, you’ve no doubt heard the real estate mantra: “Location, location, location!” Where you build your home is as important as the style of home you build and choosing the right floor plan. But there’s much more to choosing your home’s location than just the physical coordinates on a map. Finding a community that feels like home is a big factor for many homeowners. So how do you find great new home communities in the Rochester, NY area?

What Makes a Great Rochester area Community?

When we at Gerber choose the locations in which we’d develop communities, we looked for towns and areas that would enhance the lives of the people living there. We chose locations that show a promising future for growth and development. Here’s a post that talks a bit more about the importance of a good community.

A Few Examples

Here are a few examples of local areas we reviewed before deciding that they were great candidates for developing communities.

  • Webster, NY has a vibrant Chamber of Commerce that carefully invites businesses that they feel will enhance the quality of life of the overall community. In addition, they created Town Center shopping as a place for the community to come together. Visitors from as far away as Toronto, Canada stop by Town Center on the bus to shop while on their way to the Finger Lakes region. But the townsfolk of Webster didn't stop there. The town earned the rank of Sports Town USA, boasting more ball fields per capita than any town around.  The addition of their Aquatic Center, Hockey Rink, Marching Band, and proximity to water recreation makes Webster a fun and inviting place to live. 
  • Canandaigua, NY and Victor, NY both offer so much to new residents.  They are both vibrant, growing communities that are close to businesses and shopping opportunities.  That eliminates long commutes—a real plus for quality of life.  And when it’s time for residents to relax, they have easy access to great areas such as Canandaigua Lake and the Wine Region not far from their doorsteps.

At Gerber Homes, we have been building new homes for more than 50 years.  But we do more than just construction. We study trends and patterns so that we have a pretty good idea where a new community will really blossom.  Among other things, we look for communities where people can:

  • Have the easiest commute to work
  • Live in a home that is tailor-made to fit their needs
  • Enjoy their leisure time with great access to outdoor activities and the amenities that make life comfortable and enjoyable

That’s why we’ve built in great New York communities such as:

  • Webster
  • Ontario
  • Victor
  • Canandaigua
  • Sodus
  • Marion
  • East Bloomfield
  • Huron
  • Perinton
  • Farmington,
  • Mendon
  • Walworth
  • Gorham
  • Fairhaven
  • Macedon
  • Rush

Click here for more information about these communities and for individual home sites.  You can also click here to take a look at just some of the floor plans that are available in these communities—whether you’re looking for a Colonial style home; a home with a first floor Master Bedroom; a patio home, or a home that features an in-law suite. Or, if you prefer, simply pick up the phone and call us at (888) 437-2373 with any questions you have.

Where you choose to live is important. And with Gerber, you have plenty of options regarding which community—and which kind of floor plan best fits your needs.

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Topics: Model homes, Custom homes, Rochester NY, Canandaigua NY, Ontario NY, Victor NY, Webster NY, Fair Haven NY, brighton ny, pittsford ny, Building a New Home, Sodus NY, Perinton NY

Prepare Yourself Before Attending Homerama in Rochester NY this August

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, May 9, 2018 @ 16:05 PM

Prepare Yourself Before Attending Homerama in Rochester NY this AugustAnybody considering building a new home in the Rochester area will want to arm themselves with as many ideas and inspirations as possible before jumping into the homebuilding process. Attending Homerama in Rochester, NY is a great way to gather that information and inspiration. And while perusing the properties for ideas may be great, the more prepared you are, the more you’ll benefit from the experience.

Here are a few tips to ensure you maximize your time and come away with knowledge that will help you find the perfect Rochester home for your family.

Do a Little Homework

It’s important that your new home fits your lifestyle. Before you begin to look at homes, take some time to think about how you’ll use your home. You’ll want to consider what size home fits your family’s needs. How many bedrooms will you need? How do you entertain? Will you need a larger family room in which to interact with guests? What about your kitchen? Will you use your kitchen for entertaining? Or do you hope to use it for gourmet cooking? Here’s a post that helps you match your new Rochester kitchen to your specific personality.

Think About Floor Plans

Reviewing some potential floor plans before you look at a finished model home can be helpful. Do you prefer an open style floor plan? Are you looking for a plan that has bedrooms on one level and common spaces on a separate level? Or are you considering something that offers single-level living? Take a look at the floor plans Gerber offers to see what appeals to you. Then you can head over to Homerama and see what a plan like that looks and feels like in real life.

First-time Buyers

If you’re looking to build/buy your first home it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the options. You’ll want to focus on what’s really important for you and your family at this point in time. That being said, you’ll also want to keep in mind what your family’s needs may look like down the road a few years. Here’s a helpful post that highlights some of the essentials that first-time homebuyers look for.

Establish the Essentials

It’s not just first-time buyers who should consider the essentials. Before you get too far into the process, you may want to establish what’s essential in your new home so that you’ll be happy with it for years to come. Consider making a list that’s divided into three categories: “Must-Have” features; “Nice-to-Have” features; and “Splurge” features.

Consider Your Budget

Thinking about your budget ahead of time is really smart. You’ll want to have a realistic budget in mind before you begin choosing plans. It really doesn’t make sense to look at a $400,000 home if what you really need is a $250,000 home. Here’s a look at how to create a realistic budget for your Rochester-area home. You may also want to visit a reputable lender to see what kind of a loan you qualify for. That can help you set realistic parameters before you get into the details of floor plans, finishes, and upgrades.

Educate Yourself About the Basics

As builders, we’re often asked a lot of basic questions about home design. We think that’s a good thing! That’s why we created a free Home Design Guide eBook that you can download for free. It provides basic information about how to design key rooms in your home such as your kitchen, bathroom, living room, and master bedroom. This guide goes beyond style and talks about the importance of function in good design.

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Topics: Model homes, Custom homes, buying a new home, Building a New Home, Homearama

Want a Home in Rochester with Custom Features But Don’t Want to Wait

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Jan 4, 2017 @ 19:01 PM

Want-a-Home-in-East-Rochester-with-Custom-Features-But-Don’t-Want-to-Wait.jpgWhat can you do if you’re the kind of person who wants customized features in your new home—but don’t want to wait for a custom home to be built? Are you simpy out of luck?

It doesn’t have to be that way! The good news is that Gerber Homes has a number of Model homes for sale with upgraded features that can be ready for move in when you are.

If you check out our inventory of available model homes you may find exactly the features you’re looking for—without having to wait through the whole home construction process. We currently have homes in Summer Lake in Ontario, Magnolia Manor in Perinton, Briarwood Estates in Webster, Wishire Hill in Pittsford, and Old Brooside in Canandaigua.  Of course, other savvy home shoppers will be checking out these homes as well, so some of them may not be available for long.

You can download floor plans and get additional information about these great homes. And in some cases you can even take a virtual tour of the home  And you may even have the opportunity to customize final features to your liking.

That can be an ideal option if you’re in a situation where a job change, a family addition, or some other unforeseen change in your family means that you simply don’t have the luxury of waiting. It’s also a very attractive option for people who want an upgraded new home and just don’t want to wait for it to be built.

If you have questions about availability or specific features in any of these homes, you can give us a call at 1.888.437.2373. Or you can fill out the online form if you prfer getting information via email.

It’s been said that good things come to those who wait, but sometimes really good things come to those who can’t wait or simply don’t want to!


Topics: Model homes

When You Hate to Wait for a New Home—Or Don’t Have the Luxury

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Oct 15, 2016 @ 21:10 PM

When-You-Hate-to-Wait-for-a-New-Home-Or-Dont-Have-the-Luxury.jpgWhen it comes to purchasing a new home, some people just hate to wait. When they make a dececision, they want to move on it. The process of reviewing floor plans and sites and figuring out finishes just leaves them cold. They still want quality and they aren’t willing to settle for second best—they want to get on with life.

Other people simply don’t have the luxury of waiting because they need a new home and they need it now. Maybe they have a baby on the way. Perhaps they’ve got an older parent or relative moving in with them. Or maybe a new job has them moving to a new town in the Eastern Rochester area. They’re not willing to settle for “just any home” either, but they simply don’t have the luxury of waiting a few  months.

If either describes your situation, we have some good news for you! Gerber Homes has a limited number of Quick Delivery homes in great locations that are ready when you are. Here’s a quick overview of some of those “Don’t-Have-to-Wait” homes.

When-You-Hate-to-Wait-for-a-New-Home-Or-Dont-Have-the-Luxury2.jpg7648 Misty Way
Ontario, NY This 3-bedroom (plus a bonus room), 2.5 bathroom home  offers more than 2,000 square feet of comfortable living on a third of an acre lot. Click here to  take a virtual tour of this beautiful home.




25 Tea Olive Lane,
Perinton, NY If the town of Perinton is more to your liking, your family might love this 2,200 square foot 4-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home that sits on a .29 acre lot. Click here for a look at the floor plan for this great home.



When-You-Hate-to-Wait-for-a-New-Home-Or-Dont-Have-the-Luxury4.jpg243 Woodsview Dr.
Webster, NY If you’re looking for the convenience of single-level living in an airy open concept layout, this 1,598 square foot, 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home set on .56 acres premium lot overlooking wild pines may be just what you’re after. Click here to take a look at the floor plan.



Whether you don’t have time to wait for a home to be built because of pressing circmstances—or if you just hate to wait—take a look at these great deals—or our other Quick Delivery homes. With Gerber Quick Delivery Homes you don’t have to wait and you don’t have to settle for less than the best.


Topics: Model homes, Rochester NY, buying a new home

Does Building a New Rochester-Area Home Make Sense for You?

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 19:04 PM

Does_Building_a_New_Rochester-area_Home_Make_Sense_for_You_.jpgOwning your own home—and especially building your own custom home—is a big part of the American dream. Timing, however, plays a big role in whether you can make that dream a reality right now. Does building a new Rochester-area home make sense for you?

Here are a few things that can help you decide if building a custom home really makes sense for you right now.

Does Making Decisions Energize You or Drain You? One thing that makes building a custom home a challenge is that you get to (and have to) make a lot of decisions. Some people love the idea of making all the decisions (floor plans, locations, finishes, fixtures, etc.) that make a custom home unique. If those kinds of decisions wear you out, you may not want to put yourself in that position.

Do You Change Your Mind A Lot? Building a custom home gives you lots of opportunities to make changes. If you have a hard time sticking with a (good) decision, the options can be a huge challenge. And if you’re not careful, the changes you request can severely delay construction and drive your costs up.

Do You Have the Time? This is related to the first question. Not only will you need to make decisions, but in order to keep things moving, you’ll need to be available to your builder to deal with questions that come up. If you don’t have the time or energy to do that, you may resent the intrusion the homebuilding process brings to your life.

How Will This Affect Your Family? You’re not the only one who will be impacted by the building process. If you have other issues you’re dealing with, ones that require your time and attention, you may want to hold off for a while until things have settled down.

Are You Planning to Stay for a While? If you have a job that might require you to move soon, building a custom home may not be the right choice right now. That doesn’t mean you can’t do it or shouldn’t, but the timing may not be right at the moment.

If you’re not sure whether it makes sense to build a new home or to remodel the home you’re currently living in, download our free Create Your Dream Home e-book. There are some additional ideas in there that will help you decide whether to build or to remodel.

Topics: Model homes, Custom homes, Rochester NY, Building a New Home, Home Design

Want a Great New Home in the Greater Rochester Area—But Don’t Want to Wait?

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 @ 06:01 AM

Want-a-great-new-home-in-the-Rochester-area-but-dont_want-to-wait_You may have heard that good things come to those who wait. That may be true a lot of the time, but sometimes waiting isn’t an option. There are times when we have to make decisions and act fairly quickly. 

That can happen when it’s time to build a house. Sometimes work demands a move and you simply don’t have time to go through the whole process of looking at floor plans, reviewing design ideas in magazines or online—or even waiting through the construction process. 

But just because you’re crunched for time, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for some “cookie-cutter” house. You can still get the quality and energy-efficiency you want in a home that’s ready for you to move into. 

At Gerber Homes we have a number of “Quick Move-in” homes with the kind of features you’re looking for—including that all-important feature of being available for sale now.  You can check out our available homes in the Rochester area and download a brochure, get more details, or even take a virtual tour. And if you don’t see what you want, give us a call at 1-888-437-2373 and tell us what you’re looking for.

If you don’t have time to go through the normal homebuilding process—or if you just hate to wait—we’ve got options you can explore. Don’t settle for any old new house when you can get the kind of quality craftsmanship that we’ve been bringing to the marketplace since 1975!


Topics: Model homes, Rochester NY

5 Questions To Ask When Looking at a Model Home

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 @ 20:12 PM

5 questions to ask when looking at a model home

Sometimes there’s just no substitute for the real thing. Some potential homeowners can get all the information they need about a new home just by looking at floor plans or by perusing some pictures. And that’s great—if that works for you.

Some of us, however, prefer (make that need) to see an actual wood-and-drywall-and-concrete example of the place that might be our home for the foreseeable future. If that describes you—and you’re considering building a new home in the East Rochester area, you’re in luck!

We’ve got a number of model homes in the areas around Canandaigua, Webster, Ontario and Perinton that will let you get “up close and personal” so that you can see first-hand exactly what you’re getting into. You can walk through the homes, get a sense of perspective, and get a feel for what these homes really feel like.

However, when you take a tour of a model home (whether it’s one of ours or someone else’s) it’s good to do more than just look. It’s also good to ask some questions so that you walk away with more than just an impression.

Here are five questions to ask when looking at a model home. You may come up with more, but these will give you a good start in deciding if what you see is what you should get.

1. Do you really like the home—or just the way it’s decorated? It’s easy to get a bit distracted by the décor and presentation of a model home. We’ll be honest—we builders want the models we build to look as nice as possible. That’s not a bad thing (and it’s also a good way to pick up decorating tips!). But don’t let the curtains or interior paint or furniture arrangement get in the way of the big picture. You should choose the right house—not fall in love with the decorator!

2. Can you envision this home in a different location? Our model homes are all for sale, but they can also be built elsewhere. Is the location of the model right for you? Does it place you in good proximity to schools, work and other activities? Is the area around the model one you really like?

3. Does this floor plan fit the lifestyle of your family? Professional designers and architects design these homes to look good. That’s part of the plan—but only part. Just because a home is aesthetically pleasing doesn’t mean it’s the right floor plan for your family. Do the rooms flow into one another the way you want them to?  The kitchen may be “cute” but does it function the way you want it to? Look beyond the obvious.

4. What can you modify without dramatically changing the basic floor plan? What if you like the basic layout of the home—but want to make a few changes to make it more “yours?” Are the changes that would make you happy feasible? Are they big changes that significantly change the structure of the house (and the cost), or are they minor changes that a builder can easily accommodate?

5. Can you actually afford this model? Sometimes prospective homebuyers get into a situation where their eyes are bigger than their bank accounts. It’s easy to fall in love with a house that seems to be everything you want. But if you get yourself in over your head financially, your dream home can end up being a nightmare.

Touring a model home can be a big help. But you should let the experience guide you—not drive you. And if you don’t find exactly what you want in a model, use what you learn. There are plenty of other plans out there that can deliver exactly what you need.


Topics: Model homes, Building a New Home