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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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Greater Rochester Area Schools You’ll Want to Know About

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Dec 1, 2018 @ 08:12 AM

Greater Rochester Area Schools You’ll Want to Know AboutAs home builders in the Rochester area, we obviously field a lot of questions about which floor plans make the most sense for individual homeowners.  And of course, people want to know about home features and which materials will serve them best when it comes for cabinets or flooring. But for a lot of homebuyers want to know about schools in the area. We understand how important that is, so let’s look at some greater Rochester area schools you’ll want to know about.

To make things a bit easier for you to evaluate, we’ll organize the information by school districts and communities—with specific schools listed under those categories. For additional information about individual schools, you can click on the link to the specific school district.

Rochester (Brighton Central School District)

The Brighton Central School District is a top-rated public school district located in Rochester, NY that has a student population of approximately 3,500 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1.

How The District Stacks Up

#1 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#8 of 675 in Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#10 of 692 in Safest School Districts New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#20 of 689 Districts with the Best Teachers in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#306 in Best High Schools in America in 2019 for Brighton High School by U.S. News and World Report

#45 in Best New York High Schools in 2019 for Brighton High School by U.S. News and World Report

#79 in Best STEM High Schools in 2019 for Brighton High School by U.S. News and World Report

Schools in the Brighton Central School District

Elementary Schools: French Road Elementary, Council Rock Primary School

Middle Schools: Twelve Corners Middle School

High School: Brighton High School

Webster (Webster Central School District)

The Webster Central School District is an outstanding public school district located in Webster, NY. It has over 8,000 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#8 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#24 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#77 of 689 Districts with the Best Teachers in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#80 of 675 in Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

Schools in the Webster Central School District

Elementary Schools: Plank Road North Elementary School, Plank Road South Elementary School, Klem Road North Elementary School, DeWitt Road Elementary School, Klem Road South Elementary School, Schlegel Road Elementary School, State Road Elementary School 

Middle Schools: Spry Middle School, Willink Middle School 

High School: Thomas High School, Webster-Schroeder High School  

Webster (Webster Central School District)

The Webster Central School District is an outstanding public school district located in Webster, NY with more than 8,000 students in grades PK, K-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#8 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#24 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#77 of 689 Districts with the Best Teachers in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#80 of 675 in Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

Schools in the Webster Central School District

Elementary Schools: Plank Road North Elementary School, Plank Road South Elementary School, Klem Road North Elementary School, DeWitt Road Elementary School, Klem Road South Elementary School, Schlegel Road Elementary School, State Road Elementary School 

Middle Schools: Spry Middle School, Willink Middle School 

High SchoolsThomas High School, Webster-Schroeder High School 

Canandaigua (Canandaigua City School District)

The Canandaigua City School District is the leading public school district located in Canandaigua, NY with slightly more than 3,500 students in grades PK, K-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#11 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#2 in Best School Districts in Ontario County for 2019 by Niche.com

#132 of 675 in Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#164 of 689 Districts with the Best Teachers in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#196 of 688 in Best Places to Teach in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

Schools in the Canandaigua City School District

Elementary Schools: Canandaigua Primary-Elementary School 

Middle Schools: Canandaigua Middle School 

High School: Canandaigua Academy 

Victor (Victor Central School District)

The Victor Central School District is an unparalleled public school district located in Victor, NY with fewer than 4,500 students in grades PK, K-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#6 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#1 in Best School Districts in Ontario County for 2019 by Niche.com

#1 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#30 of 692 in Safest School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#62 of 675 in Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

Schools in the Victor Central School District

Elementary Schools: Victor Primary School, Victor Intermediate School, Victor Early Childhood School

Middle Schools: Victor Junior High School

High School: Victor Senior High School 

Fairport (Fairport Central School District)

The  Fairport Central School District is a highly rated public school district located in Fairport, NY that is home to nearly 6,000 students in grades K-12 and has a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#7 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#61 of 689 Districts with the Best Teachers in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#78 of 675 Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#44 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

Schools in the Fairport Central School District

Elementary Schools: Brooks Hill School, Jefferson Avenue Elementary School, Northside School, Dudley School

Middle Schools: Martha Brown Middle School, Johanna Perrin Middle School 

High School: Fairport High School, Minerva Deland School 

Ontario (Wayne Central School District)

The  Wayne Central School District is a highly regarded public school district located in Ontario, NY that has just over 2,000 students in grades K-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#7 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#3 in Best School Districts in Wayne County for 2019 by Niche.com

#291 of 675 Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#243 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

Schools in the Wayne Central School District

Elementary Schools: Ontario Elementary School, Ontario Primary School

Middle Schools: Wayne Central Middle School 

High School: Wayne Senior High School

Pittsford (Pittsford Central School District)

The Pittsford Central School District is an exceptional public school district located in Pittsford, NY with just over 5,500 students in grades K-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#2 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#16 of 675 Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#22 of 692 Safest School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#28 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#161 in Best U.S. High Schools in 2019 for Pittsford Sutherland High School by U.S. News and World Report

#23 in Best New York High Schools in 2019 for Pittsford Sutherland High School by U.S. News and World Report

#78 in Best STEM High Schools in 2019 for Pittsford Sutherland High School by U.S. News and World Report

#108 in Best U.S. High School in 2019 for Pittsford-Mendon High School by U.S. News and World Report 

#18 in Best New York High Schools in 2019 for Pittsford-Mendon High School by U.S. News and World Report

#157 Best STEM High Schools in 2019 for Pittsford-Mendon High School by U.S. News and World Report

Schools in the Pittsford Central School District

Elementary Schools: Jefferson Road Elementary School, Thornell Road School, Allen Creek School, Mendon Center Elementary School, Park Road School

Middle Schools: Barker Road Middle School

High School: Pittsford-Mendon High School, Pittsford Sutherland High School 

Penfield (Penfield Central School District)

The Penfield Central School District is a superior public school district located in Rochester, NY with just under 4,500 students enrolled in grades K-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#3 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#19 of 689 Districts with the Best Teachers in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#28 of 675 Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#29 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#108 in Best High Schools in New York for 2017 for Penfield Senior High School by U.S. News and World Report

Schools in the Penfield Central School District

Elementary Schools: Scribner Road Elementary School, Cobbles Elementary School, Harris Hill Elementary School, Indian Landing Elementary School 

Middle Schools: Bay Trail Middle School 

High School: Penfield Senior High School

Honeoye Falls (Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District)

The Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District is a top-rated public school district located in Honeoye Falls, NY that hoses slightly more than2,000 students in grades K-12 and has a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1

How the District Stacks Up

#4 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#64 of 689 Districts with the Best Teachers in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#57 of 675 Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#68 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#371 in Best U.S. High Schools in 2019 for Honeoye Falls-Lima Senior High School by U.S. News and World Report

#51 in Best High Schools in New York in 2019 for Honeoye Falls-Lima Senior High School by U.S. News and World Report

Schools in the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District

Elementary Schools: Manor Intermediate School, Lima Elementary School

Middle Schools: Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School

High School: Honeoye Falls-Lima Senior High School 

West Irondequoit (West Irondequoit Central School District)

The  West Irondequoit Central School District is a top-notch public school district located in Rochester, NY with 3,526 students in attendance in grades K-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1.

How the District Stacks Up

#5 in Best School Districts in the Greater Rochester area for 2019 by Niche.com

#40 of 689 Districts with the Best Teachers in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#59 of 675 Best School Districts in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

#102 of 680 Best School Districts for Athletes in New York for 2019 by Niche.com

Schools in the West Irondequoit Central School District

Elementary Schools: Southlawn School, Seneca School, Rogers Middle School, Iroquois Middle School, Colebrook School, Briarwood School, Listwood Elementary School, Brookview School 

Middle Schools: Dake Junior High School 

High School: Irondequoit High School

While we haven’t covered every single school in the Greater Rochester area, this list gives you a pretty good idea of the quality and availability of great schools in many areas where you might consider building a home. We understand the importance of building your dream home at a location that fits your lifestyle and family needs. That’s why we offer our customers, communities in the most sought-after Rochester and Surrounding Area Locations. Gerber Homes is one of the largest Rochester & Finger Lakes Area Homebuilders with Communities in Wayne, Ontario, and Eastern Monroe Counties.

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If You’re Thinking About Building in the Rochester Area You May Want to Take a Spring Road Trip!

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Mar 5, 2018 @ 06:03 AM

Thinking About Building In the Rochester Area Take a Spring Road TripWe’re approaching that time around Rochester when the ice begins to give way to the first blossoms. Officially, the first day of spring is March 20th this year (and the long-range forecast for Rochester on that day calls for a high of only 33 degrees—not very spring-like!). Still, if you’re thinking about building in the Rochester area you may want to take a spring road trip!

Why take a road trip this time of year if you’re planning to build a new home? Choosing where you want to build is an extremely important part of the homebuilding process. In fact, you could argue that where you choose to live is as important as the floor plan you choose for your home. And while you can look at floor plans online, it's a bit more difficult to get a sense of what a community is like just from online images.

We build homes in communities all across the greater Rochester area, including Webster, Perinton, Victor, Ontario, and Canandaigua—just to name a few. You can read descriptions about the communities (click on the links shown here) and their amenities. You can even check out photos of what the town looks like. But there’s nothing quite like visiting the communities themselves to get a feel for what it actually feels like.

A short road trip will let you see for yourself what traffic is like, where the stores are, how far it is to schools and work. You can get a feel for the general lifestyle of the community and see if you think it’s a good fit. Another thing to consider is that a description (or even a picture) of a lot doesn’t really tell you much about what that piece of property is like.

That doesn't mean you can't do a little homework ahead of time to narrow down your search a bit. We invite you to check out the communities where we’re currently building. Simply click on the name of the community and you'll see sitemaps and photos of the area. Then if you see some communities that appeal to your family, you can head off for a first-hand look. If you can't find what you're looking for in any of those communities, you can also search for property (or houses) by zip code.

But once you’ve done some preliminary research, there’s just no substitute for seeing a community for yourself to see if it feels like a good match for your family’s needs and lifestyle. And doing that now can put you a step ahead in the process of building your new home when the weather is no longer a factor.

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What Makes The Rochester Area a Great Place to Live

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Jan 12, 2018 @ 20:01 PM

What-Makes-The-Rochester-Area-a-Great-Place-to-Live.jpgWhy is this a great place? This may not be a typical scene for the Rochester area in January, but it’s a good reminder of one of the reasons people love this region. Spring and summer can be absolutely delightful. Whether you’re enjoying relaxing by a riverbank, or enjoying the breeze coming off Lake Ontario (or off the water in the Finger Lakes region), it's awfully nice. Of course, there's more to the area than nice places to relax. What makes the Rochester area a great place to live? Let's take a quick look.

  • It Offers a Great Balance of Big and Small: Built on the banks of Lake Ontario, Rochester is the third largest city in New York which means you’ll have access to all the amenities of a larger population center. It’s a large city with a small town feel. And the areas around Rochester are full of small-town charm and character. Communities such as Canandaigua, Webster, Ontario, and Mendon provide quiet and relaxed places to raise a family.
  • An Abundance of Affordable Housing Choices: Housing in the area is very affordable and there is no shortage of choices when it comes to finding a home design that fits your specific lifestyle. You can take your pick from many floor plans that include Colonial homes, 1st Floor Master plans, Patio homes, Ranch homes, Cape homes, and even homes that are designed with In-Law layouts.
  • Area Attractions: If you want to get away for a weekend or even a day trip, the Rochester area has lots to keep you entertained. You can catch a concert in Syracuse (known for its jazz festivals). Or you could take a quick trip over to catch some of the most incredible water scenery at famous Niagara Falls. And while those falls are world-renowned, there are plenty of other things to do in the area.  Here’s a post that highlights some of the other great activities you’ll find in the Finger Lakes region.
  • Great Dining: Rochester resident love their food—and you'll find a wide variety of great dining opportunities in Rochester and the surrounding area, including American, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mexican, and more.

There are plenty of reasons to live in the greater Rochester area, but what if your home no longer meets your needs? What if your family has grown and you need more space? Or what if you happen to be a mature couple and want a home that will allow you to stay where you are without moving?

We specialize in home remodeling and additions. Whether you need a kitchen remodel, a bathroom remodel, a home addition for more space, or even an In-law addition to accommodate aging parents—we can help!

And if you are looking for a new home, we build a wide range of home styles (click here for a look at the various plans) in a number of communities throughout the East Rochester area. You can find the home you want in the community you want virtually anywhere around Rochester.

This may not be the best time of year for stretching out along the riverbank, but there are plenty of reasons to enjoy Rochester all-year long. And now is a great time to think ahead about remodeling or building so that you can enjoy the great spring and summer weather!

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Brighton & Pittsford: Distinctive Small Town Character with Easy Access to Rochester

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 @ 09:07 AM

Brighton & Pittsford: Distinctive Small Town Character with Easy Access to Rochester

If you work in the Rochester area—but would like to live in a place that’s a little less busy and a little more open—there are a couple of towns in the area that you may want to check out before building a new home. Both Brighton and Pittsford give you easy access to the greater Rochester area—and yet retain their own distinctive character.

Brighton is a smaller community of about 37,000 residents that has plenty to offer. This time of year you can take advantage of their annual Summer Concert Seriesthat runs for six weeks.The concerts are free to the public and are handicap accessible. Contact the Recreation Department 585-784-5260 with questions or check out the 2017 Summer Concert Schedule.

You can also take advantage of theBrighton Farmers’ Market. This weekly, producer-only market was founded in 2008 as part of the Town’s Color Brighton Green initiative. Sponsored by the town, the market helps promote environmental sustainability among Brighton residents and businesses. Click here for additional information.

The town is also home to six park sites and various recreation areas encompassing 350 acres that feature playgrounds, lodges, pavilions, pools, sports fields, picnic facilities, walking trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, and more.

Brighton & Pittsford: Distinctive Small Town Character with Easy Access to Rochester

Pittsford is another smaller community (with a population of just under 30,000) in the Rochester area that has a long history. The Town of Pittsford was settled in 1796 and incorporated in 1827. There are a number of buildings within the community that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Adsit Cobblestone Farmhouse, Cole Cobblestone Farmhouse, Gates-Livermore Cobblestone Farmhouse, Mendon Cobblestone Academy, Mendon Presbyterian Church, Miller–Horton–Barben Farm, Sheldon Cobblestone House, Stewart Cobblestone Farmhouse, and Whitcomb Cobblestone Farmhouse.

Today, Pittsford is more likely to be known for golf since the LPGA Championship has been hosted at Locust Hill Country Club repeatedly. Pittsford’s Oak Hill Country Club hosted the 1995 Ryder Cup, as well as the 1956, 1968 and 1989 United States Opens. It was also the site of the PGA Championships in 1980, 2003, and 2013.

Golf isn’t the only pro sport in town. Every August the Buffalo Bills of the NFL also have their summer training camp at St. John Fisher College.

Pittsford boasts 11 town parks within its borders including Great Embankment and Thornell Farm Park. Lock 62 and Erie Canal trail offer a look at the historic double lock, and the Isaac Gordon Nature Park offers hiking trails and cross-country skiing. Powder Mill Park has a ski lift and a creek that is popular with trout fisherman while Mendon Ponds includes a vast trail system and some of the most unique geology in the area.

Prior to the 1950s, Pittsford was a largely agricultural community with a distinctly rural character that was home to many family-owned farms. The area still retains that flavor and character.

Both communities are great places to live and provide easy access to Rochester. Gerber Homes offers a wide range of floor plans that can be built in either Brighton or Pittsford, ranging from the cozy 2-bedroom 1 bath, 1,040 square foot Hampshire to the 3,605 square foot Walton that offers 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and a 1 bedroom 1 bath “In Law” apartment. And there are plenty of other options in between! Click here to view the many different floor plans available.

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Topics: Custom homes, Rochester NY, brighton ny, pittsford ny, Building a New Home, Selecting a Home Site

Niagara Falls: One More Reason Living in the Rochester Area is Great

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Apr 1, 2017 @ 20:04 PM

Niagara-Falls-One-More-Reason-Living-in-the-Rochester-Area-is-Great.jpgOne great advantage to living in the greater Rochester area is that we’re just 85 miles from one of the most spectacular natural sights in the world. Nature lovers, honeymooners, daredevils from all over the world travel to Niagara Falls to experience the thundering roar of 600,000 gallons of water falling right before their eyes.

Because of its close proximity, it can be easy for those of us in the area to take the Falls for granted. But here are a few fun facts (courtesy of www.niagara-usa.com) that you may not be aware of—even though the Falls are in your own back yard!

  • Niagara Falls is comprised of three waterfalls: American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls, also known as the Canadian Falls.
  • Niagara Falls' vertical height is over 176 feet in some sections.
  • The American and Bridal Veil Falls were turned off in 1969 by the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers to study the effects of erosion—and will be turned off again soon to allow the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation to rebuild two, 115-year-old bridges.
  • The first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel was 63-year-old school teacher Annie Edson Taylor.
  • The Cave of the Winds attraction at Niagara Falls is torn down and re-built every year.
  • Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest State Park in the United States.
  • At one time, P.T. Barnum wanted to turn Goat Island (inside Niagara Falls State Park) into a circus ground.
  • Energy from the Niagara River has been harnessed for hydro-electric power generation as far back as the mid-eighteenth century.
  • More than eight million people visit Niagara Falls USA every year.
  • Fish travel over Niagara Falls and most of them survive because of their ability to flow with the water and fall into the pool at the base of the Falls (most people aren’t so lucky!).

There is much more to do around the Niagara Falls area than just gaze at the incredible sights. Along the lower banks of the river (beneath the Falls) you’ll find the Niagara Wine Trail, USA where you can explore and sample a delightful variety of New York wines. There are wine tours and events year-round that provide opportunities for wine tasting. You can even opt for a limo or bus tour package. 

And while Niagara Falls is a great day trip from the Rochester area, you may want to linger a while for some adult fun at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino. Spend the night, visit the casino for some gaming, enjoy a fine meal, or catch a show. And you can still catch one more glimpse of the fabulous falls on your way back home!

Easy access to Niagara Falls is just one of the things that people love about living in the Finger Lakes region. I invite you to click here to check out the homes we’ve created for families in the area to help them enjoy life in the Rochester area more fully—for years to come!

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

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

Fall Activities in the Finger Lakes Region

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Oct 8, 2016 @ 21:10 PM

Fall-2016-Activities-in-the-Finger-Lakes-Region.jpgMaybe your summer swimming days are but a faint memory now, but there’s no fall-off of activities in the Finger Lakes Region when fall rolls around. Here’s a look as some of the fun fall activities you can enjoy in the area’s communities.

Rheinblick German Restaurant (Canandaigua)

Oktoberfest may be over, but if those festivities stirred up your yearning for German food and celebration, you may want to check out one of the most popular restaurants in Canandaigua: Rheinblick German Restaurant. The restaurant was founded by a German family, and serves authentic German cuisine accompanied by a large selection of beer. Locals and food critics alike rave over the traditional dishes such as Sauerbraten, Schnitzels, Bratwurst, Bauernwurst, and many other popular German dishes. The female servers are dressed in dirndls (traditional Bavarian dresses), and the restaurant décor emulates the feel of an authentic Germany Gasthaus.

Bristol Mountain Ski Resort  (Canandaigua)

It may be a bit early to strap on the snow skis, but if you’re looking forward to hitting the hills this winter, fall is a great time to check out the local ski areas. Bristol Mountain Ski Resort is only a 20 minute drive from the heart of Canandaigua. The resort offers 35 slopes across 138 acres and is considered one of the premier ski resorts in the region and boasts a 1200’ vertical drop giving visitors great skiing and amazing views. If you are looking for a great way to spend the day with the family, nothing beats driving out to Bristol Mountain, strapping on some skis, and then pointing them downhill. And you can enjoy those view with Fall Sky Rides on the lifts through October 30th!

The Webster Comedy Club (Webster)

Don’t mourn the passing of summer, laugh it off at The Webster Comedy Club—one of the top entertainment venues in the area. It has a great atmosphere, good food, and is often considered an "A list" comedy room when it comes to attracting talent. Some of those top talent names include Drew Carey, Jim Norton, and Andrew "Dice" Clay, just to name a few. Whether we’re having a great Indian Summer or an early taste of winter, it’s always warm and inviting inside the Webster Comedy Club.

Enjoy a Walk in the Park (Ontario area)

Sometimes the simplest activities are the best—such as enjoying a walk in the park. While B. Forman County Park isn’t officially inside the city of Ontario, it is undoubtedly one of the most popular parks for anyone who wants to enjoy beautiful Lake Ontario. The park features a massive 80-person indoor pavilion, as well as many grills and benches for picnicking. While there are no trails at this park, the main attraction are the wide open beaches along Lake Ontario. This location is popular among fishermen and photographers because of beautiful scenery and location.

Visit the Past (Ontario)

Not every museum is comprised of glass exhibits in an imposing building. The Heritage Square Museum is a small and unique museum in Ontario comprised of a collection of small historical buildings and landmarks showcasing what life was like in the 1800s. You can take a look at an 1800s train station, an apple dry house, the old Ontario Jail, a schoolhouse, and the Baptist meeting house among other things. The museum is a popular visit for local schools, and often features activities and events for the whole family.

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When Buying a Rochester-Area Custom Home, It’s not Just What You Pay—It’s What You Get for Your Money

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 11:08 AM

When-Buying-a-Rochester-area-Custom-Home-Its-Not-Just-What-You_Pay-Its-What-You-Get-For-Your-Money.jpgWhen you’re thinking about building a new custom home in Ontario, Perinton, Webster or anywhere else in the Greater Rochester area, it’s easy to focus on the cost of the home. It’s important to have a realistic budget for your home. If you try to take on too much house, you probably won’t qualify for the loan. And even if your do, you may find yourself stretched beyond your comfort level. It’s no fun living in a home if you can’t afford to furnish it or if you’re constantly stressed by the monthly payments.

The real issue, however, isn’t just how much you pay for your home—it’s how much value your home delivers for the money you spend. You may want to check out this post, which talks about getting a fair price for a new Rochester-area home.

One of the big factors to consider when you’re thinking about the cost of a home is the quality of the home. Most new homes look pretty good in the first year or two. But if you’re planning to stay for a few years, you’ll want a home that’s solidly built and will stand up to the use you give it.

That’s one good reason to check out homes your prospective builder built several years ago; you can see how well they are maturing. Do they still look great, or are they starting to show signs of wear and tear? For three generations, our family has been building homes in the eastern Rochester area. You can choose from more than 3,000 existing homes if you want to check out the quality of our products!

As proud as we are of our quality craftsmanship, true value in a home involves more. In addition to quality of construction, you’ll want to think about how the home meets your specific needs. What are some of the things that add value to your home? Here are a few considerations to keep in mind.

Location: Where you live is just as important as the physical structure you live in. The quality of the community you call home is so important. So are schools and proximity to work and activities. We build in a wide range of locations around the Rochester area, including Webster, Canandaigua, Perinton, Ontario, Victor, Sodus, Penfield and numerous other communities in the region.

Design: A comfortable home doesn’t just happen. The design of your home needs to fit your specific lifestyle—with a configuration that matches the way you live and entertain. Take a look at the wide variety of floor plans we offer in a range of sizes and styles (including Colonial homes, first-floor masters, patio homes, ranch homes and Cape homes.

Size: Some people will say that size doesn’t matter, but when it comes to your home, you’ll want to think twice about that. You may not need a large, two-story home, but when you’re considering building, you’ll want to keep the future in mind. Spending a bit more for extra space now can actually save you a lot of money later if your needs outgrow the home you’re in.

Money does matter when it comes to building your custom home. But the value you get from your home (in terms of overall comfort and quality) is more important than pure price. And if a lower-priced home doesn’t deliver long-term quality and value, it’s no bargain.

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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.

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